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  1. Alex Rodriguez climbs to third place all time with 20th career grand slam

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez delivered his 20th career grand slam yesterday after Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked in front of him, moving past Eddie Murray into third place all time behind only Manny Ramirez with 21 and Lou Gehrig with 23. Rodriguez has come to the plate with the bases loaded 243 times during his career, hitting…

  2. Strasburg will probably pitch 95 innings for the Nats

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that, based on the formula the Nationals use in order to manage young pitchers’ workloads, Stephen Strasburg will be held to 95 major league innings this season which, on top of the 50.1 he’s thrown so far, and the five or so we can expect him to pitch…

  3. More umpires gone wild: Bill Hohn ejects Roy Oswalt

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Someone at Major League Baseball needs to stage an intervention because the umpires are out of control. Last week we saw Joe West and Bob Davidson decide that the game was all about them. Yesterday it was Bill Hohn’s turn. The scene (which you can see here): the Astros-Nationals game. Hohn was behind the plate…

  4. The Dodgers win on a walkoff balk

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    I’m struggling to think of a game that a team so unceremoniously gave away like the Diamondbacks gave away last night’s game to the Dodgers. As I mentioned in the recaps, the game ended on a walkoff balk, which is something you just don’t see every day. Here’s the video. I’m not gonna say that…

  5. HBT reader scouts Casey Kelly and Kyle Gibson

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    I think the game was on NESN, so more people in New England could see this than usual, but HBT reader Moses Green — who performs a valuable and gratuitous service in editing each morning’s “And That Happened” — is vacationing in Maine and saw the Portland Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats play…

  6. Let's mock some Yankees fans!

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    But it’s OK, because the guy doing the mocking is Jason from IIATMS, himself a tremendous Yankees fan. He just has a problem — as do I — with people wearing ugly red licensed gear, Yankees caps with rhinestones and grown men and women wearing Yankees jerseys with names — either the players’ or [shudder]…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez beats struggling Tim Lincecum

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez lived up to his end of the bargain and then some Monday afternoon, but instead of a dream pitcher’s duel Tim Lincecum continued to struggle. Jimenez hurled his second complete-game shutout of the season (with the first being his no-hitter against Braves), striking out nine while holding the Giants to four hits and…

  8. While you were grilling yesterday . . .

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    . . . we were blogging.  Why? Mostly because it rained a lot and there was baseball happening.  We realize that a good number of you read HBT at the office, however, and likely missed our bloggy musings, so here’s a quick rundown of some of the Memorial Day highlights: Power Rankings! And please, save…

  9. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Rockies 4, Giants 0: The Cy Young Award is decided by something closer to tournament play than match play, but Ubaldo Jimenez’s decisive defeat of Tim Lincecum has him covered in either direction (CG, SHO 4 H, 9K). Linecum appears to have lost his telemetry (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 3K). Braves…

  10. UPDATE: Diamondbacks interested in Dontrelle Willis

    May 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The Diamondbacks have confirmed their interest in Willis, according to Gilbert. “We are at least considering him,” D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said Monday. 8:55 PM: According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, the Diamondbacks have had discussions with the Tigers about acquiring Dontrelle Willis. Willis, 28, was designated for assignment by the Tigers on…

  11. Stephen Strasburg to debut on June 8 vs. Pirates

    May 31, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    It’s finally official. After rampant speculation and anticipation, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that 2009 first-round pick Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his major league debut on Tuesday, June 8 against the Pirates. The 21-year-old right-hander has blown the doors off minor league competition, going 6-2 with a 1.43…

  12. The Yankees vs. the Mets: "Seinfeld" edition

    May 31, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    This is the sort of thing for which the Internet was invented: cataloging all of the Yankees and Mets references in the history of “Seinfeld” and naming the top moments for each team within the show’s universe.  Here’s the Mets. Here’s the Yankees. For what it’s worth, I think that despite all of the great…

  13. Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson could be trade bait

    May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Rosenthal’s latest column reveals that the Diamondbacks “are discussing internally the possibility” of trading starters Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. That sounds about two steps removed from something actually happening, but let’s talk about it anyway. Haren would be a great pickup by a contender. Sure, he’s got a 5.56 ERA, but his K/9 ratio…

  14. The Braves thump the Phillies to take over first place

    May 31, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    I said at the beginning of the season that the NL East was going to be a tight one this year. I also said that the Braves would win it. Neither of those calls looked particularly prescient for the first several weeks of the season as the Phillies started off as one of the hottest…

  15. Derek Jeter leaves Yankees-Indians game with a strained hammy

    May 31, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter had a couple of hits in today’s Yankees-Indians game, but he left this one a few minutes ago with a tight hamstring. No word if it’s serious, but it wasn’t totally apparent why he left the game at the time, so it would appear not. The Yankees are doing just fine without him,…

  16. Tell your friends you saw Roy Halladay's perfect game!

    May 31, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Only 25,000 or so people bought tickets to see Roy Halladay throw a perfect game against the Marlins down in Miami on Saturday night. That left thousands of unsold tickets to the game. Which the Marlins are now going to sell on the team website starting tomorrow. Nice little collectible of a historic event. Also…

  17. X-rays inconclusive, so Orlando Hudson headed for CT scan on injured wrist

    May 31, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Last night’s game-ending collision with Denard Span left Orlando Hudson with an injured wrist and X-rays taken afterward were inconclusive, so the veteran second baseman is now headed for a CT scan. Hudson didn’t travel with the team to Seattle, so at the very least he seems unlikely to play in the four-game series against…

  18. The Rockies send Dexter Fowler down

    May 31, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler was supposed to be a speedy part of the Rockies’ complete outfield this year, but so far he’s not cutting it –.216/.327/.317– so Colorado sent him down to Colorado Springs this morning. Fowler has basically been a fifth outfielder for the Rockies of late.  After making the jump from Double A to the…

  19. Roberto Alomar wants a front-office job with the Blue Jays

    May 31, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar will probably be elected into the Hall of Fame this year after coming up eight votes short in his first time on the ballot, but as James Hall of MLB.com reports the 12-time All-Star also has his eye on a front-office job: I’m almost ready. I think after this year I’m going to…

  20. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 31, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    At the outset, I’d like to say that there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I had a graduate coaching assistant fill out my power rankings last week. I take my responsibilities in this regard just as seriously as Urban Meyer and Nick Saban take their votes in the USA Today coaches poll.…

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