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  1. Dontrelle Willis is playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish now

    Jul 17, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    When last we checked in with Dontrelle Willis the former Rookie of the Year had been released by the Giants in April and was talking about potentially becoming a pitching coach.

  2. Rick Ankiel is retiring

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Via our own Matthew Pouliot, who was watching the Cardinals spring training broadcast just now when the announcers revealed this: Rick Ankiel has officially retired and apparently hopes to join a front office in some capacity. Ankiel ended up having just one good full season as a position player after his hugely promising pitching career…

  3. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

  4. Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and great prospect duos

    Jul 9, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Byron Buxton

    Baseball America released its midseason top 50 prospects list yesterday–updating their preseason list based on performances, injuries, and graduations to the majors–and the Twins had 19-year-old center fielder Byron Buxton at No. 1 and 20-year-old third baseman Miguel Sano at No. 3. Preseason lists are the standard for measuring prospect status and things could change…

  5. Rick Ankiel is a free agent again

    Jun 13, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel, Adeiny Hechavarria

    Rick Ankiel has elected to become a free agent again after being designated for assignment by the Mets last week. Ankiel has now been let go by two of the five worst teams (Astros, Mets) in baseball this season while hitting .188 with 60 strikeouts in 136 trips to the plate. He’s a helluva story…

  6. Mets designate Rick Ankiel for assignment, recall Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    Jun 8, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel, Adeiny Hechavarria

    Rick Ankiel entered today’s marathon ballgame against the Marlins in the 13th inning, taking reliever David Aardsma‘s spot at #9 in the lineup. In his four at-bats, he struck out three times and fouled out weakly to Placido Polanco at third base. Since coming over to the Mets after the Astros cut him, Ankiel came…

  7. Daniel Bard is getting worse

    May 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard Reuters

    Daniel Bard has been a mess at Double-A this season and may have reached rock bottom last night, as the once-dominant Red Sox reliever walked five and uncorked two wild pitches in one inning of work. Just eight of his 30 total pitches were strikes and Bard has now walked 17 batters in 12.2 innings…

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

    May 16, 2013, 6:31 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Mariners 12, Yankees 2: This one was over almost before it started, with Phil Hughes getting knocked around for seven runs in the first inning, which he did not escape. Raul Ibanez hit two homers and drove in six off his old team. Which, I imagine, will cause some columnist who has been lauding Brian…

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

    May 14, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    Braves Diamondbacks Baseball

    Braves 10, Diamondbacks 1: Justin Upton went 4 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI. Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI. Martin Prado had a couple of hits and I suppose he was gritty. Gonna say that the first visit to Arizona for the Braves post-trade falls to…

  10. UPDATE: The Mets signed Rick Ankiel to a one-year contract

    May 13, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel AP

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal, complete with the team’s plans for his playing time: Rick Ankiel in lineup tonight, playing center field. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 13, 2013 Terry Collins said Rick Ankiel will start against righties and Juan Lagares against lefties in center field. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 13, 2013 Bonus fun:…

  11. Astros release outfielder Rick Ankiel

    May 9, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel AP

    This hardly comes as a surprise, but Sara Eckert of CSNHouston.com reports that the Astros have officially released outfielder Rick Ankiel. Ankiel was designated for assignment earlier this week as part of a mini-roster shakeup and passed through waivers unclaimed. While the 33-year-old outfielder ranked second on the Astros with five home runs, he was…

  12. Astros designate Rick Ankiel for assignment

    May 6, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    The Astros, sitting at 8-24 in last place in the AL West, have designated outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment, tweets Houston Chronicle beat writer Brian T. Smith. It was one of a handful of moves the Astros made day, also designating Fernando Martinez for assignment, calling up Jimmy Paredes and Trevor Crowe, demoting Brandon Laird…

  13. You asked me questions on Twitter. I shall answer them.

    May 2, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Luke Leia

    The more basebally ones will be saved for tomorrow’s HBT Daily. Here are the ones that don’t lend themselves as well to video: Q: Better BlueJays manager? John Gibbons #1 or John Gibbons #2? Which one was played by Dick York? I liked that one better. Q: Why do you hate kittens? This is inspired…

  14. Harper, Trout and the future

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    In honor of Bryce Harper playing his 162nd career game, here is the list of the top 12 home run hitters through their age 20 seasons: 1. Mel Ott, 61 2. Tony Conigliaro, 56 3. Alex Rodriguez, 41 4. Ken Griffey, 38 5. Frank Robinson, 38 6. Mickey Mantle, 36 7. Mike Trout, 35 8.…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and hightlights

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals 8, Tigers 3: You can try to make Phil Coke a multi-inning reliever all you want, but he’s still going to be a lefty specialist. And when he comes in and has trouble even getting the lefties out, you can’t stick with him. He’s not the one who gave up the grand slam to…

  16. Rick Ankiel’s last stand

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    A couple weeks ago Mike Bates wrote a nice career — Retrospective? Requiem? I dunno yet — about Rick Ankiel. Today Joe Posnanski takes a pass at one of the more interesting careers we’ve seen in some time. He’s particularly taken with Ankiel’s all-or-nothing approach this year, wondering if Ankiel knows his career is close to…

  17. Astros lose center fielder Justin Maxwell to a fractured hand

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    The Astros got a win over the Mariners on Tuesday to improve to 6-14 on the season, but they announced afterwards that center fielder Justin Maxwell suffered a fractured hand in the game. Maxwell was injured on a bases-loaded HBP in the third. It scored the Astros’ third and final run of the game in…

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

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I spent the evening seeing a preview showing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” — review coming later today — so I didn’t get to watch really any baseball. Kinda glad I didn’t too. After seeing and thinking about Robinson I would have probably just thrown something at my TV if I had to watch…

  19. “Rick Ankiel makes me believe that there’s always a way back from the abyss”

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    Mike Bates comes to both (gently) bury Rick Ankiel and to praise him. Mostly praise, though.  For while he has struggled mightily so far for the Astros and may very well be getting his last chance as a major leaguer, Bates reminds us that his story is ultimately one of triumph: Ankiel had never really…

  20. Rick Ankiel has 12 strikeouts in his last 13 at-bats

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    Rick Ankiel, like the Astros as a whole, hasn’t been the same since Opening Night. Ankiel delivered a pinch-hit homer off Derek Lowe in the Astros’ season-opening win over the Rangers, but since then he’s come to the plate 13 times and here are the results: Strikeout Strikeout Strikeout Line Out Strikeout Strikeout Strikeout Strikeout…

  21. Yu Darvish loses perfect game with two outs in ninth inning

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish is making it look easy in Houston. The 26-year-old right-hander has retired the first 21 batters he’s faced, and will carry a perfect game into the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. He has his entire arsenal working against a weak Astros lineup — seriously, look at this slider — and boasts a career-high 12 strikeouts through seven…

  22. Astros kick off the 2013 season with a victory

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    The Houston Astros, playing their inaugural game as a member of the American League, defeated the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Opening Day in Major League Baseball. The Astros got on the board first in the fourth inning when Justin Maxwell tripled to left field on a fly ball that bounced high off of the wall…

  23. Fernando Martinez and the Astros show why the World Baseball Classic still has so far to go

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Fernando Martinez Getty

    Fernando Martinez stands as one of several players in the mix to make the Houston Astros’ outfield. But he has more up against him in that quest than just competition from Rick Ankiel, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez and Brandon Barnes. He has up against him his participation in the World Baseball Classic, where he will play…

  24. Rick Ankiel signs minor league contract with Astros

    Jan 17, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Rick Ankiel is the latest former Cardinal to join the Astros, agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Ankiel briefly thrived after shifting from pitcher to outfielder, but he’s really struggled for the past four seasons while hitting just .234 with a .678 OPS in 386 games. He can play all…

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