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  1. Strasburg played catch Sunday, reported feeling good

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list last week after inflammation was found in his throwing shoulder.  The move was mostly precautionary and his goal is to return on the first day that he is eligible, or at least right around that day. That goal got a little more realistic on Sunday…

  2. Guillen: Asian players treated much better than Latinos

    Aug 1, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Most of Ozzie Guillen’s rants can be ignored.  They’re usually plenty insightful, but he spouts off so often that it almost becomes repetitive.  And then he’ll surprise you, and really say something that makes you think.  That’s what he did Sunday while talking to reporters before Chicago’s series finale with the Oakland A’s at U.S.…

  3. Astros finalize extension for right-hander Brett Myers

    Aug 1, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    The Astros agreed to a multi-year contract extension with right-hander Brett Myers on Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon full details of the new deal were revealed.  Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has the breakdown of years and money. Myers, 29, was a steal for the Astros this winter and has been one of the…

  4. UPDATE: Ryan Howard lifted with sprained left ankle

    Aug 1, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had to be helped off the field Sunday after apparently injuring his left ankle while running the bases in the first inning. He will undergo X-rays…

  5. Rich Harden pitches well in return from disabled list

    Aug 1, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Rangers right-hander Rich Harden was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday night and took the mound immediately against the Angels.  Coming off a six-week stint on the disabled list and entering the outing with a 5.68 ERA and 1.68 WHIP, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if he got shelled. But he didn’t.  Harden…

  6. Nationals complete deal with Cuban righty Yunesky Maya

    Aug 1, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The Nationals have agreed to terms with Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on a four-year, $8 million contract, according to Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald. He will begin his state-side professional career at Single-A Viera…

  7. Carl Crawford swipes 400th career stolen base

    Aug 1, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Rays outfielder Carl Crawford picked up his 400th career stolen base on Saturday in the Rays’ 5-4 loss to the Yankees.  He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and is now batting .307 on the season with an .855 OPS, 12 homers, 56 RBI and 38 total successful swipes. Crawford is just the seventh player in…

  8. Rodriguez taking a day off from home run chase

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is just one home run away from 600 for his career. Actually, he’s been one home run away from 600 for 37 at-bats now. And he’s unlikely to reach the milestone Sunday…

  9. What they're saying about the Lance Berkman trade

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    The Astros traded first baseman Lance Berkman to the Yankees on Friday night for right-hander Mark Melancon and infield prospect Jimmy Paredes.  Berkman went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his debut as the Yanks’ new designated hitter on Saturday, but most people like the fit and believe he will be plenty productive for the 27-time…

  10. Hellickson set for major league debut on Monday

    Aug 1, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    As Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times first reported, the Rays have decided to promote top pitching prospect Jeremy Hellickson for a one-time spot start on Monday against the Twins.  Whether he sticks around to pitch out of the bullpen remains to be seen, but it would make some sense.  For now he is…

  11. The trade deadline is long gone, but several players may still be on the move…

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:44 AM EDT

    The non-waiver trade deadline has passed and it sure was chaotic, but it’s not the end of hot stove season.  Players can be dealt via waivers until the end of August and it seems like there could be serious activity this year.  D.J. laid out his winners and losers of the non-waiver deadline last night…

  12. From Lee to Wood, a roundup of the trades

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    It’s been a wild run-up to the trade deadline, and the guys have peppered you non-stop with rumors, news and analysis over the last few days. From a position-by-position preview, to a report card of the big winners and losers, we’ve had you, the faithful HBT reader, covered. So if your head is still swimming,…

  13. Carlos Gonzalez hits for the cycle in heroic fashion

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hit for the cycle in the Rockies’ 6-5 defeat of the Cubs on Saturday, and he accomplished the home run part of the feat with a walkoff blast. He singled in the first inning…

  14. Beckham pranked by White Sox GM Kenny Williams

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham has struggled overall this season after a stellar 2009 debut and he was linked in a few different trade rumors over the past week.  With those rumors in mind — false or not — GM Kenny Williams decided to play a prank on the youngster just before Saturday’s trade deadline.…

  15. Joe Mauer gets cortisone shot for right shoulder tendinitis

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer has been on fire since the All-Star break and remained hot tonight, going 3-for-4 in a win over the Mariners, but Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with right shoulder tendinitis and received a cortisone shot after the game. Mauer is expected to miss at least 1-2 games, leaving Drew…

  16. Yankees fail to show at Steinbrenner's burial site

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    The Yankees had a very limited presence at former public address announcer Bob Sheppard’s funeral in mid-July and they are getting flak again for failing to make an appearance at George Steinbrenner’s resting place. The Yanks are down in the Tampa region for a weekend series with the Rays and Steinbrenner was laid to rest…

  17. Your trade deadline winners and losers

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    As much as we try our best to separate the wheat from the chaff here at HBT, we’re honestly still trying to get our bearings straight after cranking out over 110 posts in the past two days alone, the great majority of them being trade rumors. If you followed today’s deadline on Twitter, you should…

  18. Rangers activate Harden for Saturday evening start

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    As noted by this MLB.com press release, the Rangers activated starter Rich Harden from the disabled list on Saturday afternoon.  In fact, he is on the bump for a Saturday evening matchup with the Angels and their new right-hander, Dan Haren. Harden hit the 15-day disabled list in early June with a strained glute and…

  19. Stephen Strasburg aims for Aug. 10-12 return

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will throw Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The plan is for Strasburg to throw off flat ground Sunday, play long toss Monday and throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If he comes through the bullpen session fine, a return in the Aug. 10-12 series…

  20. Nationals to announce signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Nationals will officially announce the signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on Saturday, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. We learned that the Nationals reached a preliminary agreement with the 28-year-old right-hander earlier this month. According to what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it sounds like…

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