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  1. The Rangers call up Brett Tomko

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    tomko mad

    Yay! Another baseball player who is older than I am — there aren’t many left! — will play in the bigs this year, as the Rangers have purchased Brett Tomko‘s contract from Round Rock. Tomko will pitch middle relief, filling in for Mason Tobin, who hurt his elbow. Tomko hasn’t pitched in a major league game since…

  2. Yankees promote Mark Prior to Triple-A … and put him on DL

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior reported to Single-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees, but after allowing two runs in three innings there they promoted him to Triple-A. And now–you may want to sit down for this–he’s on the disabled list. The good news is that is has nothing to do with his arm, as the…

  3. Breaking: MLB to take over the Dodgers

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball has announced that it is going to take over the financial and day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.  The move, first reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, was detailed in the following statement that was just released by Major League Baseball on behalf of Bud Selig: “Pursuant to my authority…

  4. Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    1918 Cubs

    This isn’t exactly new — there was a book written about it a couple of years ago — but the Associated Press is circulating the story in light of some of the relevant documents becoming public, so why not:  Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox, inspiring the White Sox…

  5. Mets place Bobby Parnell on disabled list with numb finger

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Bobby Parnell has been experiencing numbness in the middle finger of his right hand and the Mets placed him on the disabled list, with the reliever scheduled to undergo further testing on the injury. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com there’s speculation that the problem may have to do with blood clotting, which “may be…

  6. Attendance is down? Eh, no big deal

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    empty ballpark

    There has been an awful lot of chatter about attendance in the first couple weeks of season, driven mostly by empty seats in places that aren’t usually empty like Dodger Stadium. Yankee Stadium has had some small crowds too (for the Yankees anyway) and we’ve had the usual shots of nearly abandoned ballparks in Cleveland…

  7. Showtime’s “The Franchise” looks like a winner

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants

    Last week, the premium cable network Showtime offered viewers a sneak peek at the reality series it has been working on since last October with the World Champion San Francisco Giants. When plans for the series were first announced this past winter, it came as great news for the baseball-watching world. Finally, something in-depth and…

  8. Giants demote Brandon Belt to minors, activate Cody Ross from disabled list

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Cody Ross is back from the disabled list and batting cleanup for San Francisco this afternoon, and to make room on the roster the Giants have optioned top prospect Brandon Belt back to Triple-A. Belt played regularly after somewhat surprisingly making the team out of spring training, starting 13 of 17 games, but he hit…

  9. LaTroy Hawkins expected to come off disabled list Friday

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    hawkins

    LaTroy Hawkins has been out since last August following shoulder surgery and rejoined the Brewers earlier this week, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that they’ll likely wait to activate him from the disabled list until Friday. Hawkins is 38 years old and had an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings before being shut down last…

  10. And now we have a robot batter

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    All the talk of the robot umpires and the robot first pitch led reader jwbiii to alert us to the fact of a robot batter. It may be old – it’s been on YouTube for like three years — but I haven’t seen it before. Personally, when it comes to mechanical men, I prefer Charlie…

  11. Ian Desmond set to take “paternity leave” from Nationals

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    desmond hitting

    No one tell Richie Witt, but Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will soon join Rangers starter Colby Lewis is taking advantage of MLB’s new “paternity leave” roster rule. Lewis missed one start, which has become a surprisingly big deal (or at least surprisingly frequent talking point), whereas Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Desmond…

  12. Inevitability theater: Philly fans booed the robot

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Johnny 5

    Actually, the robot totally deserved the booing. According to those who saw the first pitch from that first-pitch-throwing robot a few minutes ago, he bounced it to the plate.  Brain as big as a planet and he can’t fling a sphere 60 feet on the fly. I’m far less impressed with this “machines become self-aware” business. Your move,…

  13. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    The Question

    I sort of liked the reader questions on Twitter thing last week, so we did it again on HBT Daily a little while ago. And, like last week, we had way more questions than could fit on a three-minute video. Here are some of the many we left out: Q: Are McLouths flowing locks of…

  14. Mets prospect Sean Ratliff to miss season after being struck in the eye by foul ball

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    sean ratliff mets

    Mets prospect Sean Ratliff broke six bones and suffered a partially detached retina when a foul ball struck him in the right eye while he stood in the on-deck circle during a game this spring and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the 2008 fourth-round pick will miss the entire season. Ratliff has undergone two…

  15. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    The fattest rotation ever? Which team wins if baseball is like a Survivor Series brawl and is it time for the robots?

  16. Francisco Cervelli nearing return from broken left foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Initially given a 4-8 week recovery timetable after breaking his left foot on March 2, backup catcher Francisco Cervelli could be close to returning to the Yankees after catching six innings in an extended spring training game. Joe Girardi said yesterday that “everything is going according to plan” with Cervelli’s rehab and Wallace Matthews of…

  17. And now, another edition of small sample size theater

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    I have already had multiple people ask me if I was prepared to eat crow over Jeff Francoeur‘s fast start. My response has been “It’s early. Don’t worry. The real Jeff Francoeur will show up soon.” Thankfully, Ted Berg has a great list of early-season statistical anomalies up over at his blog this morning, all…

  18. Buster Posey’s softball-playing sister can hit a little bit too

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    samantha posey

    Buster Posey‘s sister, Samantha Posey, is a junior third baseman on the Division II softball team at Valdosta State and ESPN.com reports that she “hit for the home run cycle” in a doubleheader, smacking a one-run homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer, and a grand slam. She drove in a total of 11 runs…

  19. Blah, blah, blah and the future of baseball beat writing

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Duvall Natural

    Did you see Andy Martino’s game story from the Mets-Astros in the New York Daily News?  If not, here’s how it started: Blah blah blah blah rain blah blah blah Niese blah blah Astros blah blah Mets got spanked. Blah blah, 6-1. We really don’t know what else to tell you about this one. But we will try: He goes…

  20. Potential top 10 pick and former Rangers first rounder Matt Purke shut down with shoulder pain

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    matt-purke-tcu

    Matt Purke turned down millions to sign out of high school after the Rangers selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, opting instead to go to college (and wear his hat slightly askew) at TCU. His decision appeared to pay off when he went 16-0 last season to win national freshman…

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