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  1. Kosuke Fukudome living up to 'Mr. April' label

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome is hitting .288 with a .384 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage to rank second on the Cubs with a hefty .865 OPS, but the 33-year-old outfielder is in danger of losing starts because for the third time in three seasons he’s slumping after a great first month. As a 31-year-old rookie in…

  2. Programming Note: Power rankings will be kicked a day

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    It takes some time to get the Power Rankings together, and time is one thing I didn’t really have a ton of this morning and early afternoon for various reasons.  Accordingly, “Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings” will appear tomorrow morning under their pseudonym: “Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings.”  That is if this afternoon’s Cubs-Pirates game…

  3. Why teams hate scheduling makeup games

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Because no one ever shows up to them. Check out the pic from the beginning of today’s Cubs-Pirates game in Pittsburgh: Plenty of seats still available.

  4. Brewers release veteran starter Jeff Suppan

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Demoted to the bullpen in mid-April after back-to-back ugly starts to begin the season, Jeff Suppan posted a 7.48 ERA in 13 appearances as a reliever, allowing 19 runs on 34 hits and nine walks in 21.2 innings, and was released by the Brewers this afternoon. Milwaukee signed Suppan to a four-year, $42 million contract…

  5. Did the Blue Jays go after a reporter they don't like?

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    There’s a chilling little story coming out of Toronto as Mike Wilner, who covers the Blue Jays for Toronto’s The Fan 590-AM, was suspended for the team’s weekend series against the Yankees following a confrontation with Jays manager Cito Gaston last week.  The “brief but tense” exchange happened on Wednesday, when Wilner asked Gaston about…

  6. Orlando Hernandez's half-brother goes on a murderous rampage

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    An awful story from south Florida as a man went on a rampage in a Hialeah restaurant yesterday that left four women dead and three others wounded. If I’m talking about it here it’s because there’s a baseball connection. That connection is that the suspect was Gerardo Regalado, half-brother of former Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez. …

  7. Pirates to pick Jameson Taillon at No. 2, Orioles like Manny Machado at No. 3

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper going to the Nationals with the No. 1 pick is a foregone conclusion at this point and Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Pirates have decided on high school pitcher Jameson Taillon with the second pick in tonight’s draft. Taillon is a 6-foot-7 right-hander from Texas who throws in the mid-90s, ranking…

  8. Amphetamines ban leads to decreased offense? That's wrong in all kinds of ways

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    According to Bill Madden in the New York Daily News, there has been a “resurgence of pitching and decrease of offense” this year because baseball is getting tougher on amphetamines.  Which would be great if it weren’t for the fact that (a) there is no compelling evidence that offense is down; and (b) even if…

  9. Nationals sticking with Matt Capps as closer

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Just two weeks ago Matt Capps was a perfect 16-for-16 closing out games for the Nationals, but yesterday’s blown save was his fourth in six chances since then and his third in four games so far this month. His overall numbers are still solid, as Capps is 18-for-22 in saves opportunities with a 3.62 ERA…

  10. The White Sox "are open for business"

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Buster Olney passes along word that the White Sox have told “multiple executives” that they are “open for business” and are ready to deal anyone and everyone. That includes Paul Konerko, Olney says, and certainly includes the players that have already been mentioned as possible trade chits in the past few weeks, such as A.J.…

  11. Ubaldo Jimenez wins again, but scoreless streak ends at 33 innings

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez’s scoreless streak came to an end yesterday afternoon at 33 innings, as he cruised through seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks before serving up a two-run homer to Conor Jackson for his first runs allowed since May 15. Orel Hershiser’s record streak of 59 innings from 1988 is safe again (for now), but…

  12. Going to a game in Philly? Watch your beer!

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    The bad behavior at the Mets game may not have actually ended up being bad, but thank God we have the Phillies to fall back on:  How dare that kid steal some hardworking man’s beer!  Somebody tase him. UPDATE: I originally had a “via Deadspin” credit here because that’s where I saw it first, but…

  13. Mike Cameron made a great catch yesterday

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron said he was bringing “sexiness and color” back to the Red Sox outfield.  He forgot one other thing: leather. Witness the great catch he made yesterday afternoon to send the Sox-Orioles game into extra innings.  With all due respect to Darnell McDonald, the seemingly effortless way in which Cameron ranged back for that…

  14. UPDATE: Would-be Jackass of the week may have done the right thing

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    UPDATE: I’m told that the guy handed the ball back to the kid for whom it was intended. Can anyone confirm?  If so, I must revoke the “jackass of the week” award and find a more appropriate recipient. Nominations can be made in the comments. Please, nothing related to the Galarraga thing. That’s been beaten…

  15. Javier Vazquez was fantastic again

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    For the second time in as many starts Javier Vazquez was on point: one hit over seven innings with nine strikeouts. More important than the line itself is the fact that he kept the Yankees in a game in which they were being shut down by Brandon League Morrow, helping the Bombers salvage their lost…

  16. Should the Phillies release Raul Ibanez?

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    That’s what Corey Seidman at Phillies Nation thinks: From a baseball standpoint – and from a logical standpoint –  there is no reason Raul Ibanez deserves to play everyday on a contending team. He has been awful at the plate and terrible in the field. Yet he continues to bat sixth everyday while the Phillies…

  17. The Tigers are dumping Adam Everett

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    The Tigers announced that shortstop Adam Everett will be designated for assignment tomorrow and Danny Worth will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to back up Ramon Santiago. Everett was an offensive liability last year, hitting a mere .238/.288/.325 in 345 at-bats. This year he’s been even worse, pinching off a line of .185/.241/.247.  Yes, his…

  18. Albert Pujols hits kid with a homer, but it's all good

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols hit a solo shot in the sixth inning of last night’s game, but a kid — who thought he had some pretty sweet seats in the first row of the bleachers — got smacked in the chest with it.  He was soon seen crying, though whether it was because of the pain of…

  19. Derrek Lee to the Angels is totally not happening

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    The other day the Chicago Tribune reported that the Angels and Cubs were talking about first baseman Derrek Lee. It’s a trade that makes all kinds of sense, except for two things: the Cubs say there’s “no truth or credibility” to the reports that they’ve talked to the Angels and Lee says he’s not waiving…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Some of you wasted your weekend running errands, mowing lawns, going to graduation parties and spending time with your families. Some of you were smart and read HardballTalk.  For those in the former camp, here’s some of what you missed: Carlos Zambrano returned to the rotation. And lost; The Royals may have already locked up…

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