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  1. Zimmermann dominant through first 13 rehab innings

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has been out of commission since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on August 19 of last season.  It was a major blow to the Nats when the surgery was recommended and they’ve struggled through a tough 2010 season, but things may be looking up. Zimmermann, 24, began a minor league…

  2. Clayton Kershaw suspended five games, will appeal

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    As first reported by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major League Baseball handed a five-game suspension to Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday for intentionally throwing at Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand on…

  3. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: First base

    Jul 21, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    This is the second in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Prince Fielder (Brewers) – Fielder has overcome a slow start in grand fashion: by month, he’s posted OPSs of 741, 880, 956 and now 1074 so far in…

  4. The Giants are interested in Jose Bautista

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have expressed interest in Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista. There were some comments in the Trade Tracker this morning from people who think that the Jays would be crazy to trade Bautista, but really, when is this guy’s value going to be higher?  Does anyone think that he’s really…

  5. Pedro Martinez won't pitch in 2010, still open for 2011

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Pedro Martinez has ruled out pitching in 2010. The reason: “Martinez, who will turn 39 in October, decided that he was enjoying the time off with his family this summer too much to embark on a comeback for the second season in a row.” However, he said…

  6. Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana is really, really good

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana’s promotion to Cleveland kind of got lost in the call-up shuffle last month as Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton dominated the hype and headlines, but the switch-hitting catcher has been fantastic and the Indians are quietly playing much better since his arrival. Prior to calling up Santana the Indians were 23-36, but they’ve…

  7. HBT Extra: The top five fictional managers (RIP Lou Brown)

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I had to dock Pop Fisher for letting gamblers in his clubhouse — and really, he wouldn’t play Hobbs until someone died — but he does manage to make my top five.

  8. Astros owner says "nothing imminent" with Roy Oswalt talks

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    While various Roy Oswalt trade rumors swirl, Astros owner Drayton McLane denied that the team is close to dealing the veteran right-hander: [General manager] Ed [Wade] and I talk several times every day, but nothing’s imminent. There is no imminent trade with the Phillies or anybody else. There have been lots and lots of discussions,…

  9. Let the record reflect that B.J. Upton hustled last night

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    My virtual friend* Jonah Keri alerted me to something interesting from last night’s Rays-Orioles game. I didn’t see it live, but I just went back and watched the highlight on MLB.tv and I agree that it’s interesting enough to be worth passing along. *While my previous professional life involved meeting real people, life as a…

  10. Colin Curtis gets his first major league home run in interesting fashion

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    I have the Yankees-Angels game on as background noise, and something neat just happened:  Brett Gardner came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, and got behind 0-2 to Scot Shields. Gardner didn’t like the call on strike two and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the middle of his at…

  11. Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen threw a bullpen session in front of the Reds’ brass yesterday and general manager Walt Jocketty liked what he saw enough to offer the 37-year-old former Cardinals closer a contract. “We’re waiting to hear back from his agent to see what he wants to do,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.…

  12. Nolan Ryan: the bankruptcy is gutting the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Day two of that fun Texas Rangers hearing down in Forth Worth and the highlight so far — thanks to some live tweeting by SBJ’s Daniel Kaplan — is Nolan Ryan on the witness stand.  Among the tidbits he dropped during his testimony, which concluded a few minutes ago: The team is being forced to…

  13. The White Sox are "trying to accelerate talks" for Prince Fielder

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I don’t know if this says more about the White Sox’ actual interests or if it simply says more about the colorful manner in which White Sox sources talk to reporters, but today — one day after the Sox were said to be “trying desperately” to get Adam Dunn — they are reported to be…

  14. Red Sox activate Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie from DL

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Boston’s lengthy list of injuries will get a little shorter tonight, as the Red Sox welcome both Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie back from the disabled list. After missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring Buchholz will start against the A’s despite an underwhelming rehab outing at Triple-A last week. He was 10-4 with…

  15. The Astros play a prank on Chris Johnson

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    I love stuff like this: Astros’ rookie Chris Johnson hit his first major league home run on Monday. He subsequently became the victim of a prank: He was originally given a ball he was told was the home run ball. “They wrote all over it, I mean just destroyed it,” he said. “I was like,…

  16. Mark Cuban isn't just playing: he's a serious bidder for the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    There was a big, acrimonious hearing in Fort Worth yesterday regarding the timing and procedures of the auction to sell the Rangers. Something fun happened during the hearing: some lawyer showed up and as if he were Scott Boras or someone said that he represented an “undisclosed bidder.”  That bidder has turned out to be…

  17. Carlos Zambrano scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    With his anger-management courses complete, Carlos Zambrano is now scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow. Monday night Zambrano tossed a scoreless inning at rookie-ball for his first game action since June 25. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com he’s “not expected to join the Cubs until the end of the next road trip” that finishes…

  18. HBT Daily: The Cubs look good, Buchholz is back and the Mets face reality

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Our daily look ahead to a couple-three of the day’s games

  19. The Mets make their move! Well, they sign Chad Cordero

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    He’s not Ted Lilly, Prince Fielder or some holy man who will come in and cure all that ails the Mets’ unhappy clubhouse, but hey, he’s a bullpen arm:  the Mets are signing Chad Cordero. Cordero is coming off labrum surgery a couple of years ago and he was let go by the Mariners. Such…

  20. Twins dump Nick Blackburn and his 6.53 ERA from rotation

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    After another poor start Sunday raised his ERA to an MLB-worst 6.53 the Twins have decided to bump Nick Blackburn from the rotation and replace him with Brian Duensing. Blackburn’s situation is made more complicated by the fact that the Twins misguidedly signed him to a four-year, $14 million contract this offseason instead of simply…

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