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  1. Giant-headed, be-mulleted Randy Johnson wins sausage race ripoff in Arizona

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    It’s entirely possible that someone else thought of pitting four giant plush mascots against one another in between-inning footraces before the Brewers did it with their sausage guys, but Milwaukee has always done it the best.  And, inevitably, it has led to copycats.  Giant president heads race in Washington.  Hot dogs race in Cleveland.  Tools…

  2. Torii Hunter's career-year rolls on with 2 homers and 7 RBIs

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Named to his fourth All-Star game as the Angels’ only representative yesterday afternoon, Torii Hunter homered twice and drove in seven runs last night in a blowout win that will probably keep the Royals from being on national television again until approximately 2050. It was the second time Hunter has had seven RBIs in a…

  3. Geoff Jenkins to retire as a Brewer. BFD.

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s being reported that Geoff Jenkins will announce his retirement this Friday. Jenkins will sign a one day contract in Milwaukee so he can retire as a Brewer. And thank God for that. Because it would be a travesty if history remembered Geoff Jenkins in the uniform of the, um . . . he played…

  4. The Tigers are interested in Stephen Drew

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    We hear about Adam LaRoche, Kelly Johnson and Dan Haren being shopped by Arizona, but another valuable player on the sinking Diamondbacks ship is Stephen Drew.  And now Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are interested in him. Drew, who is currently hitting .268/.336/.409, is under team control through 2012. The bat isn’t overwhelming this…

  5. 39th pick Anthony Ranaudo wants top-10 cash from Red Sox

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    LSU junior Anthony Ranaudo entered this year as Baseball America‘s top-ranked college prospect, but the 6-foot-7 right-hander fell to the Red Sox with the 39th overall pick because of an elbow injury and major struggles once he returned. Boston’s financial advantage allows them to take draft-day gambles on high-upside prospects like Ranaudo when other teams…

  6. Yovani Gallardo won't pitch in the All-Star game due to injury

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Brewers manager Ken Macha announced today that Yovani Gallardo will not be available to pitch in the All-Star game after leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique. According to Macha the “best-case scenario” for Gallardo is “doing no baseball activities for at least 10 days” and “you can’t have a guy walk off the mound…

  7. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    No surprises at number one, but number two is new. And anyone who can guess who number 18 is without looking wins a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat! Oh, crap, I gave it away, didn’t I?

  8. Joel Zumaya scheduled for elbow surgery next week

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya initially hoped to avoid surgery after gruesomely fracturing his elbow while throwing a pitch last week, but the Tigers announced today that he’ll go under the knife next Monday. Here’s the latest from trainer Kevin Rand: Joel’s going to undergo a procedure to have a screw put into his elbow to stabilize that…

  9. Are the Mets in serious financial trouble?

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The New York Post says so, but they may be overselling it.

  10. Will the Yankees wait for Nick Johnson to get healthy?

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson has started to work his way back from mid-May wrist surgery, but Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the oft-injured designated hitter “is still a few weeks away from playing in a game” at extended spring training. So far Johnson has simply begun hitting off a tee and given his…

  11. Olney: Buck Showalter is the "heavy, heavy" favorite for the O's job

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Buster Olney says that Buck Showalter is the “heavy, heavy” favorite to be the Orioles’ next manager and handicapped the race thusly: “Showalter 1:2, Eric Wedge 6:1, Rick Dempsey 50:1, others 100:1.” For his part, Heyman thinks Wedge is the favorite, though wouldn’t be surprised if Showalter got the gig. Olney used to cover the…

  12. Mike Stanton is struggling for Marlins, but Cameron Maybin is injured at Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Sent back to Triple-A last month following Mike Stanton’s arrival, Cameron Maybin took the demotion in stride by going 10-for-28 (.357) with five walks and two steals in his first eight games. Unfortunately he hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a left shoulder injury that landed Maybin on the Triple-A disabled list and has…

  13. Quote of the Day: All-Star snub edition

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    When a guy says “and you can quote me on that” there’s about a 99% chance that he’s quote-of-the-day material.

  14. Former outfielder Brian Anderson begins pitching at age 28

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Brian Anderson was the White Sox’s first-round pick in 2003 and twice ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but proved to be a good-glove, no-hit outfielder during five seasons in the majors. Despite hitting just .227/.290/.370 in 883 plate appearances Anderson somehow talked the Royals into giving him a one-year, $700,000 contract this offseason,…

  15. The Cubs want to loan out Ted Lilly

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Peter Gammons tweets that the Cubs are beginning to face reality (i.e. they’re going nowhere) and, as a result are thinking about trading Ted Lilly. They’d only think of it as loaning him to someone, however, as Gammons says Chicago would then try to sign him again once he hits the market after the season.…

  16. The Phillies are interested in . . . Willie Bloomquist?

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    It’s not easy being a Phillies fan at the moment. The team keeps losing, half the infield is injured and your manager is doing crazy stuff like naming Omar Infante and Ryan Howard to the All-Star team instead of Joey Votto. Chaos, basically. Then you have to wake up on a fine Monday morning and…

  17. Kyle Drabek throws a no-hitter in AA

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Kyle Drabek — son of Doug and trade-fodder for Roy Halladay — threw a no-hitter for the Jays’ AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats yesterday. Drabek walked two and struck out three. Overall Drabek is 8-8 with a 3.20 ERA in the minors since being acquired by Toronto back in December.  Having watched his father pitch…

  18. Geoff Blum injures his elbow . . . while getting dressed

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    One of the biggest reasons I took this job is because I hate having to, you know, get dressed in order to go to work.  I mean, it was just a matter of time before what happened to the Astros’ Geoff Blum over the weekend happened to me: Blum felt a “pop” in his elbow…

  19. Why are the Yankees scouting Cliff Lee?

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    As the trading season gets increasingly nutsy, we’ve seen an explosion of “Team X had a scout at Player Y’s last game!” chatter.  Here’s a fine example of such a thing from Jon Paul Morosi yesterday: The Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals were among the clubs with a scout in attendance at Cliff Lee’s start in…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary to miss baseball news because you’re celebrating, you have HBT Weekend Wrapup to get you back up to speed.

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