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  1. Pair of Angels on track for rare accomplishment

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:41 PM EST

    There’s still a ways yet to go, but both Brandon Wood and Jeff Mathis have opportunities to become the first players since 2003 to finish a season with 200 plate appearances and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of at least 12:1. Let’s look at the carnage: Wood – .163/.180/.219, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 54/4 K/BB in 189…

  2. Yankees to skip Javier Vazquez's next start

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    With the right-hander getting lit up because of a dead arm that has him looking more like a Triple-A journeyman than one of the game’s top strikeout pitchers, the Yankees are finally ready to do something about Javier Vazquez. He’ll have his turn skipped this week, and he’ll be available to work out of the…

  3. Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf likely done for 2010

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    An MRI Tuesday showed a significant strain in the muscles of Ross Ohlendorf’s upper back, likely putting the Pirates hurler on the shelf for the rest of 2010. Ohlendorf felt discomfort in the back of his throwing shoulder during his start Monday and took himself out of the game against the Cardinals after he faced…

  4. Diamondbacks release former ROY Bobby Crosby

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:08 PM EST

    It was pretty much a given that none of the three players the Diamondbacks got from the Pirates in the Chris Snyder salary dump would turn into long-termers in Arizona. Bobby Crosby just happened to be the first to go, as he was released Tuesday to make room for Ryan Roberts on the roster. Crosby…

  5. Why isn't Damien Cox getting the Jerod Morris treatment for his Jose Bautista comments?

    Aug 24, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

    Last year a blogger named Jerod Morris made headlines for writing an article suggesting that Raul Ibanez’s career-best production at age 37 “raised questions” about whether he was using steroids. Not only did Ibanez respond very angrily and publicly to the article, ESPN had Morris as a guest on Outside the Lines, where he was…

  6. Johnny Damon turns down Red Sox, saying: "I'm not going"

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Jason Beck of reports that Johnny Damon will not approve a move to the Red Sox, with the veteran outfielder telling him “I’m not going” prior to this afternoon’s game. Since news of the Red Sox’s waiver claim hit yesterday Damon has repeatedly said that he was leaning toward remaining with the Tigers and…

  7. Ron Mahay out with torn rotator cuff in non-throwing shoulder

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

    Ron Mahay will likely miss the remainder of the season after tearing the rotator cuff in his non-throwing shoulder while trying to make a fielding play Saturday. At age 37, his career is in jeopardy. Dating back to last season Mahay has quietly done some nice work for the Twins with a 3.14 ERA, .244…

  8. Edmonds headed for disabled list with oblique strain

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    Rosters moves are beginning to pour in for Tuesday night’s full slate of games and the Reds look to be fairly active. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are calling up right-hander Sam LeCure to serve in mop-up duty if…

  9. Dan Uggla reportedly seeking five-year extension worth at least $55 million

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    A couple weeks ago Matthew suggested that Dan Uggla and the Marlins might be able to find some common ground on a contract extension worth around $30 million over three years, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that Uggla is seeking a deal worth $55-60 million for five years. Uggla is making $7.8 million this…

  10. Reds' Joey Votto graces cover of Sports Illustrated

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:34 PM EST’s Mark Sheldon passes along word that Reds first baseman Joey Votto will be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated that is set to reach newsstands today.  Sheldon also has a picture of the cover, so go check that out. Because we’re mostly sane here at HBT and don’t buy into petty jinx…

  11. Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann ready to return for Rays

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    The Rays lost starters Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on the same day in early August and in the middle of their ongoing hunt for the American League East crown.  Today the East is all tied up, with the Yanks and Rays sharing a .616 winning percentage, and both Davis and Niemann are projected to…

  12. Albert Pujols and Joey Votto must go through Omar Infante to win the Triple Crown

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    Believe it or not, Omar Infante may determine whether Albert Pujols or Joey Votto can win the Triple Crown. Pujols leads the NL in homers and RBIs while ranking third in batting average. Votto leads the league in batting average while ranking second in RBIs and third in homers. There’s still a lot of baseball…

  13. White Sox reportedly planning waiver claim on Manny Ramirez

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal of wrote this morning that “claiming Manny Ramirez off waivers would be nuts.” And now he’s reporting that the White Sox plan to place a waiver claim on Ramirez. General manager Ken Williams and the White Sox were said to be interested in Ramirez prior to the July 31 trade deadline, so…

  14. George Steinbrenner will be honored in Monument Park

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    From’s Bailey Stephens comes word that the Yankees will honor late owner George Steinbrenner with a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park on September 20 of this year. “We remain profoundly grateful and…

  15. Troy Glaus playing third base while rehabbing at Triple-A

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:47 PM EST

    Troy Glaus’ prolonged slump and knee problems convinced the Braves to replace him at first base with Derrek Lee, so now Glaus is somewhat surprisingly seeing action at third base while rehabbing in the minors. At the time of the Lee trade several Braves beat writers made it very clear that they didn’t think there…

  16. Jose Bautista denies performance-enhancing claims

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    Jose Bautista, as we mentioned earlier, launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the season on Monday night in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 defeat of the Yankees. Because his previous career-high home run total was 16 and because we as baseball fans…

  17. With contract up after this season, would Joe Girardi want to replace Lou Piniella in Chicago?

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

    Joe Girardi’s three-year contract is up at the end of this season and the New York media is already starting to speculate about him potentially replacing Lou Piniella in Chicago. Girardi was born and raised in Illinois, got drafted by the Cubs in 1986, and spent two different stints calling Wrigley Field home, playing there…

  18. Aaron Harang is bullpen bound once he returns from DL

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

    Even after shifting rookie Mike Leake to the bullpen last week the Reds still have more capable starters than their rotation can hold, so it sounds like they’ll end up using Aaron Harang as a reliever once he returns from the disabled list. Harang has been the Opening Day starter for the Reds in each…

  19. Cliff Lee says rumored affinity for Yankees is "a lie"

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:38 AM EST

    Take one listen to the Colin Cowherd radio program — “The Herd,” I believe it’s called — and it’s not hard to conceive why people don’t take the guy seriously.  Cowherd is loud and far from level-headed, and on Monday he made a few ridiculous comments regarding Rangers ace Cliff Lee. Lee was shelled for…

  20. Carlos Guillen not close to return, still has "sharp pain" in knee

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Carlos Guillen is eligible to return from the disabled list on August 31, but said yesterday that he’s still experiencing “sharp pain” in his bruised left knee. “Right now, it’s not good,” Guillen told Jason Beck of Guillen guessed that he’s at least two weeks from potentially rejoining Detroit’s lineup and because he’s still…

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