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  1. Nolan Ryan is trying to lower the temperature at the Rangers' ballpark

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    After falling short in his bid for the Rangers last week Mark Cuban commented that high temperatures in Arlington mean the team is “always at a disadvantage just because of the heat factor” and “you’re never going to be able to quite charge the same [prices] as Boston is just because of the comfort factor…

  2. Good luck with that trade, Mr. Francoeur

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    I call him “Mr. Fancoeur” because it just sounded so fun in that Wall Street Journal article I linked to this morning. I know that WSJ and the New York Times use “Mr.” and “Ms.” as a convention, but the convention really doesn’t work in sports articles. Did they do this when pro wrestling was…

  3. Dodgers place Rafael Furcal on disabled list with back injury

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    As expected, the Dodgers have placed Rafael Furcal on the disabled list with a strained lower back and called up Juan Castro from Triple-A to replace him on the roster. After sitting out part of April and most of May with a hamstring injury Furcal hit .319/.381/.518 with eight homers, 26 total extra-base hits, 10…

  4. Cardinals sweep the Reds; Brandon Phillips should go with "no comment"

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    That’s how you deal with trash talk and cleat-kicking and all of that stuff. Colby Rasmus’ grand slam in the fifth broke it open on the way to a 6-1 Cardinals’ victory, resulting in a sweep of the Reds. But this game was defined by Adam Wainwright. He pitched two-hit ball over seven shutout innings,…

  5. Did Jack Zduriencik hang Don Wakamatsu out to dry?

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Mariners’ general manager Jack Zduriencik was on KJR in Seattle yesterday, talking about the Don Wakamatsu firing. As everyone knows, one of the biggest things leading to Wakamatsu being let go was the Ken Griffey Jr. situation.  As in, the players perceived Wakamatsu as pushing the popular Griffey out, and after that they basically gave…

  6. Joe Torre benches Matt Kemp for the second straight game

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp is out of the Dodgers’ lineup tonight for the second straight game and since he said yesterday that there’s nothing wrong with him physically … well, that means he’s simply been benched. Again. Kemp has had a disappointing season on both sides of the ball and is just 2-for-21 since a five-hit game…

  7. George Sherrill is an on-base machine

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    It took seven seasons, but 33-year-old reliever George Sherrill finally got his first career plate appearance in last night’s blowout loss to the Phillies. And, naturally, he drew a walk off J.C. Romero without swinging the bat. “I was taking the whole way,” Sherrill told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I hadn’t had…

  8. Ben Sheets just had the most massive surgery in the history of pitching

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic pitcher. Ben Sheets will be that man.” Unless someone spoke those words before Ben Sheets surgery yesterday, his career looks about as close to over as you can imagine. Because rather than just needing his flexor…

  9. Rays rookie Jeremy Hellickson did something only two other pitchers since 1920 have done

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    There’s an interesting note on the blog about Jeremy Hellickson, who tossed seven shutout innings last night against the Tigers. Hellickson also threw seven innings of two-run ball versus the Twins in his debut last week. So what’s the interesting note? Well, in both starts he allowed three hits and that makes him just…

  10. No waiver deal for Adam Dunn

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    This is not a big surprise, but Jon Paul Morosi makes it official that Adam Dunn (a) was claimed on waivers; and (b) the time for a waiver deal to be worked out expired on Monday, thereby rendering any deal of Dunn impossible.  I’ve heard speculation that the Dodgers claimed him and some counter-speculation that…

  11. Julian Casablancas of The Strokes wants to write a Mets song

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    I’m not sure how Mets fans will feel about this, but The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas said in a recent Rolling Stone interview he wants to write a new television theme song for the team: My next thing is I want to write the new TV theme song for the Mets. I’m totally serious. I…

  12. Why aren't there more minority third base coaches?

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    67% of first base coaches are minorities. Only 23% of third base coaches are. Why?

  13. Randy Johnson is now the world's tallest music photographer

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Now that he has some free time on his hands following his retirement after 22 seasons in the big leagues Randy Johnson attended Lollapalooza in Chicago last week … as a music photographer. Here’s what the 46-year-old future Hall of Famer told Amy Sciarretto of about his post-retirement plans: This is my first summer…

  14. HBT Daily: Fisticuffs! Old man Chipper and who can beat the Yankees?

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany catches me in a moment of (mild) hypocrisy when it comes to basebrawl and says that Chipper Jones is “400 years-old.” In other news, we’ll soon be accepting anchor resumes via email.

  15. The Nationals are interested in Carl Crawford. Good luck with that.

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

  16. On second thought, maybe Dodgers aren't into Jose Guillen

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Remember yesterday, when Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Dodgers “have strong interest in Jose Guillen for a part-time role”? Well, today Ken Gurnick of writes: Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong. I don’t…

  17. The owners are meeting in Minneapolis

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s time for the quarterly owners meetings. They’re up in Minneapolis today and tomorrow. On the agenda: approval of Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan as the new Ranger’s owners, as well as some discussion about the draft, replay and pace of games. I suppose they could also try to settle the Athletics-Giants territorial dispute, but…

  18. New manager Buck Showalter far from committed to Alfredo Simon as Orioles' closer

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon took over closer duties in Baltimore when he was called up from Triple-A in late April, converting 15 of 17 save chances with a 3.40 ERA and .248 opponents’ batting average through his first 30 appearances. However, he’s struggled lately, blowing two saves and allowing seven runs in his last six games, and…

  19. Time for Indians to move Justin Masterson to the bullpen

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson allowed seven runs in five innings last night for his league-leading 11th loss and is now 5-18 with a 5.19 ERA since going from Boston to Cleveland in the Victor Martinez trade last July. Normally that type of performance would suggest someone simply isn’t a good pitcher, but in Masterson’s case it likely…

  20. Wily Mo Pena is raking. Who knew?

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    I saw a tweet a few minutes ago from the Padres’ feed in which the writer said “fans have been asking about Wily Mo Pena” followed by some analysis on why it’s so hard to call him up right now. Which inspired two questions: (1) Wily Mo Pena is with the Padres?; and (2)…

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