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2013 May 10

  1. Roy Oswalt makes first start in extended spring training

    May 10, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    roy oswalt getty

    35-year-old right-hander Roy Oswalt signed with the Rockies on May 2 and made his first start in extended spring training today, throwing 43 pitches over three innings of work. He allowed four runs, but only one was earned due to three first-inning errors. MLB.com’s Thomas Harding called Oswalt’s fastball velocity “decent” and added some details…

  2. Shelby Miller dominates the Rockies in one-hit shutout

    May 10, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    shelby miller getty

    Cardinals starter Shelby Miller completely outclassed the Rockies’ offense tonight, throwing a one-hit shutout at Busch Stadium. The Rockies entered the night with the National League’s best offense, averaging five runs per game, but after a lead-off single by Eric Young in the first inning, they couldn’t muster any semblance of a threat as the…

  3. Chris Carpenter feels good after 75-pitch bullpen session

    May 10, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    chris carpenter getty

    Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter tossed a 75-pitch bullpen this afternoon and came away feeling “strong”. The right-hander missed most of the 2012 season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder and was expected to miss all of 2013 with shoulder, neck, and arm issues. GM John Mozeliak told the media recently,…

  4. The Marlins ran an embarrassing contest

    May 10, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    At Big League Stew, Mike Oz details how a Marlins “ultimate fan” contest went horribly awry. The directions told fans to post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag “#MarlinsFanCave” to enter to win a prize — a trip to New York City with the Marlins from June 7-9. Gee, what could be more fun…

  5. Roy Halladay apologizes to Phillies fans

    May 10, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    roy halladay getty

    It’s the night for apologies, apparently. Jack Morris apologized to Clay Buchholz earlier; now, we have Roy Halladay apologizing to Phillies fans for having pitched poorly and ultimately landing on the disabled list for a lengthy period of time. Halladay was booed walking off the field in the third inning of his start against the…

  6. The Kaufmann Stadium warning track is now a “No Mo Zone”

    May 10, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera tore the ACL in his right knee shagging fly balls at Kaufmann Stadium last year, forcing him onto the DL for the rest of the season and putting his future in doubt. Now back in action and as strong as ever — the right-hander has a 1.88 ERA and 13 saves in as…

  7. Alex Cobb had an interesting third inning tonight

    May 10, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    The Rays are playing host to the San Diego Padres in an inter-league three-game series this weekend, leading off with an Alex Cobb/Edinson Volquez starting pitching match-up tonight. After allowing two runs in the first on solo home runs by Will Venable and Carlos Quentin, Cobb had an interesting third inning. Venable struck out to…

  8. Should Derek Jeter think about retiring?

    May 10, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    New York Yankees infielder Jeter walks to the dugout after stretching during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

    No, Derek Jeter should not think about retiring. Just so we’re clear on that. Jason Keidel, though, argues that the Yankee shortstop is at the end of the line: Father Time is finally throwing Jeter some serious chin music, snapping his ankle in October, and then taunting him back to practice before chipping it again.…

  9. Jack Morris apologizes to Clay Buchholz

    May 10, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Hall of Fame hopeful and current Blue Jays broadcaster Jack Morris thrust Clay Buchholz into the spotlight recently when he accused the Red Sox hurler of using a spitball. The controversy became a national spectacle as Dirk Hayhurst and others joined the chorus of finger-waggers. With the Jays in Boston to begin a three-game series,…

  10. Jayson Werth to DL; Bryce Harper out of lineup

    May 10, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth AP

    After more than a week riding the pine, Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth will be placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The move will be retroactive to May 3, making Werth eligible to return on May 18. GM Mike Rizzo called the strain “very slight” and is confident Werth will be…

  11. MLB won’t approve pink-label MaxBats on Mother’s Day

    May 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    from @MaxBatBaseball

    It seems Louisville Slugger has a monopoly on the pink labels for Mother’s Day bats permitted by MLB. The Orioles’ Nick Markakis, the Nationals’ Jayson Werth and the Twins’ Trevor Plouffe were among the players informed by the league Friday that they won’t be able to use their custom label MaxBats on Sunday. Of course,…

  12. The Orioles want Alexi Casilla to give up switch-hitting

    May 10, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Alexi Casilla

    Infielder Alexi Casilla is hitting .200/.222/.257 in 35 at-bats for the Orioles this season after coming in at .241/.282/.321 in 299 at-bats for the Twins last year. Hence, the Orioles think it’s time for him to try something new. In this case, they believe the natural right-handed hitter should give up switch-hitting. The interesting thing…

  13. The umpires in the Astros-Angels game have been disciplined

    May 10, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia, Fieldin Culbreth

    Relatively unprecedented. From MLB: Umpire Fieldin Culbreth, the crew chief in Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, has received a two-game suspension and a fine for the misapplication of Official Baseball Rule 3.05(b) in the top of the seventh inning, Major League Baseball…

  14. Carlos Quentin has been terrible since Zack Greinke brawl

    May 10, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin,  Zack Greinke

    There were quite a few people calling for Carlos Quentin to receive a lengthy suspension after charging the mound and breaking Zack Greinke‘s collarbone. He ended up getting “only” eight games, but what’s happened may actually be worse for the Padres: Quentin has played, but terribly. Since the Greinke incident on April 21 he’s hit…

  15. Red Sox CEO Tom Werner goes after the media for making unfounded accusations against Red Sox players

    May 10, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    John W. Henry, Tom Werner

    This is somewhat unusual: Tom Werner, the CEO of the Boston Red Sox has taken to MLB.com to respond to Dan Shaughnessy’s accusing questions to David Ortiz about PED use and various media members’ accusations against Clay Buchholz about doctoring the baseball: I fully acknowledge the right the media has to ask difficult questions and…

  16. Baseball America thinks the White Sox target only ‘athletic’ outfielders

    May 10, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

    Baseball America

    I have some sympathy for anyone asked to do an MLB mock draft. Football and basketball are difficult enough, but baseball adds layers of extra complexity with the high school-college mix, signability issues, metal bats and so much else fouling in the mix. In a baseball mock draft, one might have a good idea of…

  17. HBT Daily: The umps get a solid D minus

    May 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

    Kay and I talk about the only thing keeping them from getting an F.

  18. White Sox activate Dayan Viciedo from the disabled list

    May 10, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dayan Viciedo Getty

    Chicago activated Dayan Viciedo from the disabled list after the left fielder missed three weeks with a strained oblique muscle. As usual with oblique injuries, Viciedo initially hoped to avoid the DL altogether and ended up missing more than the minimum 15 days once he was shut down. He played four games on a minor-league…

  19. Curt Schilling talks PEDs, CHBs and SPFs

    May 10, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    Curt Schilling tackled a couple of hot topics on WEEI radio Friday: the David Ortiz-Dan Shaughnessy PED controversy and the Clay Buchholz ball-sliming scandal. On the David Ortiz matter, Schilling backs his former teammate and knocks Shaughnessy for once again trying to insert himself into the news. “Because it’s as important for him to be…

  20. Cubs activate Kyuji Fujikawa from the disabled list

    May 10, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa Getty

    Kyuji Fujikawa is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained forearm. The injury cost him a chance to take over for Carlos Marmol as the Cubs’ closer, so he’ll slide back into a setup role in front of new closer Kevin Gregg. Chicago’s ninth-inning situation figures to remain…

  21. It has come to this for the Blue Jays: Ramon Ortiz is starting tonight

    May 10, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ramon Ortiz

    Toronto’s rotation is so wrecked by injuries that the Blue Jays have called up 40-year-old Ramon Ortiz to start tonight against the Red Sox. Seriously, here’s proof from the Blue Jays’ official website and everything: Obviously being 40 years old doesn’t preclude someone from still being a good pitcher, but being 40 years old and…

  22. MLB admits the umpires screwed up again last night

    May 10, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros

    Another day, another official statement from MLB admitting that umpires did something wrong. This time it’s about the weird moment in last night’s Astros-Angels game in which seemingly everyone involved except for Mike Scioscia forgot what was presumably a pretty well-known rule about a pitcher having to face at least one batter before a change…

  23. Was Angel Hernandez’s bad call because he’s philosophically opposed to replay?

    May 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Angel Hernandez, Bob Melvin

    From the Dan Patrick show today, a suggestion by Peter Gammons that Angel Hernandez may have refused to credit Adam Rosales of the A’s with a home run rather than a double even after instant replay showed it was clearly a homer because he doesn’t believe in instant replay. If so … wow.  Of course, if…

  24. Santiago Casilla unavailable with cyst in right knee

    May 10, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Santiago Casilla has had a cyst in his right knee since last year, but the Giants reliever has been hurting enough lately that he’s expected to be unavailable for several days. Casilla had to leave Wednesday’s game mid-inning due to the pain and Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that the right-hander may try wearing a…

  25. David Ortiz thinks Shaughnessy’s PED accusations were culturally insensitive

    May 10, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Reuters

    I was going to say “racist” but Ortiz doesn’t actually say that. I think the phrase “culturally insensitive” is stupid. I dunno. Here are his words, translated from Spanish, over at ESPN Boston. You decide what he thinks: “Yesterday, the guy came to see me and asked some questions about steroids, and when you see…

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