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  1. UPDATE: Roy Oswalt has left the Phillies due to tornadoes near his home in Mississippi. Again.

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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    3:03 PM:  The Phillies have just announced that Oswalt left the team due to concern regarding his family back home due to tornadoes in the area over the past several days.  There was some confusion on this earlier because it was almost exactly a year ago that Oswalt had to leave the Astros following the…

  2. Book cover of the day: baseball stars cooking

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Contrary to numerous reports, the title of the book is not “To Serve Man[ny]”

  3. Marlins “keeping an eye on” Giants infielder Mark DeRosa

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Mark DeRosa has just 20 plate appearances through 22 games for the Giants after missing most of last season following wrist surgery, so it makes sense that he could be on the trading block and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins are “keeping an eye on” him. Florida is…

  4. Andre Ethier extends his hitting streak to 24 games

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Maybe we should wait until 28 — halfway to DiMaggio — before giving daily updates about Andre Ethier‘s hitting streak, but I’m in a good mood today so let’s start early: Andre Ethier hit in his 24th straight game a few minutes ago with a single back up the middle in the fourth inning of…

  5. Talking about Don Mattingly’s goatee is no longer any fun

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Don Mattingly’s goatee was amusing for a brief moment earlier this week, but now the topic is just kind of sad. Mattingly said initially that he planned to keep the goatee until the Dodgers stopped winning most of their games and later reiterated that plan, saying he’d keep it against his wife’s wishes. And then…

  6. Birtherism and baseball: a classic combination

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

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    As you may have seen, today President Obama released his long form birth certificate in an effort to shut up the loony fringe who decided to use the citizenship issue to attack him as Some Horrible Other, seeing as though open racism and xenophobia is off the table in polite society these days.  There are…

  7. Must-click link: Save statistic silliness

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    I’m constantly railing against managers relying on the save statistic rather than logic to determine their bullpen usage, but the issue is rarely discussed as well or as thoroughly as it is in Matthew Leach’s new MLB.com column: Leach: Save rule has skewed skippers’ thinking It’s nice to see a mainstream writer with a big…

  8. The Athletics now play in the Overstock.com Coliseum

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    The Contra Costa Times reports that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum — home of the A’s and the Raiders — will be renamed Overstock.com Coliseum. The deal will earn the county $1.2 million a year for the next six years.  I have two issues with this: 1. Anyone really betting that the Coliseum is going to…

  9. Casey Blake hospitalized with infected elbow, could miss four weeks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Casey Blake “appears to be headed back to the 15-day disabled list” after being hospitalized yesterday in Florida for a fever that the Dodgers believe stems from a swollen, infected elbow. Dodgers trainer Stan Conte believes that Blake could be sidelined for a month and Don…

  10. HBT Daily: The White Sox and the Phillies’ funks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The White Sox are turning it around against the Yankees, but the Phillies’ troubles are mounting. Tiffany and I chat about it.

  11. Astros announcer criticizes Lance Berkman in Houston return

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman returned to Houston yesterday for the first time since being traded by the Astros last season and was met with some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Appearing on a radio show, Hamilton rhetorically asked of Berkman: Why did you think it wasn’t necessary to get in shape your last couple…

  12. Great moments in bad lip-synching: the Arizona Diamondbacks edition

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    After the Cory Lidle post we need a bit of levity. I got a chance to meet a bunch of Arizona Diamondbacks front office staffers in spring training. They were easily the nicest team officials I’ve met in the couple of years I’ve been doing this gig. But hey, just because you’re awesome doesn’t mean that…

  13. Hong-Chih Kuo struggles in rehab appearance at Single-A

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Pitching in back-to-back games for the first time since being placed on the disabled list two weeks ago with a strained back, Hong-Chih Kuo allowed hits to four of the five batters he faced last night at Single-A. Kuo had been slated to be activated Friday, but now Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that his…

  14. The Cory Lidle wrongful death trial begins today

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle died when the plane he was piloting crashed into a Manhattan building on October 11, 2006. Today opening statements in the wrongful death case brought by his widow will take place. The FAA concluded that the crash was pilot errors and that Lidle who was flying with his instructor, misjudged a…

  15. Domonic Brown set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Domonic Brown was on the verge of replacing Jayson Werth as the Phillies’ starting right fielder when the 23-year-old top prospect suffered a broken hamate bone in mid-March. His comeback took a big step yesterday as Brown homered twice in an extended spring training game and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’s scheduled to…

  16. The Dodgers have selected a new security chief

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

    After a four month period in which the position was vacant — which became a major issue because of the Bryan Stow beating — the Dodgers have selected a chief of security. He is retired LAPD Captain Rich Wemmer.  His hiring is contingent on MLB approval due to the league takeover of the team’s day-t0-day…

  17. Johan Santana may not be back until August or September

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    The timeline for Johan Santana‘s return has been a bit of a moving target. At one point early in the process we heard May.  Mostly we’ve heard June and July.  Now Buster Olney is hearing that it could be as late as August or even September before the Mets’ ace is back on the hill.…

  18. Frank McCourt is not the master of P.R.

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    P.R. professionals like to use the term “optics” to refer to how things look (as opposed to what is really going on). You could have just given $100,000 to an orphanage, but if you are seen berating your assistant for sloppy writing on the big oversized check that will be paraded before the media, those…

  19. Is Roy Oswalt healthy?

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt got knocked around by the Diamondbacks last night and didn’t stick around after the game to talk to the media about it.  Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports that Ruben Amaro was meeting with Charlie Manuel just as the reporters arrived and that earlier he had “huddled with a team official” during…

  20. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred will accuse an MLB coach of making gay slurs today

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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    UPDATE:  It’s Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell.  Details here. 8:25 AM: Gloria Allred is someone with whom you’re familiar even if you don’t know it. She’s the extremely high-profile (mostly) civil rights lawyer who will, almost always, land some client or another in connection with whatever massive tabloidy and/or entertainment story is dominating the media at any…

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