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  1. Yankees-Rays delayed after lightning strike

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Lights out at Tropicana Field

    Another day, another problem at The Trop. Monday’s game between the Yankees and the Rays was delayed in the fifth inning after a couple of light sets went dark, reportedly the result of a lightning strike. The game resumed after an 18-minute delay.  Immediately, afterwards, rookie Alex Cobb was able to get Robinson Cano to…

  2. Report: Mets willing to cover Carlos Beltran’s remaining salary in potential trade

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    beltran square

    From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the Mets are willing to cover the roughly $6 million left on Carlos Beltran‘s contract to facilitate a potential trade. “From what I gather, they are asking a lot for him because they are willing to pick up all of his salary,” the source told…

  3. Placido Polanco will likely receive epidural injection for ailing lower back

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Placido Polanco will likely receive an epidural injection due to lingering pain from the bulging disc in his lower back. “The idea was thrown out by the doctors in Philly,” Polanco said late Monday afternoon. “They say they really help. I’ve tried rest and medication. I’m at the point…

  4. Julio Borbon to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on left ankle

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    borbon bunts getty

    According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Julio Borbon is expected to be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing “left ankle ligament repair surgery” on Monday. Borbon injured his ankle on a slide into second base on July 8 while playing with Triple-A Round Rock. He fractured the very same ankle in 2007 when he…

  5. Nolan Ryan likely to be released from hospital

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush

    A series of tests taken Monday showed no new heart problems for Nolan Ryan, and the Rangers CEO is likely to be released from a Houston-area hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday. Ryan was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains at his home Sunday.  The 64-year-old has a history of heart troubles.  He underwent a double bypass…

  6. Charlie Manuel wants a hitter and a reliever

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has revealed his Christmas list early, CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports. “We definitely could use a reliever, without a doubt,” Manuel said Monday. “But we also could use a bat.” Manuel, though, doesn’t want GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. “I’m talking…

  7. Chipper Jones to rehab in Rome prior to return

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    The AJC’s David O’Brien reports that Chipper Jones will begin playing in games with low Single-A Rome on Thursday in anticipation of a Monday return to Atlanta’s lineup. Jones, who underwent knee surgery to repair a cartilage tear just nine days ago, is likely to DH on Thursday and Friday before playing some third base…

  8. Reports: Tigers interested in Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Harang

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    The Tigers are hunting for starting pitching as aggressively as any team in baseball, and they’re looking at Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and San Diego’s Aaron Harang as fallback options if Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda prove out of reach. Detroit is in need of a starter after shifting Phil Coke back to…

  9. Aramis Ramirez still not ready to waive no-trade

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    But that could change next month, agent Paul Kinzer told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Monday. According to Kinzer, while Ramirez is currently unwilling to accept any deal that would take him out of Chicago, he might agree to something after his wife and children return to the Dominican Republic next month. Even more interesting is…

  10. Mariners cleanup hitters are batting .190 with four homers

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Needless to say, they’re not going to fare very well on the following list. Let’s take a look at each team’s OPS out of the cleanup spot this season.  Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are leading the way. 1. Brewers – .984 2. Tigers – .983 3. Cardinals – .970 4. Dodgers – .969 5.…

  11. Red Sox, Rays, Nats have called the Cardinals about Colby Rasmus

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak — totally disregarding Drew’s sound advice — says that Colby Rasmus is not being shopped and says a trade of their young center fielder and his father is not likely.  That’s not stopping teams from inquiring, however, as Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox, Rays and Nationals have all called…

  12. Red Sox-themed summer camp sells out. In the D.C. suburbs

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    The boundaries of Red Sox Nation are ever-expanding and, as it is so often noted, Washington D.C. is filled with transplants. So it should be no shocker that the Red Sox set up a team-sponsored summer camp in Bethesda, Maryland, and the thing sold out.  Dan Steinberg has the whole story over at D.C. Sports…

  13. Rob Neyer dishes on ESPN, Elias

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Over at SB Nation, former ESPN writer Rob Neyer talks about why he was suspended by his longtime employer back in 2000. After writing and before posting a piece on a statistical controversy involving Randy Johnson, Neyer attempted to contact Elias editor Steve Hirdt “for some clarification.”  When there was no prompt response, he ran the…

  14. Already out for season after elbow surgery, Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy too

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Somewhat buried in the news about Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena undergoing an emergency appendectomy this morning is George King of the New York Post reporting that Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy recently as well. Chamberlain went under the knife two weeks ago, according to King. He was already out for the season (and possibly…

  15. David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg drop their appeals

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles.  Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well. Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of…

  16. Which Red Sox player are you?

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    ortiz head

    This quiz which purports to tell you, based on some abbreviated personality inventory, which member of the Boston Red Sox you’d be is so beyond silly that I can’t even begin to quantify it. But yeah, I did it anyway. And it said I was David Ortiz. I have no idea what to think. Calling…

  17. Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena has emergency appendectomy

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have started a trend, as Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena has joined them in undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the season. George King of the New York Post reports that Pena is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having the surgery early this morning in Tampa Bay,…

  18. HBT Daily: Looking at the hitters available at the trade deadline

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I look at the market for Carlos Beltran and the lesser offensive lights available at the trade deadline

  19. The Red Sox and Rays played the 39th 1-0 game of 2011

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Sunday night’s 16-inning marathon won by the Red Sox was the 39th 1-0 game of 2011.  If that sounds like a lot, it is.  We’re currently on pace for the most 1-0 games since 1976. With scoring depressed, the number of 1-0 games shot way up last year and has only continued to increase.  Here’s the number of 1-0…

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