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  1. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The fattest rotation ever? Which team wins if baseball is like a Survivor Series brawl and is it time for the robots?

  2. Francisco Cervelli nearing return from broken left foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Initially given a 4-8 week recovery timetable after breaking his left foot on March 2, backup catcher Francisco Cervelli could be close to returning to the Yankees after catching six innings in an extended spring training game. Joe Girardi said yesterday that “everything is going according to plan” with Cervelli’s rehab and Wallace Matthews of…

  3. And now, another edition of small sample size theater

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    I have already had multiple people ask me if I was prepared to eat crow over Jeff Francoeur‘s fast start. My response has been “It’s early. Don’t worry. The real Jeff Francoeur will show up soon.” Thankfully, Ted Berg has a great list of early-season statistical anomalies up over at his blog this morning, all…

  4. Buster Posey’s softball-playing sister can hit a little bit too

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    samantha posey

    Buster Posey‘s sister, Samantha Posey, is a junior third baseman on the Division II softball team at Valdosta State and ESPN.com reports that she “hit for the home run cycle” in a doubleheader, smacking a one-run homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer, and a grand slam. She drove in a total of 11 runs…

  5. Blah, blah, blah and the future of baseball beat writing

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Duvall Natural

    Did you see Andy Martino’s game story from the Mets-Astros in the New York Daily News?  If not, here’s how it started: Blah blah blah blah rain blah blah blah Niese blah blah Astros blah blah Mets got spanked. Blah blah, 6-1. We really don’t know what else to tell you about this one. But we will try: He goes…

  6. Potential top 10 pick and former Rangers first rounder Matt Purke shut down with shoulder pain

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt-purke-tcu

    Matt Purke turned down millions to sign out of high school after the Rangers selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, opting instead to go to college (and wear his hat slightly askew) at TCU. His decision appeared to pay off when he went 16-0 last season to win national freshman…

  7. Mike Leake does not know how to exchange merchandise

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Leake_Mike

    That diversion program that Mike Leake‘s lawyer is trying to get him into requires the participant to admit his guilt first.  In light of that, let’s hope that this report from a Cincinnati TV stadion (hat tip to Big League Stew) doesn’t represent Leake’s current talking points on the incident: A reliable source tells me…

  8. Logan Morrison wears protective boot after injuring foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    logan-morrison-marlins

    Logan Morrison‘s hot start has been put on hold thanks to leaving last night’s game with foot injury and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins’ left fielder was wearing a protective boot in the clubhouse afterward. Morrison has been diagnosed with a strained arch in his left foot, but manager…

  9. It’s apparently time to declare the Mets dead

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    The Mets are off to their worst start ever and, no, it hasn’t been pretty.  But I am crazy to think that the multiple obituaries in this morning’s papers are premature?  Joel Sherman is calling for the fire sale. Tim Smith describes the apocalypse. No, I don’t think it was reasonable to expect the Mets…

  10. Miguel Cabrera could have killed someone on the night of his DUI arrest

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Yes, obviously anyone who gets behind the while when they’re intoxicated could kill someone, but in Cabrera’s case it was way more than hypothetical. According to evidence released by Florida state attorneys yesterday, two truck drivers told police that Cabrera’s black Range Rover forced one of the trucks off the road and forced an oncoming vehicle…

  11. Shame on Colby Lewis for witnessing the birth of his daughter

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Whenever I point out and link a column or an article that seems outrageous, there’s always someone who notes that the writer was probably just “trying to get a reaction” or that he’s an otherwise OK guy who says audacious or controversial stuff in order to draw attention to themselves. I get that. I understand…

  12. Jim Palmer thinks Mike Cuellar lost the 1970 Cy Young Award because of racism

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Mike Cuellar pitch

    I didn’t watch the Orioles game last night — so someone please tell me if this is inaccurate — but a reader passes along a bit of byplay between Gary Thorne and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, the color man.  The subject: Mike Cuellar. The issue: why he didn’t win the 1970 Cy Young. Palmer…

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

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Brewers Phillies Baseball

    Roy Halladay got rocked and Mariano Rivera blew a save. So what I’m saying here is that the world is probably going to end today.

  14. Angels finally decide to give up on Brandon Wood

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Wood_Brandon

    Following Tuesday’s 15-4 win over the Rangers, the Angels made the move many had anticipated since the end of last season, designating former top prospect Brandon Wood for assignment. The transaction opens up a roster spot for the returning Erick Aybar. Wood reached on an error in his lone at-bat in tonight’s rout. He was…

  15. Jason Bay has four hits, homers twice in rehab game

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    UPDATE: And wouldn’t you know it, now Mets manager Terry Collins tells Rubin that he will discuss bringing Bay back tomorrow as opposed to Thursday. 10:31 PM: Things are looking pretty bleak for the Mets at the moment, but at least they have some help on the way. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New…

  16. Zack Greinke tosses three scoreless innings in first rehab start

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Brevard County earlier tonight and things couldn’t have gone much better. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Greinke struck out four over three shutout innings and retired nine out of the 10 batters he faced. Granted, we can’t take much from results against a…

  17. Alex Rodriguez aims to return to starting lineup Wednesday

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez was held out of the starting lineup tonight for the second straight day with continued soreness in his oblique/lower back, but told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that he expects to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Blue Jays. “We decided to take one more day and play tomorrow,” Rodriguez said. “I…

  18. Cardinals remove struggling Ryan Franklin from closer role

    Apr 19, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    franklin_ryan

    The Cardinals have finally done the inevitable. While Tony La Russa wouldn’t say the change is permanent, he told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest this afternoon that struggling closer Ryan Franklin will not be used in the ninth inning for the time being. Franklin has allowed six runs on eight hits — including three…

  19. Victor Martinez lands on DL with groin strain

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    MLB.com’s Jason Beck confirmed Tuesday that the Tigers are placing Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list because of the strained right groin he suffered Monday night. It’s certainly not the way the Tigers wanted to go about it, but it does alleviate the playing-time conundrum that had arisen with Magglio Ordonez back from his…

  20. Giants to activate Cody Ross, could demote Brandon Belt

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    The Giants decided to hold off on activating Cody Ross on Tuesday, but they’ll make the move Wednesday and the writing appears to be on the wall for Brandon Belt. Belt was excluded from the Giants lineup for a second straight day Tuesday, as the team is again using Aubrey Huff at first base. Nate…

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