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  1. Hells Bells going silent? Trevor Hoffman blows another save

    May 18, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman’s first save opportunity since May 7 did not go well this afternoon. He came in to face the Reds with a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning and this happened: Paul Janish single. Scott Rolen homer. Chris Heisey double. Brandon Phillips walk. Joey Votto single. Game over. Hoffman now has…

  2. David Ortiz says Pedro Martinez will pitch again

    May 18, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    A report yesterday said the Mets aren’t interested in signing Pedro Martinez, but the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer is definitely planning to pitch for someone this season. At least according to his friend David Ortiz, who told the New York Post: “He will. Somebody will need him at one point. At some point.” Ortiz…

  3. Brewers lose Jim Edmonds, but Carlos Gomez is due back soon

    May 18, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Jim Edmonds joined him on the shelf today with a strained oblique. That leaves the Brewers without their top two center fielders, so Jody Gerut will fill in with Ryan Braun and Corey Hart flanking him in the corners. Gerut has hit just…

  4. J.P. Howell likely to have season-ending surgery

    May 18, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Nothing official has been announced yet, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that J.P. Howell is in Alabama today visiting with Dr. James Andrews and “indications are” he “will have surgery” to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. After struggling as a starter Howell moved to the bullpen full time in…

  5. Mike Lowell is 'frustrated' by lack of playing time

    May 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Now that David Ortiz is hitting again–going 16-for-46 (.348) with six homers in 12 games so far this month–Mike Lowell is back to being primarily a bench player for the Red Sox and told Rob Bradford of that he’s not happy about it. I don’t come in for defense. I’m always pinch-run for. Your…

  6. Alex Gordon named Hitter of the Week at Triple-A

    May 18, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Demoted to the minors earlier this month after the Royals gave him all of 31 at-bats to get back on track from a broken thumb, Alex Gordon was named Pacific Coast League Hitter of the Week for predictably knocking around Triple-A pitchers. Gordon is hitting .362 with a .524 on-base percentage and .766 slugging percentage…

  7. Edwin Encarnacion set to come off disabled list

    May 18, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Out since mid-April with a shoulder injury, Edwin Encarnacion is finally expected to come off the disabled list today. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays he’ll be taking the roster spot of Travis Snider, who was placed on the DL with a sprained wrist Monday just when the 22-year-old was starting to put up some big…

  8. Asdrubal Cabrera breaks forearm in collision

    May 18, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a broken forearm last night in a collision with Jhonny Peralta and will meet with doctors later this week to determine whether surgery is neeeded. Luis Valbuena started three straight games at shortstop when Cabrera was sidelined by a quadriceps injury two weeks ago, but looked beyond stretched there defensively and the…

  9. Ozzie Guillen: 'I'm not a princess or an icon'

    May 17, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Teams are inquiring about A.J. Pierzynski’s availability and general manager Ken Williams replied “yes” yesterday when asked if he’s losing patience with the White Sox. So what does manager Ozzie Guillen say to all of that? Hey, I don’t blame him. … The expectations we have with this club is very high. We had a…

  10. Nick Johnson needs surgery, likely out until July

    May 17, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that Nick Johnson will undergo wrist surgery tomorrow and is expected to be sidelined until at least July. Johnson has been in and out of the lineup for a couple weeks now and apparently a recent cortisone shot wasn’t effective. Signed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract this offseason to…

  11. Royals have a new manager, but same problems

    May 17, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    After predictably not playing him for two weeks, the Royals sent Kila Ka’aihue back to Triple-A yesterday. His final tally? One start and four at-bats in 11 games. Here’s what new manager Ned Yost said about the demotion: It just kills me to see Kila sitting on the bench and not playing. I think he’s…

  12. Mets have 'no interest' in Pedro Martinez

    May 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News the Mets “have the payroll flexibility to add a top starter if they remain in contention” and “recognize that the rotation is the area most in need of help from outside the organization.” However, “a person with direct knowledge of the Mets’ thinking” told Martino…

  13. Rangers talk to White Sox about A.J. Pierzynski

    May 17, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune and Bruce Levine of are both reporting that the Rangers have called the White Sox to “inquire” about A.J. Pierzynski. Based on their 15-22 record alone the White Sox may soon be looking to dump veterans, but the timetable with Pierzynski is sped up a bit because he’s…

  14. Cape-tugging 101: Bronson Arroyo thinks Albert Pujols looks 'uncomfortable' at plate

    May 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs in a complete-game win over the Cardinals yesterday, holding Albert Pujols to 0-for-3 with a walk, and afterward said the reigning MVP looks “uncomfortable” at the plate. Right now, Albert looks a little bit more uncomfortable at the plate than you’re used to seeing. Even that being said, you still…

  15. Jeff Francis looks good in first start since 2008

    May 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis rejoined Colorado’s rotation Sunday nearly 15 months after shoulder surgery and started for the first time since September of 2008, holding Washington to one run over seven innings in a no-decision. Francis allowed six singles and one double, striking out six and walking one while tossing 67 of 106 pitches for strikes in…

  16. Video: Previewing the Yankees-Twins series

    May 14, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    This morning I recorded a Yankees-Twins series preview with Ted Berg for SNY and it’s a slow news day here at Hardball Talk, so why not watch it … New York and Minnesota are tied for the second-best record in baseball at 22-12, so it should be a good series. I’m actually feeling oddly optimistic…

  17. Jeff Francis set to return 15 months after surgery

    May 14, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis last started a regular season game in September of 2008, but the Rockies left-hander is scheduled to rejoin the rotation Sunday nearly 15 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Francis’ first minor league rehab start didn’t go very well last week, but he tossed seven shutout innings…

  18. Mike Cameron close to rejoining Red Sox

    May 14, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron has played three games at Triple-A while rehabbing his strained abdominal muscle, going 2-for-8 with a double and three walks. Terry Francona initially indicated the Red Sox planned to have Cameron spend 4-5 games in the minors before coming off the disabled list, so barring a setback over the weekend he’s very close…

  19. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright 'in talks' to join Moneyball cast

    May 14, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are signed on to play Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta in the Moneyball movie, and now Variety reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright “are in early talks” to join them. Hoffman and Moneyball director Bennett Miller worked together on Capote, which won Hoffman an Oscar. No word yet…

  20. Roy Oswalt joins Lance Berkman in being open to a trade from Astros

    May 14, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman made headlines last week for saying he’d be open to a trade and suggesting the Astros would be smart to deal him, and yesterday Roy Oswalt joined him in publicly saying he’d be open to a move. Oswalt said during an interview with MLB Network Radio that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause…

  21. Royals fire Trey Hillman minutes after victory

    May 13, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Just minutes after the Royals beat the Indians this afternoon for Zack Greinke’s first win of the season, the team fired manager Trey Hillman. General manager Dayton Moore struggled to get the words out and appeared to have some tears upon making the announcement during a press conference that’s going on as I type this.…

  22. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher

    May 13, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia has had all kinds of problems stemming from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which is a condition that causes arm and hand numbness. He underwent surgery to correct the problem, which involved the removal of a rib, and the Rangers demoted him to the minors after he struggled to come back. Saltalamacchia has hit exceptionally…

  23. Twins send Wilson Ramos back to Triple-A

    May 13, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Minnesota returned to a 12-man pitching staff following yesterday’s win over Chicago, activating Jose Mijares from the disabled list and sending Wilson Ramos back to Triple-A. Ramos going 4-for-5 with a double in his debut and 3-for-4 with two doubles in his second game initially had many Twins fans clamoring for him to stick around…

  24. Bernie Carbo tried to pay someone to break Keith Hernandez's arms

    May 13, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    In an interview with ESPN for an upcoming “Outside the Lines” segment, longtime major leaguer Bernie Carbo revealed that he tried to pay someone to break Keith Hernandez’s arms in 1985 after Hernandez testified that Carbo introduced him to cocaine when they were teammates on the Cardinals. I knew some people, and I had $2,000,…

  25. Jim Johnson out 8-10 weeks with elbow injury

    May 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Orioles reliever Jim Johnson was examined today by Dr. James Andrews and has been diagnosed with “a small tear in his right elbow.” Andrews advised Johnson to rest for at least 8-10 weeks, but Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that “if things don’t improve in four weeks he could be facing season-ending Tommy…

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