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  1. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    A slight twist this week: instead of summarizing where the teams are, I list what the teams need. Be it at the trade deadline or otherwise.

  2. Former closer Jason Isringhausen to throw for Reds

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen hasn’t thrown a pitch since last June, hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2007, will be 38 years old in a couple months, and is just 12 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, but the former Cardinals and A’s closer said during a radio interview today that he’s been invited to throw…

  3. Marlins: the price for Cody Ross is "very, very high"

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney is saying the Marlins are saying.  And I can only think that the reason the Marlins are saying that is because the Braves — a division and geographic rival — are the team that has been mentioned with the greatest interest in the Ross. Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a…

  4. Ken Macha complains to MLB about Brewers being plunked

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brewers batters have been hit by an MLB-high 47 pitches this season and after the latest plunking of Prince Fielder over the weekend manager Ken Macha revealed that he’s complained to officials about the situation. Macha said he’s spoken to former umpire and current umpiring department special assistant Bruce Froemming, and Guy Curtright of MLB.com…

  5. John Smoltz doesn't live up to his own golfing hype

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is a — duh — celebrity golf tournament that the good people at NBC happen to broadcast and sponsor and everything. It went down in Lake Tahoe this past weekend and, as usual, a lot of ex-baseball players participated. The bosses didn’t let me go though, presumably because John…

  6. Olney: the Yankees are not looking for a starting pitcher

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    We talked “should” a couple of hours ago. Now here’s the “will”:  Buster Olney tweets that New York is not looking for a starting pitcher in the wake of Andy Pettitte’s injury.  Rather, they are going to concentrate on improving the bench and improving the bullpen, presumably content to let the rotation play out the…

  7. Phillies and Twins reportedly interested in Ben Sheets, but will the A's even trade him?

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets is signed to a one-year, $10 million contract and won’t bring back compensatory draft picks as a free agent because he missed all of last season, so with Oakland barely clinging to contention at 45-46 it would seemingly be a no-brainer for the A’s to trade him. Despite that Susan Slusser of the…

  8. Because things aren't crazy enough: Mark Cuban may get in on the Rangers now

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    I missed this from late last week, but Mark Cuban — who has been denying any interest in the Rangers for a solid year now — has changed course and may now get involved in the upcoming auction: “The economics have changed, which has gotten me interested. My lawyers are still going through everything, but…

  9. No longer closing, Trevor Hoffman quietly turns things around

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman allowed three runs on May 18, blowing his fifth save in 10 chances as his ERA rose to 13.15. He was stripped of ninth-inning duties and given four days off, with 27-year-old rookie John Axford grabbing hold of the Brewers’ closer job. Axford has converted 11-of-11 save chances with a 2.96 ERA in…

  10. Quote of the Day: Lou Brown

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    We honor the memory of the Indians’ best manager since Tris Speaker.

  11. Should Andy Pettitte's injury make the Yankees go out and get a pitcher?

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is going to miss 4-5 weeks with a groin injury.  That likely puts Sergio Mitre in the rotation.  Does that transform the Yankees from a team that appeared like it was going to stand-pat at the deadline into a serious buyer? I’m sure the rumors will start flying now, but I’m less interested…

  12. Bud Selig's battle to sell the Rangers

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    The daily blow-by-blow of the legal battle involving the sale of the Texas Rangers has gotten so technical and boring that it’s understandable if you’ve tuned out by now.  But the big picture is still a fascinating one.  Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of it all is that, at its heart, the Rangers sale is…

  13. The Padres are giving Bud Black a three-year extension

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Corey Brock of MLB.com is reporting that the Padres are going to give manager Bud Black a three-year extension today. Good move. There are any number of ways to explain the Padres’ unexpected success this year, but whether its about motivating a team to play above its head, about bringing along a young and talented…

  14. McCarver compares Yankees to Nazis and Communists. But that's not the real problem

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    What McCarver said wasn’t, as many are claiming, “outrageous.” It was simply dumb.

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    I detoxed from the Internets this weekend, and it was good.

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

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

    We’ve seen bad calls this year and we’ve seen umpires getting all up in players’ faces. Phil Cuzzi manages both in a single inning.

  17. UPDATE: Pettitte has groin strain, out 4-5 weeks

    Jul 18, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    According to Erik Boland of New York’s Newsday, Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte left Sunday’s start against the Rays in the middle of the third inning due to an apparent groin injury. The lefty was ineffective before exiting…

  18. Alex Rodriguez blasts career home run No. 598

    Jul 18, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 598th career home run on Sunday in the Yankees’ 9-5 victory over the Rays.  He sits squarely in seventh place on the all-time home run list, just behind Sammy Sosa and right in front of Frank Robinson: 1. Barry Bonds (762)2. Hank Aaron (755)3. Babe Ruth (714)4. Willie Mays (660)5. Ken…

  19. Tulowitzki on track, will begin rehab assignment soon

    Jul 18, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has begun traveling with the Rockies and plans to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week.  First, he wants to fit in a few more rounds of batting practice. Tulo was placed on the disabled list on June 18…

  20. Choo could be back with the Indians by next weekend

    Jul 18, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was diagnosed with a sprained right thumb in early July and had to be placed on the disabled list.  Early projections, by the the Cleveland Plain Dealer at least, suggested that he could miss a total of two months.  Thankfully they were way off. Choo took 50 swings of batting practice…

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