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  1. Four teams interested in Dontrelle Willis

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    We knew about the Diamondbacks, but according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Mets, Brewers and Marlins are also interested in Dontrelle Willis. We were hearing various tweets and emanations from the Mets this morning that they weren’t really interested in Willis, what with already having their own walk-happy lefty. At least…

  2. Line drive to head miraculously won't keep David Huff from making next start

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Not only has David Huff somehow avoided a serious injury after taking an Alex Rodriguez line drive off his head Saturday, Anthony Castrovince of reports that he’s not even expected to miss a start. Huff threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems afterward, saying he hasn’t had dizziness or headaches despite the…

  3. You should read "Cardboard Gods"

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’m only about two months late in getting a review out for this book, but (a) there are so many baseball books that come out at the beginning of the season that it may have gotten lost in the shuffle; and (b) better late than never.  Especially in this case, because it’s a book you…

  4. Derek Holland diagnosed with strained shoulder

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Derek Holland’s fastball is typically 92-93 miles per hour, but he was throwing just 86-88 mph in the first inning of Sunday night’s start against the Twins. His velocity eventually rose to 90-91 mph, but after several mound visits from the manager, pitching coach, and trainer the Rangers pulled the 23-year-old southpaw from the game…

  5. Putting Ubaldo Jimenez's start in perspective

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted this morning, Ubaldo Jimenez has been nothing short of amazing to begin the season, going 10-1 with a 0.78 ERA so far. He has now put in 11 straight starts in which he has allowed two earned runs or fewer. Astounding, yes. But unprecedented? Alas, no.  At least not in terms of…

  6. Cardinals hoping to have Brad Penny back in the rotation by mid-June

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse was back in the Cardinals’ clubhouse yesterday following forearm surgery that’s expected to sideline him for at least two months, but general manager John Mozeliak said the team is unlikely to pursue a veteran replacement for the rotation in part because they expect Brad Penny to return soon. Penny is on the disabled…

  7. The Supreme Court loves its baseball

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    There was a nice story in the New York Times yesterday detailing just how crazy U.S. Supreme Court justices have tended to be about baseball over the years.  Alito is a huge Phillies fan who, despite observing that the Phanatic, well, kind of smells, had him as a guest at a party once.  Sotomayor is…

  8. Oliver Perez will not be released

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    That’s what Mets sources are telling Jon Heyman, anyway.  This despite the fact that he’s (a) doing nothing to help the team; and (b) is sowing dissension in the ranks as a result of his bullheaded refusal to accept a minor league assignment. Really, it’s as if he’s begging to be released, but no dice…

  9. Alex Rodriguez climbs to third place all time with 20th career grand slam

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez delivered his 20th career grand slam yesterday after Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked in front of him, moving past Eddie Murray into third place all time behind only Manny Ramirez with 21 and Lou Gehrig with 23. Rodriguez has come to the plate with the bases loaded 243 times during his career, hitting…

  10. Strasburg will probably pitch 95 innings for the Nats

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that, based on the formula the Nationals use in order to manage young pitchers’ workloads, Stephen Strasburg will be held to 95 major league innings this season which, on top of the 50.1 he’s thrown so far, and the five or so we can expect him to pitch…

  11. More umpires gone wild: Bill Hohn ejects Roy Oswalt

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Someone at Major League Baseball needs to stage an intervention because the umpires are out of control. Last week we saw Joe West and Bob Davidson decide that the game was all about them. Yesterday it was Bill Hohn’s turn. The scene (which you can see here): the Astros-Nationals game. Hohn was behind the plate…

  12. The Dodgers win on a walkoff balk

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    I’m struggling to think of a game that a team so unceremoniously gave away like the Diamondbacks gave away last night’s game to the Dodgers. As I mentioned in the recaps, the game ended on a walkoff balk, which is something you just don’t see every day. Here’s the video. I’m not gonna say that…

  13. HBT reader scouts Casey Kelly and Kyle Gibson

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    I think the game was on NESN, so more people in New England could see this than usual, but HBT reader Moses Green — who performs a valuable and gratuitous service in editing each morning’s “And That Happened” — is vacationing in Maine and saw the Portland Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats play…

  14. Let's mock some Yankees fans!

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    But it’s OK, because the guy doing the mocking is Jason from IIATMS, himself a tremendous Yankees fan. He just has a problem — as do I — with people wearing ugly red licensed gear, Yankees caps with rhinestones and grown men and women wearing Yankees jerseys with names — either the players’ or [shudder]…

  15. Ubaldo Jimenez beats struggling Tim Lincecum

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez lived up to his end of the bargain and then some Monday afternoon, but instead of a dream pitcher’s duel Tim Lincecum continued to struggle. Jimenez hurled his second complete-game shutout of the season (with the first being his no-hitter against Braves), striking out nine while holding the Giants to four hits and…

  16. While you were grilling yesterday . . .

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    . . . we were blogging.  Why? Mostly because it rained a lot and there was baseball happening.  We realize that a good number of you read HBT at the office, however, and likely missed our bloggy musings, so here’s a quick rundown of some of the Memorial Day highlights: Power Rankings! And please, save…

  17. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Rockies 4, Giants 0: The Cy Young Award is decided by something closer to tournament play than match play, but Ubaldo Jimenez’s decisive defeat of Tim Lincecum has him covered in either direction (CG, SHO 4 H, 9K). Linecum appears to have lost his telemetry (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 3K). Braves…

  18. UPDATE: Diamondbacks interested in Dontrelle Willis

    May 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The Diamondbacks have confirmed their interest in Willis, according to Gilbert. “We are at least considering him,” D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said Monday. 8:55 PM: According to Steve Gilbert of, the Diamondbacks have had discussions with the Tigers about acquiring Dontrelle Willis. Willis, 28, was designated for assignment by the Tigers on…

  19. Stephen Strasburg to debut on June 8 vs. Pirates

    May 31, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    It’s finally official. After rampant speculation and anticipation, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of that 2009 first-round pick Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his major league debut on Tuesday, June 8 against the Pirates. The 21-year-old right-hander has blown the doors off minor league competition, going 6-2 with a 1.43…

  20. The Yankees vs. the Mets: "Seinfeld" edition

    May 31, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    This is the sort of thing for which the Internet was invented: cataloging all of the Yankees and Mets references in the history of “Seinfeld” and naming the top moments for each team within the show’s universe.  Here’s the Mets. Here’s the Yankees. For what it’s worth, I think that despite all of the great…

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