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  1. Pirates to pick Jameson Taillon at No. 2, Orioles like Manny Machado at No. 3

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper going to the Nationals with the No. 1 pick is a foregone conclusion at this point and Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Pirates have decided on high school pitcher Jameson Taillon with the second pick in tonight’s draft. Taillon is a 6-foot-7 right-hander from Texas who throws in the mid-90s, ranking…

  2. Amphetamines ban leads to decreased offense? That's wrong in all kinds of ways

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    According to Bill Madden in the New York Daily News, there has been a “resurgence of pitching and decrease of offense” this year because baseball is getting tougher on amphetamines.  Which would be great if it weren’t for the fact that (a) there is no compelling evidence that offense is down; and (b) even if…

  3. Nationals sticking with Matt Capps as closer

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Just two weeks ago Matt Capps was a perfect 16-for-16 closing out games for the Nationals, but yesterday’s blown save was his fourth in six chances since then and his third in four games so far this month. His overall numbers are still solid, as Capps is 18-for-22 in saves opportunities with a 3.62 ERA…

  4. The White Sox "are open for business"

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Buster Olney passes along word that the White Sox have told “multiple executives” that they are “open for business” and are ready to deal anyone and everyone. That includes Paul Konerko, Olney says, and certainly includes the players that have already been mentioned as possible trade chits in the past few weeks, such as A.J.…

  5. Ubaldo Jimenez wins again, but scoreless streak ends at 33 innings

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez’s scoreless streak came to an end yesterday afternoon at 33 innings, as he cruised through seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks before serving up a two-run homer to Conor Jackson for his first runs allowed since May 15. Orel Hershiser’s record streak of 59 innings from 1988 is safe again (for now), but…

  6. Going to a game in Philly? Watch your beer!

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    The bad behavior at the Mets game may not have actually ended up being bad, but thank God we have the Phillies to fall back on:  How dare that kid steal some hardworking man’s beer!  Somebody tase him. UPDATE: I originally had a “via Deadspin” credit here because that’s where I saw it first, but…

  7. Mike Cameron made a great catch yesterday

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron said he was bringing “sexiness and color” back to the Red Sox outfield.  He forgot one other thing: leather. Witness the great catch he made yesterday afternoon to send the Sox-Orioles game into extra innings.  With all due respect to Darnell McDonald, the seemingly effortless way in which Cameron ranged back for that…

  8. UPDATE: Would-be Jackass of the week may have done the right thing

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    UPDATE: I’m told that the guy handed the ball back to the kid for whom it was intended. Can anyone confirm?  If so, I must revoke the “jackass of the week” award and find a more appropriate recipient. Nominations can be made in the comments. Please, nothing related to the Galarraga thing. That’s been beaten…

  9. Javier Vazquez was fantastic again

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    For the second time in as many starts Javier Vazquez was on point: one hit over seven innings with nine strikeouts. More important than the line itself is the fact that he kept the Yankees in a game in which they were being shut down by Brandon League Morrow, helping the Bombers salvage their lost…

  10. Should the Phillies release Raul Ibanez?

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    That’s what Corey Seidman at Phillies Nation thinks: From a baseball standpoint – and from a logical standpoint -  there is no reason Raul Ibanez deserves to play everyday on a contending team. He has been awful at the plate and terrible in the field. Yet he continues to bat sixth everyday while the Phillies…

  11. The Tigers are dumping Adam Everett

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    The Tigers announced that shortstop Adam Everett will be designated for assignment tomorrow and Danny Worth will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to back up Ramon Santiago. Everett was an offensive liability last year, hitting a mere .238/.288/.325 in 345 at-bats. This year he’s been even worse, pinching off a line of .185/.241/.247.  Yes, his…

  12. Albert Pujols hits kid with a homer, but it's all good

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols hit a solo shot in the sixth inning of last night’s game, but a kid — who thought he had some pretty sweet seats in the first row of the bleachers — got smacked in the chest with it.  He was soon seen crying, though whether it was because of the pain of…

  13. Derrek Lee to the Angels is totally not happening

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    The other day the Chicago Tribune reported that the Angels and Cubs were talking about first baseman Derrek Lee. It’s a trade that makes all kinds of sense, except for two things: the Cubs say there’s “no truth or credibility” to the reports that they’ve talked to the Angels and Lee says he’s not waiving…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Some of you wasted your weekend running errands, mowing lawns, going to graduation parties and spending time with your families. Some of you were smart and read HardballTalk.  For those in the former camp, here’s some of what you missed: Carlos Zambrano returned to the rotation. And lost; The Royals may have already locked up…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Orioles 4, Red Sox 3: Juan Samuel gets his first win as the O’s manager and the O’s get their first win in ten games. Nick Markakis breaks an 0-14 slump with the game-winning RBI single in the 11th. According to the game story, they were doing the shaving cream pie in the face thing…

  16. The Week Ahead: Nats at 'center of the universe'

    Jun 6, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

    This is a pretty good time to be a Washington Nationals fan. Yes, they are currently sitting in their customary position at the bottom of the NL East, but if you’re a follower of the artists formerly known as Les Expos, you’ve got to be brimming with optimism this week. On Monday, the Nats will…

  17. UPDATE: Mike Stanton is on his way to the bigs

    Jun 6, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Rodriguez has confirmed that Stanton is indeed on his way to join the Marlins and will be officially promoted before Tuesday’s game.  Mike Lamb has been designated for assignment to clear roster space.3:41pm:  Marlins outfield prospect Mike Stanton is not in the starting lineup for Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday, according to Juan C. Rodriguez…

  18. The five men that went before Derek Jeter in '92

    Jun 6, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    In a recent piece for the New York Times, Tyler Kepner traveled back in history for a look at the 1992 MLB Draft, when Derek Jeter was selected sixth overall by the Yankees.  Kepner spoke to the scouts that drafted Jeter and others who were present and conscious of the Yanks’ thinking when the future…

  19. Cameron brings 'sexiness, color' back to lineup

    Jun 6, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron returned to the Red Sox’s lineup on Sunday after missing five straight games with abdominal soreness.  When asked what he hoped to bring to the batting order after such a long absence, here’s what he shared with the Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarisi: “Sexiness and color,” Cameron laughed, before getting serious. “No, It’s going…

  20. Josh Hamilton given cortisone shot in right knee

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was given a cortisone injection Saturday in his right knee, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, but expects to be fine to return to the starting lineup on Monday. Hamilton has been bothered by an achy knee for about a month.  He’s played through it for the most part, and is…

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