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  1. Joe Mauer makes a fantastic catch

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer made a pretty spiffy catch last night. With one out in the ninth inning, Mitch Maier fouled one back. The ball drifted behind the netting and appeared to be heading out of play, but Mauer ranged back, reached his glove around the net and made the catch. Nice highlight on what was an…

  2. Report: Indians calling up stud catching prospect Carlos Santana

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Nothing is official yet but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the Indians will call up 24-year-old catcher Carlos Santana before tonight’s game against the Nationals, which is somewhat surprising given that the team indicated just last week they weren’t close to promoting him. Acquired from the Dodgers in the mid-2008 trade for Casey Blake,…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Mets 3, Padres 0: Jon Niese gave up a double to lead off the third. Otherwise: perfect.  Niese said after the game that he didn’t even realize it.  In related news, somewhere Oliver Perez told someone that his knee was feeling better, after which he was beaten with a pillowcase full of soda pop cans…

  4. As M's fall apart, heat on manager is misplaced

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:14 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners were blown out by the Texas Rangers again on Thursday, this time 12-3 in a game in which the Mariners allowed an astounding eight unearned runs. Seattle dropped a season-worst 14 games below .500 and has been outscored 31-6 in its last three games, all losses to the AL West-leading Rangers. Seattle…

  5. Lady Gaga gives the finger to Citi Field crowd

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

    Assuming there are few Lada Gaga fans among the HBT readership, here’s come a bash session. The supposedly controversial singer was in attendance at the opener of Thursday’s day-night doubleheader between the Padres and Mets in New York City and flashed her middle finger to the supposedly photog-filled crowd at one point from her luxury…

  6. Dickie V struck with foul ball at Rays game

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

    Eccentric basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale makes his offseason home in Tampa Bay and seems to make it to several Rays games a year.  On Thursday he got more than he bargained for. According to the Associated Press, Dicke V was nailed in the stomach by a foul ball off the bat of Blue Jays leadoff…

  7. Jorge Posada talks O's catcher Matt Wieters

    Jun 10, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was considered one of the top prospects in baseball when he was called up to the majors in May of 2009.  He failed to live up to the high expectations of O’s fans, batting a pedestrian .288/.340/.412 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in his first 96 games.  Many baseball…

  8. Jose Reyes Interview: "I feel like an old person"

    Jun 10, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    Mets fans will be interested in hearing Jose Reyes talk about why he feels old and some other baseball stuff. Based on the response to date regarding HBT Extra, however, most of you will be interested in the fact that it is Tiffany Simons who conducts the interview. Bonus: Reyes teaches Tiffany one of those…

  9. All-Star coaches named. Try to contain your excitement

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi and Charlie Manuel named their All-Star Game coaches this afternoon:  It’s Mike Scioscia and Bob Geren in the American League.  In the NL it’s Bud Black and Bruce Bochy. The game is in Anaheim and all of the coaches are from California.  If the All-Star Game is like any company offsite I’ve ever been…

  10. Jacoby Ellsbury will be on the shelf for a couple more weeks

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Earlier today Jon Heyman tweeted that a second opinion of Red Sox’ outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs revealed “a bigger issue.”  We now know that he’s going to need at least two more weeks of recovery. To that end, Pete Abe reports, Ellsbury will head to Athletes’ Performance training facility in Arizona for some R and R. …

  11. Randy Wolf allows five homers in loss to Cubs

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Randy Wolf served up five homers to the Cubs yesterday, joining Justin Lehr as the only NL pitchers to allow five homers in a game during the past five seasons. Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto both took him deep twice and Derrek Lee blasted his 300th career homer off Wolf, who has now allowed 15…

  12. Kenny Williams: "I am growing weary of the soap opera"

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what it is about the White Sox brain trust that leads to all of the high drama, but everything that goes on in Chisox land is, like Williams told MLB.com’s Scott Merkin yesterday, a soap opera.  People are always talking about their feelings. More time it spent talking in vague terms about…

  13. Jeff Suppan is heading back to St. Louis

    Jun 10, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Well, that didn’t take long. Jeff Suppan got himself a four-year, $42 million contract from the Brewers based on the solid work he did for the Cardinals from 2004-2006, so after flopping in Milwaukee and getting released earlier this week the 35-year-old veteran is now back in St. Louis. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis…

  14. Quote of the Day: Tim Flannery on vices

    Jun 10, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    “This game beats on you so bad that by August you’re doing tequila shots, not sleeping and eating late-night cheeseburgers. With the schedule, you say, ‘How in the world did I get through one year, let alone 31?”‘ – Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, explaining why it’s hard for the coaching staff to stay…

  15. Brandon Wood's struggles carry over to Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brandon Wood was placed on the disabled list last month in a move due partly to a hip injury and partly to the Angels wanting to send a player without a minor-league option to Triple-A. Wood is officially now “rehabbing” his injury at Triple-A and for the first time his big-league struggles are carrying over…

  16. Josh Beckett doesn't think about what might have been

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett signed a $68 million contract extension right before losing time and effectiveness to a back injury. WEEI’s Rob Bradford asked him if thanks his lucky stars about how the timing of all of that went down: Beckett said the idea of what might have been if he didn’t ink that four-year, $68 million…

  17. Brewers lose catchers Gregg Zaun to surgery and Angel Salome to the outfield

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee essentially lost a pair of catchers yesterday, with 39-year-old veteran Gregg Zaun deciding to undergo season-ending (and perhaps career-threatening) shoulder surgery and 24-year-old prospect Angel Salome requesting a move to the outfield. Zaun has remained productive well past the point most catchers flame out, hitting .265 with a .743 OPS in 28 games this…

  18. The Marlins are putting fish in backstop

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The Marlins are putting salt water aquariums in the home plate backstops at their new ballpark.  An artist’s rendering is here.  Apparently the glass will be of bulletproof strength. I realize that people may react strongly to his, but I’m thinking that this is pretty spiffy. Anything to avoid silly, nostalgic design flourishes — which…

  19. White Sox general manager says 'some changes need to take place'

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the White Sox told other teams that they’re “open for business” and willing to trade veteran players, and yesterday general manager Ken Williams basically admitted as much: Some changes need to take place. I don’t know what and I don’t when but some changes need to…

  20. Jake Peavy rips the Padres

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Not the team, the ownership for getting rid of Kevin Towers last year.  Jon Paul Morosi from FOX has the quotage: “Kevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke. You can quote me on that. Kevin Towers is a heck of a general manager. You see the product of his work. Moorad…

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