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  1. Thanks again, HBT readers!

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    With the trade deadline in our rear view mirror, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the HBT Multiverse* for clicking in and reading us as the rumors went wild and the news nuggets flew these past couple of weeks. Traffic was through the roof in July. That’s nice, but even…

  2. Angels calling up hot-hitting speedster Peter Bourjos

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    According to various sources the Angels are planning to call up 23-year-old outfielder Peter Bourjos from Triple-A prior to tomorrow’s game. Bourjos ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects coming into the season and has hit .314/.364/.498 at Triple-A. One of the fastest players in the minors, he has 27 steals and 12 triples in…

  3. After a strong start, Troy Glaus is hitting .159 with 0 homers in his last 32 games

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    After missing nearly all of last season with a shoulder injury Glaus signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Braves and batted .281/.372/.496 with 14 homers through 69 games to basically match his career norms. Because the Braves were atop the division and Glaus was driving in a bunch of runs ESPN went so…

  4. HBT Daily: reacting to the Yankees, Cardinals and Braves trades

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Get me trying to put a brave face on the Braves moves.

  5. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    In which the Seattle Mariners are compared to 1980s NWA jobber extraordinaire, George South.

  6. Don Wakamatsu says Ichiro Suzuki is pitched around because the Mariners' lineup is so bad

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 yesterday after striking out three times Saturday for the just the third time in his career, leaving him with the lowest OPS (.743) and second-lowest batting average (.307) in 10 seasons with Seattle. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu suggested that the lack of capable of hitters following him in what is the…

  7. Aroldis Chapman has been tearing it up lately: is Cincinnati in his future?

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    The Reds have been in need of an extra bullpen arm for a while this season, and whenever people have started talking about that need, the talk has turned to Aroldis Chapman.  At first he was off limits because he was starting. And then, after being moved the bullpen he was seen as a non-option…

  8. By trading Ryan Ludwick the Cardinals are counting on Jon Jay being for real

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis ranks just ninth among National League teams in runs scored–compared to second in runs allowed–and prior to Saturday’s trade deadline many people felt the Cardinals would be in the market for an offensive upgrade. Instead they traded one of their best hitters, right fielder Ryan Ludwick, to the Padres in a three-team deal…

  9. Daniel Hudson impresses in Diamondbacks debut

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Arizona sending Edwin Jackson to Chicago for pitching prospects Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg struck me as one of the best moves of the trade deadline and the early returns are certainly encouraging. Hudson made his Diamondbacks debut yesterday against the Mets and tossed eight innings of one-run ball in a blowout victory, allowing just…

  10. Juan Samuel is sticking with the Orioles

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    I always wondered what happened to interim managers when they were replaced. You always hear about them being reassigned and stuff, but I had always assumed that was a euphemism for what I suspect really happened to them: getting rolled up in a carpet and dumped in a ravine someplace.  In light of that, I’ve…

  11. Francisco Liriano's great season is even better than it looks

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    In analyzing the Twins’ rotation struggles a couple weeks ago I noted that Francisco Liriano was suffering from some combination of bad luck and bad defense, because while his ERA was still plenty good his secondary numbers showed one of the truly elite pitching performances in all of baseball this season. At the time Liriano…

  12. The Pirates will pay your ticket service fees

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    At least for a little while.  If you buy tickets to home game between today and Sunday, the Pirates will waive all service fees. Nice gesture. And given that (a) it really is a great park; and (b) you’re guaranteed to see at least one major league team during any Pirates game, it’s a great…

  13. Brewers preparing prospect Mat Gamel to play somewhere other than third base

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Once viewed as the Brewers’ third baseman of the future, Mat Gamel’s injuries and struggles defensively have kept him in the minors far longer than expected when he ranked 34th on Baseball America‘s list of the top prospects in baseball prior to last season. Gamel got a brief look at third base last season before…

  14. Your morning dose of "playing in New York is different" porn

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If you read nothing but the New York tabloids you’d think that Lance Berkman was some reality show contestant rather than an accomplished and experienced major leaguer.

  15. Deja vu all over again: Charlie Manuel dusts off the old "vote of confidence" for Brad Lidge

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge blew a save Saturday for the fourth time in 14 tries, but came back yesterday with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 11th save and got a vote of confidence from manager Charlie Manuel: I’ve definitely got to show him that I’m willing to stay with him and we’ll see what happens. ……

  16. Grant Balfour's injury came from wrestling with his pitching coach

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Chad Qualls trade was a head scratcher at the time, but it was explained later in the day on Saturday when it was revealed that Rays’ setup man Grant Balfour was injured.  Turns out that injury, however, was pretty preventable: he got it while “messing around . . . wrestling, in a way” with…

  17. Alex Rodriguez is "stuck" on 599 homers? Big deal

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    After striking out as a pinch-hitter yesterday Alex Rodriguez has gone 38 at-bats since hitting his 599th career homer and while waiting for career homer No. 600 far too many media members are acting as if it’s a drought of epic proportions. In reality Rodriguez has gone more than 38 at-bats between homers 35 different…

  18. The Brewers give Corey Hart a three-year extension

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Buster tweets that Hart’s extension is for $26.5 million over three years. 9:30 A.M.: The subject of trade rumors for weeks, Corey Hart remained a Brewer after Saturday’s deadline hit.  And he’ll remain a Brewer for some time into the future as well, given that Milwaukee just announced that Hart has agreed to a…

  19. Greg Maddux put in a good word for Blake DeWitt

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    When the Cubs and Dodgers were hammering out the Ted Lilly trade over the weekend, GM Jim Hendry asked for the input from his assistant, Greg Maddux.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Maddux gave the thumbs up to the team acquiring Blake DeWitt. On the one hand: cool. Maddux is The Man, I would love…

  20. Mike Lowell was nearly a Yankee again

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox nearly had a deal in place on Friday that would have had Mike Lowell going to the Yankees.  Not directly — the Rangers would have been used as an intermediary in a three-way trade — but for all practical purposes it would have been a Yankees-Red Sox trade. …

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