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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

    I celebrated the 4th the way the Founding Fathers intended: inside an air-conditioned house while watching an essentially British game on my Japanese TV while drinking foreign beer.

  7. Yovani Gallardo leaves start with left oblique injury

    Jul 4, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was lifted prematurely from Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a left oblique injury. Gallardo was named to his first All-Star game just hours before taking the mound in St. Louis and might have to bow out of the Midsummer Classic if the injury proves the least bit serious.  He will…

  8. Your HBT guide to this year's biggest All-Star Game snubs

    Jul 4, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    As with any All-Star event that has a limited number of roster spots, there were some rather unfair omissions from this year’s Midsummer Classic.  But that’s just how it goes.  35 players are selected from the American League and 35 make it from the National League.  There’s no way to sneak a deserving player into…

  9. D'Backs designate Dontrelle Willis for assignment

    Jul 4, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Diamondbacks have designated left-hander Dontrelle Willis for assignment. Really, it’s about time.  D-Train completely failed as a starter for Arizona, allowing 14 earned runs and 27 walks in 21.1 innings (five starts).  He was moved to the bullpen at the end of June and allowed three earned…

  10. Vote early, vote often … MLB's "Final Vote" is now live

    Jul 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Not satisfied with the All-Star rosters? There’s one last chance to make a difference.

  11. Yay! It's the 2010 All-Star Selection Show…

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball is announcing its All-Star teams this afternoon on TBS. The squads, as they are revealed…

  12. Rockies' De La Rosa shelled in final rehab start

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been out of commission since April 25 due to a torn tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand.  He had been aiming to return to the Colorado starting rotation next week, but the left-hander may be stuck on his rehab assignment for a little while longer.…

  13. Everything went wrong Saturday for the D'Backs

    Jul 4, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    It has not been a fun few days in Arizona.  On Thursday night the last-place club cleaned house, firing both manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes.  Then, in an effort to pump new blood and excitement into the franchise, bench coach and 1988 World Series legend Kirk Gibson was named the Diamondbacks’ next…

  14. UPDATE: Choo hits disabled list with thumb injury

    Jul 4, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    The Indians have lost their do-it-all right fielder to a thumb injury.

  15. Thome hops to 10th on the all-time career home run list

    Jul 3, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jim Thome blasted two home runs in the Twins’ 8-6 loss to the Rays on Saturday, moving into sole possession of 10th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time career home run list.  Here’s a look at the updated list, with the still-active names in bold: Barry Bonds            762Hank Aaron             755Babe Ruth               714Willie Mays              660Ken Griffey…

  16. Dodgers place Manny Ramirez on disabled list

    Jul 3, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    The Dodgers finally bit the bullet and placed outfielder Manny Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Manny has been sidelined by a strained right hamstring since late June and will rest for at least the next week to allow time for healing.  He’s batting .322…

  17. Stephen Strasburg lasts five innings vs. Mets

    Jul 3, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg just finished his sixth major league start a short while ago, allowing two runs over five innings against the Mets. Not only was it the shortest outing of Strasburg’s brief major league career, but he managed a career-low five strikeouts. After Strasburg labored through a 37-pitch first inning, it was pretty obvious he…

  18. Mets aiming for Carlos Beltran to return on July 15

    Jul 3, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    After presenting all sorts of irrational timetables on his return, Jerry Manuel finally conceded Saturday that Carlos Beltran will likely be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break on July 15 in San Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “He wants to play. He wants to be with the team,” Manuel…

  19. B.J. Upton back in Saturday's lineup

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    As expected, B.J. Upton is back in the starting lineup against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. He’ll bat sixth against left-hander Francisco Liriano. It will be his first start since his heated argument with Evan Longoria in the dugout last Sunday. Upton was mysteriously absent from…

  20. Jose Reyes won't play at all this weekend

    Jul 3, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes told reporters Saturday that his oblique muscle is still sore, and according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, he said that a return to the starting lineup on Sunday is unrealistic. Reyes hasn’t played since tweaking the oblique muscle on his right side during batting practice at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico on…

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