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  1. Yorvit Torrealba intends to make a vigorous appeal

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Earlier I passed along word that Padres’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended for three games.  Not exactly the biggest story on the planet. MLB.com caught with him a few minutes ago, however, and it sounds as though Torrealba’s appeal will at least be interesting: “It might be five days after what I say.” I’m…

  2. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on Chemistry

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Hint: he’s not a big believer in it. Hint II: some of those bracketed phrases are really swear words.

  3. Before the injuries hit, Mark Mulder was having a great career

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder announced his retirement earlier this week without much fanfare, making official what has been assumed since he sat out all of last season following disastrous stints with the Cardinals in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Mulder won 16 games with a 3.64 ERA as a 27-year-old in 2005, but then injuries hit and he…

  4. The Phillies "would love to get Cliff Lee back"

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    File this Jack Curry tweet under Things No Phillies Fan Really Wants to Hear Right Now: Spoke to baseball official who has regular contact w/ Phils. He said they are itching to add a starter and would love to get Cliff Lee back. You can also file it under “Things That Would Never, Ever Happen…

  5. The Orioles contact Buck Showalter about their managerial gig

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter was one of the first few names listed by fans and the media to take over the Orioles’ managerial job when it became apparent that Dave Trembley was going to get fired.  Now the Orioles are doing the logical thing and interviewing him, reports Tim Kurkjian of ESPN. I assume this is a…

  6. Kenshin Kawakami is the unluckiest pitcher in the world

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami is providing this season’s best example of why wins and losses for individual pitchers are so often misleading (or worse). He lost to the Rays yesterday, falling to 0-9 despite a decent 4.42 ERA, six Quality Starts in 13 tries, and zero outings with more than five runs allowed. To put…

  7. Yorvit Torrealba suspended for three games

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended for three games after making contact with an umpire in the ninth inning of Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Jays.  Torrealba was arguing with ump Larry Vanover after taking a called third strike with which he didn’t agree. The video is here.  Unlike so many other incidents this…

  8. Dustin Pedroia puts on a knee brace and his hitting shoes

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia went into a major slump while playing through a knee injury suffered in mid-May, going 16-for-94 (.170) with zero homers over the next 23 games, but the former MVP is 10-for-20 (.500) with four doubles since deciding to wear a knee brace and seems optimistic that the problems are behind him: I thought…

  9. An update on the redesign

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    OK, the changeover to the redesign did not go 100% according to plan.  But I assure you, we’re now only leaking, like, 5,000 barrels a day and we’ve sprayed chemical dispersants all around the affected area. We’ll be sunning ourselves on Mississippi beaches in no time. Once again, apologies for the glitches earlier today.  As…

  10. The Phillies are snooping around Pedro Martinez again

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Phillies have had discussions with Pedro Martinez about making a comeback. Or I guess that would be another comeback. Really, in this age of half-season stints by old dudes, I’m not sure how we refer to this sort of thing. Point is, the Phillies are interested in having…

  11. Quote of the Day: MLB lawyer edition

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    “Baseball always acts reasonably in what is the best interest of baseball.”

  12. Aaron Heilman replaces Chad Qualls as Diamondbacks closer

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    A.J. Hinch finally stripped Chad Qualls of closer duties yesterday, saying that Aaron Heilman will now get most of the save chances. However, the manager added that he may still use Heilman some in the seventh and eighth innings, so the closer-by-committee could come into play. Hinch showed amazing patience with Qualls, letting him blow…

  13. I officially love the Rangers' bankruptcy judge

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a recap of yesterday’s Texas Rangers bankruptcy hearing and, as we noted yesterday, it seems like the Rangers have reason to be at least cautiously optimistic. The judge acknowledged that the highest bid did not necessarily make for the best bid, and if he ultimately goes with…

  14. Welcome to HBT 2.0

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    Redesign? What redesign? Oh . . . that. Allow us to explain.

  15. Report: John Russell is on the hot seat in Pittsburgh

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Is John Russell about to get fired? And why should we believe the Pirates when they say he isn’t?

  16. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Today’s recaps include a one-act play, starring Buster Olney as your wingman at a college bar.

  17. Top prospect Pedro Alvarez could join Pirates as soon as tomorrow

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sure enough, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Pirates will up Alvarez in time for Wednesday’s game. Within the past three weeks the Pirates have called up prospects Neil Walker, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln, and general manager Neil Huntington has indicated that Pedro Alvarez could join them in Pittsburgh as soon as…

  18. Carlos Beltran will not go out on a rehab assignment this week

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel weeps. Yes, Carlos Beltran played in another extended spring training game on Tuesday, but Mets general manager Omar Minaya said that he will not go out on a minor league rehab assignment this week, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “I don’t see it this week,” Minaya said about Beltran entering an official…

  19. Chad Billingsley placed on disabled list with groin strain

    Jun 15, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Billingsley told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he suffered the injury during last Friday’s start against the Angels. “In the sixth inning, I threw a pitch, I just felt it grab,” he…

  20. HBT Extra: Oswalt, Backman and PETA, oh my!

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    HBT Extra comes at you a day early today because I had to have that jacket I wear back to the rental shop by 5pm today or else they’d charge me for another week.  

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