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  1. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper's college coach

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    The Bryce Harper signing saga shouldn’t be all that drama-filled, but his college coach is adding some pressure all the same.

  2. Lyle Overbay clears waivers, but has right to block any trade

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay has cleared waivers, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. That means he’s free to be traded to any team, except former general manager J.P. Ricciardi inexplicably gave Overbay a no-trade clause as part of his four-year, $24 million deal signed in 2007 and so he can veto any…

  3. Phillies activate Shane Victorino

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    One All-Star back, two more to go: the Phillies have activated Shane Victorino, reports Matt Gelb. The surprising part: to make toom for Victorino, the Phils have optioned Antonio Bastardo.  Many folks thought that they’d send Domonic Brown down instead. Wait? What’s that?  Sorry, folks. Just got a note from the guild. Seems I forgot…

  4. No K-Rod, no problem: Santana hurls complete game shutout

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    With closer Francisco Rodriguez “unavailable” for this afternoon’s game, Johan Santana stepped up with a complete-game shutout of the Rockies. Santana had 110 pitches through eight innings, but came out for the ninth anyway and needed just five more throws for his eighth career shutout and fourth since joining the Mets. He allowed just four…

  5. If not New York, where would Derek Jeter sign?

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Look, I know he’s not leaving the Yankees and you know he’s not leaving the Yankees, but if I don’t link to MLBTR’s fun post about possible non-Yankees destinations for Derek Jeter, then I’m just going to post another thing about the Mets, and frankly, even I’m getting tired of that. So where — apart…

  6. HBT Daily: K-Rod, Chase Utley and White Sox-Twins

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Matt Stroup and I reveal the shocking, shocking news that there is dysfunction with the Mets

  7. LaTroy Hawkins goes back on DL with more shoulder pain

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins missed three months with shoulder soreness earlier this season, appeared in five games for the Brewers after returning from the disabled list late last month, and is now back on the shelf with what is being called “shoulder weakness.” Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hawkins will get a second opinion from Dr.…

  8. Texas Rangers sale approved

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    This was more of a formality than the final stage of the Tour de France and your annual “the Mets are a dysfunctional mess” story, but I’ve spent so much time these past several months obsessing on it, that I may as well note that the owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Texas…

  9. Mark Prior strikes out five straight batters in independent ball

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Mark Prior’s latest (and perhaps last) comeback attempt is with the independent league Orange County Flyers and he struck out five straight batters while tossing two shutout innings last night. Prior is working as a reliever and is scheduled to pitch again Saturday. So far he has six strikeouts versus one hit and two walks…

  10. Hero Boyfriend, foul ball girlfriend break up

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Our sister blog (brother blog? skeezy uncle blog?) Out of Bounds passes along some sad, sad news: the dude who let his girlfriend get smacked with the foul ball got dumped (check out Out of Bounds for the touching, touching video). Apparently their were other issues than just the foul ball thing leading to it. …

  11. Johnny "Kung Fu" Cueto suspended seven games

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    MLB has suspended Johnny Cueto seven games for kicking Chris Carpenter and Jason LaRue during Tuesday’s benches-clearing altercation between the Cardinals and Reds. LaRue took the worst of it, suffering a concussion and needing stitches from Cueto kicking him in the head and face with his cleats. He’ll likely end up missing more games than…

  12. K-Rod to be suspened two games; take anger management class

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    For those of you wondering what may happen to Francisco Rodriguez as a result of his little dustup with the wife’s old man, the Mets are suspending him for two games and he will be subject to anger management classes. On the legal side, I contacted his lawyer, Jay Reisinger, to ask him if he…

  13. Rockies infielder Omar Quintanilla suspended 50 games for PED use at Triple-A

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Omar Quintanilla, who played 216 games for the Rockies from 2005-2009 before spending all of this season at Triple-A, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexanamine. According to my extensive research on Methylhexanamine (read: Wikipedia) it’s intended to be used as a nasal decongestant but is also marketed…

  14. Jay Gibbons will not be donating his salary to charity

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    The other day I asked if Jay Gibbons would keep his 2008 promise to donate his salary to charity if he ever made the majors again.  The answer is no: “I’m going to hold on to my money now,” the outfielder said. “I’ve got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment…

  15. John Grabow out for the season with torn knee ligament

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    John Grabow heard something “pop” while rehabbing a knee injury in the minors Monday and will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn medial collateral ligament. He finishes the year with a 7.36 ERA in 25.2 innings and has posted a 5.33 ERA in 50.2 total innings for the Cubs…

  16. Report: Chipper Jones tore his ACL, out for the year. Maybe forever

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Well, @$#!&%. Sports radio station 790 The Zone is reporting that Chipper Jones has a torn ACL and that he’ll be out for the year.  Obviously this is distressing to me. But not for the obvious reason. Yes, losing Chipper Jones — who has been back to his old All-Star self since June — is…

  17. Mike Stanton is first 20-year-old with five-hit game since 1978

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Marlins rookie Mike Stanton went 5-for-5 with a homer and two doubles last night, becoming just the ninth 20-year-old in baseball history–and the first since Alan Trammell in 1978–to notch five hits in a game. Here’s the complete list, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com: MIKE STANTON 2010 Alan Trammell 1978 Jack Heidemann 1970 Ken Hubbs 1962 (twice)…

  18. The Cubs may still be dealing

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s trade of Mike Fontenot may not be the last deal the Cubs have up their sleeve: ”It’s hard to say if it’ll be the last one,” assistant general manager Randy Bush said after the trade that netted the Cubs outfield prospect Evan Crawford. ”Anything that we can do that we feel is to the…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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