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  1. It's high fashion: Introducing the 'BRayser'

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:01 AM EDT

    Everything is going right for the Tampa Bay Rays lately. They just completed an impressive sweep of the Texas Rangers, signed their top draft picks and are stocking up on some alleged pitching talent. So why the need for a wardrobe gimmick? Because it’s pretty dang sweet, that’s why. It’s called the “BRayser” — which…

  2. Report: Rockies will release Brad Hawpe late Wednesday

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:04 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has been all over the Brad Hawpe news front since he was placed on waivers last week.  And now Renck has a breaking report.  The Post columnist and beat writer heard from sources Wednesday that Hawpe is going to be released after tonight’s game against the Dodgers and made…

  3. The Aroldis Chapman Era begins on Sept. 1

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds will call up top pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman from Triple-A Louisville on September 1.  Why not sooner?  Well, here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Fay and the Enquirer on Wednesday: “Who do you take off (the roster)?” Baker said. “It would be somebody else who…

  4. Reds have offered Dusty Baker a contract extension

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds have offered manager Dusty Baker a contract extension in the wake of a 68-51 start to the 2010 season. We’re thinking he will accept.

  5. Braves place jobless Troy Glaus on the disabled list

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Mostly as a result of Wednesday’s trade for Derrek Lee, the Braves have decided to place suddenly-jobless corner infielder Troy Glaus on the 15-day disabled list.  The news comes from David O’Brien with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Glaus has been dealing with a sore knee, but probably wouldn’t have been placed on the disabled list without…

  6. Braves get Derrek Lee from Cubs for three pitching prospects

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of the rumored trade sending Derrek Lee to the Braves is a “done deal” and the Cubs will receive pitching prospects Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, and Jeffrey Lorick in exchange for the impending free agent first baseman. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs will “pick up…

  7. The Rays sign Ramon Ortiz for some reason

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    The Tampa Bay Rays — who have just about the best pitching in the American League — have signed Ramon Ortiz to a minor league deal. Ortiz threw 30 innings for the Dodgers this year to the tune of a 6.30 ERA.  Since then he’s been in the Mets system. I can’t for the life…

  8. Trevor Hoffman gets bases-loaded strikeout for 598th save

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    John Axford has done a tremendous job since taking over for Trevor Hoffman as the Brewers’ closer in mid-May, going 7-1 while converting 18-of-20 saves with a 2.76 ERA and 50/20 K/BB ratio in 42.2 innings. This afternoon, however, the 27-year-old rookie ran into trouble trying to close out a 3-0 lead over the Cardinals.…

  9. One more thing about Bobby Thomson

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Joshua Prager wrote the book The Echoing Green, which is the definitive story of the 1951 pennant race that culminated in “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”  Today he has a remembrance of Bobby Thomson over at The New Republic. He reproduces a Thomson quote there that, even if you’ve seen it before, bears repeating:…

  10. Mike Cameron officially opts for season-ending surgery

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    As expected, Mike Cameron has decided to undergo surgery on the torn abdominal muscle that has bothered him for most of the season. He’ll miss the rest of this year, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “should be ready for spring training.” He’ll make $7.25 million in 2011 as part of a…

  11. Sammy Sosa is no Cubs fan

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    “The Cubs threw me into the fire. They made people think I’m a monster.” – Sammy Sosa on the Cubs in a forthcoming in-depth interview with Chicago Magazine in which he describes how he has no current relationship with the Cubs and how everything is just icky.  The interview is not available online yet, but…

  12. As expected, Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe cleared waivers

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that Brad Hawpe has cleared waivers, which was inevitable given that the Rockies outfielder is still owed about $2.2 million for the rest of this season and will have to be bought out of his contract for $500,000 next year. Troy Renck of the Denver Post has written repeatedly this…

  13. HBT Extra: Dare I declare another team dead?

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The way I see it, if agreeing with Vin Scully makes me wrong, I don’t want to be right.

  14. Joe Torre sounds like he's going to retire

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi caught up with Joe Torre yesterday, and based on a bunch of quotes — which I’m not going to reproduce; click through and read them — concludes that Torre is leaning strongly towards retiring. Maybe there’s more going on than we know and Torre’s comments were all prefaced with a big disclaimer…

  15. Expect to see Delmon Young hit by a pitch tonight

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves caused a bit of a stir by saying that Chicago pitchers should consider throwing at Minnesota hitters to “see if you can start a fight” during the three-game series at Target Field that began last night. Yet in Game 1 of the crucial series it was Delmon Young of…

  16. Jason LaRue could miss the rest of the season

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that Dusty Baker may want to bump Johnny Cueto’s next start against the Cardinals to, oh, 2024 or so: Catcher Jason LaRue, who suffered a concussion last Tuesday when he was kicked in the head by Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto reportedly still is having issues and his return is not imminent. Asked if…

  17. Adam LaRoche clears waivers, but trade may be difficult

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    John Gambadoro of KTAR-620 in Arizona reports that Adam LaRoche has cleared waivers, meaning the Diamondbacks can make him available in trade talks with any team. LaRoche has hit .272/.339/.489 with 20 homers and 26 doubles in 113 games, which is basically identical to his .273/.342/.492 career line. He’s far from an elite offensive first…

  18. What's the point of waivers anyway?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Buster Olney asked a general manager why we have the complicated waiver-trade system between July 31st and August 31st. I had kind of been wondering that myself recently, so I was happy to see the question asked!  Then I read the answer . . . He paused before answering. “You know, I never thought about…

  19. Nationals call up 22-year-old catching prospect Wilson Ramos

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos has hit .317/.349/.483 in 15 games at Triple-A since going from Minnesota to Washington in last month’s trade for Matt Capps, and now the Nationals have called up the 22-year-old catcher while Wil Nieves is away from the team to be with his pregnant wife. Ramos was all but guaranteed to get a…

  20. Is Wrigley Field keeping the Cubs from winning?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    If only we had more time to get a statistically significant amount of data to test if the Cubs’ new north side ballpark is truly the source of their failures! “I believe there hasn’t been a whole lot of people that have run that team that truly understand the ballpark,” Steve Stone says of the…

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