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  1. Kevin Youkilis still hopes to play in the playoffs

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    That’s what he was telling people in the Sox’ clubhouse a few minutes ago. Only two things wrong with that of course: (1) the doctors haven’t said that he could (and have previously said it’s extremely likely that he couldn’t); and (2) the Red Sox right now have a hell of a lot of work…

  2. Martin Prado back from the disabled list and playing third base

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    No, the Braves aren’t going to bring in Aramis Ramirez to replace Chipper Jones, but they did activate Martin Prado from the disabled list this afternoon and he’s starting at third base tonight against the Nationals. Prado played primarily second base before landing on the DL with a fractured finger on July 30, hitting .315/.357/.484…

  3. A-Rod out of tonight's lineup

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez tweaked his calf muscle in last night’s game and is out of the lineup tonight.  There’s a chance he could pinch hit, but for now he’s day-to-day. In his place: Ramiro Pena. Nothin’ personal against Pena, but is there a bigger falloff between the starter and his backup in all of Major League…

  4. Rafael Furcal slated to begin rehab assignment tomorrow

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Out since August 2 with a back injury, Rafael Furcal is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow at Single-A. Joe Torre indicated earlier this week that the Dodgers won’t ask Furcal to rehab for more than a few games before activating him from the disabled list, assuming of course that he avoids…

  5. The Phillies like to give out extra contract years

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors noted earlier this afternoon that the Phillies’ decision to give Greg Dobbs a two-year deal before the 2009 season “wasn’t entirely necessary.” In light of his being designated for assignment today, I think Tim is right. But Tim goes further in this post, noting all of the examples in…

  6. Designated for assignment by Reds, should Micah Owings try hitting full time?

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Last night the Reds signed first-round pick Yasmani Grandal by giving him a $3 million bonus and a major-league contract, which includes a spot on the 40-man roster. Today that spot was cleared by designating Micah Owings for assignment. Normally it isn’t news when a team cuts a 27-year-old pitcher with a 5.11 career ERA,…

  7. Deep Thoughts: Bryce Harper contract edition

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Baseball news gets kind of slow between 2 and 4pm, so I find myself thinking about stuff like this.

  8. Maybe Bobby V. and the Mariners aren't a fit after all

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple of times recently that I thought Bobby Valentine would be a good fit for the Mariners. Some people just love to dismiss my opinions, apparently because some know-nothing is saying, no, Valentine and the Mariners aren’t a fit. What?  Oh, it was Bobby Valentine who said that? Ah.  Well, yes, I…

  9. Shawn Chacon's grievance versus Astros denied by arbitrator

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Two years ago right-hander Shawn Chacon allegedly grabbed general manager Ed Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground during an argument, after which the Astros naturally terminated his contract and refused to pay the remaining $983,607 he was owed as part of a one-year, $2 million deal. Chacon and the MLB players’…

  10. Bobby Thomson: 1923-2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    The man who hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” has died. Bobby Thomson was 86. No one can be fully defined by their best or worst moments on this Earth. But if you have to choose one of ‘em, being remembered for hitting the most famous home run in baseball history ain’t bad. And…

  11. Aramis Ramirez isn't going to replace Chipper Jones in Atlanta

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Yesterday there was some speculation that the Braves pulled their large contract offer to 18th-round draft pick Zach Alvord in order to set that money aside to potentially claim Aramis Ramirez off waivers from the Cubs. Mark Bowman of MLB.com quickly threw cold water on the report by noting that clearing payroll room for this…

  12. The Astros' crowd has improved considerably in the past week

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Last week in Houston we had the guy who jumped out of the way of a foul ball, thereby letting his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend get hit.  Much better news today: an Astros fan who makes one hell of a scoop of a foul ball while (a) wearing a nifty throwback jersey; and (b) not even getting…

  13. White Sox bullpen coach suggests starting brawl with Twins

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Tonight the Twins and White Sox begin a three-game series at Target Field that could go a long way toward determining the AL Central champion, and during a recent radio interview Chicago bullpen coach Juan Nieves suggested that his pitchers throw at Minnesota hitters in an effort to start a brawl. Seriously: I’ve even thought…

  14. HBT Daily: K-Rod and a couple of good matchups

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bonus: it’s totally casual day at HBT Daily.

  15. Jose Canseco signs with independent league team, homers in first at-bat

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    After taking to Twitter last week to complain (and put forth conspiracy theories) about being evicted from his apartment Jose Canseco signed with the Laredo Broncos of the independent United League Baseball and homered in his first at-bat. Canseco came off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning last night and smacked a…

  16. Comment of the Day: The A's are lost at the plate

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Even when you read the box scores every day you miss a lot. For example, the following — brought to you in this morning’s recaps thread by Commenter Emeritus APBA Guy — hadn’t occurred to me: This is the third straight game the Cult of Beane has nearly been no-hit. Last night it was a…

  17. Rockies making Todd Helton a part-time player for stretch run

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Todd Helton has hit well since returning from the disabled list two weeks ago, going 9-for-30 (.300) with two homers, two doubles, and a .927 OPS, but manager Jim Tracy said yesterday that the 36-year-old first baseman will not be used as an everyday player down the stretch. We were doing a lot of searching…

  18. Dbacks' first round pick Barret Loux is a free agent

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks selected pitcher Barret Loux sixth overall in this year’s draft, but backed out of signing him after a physical revealed a labrum tear and elbow issues. My thinking had been that, with no deal in place, Loux would go back to college or wherever and next year someone else would take a chance…

  19. Nationals president says draft pick signing setup is "silly"

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Shortly after celebrating the signing of No. 1 pick Bryce Harper by hitting general manager Mike Rizzo in the face with a whipped cream pie, Nationals president Stan Kasten “reiterated his contempt for baseball’s current system for signing draft choices.” Right now the majority of top picks wait until the last moment to sign, costing…

  20. Baseball players are social misfits

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    This starts out as a thing about ballplayers but kind of turns into a bit of a social/political thing. But not a partisan one, I don’t think, so don’t be afraid.

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