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  1. A-Rod, Posada inconveniently day-to-day next week

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada are “day-to-day” for this week. Which is a problem because New York plays in NL parks over the next two series, so Girardi can’t DH either of them. The only obvious problem with this Yankees team entering the season was age and…

  2. Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten does it again

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    I watched Mark Whiten hit four homers against the Reds in 1993 and thought it was really something.  Yesterday Whiten played in the Hall of Fame Classic and hit two out, winning the game’s MVP honors. He also won the pre-game home run derby. It’s a different game now that active major leaguers don’t play…

  3. John McDonald hits an emotional home run

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    The home run was enough as it was, but the quote is an absolute killer.

  4. Humberto Quintero gets whacked in the head

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often: Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero was hit on the side of the head with Adres Blanco’s backswing during yesterday’s Astros-Rangers game. The video is here. You can hear the bat smack Quintero’s helmet. One of those hockey-style helmets, by the way, which you have to figure was the best…

  5. The Mets send Jenrry Mejia down, plan on making him a starter again

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Mets, whose recent winning ways have apparently stimulated some brain cells in management, have finally done what they should have done weeks ago and have sent Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to stretch out and get converted back into a starting pitcher.  He’ll ply his trade in Double-A Binghamton. I’ve beat this drum…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Those who missed what happened over the weekend, however, have a second chance to catch up.

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

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:36 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia fattens up his stats against the Metropolitans. And if you think that’s a cheap joke, wait until you see what I say about the Giants.

  8. J.D. Drew looking to rejoin BoSox lineup Tuesday

    Jun 20, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew is aiming to return to Boston’s lineup on Tuesday after an MRI on his strained hamstring came back negative. “From talking to the trainers, it’s actually pretty good,” manager Terry Francona told the Boston Globe. “I hope Tuesday’s realistic. If it’s not, we won’t do it. But I think it’s probably realistic to…

  9. Blue Jays option struggling 3B Encarnacion to minors

    Jun 20, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion went hitless in four at-bats and made a throwing error during Sunday’s 9-6 loss to the Giants.  After the game, he was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star. The move, of course, had little to do with his performance Sunday.  He has…

  10. Lady Gaga makes a fool of herself at Yankee Stadium

    Jun 20, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Here we go again.  Lady Gaga, who infiltrated Citi Field last week to watch the Padres take on the Mets and give a few inappropriate gestures to the crowd, was back in New York this weekend to terrorize yet another perfectly innocent baseball stadium. Gaga watched the first of a three-game interleague series between the…

  11. Nelson Cruz aiming to return to Rangers on Tuesday

    Jun 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has been on the 15-day disabled list since late May with a strained left hamstring.  It’s actually his second DL stint of the season, and one that may be close to ending. He began a rehab assignment this weekend and went 0-for-3 with a walk as the designated hitter for Triple-A…

  12. Valverde, Montero trade heated words through the media

    Jun 20, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero took a few shots at Tigers reliever and former teammate Jose Valverde on Friday night for the closer’s wild antics on the mound.  It’s not the first time that an opponent has questioned Valverde’s animated jumps and fist pumps, and we usually don’t get a response from the intimidating ninth-inning man. …

  13. Rockies will wait until Tuesday to activate Huston Street

    Jun 20, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Rockies closer Huston Street was scheduled to make one final rehab appearance Saturday at Triple-A Colorado Springs before rejoining the Rockies on Sunday.  Well, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, that plan just took a detour. Street was pelted for three earned runs in 1.1 innings Saturday against the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate from Las…

  14. Tigers demote starter Rick Porcello to AAA Toledo

    Jun 20, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    The Tigers on Sunday made the decision to option struggling right-handed starter Rick Porcello to Triple-A Toledo, according to the club’s official Twitter feed. Fellow Detroit starter Max Scherzer met the same fate in mid-May and that has certainly worked out well.  The 25-year-old former Mizzou Tiger and Diamondback regained his confidence against the lesser…

  15. Hanley Ramirez held out of Sunday's lineup

    Jun 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro just got word that shortstop Hanley Ramirez will not be in the Marlins’ lineup Sunday. It should come as no surprise.  The Feesh are finishing up a series with the Rays at Sun Life Stadium — a National League park — and don’t have the option of sticking Ramirez at DH.  Brian…

  16. Scratched Saturday, Jeter is back in the lineup on Sunday

    Jun 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Veteran shortstop Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup Saturday due to a bruised right heel that he suffered while lunging for a base on Friday night.  The Yanks insisted that the injury was minor at the time, and now we have proof. Jeter is back in the Bombers’ starting lineup on Sunday, according…

  17. Cards' Franklin likely to retire after the 2011 season

    Jun 20, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss on Saturday that he’s likely to hang up his cleats after the 2011 season. It makes sense, really.  Franklin signed a two-year, $6.5 million extension this offseason, so he won’t be skipping out on a contract.  He will also be 38 at that point…

  18. Hanley Ramirez lifted with tight hammy, '50-50' for Sunday

    Jun 20, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Rays with tightness in his right hamstring and is “50-50″ to play on Sunday. Brian Barden replaced him in the ninth inning and failed to register a hit in a game that carried into the 11th inning and saw…

  19. Marlins distribute vuvuzelas to fans. Chaos ensues. Sorta.

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    If you’ve kept up with the World Cup at all, you’re well aware of what a vuvuzela is by now.  The plastic air horns blown by South African natives have now infiltrated the United States, and in the least likeliest of places.  The Marlins gave away 15,000 mini vuvuzelas on Saturday night at Sun Life…

  20. Jake Peavy fires first shutout since August of 2005

    Jun 19, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy was scratched from a start on Thursday after complaining of discomfort in his throwing arm.  He was later revealed to have inflammation and fluid in his shoulder, but the White Sox decided to let him pitch on Saturday anyway.  Recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. Peavy held the Nationals to three…

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