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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.  

  4. Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    No, he doesn’t. And I apologize for a headline that would even suggest that I think he does. But that’s the question SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt poised on his Twitter account today: Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension? Ill ask him on pre-game tonight. Even better than poising the question rhetorically is asking Manuel himself. …

  5. Bobby Cox thinks Chipper is retiring

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones is not available to the media in advance of tonight’s Braves-Rays game, but Dave O’Brien caught up with Bobby Cox a few minutes ago and asked him about today’s confusion over Jones’ retirement (or not). Cox: The best I can say is he’s planning on retiring after this year, but we won’t know…

  6. The Mariners designate Ian Snell for assignment

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    We’ve had a lot of unsurprising news today. Add this to the list: the Mariners have designated Ian Snell for assignment. Snell was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in 11 games this year, eight of which were starts. He lost his spot in the rotation for good last week after giving up eight runs in…

  7. Mike Rizzo is no idiot

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This passage from Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle is a couple of days old, but it’s still a head-scratcher: Mike Rizzo kept saying Stephen Strasburg wasn’t ready for the majors, even when Strasburg tore through spring training like a hurricane and dazzled in the minor leagues. Tuesday’s stunning debut should have been Strasburg’s…

  8. Dustin McGowan lasts just eight pitches before another setback

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan has suffered yet another setback on his long road back from shoulder surgery, with manager Cito Gaston saying that “it doesn’t look good” for the 28-year-old right-hander. McGowan took the mound Monday at extended spring training to face live hitters for the first time since being shut down in the middle of spring…

  9. The Rangers may be in good shape

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    It’s still going on, but there are indications that the big hearing in bankruptcy court down in Texas may be going well for the team and not so well for the creditors. It’s the barest of reports, but the Associated Press is reporting that “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn said Tuesday that he tended…

  10. Royals willing to trade David DeJesus, hoping to trade lesser veterans

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    He’s not willing to recall Alex Gordon from the minors despite the former No. 2 overall pick’s great numbers at Triple-A, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he’ll be looking to trade veterans between now and the July 31 deadline. David DeJesus figures to be the…

  11. The Astrodome is falling apart

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    This doesn’t get me as misty as seeing Tiger Stadium turning into ruins, but it stinks pretty bad all the same: Hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1965, the Astrodome now sits vacant and in disrepair out on Interstate 610. The world’s first domed sports stadium lost its last…

  12. Mark Mulder retires

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    This may register as the least surprising news of the day, but Mark Mulder — former member of the “Big Three” in Oakland — has announced that he has officially retired. I think the only person this may be news to is Mulder’s agent who, back in February, when reports of Mulder’s retirement first surfaced,…

  13. Quote of the Day II: Homer Bailey on Soccer

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    “Soccer is a communist sport. And I don’t care if you use that.” – Reds pitcher Homer Bailey to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News.  Bailey went on to talk about how war is too important to be left to politicians, about how he can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, indoctrination,…

  14. OK, so Chipper won't announce anything today after all

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com just tweeted that, contrary to earlier reports, Chipper Jones has changed his mind about making any announcements today.  Guess that was some meeting with Cox and Wren. So to recap: Chipper is thinking about maybe retiring this season but thinks it may be premature to announce what he likely just discussed…

  15. Diamondbacks trade Conor Jackson to A's

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Reports yesterday had the Rangers pursuing Conor Jackson but this afternoon the Diamondbacks traded him to a different AL West team, sending Jackson to the A’s for right-handed reliever prospect Sam Demel. Jackson missed most of last season with valley fever and has struggled to bounce back this year, hitting just .238 with one homer…

  16. Quote of the Day: David Ortiz on Manny Ramirez

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    “Manny would call you and tell you, ‘I’ll meet you in a little bit to go eat at 12.’ You would be there until two and Manny wouldn’t show up. That’s him, that’s the way he is.” – David Ortiz, providing a longer synonym for “Manny being Manny.” Not that the quote is some great…

  17. Chipper Jones to retire after this year

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    UPDATE: O’Brien Reports that Jones is meeting with Bobby Cox and GM Frank Wren today and that afterward he will address the media.  It seems apparent that announcing his retirement is the purpose of the meeting and press conference. 11:00 A.M.: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution just tweeted that, while unconfirmed, Chipper Jones has…

  18. Erick Aybar diagnosed with hyper-extended knee after ugly looking takeout slide

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar was in obvious pain and had to be helped off the field last night after suffering what appeared to be a significant leg injury as a result of Casey McGehee sliding into him while trying to break up a double play. MLB.com has video of the play, which includes the announcers saying they…

  19. Own your own Strasburg ball. Only $18K!

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    I’m not going to say that the Stephen Strasburg hype is getting to be a bit much, but as of 20 minutes ago, the bidding on an autographed Stephen Strasburg ball from his first game is up to $18,080.  At that level of ridiculousness I find it cute that people are still bidding in $10…

  20. The Mets and Mariners have had "serious talks" about Cliff Lee

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    That report is from Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.  The sticking point: the Mariners want Jon Niese, but Omar is unwilling to trade him. I think I have to side with Omar here.  Given that Lee is going to hit the market this winter, why not wait it out, be aggressive, and try to get him…

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