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  1. Bobby Jenks is probably done closing for good this time

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:56 PM EST

    UPDATE:  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ozzie Guillen isn’t pleased.  Joe Cowley passes along word of what he said when someone asked him if Jenks was still his closer: “You know what? Ask Bobby what he wants to do because I don’t know.” 4:17 P.M.: Bobby Jenks has been…

  2. Zack Greinke is frustrated

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    The future seems brighter for the Kansas City Royals lately, but their star pitcher is having a hard time seeing the light.

  3. Kevin Youkilis to have season-ending thumb surgery

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    Kevin Youkilis went in for a second opinion on his thumb today. The only way it could have been worse was if the doctor said “you’re ugly too.”  The verdict: season ending surgery for the Red Sox’ best hitter. I’ve been declaring the Red Sox dead for a week now, but I think this is…

  4. Two days later, Indians reclaim infielder Wes Hodges

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Wes Hodges, the Indians’ second-round pick in 2006, was reclaimed on waivers Thursday after being lost to the Rockies just two days earlier. The Indians originally designated Hodges for assignment on July 27, back when they still had Kerry Wood, Jhonny Peralta, Jake Westbrook, and Austin Kearns all occupying 40-man roster spots. Suddenly free of…

  5. HBT Daily: The Rangers and the Rockies

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

    Matt Stroup pinch hits for Tiffany and we talk Rangers sale, Rangers’ catcher and whether the Rockies can go on a run.

  6. Wilpon says that Omar Minaya will be the Mets' GM in 2011

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    Everyone is wondering if this disappointing season will be the last go-around for Omar Minaya as the Mets’ general manager.  Owner Fred Wilpon says that it’s an absolute certainty: Wilpon, in East Hartford, Conn., to help announce a new partnership between SNY and UConn athletics, brushed aside reporters’ inquiries about his floundering Mets. But as…

  7. Pedro Martinez turned down offers from "several teams"

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:37 PM EST

    This headline from an Associated Press story tells us what we already know by now. No, Pedro Martinez will not pitch this season. The interesting part, however, is that he said he turned down offers from “several teams” over the past two weeks. Martinez said he was “very happy” to receive the offers and called…

  8. The Royals continue to do smart things: Jose Guillen DFA'd

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

    Someone in Kansas City understands the concept of sunk costs and the desirability of roster flexibility: Jose Guillen has been designated for assignment. Guillen had a fast start this year, and I understand why the Royals continued to play him even after he cooled down. Their thinking: someone, somewhere [cough!] Brian Sabean [cough!] might have…

  9. The difference between good cheating and bad cheating

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    USA Today’s Christine Brennan on A-Rod, in a column which argues that A-Rod’s PED use should cause Major League Baseball to dock him home runs: During those three tainted seasons in Texas, A-Rod hit more home runs than in any other three-year period of his 17-year career: 52 in 2001, 57 in 2002 and 47…

  10. Hideki Matsui reacts to Guillen's comments on Asian/Latino ballplayers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:31 PM EST

    And it’s about as even-keeled as you would imagine. Hideki Matsui was only “vaguely aware” of what Ozzie Guillen said over the weekend, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, but after being informed of the context of his remarks, he said the following through his interpreter Roger Kahlon: “I think the circumstances…

  11. What a long strange road trip it's been . . .

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    It’s hard to take writers’ rants against drugs in baseball when teams do things like hold “Jerry Garcia Tribute Night.”  That’s what the Giants are doing on Monday: The National Anthem will be sung by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Jeff Pehrson, while the seventh inning stretch will be played by Mickey Hart and Bill…

  12. Mark Reynolds is still feeling a bit woozy

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Mark Reynolds, who was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball by Nationals right-hander Collin Balester on Tuesday, was incredibly back in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game. He wasn’t able make it through the whole game, however. During a pitching change in the seventh inning, teammate Stephen Drew noticed that Reynolds was…

  13. Tom Hicks no longer has any involvement with the Rangers

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

    No Rangers fan wanted to go through all of the crap they’ve gone through over the past year, but if there is one thing that could almost make this process worthwhile, it’s this: Tom Hicks will be removed completely from any ownership role within the organization. Prior, Hicks was going to be given less than…

  14. You may want to bring your own beer to Rays games

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:38 AM EST

    Last week we passed along the results of an ESPN study of health code violations in our nation’s ballparks. Tropicana Field fared particularly poorly in that study. At the time I gave them the benefit of the doubt because the Marlins fared poorly too and maybe the violation tallies were more a function of tougher…

  15. Mets willing to negotiate extension with Jose Reyes

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    The Mets are willing to negotiate a contract extension with Jose Reyes, a team source tells Andy Martino of the Daily News. Reyes is currently in the final year of a four-year, $23.25 million contract. The Mets hold an $11 million club option for next season, but would like to replace the option year with…

  16. Aroldis Chapman is on the fast track to the big leagues

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    In the form of his video blog for, Buster Olney tells us that Aroldis Chapman is very close to finding his way to the major leagues. Thanks to some recent mechanical tweaks, the Cuban left-hander has made some real strides in his transition to the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run…

  17. Chuck Greenberg says he's going to try to sign Cliff Lee

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Maybe it was the adrenalin talking, but last night Chuck Greenberg said that he was going to do his best to sign Cliff Lee this winter.

  18. Jason Bay is "not close" to returning

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

    When Jason Bay collided into the left field fence in Los Angeles on July 23, I described it as a potential season-changing moment. Not for the Mets, necessarily, but that Bay would finally be the elite run producer we all know he is capable of being. Of course, I said that not knowing he would…

  19. Olney: A-Rod won't make the Hall if he hits 600 or 6000 homers

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Olney would vote for him and so would I, but a great number of BBWAA and Veterans’ Committee voters wouldn’t touch A-Rod with a ten foot pole.

  20. Ben Sheets needs one more year for his pension

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

    Stuff you don’t think about much: ballplayers need ten years of service time in order to get a major league pension.  As Susan Slusser noted yesterday, however, Ben Sheets only has nine years, service time, which could provide the incentive to undergo another arduous rehab process and pitch again. Or maybe Sheets will find a…

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