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  1. Pirates calling up Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    After seeing first hand what a top prospect can do last night, the Pirates reportedly will call up both Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game against the Nationals. Lincoln went one spot after Evan Longoria as the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but missed all of 2007…

  2. The Orioles are thrilled with Strasburg's debut

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Last night the Baltimore Orioles, while getting killed by the Yankees, started showing the Strasburg game on the big screen at Camden Yards.  I and a lot of other fans probably would have appreciated such a thing if we were there.  One guy didn’t, though:  Here’s Sweeny Murti from WFAN tweeting during the game: For…

  3. LSU football coach says Dodgers' first-round pick Zach Lee has no intention of signing

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    When the Dodgers selected Texas high school pitcher and LSU-bound quarterback recruit Zach Lee with the 28th overall pick Monday night there was immediate speculation that they did so because he’s considered unsignable. With owner Frank McCourt going through an ugly divorce the idea is that the Dodgers could take a compensation pick for failing…

  4. Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    They’re not complaining about the dimensions or the wind patterns. They’re complaining about the glare. Hitting coach Joe Vavra: “There’s a lot of light that reflects off that wall [beyond center field], maybe because of all the glass. It has been borderline dangerous at some points. You can see some of the catchers having trouble…

  5. Strasburg's debut was not to be missed

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    I have no idea what the TV ratings were on Strasburg’s debut last night, but we have some good photographic evidence that it was not to be missed. Check out this pic, from the Nats320 blog, of the abandoned concourse while Strasburg was pitching during the seventh inning.  Keep in mind that the seventh inning…

  6. HBT Poll: Should baseball expand instant replay?

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    In three years of blogging I don’t think I’ve ever ran a poll, but Bud Selig’s comments this morning about how most people in baseball don’t want instant replay kind of grind my gears. I think it’s counterfactual and that most people want some form of replay. But I wouldn’t mind getting a sense of…

  7. The Orioles to interview Bobby Valentine

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    That’s what the Baltimore Sun is reporting, with an interview between Valentine and team brass possible as early as tomorrow.  People have talked about what kind of jobs Valentine would or would not take given that he has a cushy analyst role at ESPN right now, but the Sun reports that sources close to Valentine…

  8. Mike Stanton has a solid debut for the Marlins

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg wasn’t the only franchise savior who debuted last night. Mike Stanton was called up by the Marlins and had himself a solid debut: 3 for 5 with two runs scored. All of the hits were singles, but given that Stanton’s M.O. is to swing for the fences and strikeout whenever he doesn’t mash…

  9. Bud Selig says no one wants replay

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    This just boggles my mind: But Selig also told reporters that he does not see a groundswell of support in baseball circles for greater use of instant replay. While he will continue to hold discussions with his special committee for on-field matters, he expressed doubt that expanded use of replay will take place during the…

  10. Your pitching star of the night: Jeff Niemann

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    So enough about Strasburg. Nice and all, but he didn’t have the best pitching performance last night. The Rays’ Jeff Neimann did.  Niemann allowed just two hits in a shutout of the Blue Jays, who sport a slightly better offense than the Pirates. Indeed, there were a number of fabulous pitching performances last night by…

  11. So, what are we to make of this Strasburg kid?

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Drew had the live blog and the recap last night, perfectly capturing the “I can’t believe what I’m seeing” aspect of all of this. And it was spectacular. I’m still not sure I believed what I just saw. The Superman exists, and he’s a National. Due to the injustice that is Major League Baseball’s blackout…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

    Nationals 5, Pirates 2: A star is born. Giants 3, Reds 0: Not to be a killjoy or anything, but Matt Cain’s game score (76) was one better than Strasburg’s (75). Cain was dancin’ with the Devil, though, recording 16 fly ball outs in a park where you don’t want to be giving up a…

  13. Mike Stanton quietly goes 3-for-5 in MLB debut

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    As Craig pointed out earlier, another young “phenom” made his major league debut on Tuesday night: Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton. The 20-year-old went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and almost helped the Marlins top the Phillies with a bases-loading infield single in the top of the ninth inning.  Ronny Paulino spoiled that fun when he…

  14. Strasburg wins MLB debut in lights-out fashion

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    We’ve been lucky enough to witness a multitude of impressive pitching performances this season.  Ubaldo Jimenez fired a no-hitter in early April and currently sits 11-1 on the year with a 0.93 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.  Those are historically good numbers.  Dallas Braden threw a perfect game on May 9 against the Rays, who…

  15. In which Strasburg debuts and we blog about it…

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    As HardballTalk readers and baseball fans in general, you’re all well aware of the story by now.  Selected No. 1 overall by the Nationals in last year’s first-year player draft, Stephen Strasburg has cruised through the minor league ranks with spectacular numbers at every stop.  In five starts this season at Double-A Harrisburg, he posted…

  16. Pre-Strasmas buzzkill: Nats prospect Jack McGeary set for surgery

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    The Nationals announced Tuesday that 21-year-old left-hander Jack McGeary would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of 2010. McGeary was a sixth-round pick in 2007, but he was viewed as a first-round talent and he received a $1.85 million bonus as part of an unusual contract that allowed him to attend Stanford and…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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