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  1. Quote of the Day II: Miguel Batista is Miss Iowa

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    Miguel Batista, on Nationals fans booing him last night when he was announced as the last-minute fill-in for an injured Stephen Strasburg: Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it’s okay. … I just tried to give the people…

  2. Chelsea Baker can strike your son out

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    This is over a week old but I totally missed it. It’s ESPN’s E:60 story about the person who may be the best little league pitcher in the country: She registered another perfect pitching record this year, 12-0, for her Little League team. She threw her second perfect game — and predicted this one just…

  3. Mike Lowell homered three times last night at Triple-A

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    Last week Mike Lowell was talking about possibly retiring before the end of the season, but last night’s monster game at Triple-A probably has him thinking there’s enough left in the tank to keep playing. Lowell homered three times and drove in five runs for Pawtucket, making him 8-for-18 (.444) with six extra-base hits in…

  4. Major League Baseball has no idea what it's doing with the A's

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Fans are crying up in Oakland. I hear campaign slogans in San Jose. Commissioner of mine, I think it’s time you told the Giants what everyone seems to know.

  5. Mariners broadcast didn't show Figgins-Wakamatsu dugout altercation due to "communication faux pas"

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Chone Figgins and Don Wakamatsu had an altercation in the dugout Friday and Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Sims mentioned the incident on the air moments later, but the local FSN broadcast never showed the video despite the other team’s broadcast (and a short time after that MLB Network) replaying the footage several times. Or as…

  6. HBT Daily: Brian Bannister in the daytime, the Mets and Phillies at night

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    Our daily look at a few of the day’s more intriguing matchups. Well, we talk about a Royals game this time, but you get the idea.

  7. Curse of the Nate McLouth trade strikes the Pirates too

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:13 PM EST

    Yesterday the Braves demoted struggling center fielder Nate McLouth to Triple-A after he hit just .168 in 62 games this season and .225/.327/.365 in 146 games since Atlanta acquired him from Pittsburgh last June for prospects Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke, and Charlie Morton. Morton is 6-18 with a 6.03 ERA in 28 starts for Pittsburgh…

  8. News Flash: Carlos Zambrano is available

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    I know. This is a bit of a bombshell. You may want to take a slug of something strong before trying to get your mind around it.

  9. Jeremy Bonderman considering retirement at age 27

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    Jeremy Bonderman told Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s giving serious thought to retiring after this season. Bonderman is just 27 years old and despite struggling this season probably won’t have trouble securing a decent-sized contract as a free agent over the winter, but the right-hander told Ellis that he’s “saved a…

  10. Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn on trade possibilities

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Behold the wisdom of The Donkey.

  11. Jeff Passan writes about Joe Mauer "playing through all kinds of pain"

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:14 AM EST

    Yahoo! Sports columnist Jeff Passan is one of my favorite writers and Twins catcher Joe Mauer is one of my favorite players, so his piece today entitled “Mauer playing through all kinds of pain” is a must-read: Joe Mauer is hurt. He smiles through the pain because the unwritten part of a $184 million contract…

  12. Miguel Tejada grounds out for the cycle

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:01 AM EST

    The best screen cap you’re going to see all day comes courtesy of Flip Flip Fly Ballin’.  I’m sure a night like Tejada had on Monday is going to totally stoke his trade value. C’mon, Detroit! You know you want him! Other wonderfulness from Flip Flop: A series of pixel drawings of baseball greats. Well,…

  13. Manny Ramirez not close to returning from the disabled list

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a strained right calf and yesterday manager Joe Torre said “it’ll be more than a week” before he returns to the Dodgers. Ken Gurnick of reports that Ramirez is currently rehabbing at the team complex in Arizona and has not yet been…

  14. The Jays are asking the world for Scott Downs

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Scott Downs is not the biggest name around, but the Blue Jays’ setup man may be the best reliever available at the moment.  And the Jays are apparently asking the moon for him:  They told the Yankees it would take Joba Chamberlain and the Red Sox that it would take Casey Kelly or Jose Iglesias.…

  15. Rumor: Rockies "are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot"

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post the Rockies “are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot.” Armstrong notes that the Rockies “also are known to be targeting” Jorge Cantu of the Marlins and Kevin Gregg of the Blue Jays, but yesterday Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Colorado was “quietly…

  16. Corey Hart isn't going to play before Friday

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

    That’s the word he’s giving the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Given that there’s not much chance Milwaukee could move Hart unless he shows he can hit, and given that the trade deadline is Saturday, you can pretty much kiss any chances of Hart being dealt goodbye. Well, I suppose he could hit for the cycle on Friday…

  17. The Dbacks may use Brandon Webb in the bullpen

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are toying with the idea of using Brandon Webb in the bullpen towards the end of this season.  And it would be the end of this season, because he’s still not even pitching against live batters yet in a rehab stint that has lasted nearly…

  18. The White Sox have a bat bonfire

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    Bats, they are sick. Bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him bonfire, rum. He will come: [Mark]Kotsay, who is batting .221 and has hit into several line-drive outs, had two of his bats burned in a small fire pit in an effort to change his fortunes. “That…

  19. A.J. Burnett will not stop throwing pies

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    The Daily News caught up with A.J. Burnett yesterday and asked him if he’s re-thinking his pie-in-the-face routine in the wake of Chris Coghlan’s knee injury.  The answer: not on your life: “I feel sorry for him. You cant take the fun out of the game, but you have to do it right, I guess.…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:54 AM EST

    In which I describe a nightmare in which all of my baseball demons come to attack me!

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