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  1. Cardinals starter Brad Penny shut down following setback

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brad Penny had been hoping to begin a rehab assignment this weekend with an eye toward returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break, but those plans have been put on hold following a setback yesterday. Matthew Leach of MLB.com has the details: He threw a normal pregame warmup, took some long-toss, and…

  2. Olney: The Rockies may make a play for Dan Uggla

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Marlins players have been worried about the team being broken up, but it’s probably going to happen because they’re not going anywhere.  The most obvious trade chit: Dan Uggla, who is having a typical — maybe even slightly better than typical — Dan Uggla season and will once again be due for a big raise. …

  3. Five minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Commissioner’s Office suspended five minor leaguers for PED use today.  They are Yankees pitchers Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos; Rays catcher Jhancarlos Infante’ Diamondbacks pitcher Joel Matos; and Royals pitcher Freddy Rodriguez. All of them are plying their trade down in the Dominican Summer League. They’ll all get 50 games on ice…

  4. Marlins demote struggling starter Chris Volstad to Triple-A

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad went 8-4 with a 2.83 ERA through his first 20 starts after debuting as a 21-year-old in mid-2008, but he’s just 11-21 with a 5.36 ERA in 41 starts since then and today the Marlins demoted him back to Triple-A. What’s interesting about Volstad’s fall from grace is that the underlying numbers within…

  5. HBT Extra: Slamming Ryan Howard, the Giants and our friend from the 209

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    I don’t set out to hate everyone. Sometimes it just happens that way.

  6. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol piling up strikeouts at historic rate

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol picked up his 16th save of the season last night by striking out five of the seven batters he faced, giving him an amazing 77 strikeouts in 40.2 innings on the year. To put that in some context, consider that Nick Blackburn, John Lannan, and Brad Bergesen have combined for 78 strikeouts this…

  7. Meet the people who work at the ballpark

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Including a very honest usher who, I’m just sayin’, could make himself a few extra bucks if get got wise.

  8. Quote of the Day: Joey Votto is more dangerous than Albert Pujols

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    And I do hope the guy who mentioned “the Barry Bonds treatment” was referring to intentional walks.

  9. Jake Peavy likely headed to disabled list after walking off the mound in pain last night

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy walked off the mound in obvious pain after throwing a pitch in the second inning last night, heading to the dugout before the trainer even got to him. He’s been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle, which is located under the shoulder and described by my medical sources (read: Wikipedia) as…

  10. All-Star roster news that actually matters: Mariano Rivera is out

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    One of the reasons I tend not to get too caught up in the All-Star Snub Wars is that just about every snubbed player eventually gets in the game anyway, what with the pitchers who throw on Sunday, the guys who get injured and the guys who pretend that they’re injured who really just want…

  11. The Phillies may be interested in Ben Sheets

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies’ top scout and Busch Light man Charley Kerfeld watched Ben Sheets pitch in Oakland on Monday night.  Sailsbury says that the Phillies “appear to have some interest” in Sheets. The Athletics got Sheets just to flip him anyway, so they’d obviously consider dealing him.  Whether the Phillies want…

  12. Tigers demote Armando Galarraga to Triple-A six starts after near-perfect game

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Well, we can’t blame Jim Joyce for this one. Just five weeks after becoming a household name by throwing an “imperfect game” Armando Galarraga has been demoted to Triple-A by the Tigers, although general manager Dave Dombrowski made it very clear that the move is only temporary. Because of the All-Star break Galarraga wouldn’t have…

  13. The Dodgers are looking for cheap pitching

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have been calling all over the place for pitching, contacting the Mariners, Astros, Blue Jays, Indians and D’Backs. One wonders what kind of pitching they’re really looking for given multiple reports that they’re not able to take on any salary at all, what with them being a…

  14. Bankruptcy trustee tells the Rangers to get new lawyers

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    Many people thought it problematic when it was revealed several months ago that Tom Hicks was both (a) selling the Rangers; and (b) part of the ownership buying the Rangers.  Different capacities, sure, in that Tom Hicks the individual was buying from an entity — Hicks Sports Group — that Hicks just so happened to…

  15. No ligament damage found in Cameron Maybin's shoulder

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin likely feared the worst when his surgically repaired shoulder began hurting again following his demotion to Triple-A, but an MRI exam revealed no ligament damage and he’s expected to resume playing as soon as next week. Maybin has officially been diagnosed with inflammation, so hopefully he can pick up right where he left…

  16. HBT Poll: Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer?

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    If ESPN can turn LeBron James’ free agency choice into an hour-long TV show, I can turn Johnny Damon’s Hall of Fame case into a quickie Internet poll.

  17. Johan Santana had a fabulous night

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    It hasn’t been a tragedy or anything, but one of the more, well, troubling things these past couple of years has been seeing Johan Santana transform from “otherworldly” to merely good.  It’s premature to say he won’t win another Cy Young at some point or something, but he simply hasn’t been the same pitcher he…

  18. $5 million wasted: Orioles release Garrett Atkins

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    As expected, Garrett Atkins and his $4.5 million salary went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Orioles have released him. Baltimore still owes Atkins a $500,000 buyout in place of an $8.5 million team option for next season, which means the Orioles flushed a total of $5 million down…

  19. Johnny Damon wishes he were more selfish

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon got his 2,500th hit last night. After the game he talked a lot about it. The takeaway: There’s no “i” in “team,” but there is in “Johnny Damon:” Prior to the game, Damon was asked what that hit would mean to him. “It is another stepping stone to getting to the ultimate place,”…

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