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  1. Rick Ankiel thinks about pitching again

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel says he would consider pitching again. Here are his comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I keep thinking when I can’t run any more and I still want to be in the game, maybe I’ll give [pitching] a shot. For now, I’m an outfielder and that’s how I look at it.” Stranger things have…

  2. Ryan Ludwick's "terse meeting" with manager Tony La Russa preceded trade to Padres

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I wrote yesterday that the Cardinals’ decision to trade Ryan Ludwick for Jake Westbrook struck me as odd given the team’s apparent need for offense and Ludwick’s strong production for the past four years, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch sheds some interesting light on what may have motivated the move behind…

  3. Ivan Rodriguez becomes fifth player in baseball history with 300 home runs as a catcher

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Last night Ivan Rodriguez hit his 307th career homer, 300 of which have come while catching. Rodriguez joins Hall of Famers Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, and Yogi Berra as the only players in baseball history to amass 300 homers while catching. And for all the people freaking out about Alex Rodriguez being “stuck”…

  4. Bids are due for the Rangers at 8PM tonight

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    If you’re planning on buying the Texas Rangers, make sure your bid is in by 8PM tonight, because that’s when the bidding closes. Heck, that gives you most of the day to get your stuff together, so I don’t see why you can’t get in on it too.  All you need is a little information.…

  5. Rays send Jeremy Hellickson back to minors after impressive debut victory

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Stud prospect Jeremy Hellickson was called up from the minors to make his big-league debut last night, pitched the Rays into a first-place tie by beating the Twins with seven strong innings, and was optioned right back to Triple-A minutes after the win. He’ll be back, of course, but it underscores just how much young…

  6. Got any suggestions for HBT Daily/Extra?

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    As you’ve noticed, Tiffany and I are doing videos every day now: HBT Daily five days a week and a longer HBT Extra on Wednesdays.  We enjoy doing them and probably would never run out of stuff to talk about, but we also want to make sure we’re talking about stuff you care about. So: …

  7. Carlos Lee could be playing some first base soon

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    This could be fun: Astros manager Brad Mills said yesterday that Carlos Lee could begin seeing some time at first base. Which, if you’re gonna play the guy, is probably a better bet than playing him in the outfield, where he’s defensive disaster. Sure, the Astros just got Brett Wallace from Toronto, but he probably…

  8. The Mets won't demote or cut Oliver Perez

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It’s one thing to make a mistake with a big contract. Just about every GM — including some good ones — have done that.  It’s another thing altogether to compound the mistake by never admitting you made it in the first place and carrying on as if everything is hunky dory. Ladies and gentlemen, I…

  9. If you're going to trash baseball, at least use the right data

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    You’d think that if you’re going to do a study about attendance that you’d want to mention the wins and loses of the subject team once or twice. But maybe that’s just me.

  10. Say goodbye to Mannywood

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.

  11. No, Carlos Santana did not "deserve" to have his leg destroyed last night

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    There’s a fine line between writing a provocative headline and simply being an ass. Wait, actually it’s not that fine a line, so I’m not sure how this one ever got published.

  12. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Chipper goes yard, Hellickson gets a tiny sip of a half cup of coffee and the Brewers make hash out of the Cubs.

  13. Ron Artest gives the Mets a bad rap

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:18 AM EDT

    As the season wears on, the New York Mets are looking less and less like a playoff team. Luckily, they have Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest to cheer them up with a little rap song. Artest hails from Queens and grew up a Mets fan, so he knows what that’s all about. He’s also…

  14. Matt Kemp vows to stop slacking, then slacks

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    When Dodgers GM Ned Colletti called out Matt Kemp back in April for poor defense and base running, the reaction, via Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart, was swift and harsh. But when Larry Bowa said something the other day, the reaction was much different. First, here’s what Bowa, the Dodgers’ fiery third base coach, told T.J.…

  15. UPDATE: Carlos Santana suffers apparent serious leg injury

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to the team’s Twitter feed, Santana’s left knee tested well with the training staff. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. 9:43 PM: You hate to see things like this. Carlos Santana left Monday’s game against the Red Sox in the seventh inning after suffering an apparent serious injury to his…

  16. Stephen Strasburg throws again Monday with no problems

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, who played catch Sunday for the first time since going the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, threw from up to 120 feet Monday with no reported problems, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. “Everything was fine,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. Strasburg started at 60 feet — the same distance he threw from…

  17. In case you were wondering, the White Sox disagree with Ozzie Guillen

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Unless you went into a mini-baseball hiatus since the trade deadline, you probably heard that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made some waves Sunday with his belief that Asian players are treated better than Latinos. Here’s a sampling: “Very bad. I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one.…

  18. Braves place Martin Prado on the disabled list

    Aug 2, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger Monday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Prado injured the finger while sliding to score a run in the 10th inning of last Friday’s win over the Reds. The Braves originally hoped that he would be able to…

  19. Pirates to call up James McDonald for Thursday's start

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Acquired from the Dodgers over the weekend in the Octavio Dotel trade, James McDonald is expected to join the Pirates’ rotation to start Thursday against the Rockies. As a 25-year-old with a good minor-league track record McDonald is certainly deserving of a shot that the Dodgers never quite seemed willing to give him. He had…

  20. The Rangers were watching Thursday's Marlins-Giants game closely

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    The deal that brought Jorge Cantu from the Marlins to the Rangers was being talked about all Thursday afternoon.  Also going on all Thursday afternoon was the Giants-Marlins game out in San Francisco. Once the rumors started flying, the bloggers and the tweeters among us kept wondering if and when Cantu would be removed from…

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