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  1. Ron Artest gives the Mets a bad rap

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:18 AM EDT

    As the season wears on, the New York Mets are looking less and less like a playoff team. Luckily, they have Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest to cheer them up with a little rap song. Artest hails from Queens and grew up a Mets fan, so he knows what that’s all about. He’s also…

  2. Matt Kemp vows to stop slacking, then slacks

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    When Dodgers GM Ned Colletti called out Matt Kemp back in April for poor defense and base running, the reaction, via Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart, was swift and harsh. But when Larry Bowa said something the other day, the reaction was much different. First, here’s what Bowa, the Dodgers’ fiery third base coach, told T.J.…

  3. UPDATE: Carlos Santana suffers apparent serious leg injury

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to the team’s Twitter feed, Santana’s left knee tested well with the training staff. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. 9:43 PM: You hate to see things like this. Carlos Santana left Monday’s game against the Red Sox in the seventh inning after suffering an apparent serious injury to his…

  4. Stephen Strasburg throws again Monday with no problems

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, who played catch Sunday for the first time since going the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, threw from up to 120 feet Monday with no reported problems, according to Mark Zuckerman of “Everything was fine,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. Strasburg started at 60 feet — the same distance he threw from…

  5. In case you were wondering, the White Sox disagree with Ozzie Guillen

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Unless you went into a mini-baseball hiatus since the trade deadline, you probably heard that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made some waves Sunday with his belief that Asian players are treated better than Latinos. Here’s a sampling: “Very bad. I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one.…

  6. Braves place Martin Prado on the disabled list

    Aug 2, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger Monday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Prado injured the finger while sliding to score a run in the 10th inning of last Friday’s win over the Reds. The Braves originally hoped that he would be able to…

  7. Pirates to call up James McDonald for Thursday's start

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Acquired from the Dodgers over the weekend in the Octavio Dotel trade, James McDonald is expected to join the Pirates’ rotation to start Thursday against the Rockies. As a 25-year-old with a good minor-league track record McDonald is certainly deserving of a shot that the Dodgers never quite seemed willing to give him. He had…

  8. The Rangers were watching Thursday's Marlins-Giants game closely

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    The deal that brought Jorge Cantu from the Marlins to the Rangers was being talked about all Thursday afternoon.  Also going on all Thursday afternoon was the Giants-Marlins game out in San Francisco. Once the rumors started flying, the bloggers and the tweeters among us kept wondering if and when Cantu would be removed from…

  9. UPDATE: Carlos Silva released from hospital, but put on DL

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Silva has been placed on the disabled list. === Carlos Silva was released from a Colorado hospital this morning after leaving yesterday’s start at Coors Field in the first inning with an abnormal heart rate. According to the Cubs he’ll be examined further by a cardiologist after returning to Chicago and may avoid the…

  10. Buck Showalter is introduced as Orioles manager

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter met the Baltimore media and Britt Ghiroli takes down just about everything interesting he had to say. Of particular interest was (a) his comments on restoring pride to the organization (he’s in favor of it) and his somewhat nervous rambling around on the concept of him being a micro manager.  I wish he…

  11. Mike Cameron returns to disabled list, but putting off surgery for now

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron is headed back to the disabled list with the same abdominal injury that kept him out for much of the season’s first two months. He played 32 games and hit .252/.310/.409 in between DL stints, but may not make it back this season because Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “the…

  12. Darryl Strawberry is opening up a restaurant

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    HBT has been going strong since April 2009, but in that time I have not once met any of my fellow HBT bloggers face-to-face (I met Aaron once back in 2008).  We should probably remedy that, and the way we should do it is a road trip to Queens where we can all break bread…

  13. Expanded replay approved for World Series … in Little League

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bud Selig has no plans to expand replay, but his Little League counterparts have voted to revise their replay system to “include more plays, including force outs, tags on base paths, missed bases, and hit batters.” Here’s more from the Associated Press: Umpires will still have the option to call for a replay, though managers…

  14. The Cardinals sign Nate Robertson

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    When last we saw Nate Robertson, he was getting pummeled by the Colorado Rockies back on July 20th.  The Marlins released him the next day.  Today the Cardinals continued to wow their fans with brilliant personnel moves by signing the rec-spectacled one to a minor league deal.  Robertson will report to Memphis after selling some…

  15. Good news for Randy Wolf, as tests show only a bruised hand

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Randy Wolf was knocked out of yesterday’s start in the sixth inning when a Hunter Pence line drive struck him in the left hand, but X-rays and an MRI exam both came back negative today. He’s been diagnosed with a bruise and the Brewers have not yet ruled out Wolf making his next scheduled start…

  16. How to fix the New York Mets

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Howard Megdal has been fancifully campaigning to be the Mets next general manager for some time now. The campaign hit a few bumps in the road when the Mets were, you know, winning baseball games.  That’s all fixed now, so has given him an open mike to state his case.  It’s long, but Mets…

  17. The Brewers are talking to Rickie Weeks about an extension

    Aug 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    First Corey Hart, now Rickie Weeks?  That’s what Tom Haudricourt is saying, anyway.  It’s in the discussion stage right now, but Rickie Weeks could be the next Brewer with a mutli-year deal. Weeks is having a great year –.276/.375/.488 this year with 22 home runs — but like Hart, we’re probably seeing the top of…

  18. Thanks again, HBT readers!

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    With the trade deadline in our rear view mirror, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the HBT Multiverse* for clicking in and reading us as the rumors went wild and the news nuggets flew these past couple of weeks. Traffic was through the roof in July. That’s nice, but even…

  19. Angels calling up hot-hitting speedster Peter Bourjos

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    According to various sources the Angels are planning to call up 23-year-old outfielder Peter Bourjos from Triple-A prior to tomorrow’s game. Bourjos ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects coming into the season and has hit .314/.364/.498 at Triple-A. One of the fastest players in the minors, he has 27 steals and 12 triples in…

  20. After a strong start, Troy Glaus is hitting .159 with 0 homers in his last 32 games

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    After missing nearly all of last season with a shoulder injury Glaus signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Braves and batted .281/.372/.496 with 14 homers through 69 games to basically match his career norms. Because the Braves were atop the division and Glaus was driving in a bunch of runs ESPN went so…

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