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  1. Jose Tabata's wife pleads guilty to kidnapping charges

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Pirates’ outfielder Jose Tabata is only 21 and his soon-to-be ex-wife is 44, so she was already guilty of robbing the cradle. Now she’s guilty of stealing an actual baby: Amalia Tabata-Pereira, 44, pled guilty in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and impersonating a public officer.In March of…

  2. Stephen Strasburg will beat you and yell stuff at your fans

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg beat the Reds last night to improve to 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts and Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com notes that the 22-year-old rookie also fired back at some of the hecklers in Cincinnati as he walked off the mound: All you need to know about the fire of the competitor…

  3. Free Alex Gordon

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Royals are about to call up Rick Ankiel from Omaha, where he has put up a batting line of .270/.281/.556 in 63 at bats while rehabbing. Meanwhile, Alex Gordon is batting .315/.442/.577 in 260 at bats since being sent down, presumably to learn left field. Query: given Ankiel’s injury history and his own defensive…

  4. Carl Crawford is friggin' nuts

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Personally, I’d wear a cup. But then again, I’m not Carl Crawford.

  5. Mets manager Jerry Manuel is back on the hot seat again

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has a lengthy column today entitled “Manuel’s job in jeopardy” and says “this looks to be the point of no return” for Jerry Manuel as Mets manager. Here’s more: The other day in San Francisco at AT&T Park the interview area for manager Jerry Manuel was moved to…

  6. Bobby Jenks is probably out as the White Sox closer

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    At least as the team’s lone closer, and at least for now.  Ozzie Guillen didn’t like what he saw in Seattle last night, when Jenks blew a save in his second bad outing in three games: ”I got three guys there that can [close games]. I’ve got Thornton, I’ve got Putz throwing the ball good.…

  7. The Mattingly mound visit: MLB says the umps were wrong; umps disagree

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ll admit that I was rather confused about the Don Mattingly mound visit thing the other night.  After my initial post yesterday I was mostly persuaded by others that even if the umpires were following the letter of the rule regarding Mattingly making two mound visits, they weren’t following the spirit of the rule because…

  8. The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    A blast from the past: A-Rod hate, the likes of which we haven’t seen in well over a year.

  9. The Giants and Dbacks may open 2011 in Taiwan

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    This is fun: Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that Major League Baseball has proposed that the Giants and Diamondbacks open the 2011 season with a two-game set in Taiwan. Baseball has done Japan and Mexico for Opening Day before, but Taiwan would be a new one. It would be a weird schedule too:…

  10. The Mets are close to shipping Jeff Francoeur off in a trade

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports this morning that the Mets are trying to trade Jeff Francoeur and that they may have a deal done by this weekend. There are no indications as to who may be interested in Francoeur, who was recently shuttled to the bench when Carlos Beltran came back from…

  11. Ralph Houk: 1919-2010

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    A large, but often-overlooked figure in Yankee and baseball history has left our midst.

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

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:48 AM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Mets and Phillies lost.

  13. Source: The Cardinals are the front runners for Roy Oswalt

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    A major league source tells me that, contrary to what we’ve all been hearing for the past several days, the Phillies are not the front runners for Roy Oswalt.  The St. Louis Cardinals are. In fact, the Astros have been talking with Cardinals GM John Mozeliak for several days now, and Oswalt is quite amenable…

  14. Zimmermann dominant through first 13 rehab innings

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has been out of commission since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on August 19 of last season.  It was a major blow to the Nats when the surgery was recommended and they’ve struggled through a tough 2010 season, but things may be looking up. Zimmermann, 24, began a minor league…

  15. Clayton Kershaw suspended five games, will appeal

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    As first reported by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major League Baseball handed a five-game suspension to Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday for intentionally throwing at Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand on…

  16. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: First base

    Jul 21, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    This is the second in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Prince Fielder (Brewers) – Fielder has overcome a slow start in grand fashion: by month, he’s posted OPSs of 741, 880, 956 and now 1074 so far in…

  17. The Giants are interested in Jose Bautista

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have expressed interest in Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista. There were some comments in the Trade Tracker this morning from people who think that the Jays would be crazy to trade Bautista, but really, when is this guy’s value going to be higher?  Does anyone think that he’s really…

  18. Pedro Martinez won't pitch in 2010, still open for 2011

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Pedro Martinez has ruled out pitching in 2010. The reason: “Martinez, who will turn 39 in October, decided that he was enjoying the time off with his family this summer too much to embark on a comeback for the second season in a row.” However, he said…

  19. Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana is really, really good

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana’s promotion to Cleveland kind of got lost in the call-up shuffle last month as Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton dominated the hype and headlines, but the switch-hitting catcher has been fantastic and the Indians are quietly playing much better since his arrival. Prior to calling up Santana the Indians were 23-36, but they’ve…

  20. HBT Extra: The top five fictional managers (RIP Lou Brown)

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I had to dock Pop Fisher for letting gamblers in his clubhouse — and really, he wouldn’t play Hobbs until someone died — but he does manage to make my top five.

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