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  1. Brandon Inge ahead of schedule and cleared for rehab stint

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Inge was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand suffered on July 19, but now he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Single-A. There’s no word yet on an official revised return timetable, but he’s clearly ahead of schedule and by rule rehab assignment are limited to…

  2. Ozzie Guillen backtracks on that Asian/Latino ballplayer thing

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    On one level I’m happy that Ozzie Guillen is now backtracking from his controversial comments over the weekend, saying that his stuff about baseball treating Asian players better than Latinos was taken out of context, misinterpreted and so on.  I mean, we have a pretty decent pennant race shaping up here in the AL Central,…

  3. Mariners call up Adam Moore, send Rob Johnson to Triple-A

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Rob Johnson has been one of the worst players in baseball this season and Adam Moore has been playing well at Triple-A, so today the Mariners flip-flopped them with Johnson heading to Tacoma and Moore returning to Seattle. Johnson has been remarkably bad. Not only did he hit just .191 with a .574 OPS in…

  4. Mark Cuban and Jim Crane may team up to bid on the Rangers

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Many have suggested that Mark Cuban and Houston Businessman Jim Crane are not wanted by Major League Baseball (note: his name has been legally changed to “Houston Businessman Jim Crane.” I’m totally not effing with you here). But maybe in baseball as in nature, two negatives make a positive: Mavericks  owner Mark Cuban  could make…

  5. Steve Pearce to miss rest of season following knee surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Steve Pearce suffered a knee injury while on a rehab assignment for an ankle injury in May and after unsuccessfully trying non-surgical options Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he’ll go under the knife tomorrow. Pearce will miss the remainder of this season and may not be fully healthy for start of next year, which…

  6. Carlos Delgado is getting minor league offers

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Missed this in the trade deadline hangover the other day, but Rosenthal reported on Sunday that Carlos Delgado has gotten two minor league offers and that his agent, David Sloane, may field more this week.  The offers were not based on in-person scouting, however: Sloane says he sent video last week of Delgado running and…

  7. Jason Marquis ready to return three months after surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis tossed six innings of two-run ball in a rehab start last night at Triple-A and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that he’s ready to rejoin the Nationals’ rotation following May elbow surgery. Whether or not the Nationals are ready to welcome him back is another issue. Marquis went 0-3 with a brutal 20.52…

  8. More interesting public art coming to Nationals Park

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Remember those statues of Frank Howard, Josh Gibson and Walter Johnson that were installed at Nationals Park last year?  The ones with the multiple limbs that were described as “having the unfortunate effect of making the players seem covered in tumorous growths.”  Yeah, there’s more of that sort of thing coming next season: Thomas Sayre…

  9. Drafted in June, lefty Chris Sale on verge of joining White Sox

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Back in June the White Sox selected Florida Gulf Coast University left-hander Chris Sale with the 13th pick in the draft and now less than two months later Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’re planning to call him up as soon as tomorrow. Sale was a starter in college, but the White…

  10. HBT Daily: Hellickson, the Astros and driving a stake in the heart of the Dodgers

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Your daily video dose of Tiffany Simons and me chatting about the important issues of the day. If there are none, we discuss baseball.

  11. Cubs rookie Casey Coleman becomes baseball's first third-generation pitcher

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Casey Coleman made his big-league debut in the sixth inning last night and in doing so became the first third-generation pitcher in MLB history. His father, Joe Coleman, was an All-Star in 1972 and won 142 games while pitching for six different teams. His grandfather, also Joe Coleman, was an All-Star in 1948 and won…

  12. Rick Ankiel thinks about pitching again

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel says he would consider pitching again. Here are his comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I keep thinking when I can’t run any more and I still want to be in the game, maybe I’ll give [pitching] a shot. For now, I’m an outfielder and that’s how I look at it.” Stranger things have…

  13. Ryan Ludwick's "terse meeting" with manager Tony La Russa preceded trade to Padres

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I wrote yesterday that the Cardinals’ decision to trade Ryan Ludwick for Jake Westbrook struck me as odd given the team’s apparent need for offense and Ludwick’s strong production for the past four years, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch sheds some interesting light on what may have motivated the move behind…

  14. Ivan Rodriguez becomes fifth player in baseball history with 300 home runs as a catcher

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Last night Ivan Rodriguez hit his 307th career homer, 300 of which have come while catching. Rodriguez joins Hall of Famers Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, and Yogi Berra as the only players in baseball history to amass 300 homers while catching. And for all the people freaking out about Alex Rodriguez being “stuck”…

  15. Bids are due for the Rangers at 8PM tonight

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    If you’re planning on buying the Texas Rangers, make sure your bid is in by 8PM tonight, because that’s when the bidding closes. Heck, that gives you most of the day to get your stuff together, so I don’t see why you can’t get in on it too.  All you need is a little information.…

  16. Rays send Jeremy Hellickson back to minors after impressive debut victory

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Stud prospect Jeremy Hellickson was called up from the minors to make his big-league debut last night, pitched the Rays into a first-place tie by beating the Twins with seven strong innings, and was optioned right back to Triple-A minutes after the win. He’ll be back, of course, but it underscores just how much young…

  17. Got any suggestions for HBT Daily/Extra?

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    As you’ve noticed, Tiffany and I are doing videos every day now: HBT Daily five days a week and a longer HBT Extra on Wednesdays.  We enjoy doing them and probably would never run out of stuff to talk about, but we also want to make sure we’re talking about stuff you care about. So: …

  18. Carlos Lee could be playing some first base soon

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    This could be fun: Astros manager Brad Mills said yesterday that Carlos Lee could begin seeing some time at first base. Which, if you’re gonna play the guy, is probably a better bet than playing him in the outfield, where he’s defensive disaster. Sure, the Astros just got Brett Wallace from Toronto, but he probably…

  19. The Mets won't demote or cut Oliver Perez

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It’s one thing to make a mistake with a big contract. Just about every GM — including some good ones — have done that.  It’s another thing altogether to compound the mistake by never admitting you made it in the first place and carrying on as if everything is hunky dory. Ladies and gentlemen, I…

  20. If you're going to trash baseball, at least use the right data

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    You’d think that if you’re going to do a study about attendance that you’d want to mention the wins and loses of the subject team once or twice. But maybe that’s just me.

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