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  1. Brewers preparing prospect Mat Gamel to play somewhere other than third base

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Once viewed as the Brewers’ third baseman of the future, Mat Gamel’s injuries and struggles defensively have kept him in the minors far longer than expected when he ranked 34th on Baseball America‘s list of the top prospects in baseball prior to last season. Gamel got a brief look at third base last season before…

  2. Your morning dose of "playing in New York is different" porn

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If you read nothing but the New York tabloids you’d think that Lance Berkman was some reality show contestant rather than an accomplished and experienced major leaguer.

  3. Deja vu all over again: Charlie Manuel dusts off the old "vote of confidence" for Brad Lidge

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge blew a save Saturday for the fourth time in 14 tries, but came back yesterday with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 11th save and got a vote of confidence from manager Charlie Manuel: I’ve definitely got to show him that I’m willing to stay with him and we’ll see what happens. ……

  4. Grant Balfour's injury came from wrestling with his pitching coach

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Chad Qualls trade was a head scratcher at the time, but it was explained later in the day on Saturday when it was revealed that Rays’ setup man Grant Balfour was injured.  Turns out that injury, however, was pretty preventable: he got it while “messing around . . . wrestling, in a way” with…

  5. Alex Rodriguez is "stuck" on 599 homers? Big deal

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    After striking out as a pinch-hitter yesterday Alex Rodriguez has gone 38 at-bats since hitting his 599th career homer and while waiting for career homer No. 600 far too many media members are acting as if it’s a drought of epic proportions. In reality Rodriguez has gone more than 38 at-bats between homers 35 different…

  6. The Brewers give Corey Hart a three-year extension

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Buster tweets that Hart’s extension is for $26.5 million over three years. 9:30 A.M.: The subject of trade rumors for weeks, Corey Hart remained a Brewer after Saturday’s deadline hit.  And he’ll remain a Brewer for some time into the future as well, given that Milwaukee just announced that Hart has agreed to a…

  7. Greg Maddux put in a good word for Blake DeWitt

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    When the Cubs and Dodgers were hammering out the Ted Lilly trade over the weekend, GM Jim Hendry asked for the input from his assistant, Greg Maddux.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Maddux gave the thumbs up to the team acquiring Blake DeWitt. On the one hand: cool. Maddux is The Man, I would love…

  8. Mike Lowell was nearly a Yankee again

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox nearly had a deal in place on Friday that would have had Mike Lowell going to the Yankees.  Not directly — the Rangers would have been used as an intermediary in a three-way trade — but for all practical purposes it would have been a Yankees-Red Sox trade. …

  9. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on steroids and the Hall of fame

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It’s a long quote of the day, but it’s well worth your time. Buster nails it.

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Given how nutso Saturday was, you’re forgiven if you took yesterday off from following baseball, even if we didn’t.

  11. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    A dark cloud looms over Jerry Manuel and the Mets.

  12. The Week Ahead: History stacked against Red Sox comeback

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:54 AM EDT

    Despite sitting in third place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox appear to be in pretty good shape. Riding a two-game winning streak, they enter the week just 6 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees, and 5 1/2 behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL wild card spot – with no…

  13. Cubs' Silva hospitalized with abnormal heart rate

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva (10-4, 3.76 ERA), who is experiencing a stunning resurgence after two horrible seasons in Seattle, left Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning with an abnormal heart rate, according to the Associated Press. He will remain in a Denver hospital overnight for observation. Alan Trammell, managing the…

  14. Strasburg played catch Sunday, reported feeling good

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list last week after inflammation was found in his throwing shoulder.  The move was mostly precautionary and his goal is to return on the first day that he is eligible, or at least right around that day. That goal got a little more realistic on Sunday…

  15. Guillen: Asian players treated much better than Latinos

    Aug 1, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Most of Ozzie Guillen’s rants can be ignored.  They’re usually plenty insightful, but he spouts off so often that it almost becomes repetitive.  And then he’ll surprise you, and really say something that makes you think.  That’s what he did Sunday while talking to reporters before Chicago’s series finale with the Oakland A’s at U.S.…

  16. Astros finalize extension for right-hander Brett Myers

    Aug 1, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    The Astros agreed to a multi-year contract extension with right-hander Brett Myers on Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon full details of the new deal were revealed.  Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has the breakdown of years and money. Myers, 29, was a steal for the Astros this winter and has been one of the…

  17. UPDATE: Ryan Howard lifted with sprained left ankle

    Aug 1, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had to be helped off the field Sunday after apparently injuring his left ankle while running the bases in the first inning. He will undergo X-rays…

  18. Rich Harden pitches well in return from disabled list

    Aug 1, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Rangers right-hander Rich Harden was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday night and took the mound immediately against the Angels.  Coming off a six-week stint on the disabled list and entering the outing with a 5.68 ERA and 1.68 WHIP, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if he got shelled. But he didn’t.  Harden…

  19. Nationals complete deal with Cuban righty Yunesky Maya

    Aug 1, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The Nationals have agreed to terms with Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on a four-year, $8 million contract, according to Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald. He will begin his state-side professional career at Single-A Viera…

  20. Carl Crawford swipes 400th career stolen base

    Aug 1, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Rays outfielder Carl Crawford picked up his 400th career stolen base on Saturday in the Rays’ 5-4 loss to the Yankees.  He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and is now batting .307 on the season with an .855 OPS, 12 homers, 56 RBI and 38 total successful swipes. Crawford is just the seventh player in…

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