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  1. Sports Illustrated looks at the Twitter/MLB story

    May 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    As part of his “Media Power Rankings” column at SI.com Richard Deitsch followed up on the Twitter/MLB story from last month: NBCSports.com baseball blogger Aaron Gleeman reported that Major League Baseball had cracked down on the Twitter usage of its MLB.com writers, ordering them to stop tweeting non-baseball topics. … SI.com confirmed independently that MLB.com…

  2. Baseball America ranks Stephen Strasburg as the best draft prospect since 1989

    May 10, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis has an interesting article today ranking the 20 best draft prospects since he joined the magazine in 1989. He has Stephen Strasburg as the best at-the-time-of-the-draft prospect during that span, with previous “best college pitcher of all time” Mark Prior at No. 2 and “the Strasburg of the pre-internet…

  3. Royals predictably aren't playing Kila Ka'aihue

    May 10, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When the Royals called up Kila Ka’aihue from Triple-A last week I wondered if they’d actually play him, guessing that the answer would be no because … well, they are the Royals after all. Sure enough, Ka’aihue has started just once in five games since the call-up. Now, in fairness to the Royals they have…

  4. Carlos Zambrano will stay in the bullpen for now

    May 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Now that the Cubs’ starters are struggling as much as their relievers Lou Piniella was asked yesterday whether he’s considered moving Carlos Zambrano back into the rotation: No, right now we need Carlos right where he’s at. We asked Carlos to do something that would help this team, and it’s helped this team. If you…

  5. Alex Rodriguez ties Frank Robinson for seventh on the all-time homer list

    May 10, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    After being dragged into the story about Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez also homered against the Red Sox last night to tie Frank Robinson for seventh place on the all-time list with 586. It was Rodriguez’s first homer in 61 at-bats and just his third of the season, but his next long…

  6. Bobby Jenks is back on the hot seat in Chicago

    May 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks’ blown save Sunday afternoon was his first of the year, but the ugly outing raised his ERA to 6.75 ERA and afterward Ozzie Guillen talked as if switching closers was on his mind. Matt Thornton is among the league’s top setup men and Jenks’ declining raw stuff made him one of my “bust”…

  7. Kershaw and Jimenez duel in Braden's shadow

    May 10, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden’s perfect game obviously overshadowed every other pitching performance Sunday, but Ubaldo Jimenez and Clayton Kershaw hooked up for a great matchup of young flamethrowers. Jimenez allowed just two hits over seven innings of one-run ball, but took his first loss of the season as Kershaw shut out the Rockies for eight innings. Kershaw…

  8. Matt Stairs picked to replace Lawrence Taylor as Nutrisystem spokesperson

    May 7, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Nutrisystem dropped Lawrence Taylor as a spokesperson following yesterday’s rape charge and today they replaced him on the website with … Matt Stairs. After being short and stocky for the first 17 seasons of his career, Stairs dropped 30 pounds during the offseason and claimed a spot on the Padres’ bench at age 42. And…

  9. Indians activate Kerry Wood from the disabled list

    May 7, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood had an ugly first rehab appearance at Double-A, allowing six runs while recording just two outs Monday, but bounced back with a scoreless inning Wednesday to apparently convince the Indians he’s ready to return. Wood has been sidelined since straining his back in the middle of spring training, but the Indians activated him…

  10. Stephen Strasburg drawing a crowd at Triple-A

    May 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his Triple-A debut tonight and after averaging about 2,500 fans per game the Syracuse Chiefs have already sold out their 11,071-seat ballpark with hopes of additional walk-up sales making it the largest crowd in the venue’s 14-year history. Chiefs general manager John Simone told MLB.com that the Nationals haven’t informed him…

  11. Andre Ethier is undisputed king of walk-off hits

    May 7, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    As Craig noted in his morning roundup, last night Andre Ethier hit a game-winning grand slam against the Brewers for his 11th walk-off hit since 2008. Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com’s amazing Play Index, here’s the walk-off leaderboard during that time: Andre Ethier 11 Kurt Suzuki 5 Miguel Tejada 5 Alfonso Soriano 4 Jorge Cantu 4 Jose…

  12. Milton Bradley placed on restricted list, unlikely to rejoin Mariners any time soon

    May 7, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley must sit out five games after the Mariners placed him on the restricted list yesterday, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that “he’ll be gone at least a week and likely longer.” According to Baker, the perpetually disgruntled outfielder “will remain in Seattle and work out on his own, but won’t…

  13. Andy Pettitte expected to miss at least one start

    May 6, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    No official announcement has been made, but Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Andy Pettitte will miss at least one start and the Yankees are deciding between Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves to replace him in the rotation. Pettitte left yesterday’s game after just five innings with elbow soreness that an MRI exam later revealed…

  14. GM says slumping Drew Stubbs won't be demoted

    May 6, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts yesterday to drop his batting average to .174, but general manager Walt Jocketty said today that the 25-year-old center fielder is in no danger of being sent back to the minors: He needs to works it out on the major league level. You don’t want him to lose…

  15. Lance Berkman says the Astros should trade him

    May 6, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    With the Astros off to a 9-18 start and headed for fewer than 75 wins for the third time in four seasons, Lance Berkman said yesterday that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause if asked. He also said that if he were running the Astros he’d probably be trying to trade himself: If it was…

  16. Pat Neshek's injury was misdiagnosed by Twins

    May 6, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire was described as “steaming” over the weekend when the Twins intended to demote Pat Neshek to Triple-A only to be told that the reliever preferred to be placed on the disabled list because his finger injury was still a problem. Neshek received some subtle jabs from Gardenhire and some not-so-subtle jabs from the…

  17. LOL: Bob Uecker and Joe Torre are texting

    May 6, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Bob Uecker and Joe Torre are just a couple of 70-somethings texting each other: Torre, the Dodgers manager and Uecker’s onetime Milwaukee Braves teammate and roommate, said he sent a get well message to Uecker via text after the Brewers broadcaster underwent heart surgery last week. Was Torre surprised to learn that the old-school Uecker…

  18. Barry Zito improves to 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA

    May 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Barry Zito’s resurgence continued Wednesday, as he took a shutout into the eighth inning against the Marlins. Four straight singles followed to score a run and knock him from the game with the bases loaded, no outs, and Hanley Ramirez at the plate, but Sergio Romo wriggled out of Zito’s jam. Not only is Zito…

  19. Twins sweep Tigers, increase lead to 3.5 games

    May 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Minnesota finished a three-game sweep of Detroit this afternoon and now leads the AL Central by 3.5 games. Alex Avila took Jon Rauch deep in the ninth inning for the Tigers’ fourth homer of the day, cutting the Twins’ lead to 5-4, but the replacement closer retired the next three batters to convert his eighth…

  20. UPDATE: Mariano Rivera sits out third straight save opportunity

    May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Mariano Rivera may have wanted to pitch today, but the Yankees turned to Boone Logan and then Alfredo Aceves to close out a 7-5 victory in a messy ninth inning. With a scheduled day off tomorrow, Joe Girardi apparently wanted to give Rivera extra rest before the series against Boston begins Friday. * *…

  21. Freddy Sanchez finally inching closer to return

    May 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Freddy Sanchez will begin a minor-league rehab assignment “no later than Tuesday” of next week. Sanchez has been playing extended spring training games in Arizona, but manager Bruce Bochy speculated that he’ll need about 30 at-bats on the rehab stint before potentially rejoining the Giants. Acquired…

  22. Kevin Millar puts off TV gig for independent ball

    May 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Last month, after failing to land spot on the Cubs’ bench, Kevin Millar retired and took a job with MLB Network, saying: Working with the guys at the MLB Network is the next best thing to actually being in a clubhouse. I’m really excited to get started and have some fun. In the three weeks…

  23. Will the Royals actually play Kila Ka'aihue?

    May 5, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Back in 2008, when he was 24 years old, Kila Ka’aihue hit .314 with 37 homers, 104 walks, and a 1.085 OPS in 124 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Two years later the Royals may finally be giving him a shot, with Ka’aihue joining the roster yesterday in place of the injured Rick Ankiel after…

  24. Heavy workload catching up to Mets setup man Fernando Nieve

    May 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    After eight consecutive scoreless appearances Fernando Nieve finally gave up a run last night. Two of them, in fact, blowing a two-run lead in the eighth inning by serving up back-to-back homers to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen. New York went on to win anyway, but Nieve’s incredibly heavy workload figures to catch up with…

  25. Braves place Yunel Escobar on the disabled list

    May 5, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    After hitting .215 with a lowly .561 OPS through 22 games, Yunel Escobar was placed on the disabled list Tuesday because of a strained groin. Atlanta called up 24-year-old prospect Brandon Hicks from Triple-A to take his roster spot, but he’s little more than a utility man after putting up terrible numbers in the minors,…

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