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  1. Brian Roberts, Mike Gonzalez not close to rejoining Orioles

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    New Orioles manager Juan Samuel delivered some more bad news Tuesday when he made it clear that neither Brian Roberts nor Mike Gonzalez were ready to help the team with the game’s worst record. Roberts appeared on pace for a mid-June return before contracting pneumonia last month. That setback, though, may prove mild to the…

  2. The Pirates should not go down without a fight

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This post over at the Pirates’ blog WHYGAVS is being rewtweed and reposted all over the Internet today because of a brilliant “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” riff on the whole Stephen Strasburg debut. And it is brilliant, so go check it out.  But I like it much more for this passage from its author,…

  3. Jason Heyward may get an All-Star Game start

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    In the last week Jason Heyward’s OPS has dipped about .100 points as he has become mired in a 3 for 32 slump.  In that same week he has surged into second place in the All-Star vote totals among NL outfielders and is within striking distance of current leader Ryan Braun. Given the ascension of…

  4. The Indians designate Mark Grudzielanek for assignment

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Tough week for aging infielders, no? First Adam Kennedy Everett was DFA’d by the Tigers and now Mark Grudzielanek* gets the same treatment. Grudzielanek was batting .273/.328/.273 with 11 RBI in 110 at-bats with the Indians this season. He hurt his hammy on Sunday, however, and since the Indians were given special permission by the…

  5. Come by HBT tonight as we celebrate Strasmas

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Ok, I really should stop calling it Strasmas.  For one thing, it’s been beaten to death by now. For another thing, Gleeman is Jewish so it would only be fair for us to make a couple of Strasukkah references. For that matter I’m pretty sure Pouliot celebrates Strasivus, so maybe the whole holiday meme should…

  6. UPDATE: The Mets are off the hook with the Oliver Perez DL assignment

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Guess not. Andy Martino reports that Major League Baseball is “comfortable” with the Ollie Perez DL stint and has closed its investigation.  Apparently Perez suffered the most conveniently-timed knee injury in baseball history. I’m inclined to think that teams abuse the DL for roster management purposes all the time. As far as I know,…

  7. Quote of the Day: Cubs' first rounder 'shocked'

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Southern Arkansas pitcher Hayden Simpson, on the Cubs taking him last night with the 16th overall pick: It came as a complete shock. We were hearing second to fifth round. I don’t see any problem with me signing. No, when you’re a Division II player expecting to go in, say, the fourth round and the…

  8. Should we care about Pete Rose's corked bat?

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Many of you have responded in the Pete Rose thread that a corked bat probably wasn’t a big deal because, as the good fellows at MythBusters (and many other researchers) have demonstrated, a corked bat doesn’t help a batter hit the ball any harder or farther or anything, and actually has some counterproductive qualities. I’ll…

  9. Draft's early rounds filled with some great names

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Often in sports there’s talk of “big-name players,” but this post isn’t quite about that (or really about much of anything, as you’ll soon see). Maybe it’s just me getting old and thinking ahead to all the botched pronunciations in my future, but I’ve been amazed by the number of “interesting” names being drafted so…

  10. Three year-old girl injured during batting practice at Dodger Stadium

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    A three year-old girl’s skull was fractured after being hit by a line drive during batting practice at Dodger Stadium yesterday. The injuries, thankfully, are not considered life-threatening. The ball came of Russell Martin’s bat on what was, according to the article, a line drive down the left field line. It’s unclear whether the ball…

  11. Strasburg isn't the only one debuting tonight

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    As everyone fixates on Stephen Strasburg, let us not forget that there’s another young phenom making his debut today. His name is Mike Stanton, he plays for the Marlins and he has simply abused Double-A hitting so far this year. How badly has he abused it? To the tune of .311/.411/.726 with 21 home runs…

  12. Dodgers drafting LSU-bound quarterback Zach Lee raises eyebrows

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    The Dodgers selecting Texas high school right-hander Zach Lee with the 28th overall pick last night raised some eyebrows because he was considered one of the draft’s most “unsignable” prospects and they’re rumored to be cutting corners in the wake of owner Frank McCourt’s divorce. ESPN ranks Lee as the country’s ninth-best prep quarterback and…

  13. Chone Figgins not happy about move to bottom of Mariners' lineup

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins hit second in the Mariners’ batting order for the first 55 games of the season, but manager Don Wakamatsu moved him to the ninth spot yesterday and Figgins wasn’t very happy about it: I mean, I’ve been getting on base. I’ve been swinging the bat pretty good. Obviously, it had something to do…

  14. The story of Pete Rose's corked bat

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    One of Pete Rose’s old lackeys — Tommy Gioiosa — told the world many years ago that Rose corked his bats.  Based on everything we knew about the guy at the time: that he was a risk-taker, a pathological competitor and a guy who viewed rules as something less than mild suggestions, it wasn’t hard…

  15. Red Sox and Rangers quickly sign first rounders

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Last year’s No. 10 overall pick Drew Storen signed with the Nationals for $1.6 million before the draft was even over (and is already in the majors), and a pair of first rounders selected last night have followed in his footsteps by already agreed to terms. No. 20 overall pick Kolbrin Vitek said last night…

  16. Deep Thoughts: the Mets first round draft pick

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Mets drafted UNC pitcher named Matt Harvey in the first round last night. The thing he’s most notable for among people who don’t follow the draft or the college game all that closely (i.e. the vast majority of us) is that on April 23rd he threw 157 pitches. Here’s the deep thought: is it…

  17. What they're saying about Stephen Strasburg's debut

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    This is normally a retrospective feature, not an anticipatory one, but we all know what’s going to happen tonight: a normal baseball game in which Strasburg will either pitch well or he won’t but in either case all of the magic pixie dust will be gone and the hard business of actually, you know, forging…

  18. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Last week’s Power Rankings are all curdled and sour and are no longer fit for human consumption. Here are some new rankings, fresh out of the cow.  Or maybe it’s bull. You be the judge. Nevertheless, these rankings reflect data and impressions through play on Sunday night — which was when I came up with…

  19. Merry Strasmas, everyone!

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Washington is the center of the baseball universe today. Last night it was Bryce Harper’s time in the spotlight. Today is much bigger: Stephen Strasburg’s debut. It’s easy to go overboard with this, of course. He’s a phenom. A freak. A savior. You name it.  But he’s also a young pitcher who, however much he…

  20. Indians send Matt LaPorta back to Triple-A

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Matt LaPorta was one of my favorite sleeper picks coming into the season, but he was slowed early on while making his way back from offseason hip surgery and batted just .218 with one homer and a .567 OPS through 35 games before the Indians demoted him to the minors Monday. Andy Marte came off…

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