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  1. Rollins set to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:01 PM EST

    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has played in only 12 games this season and has served two different stints on the 15-day disabled list due to a pesky muscle strain in his right calf.  When healthy he’s been great, batting .341 with a .462 on-base percentage in 41 at-bats, but it’s hard to help a team…

  2. Still waiting on Indians' Carlos Santana

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    While Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton made their much hyped debuts on Tuesday, one of the game’s other top-five prospects, Carlos Santana, has been left in Triple-A to continue his harassment of International League pitchers. The 24-year-old Santana is hitting .314/.447/.580 with 12 homers and 47 RBI in 188 at-bats for Triple-A Columbus. He’s walked…

  3. Revisiting the player of the 1990s discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Since my Ken Griffey Jr. retirement piece received so much feedback… After the 1999 season, Ken Griffey Jr. was famously named the Player of the Decade by the players themselves, as part of the MLBPA’s Players Choice Awards. No balloting was ever announced, so we don’t know how close the vote was. The choice garnered…

  4. Aramis Ramirez hits the disabled list

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    The Cubs have placed Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8.  He has a bruised left thumb. This has been a chronic problem for Ramirez, and either it or some sort of alien brain swap has resulted in him having the worst damn season of his life. He’s batting .168/.232/.285 and…

  5. Forget it, Seattle: The Yankees aren't interested in Cliff Lee

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    The New York Post reported this morning that the Mariners were thinking about trying to peddle Cliff Lee to the Yankees. This afternoon the Daily News reports that they can peddle all they want, but the Bombers aren’t buying: But despite a published report that suggested the Bombers were interested in a deal for Mariners…

  6. Dice-K suffers from "intestinal turmoil"

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    One of the reasons teams have media relations people is so that a nice little shine can be put on news tidbits that aren’t particularly shiny. Health updates are one of those things. For example, did you know that there’s an exhibit in the PR Professionals Hall of Fame dedicated to preserving the memory of…

  7. Orioles prospect Jake Arrieta to debut against Yankees tomorrow

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:42 PM EST

    Now that all service time considerations are moot top prospects are being called up in waves. Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton debuted last night, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata are being called up today, and Jake Arrieta is set to join the Orioles’ rotation tomorrow night against the Yankees. Arrieta signed for $1.1 million as…

  8. UPDATE: Jayson Werth is out of the lineup again

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    UPDATE: Snipping, sniping, whatever: Jayson Werth is sitting for a second straight day.  Ben Francisco gets the call in right against Josh Johnson and the Marlins. Not sure I’d read a ton into this. Werth is only 3 for 11 against Johnson with zero extra base hits, so maybe he’s not the right guy for…

  9. Instant replay is winning by a mile

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    I know this morning’s instant replay poll is not scientific. It also features slanted questions and lends itself to self-selection. But results are results!  And after about six hours of voting the results are clear: instant replay in a landslide. Just over 1000 people have voted. About 83% of you want replay of some kind. …

  10. Managers' sons are popular in this year's draft

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen isn’t happy about his son being picked in the 22nd round, but he’s not the only manager whose offspring was drafted this year. Detroit took Jim Leyland’s son in the eighth round and unlike Ozney Guillen it sounds like Patrick Leyland is a legitimate prospect. He’s a catcher with good defensive skills who…

  11. HBT Extra: Strasburgmania!

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about Stephen Strasburg today. What, you were expecting It’d be DiMaggio?  

  12. Kendry Morales set for surgery, still hoping to play again this season

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

    Kendry Morales will undergo surgery tomorrow, two weeks after fracturing his ankle while celebrating a walk-off homer. Mark Saxon of reports that Morales was initially slated to go under the knife the day after the injury, but surgery was delayed until the swelling subsided. He’ll have a metal rod and/or screws inserted “to hold…

  13. What's in a debut performance?

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EST

    Whose major league debut was this? Opponent: the Pirates, at home; Line: six innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 earned runs,1 home run allowed, 10 strikeouts. Give up? It was Mark Prior, from May 22nd 2002. There’s a lot of that going around as people try to get their mind around Stephen Strasburg’s performance today, obviously,…

  14. Ozzie Guillen disappointed by son Ozney being picked in 22nd round

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Yesterday the White Sox chose Ozzie Guillen’s son, 18-year-old Ozney Guillen, in the 22nd round of the draft and the manager isn’t happy about the high school outfielder dropping that far: Obviously, it’s a disappointment. Twenty-second round? Anybody can go 22nd round. There are a few players out there that weren’t [high] picks and made…

  15. The Indians are thrilled with Stephen Strasburg too

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    The Indians haven’t been drawing for anything this season, but Christmas comes early to Cleveland this year. Or should I say Strasmas?  Strasburg is scheduled to start against the Indians this Sunday and the Indians have sold over 1000 tickets to the game since midnight. I can only assume more will go as word spreads…

  16. The Mariners are scouting the Yankees: Cliff Lee trade, anyone?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    George A. King of the New York Post reports that the Mariners are kinda sorta thinking about trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees.  The “kinda sorta” is because there’s no sense that the Yankees are at all interested in Lee. According to King, however, the Mariners are currently scouting the Yankees organization and are interested…

  17. Pirates calling up Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

    After seeing first hand what a top prospect can do last night, the Pirates reportedly will call up both Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game against the Nationals. Lincoln went one spot after Evan Longoria as the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but missed all of 2007…

  18. The Orioles are thrilled with Strasburg's debut

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    Last night the Baltimore Orioles, while getting killed by the Yankees, started showing the Strasburg game on the big screen at Camden Yards.  I and a lot of other fans probably would have appreciated such a thing if we were there.  One guy didn’t, though:  Here’s Sweeny Murti from WFAN tweeting during the game: For…

  19. LSU football coach says Dodgers' first-round pick Zach Lee has no intention of signing

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:44 AM EST

    When the Dodgers selected Texas high school pitcher and LSU-bound quarterback recruit Zach Lee with the 28th overall pick Monday night there was immediate speculation that they did so because he’s considered unsignable. With owner Frank McCourt going through an ugly divorce the idea is that the Dodgers could take a compensation pick for failing…

  20. Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:13 AM EST

    They’re not complaining about the dimensions or the wind patterns. They’re complaining about the glare. Hitting coach Joe Vavra: “There’s a lot of light that reflects off that wall [beyond center field], maybe because of all the glass. It has been borderline dangerous at some points. You can see some of the catchers having trouble…

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