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  1. Brandon Phillips: Twitter God

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    On a day when a congressman resigned because he misused Twitter, Amy K. Nelson reminds us in a nice story over at ESPN.com that Twitter is just a medium. It’s the nature of the person who uses it that matters.  Specifically when that person is Brandon Phillips: Yet it seems as though @DatDudeBP just might…

  2. Baseball is being ruined by the “cult of individualism,” says some guy

    Jun 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    The thinker

    I get accused — not wrongly — of over thinking things from time to time. Well I got nothin’ on David Sirota, who writes in Salon today about how our society’s veneration of the individual over the collective is ruining baseball. The basis of his argument: a study which shows that teams who spend big…

  3. Video of the Day: Official, extended Moneyball movie trailer

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    I linked yesterday to an Entertainment Tonight video showing a few brief scenes from the upcoming Moneyball movie and opined that it didn’t exactly make me excited about the film, but today an official trailer for the movie was released and in addition to being a whole lot longer at two-plus minutes it also looks…

  4. Jeremy Guthrie leaves game with a back strain

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Orioles starter was having a nice day against the Blue Jays. He had five shutout innings under his belt with five strikeouts, but then he had to leave the game with a strained back. Updates will come later. You never want to see a starter hurt, but given that the Orioles are probably thinking about putting…

  5. Projecting the 2011 AL All-Star team

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano

    Same deal as yesterday: 21 position players, 13 pitchers. Let’s give it a go. Catcher Locks: Russell Martin Possibilities: Alex Avila, Matt Wieters, J.P. Arencibia, Miguel Olivo, Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli, Joe Mauer Martin has more than a 600,000-ballot lead on Avila in second place, so he’s sure to go. It will be interesting to…

  6. Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba yells at Andruw Jones, accuses Yankees of stealing signs

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    During the fifth inning of the Rangers’ loss to the Yankees yesterday catcher Yorvit Torrealba yelled at Andruw Jones, claiming he was stealing signs and relaying them to the batter while at second base. Here’s what Torrealba told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas: We could all be wrong, but we could all be right, so…

  7. Lesbian couple files discrimination complaint against Target Field security

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Look, if I have to see fat hairy Bob and his wife Betty up on the jumbotron when they do the kiss cam thing, I had better not hear that ballpark security is out on the concourses trying to keep a couple of nice ladies who are in love from kissing one another.  Wait, what?…

  8. HBT Daily: Answering your Twitter questions

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Earlier today we handled all the geeky ones. This time, the non-geeky. Mostly.

  9. Hanley Ramirez on manager Edwin Rodriguez: “I’ve got his back till the death, man”

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Edwin Rodriguez is starting to feel some heat with the Marlins tied for last place in the NL East at 32-36 after losing 13 of 14 games to begin June, but today Hanley Ramirez made it very clear that he’s in the manager’s corner. Ramirez, who just returned from a stint on the disabled list…

  10. Jim Hendry gets the dreaded vote of confidence

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Hey Tom Rickketts! What do you think of the general manager who put together this abomination of a Cubs roster? Ricketts said he has “100 percent confidence” in Jim Hendry, though he didn’t quite guarantee that the general manager will finish out the final year of his contract through the 2012 season. “We’ll see what the…

  11. Rich Harden is between injuries again

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Rich Harden threw 40 pitches in a simulated game yesterday and afterward manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the oft-injured right-hander “looks terrific to me.” In fairness to Melvin, he’s new in Oakland and hasn’t been through the usual routine with Harden and his never-ending injuries. Slusser reports that…

  12. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    The Question

    Warning: this week’s entry is extra long and embarrassingly geeky.

  13. A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd after White Sox allow five steals in loss

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last night the Twins ran wild on the White Sox, stealing five bases in five attempts, and after the loss catcher A.J. Pierzynski put most of the blame on pitcher Gavin Floyd: We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just…

  14. Chris Snyder and wife victims of a road rage incident

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This is kinda freaky: Pirates catcher Chris Snyder, his wife and his kids were in the car yesterday. Snyder just had back surgery last week and his wife was driving. She apparently cut off a guy on a scooter — or at least the guy on the scooter thought so — so he followed them…

  15. Brandon Lyon back on the disabled list, may need surgery

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Brandon Lyon spent a month on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff, returned last week to allow three homers and a total of eight runs in three appearances, and has been placed back on the DL. And he might be done for the season, as Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports…

  16. Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers goes beyond finances

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin reports today that, while Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers was initially intended to focus on team finances, it has expanded into matters pertaining to security at Dodger Stadium and interviews of former team executives. The security angle interests me the most in light of the lawsuit brought by the family of…

  17. Rafael Soriano transferred to 60-day disabled list and “advised to rest until next week”

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano did some throwing Tuesday, but afterward the Yankees decided that the rehabbing right-hander is not ready to progress any further in his recovery from elbow inflammation. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Soriano has been “advised to rest until next week” and manager Joe Girardi explained that “if we felt it was 100…

  18. Play of the day: by a fan with a hat

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of last night’s Cubs-Brewers game.  It was a nice homer. Should have gone out on Waveland Avenue. But this fan and his hat had other ideas. That’s serious hat-savvy. Especially considering that, based on where the fan was sitting, he was probably a good three…

  19. Jorge Posada could very well catch

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    The talk going in to the season was that Jorge Posada‘s days as a catcher were over. The Yankees have stayed true to that plan too, as he has not donned the tools of ignorance since spring training. But before yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi conceded that, yes, Posada is the team’s “emergency catcher.” Which normally…

  20. What in the hell are “OPSBIs”?

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Fact: two Major League Baseball teams gave Jim Bowden the keys to the entirety of their baseball operations.  Just thought you should remember that when you read one of the ways in which he likes to evaluate players: I get asked all the time which two or three common statistics I would pick to evaluate…

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