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  1. Nolan Ryan likely to be released from hospital

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush

    A series of tests taken Monday showed no new heart problems for Nolan Ryan, and the Rangers CEO is likely to be released from a Houston-area hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday. Ryan was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains at his home Sunday.  The 64-year-old has a history of heart troubles.  He underwent a double bypass…

  2. Charlie Manuel wants a hitter and a reliever

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has revealed his Christmas list early, CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports. “We definitely could use a reliever, without a doubt,” Manuel said Monday. “But we also could use a bat.” Manuel, though, doesn’t want GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. “I’m talking…

  3. Chipper Jones to rehab in Rome prior to return

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    The AJC’s David O’Brien reports that Chipper Jones will begin playing in games with low Single-A Rome on Thursday in anticipation of a Monday return to Atlanta’s lineup. Jones, who underwent knee surgery to repair a cartilage tear just nine days ago, is likely to DH on Thursday and Friday before playing some third base…

  4. Reports: Tigers interested in Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Harang

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    The Tigers are hunting for starting pitching as aggressively as any team in baseball, and they’re looking at Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and San Diego’s Aaron Harang as fallback options if Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda prove out of reach. Detroit is in need of a starter after shifting Phil Coke back to…

  5. Aramis Ramirez still not ready to waive no-trade

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    But that could change next month, agent Paul Kinzer told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Monday. According to Kinzer, while Ramirez is currently unwilling to accept any deal that would take him out of Chicago, he might agree to something after his wife and children return to the Dominican Republic next month. Even more interesting is…

  6. Mariners cleanup hitters are batting .190 with four homers

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Needless to say, they’re not going to fare very well on the following list. Let’s take a look at each team’s OPS out of the cleanup spot this season.  Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are leading the way. 1. Brewers – .984 2. Tigers – .983 3. Cardinals – .970 4. Dodgers – .969 5.…

  7. Red Sox, Rays, Nats have called the Cardinals about Colby Rasmus

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak — totally disregarding Drew’s sound advice — says that Colby Rasmus is not being shopped and says a trade of their young center fielder and his father is not likely.  That’s not stopping teams from inquiring, however, as Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox, Rays and Nationals have all called…

  8. Red Sox-themed summer camp sells out. In the D.C. suburbs

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    The boundaries of Red Sox Nation are ever-expanding and, as it is so often noted, Washington D.C. is filled with transplants. So it should be no shocker that the Red Sox set up a team-sponsored summer camp in Bethesda, Maryland, and the thing sold out.  Dan Steinberg has the whole story over at D.C. Sports…

  9. Rob Neyer dishes on ESPN, Elias

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Over at SB Nation, former ESPN writer Rob Neyer talks about why he was suspended by his longtime employer back in 2000. After writing and before posting a piece on a statistical controversy involving Randy Johnson, Neyer attempted to contact Elias editor Steve Hirdt “for some clarification.”  When there was no prompt response, he ran the…

  10. Already out for season after elbow surgery, Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy too

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Somewhat buried in the news about Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena undergoing an emergency appendectomy this morning is George King of the New York Post reporting that Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy recently as well. Chamberlain went under the knife two weeks ago, according to King. He was already out for the season (and possibly…

  11. David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg drop their appeals

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles.  Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well. Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of…

  12. Which Red Sox player are you?

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    ortiz head

    This quiz which purports to tell you, based on some abbreviated personality inventory, which member of the Boston Red Sox you’d be is so beyond silly that I can’t even begin to quantify it. But yeah, I did it anyway. And it said I was David Ortiz. I have no idea what to think. Calling…

  13. Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena has emergency appendectomy

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have started a trend, as Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena has joined them in undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the season. George King of the New York Post reports that Pena is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having the surgery early this morning in Tampa Bay,…

  14. HBT Daily: Looking at the hitters available at the trade deadline

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I look at the market for Carlos Beltran and the lesser offensive lights available at the trade deadline

  15. The Red Sox and Rays played the 39th 1-0 game of 2011

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Sunday night’s 16-inning marathon won by the Red Sox was the 39th 1-0 game of 2011.  If that sounds like a lot, it is.  We’re currently on pace for the most 1-0 games since 1976. With scoring depressed, the number of 1-0 games shot way up last year and has only continued to increase.  Here’s the number of 1-0…

  16. Minor league announcer quits while he’s on the air

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Lake County logo

    Remember the silliness with the Lake County Fielders last week?  How the manager and a giant chunk of the team quit right before a game because they weren’t getting paid, leading to a game in which Jose Canseco pitched for the opposition? Yeah, well apparently that was just one part of a gigantic cluster going…

  17. Twins prospect Alex Wimmers returns to mound after severe control problems

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

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    After taking three months off from game action following a disastrous season debut that saw him walk all six batters he faced, Twins prospect and 2010 first-round pick Alex Wimmers has finally taken a big step in his recovery from extreme control problems. He returned to the mound last week at rookie-ball with just one…

  18. Frank McCourt calls MLB financing “a deal with the devil”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    One thing you learn pretty quick as a litigator is that, just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.  At least in court filings, where sometimes one’s rhetorical flourishes can go too damn far. Where one’s zealousness to make a sharp point leads one to say something in writing that they would never…

  19. Grady Sizemore on knee injury: “There’s a lot of concern”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Grady Sizemore was placed on the disabled list this morning after re-injuring his right knee yesterday and the Indians center fielder told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that “there’s a lot of concern” about his status. Sizemore missed just two weeks after bruising the same knee back in May, but indicated that he…

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