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  1. The Dodgers paid a guy big money to channel "V energy"

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The Dodgers appeared to intentionally draft an unsignable pick in the first round the other day, quite possibly because they didn’t feel like paying anyone first round bonus money this year. But while they don’t appear to want to spend on ballplayers, the team had no problem spending six figures on some whack-job Rasputin “scientist…

  2. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    Astros 6, Rockies 2: Wow. Walkoff (why did I think the Astros were at home?) game-winning grand slam by Carlos Lee in the tenth inning. Someone isn’t happy about being called “untradeable” for the past two months.  Dude has been on fire in June. Indians 11, Red Sox 0: Yesterday I observed that Tuesday night…

  3. Great, great, great nephew of 'Shoeless' Joe drafted

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:20 AM EDT

    All sorts of interesting things can happen late in the MLB draft. The San Francisco Giants, for instance, selected former Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate on Wednesday in the 50th round, eight picks from the end. This despite the fact that Tate has already joined the Seattle Seahawks, and was just nabbed for a late…

  4. Royals eye new way to go downhill: bobsled!

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    I guess when you play long enough for the Kansas City Royals, you start to think about undertaking more enjoyable career paths. Case in point: Willie Bloomquist and Jason Kendall want to be Olympic bobsledders. I’m not kidding. Rustin Dodd Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star has all the information in his blog. In…

  5. Posey launches first career MLB home run

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Giants prospect Buster Posey hit his first career major league home run on Wednesday night against the Reds, a two-run shot following a two-out walk by outfielder Pat Burrell. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that the shot traveled an estimated 439 feet and landed in the upper deck at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.  Only 77…

  6. Stephen Strasburg to appear on Letterman

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    The accolades continue to pour in for Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who debuted on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. with a 14-strikeout victory over the Pirates. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Baseball Hall of Fame called the Nationals’ front office on Wednesday morning to request a souvenir from the 21-year-old’s debut. …

  7. Rollins set to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has played in only 12 games this season and has served two different stints on the 15-day disabled list due to a pesky muscle strain in his right calf.  When healthy he’s been great, batting .341 with a .462 on-base percentage in 41 at-bats, but it’s hard to help a team…

  8. Still waiting on Indians' Carlos Santana

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    While Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton made their much hyped debuts on Tuesday, one of the game’s other top-five prospects, Carlos Santana, has been left in Triple-A to continue his harassment of International League pitchers. The 24-year-old Santana is hitting .314/.447/.580 with 12 homers and 47 RBI in 188 at-bats for Triple-A Columbus. He’s walked…

  9. Revisiting the player of the 1990s discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Since my Ken Griffey Jr. retirement piece received so much feedback… After the 1999 season, Ken Griffey Jr. was famously named the Player of the Decade by the players themselves, as part of the MLBPA’s Players Choice Awards. No balloting was ever announced, so we don’t know how close the vote was. The choice garnered…

  10. Aramis Ramirez hits the disabled list

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    The Cubs have placed Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8.  He has a bruised left thumb. This has been a chronic problem for Ramirez, and either it or some sort of alien brain swap has resulted in him having the worst damn season of his life. He’s batting .168/.232/.285 and…

  11. Forget it, Seattle: The Yankees aren't interested in Cliff Lee

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The New York Post reported this morning that the Mariners were thinking about trying to peddle Cliff Lee to the Yankees. This afternoon the Daily News reports that they can peddle all they want, but the Bombers aren’t buying: But despite a published report that suggested the Bombers were interested in a deal for Mariners…

  12. Dice-K suffers from "intestinal turmoil"

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    One of the reasons teams have media relations people is so that a nice little shine can be put on news tidbits that aren’t particularly shiny. Health updates are one of those things. For example, did you know that there’s an exhibit in the PR Professionals Hall of Fame dedicated to preserving the memory of…

  13. Orioles prospect Jake Arrieta to debut against Yankees tomorrow

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Now that all service time considerations are moot top prospects are being called up in waves. Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton debuted last night, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata are being called up today, and Jake Arrieta is set to join the Orioles’ rotation tomorrow night against the Yankees. Arrieta signed for $1.1 million as…

  14. UPDATE: Jayson Werth is out of the lineup again

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Snipping, sniping, whatever: Jayson Werth is sitting for a second straight day.  Ben Francisco gets the call in right against Josh Johnson and the Marlins. Not sure I’d read a ton into this. Werth is only 3 for 11 against Johnson with zero extra base hits, so maybe he’s not the right guy for…

  15. Instant replay is winning by a mile

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I know this morning’s instant replay poll is not scientific. It also features slanted questions and lends itself to self-selection. But results are results!  And after about six hours of voting the results are clear: instant replay in a landslide. Just over 1000 people have voted. About 83% of you want replay of some kind. …

  16. Managers' sons are popular in this year's draft

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen isn’t happy about his son being picked in the 22nd round, but he’s not the only manager whose offspring was drafted this year. Detroit took Jim Leyland’s son in the eighth round and unlike Ozney Guillen it sounds like Patrick Leyland is a legitimate prospect. He’s a catcher with good defensive skills who…

  17. HBT Extra: Strasburgmania!

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about Stephen Strasburg today. What, you were expecting It’d be DiMaggio?  

  18. Kendry Morales set for surgery, still hoping to play again this season

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kendry Morales will undergo surgery tomorrow, two weeks after fracturing his ankle while celebrating a walk-off homer. Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Morales was initially slated to go under the knife the day after the injury, but surgery was delayed until the swelling subsided. He’ll have a metal rod and/or screws inserted “to hold…

  19. What's in a debut performance?

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Whose major league debut was this? Opponent: the Pirates, at home; Line: six innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 earned runs,1 home run allowed, 10 strikeouts. Give up? It was Mark Prior, from May 22nd 2002. There’s a lot of that going around as people try to get their mind around Stephen Strasburg’s performance today, obviously,…

  20. Ozzie Guillen disappointed by son Ozney being picked in 22nd round

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Yesterday the White Sox chose Ozzie Guillen’s son, 18-year-old Ozney Guillen, in the 22nd round of the draft and the manager isn’t happy about the high school outfielder dropping that far: Obviously, it’s a disappointment. Twenty-second round? Anybody can go 22nd round. There are a few players out there that weren’t [high] picks and made…

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