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  1. Did Yuniesky Betancourt cost the Mariners Stephen Strasburg?

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Tom Verducci reminds us today that, but for two games, it would have been the Mariners who would have had the worst record in baseball in 2008 and thus the Mariners — and not the Nationals — who would have had the right to select Stephen Strasburg.  Specifically, going into the final two games of…

  2. Carlos Pena sets Rays' franchise homer record

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Last night Carlos Pena hit his 13th homer of the year, setting the Tampa Bay franchise record with 129 homers as a member of the Rays. Here’s the rest of the top 10: CARLOS PENA 129 Aubrey Huff 128 Fred McGriff 99 Carl Crawford 90 Evan Longoria 71 Jonny Gomes 66 Greg Vaughn 60 B.J.…

  3. Ned Yost wants his pitchers hacking

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    The Royals are beginning a stretch of 15 straight interleague games tonight, and Ned Yost has a message for his pitchers, who now have to bat: get your money’s worth: “When we play in National League I’ve got one rule for our pitchers: Never try to beat out an infield hit. But two, if you…

  4. Angels in the market for a first baseman following Kendry Morales' surgery

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Earlier this week the Angels were said to be holding out at least some hope of Kendry Morales playing again this season, but he underwent surgery yesterday to repair the broken ankle suffering while celebrating a walk-off homer and afterward indications were that he’s all but certain to miss the rest of the year. Now…

  5. Dallas Braden had an MRI on his forearm

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden said after his last that he’d had forearm tightness all week and felt as if he couldn’t finish his pitches properly.  Yesterday he had an MRI on his forearm to see what the problem was.  No sense yet if there’s anything amiss, but if surgery is necessary, you can bet Braden won’t use…

  6. Comment of the Day: Kenny Williams should chill

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    I don’t necessarily think that Ozzie has a valid point here, if his son is not a legitimate prospect.  That said, I can understand him having higher expectations given that 2008 6th round draft pick Ken Williams Jr. is hitting .222/.314/.344 as a 24 year old in high A.  Blatant nepotism is only appreciated when…

  7. Great Moments in overthinking: Phillies sellouts are bad!

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    I’m no economic expert, but today’s column from Paul Hagen in the Philadelphia Daily News doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. The upshot: it’s nice that the Phillies are selling out so many consecutive games, but there’s a downside to it because if you sell out all the time you can’t increase your…

  8. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams "almost came to blows"

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Yesterday Kenny Williams complained of the White Sox’ “soap opera.”  Today Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times reports that it may be more like “Tuesday Night Fights”: After the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Sun-Times was told by a team source that general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen ”almost came…

  9. Two fans run onto the field in Cleveland

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    All the little chicks with the crimson lips go “Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!” Two fans ran across the field in Cleveland and interrupted last night’s game between the Indians and the Red Sox. One of the young men was wearing a LeBron James jersey. The men appeared to trailing a stream of powder behind them,…

  10. The Nats did not agree with Boras to limit Strasburg's innings

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    The Nationals are going to do the right thing and limit Stephen Strasburg’s innings this year. Contrary to what Jon Heyman and Peter Gammons have reported in the past, however, they are not obligated to do so by contract.  That’s the story from MASN’s Ben Goessling, who spoke to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo about it:…

  11. A-Rod's got a stiff groin

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Don’t look at me that way. That’s what the team said. Rodriguez started last night’s game against the Orioles, but was pinch hit for by Ramiro Pena.  After the game the Yankees confirmed that A-Rod has “stiffness in his groin” and will see a doctor about it today. A-Rod has struggled with the groin issue…

  12. David Hernandez saves Jake Arrieta's first win

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Jake Arrieta won his his MLB debut yesterday despite a tough first matchup against the Yankees, striking out six and pitching around some shaky control to allow three runs in six innings. David Hernandez closed out Arrieta’s first victory by picking up his first save just hours after new manager Juan Samuel officially handed him…

  13. Joe Mauer makes a fantastic catch

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer made a pretty spiffy catch last night. With one out in the ninth inning, Mitch Maier fouled one back. The ball drifted behind the netting and appeared to be heading out of play, but Mauer ranged back, reached his glove around the net and made the catch. Nice highlight on what was an…

  14. Report: Indians calling up stud catching prospect Carlos Santana

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Nothing is official yet but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the Indians will call up 24-year-old catcher Carlos Santana before tonight’s game against the Nationals, which is somewhat surprising given that the team indicated just last week they weren’t close to promoting him. Acquired from the Dodgers in the mid-2008 trade for Casey Blake,…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Mets 3, Padres 0: Jon Niese gave up a double to lead off the third. Otherwise: perfect.  Niese said after the game that he didn’t even realize it.  In related news, somewhere Oliver Perez told someone that his knee was feeling better, after which he was beaten with a pillowcase full of soda pop cans…

  16. As M's fall apart, heat on manager is misplaced

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:14 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners were blown out by the Texas Rangers again on Thursday, this time 12-3 in a game in which the Mariners allowed an astounding eight unearned runs. Seattle dropped a season-worst 14 games below .500 and has been outscored 31-6 in its last three games, all losses to the AL West-leading Rangers. Seattle…

  17. Lady Gaga gives the finger to Citi Field crowd

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

    Assuming there are few Lada Gaga fans among the HBT readership, here’s come a bash session. The supposedly controversial singer was in attendance at the opener of Thursday’s day-night doubleheader between the Padres and Mets in New York City and flashed her middle finger to the supposedly photog-filled crowd at one point from her luxury…

  18. Dickie V struck with foul ball at Rays game

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

    Eccentric basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale makes his offseason home in Tampa Bay and seems to make it to several Rays games a year.  On Thursday he got more than he bargained for. According to the Associated Press, Dicke V was nailed in the stomach by a foul ball off the bat of Blue Jays leadoff…

  19. Jorge Posada talks O's catcher Matt Wieters

    Jun 10, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was considered one of the top prospects in baseball when he was called up to the majors in May of 2009.  He failed to live up to the high expectations of O’s fans, batting a pedestrian .288/.340/.412 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in his first 96 games.  Many baseball…

  20. Jose Reyes Interview: "I feel like an old person"

    Jun 10, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    Mets fans will be interested in hearing Jose Reyes talk about why he feels old and some other baseball stuff. Based on the response to date regarding HBT Extra, however, most of you will be interested in the fact that it is Tiffany Simons who conducts the interview. Bonus: Reyes teaches Tiffany one of those…

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