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  1. Hip surgery, not thumb surgery reportedly nixed the Rangers' offseason trade for Mike Lowell

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When the Rangers pulled out of a nearly completed trade with the Red Sox for Mike Lowell this winter the assumption was that they did so because he needed thumb surgery. However, now Alex Speier of reports that worries about Lowell’s surgically repaired hip actually nixed the deal, as the Rangers and other teams…

  2. Johan Santana admitted to consensual sex with his accusor

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    The Smoking Gun yesterday provided more details regarding the sexual battery allegations made against Johan Santana last fall.  Expanding on the TMZ stuff, TSG’s report includes Santana’s statements to law enforcement and additional docs from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department.  The upshot: Santana says — and explains in pretty graphic detail — that the…

  3. What's wrong with Jonathan Papelbon? A lot, actually

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Lost in Dustin Pedroia’s heroics last night is that Jonathan Papelbon blew a save on back-to-back days for the first time in his career and blew consecutive saves, period, for just the third time. Here’s what he said afterward: I’ve got to go back to the drawing board. It’s just that simple. If I sit…

  4. The Rangers hearing is back to July 9th

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Remember yesterday how I said that it probably wasn’t that big a deal that the mediation and hearing in the Rangers’ case got moved to July 16th and July 22nd, respectively? Well, apparently Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan thought it was a big deal, because they filed a motion late yesterday asking that they be…

  5. Bobby Cox gets colorful about Jeff Loria

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    When Fredi Gonzalez was fired the other day Bobby Cox — Gonzalez’s former boss — was quoted waxing admiringly about Gonzalez. He said some stuff about Jeff Loria too, however. Fun stuff that I didn’t see until this morning: “I know that guy is unpredictable, but I was still . . . After everything  [Gonzalez]…

  6. Erick Aybar hoping to return from knee injury this weekend

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar has avoided the disabled list after suffering an ugly looking knee injury on Casey McGehee’s takeout slide last week and manager Mike Scioscia said yesterday that the shortstop is on the verge of returning. According to Scioscia “he did great” and “got a glowing report” while taking batting practice, running, and fielding ground…

  7. The Phillies promote Domonic Brown to AAA

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Braves have Heyward, the Mets have Davis, the Marlins have Stanton and the Nats have that one dude.  Based on this latest news, it’s not out of the question that we’ll have a five-for-five phenom summer in the NL East! Domonic Brown is headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Chuck LaMar, the Phillies’ assistant general…

  8. Quote of the Day: Vin Scully

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Would Vin Scully pull a Prince Edward?

  9. The Marlins to hire Valentine; kill Puerto Rico's buzz

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    The timing of Valentine’s hiring shows that Jeff Loria’s heart is too sizes too small.

  10. The Mets may get Cliff Lee, but they won't deal Angel Pagan to do it

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    My gut tells me that the Mets are the most likely team to trade for Cliff Lee. They’re seemingly willing to part with Jenrry Mejia, who would be a good pickup for the M’s. They said yesterday that they wouldn’t demand an opportunity to negotiate with Lee on an extension before making a deal, which…

  11. Brandon Morrow now throwing strikes with the strikeouts

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Brandon Morrow has always racked up huge strikeout totals with his mid-90s fastball and power slider, but major control problems left me skeptical that he could dominate as a starter long term. I’m still not entirely convinced, but Morrow has made progress with the walks of late and was brilliant yesterday, shutting out the Cardinals…

  12. Pedroia goes nuts: 5 for 5, three homers, usual humility

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Too bad this Sox team is all about “run prevention.” Gonna have a hell of a time scoring runs, ya know.

  13. Please Hammer, don't hurt the 1990 Reds!

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    The super dope homeboy from the Oak-Town to appear at a Reds game. Buy tickets now to beat the rush.

  14. Carl Crawford is hurting, so Rays call up Matt Joyce

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford exited last night’s game with a sore left shoulder, so while the Rays await word on the seriousness of the injury they called up outfielder Matt Joyce from Triple-A. Joyce missed out on possibly being the Opening Day starter in right field because of a spring elbow injury, but was playing well at…

  15. Taser dude from Phillies game gets probation

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Prison for 98 and a year and we’ll call it even Johnny 99?

  16. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    A laser show, a couple of first place teams get the broom and a couple of aces get beat up, but I somehow find the time to quote a cheesy 70s ballad, so everything’s OK.

  17. The gods are angry with the Phillies

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

    OK maybe that’s not true, but Mother Nature certainly flexed her muscles with an impressive burst of wind and rain on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. (Craig shared a pic earlier today, now we’ve got more.) “It was like a tornado came,” (Ryan) Howard said. “I was waiting for the cow to fly through. The winds…

  18. Beltran goes 0-for-2, plays 5 innings in first rehab game

    Jun 24, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran played in his first rehab game Thursday with Single-A Port St. Lucie and finished 0-for-2 with a walk, according to the Newark Star-Ledgers Adam McCullough.  He also played center field for five innings, but did not have a ball hit near him. Mets manager Jerry Manuel made a few comments to…

  19. Reds finalize deal with Gary Matthews Jr.

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    The Reds did what we’ve been expecting them to do for a week on Thursday, finalizing a minor league deal with veteran outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and sticking him in Triple-A Louisville.  This according to’s Mark Sheldon. Matthews Jr. was released by the Mets in mid-June after posting a .190 batting average, .260 on-base…

  20. Kurkjian: Marlins will offer Valentine a four-year deal

    Jun 24, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    If Peter Gammons’ word isn’t enough to convince the HBT readership that Bobby Valentine is days away from being named the Marlins’ next manager, this might do the trick: According to’s Tim Kurkjian, the Fish will offer Bobby V. a lucrative four-year contract after he is interviewed on Friday night in south Florida.  Valentine…

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