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  1. Joel Pineiro scratched from today's start with strained oblique

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Scheduled to start against the Red Sox this afternoon, Joel Pineiro was scratched at the last minute with a “mild oblique strain” suffered in his pregame bullpen session. Scot Shields got the nod as the emergency fill in and is starting for the first time since 2003. Oblique strains can be very tricky injuries, because…

  2. HBT Extra: who's going where?

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Today Tiffany and I look at where some of the top guys may be going. We somehow didn’t get to Scott Podsednik.

  3. A's sign No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice for $2 million

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    University of Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice just became the second of this year’s top-10 draft picks to sign, agreeing to a $2 million bonus from the A’s. Cal-State Fullerton shortstop and No. 4 overall pick Christian Colon was the first top-10 selection to sign when he accepted a $2.75 million bonus from the Royals shortly…

  4. Totally weak: Jim Leyland suspended for today's game

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball has suspended Jim Leyland for a game for no good reason and a whole lot of bad ones.

  5. Hideki Okajima talks about homesickness, loneliness, and his poor relationship with Boston media

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima is taking a lot of heat from the Boston media after refusing to speak to reporters following a recent poor outing, to the point that some beat writers are openly calling for his release. Gordon Edes of got Okajima to talk to him, not about the bad outing but…

  6. Report: the Rangers are inquiring about Prince Fielder

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets* that the Rangers have joined the White Sox and Angels as teams who have made inquiries about Prince Fielder. How on Earth the Rangers could possibly justify taking on Prince Fielder’s salary obligations is beyond me.  There was enough beefing about Cliff Lee and he makes pennies compared to Fielder, who is…

  7. No more World Series games in November, as MLB openers scheduled for April 1 next year

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Bud Selig has said that he wants to avoid having the playoffs stretch into November and because of that Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that MLB plans to start next season on Friday, April 1 rather the traditional Monday Opening Day. Here’s more from Nightengale: It would be the first time a majority of…

  8. The Phillies call up Domonic Brown

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino’s oblique injury has landed him on the disabled list and to take his slot on the roster is one Domonic Brown: super prospect. Brown has tore his way through the minor leagues this year, hitting .318/.391/.602 in 271 plate appearances at AA and .346/.390/.561 in 118 plate appearances at AAA.  He’s 22. He’s…

  9. Derrek Lee reportedly will not accept a trade

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We can put any Derrek Lee rumors to rest, as Bruce Levine of reports that the Cubs first baseman has said he won’t accept a trade. Previous reports had the Angels and Rangers potentially in the mix to acquire Lee, but the impending free agent has a no-trade clause in his five-year, $65 million…

  10. The Cardinals are out of the Roy Oswalt hunt

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    They talked with Houston, but they obviously didn’t like what they were hearing: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are no longer involved with discussions for Roy Oswalt. The latest: Rosenthal says that the Phillies are able to meet what Houston is demanding in return for Oswalt, but that (a) the price still may be…

  11. Quote of the Day II: Miguel Batista is Miss Iowa

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista, on Nationals fans booing him last night when he was announced as the last-minute fill-in for an injured Stephen Strasburg: Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it’s okay. … I just tried to give the people…

  12. Chelsea Baker can strike your son out

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    This is over a week old but I totally missed it. It’s ESPN’s E:60 story about the person who may be the best little league pitcher in the country: She registered another perfect pitching record this year, 12-0, for her Little League team. She threw her second perfect game — and predicted this one just…

  13. Mike Lowell homered three times last night at Triple-A

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Last week Mike Lowell was talking about possibly retiring before the end of the season, but last night’s monster game at Triple-A probably has him thinking there’s enough left in the tank to keep playing. Lowell homered three times and drove in five runs for Pawtucket, making him 8-for-18 (.444) with six extra-base hits in…

  14. Major League Baseball has no idea what it's doing with the A's

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Fans are crying up in Oakland. I hear campaign slogans in San Jose. Commissioner of mine, I think it’s time you told the Giants what everyone seems to know.

  15. Mariners broadcast didn't show Figgins-Wakamatsu dugout altercation due to "communication faux pas"

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins and Don Wakamatsu had an altercation in the dugout Friday and Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Sims mentioned the incident on the air moments later, but the local FSN broadcast never showed the video despite the other team’s broadcast (and a short time after that MLB Network) replaying the footage several times. Or as…

  16. HBT Daily: Brian Bannister in the daytime, the Mets and Phillies at night

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Our daily look at a few of the day’s more intriguing matchups. Well, we talk about a Royals game this time, but you get the idea.

  17. Curse of the Nate McLouth trade strikes the Pirates too

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Braves demoted struggling center fielder Nate McLouth to Triple-A after he hit just .168 in 62 games this season and .225/.327/.365 in 146 games since Atlanta acquired him from Pittsburgh last June for prospects Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke, and Charlie Morton. Morton is 6-18 with a 6.03 ERA in 28 starts for Pittsburgh…

  18. News Flash: Carlos Zambrano is available

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    I know. This is a bit of a bombshell. You may want to take a slug of something strong before trying to get your mind around it.

  19. Jeremy Bonderman considering retirement at age 27

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman told Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s giving serious thought to retiring after this season. Bonderman is just 27 years old and despite struggling this season probably won’t have trouble securing a decent-sized contract as a free agent over the winter, but the right-hander told Ellis that he’s “saved a…

  20. Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn on trade possibilities

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Behold the wisdom of The Donkey.

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