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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 8, 2012, 6:05 AM EST

    Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games.  Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we’ll let Cholly run the team from here on out. Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA…

  2. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 7, 2012, 5:44 AM EST

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Just your standard seventeen inning affair in which a first baseman is the winning pitcher, after throwing two shutout innings and and outfielder is the losing pitcher after giving up a three-run homer . Chris Davis shut out the Red Sox for the 16th and 17th innings, striking out two.…

  3. Chris Davis goes 0-for-8, gets the win in 17-inning game

    May 6, 2012, 7:46 PM EST

    Chris Davis

    It wasn’t pretty, but in many ways, Chris Davis had the most remarkable day on a baseball field that I can ever remember. Starting at DH for the Orioles, Davis fanned in his first five at-bats, hit into a double play in his sixth and grounded out in his seventh before moving to the mound…

  4. Matt Garza feeling sick, “iffy” to make Sunday start

    May 5, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

    Matt Garza

    There’s a flu bug going around the Cubs clubhouse and the latest victim is Matt Garza, with manager Dale Sveum saying this morning that the right-hander is “iffy” to make his scheduled Sunday start. Garza was originally supposed to start today before being pushed back in the rotation and Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago…

  5. When it comes to bullpen use in Philly, the tail wags the dog

    May 5, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    Twice this past week we’ve watched the Phillies lose in walkoff fashion while their best relief pitcher, Jonathan Papelbon, sat on the bench.  It’s maddening, really, but that’s what has passed for conventional bullpen usage in this day and age: you do not use your closer in a tie game on the road. Why?  Nothing…

  6. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  7. Paul Konerko, Jay Bruce named MLB players of the week

    Apr 30, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    The Player of the Week awards were announced this afternoon. The winners: Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Jay Bruce of the Reds. Konerko went 10-for-23 with three doubles, three home runs — including his 400th career bomb — and drove in four. He’s having another quietly great Paul Konerko year thus far, hitting .383/.444/.679.…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

  9. Angel Pagan hits strike four for a three-run game-winning homer

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:06 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Angel Pagan came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with the Giants down 5-3 to the Reds.  Two outs One out. Two strikes on the batter. And then: heroics!  A three run bomb off closer Sean Marshall that ended up winning the game for San Francisco! Except … check out the…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Royals celebration

    Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game.  Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez. Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his…

  11. Astros’ 5-foot-5 hitting machine Jose Altuve goes 4-for-5, now batting .377 at age 21

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Jose Altuve

    Houston’s offense is one of the most improved in baseball and sophomore second baseman Jose Altuve is a big reason why. He came into today hitting .344 with a .918 OPS and notched four more hits in a 7-5 victory over the Brewers. Altuve is a really fun player to watch because he’s 5-foot-5 (on…

  12. The Giants are not pleased at the Reds for throwing at Buster Posey

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Buster Posey, Tim Flannery

    Last night Joey Votto was plunked by Dan Otero in the seventh inning of the Giants-Reds game. If Otero was actually trying to hit Votto it was pretty remarkable, because that would have been the only spot he hit in what was an otherwise hellish night for the Giants’ reliever.  Way more likely: ball actually…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  14. Reds place reliever Bill Bray on the disabled list

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Bray_Bill

    Bill Bray, who was bothered by a groin injury during spring training, has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin. Cincinnati called up right-hander J.J. Hoover to replace the left-handed Bray on the roster and in the bullpen. Hooper was acquired from the Braves in the Juan Francisco trade and had…

  15. Daniel Bard gets his first win of the year. As a reliever.

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Daniel Bard

    Last night, for the first time all year, the Red Sox bullpen looked like it was functional.  In a tie game, with no one out and a runner on third, a guy came in from the bullpen and put out the fire, then handed off to the closer in the ninth.  The fireman: Daniel Bard.…

  16. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being…

  17. Aroldis Chapman continues to dominate out of the bullpen

    Apr 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    After striking out two over a scoreless inning in yesterday’s win over the Cubs, Aroldis Chapman has now worked nine scoreless innings in six relief appearances this season. Given that the Reds considered using him as a starter during spring training, this is a pretty appropriate time to look at his overall numbers. And yes,…

  18. Erick Aybar settled way too cheap

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    Erick Aybar

    More power to him if Erick Aybar loves Southern California and didn’t want to play anywhere else. He still should have done better than $35 million for four years in his new extension with the Angels. $8.75 million per year is less than Julio Lugo got in his four-year deal with the Red Sox six…

  19. Dusty Baker juggles slumping Reds lineup

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Dusty Baker

    Here’s a look at Dusty Baker’s new idea to break the Reds out of their offensive swoon (they’ve scored fewer runs than every team in baseball besides the Pirates): SS Zack Cozart CF Drew Stubbs 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Scott Rolen LF Chris Heisey C Devin Mesoraco I actually…

  20. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    The Question

    Another round of Twitter questions, some of which I held back for the next edition of HBT Extra. These, however, did not make the video cut. Which is cool, because as we all know, the non-video ones are usually more fun. Anyway: Q: So…what would you say, ya do here? Well look, I already told you!…

  21. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

  22. Reds put Miguel Cairo on disabled list, call up Todd Frazier

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    todd-frazier-reds

    Cincinnati has placed veteran utility man Miguel Cairo on the disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered Saturday, calling up Todd Frazier from Triple-A to take his spot. Frazier was a 2007 first-round pick and was once considered a top prospect, but now he’s 26 years old and has hit just .261 with a .788…

  23. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 5, Astros 4: Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs, finally putting that crazy home run sculpture into action. Somehow we all survived, though I’m not ruling out the possibility that we all got thrown into an alternate timeline or something and won’t truly realize it until all the crazy occult stuff starts…

  24. Brandon Phillips (hammy) returns to Reds’ starting lineup

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    phillips ap

    Because of left hamstring cramps, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hasn’t appeared in a game since signing his six-year, $72.5 million contract extension early last week. But that will change Sunday in the nation’s capital. According to the Reds’ official Twitter account, Phillips is batting leadoff and starting at second base this afternoon against the…

  25. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 14, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Jayson Werth AP

    The first-place Washington Nationals. Yes, it’s much too early to take the standings all that seriously, but the Nationals are now 6-2 on the young season following a walkoff 2-1 win over the Reds last night in 13 innings. That’s the team’s best record since they moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005. The big…

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