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  1. Expect to see Delmon Young hit by a pitch tonight

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves caused a bit of a stir by saying that Chicago pitchers should consider throwing at Minnesota hitters to “see if you can start a fight” during the three-game series at Target Field that began last night. Yet in Game 1 of the crucial series it was Delmon Young of…

  2. Jason LaRue could miss the rest of the season

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that Dusty Baker may want to bump Johnny Cueto’s next start against the Cardinals to, oh, 2024 or so: Catcher Jason LaRue, who suffered a concussion last Tuesday when he was kicked in the head by Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto reportedly still is having issues and his return is not imminent. Asked if…

  3. Adam LaRoche clears waivers, but trade may be difficult

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    John Gambadoro of KTAR-620 in Arizona reports that Adam LaRoche has cleared waivers, meaning the Diamondbacks can make him available in trade talks with any team. LaRoche has hit .272/.339/.489 with 20 homers and 26 doubles in 113 games, which is basically identical to his .273/.342/.492 career line. He’s far from an elite offensive first…

  4. What's the point of waivers anyway?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Buster Olney asked a general manager why we have the complicated waiver-trade system between July 31st and August 31st. I had kind of been wondering that myself recently, so I was happy to see the question asked!  Then I read the answer . . . He paused before answering. “You know, I never thought about…

  5. Nationals call up 22-year-old catching prospect Wilson Ramos

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos has hit .317/.349/.483 in 15 games at Triple-A since going from Minnesota to Washington in last month’s trade for Matt Capps, and now the Nationals have called up the 22-year-old catcher while Wil Nieves is away from the team to be with his pregnant wife. Ramos was all but guaranteed to get a…

  6. Is Wrigley Field keeping the Cubs from winning?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    If only we had more time to get a statistically significant amount of data to test if the Cubs’ new north side ballpark is truly the source of their failures! “I believe there hasn’t been a whole lot of people that have run that team that truly understand the ballpark,” Steve Stone says of the…

  7. Orioles won't be trading Luke Scott or Ty Wigginton

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi of reported yesterday that the Orioles won’t be trading Luke Scott after pulling him back off waivers, and now Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun report that the same is true for Ty Wigginton. Scott is under team control through 2012, so the decision not to trade him…

  8. Gregg Doyel: Having it both way with unions

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    I promise you that I’m not obsessed with Gregg Doyel. I just can’t seem to let this one go. You’ll recall this morning that Doyel stuck it to the player’s union and talked about how he wanted the Mets to crush them in the course of this Francisco Rodriguez business. The union is too powerful,…

  9. UPDATE: Tigers place Carlos Guillen on the disabled list

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Despite the good news covered below, the Tigers have placed Carlos Guillen on the disabled list with a bruised knee and recalled Will Rhymes from Triple-A. === Carlos Guillen was out of last night’s lineup after injuring his knee turning a game-ending double play Monday against the Yankees, but Jason Beck of reports…

  10. HBT Daily: Ozzie's booze, Pettitte's groin

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Watch as Tiffany gives me crap for hedging on whether Andy Pettitte can come back from his groin injury. She should be an appellate court judge.

  11. Craig Counsell open to trade after reportedly clearing waivers

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Buster Olney of reported earlier this week that Craig Counsell has cleared waivers and the veteran infielder said yesterday that he’d be open to a trade to a contender. Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin sought approval from Jim Edmonds before trading him to Cincinnati and Counsell indicated that Melvin discussed a similar possibility with…

  12. Golden Age? What Golden Age?

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Some of the Bobby Thomson remembrances I’ve seen over the past 24 hours have made references to baseball’s “Golden Age.” Forbes’ Tom Van Riper ain’t havin’ it, though: Nostalgia holds that the 1950s represented baseball’s golden era. They didn’t. Thomson’s famous ninth-inning, final-game homer off Ralph Branca to give the New York Giants the 1951…

  13. Video: Jose Canseco hits a homer

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Or, as one of my co-workers put it: “The Shot Heard ‘Round the Greater Laredo Area”

  14. LaTroy Hawkins considering shoulder surgery at age 37

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins missed three months with shoulder soreness earlier this season and returned to appear in just five games for the Brewers before landing back on the shelf with more shoulder problems last week. And now the 37-year-old reliever is considering season-ending and potentially career-threatening surgery. According to Hawkins a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum…

  15. Draft pick slotting isn't going to happen

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As is almost always the case following the draft and its attendant August signing deadline, the calls are going out for a hard slotting system in which draft picks are paid a set price based on where they’re taken. No haggling! Just like buying a Saturn! While there may be some merit to the idea…

  16. Mike Leake moved to bullpen to keep rookie's workload down

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Suddenly flush with capable rotation options, the Reds have decided to move Mike Leake to the bullpen in order to keep the 22-year-old rookie’s innings count in check. Leake went 7-1 with a 3.45 ERA through his first 18 starts after the 2009 first-round pick skipped the minors completely to crack the Opening Day rotation,…

  17. Free Freddie Freeman!

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Braves’ apparent move to get Derrek Lee means that, no, they have no intention of calling up first base prospect Freddie Freeman.  Which is regrettable, because all he’s doing is hitting .308/.369/.510 down in AAA and, if I had to guess, would perform better than either Troy Glaus or Derrek Lee down the stretch.…

  18. Report: Braves on verge of acquiring Derrek Lee from Cubs

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    According to David Kaplan of the Braves are close to trading for Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who will reportedly agree to the move despite using his no-trade rights to turn down a proposal to join the Angels last month. Whereas the Angels were hovering around .500 and barely clinging to contention at the…

  19. Decision to let Jim Thome go may cost White Sox the division

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    This offseason the White Sox chose not to re-sign Jim Thome in large part because manager Ozzie Guillen urged general manager Ken Williams to let him go, saying he preferred to cycle various players through the designated hitter spot and make the lineup less homer dependent. Thome signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the…

  20. Gregg Doyel won't let facts get in the way of a good rant

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    CBS’s Gregg Doyel has never been one for subtlety, but in his latest column — in which he rips the MLBPA for having the audacity to defend one of its members — he shows his contempt for facts, reason and perspective as well: The MLB players union has gone too far. Finally, inarguably, the…

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