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  1. Saltalamacchia says he's past the yips

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    This is a minor item to be sure, but my electricity has been out for an hour and it’s in the mid 80s, so I’m gettin’ cranky and could use some damn optimistic news, OK?  OK: Jarrod Saltalamacchia says he’s past the yips that caused him to be unable to throw the ball back to…

  2. Mike Stanton on the verge of call-up to Marlins

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Marlins prospect Mike Stanton kept rolling last night with two more homers, giving the 20-year-old outfielder 20 long balls in 48 games at Double-A. He’s also hitting a career-high .307 with a .436 on-base percentage, .722 slugging percentage, and nearly as many walks (40) as strikeouts (50). Joe Frisaro of notes that Stanton could…

  3. Carlos Beltran is finally making some progress

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Last week general manager Omar Minaya revealed that Carlos Beltran is unlikely to return before the All-Star break, saying he had yet to resume baseball activities and would need 6-8 more weeks of rehab time once that happens. Yesterday the injured center fielder said he’s currently running at about 80 percent and expects to begin…

  4. Dave Trembley could be gone Thursday or Friday

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    That’s The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck’s assessment anyway.  Worth noting that the O’s don’t have an offday until Monday, but I suppose there’s no law that says a manager has to be fired on an offday. Schmuck, who has not been a vehement Trembley basher by any stretch, says that “the job is eating him…

  5. Are the Phillies doomed? Nah, don't panic

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Phillies are reeling right now, having lost eight of ten and the division lead.  AOL’s Ed Price makes an astute observation, however: Is the Phillies 2-8 slide a disaster? They had six 2-8 stretches in 2008, five 2-8 stretches in 2009 and a 1-9 stretch in 2009. Good point. No team with as much…

  6. The next Strasburg is coming from Mexico

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    We may be preparing for Strasmas and getting psyched about Aroldis Chapman, but it’s never too early to start going crazy over the next phenom. His name is Luis Heredia, he’s from Mexico, he’s 15, and he’s going to be eligible for the international free agent season that kicks off on July 2nd.  Dejan Kovacevic…

  7. Bill Hohn is being taken to the woodshed

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Baseball rarely if ever comments publicly on umpire discipline, so when it was announced that Joe West was being fined the other day that was (a) big news; and (b) evidence that he really screwed up. What, then, to make of this from Bob Watson, baseball’s director of discipline? A Major League Baseball official says…

  8. Thanks HBT readers!

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    I don’t mention this often enough, boys and girls, but you all are really great. May was a fabulous month for HardballTalk. We set our all-time record for traffic and tripled the clicks we had in May 2009 (back when the blog went by the name “The Quarrymen”). We’ve got a lot of great stuff…

  9. Aroldis Chapman was impressive: but not in the way I expected

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and the Louisville Bats rolled into beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio last night. I couldn’t miss that so I called my friend Mark — a big Reds fan — and headed on down to the park to catch the game. We got through the gate and, being consummate professionals, used every trick in the…

  10. Kevin Gregg walks five in ugly blown save

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg imploded last night, blowing a 5-3 lead against the Rays by allowing four runs on one hit and five walks. He also committed a throwing error and uncorked a wild pitch in one of the ugliest outings you’ll see this season. And then just for good measure he got ejected for yelling at…

  11. Joe Maddon gets steamed, gets ejected

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    In hindsight, the biggest shocker of the whole ninth inning exchange between Carlos Pena, Joe Maddon and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez in last night’s Rays-Jays game was that Kevin Gregg threw a strike. But we’ll cover Gregg’s nightmare night later this morning.  For now, let’s talk about the rhubarb. In case you missed it,…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 2, 2010, 6:46 AM EDT

    Rays 7, Blue Jays 6:  Holy schnikes, that was a wild ending. Kevin Gregg had a meltdown, walking five guys, Joe Maddon got tossed after Carlos Pena wasn’t granted time out at the plate and Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, three-run double to seal a come-from-behind victory.  The wildest thing though? Pena later said that…

  13. Programming Note

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Hey folks: Due to a late night of (a) watching Aroldis Chapman pitch against my hometown Columbus Clippers; and (b) catching up with old friends, I wasn’t able to jump on the box scores like I usually do before bedtime. The good news is that because of my evening I will be able to provide…

  14. Piniella: 'Too much patience is stupidity'

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, exasperated with his team’s offense, did the ol’ lineup shakeup for Tuesday’s game against the Pirates, inserting Tyler Colvin, Xavier Nady, Jeff Baker and Koyie Hill into the lineup as Marlon Byrd, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto grabbed some pine. Benching all of those guys in the…

  15. Roy Oswalt would waive no-trade clause to go to the Nationals

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    NatsTown is suddenly a very hot ticket with the news of Stephen Strasburg’s imminent promotion. And according to what Roy Oswalt told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Tuesday, he wouldn’t mind hitching his wagon (or tractor) to the surprising ballclub. “They’ve been playing well,” Oswalt said. “They’ve got a good offensive club. I…

  16. UPDATE: Dontrelle Willis traded to Diamondbacks

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Tigers will acquire right-hander Billy Buckner in return. And the final piece of the puzzle, Jon Heyman of says that the Tigers will pay all but the prorated $400K major league minimum to ship Willis to the Diamondbacks. 6:18 PM: Another trade! According to…

  17. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett a DL candidate

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that it’s a “50-50 proposition” whether shortstop Jason Bartlett will land on the disabled list because of right hamstring soreness. Bartlett has been slumping and was recently dropped from first to last in Tampa Bay’s lineup, so a break might not be the worst thing. He’s hitting just .231/.327/.330 this…

  18. Darin Erstad's charity auction is a must see

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    I’ve said plenty of unkind things about Darin Erstad the ballplayer over the past several years, but there’s certainly never been an issue with Darin Ersad the person. As the Orange County Register pointed out today, Erstad currently has a charity auction up on ebay, with several items ending Wednesday night and others expiring later…

  19. Boras: Bryce Harper shouldn't catch

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Actually, what he said about his prized client was “no baseball person in his right mind will have the guy catch.” Which seems strange considering Harper himself is on record as saying he wants to catch and every team would value his bat way higher as a catcher than they would elsewhere (even though his…

  20. Mike Cameron held out of lineup with sore abdomen

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were happy about the prospect of getting both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron back into the outfield, but now Ellsbury is back on the DL and Mike Cameron is reporting soreness in his abdomen, keeping him out of today’s game. The good news, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, is…

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