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  1. “David Ortiz is not a baseball player”

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Remember that John Steigerwald guy who blamed Bryan Stow’s beating on the fact that he wore a Giants jersey to Dodger Stadium? Yeah, that was some first class poop-stirring. This bit he wrote about David Ortiz over the weekend doesn’t approach that state of sublimity, but it’s pretty good poop-stirring all the same. The inspiration:…

  2. Mike Quade on Starlin Castro’s lack of hustle: “It better not happen again”

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Quade, Starlin Castro

    I’m sure Jack McKeon would have benched Starlin Castro for the rest of the decade by now, but Cubs manager Mike Quade has taken a less extreme approach to handling the 21-year-old shortstop’s lack of hustle. In the first inning of yesterday’s game Castro failed to run after a ground ball that went past him…

  3. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phillies' Halladay throws in the fourth inning during their MLB Interleague baseball game with the Athletics in Philadelphia

    Some people didn’t like my little tour of the cities thing last week and said that you’d prefer it if I just stuck to the “Team X has won Y of Z games, so look out for Team X!” blather.  I can’t tell if those people are merely trolls or if there is a genuine…

  4. Twins’ momentum vanishes as they fall back into last place

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Digging out of their massive early season hole seemed possible and then some when the Twins chased Giants starter Madison Bumgarner from last Tuesday’s game with an eight-run first inning. They’d won eight in a row as part of a 15-2 stretch that improved the Twins from an MLB-worst 17-37 to 32-39, miraculously bringing .500…

  5. Jeff Wilpon scolds Mets for not throwing at Athletics’ players

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    I missed this yesterday, but reader The Dangerous Mabry gave me the heads up.  ESPN New York reports that Jeff Wilpon scolded Mets players for not retaliating at Athletics’ players after Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on Thursday. The pitch that hit him — in the leg — was probably itself thrown at him…

  6. Mariners won’t limit rookie Michael Pineda’s workload

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Back in April the Mariners indicated that they planned to limit Michael Pineda‘s workload, but never got into specifics as pitching coach Carl Willis said: “We’ll come up with a number, maybe another month in.” We’re now another two months in and apparently they’ve changed their minds, at least somewhat, as Willis told Greg Johns…

  7. Bare-handed Evan Longoria breaks out

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    I didn’t mention this in the recaps this morning because I was too busy being clever about a 14-10 final score, but Evan Longoria had a huge game yesterday, going 4 for 6 with two homers and five RBI. He had a huge weekend, in fact, getting eight hits, three homers and 10 RBI against the…

  8. Aaron Harang (foot) unlikely to return before All-Star break

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session yesterday as he recovers from a foot injury, but manager Bud Black told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that the right-hander is unlikely to rejoin the Padres’ rotation before the All-Star break. Harang provided a nice return on the Padres’ modest $4 million offseason investment by throwing…

  9. Manny Ramirez is the Dodgers’ biggest creditor

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Whenever you file for bankruptcy, you have to file a list of your creditors.  The Dodgers filed theirs — see the whole filing here — and it’s a fun list: Manny Ramirez, $20,992,086 Andruw Jones, $11,075,000 Hiroki Kuroda, $4,483,516 Rafael Furcal, $3,725,275 Chicago White Sox, $3,500,000 Ted Lilly, $3,423,077 Zach Lee, $3,400,000 Kaz Ishii, $3,300,000…

  10. Ridiculous quote of the day: Frank McCourt edition

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt just released a lengthy statement with respect to the Dodgers’ bankruptcy filing.  Here’s my favorite part. It comes right after McCourt says that he tried to do the Fox deal but that Bud Selig got in his way: I simply cannot allow the Commissioner to knowingly and intentionally be in a position to…

  11. The Dodgers file for bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    A mere three days before the payroll comes due — payroll that Frank McCourt can’t meet — the Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy, reports Richard Sandomir. With that, the legal game begins. Obviously the situation is fluid, and more details will stream in as the morning and day progresses, but for the time being, this could…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    mix tape

    While in West Virginia over the weekend I took the kids to a couple of scenic places in the New River Gorge and had a couple of nice meals. But this was easily the highlight of the trip. Found it in my wife’s childhood bedroom. Still in the wrapper, just waiting to be made into…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I was out of town for the second weekend in a row. This time to West Virginia to visit my mother-in-law and to breathe some mountain air. Bonus: you can pick up the Beckley, West Virginia newspaper on Sunday morning and read last Wednesday’s box scores! Reminds me of being a baseball fan back in…

  14. Yankees kick Keith Olbermann to the curb on Old-Timers’ Day

    Jun 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Keith Olbermann

    Or as he put it himself, Keith Olbermann is a former old-timer. For 11 years, Olbermann was the in-stadium color commentator for the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day festivities, sitting alongside Bob Wolff.  However, the Yankees opted to relieve him of his duties in advance of Sunday’s event, replacing him with Suzyn Waldman. Olbermann was informed of…

  15. Carlos Guillen to begin rehab assignment Monday at Single-A

    Jun 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    guillen getty pose

    Finally, some positive news for Carlos Guillen. David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press reports that the veteran infielder has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and will get things started Monday with Single-A Lakeland. Guillen has not played in a major league game since undergoing microfracture knee surgery in September of…

  16. Jose Tabata carted off Sunday, Alex Presley on the way

    Jun 26, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates could have a new-look outfield when they open an interleague series Tuesday in Toronto. Bucs left fielder Jose Tabata had to be wheeled off on a cart in the bottom of the first inning Sunday after suffering a serious left quadriceps injury while legging out a bunt single. Garrett Jones entered the game…

  17. White Sox place John Danks on 15-day DL with oblique strain

    Jun 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    danks cap tip getty

    White Sox left-hander John Danks was pulled in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Nationals with a strained left oblique. He felt no improvement on Sunday morning when he arrived back at U.S. Cellular Field and so the Chicago front office made the only decision it could. From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago…

  18. Bobby Jenks set to rejoin Red Sox on Tuesday in Philly

    Jun 26, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw a scoreless rehab inning on Saturday for Double-A Portland, needing only 13 pitches. It was enough to convince the Boston brass that he is ready to begin contributing again at the major league level. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Jenks will not make another rehab appearance and has…

  19. Giants showing interest in Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba

    Jun 26, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Sources have informed Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that the Giants are still on the hunt for a catcher and have shown interest recently in the Rangers’ Yorvit Torrealba. San Francisco’s hunt for a new backstop began in late May, shortly after Buster Posey broke his leg in a collision at…

  20. Tommy Hanson cleared to return from disabled list Tuesday

    Jun 26, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    hanson wide getty

    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson made it through a bullpen session Friday without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in his once-sore throwing shoulder. As such, he has been cleared to return to the Atlanta starting rotation on Tuesday against the Mariners. The good news comes via beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.…

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