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2011 May 02

  1. Rays say Alex Cobb was tipping pitches in debut yesterday

    May 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    alex-cobb-rays-debut

    Called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the Rays yesterday, Alex Cobb allowed four runs while failing to make it out of the fifth inning against the Angels and afterward pitching coach Jim Hickey told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the 23-year-old right-hander was tipping his pitches: It was…

  2. R.A. Dickey to slay Grendel’s mother

    May 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    And he looks like he could do it too, no? As if there aren’t enough reasons to love R.A. Dickey, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times gives us another: Dickey names his bats after weapons from epic poems and fantasy fiction: One bat is called Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver and the other is Hrunting.…

  3. Andrew McCutchen talking long-term extension with Pirates

    May 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen declined to give any specifics when asked yesterday, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are discussing a long-term contract extension with the 24-year-old center fielder. McCutchen won’t be arbitration eligible until 2013, so to buy out any of his free agent years a contract extension would have…

  4. “USA! USA! USA!”

    May 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fans stand and shout during the National League MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia

    There’s a Mark Twain quote making the rounds this morning: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I’m not sure if that’s an authentic quote or not, but even if Twain never said it, the it sounds very appropriate this morning.  It’s certainly a sentiment that matches my own.…

  5. Neftali Feliz says he’s through with starting

    May 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I’ve all but worn out the “Neftali Feliz should be a starter” argument in the past few months. The response back every time I’ve made it is “the Rangers plan on keeping him as a closer now, but moving him to the rotation in 2012.” Well, it seems that Neftali Feliz himself hasn’t gotten the memo…

  6. Frank McCourt is sorry that you misunderstand him, Dodgers fans

    May 2, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    I missed two interesting Frank McCourt stories over the weekend, both via Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, and neither of which makes McCourt look very good. First, there is the report that one of the reasons Commissioner Selig has not approved the Fox contract McCourt is so hot for is that Jamie McCourt has…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 2, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Foley's baseballs

    Things you missed while spending the weekend in New York and visiting the coolest baseball bar ever, not once, but twice. And, while there, taking pictures of interesting things in the men’s room. Yes, I realize it’s not 100% cool to whip out the camera in the bathroom. But in my defense, there aren’t many…

  8. Questionable report: Andy Pettitte may want to pitch in 2012

    May 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’m hesitant to even be that precise about it in the headline because, like so many other reports, it’s source is “Andy Pettitte’s friends.”  And every bogus Andy Pettitte rumor we’ve heard since the end of last season has been attributed to a “friend” of Pettitte’s. Indeed, looking back on all of them one could…

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

    May 2, 2011, 5:31 AM EDT

    Obama announcement.bmp

    Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong.  Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future. I spent the weekend in New York and…

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