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  1. Jason Bay's concussion opening the Mets' eyes

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Unlike the case with Ryan Church a couple of years ago, the Mets can’t really be blamed for mishandling Jason Bay. Bay made no complaints about a head injury and there were no concussion symptoms until he got on a plane a couple days later.  It was just one of those things. But it may…

  2. Cardinals "intensify search" for third baseman, reportedly eye Brandon Inge

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Cardinals moved Opening Day third baseman David Freese to the 60-day disabled list and gave 25-year-old rookie Allen Craig his first career start at the hot corner. And in related news, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they have “intensified a search for help at the position.” Tony La…

  3. The Rangers and Rays give us an ALDS preview tonight

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If the season ended today, two things would happen: (1) we’d all be really surprised and would demand explanations; and (2) we’d have the Rangers facing the Rays in the ALDS, just like they are tonight. And we’d likely have tonight’s matchup as well: Cliff Lee vs. David Price, which considering the struggles Tim Lincecum…

  4. High temps in Texas kept Jed Lowrie out of Red Sox's lineup

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan has tried to downplay the impact high temperatures have on the Rangers’ attendance since Mark Cuban suggested it hurt the team during his bid to buy the franchise, but this weekend at least the heat also had an impact on an opposing player. Jed Lowrie left Friday’s game due to heat exhaustion and…

  5. Stop me if you've heard this one: WADA hates baseball's drug testing program

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ever notice that when pressed to explain the problem with baseball’s drug testing regime, the first reason cited by people from the World Anti-Doping Agency is that baseball doesn’t do business with the World Anti-Doping Agency? WADA chief John Fahey: “Baseball is the most recalcitrant,” he said, comparing MLB with the National Football League, National…

  6. Tim Lincecum on struggles: "I can't keep searching … I've just gotta go out and pitch"

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum went through a brief rough patch earlier this season, which he recovered from to go 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 53/19 K/BB ratio over an eight-start span. That stretch ended with a complete-game shutout of the Mets on July 15, but since then Lincecum is 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA in six…

  7. Orlando Cabrera plays bat boy

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Something about this makes me smile: Orlando Cabrera is on the DL, so yesterday he put on the “BB” uniform and played bat boy during the Reds-Marlins game. Wore the helmet and everything.  The only downside is that he quit after the fifth inning. This is not unprecedented in Reds history, of course. Marge Schott…

  8. Mets plan to pick up Jose Reyes' option, discuss long term deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    We heard some stuff about this a week or two ago, but Mark Hale at the Post is reporting that the Mets are going to exercise Jose Reyes’ $11 million option after the season and get working on an extension. Seems like a good idea. Reyes isn’t at 2006 level but he’s shown that he’s…

  9. Armando Galarraga, Alex Avila have a little dugout spat

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Weird scene in the first inning of yesterday’s Tigers-White Sox game: After retiring the White Sox, Tigers starter Armando Galarraga sought out his catcher, Alex Avila in the dugout and started pointing his finger and jawing at him. It seemed like a regular old disagreement until Gerald Laird stepped in and began firing back at…

  10. Albert Pujols: 30 homers for ten straight years

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    In my mind, the nutsiest thing about Albert Pujols is that he really wasn’t supposed to make the Cardinals in 2001. He had a nice overall season in the minors in 2000 — his only season in the minors — but 440 of his 544 plate appearances were in A-ball. Bobby Bonilla was supposed to…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    There’s absolutely nothing cool about anyone who works for HardballTalk, but we’re going to try to get you through the dog days of summer all the same.

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

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum and the Giants get roughed up.

  13. The Week Ahead: Countdown to deadline for Harper, Nats

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

    As with all of the players selected in the 2010 draft, No. 1 overall selection Bryce Harper has until midnight ET on Monday night to sign a deal. If he doesn’t reach an agreement with the Washington Nationals, Harper could return to college or sign somewhere else, such as an independent league. This seems unlikely,…

  14. Dibble apologizes for comments about female fans

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Last week, former pitcher and current Washington Nationals broadcaster Rob Dibble caused a little stir when he made some degrading comments on the air about a couple of female fans, wondering why they wouldn’t stop talking, how they must be embarrassing their husbands, and theorizing that “there must be a sale tomorrow.” Now he would…

  15. Rangers hoping to lock up outfielder Josh Hamilton

    Aug 15, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    We already know that the Rangers will make an effort to lock up ace left-hander Cliff Lee this offseason.  Now new CEO and managing partner Chuck Greenberg is saying that he also plans to work out an extension with outfielder Josh Hamilton in the very near future.  This according to the Dallas Morning News. “Keeping…

  16. Willy Taveras inks minor league deal with Rangers

    Aug 15, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have inked outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City…

  17. Kevin Slowey lifted Sunday after seven no-hit innings

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a no-hitter going through seven innings against the A’s on Sunday, but was lifted due to a pitch count of 106 and a recent bout with elbow tendinitis…

  18. Dustin Pedroia's rehab assignment is underway

    Aug 15, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia began a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket and finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, according to the Boston Globe’s Dan Hickling.  Not a bad start. “It felt good,” he said. “It’s been a while since I played. Later in the game I…

  19. Rangers place Rich Harden back on disabled list

    Aug 15, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Rangers right-hander Rich Harden failed to make it out of the third inning in his last start, August 7 against the A’s, and he had a scheduled outing pushed back this week for undisclosed reasons.  No we know why. Harden was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder tendinitis, according to Anthony…

  20. Indians activate Travis Hafner from the disabled list

    Aug 15, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, designated hitter Travis Hafner has been activated from the disabled list. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 29 with yet another case of soreness and discomfort in his shoulder.  It’s kind of shocking, given the big man’s history of shoulder problems, that he was…

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