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  1. Tyler Colvin getting a shot to replace Derrek Lee at first base

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    After trading Derrek Lee to the Braves the Cubs are now looking at rookie Tyler Colvin as his possible replacement at first base. Colvin has never played an inning at first base in five seasons as a pro, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he took grounders there before today’s game and manager Lou…

  2. Mets beef up security in light of K-Rod getting all punchy

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    I’m not sure this is necessary. There has been a 100% drop in relief pitcher-on-girlfriend’s father violence in the Mets clubhouse in recent days! Since Francisco Rodriguez suffered a season-ending hand injury while allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father in the family lounge at Citi Field last week, the Mets have increased their security presence monitoring…

  3. Derek Holland demoted, so Rich Harden in line to start Monday for Rangers

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    After a rough start Wednesday the Rangers have sent Derek Holland back to Triple-A, calling up reliever Michael Kirkman to take his place on the roster for now. Holland was penciled in to start Monday, so that means the Rangers will likely activate Rich Harden from the disabled list to make that start against the…

  4. Laser Show cancelled: Pedroia goes back to the DL

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia got all kinds of props for taking ground balls from his knees and pushing to get back in the lineup as soon as possible.  Seems that the gritty toughness is not the better part of valor, because he just got put on the disabled list again.  Too much pain in his ankle, he…

  5. Cody Ross claimed on waivers; could be dealt

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Marlins outfielder Cody Ross was much talked about at the trade deadline but ultimately nothin’ happened.  Now he’s on waivers, however, and Jayson Stark is reporting that an NL team has claimed him — Ken Rosenthal says it’s the Giants — and that the Marlins are discussing a possible trade. Of course, what put the…

  6. Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Numerous minor leaguers have been suspended for PED usage this year, but Paulino and Edinson Volquez are the only major leaguers to get the 50-game ban. Last season Manny Ramirez…

  7. Congressman says Andy Pettitte was the key to Clemens' indictment

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    We’ve all been talking about the difficulty of the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee he-said-he-said game, but at least one prominent member of the congressional committee that led to this mess said that the key to the referral to the U.S. Attorney’s office (which eventually led to the indictment) was Andy Pettitte’s testimony: Andy Pettitte’s sworn statement…

  8. In the middle of 18th straight losing season, Pirates planning "meaningful" payroll increase for 2011

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Craig noted this morning that the Pirates are one defeat away from their 18th straight losing season and their current 109-loss pace would be the team’s worst record during that horrendous stretch. But fear not, Pirates fans, because today team president Frank Coonelly said the following to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: We…

  9. Yet Johnny Cueto continues to walk the streets, a free man

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a pressing and important debate in today’s Post-Dispatch that in no way is designed to enflame the passions of Cardinals fans angry at Johnny Cueto. The headline: “LaRue’s out, Cueto’s in: Is that fair?” While the contours of the actual debate which follow are reasonable enough, the headline just slays me. The obvious implication…

  10. Rays manager soon to be "Doctor Joe Maddon"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Between his black, thick-framed glasses and decidedly intellectual persona Joe Maddon already kind of looked and talked the part, but now the Rays manager will actually be a “doctor” thanks to his alma mater awarding him an honorary degree. Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, where Maddon was a student from 1972-76, will give him a “Doctor…

  11. Torii Hunter visits the ballpark he helped build

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    When I read the intro to this story about Torii Hunter’s return to Minnesota in today’s L.A. Times, I was prepared to scoff at yet another strange Torii Hunter statement: Target Field is “The House That Torii Built.”  Ha! Put this alongside “Dominicans are imposters” and “Kirby Puckett moved off centerfield for me.” The usual…

  12. Derrek Lee batting cleanup and facing Cubs in Braves debut

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee will make his Braves debut later this afternoon at Wrigley Field against his former Cubs teammates. He’s also batting cleanup, which is somewhat unexpected for a guy with a .416 slugging percentage. Of course, Lee hit .304/.358/.528 with six homers and 10 doubles in the 30 games preceding his trade to Atlanta and…

  13. The Red Sox lottery game is outrageously lucrative

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Remember back in March when I used the Red Sox scratchoff lottery game to unleash a big anti-lottery screed?  At the time I said I’d provide updates as warranted. That was kind of snarky, actually, but today we have a good reason to update anyway:  the Massachusetts lottery has now brought in $1 billion in…

  14. Clemens' obsession with his image seriously threatens his liberty

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Earlier this year, the lawyers representing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger advised him to put his image behind his liberty, advising him to say nothing about an allegation of rape lodged against him in Georgia.  Though Roethlisberger’s reputation took the kind of a beating not seen since Tex Cobb absorbed 15 rounds of jabs, roundhouses, and…

  15. Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies arrested in cocaine bust

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies was arrested in Florida and charged with cocaine possession. According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times he was arrested at 1:10 a.m. and released at 10:52 a.m. after posting a $2,000 bond. Gillies, who is legally deaf and wears a…

  16. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the weekend's big matchups

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Giants-Cards, Reds-Dodgers and Rays-A’s. Oh, and Tiffany decides to address me by my old radio DJ name. If I had hair and hopes and stuff I’d swear it was 1990!

  17. Vicente Padilla headed back to DL with bulging disk in neck

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    After spending mid-April through mid-June on the disabled list with a forearm injury Vicente Padilla returned to post a 1.80 ERA and 52/16 K/BB ratio in his first nine starts, but he’s been knocked around for 12 runs in his last two outings and now he’s been placed back on the DL with a bulging…

  18. Ty Wigginton: plain spoken, hilarious

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Andres Blanco was nailed trying to stretch a double into a triple in yesterday’s Rangers-Orioles game (video here).  Fun part about it that wasn’t evident from the video — but which is described in this Orioles Insider post — is that after the play, Blanco was jawing with Ty Wigginton over the putout. Which, as…

  19. Giants announcer Mike Krukow doesn't think much of Buster Posey's defense behind the plate

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Buster Posey is having an amazing rookie season at the plate, hitting .341/.388/.519 with nine homers, 26 total extra-base hits, and 45 RBIs in 71 games, but Giants announcer (and longtime big-league pitcher) Mike Krukow hasn’t been very impressed with the 23-year-old’s work behind the plate. During a game earlier this week reliever Jeremy Affeldt…

  20. Not all saves are created equal

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My internet friend Mike Treder pointed out something to me that escaped my notice: Sergio Mitre got the save in yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game. Which ended 11-5.  Mike’s comment: “You come into a game with your team leading 11 to 2, pitch three innings, give up six hits and three runs, and you’re given a “Save”…

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