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  1. Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway is banging down the door

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Lavarnway

    Catcher Ryan Lavarnway homered yet again on Thursday.  He’s hitting .514 with seven homers in his last nine games for Triple-A Pawtucket. Lavarnway, a 2008 sixth-round pick out of Yale, has been on a tear since the day the Red Sox traded Michael McKenry to to the Pirates to clear a spot for him on…

  2. Edward Mujica would take over as the Marlins’ closer if Leo Nunez is traded

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Mujica_Edward

    Marlins closer Leo Nunez has been the subject of numerous trade rumors as the team contemplates cashing in a good but not great reliever whose value is inflated by his save total. If they do end up moving Nunez before the July 31 trade deadline manager Jack McKeon told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald…

  3. Japan threatens boycott of World Baseball Classic

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Sadaharu Oh, Ichiro Suzuki

    Unsatisfied with its current share of World Baseball Classic revenues, two-time champion Japan is threatening to sit out the 2013 event, Reuters reports. “We are not saying we don’t want to take part,” stated union president Takahiro Arai. “But we will not be able to compete under the current conditions, which are unfair.” Japan won both…

  4. Shin-Soo Choo found guilty of DUI

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Choo mugshot

    The Morning Journal — a suburban Cleveland paper I won’t link because their website is rife with popup ads and autoplay videos which are outrageously hostile to readers — reports that Indians’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo pleaded no-contest to DUI charges and was found guilty yesterday.  He won’t serve any jail time, but was fined $775…

  5. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the weekend

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Thanks to my laziness yesterday, you get two HBT Dailies today. It’s OK if you didn’t get me anything. It’s all about giving.

  6. Rafael Soriano on track to rejoin Yankees’ bullpen next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury, but yesterday manager Joe Girardi told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’ll “probably” be cleared to come off the disabled list by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Soriano had a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances before the injury, but turned in five straight…

  7. The Carlos Beltran derby is down to five teams

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    Buster Olney tweeted the following a bit ago: Source: Carlos Beltran trade talks down to five serious teams, which includes BOS, SF, PHI, ATL, TEX.  CLE, PIT basically out of conversation. I wasn’t aware that Cleveland was ever in the conversation.  Pittsburgh was an interesting idea, but I think that high is starting to wear…

  8. Kyle Lohse cleared to make next start despite finger injury

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    Kyle Lohse has been cleared to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday after leaving the Cardinals to have his injured right index finger examined by team doctors in St. Louis yesterday. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, so Lohse has been placed…

  9. Nonsensical stuff about Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Jeff Zrbiec of the Baltimore Sun has written recently that he didn’t think that the Oriole would trade starter Jeremy Guthrie, because they need to have an innings eater around to protect their young arms. Fair enough. Today, however, he rethinks it a bit. He doesn’t change his general view of things, but does note…

  10. Justin Verlander has thrown 100+ pitches in 40 straight starts

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander shut down the Twins last night, holding Minnesota to one run in eight innings while improving to 13-5 with a 2.24 ERA. He also threw 126 pitches, which would be a noteworthy workload for just about anyone but Verlander, as he’s thrown at least 125 pitches five times this season and has yet…

  11. The player you (irrationally) love to hate

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ll admit it: my hangups about Jeff Francoeur aren’t entirely rational. OK, you probably knew that already. But I’m not alone! Fans of every team have a guy they simply can’t be rational about. The guy who sticks in their craw no matter what his case is as a ballplayer on the merits. Just ask…

  12. Cubs willing to eat millions to move Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano said earlier this week that he wouldn’t use his no-trade rights to block a move from Chicago, but as I wrote yesterday that won’t lead to a deal unless the Cubs are willing to eat a significant portion of the $18 million he’s owed in each of the next three seasons. And sure…

  13. The Tigers were scouting James Shields last night, but will the Rays move him?

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    The New York Post reports that the Tigers had two scouts in Tampa Bay to watch James Shields‘ start against the Yankees last night. They probably weren’t the only ones, but if you believe Ken Rosenthal’s report from yesterday, the Rays — while always willing to listen! — are reluctant to trade Shields. They like…

  14. Josh Hamilton ditches custom sunglasses after going 0-for-3

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    In an effort to solve his problems hitting in day games Josh Hamilton wore a pair of specially designed sunglasses yesterday, but after going 0-for-3 he ditched the shades in his final plate appearance … and drew a walk. Hamilton has also tried eye drops and what Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas describes as “lid…

  15. “He was just drunk enough to be stupid, and one could not reason with him”

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    1884 Providence Grays

    This is random, but I enjoyed it like crazy. Edward Achorn wrote a book about Old Hoss Radbourn last year (the corporeal one, not his ghost, which haunts Twitter). I never did get around to reading it for some reason, but I’ll remedy that soon.  In the meantime, I have greatly enjoyed his day-by-day diary…

  16. Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain”

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Anti-inflammatory medication didn’t do the trick, so Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain and swelling caused by a bulging disc in his lower back” yesterday, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. He hasn’t been in the Phillies’ lineup since July 4 and has struggled to hit while playing through the injury…

  17. The Yankees re-sign Marcus Thames

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marcus Thames yanks

    Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.  Well, sometimes you can live life backwards too: The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. I’d be shocked if…

  18. HBT Daily: Answering your Twitter questions

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    I neglected to post this yesterday because, well, I’m not sure why. But it’s not like pro wrestling and bullfighting references have a shelf life, so enjoy!

  19. Johnny Damon would prefer to go into the Hall of Fame as a Royal

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon Royals

    Johnny Damon was on MLB Network yesterday and was asked about the Hall of Fame.  It’s kind of a lose-lose topic for a guy like Damon who, if he ducks or deflects questions about it, he’s not being particularly nice to his host, but if he answers it, he gets people saying stuff like “what,…

  20. Carlos Beltran doesn’t want to be a DH

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    beltran getty wide

    Trading Carlos Beltran depends a lot on Carlos Beltran, given his full no-trade clause.  And, as David Lennon of Newsday reports, Beltran may be prepared to use it if the Mets plan on trading him to certain types of teams.  Here’s Lennon: … the most coveted outfielder on the trade market has told friends that he…

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