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  1. Strasburg should have at least gotten a no-decision

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    If this was basketball, all the calls would go in Strasburg’s favor because he’s a young stud and everything. This, however, is not basketball.

  2. HBT Extra: The Great Vuvuzela Conspiracy

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:05 AM EST

    Cliff Lee rumors, Mat Latos ruminations and the Great Vuvuzela Conspiracy of 2010. It’s all in this week’s edition of HBT Extra!

  3. The Yankees make a Grand escape

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    See what I did there with that headline? Clever, eh? You know, because Curtis GRANDerson hit the game-winning homer? Anyone?  OK, maybe not. But when 5,000 blog posts you have written, occasionally hacky too you will become.  Anyway: The Yankees came close to blowing a great opportunity just like the Red Sox did, except rather…

  4. Sox bats blast Ubaldo, but Papelbon can't close the deal

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Bad day at Black Rock. Or Rockies. Or whatever.

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:56 AM EST

    In which I kind of go off the rails with a “Homicide: Life on the Streets” jag when I should have been talking about the Rays-Padres game.

  6. Strasburg fans nine batters in fourth MLB start

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:53 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg made his fourth start for the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon against the Royals, and it went about as well as you might expect. The rookie phenom struck out nine batters, issued no walks and allowed only one run over six strong innings.  He didn’t get to ball four on a single batter and…

  7. Johan reads statement on sexual assault accusations

    Jun 23, 2010, 8:25 PM EST ran a story this afternoon detailing an October 2009 accusation of sexual battery against Mets ace Johan Santana.  He addressed the report before Thursday’s game against the Tigers, reading a pre-written statement in the Citi Field clubhouse while surrounded by several media types.’s Anthony DiComo was in attendance.  As you can probably guess,…

  8. Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella breaks finger, out six weeks

    Jun 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    It’s a tough blow for a 27-year-old who probably isn’t in line for many chances to establish himself in the big leagues. Tommy Manzella, who took over as the Astros’ shortstop when Miguel Tejada was allowed to leave over the winter, will miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured left index finger. The…

  9. Pirates lose left-hander Zach Duke to disabled list

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    Still dealing with a sore elbow, Zach Duke was expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Pirates on Wednesday. Duke last pitched a week ago, when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox. He has lost four straight starts, leaving him 3-8 with…

  10. Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland on road back from brain surgery

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Speaking publically for the first time since surgery in March to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Ryan Westmoreland on Wednesday said he was making steady progress and that he hoped to return to playing baseball in the Red Sox system. Westmoreland, a 20-year-old outfielder rated as Boston’s top prospect by Baseball America over…

  11. Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery

    Jun 23, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

    Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery. The charges were dropped. Before things get crazy, let’s grok a little perspective.

  12. Quote of the Day II: Our Navy is on steroids

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    Not sure how I feel about comparing an aircraft carrier to Barry Bonds, but here it is anyway.

  13. Edinson Volquez pitches well as rehab stint moves to Triple-A

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    After making his first two rehab starts in the low minors, Edinson Volquez moved up to Triple-A this afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in August and allowed one run in five innings. Volquez threw 49 of 80 pitches for strikes, giving up three hits while striking out one and…

  14. The Philly sex-for-World-Series-Tickets lady has a blog now

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    I feel icky even linking to it, but if I don’t you’ll never have a chance to read about a convicted attempted prostitute’s sexual fantasies about former Phillies pitcher Larry Christenson.  And really, I couldn’t bear for you not to know that as, admittedly, Larry Christenson was not without his charms. And actually, that link…

  15. Bobby Valentine withdraws himself from consideration for the Orioles' job

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    I’m sure that the sudden job opening with the Florida Marlins has absolutely nothing to do with this.

  16. Orioles might be close to cutting bait on Garrett Atkins

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:48 PM EST’s Brittany Ghiroli speculates that the Orioles could designate Garrett Atkins for assignment Saturday when they need a roster spot to call up scheduled starter Brad Bergesen. This offseason Atkins signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with an $8.5 million team option or $500,000 buyout for 2011, which struck me as a bad investment for…

  17. The Reds are going to turn Aroldis Chapman into a reliever

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:28 PM EST

    The Reds are the latest team that plans on turning a would-be ace into a middle reliever.

  18. Strasburg to face the Royals today and no one is talking smack

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    The Royals are up today for the surprisingly un-nicknamed Stephen Strasburg’s latest start. It’s a 4:30 start, which is kind of weird, but whatever.  The thing I’ve been looking forward to the most in Stephen Strasburg’s games has not been his actual performance (hint: he’s going to throw hard) but the article that shows up…

  19. A's would need 'a compelling offer' to trade Ben Sheets

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    Ben Sheets has been a disappointment for Oakland, going 2-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 15 starts after signing a one-year, $10 million deal this winter, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that “the A’s do not plan to trade Sheets unless they receive a compelling offer.” Obviously the definition of “a compelling offer” is…

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