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  1. Carl Pavano and his mustache are eating innings for Twins

    Jun 21, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota’s bullpen was gassed after Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey both failed to make it out of the second inning in their Friday and Saturday starts against the Phillies, so yesterday afternoon the Twins desperately needed a long outing and got it from either a likely or unlikely source depending on your point of view.…

  2. Lots of teams are interested in David Aardsma

    Jun 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Mariners closer David Aardsma is “already drawing a lot of interest” says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  I can’t recall any reports of the Mariners actively shopping him, but given where they are in the grand scheme of things right now, they should be accepting offers for everyone not named Felix Hernandez. Aardsma’s ERA…

  3. Houston's 'exciting youth movement' is anything but in reality

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart is about to be very disappointed. Following last night’s moves to call up Jason Castro and Chris Johnson from Triple-A, he wrote: Simply put, this youth movement is exciting. The Astros will never admit to rebuilding, but the arrival of Castro could be a watershed moment in the franchise’s…

  4. The Indians send David Huff down to Columbus

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    This isn’t the most Earth-shattering news — the dude was 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts, and that doesn’t fly with even a terrible team like Cleveland — but it is notable for two reasons. (1) I will no longer be able to use my old warhourse “minute and a Huff” joke in…

  5. GM says multiple teams are interested in Akinori Iwamura

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    General manager Neal Huntington said yesterday that “a small number of teams have expressed mild interest” in Akinori Iwamura after the Pirates designated him for assignment last week. However, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “a trade remains far from certain” and “it’s extraordinarily unlikely that any team would assume more than the…

  6. The Rockies may be interested in Ty Wigginton

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Orioles had a scout at Colorado Springs yesterday watching Rockies’ prospect Esmil Rogers pitch.  His take: that the Rockies could have an interest in the O’s second baseman Ty Wigginton and that O’s were thus scouting players they’d expect in return. Makes sense. Wigginton has been one of the lone…

  7. Tim Lincecum cleared for next start after liner to shoulder

    Jun 21, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum took a line drive off the back of his right shoulder on the final pitch of his start last Wednesday, but the Giants insisted afterward that he could have remained in the game had he not already thrown 111 pitches and sure enough his next start will come right on schedule. Lincecum threw…

  8. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on Jerry Manuel

    Jun 21, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman isn’t a stats guy, but he has totally quantified “vibes”

  9. Are the Rangers targeting Cliff Lee?

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    It’s often hard to tell what the question was that led to a given answer in an interview, but this story in today’s Dallas Morning News suggests that the Rangers are targeting Cliff Lee. I say “suggests” because it’s rare that any GM will say “yeah, we’re interested in such-and-such a guy,” and in fact…

  10. Are the Mets looking to trade Mejia?

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Mike Silva wonders if the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him. It’s an interesting thought.  The Mets declined to make this kind of move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps the Mets are…

  11. A-Rod, Posada inconveniently day-to-day next week

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada are “day-to-day” for this week. Which is a problem because New York plays in NL parks over the next two series, so Girardi can’t DH either of them. The only obvious problem with this Yankees team entering the season was age and…

  12. Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten does it again

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    I watched Mark Whiten hit four homers against the Reds in 1993 and thought it was really something.  Yesterday Whiten played in the Hall of Fame Classic and hit two out, winning the game’s MVP honors. He also won the pre-game home run derby. It’s a different game now that active major leaguers don’t play…

  13. John McDonald hits an emotional home run

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    The home run was enough as it was, but the quote is an absolute killer.

  14. Humberto Quintero gets whacked in the head

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often: Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero was hit on the side of the head with Adres Blanco’s backswing during yesterday’s Astros-Rangers game. The video is here. You can hear the bat smack Quintero’s helmet. One of those hockey-style helmets, by the way, which you have to figure was the best…

  15. The Mets send Jenrry Mejia down, plan on making him a starter again

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Mets, whose recent winning ways have apparently stimulated some brain cells in management, have finally done what they should have done weeks ago and have sent Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to stretch out and get converted back into a starting pitcher.  He’ll ply his trade in Double-A Binghamton. I’ve beat this drum…

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Those who missed what happened over the weekend, however, have a second chance to catch up.

  17. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:36 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia fattens up his stats against the Metropolitans. And if you think that’s a cheap joke, wait until you see what I say about the Giants.

  18. J.D. Drew looking to rejoin BoSox lineup Tuesday

    Jun 20, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew is aiming to return to Boston’s lineup on Tuesday after an MRI on his strained hamstring came back negative. “From talking to the trainers, it’s actually pretty good,” manager Terry Francona told the Boston Globe. “I hope Tuesday’s realistic. If it’s not, we won’t do it. But I think it’s probably realistic to…

  19. Blue Jays option struggling 3B Encarnacion to minors

    Jun 20, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion went hitless in four at-bats and made a throwing error during Sunday’s 9-6 loss to the Giants.  After the game, he was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star. The move, of course, had little to do with his performance Sunday.  He has…

  20. Lady Gaga makes a fool of herself at Yankee Stadium

    Jun 20, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Here we go again.  Lady Gaga, who infiltrated Citi Field last week to watch the Padres take on the Mets and give a few inappropriate gestures to the crowd, was back in New York this weekend to terrorize yet another perfectly innocent baseball stadium. Gaga watched the first of a three-game interleague series between the…

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