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  1. Yovani Gallardo won't pitch in the All-Star game due to injury

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    Brewers manager Ken Macha announced today that Yovani Gallardo will not be available to pitch in the All-Star game after leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique. According to Macha the “best-case scenario” for Gallardo is “doing no baseball activities for at least 10 days” and “you can’t have a guy walk off the mound…

  2. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:13 PM EST

    No surprises at number one, but number two is new. And anyone who can guess who number 18 is without looking wins a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat! Oh, crap, I gave it away, didn’t I?

  3. Joel Zumaya scheduled for elbow surgery next week

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Joel Zumaya initially hoped to avoid surgery after gruesomely fracturing his elbow while throwing a pitch last week, but the Tigers announced today that he’ll go under the knife next Monday. Here’s the latest from trainer Kevin Rand: Joel’s going to undergo a procedure to have a screw put into his elbow to stabilize that…

  4. Are the Mets in serious financial trouble?

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    The New York Post says so, but they may be overselling it.

  5. Will the Yankees wait for Nick Johnson to get healthy?

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Nick Johnson has started to work his way back from mid-May wrist surgery, but Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the oft-injured designated hitter “is still a few weeks away from playing in a game” at extended spring training. So far Johnson has simply begun hitting off a tee and given his…

  6. Olney: Buck Showalter is the "heavy, heavy" favorite for the O's job

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    Buster Olney says that Buck Showalter is the “heavy, heavy” favorite to be the Orioles’ next manager and handicapped the race thusly: “Showalter 1:2, Eric Wedge 6:1, Rick Dempsey 50:1, others 100:1.” For his part, Heyman thinks Wedge is the favorite, though wouldn’t be surprised if Showalter got the gig. Olney used to cover the…

  7. Mike Stanton is struggling for Marlins, but Cameron Maybin is injured at Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    Sent back to Triple-A last month following Mike Stanton’s arrival, Cameron Maybin took the demotion in stride by going 10-for-28 (.357) with five walks and two steals in his first eight games. Unfortunately he hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a left shoulder injury that landed Maybin on the Triple-A disabled list and has…

  8. Quote of the Day: All-Star snub edition

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    When a guy says “and you can quote me on that” there’s about a 99% chance that he’s quote-of-the-day material.

  9. Former outfielder Brian Anderson begins pitching at age 28

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:43 AM EST

    Brian Anderson was the White Sox’s first-round pick in 2003 and twice ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but proved to be a good-glove, no-hit outfielder during five seasons in the majors. Despite hitting just .227/.290/.370 in 883 plate appearances Anderson somehow talked the Royals into giving him a one-year, $700,000 contract this offseason,…

  10. The Cubs want to loan out Ted Lilly

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Peter Gammons tweets that the Cubs are beginning to face reality (i.e. they’re going nowhere) and, as a result are thinking about trading Ted Lilly. They’d only think of it as loaning him to someone, however, as Gammons says Chicago would then try to sign him again once he hits the market after the season.…

  11. The Phillies are interested in . . . Willie Bloomquist?

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

    It’s not easy being a Phillies fan at the moment. The team keeps losing, half the infield is injured and your manager is doing crazy stuff like naming Omar Infante and Ryan Howard to the All-Star team instead of Joey Votto. Chaos, basically. Then you have to wake up on a fine Monday morning and…

  12. Kyle Drabek throws a no-hitter in AA

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

    Kyle Drabek — son of Doug and trade-fodder for Roy Halladay — threw a no-hitter for the Jays’ AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats yesterday. Drabek walked two and struck out three. Overall Drabek is 8-8 with a 3.20 ERA in the minors since being acquired by Toronto back in December.  Having watched his father pitch…

  13. Geoff Blum injures his elbow . . . while getting dressed

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

    One of the biggest reasons I took this job is because I hate having to, you know, get dressed in order to go to work.  I mean, it was just a matter of time before what happened to the Astros’ Geoff Blum over the weekend happened to me: Blum felt a “pop” in his elbow…

  14. Why are the Yankees scouting Cliff Lee?

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    As the trading season gets increasingly nutsy, we’ve seen an explosion of “Team X had a scout at Player Y’s last game!” chatter.  Here’s a fine example of such a thing from Jon Paul Morosi yesterday: The Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals were among the clubs with a scout in attendance at Cliff Lee’s start in…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary to miss baseball news because you’re celebrating, you have HBT Weekend Wrapup to get you back up to speed.

  16. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:34 AM EST

    I celebrated the 4th the way the Founding Fathers intended: inside an air-conditioned house while watching an essentially British game on my Japanese TV while drinking foreign beer.

  17. Yovani Gallardo leaves start with left oblique injury

    Jul 4, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was lifted prematurely from Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a left oblique injury. Gallardo was named to his first All-Star game just hours before taking the mound in St. Louis and might have to bow out of the Midsummer Classic if the injury proves the least bit serious.  He will…

  18. Your HBT guide to this year's biggest All-Star Game snubs

    Jul 4, 2010, 4:29 PM EST

    As with any All-Star event that has a limited number of roster spots, there were some rather unfair omissions from this year’s Midsummer Classic.  But that’s just how it goes.  35 players are selected from the American League and 35 make it from the National League.  There’s no way to sneak a deserving player into…

  19. D'Backs designate Dontrelle Willis for assignment

    Jul 4, 2010, 2:42 PM EST

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Diamondbacks have designated left-hander Dontrelle Willis for assignment. Really, it’s about time.  D-Train completely failed as a starter for Arizona, allowing 14 earned runs and 27 walks in 21.1 innings (five starts).  He was moved to the bullpen at the end of June and allowed three earned…

  20. Vote early, vote often … MLB's "Final Vote" is now live

    Jul 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    Not satisfied with the All-Star rosters? There’s one last chance to make a difference.

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