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  1. Pedroia goes nuts: 5 for 5, three homers, usual humility

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Too bad this Sox team is all about “run prevention.” Gonna have a hell of a time scoring runs, ya know.

  2. Please Hammer, don't hurt the 1990 Reds!

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    The super dope homeboy from the Oak-Town to appear at a Reds game. Buy tickets now to beat the rush.

  3. Carl Crawford is hurting, so Rays call up Matt Joyce

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford exited last night’s game with a sore left shoulder, so while the Rays await word on the seriousness of the injury they called up outfielder Matt Joyce from Triple-A. Joyce missed out on possibly being the Opening Day starter in right field because of a spring elbow injury, but was playing well at…

  4. Taser dude from Phillies game gets probation

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Prison for 98 and a year and we’ll call it even Johnny 99?

  5. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    A laser show, a couple of first place teams get the broom and a couple of aces get beat up, but I somehow find the time to quote a cheesy 70s ballad, so everything’s OK.

  6. The gods are angry with the Phillies

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

    OK maybe that’s not true, but Mother Nature certainly flexed her muscles with an impressive burst of wind and rain on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. (Craig shared a pic earlier today, now we’ve got more.) “It was like a tornado came,” (Ryan) Howard said. “I was waiting for the cow to fly through. The winds…

  7. Beltran goes 0-for-2, plays 5 innings in first rehab game

    Jun 24, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran played in his first rehab game Thursday with Single-A Port St. Lucie and finished 0-for-2 with a walk, according to the Newark Star-Ledgers Adam McCullough.  He also played center field for five innings, but did not have a ball hit near him. Mets manager Jerry Manuel made a few comments to…

  8. Reds finalize deal with Gary Matthews Jr.

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    The Reds did what we’ve been expecting them to do for a week on Thursday, finalizing a minor league deal with veteran outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and sticking him in Triple-A Louisville.  This according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Matthews Jr. was released by the Mets in mid-June after posting a .190 batting average, .260 on-base…

  9. Kurkjian: Marlins will offer Valentine a four-year deal

    Jun 24, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    If Peter Gammons’ word isn’t enough to convince the HBT readership that Bobby Valentine is days away from being named the Marlins’ next manager, this might do the trick: According to ESPN.com’s Tim Kurkjian, the Fish will offer Bobby V. a lucrative four-year contract after he is interviewed on Friday night in south Florida.  Valentine…

  10. Gallardo, Brewers take down the Twins

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo and the Brew Crew stifle the stumbling Twins

  11. The Marlins sign . . . Armando Benitez?!

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    That was . . . unexpected.

  12. Gammons: expect to see Bobby V. join the Marlins

    Jun 24, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons’ tweets are sometimes hard to read. Are the bits of newsy info or just his gut feeling?  He’s Gammons, though, so he gets some benefit of the doubt.  His latest: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Bobby Valentine were in the Marlins dugout by the end of the weekend.” That’s not the farthest anyone…

  13. OK, maybe Charlie wasn't trying to escape the heat

    Jun 24, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Maybe he was trying to escape the Hellacious storm that just blew threw Citizens Bank Park. Seriously, check out that pic and be thankful that you’re not there. Unless you are there and are reading this on your phone, in which case what the hell, dude? The Phillies are up 12-3 in the eighth, so…

  14. Rangers win 10 in a row, so GM agrees to dye his hair

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    A couple weeks ago Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was poking a little fun at Elvis Andrus’ bleached-blond hair, so the 21-year-old shortstop asked how many games in a row the team would have to win for the GM to dye his hair. Daniels told him 10, because he “figured the odds of that were…

  15. Three Indians' prospects, including Brad Mills' son, charged with felonious assault

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Three Cleveland Indians’ minor leaguers — Beau Mills, Jerad Head, and Josh Tomlin — were charged with felonious assault on Tuesday following an investigation into “an altercation” that took place at an Akron apartment on June 3. The victim reportedly suffered serious injuries due to the assault. Mills is not only a prospect — he…

  16. Rangers' bankruptcy hearing postponed, but that may not be a big deal

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    The next act in the Rangers’ bankruptcy drama was set for July 9th, but Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal just reported that the hearing set for that date has been postponed until July 22nd.  The most important date for baseball purposes, however, is July 31st, which is the trade deadline. Does this delay put…

  17. Red Sox placing Mike Lowell on disabled list to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka's return

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning from the disabled list for tonight’s start against the Rockies and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will make room for him on roster by placing Mike Lowell on the DL. Perhaps his surgically repaired hip has been problematic of late or perhaps Lowell has just fallen so…

  18. My managerial ejection conspiracy theory

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    A mid-day’s daydream about why Charlie Manuel just got ejected from the Phillies-Indians game,

  19. Cliff Lee throws complete game as Mets and Twins reportedly emerge as trade talk 'frontrunners'

    Jun 24, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee was brilliant again last night as rumors continue to swirl about his time in Seattle winding down, holding the Cubs to one run in a complete-game victory that lowered his ERA to a league-best 2.39. Lee missed most of April, yet leads the league with four complete games (including two shutouts) and has…

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