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  1. Giants may be ready to call up Pat Burrell already

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell is 5-for-12 with a homer in four games at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Giants last week and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates that he could be called up as soon as this weekend. San Francisco’s offense ranks 13th in OPS and 14th in runs scored, but…

  2. All-Star voting update: Still too many Phillies, not enough Morneau

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I know the All-Star Game approaches the irrelevant and that early vote totals are even less relevant than the game, but I just can’t help myself.  The leaders so far: American League C:  Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson Cano3B: Evan LongoriaSS: Derek JeterOF: Ichiro, Nelson Cruz, Carl CrawfordDH: Vlad Guerrero Comments: unchanged since last week.…

  3. Rockies get Franklin Morales back from DL and Huston Street isn't far behind

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Out since May 5 with a strained shoulder, Franklin Morales was activated from the disabled list today and bullpen-mate Huston Street may not be far behind. Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post notes that Street reported no problems following a 20-pitch simulated game yesterday, so barring a setback he’ll begin a brief rehab assignment Friday…

  4. Jayson Werth can't buy a break

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth has an RBI single today so it’s not been a total loss or anything, but the dude is still suffering from severely bad luck. I’m watching the Braves-Phillies game, and Werth leads off the sixth. He smacks one up the middle which should have been a single, but Derek Lowe manages to kick…

  5. Quote of the Day: You'll shoot your eye out!

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’m wondering how long it will be before a player suffers a detached retina or is placed on the disabled list with temporary blindness after getting smacked with a shaving-cream pie during a postgame TV interview. – Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times, channeling your mother and wringing his hands over post-game celebrations that kill…

  6. White Sox, Mariners, and Rangers reportedly interested in Mike Lowell

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Now that David Ortiz is hitting again the Red Sox have found almost zero playing time for Mike Lowell, giving him a grand total of three starts and 17 plate appearances in the past three weeks. Lowell has made it clear that he’d welcome a trade, noting last month that third baseman Adrian Beltre and…

  7. UPDATE: The comments are fixed

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Looks like the comments are back online, folks. Sorry about the inconvenience. Seems I, um, accidentally banned half of the IP addresses in the nation while trying to fight a spammer. In this I am not unlike the man who destroys his house while trying to swat a fly. Anyway, between that and my…

  8. Saltalamacchia says he's past the yips

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    This is a minor item to be sure, but my electricity has been out for an hour and it’s in the mid 80s, so I’m gettin’ cranky and could use some damn optimistic news, OK?  OK: Jarrod Saltalamacchia says he’s past the yips that caused him to be unable to throw the ball back to…

  9. Mike Stanton on the verge of call-up to Marlins

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Marlins prospect Mike Stanton kept rolling last night with two more homers, giving the 20-year-old outfielder 20 long balls in 48 games at Double-A. He’s also hitting a career-high .307 with a .436 on-base percentage, .722 slugging percentage, and nearly as many walks (40) as strikeouts (50). Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Stanton could…

  10. Carlos Beltran is finally making some progress

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Last week general manager Omar Minaya revealed that Carlos Beltran is unlikely to return before the All-Star break, saying he had yet to resume baseball activities and would need 6-8 more weeks of rehab time once that happens. Yesterday the injured center fielder said he’s currently running at about 80 percent and expects to begin…

  11. Dave Trembley could be gone Thursday or Friday

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    That’s The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck’s assessment anyway.  Worth noting that the O’s don’t have an offday until Monday, but I suppose there’s no law that says a manager has to be fired on an offday. Schmuck, who has not been a vehement Trembley basher by any stretch, says that “the job is eating him…

  12. Are the Phillies doomed? Nah, don't panic

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Phillies are reeling right now, having lost eight of ten and the division lead.  AOL’s Ed Price makes an astute observation, however: Is the Phillies 2-8 slide a disaster? They had six 2-8 stretches in 2008, five 2-8 stretches in 2009 and a 1-9 stretch in 2009. Good point. No team with as much…

  13. The next Strasburg is coming from Mexico

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    We may be preparing for Strasmas and getting psyched about Aroldis Chapman, but it’s never too early to start going crazy over the next phenom. His name is Luis Heredia, he’s from Mexico, he’s 15, and he’s going to be eligible for the international free agent season that kicks off on July 2nd.  Dejan Kovacevic…

  14. Bill Hohn is being taken to the woodshed

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Baseball rarely if ever comments publicly on umpire discipline, so when it was announced that Joe West was being fined the other day that was (a) big news; and (b) evidence that he really screwed up. What, then, to make of this from Bob Watson, baseball’s director of discipline? A Major League Baseball official says…

  15. Thanks HBT readers!

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    I don’t mention this often enough, boys and girls, but you all are really great. May was a fabulous month for HardballTalk. We set our all-time record for traffic and tripled the clicks we had in May 2009 (back when the blog went by the name “The Quarrymen”). We’ve got a lot of great stuff…

  16. Aroldis Chapman was impressive: but not in the way I expected

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and the Louisville Bats rolled into beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio last night. I couldn’t miss that so I called my friend Mark — a big Reds fan — and headed on down to the park to catch the game. We got through the gate and, being consummate professionals, used every trick in the…

  17. Kevin Gregg walks five in ugly blown save

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg imploded last night, blowing a 5-3 lead against the Rays by allowing four runs on one hit and five walks. He also committed a throwing error and uncorked a wild pitch in one of the ugliest outings you’ll see this season. And then just for good measure he got ejected for yelling at…

  18. Joe Maddon gets steamed, gets ejected

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    In hindsight, the biggest shocker of the whole ninth inning exchange between Carlos Pena, Joe Maddon and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez in last night’s Rays-Jays game was that Kevin Gregg threw a strike. But we’ll cover Gregg’s nightmare night later this morning.  For now, let’s talk about the rhubarb. In case you missed it,…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 2, 2010, 6:46 AM EDT

    Rays 7, Blue Jays 6:  Holy schnikes, that was a wild ending. Kevin Gregg had a meltdown, walking five guys, Joe Maddon got tossed after Carlos Pena wasn’t granted time out at the plate and Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, three-run double to seal a come-from-behind victory.  The wildest thing though? Pena later said that…

  20. Programming Note

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Hey folks: Due to a late night of (a) watching Aroldis Chapman pitch against my hometown Columbus Clippers; and (b) catching up with old friends, I wasn’t able to jump on the box scores like I usually do before bedtime. The good news is that because of my evening I will be able to provide…

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