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

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

    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.

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    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…

  5. Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

    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.…

  6. Nolan Ryan: the bankruptcy is gutting the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    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…

  9. The Astros play a prank on Chris Johnson

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:13 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

    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…

  15. Great Moments in ignoring history; being doomed to repeat it

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    I don’t sense any sarcasm from Buster when he says this regarding the Dodgers’ plans: Heard this: The Dodgers think they will be able to add both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher before the July 31 deadline, making trades similar to those they’ve made in recent years when they surrendered a high-caliber prospect…

  16. Quote of the Day: some anonymous executive slams the Phillies

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    Buster Olney quotes an anonymous executive on all the Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies hype: “They’ve got real holes over there, and I know they need a starting pitcher, but I think their lineup is as much of a problem now. If they got two Roy Oswalts, I’m not sure it would make a difference.” Ouch. I mean, I…

  17. Erik Bedard is 'probably not' going to pitch this season

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EST

    On the verge of joining the Mariners’ rotation before suffering a setback last week, Erik Bedard said last night that he’s “probably not” going to pitch this season. Bedard underwent an MRI exam and the team hasn’t released any details of the results yet, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he’s met…

  18. Aramis Ramirez is on fire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EST

    No one had a worse April and Maya than Aramis Ramirez has, but after taking most of June off on the DL, his July has been something else.  The Cubs’ third baseman is hitting .383/.406/.950 this month, with nine homers and 24 RBI. Last night was the jewel in this month’s crown, as Ramirez went…

  19. Video: Lou Piniella talks about his decision to retire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

    Lou Piniella spoke last night about his decision to retire (it’s “the age factor). I gotta say, this is the most focused and animated I’ve seen the guy for a couple of years. That it took announcing his retirement for that side of him to re-emerge in public means that it’s probably a good move…

  20. Ouch! Carl Crawford is day-to-day with a 'testicular contusion'

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EST

    Jake Arrieta threw over to first base as Carl Crawford took his usual lead in the first inning last night, but as the Rays left fielder stretched to get his foot back to the base the ball hit him right in the … well, let’s call it “groin.” MLB.com has video of the play, although…

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