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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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. …

  4. 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…

  5. 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?  

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. The Indians are thrilled with Stephen Strasburg too

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The Indians haven’t been drawing for anything this season, but Christmas comes early to Cleveland this year. Or should I say Strasmas?  Strasburg is scheduled to start against the Indians this Sunday and the Indians have sold over 1000 tickets to the game since midnight. I can only assume more will go as word spreads…

  10. The Mariners are scouting the Yankees: Cliff Lee trade, anyone?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    George A. King of the New York Post reports that the Mariners are kinda sorta thinking about trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees.  The “kinda sorta” is because there’s no sense that the Yankees are at all interested in Lee. According to King, however, the Mariners are currently scouting the Yankees organization and are interested…

  11. Pirates calling up Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    After seeing first hand what a top prospect can do last night, the Pirates reportedly will call up both Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game against the Nationals. Lincoln went one spot after Evan Longoria as the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but missed all of 2007…

  12. The Orioles are thrilled with Strasburg's debut

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Last night the Baltimore Orioles, while getting killed by the Yankees, started showing the Strasburg game on the big screen at Camden Yards.  I and a lot of other fans probably would have appreciated such a thing if we were there.  One guy didn’t, though:  Here’s Sweeny Murti from WFAN tweeting during the game: For…

  13. LSU football coach says Dodgers' first-round pick Zach Lee has no intention of signing

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    When the Dodgers selected Texas high school pitcher and LSU-bound quarterback recruit Zach Lee with the 28th overall pick Monday night there was immediate speculation that they did so because he’s considered unsignable. With owner Frank McCourt going through an ugly divorce the idea is that the Dodgers could take a compensation pick for failing…

  14. Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    They’re not complaining about the dimensions or the wind patterns. They’re complaining about the glare. Hitting coach Joe Vavra: “There’s a lot of light that reflects off that wall [beyond center field], maybe because of all the glass. It has been borderline dangerous at some points. You can see some of the catchers having trouble…

  15. Strasburg's debut was not to be missed

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    I have no idea what the TV ratings were on Strasburg’s debut last night, but we have some good photographic evidence that it was not to be missed. Check out this pic, from the Nats320 blog, of the abandoned concourse while Strasburg was pitching during the seventh inning.  Keep in mind that the seventh inning…

  16. HBT Poll: Should baseball expand instant replay?

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    In three years of blogging I don’t think I’ve ever ran a poll, but Bud Selig’s comments this morning about how most people in baseball don’t want instant replay kind of grind my gears. I think it’s counterfactual and that most people want some form of replay. But I wouldn’t mind getting a sense of…

  17. The Orioles to interview Bobby Valentine

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    That’s what the Baltimore Sun is reporting, with an interview between Valentine and team brass possible as early as tomorrow.  People have talked about what kind of jobs Valentine would or would not take given that he has a cushy analyst role at ESPN right now, but the Sun reports that sources close to Valentine…

  18. Mike Stanton has a solid debut for the Marlins

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg wasn’t the only franchise savior who debuted last night. Mike Stanton was called up by the Marlins and had himself a solid debut: 3 for 5 with two runs scored. All of the hits were singles, but given that Stanton’s M.O. is to swing for the fences and strikeout whenever he doesn’t mash…

  19. Bud Selig says no one wants replay

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    This just boggles my mind: But Selig also told reporters that he does not see a groundswell of support in baseball circles for greater use of instant replay. While he will continue to hold discussions with his special committee for on-field matters, he expressed doubt that expanded use of replay will take place during the…

  20. Your pitching star of the night: Jeff Niemann

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    So enough about Strasburg. Nice and all, but he didn’t have the best pitching performance last night. The Rays’ Jeff Neimann did.  Niemann allowed just two hits in a shutout of the Blue Jays, who sport a slightly better offense than the Pirates. Indeed, there were a number of fabulous pitching performances last night by…

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