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  1. Red hot Joe Mauer on historic doubles pace

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer had two more hits last night, making him 39-for-89 (.438) with 17 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs in 22 games since the All-Star break. One of those hits was his 38th double of the year, which ties Mauer for the AL lead with Nick Markakis and puts him on pace to break both…

  2. 2011 All-Star Game protesters arrested

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    That’s the year 2011, not 2,011 protesters. But maybe if there were that many one of them could have gotten the petition they were trying to deliver to Bud Selig through the thin blue line: Five people were arrested in Minneapolis in an attempt to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig,…

  3. Javier Vazquez is worried about his declining fastball velocity

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last week Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland talked about Javier Vazquez dealing with a “dead arm” period and after serving up a homer on an 85-mph fastball last night Vazquez expanded on his lack of velocity: I reach back, and I see 88. The fastball is not there. I don’t have any zip on it.…

  4. Hundreds treated for heat exhaustion during yesterday's Reds-Cards game

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In my little riff on hot and humid ballparks this morning I left out Cincinnati.  It gets downright ugly there, and yesterday it was particularly bad: Around 200 fans were treated for heat problems Wednesday during the Cincinnati Reds/St. Louis Cardinals game at Great American Ball Park. The game time temperature was 93 degrees, but…

  5. Updated major league logos

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    I pretty much stopped reading ESPN’s Page 2 when Hunter S. Thompson blew his head off — I think he would have wanted me to — but there’s something really good over there today: Updated MLB logos.  Each team’s, reimagined in such a way as to capture the essence of its bein’, ya know? Here’s…

  6. The Mets may start Oliver Perez on Saturday

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    In a move that can only be explained by Jerry Manuel having money on the Phillies to win the division, the Mets manager said that he’s thinking about starting Oliver Perez against Philly. If he forfeited it would save everyone time and money. Not that there isn’t some logic afoot here. The Phillies will be…

  7. The Dbacks smack four consecutive homers

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning off Brewers starter Dave Bush last night.  The video is here. Great fun for anyone who isn’t a Brewers fan or a Dave Bush fantasy owner. For the record, the jacks came off two 89 m.p.h. fastballs, a…

  8. Quote of the Day: K-Rod-punches-out-his-father-in-law edition

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Clearly, K-Rod assaulting his wife’s old man last night was the result of media pressure.

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

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Last night’s scores and highlights, as well as digressions about humidity and whether a baseball team can request political asylum.

  10. K-Rod assaulted family member, arrested at Citi Field

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    Reports are flowing in… Francisco Rodriguez was arrested on Wednesday night at Citi Field for apparently assaulting his father-in-law.

  11. Report: Orioles place Ty Wigginton on waivers

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    The O’s have reportedly placed infielder Ty Wigginton on waivers. He has 18 home runs and has been used at multiple positions in Baltimore. Who might have interest?

  12. New father Mark Teixeira will rejoin Yankees Thursday

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    The Teixeiras welcomed a new baby boy on Tuesday. On Thursday, Mark will be welcomed back to the Yankees.

  13. Giants acquire Fontenot from Cubs for minor leaguer

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    As first reported by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have acquired second baseman Mike Fontenot from the Cubs for minor-league outfielder Evan Crawford…

  14. HBT Extra: Triple Crowns, bad boyfriends and more Francoeur hate!

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Check out Tiffany’s transition from the discussion of Triple Crown candidates to Jeff Francoeur. Epic, kids, epic.

  15. Brian McCann big again with bases loaded

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Brian McCann didn’t start Wednesday’s game against the Astros, but he did finish it, delivering a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to expand Atlanta’s lead from two runs to six runs in the Braves’ 8-2 win. It was the seventh career slam for McCann, who is one of the best in…

  16. Chase Utley cleared to start hitting again

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Good news for the Phillies: Chase Utley has been cleared to swing a bat. Utley was examined by his hand specialist today and was given the go-ahead. Assuming everything goes well once he starts hacking away he should be on course for an early September return. Wait, Utley doesn’t hack. That’s what makes him so…

  17. Nolan Ryan is trying to lower the temperature at the Rangers' ballpark

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    After falling short in his bid for the Rangers last week Mark Cuban commented that high temperatures in Arlington mean the team is “always at a disadvantage just because of the heat factor” and “you’re never going to be able to quite charge the same [prices] as Boston is just because of the comfort factor…

  18. Good luck with that trade, Mr. Francoeur

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    I call him “Mr. Fancoeur” because it just sounded so fun in that Wall Street Journal article I linked to this morning. I know that WSJ and the New York Times use “Mr.” and “Ms.” as a convention, but the convention really doesn’t work in sports articles. Did they do this when pro wrestling was…

  19. Dodgers place Rafael Furcal on disabled list with back injury

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    As expected, the Dodgers have placed Rafael Furcal on the disabled list with a strained lower back and called up Juan Castro from Triple-A to replace him on the roster. After sitting out part of April and most of May with a hamstring injury Furcal hit .319/.381/.518 with eight homers, 26 total extra-base hits, 10…

  20. Cardinals sweep the Reds; Brandon Phillips should go with "no comment"

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    That’s how you deal with trash talk and cleat-kicking and all of that stuff. Colby Rasmus’ grand slam in the fifth broke it open on the way to a 6-1 Cardinals’ victory, resulting in a sweep of the Reds. But this game was defined by Adam Wainwright. He pitched two-hit ball over seven shutout innings,…

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