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  1. Baseball America’s midseason top 50 places Bryce Harper first

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Baseball America has kept the same top two from the preseason in re-ranking the game’s best prospects, going with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout at the top. That was to be expected, of course.  In a mild surprise, BA elevated Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore past Atlanta’s Julio Teheran into the third spot, making him the…

  2. Columnist bashes Carlos Zambrano for flying to Guatemala to adopt a baby boy

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    One could reasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for various things he’s done while suffering from a bad back. Gotta be careful and everything, because his health is important. One could also unreasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for the way he handles himself while he’s recovering from his injuries.  This bit, from…

  3. Leaderboard of the day: 2011 home runs/plate appearance

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Minimum two homers.  Eat your heart out, Jose Bautista. Home runs per plate appearance: 1. Zach Duke (D-backs) – 2/15 – .133 2. Wily Mo Pena (D-backs) – 5/40 – .125 3. Jason Giambi (Rockies) – 9/93 – .097 4. Brandon Boggs (Brewers) – 2/22 – .091 5. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 28/357 –…

  4. Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hits: the opponents

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    As we saw yesterday, most of the pitchers Derek Jeter has the most hits against have been Red Sox.  However, his career numbers against Boston aren’t so illustrious.  Here is how he’s fared against his American League opponents: Indians: 171-for-503 – .340 Angels: 194-for-584 – .332 Tigers: 173-for-525 – .330 Rangers: 179-for-558 – .321 Twins:…

  5. HBT Daily: In which I go off on Aquaman. Like, seriously go off on Aquaman

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    And watch as a totally perplexed Tiffany wonders who she did wrong in a past life to be stuck talking to a nerd like me every day.

  6. Jose Reyes: out three weeks

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    We knew he is likely going on the disabled list today, but — via Jorge Arungure’s tweet — Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that team doctors have told Jose Reyes that his bum hamstring will cause him to be out three weeks. Reyes has been out since straining the hammy on Saturday against the Yankees.…

  7. Rays place Wade Davis on disabled list with right forearm strain

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have placed Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Davis allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks over five innings in a no-decision against the Twins yesterday. The Rays inked the 25-year-old right-hander to a…

  8. Baseball could be back in the Olympics by 2020

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Olympic Flag

    As I’ve written before, international baseball competitions like the WBC don’t really hold my interest. But I may have a professional interest in this: the International Olympic Committee announced that baseball, among a few other sports, is being put under evaluation for a return to the Olympics effective for the 2020 games. This could be…

  9. Bankruptcy judge sides with MLB over McCourt

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    There will be lots of rulings in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case, but the first major one came today: the judge said that Major League Baseball does not have to turn over the metric-butt-ton of documents Frank McCourt sought in his motion the other day. The document issue itself is kind of boring, but the overall…

  10. Curt Schilling: “There isn’t a team in the last 20 years that has won clean”

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT


    You may be shocked to hear this, but someone put a microphone in front of Curt Schilling yesterday and he decided to say some stuff that made him sound all authoritative and above it all. Crazy, I know! Anybody who ever says performance-enhancing drugs didn’t help players produce offensive numbers is full of crap.” And with…

  11. Report: Mets to hold “secret” contract talks with Jose Reyes

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Remember when Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported earlier this week that the Mets could be poised to make a “substantial offer” to Jose Reyes? Well, it appears those talks may already be underway. Multiple sources tell Mike Puma of the New York Post that indications are the Mets have begun or will…

  12. Let the bidding begin: Mets taking calls on Carlos Beltran

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    beltran getty wide

    According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, the Mets “are beginning to accept calls” on outfielder Carlos Beltran and have already received interest. Beltran has been able to avoid injuries this season and is again producing at a high level offensively, sporting a .285/.373/.506 batting line with 13 home runs and 57 RBI…

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

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    Yesterday President Obama had a Twitter town hall thing. Big deal. I do that every Wednesday night. I get way better questions and, if I may say so, give way better answers.

  14. Shin-Soo Choo aiming to return in early August

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo underwent surgery on his fractured left thumb during the last week of June. We’re only about 10 days in, but his recovery so far has been free of any hiccups. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Choo had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired thumb on Wednesday and…

  15. Reds promoting shortstop prospect Zack Cozart

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    cozart pose getty

    From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: A Zack Cozart is registered at Reds team hotel. Could be [an] odd coincidence, I suppose. Ruling out the one-in-a-million chance that it actually is an odd coincidence and there’s another “Zack Cozart” staying at the Reds’ team hotel this weekend in Milwaukee, it sounds as though the…

  16. A-Rod may sit out the All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez was voted in as the starting third baseman for the All-Star Game, but he may sit it out in order to rest his ailing knee. I expect to hear a number of injury-themed bag-jobs on the All-Star Game in the coming days. It always happens and people rarely raise an eyebrow about it.…

  17. Your Roger Clemens chuckle of the morning

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens departs with his wife Debbie Clemens after the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington

    I find this funny for some reason. Under the headline “Clemens not getting a lot of love from jury pool” comes a report that, really, it has not been all that hard to find people who don’t know the first thing about The Rocket: So far the pitcher hasn’t gotten a lot of love from…

  18. Redoing the 2001 draft: picks 11-20

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Chris Young

    I’m redoing round one of the 2001 draft, pick by pick.  If you missed part one Wednesday, click here. 11. Detroit Tigers Actual: Kenny Baugh Redo: Gavin Floyd (4th pick, Phillies) After an impressive debut in 2001, Baugh suffered a torn labrum and missed the 2002 season. His stuff failed to come all of the…

  19. The new Madoff-Wilpon judge makes the Mets’ prospects look a whole lot brighter

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    I missed this in all of the McCourt crap last week — I really do only have so much brain space for legal/financial baseball news — but the case against the Wilpons and Saul Katz was moved from bankruptcy court into regular old court court, which was what Wilpon and Katz had wanted. And better…

  20. The Most Interesting White Sox In The World…

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    CSN Chicago

    Chuck Garfien of put together a pretty entertaining “investigative report” on Wednesday afternoon concerning the recent, and suddenly more frequent, appearance of a certain cardboard cutout in the White Sox clubhouse. The Most Interesting Man In The World, a popular character created by the beer company Dos Equis, has begun showing his face around…

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