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  1. Kenshin Kawakami is the unluckiest pitcher in the world

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami is providing this season’s best example of why wins and losses for individual pitchers are so often misleading (or worse). He lost to the Rays yesterday, falling to 0-9 despite a decent 4.42 ERA, six Quality Starts in 13 tries, and zero outings with more than five runs allowed. To put…

  2. Yorvit Torrealba suspended for three games

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended for three games after making contact with an umpire in the ninth inning of Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Jays.  Torrealba was arguing with ump Larry Vanover after taking a called third strike with which he didn’t agree. The video is here.  Unlike so many other incidents this…

  3. Dustin Pedroia puts on a knee brace and his hitting shoes

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia went into a major slump while playing through a knee injury suffered in mid-May, going 16-for-94 (.170) with zero homers over the next 23 games, but the former MVP is 10-for-20 (.500) with four doubles since deciding to wear a knee brace and seems optimistic that the problems are behind him: I thought…

  4. An update on the redesign

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    OK, the changeover to the redesign did not go 100% according to plan.  But I assure you, we’re now only leaking, like, 5,000 barrels a day and we’ve sprayed chemical dispersants all around the affected area. We’ll be sunning ourselves on Mississippi beaches in no time. Once again, apologies for the glitches earlier today.  As…

  5. The Phillies are snooping around Pedro Martinez again

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Phillies have had discussions with Pedro Martinez about making a comeback. Or I guess that would be another comeback. Really, in this age of half-season stints by old dudes, I’m not sure how we refer to this sort of thing. Point is, the Phillies are interested in having…

  6. Quote of the Day: MLB lawyer edition

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    “Baseball always acts reasonably in what is the best interest of baseball.”

  7. Aaron Heilman replaces Chad Qualls as Diamondbacks closer

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    A.J. Hinch finally stripped Chad Qualls of closer duties yesterday, saying that Aaron Heilman will now get most of the save chances. However, the manager added that he may still use Heilman some in the seventh and eighth innings, so the closer-by-committee could come into play. Hinch showed amazing patience with Qualls, letting him blow…

  8. I officially love the Rangers' bankruptcy judge

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a recap of yesterday’s Texas Rangers bankruptcy hearing and, as we noted yesterday, it seems like the Rangers have reason to be at least cautiously optimistic. The judge acknowledged that the highest bid did not necessarily make for the best bid, and if he ultimately goes with…

  9. Welcome to HBT 2.0

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    Redesign? What redesign? Oh . . . that. Allow us to explain.

  10. Report: John Russell is on the hot seat in Pittsburgh

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Is John Russell about to get fired? And why should we believe the Pirates when they say he isn’t?

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

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Today’s recaps include a one-act play, starring Buster Olney as your wingman at a college bar.

  12. Top prospect Pedro Alvarez could join Pirates as soon as tomorrow

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sure enough, Jenifer Langosch of reports that the Pirates will up Alvarez in time for Wednesday’s game. Within the past three weeks the Pirates have called up prospects Neil Walker, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln, and general manager Neil Huntington has indicated that Pedro Alvarez could join them in Pittsburgh as soon as…

  13. Carlos Beltran will not go out on a rehab assignment this week

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel weeps. Yes, Carlos Beltran played in another extended spring training game on Tuesday, but Mets general manager Omar Minaya said that he will not go out on a minor league rehab assignment this week, according to Adam Rubin of “I don’t see it this week,” Minaya said about Beltran entering an official…

  14. Chad Billingsley placed on disabled list with groin strain

    Jun 15, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain, according to Tony Jackson of Billingsley told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he suffered the injury during last Friday’s start against the Angels. “In the sixth inning, I threw a pitch, I just felt it grab,” he…

  15. HBT Extra: Oswalt, Backman and PETA, oh my!

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    HBT Extra comes at you a day early today because I had to have that jacket I wear back to the rental shop by 5pm today or else they’d charge me for another week.  

  16. Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    No, he doesn’t. And I apologize for a headline that would even suggest that I think he does. But that’s the question SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt poised on his Twitter account today: Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension? Ill ask him on pre-game tonight. Even better than poising the question rhetorically is asking Manuel himself. …

  17. Bobby Cox thinks Chipper is retiring

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones is not available to the media in advance of tonight’s Braves-Rays game, but Dave O’Brien caught up with Bobby Cox a few minutes ago and asked him about today’s confusion over Jones’ retirement (or not). Cox: The best I can say is he’s planning on retiring after this year, but we won’t know…

  18. The Mariners designate Ian Snell for assignment

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    We’ve had a lot of unsurprising news today. Add this to the list: the Mariners have designated Ian Snell for assignment. Snell was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in 11 games this year, eight of which were starts. He lost his spot in the rotation for good last week after giving up eight runs in…

  19. Mike Rizzo is no idiot

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This passage from Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle is a couple of days old, but it’s still a head-scratcher: Mike Rizzo kept saying Stephen Strasburg wasn’t ready for the majors, even when Strasburg tore through spring training like a hurricane and dazzled in the minor leagues. Tuesday’s stunning debut should have been Strasburg’s…

  20. Dustin McGowan lasts just eight pitches before another setback

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan has suffered yet another setback on his long road back from shoulder surgery, with manager Cito Gaston saying that “it doesn’t look good” for the 28-year-old right-hander. McGowan took the mound Monday at extended spring training to face live hitters for the first time since being shut down in the middle of spring…

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