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  1. The prosecution finally rests in the Roger Clemens case

    May 29, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    After seven weeks of the prosecution case in chief, the government has rested.  Also two minor counts against Roger Clemens have been dismissed. The dropped counts relate to individual things he said such as him having “no idea” that George Mitchell wanted to talk to him. The dismissal was likely because the government didn’t put…

  2. R.A. Dickey, Paul Konerko named players of the week

    May 29, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    The Player of the Week Awards came out, and the winners are R.A. Dickey in the NL and Paul Konerko in the AL. Dickey was 2-0 in two starts, striking out 21 batters and allowing a single earned run in 14 and a third innings pitched for a 0.63 ERA for the week. No surprise at all…

  3. Roy Halladay to miss six to eight weeks with a strained latissimus dorsi

    May 29, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Bad news for the Phillies: they just got word back from the doctors on Roy Halladay and it’s serious: a strained right latissimus dorsi. That’ll land him on the DL, and he’s expected to miss 6-8 weeks. This is the first time Halladay has been on the DL since 2009 and the first time with…

  4. The Braves option Kris Medlen triple-A, call up Jose Constanza

    May 29, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    When you’ve lost eight straight and two of your young starters are sucking eggs, you gotta do something. Today the Braves did, sending Kris Medlen down to triple-A Gwinnett and calling up outfielder Jose Constanza. Now, Medlen is not one of the ones who has been sucking eggs. Indeed, he’s been just fine in a…

  5. Ed Delahanty was the most 19th Century baseball player ever

    May 29, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Ed Delahanty

    Magglio Ordonez‘s retirement inspired Trent McCotter of SABR to note that Ordonez ended his career with an 18-game hitting streak. That’s the longest streak at the end of a career ever, eclipsing the previous record holder, Ed Delahanty, who ended his career with a 16-game streak. This in turn led to some Twitter talk about…

  6. Great Moments in the Internet: How Many Altuves?

    May 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I sometimes get confused with units of measurement. Yards? Feet? Meters? Hectares? Bushels? Pecks?  It’s all so mystifying! So imagine, if you will, that there is a unit of measurement that we can all agree on. Because it’s awesome.  Ladies and gentlemen: the Altuve. It’s pretty self explanatory. But, just by way of example, that…

  7. Expanded replay for 2013 to include umpires “at a central location”

    May 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    The new Collective Bargaining Agreement is supposed to include expanded use of instant replay. It wasn’t able to be implemented for 2012, however, because no one was clear on how the logistics would work. Jayson Stark was on ESPN Radio this morning, however, and he says that the league, the union and the umps have…

  8. Bad news for you if you want to watch the Nats or Orioles in North Carolina

    May 29, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    A legal ruling in the Fourth Circuit pretty much encapsulates all that is wrong with the current broadcasting regime in Major League Baseball: Nationals and Orioles: We want the cable company in North Carolina to carry our regional sports network so that our fans in that great state can watch their O’s and Nats play!…

  9. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Curt Schilling speaks

    May 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    Curt Schilling has spent many years promoting conservative candidates and causes and styled himself a champion of private enterprise, limited spending and self-reliance. Good for him. Even if I don’t agree with his political views, I do not believe that anyone has a monopoly on wisdom and I respect those views as a legitimate alternative…

  10. Please don’t try to explain why you love baseball to anyone ever

    May 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    field_of_dreams getty

    Whenever I hear someone talk about how baseball “was the only thing my dad and I could talk about together,” it doesn’t make me think of baseball as some great coming-t0gether thing. It makes me think of how sad it must have been to grow up in a house where you didn’t have anything else…

  11. Miami-Dade challenges the Marlins over $1.7 million of stadium expenses

    May 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    The Miami Marlins are supposed to share a certain percentage of the construction costs for their new ballpark. To that end, the team claimed numerous expenses related to the ballpark towards their magic number. The Miami-Dade government, however, is calling b.s. on some of them, saying that the team should not get expense credit for…

  12. Comment of the Day: The Jays and national holidays

    May 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    Reader Proudly Canadian made a decent point this morning: Yesterday, the Jays played at home on Memorial Day which is not a Canadian holiday. Last week, the Jays were on the road on Victoria Day which is a Canadian holiday. July 1 is a Canadian holiday, yet the Jays are sometimes on the road on…

  13. Heyman: “folks” say that a Roy Oswalt deal is expected this week

    May 29, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    roy oswalt ap

    We heard yesterday that, despite an offer being on the table, the Dodgers and Roy Oswalt were “far apart” on a deal.  This morning Jon Heyman says, never fear, something will happen soon. He cites “folks” — which are a really reliable source in my opinion — who believe that the deal will happen between…

  14. Quote of the Day: Bill Welke essentially admits the need for instant replay

    May 29, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Video camera

    Yesterday a bad call by umpire Bill Welke cost the Tigers several runs and possibly the game. Afterwards, he said something that made complete and total sense: For record, umpires agree they got the call wrong. Bill Welke: “What looks crystal clear [on video] didn’t look crystal clear from 1B line.” — DKnobler (@DKnobler) May…

  15. Theo Epstein: no one is untouchable

    May 29, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Is it just me, or do people in Chicago not feel as bad about the recently-ended losing streak and what seems to be the inevitable dreadful remaining season as they might normally be?  At least among the Cubs fans I know, people are just being cool, knowing that the roster was a mess and knowing…

  16. David Ortiz had Bobby V’s back

    May 29, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    One of the more notable early season memes/impressions/whatever has been this idea that Bobby Valentine is not particularly well-liked in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. Some of it was based on some legitimate comments or events, a lot of it was based on our assumptions of what Valentine is like and how he may or…

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

    May 29, 2012, 5:47 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    White Sox 2, Rays 1: Chris Sale: 15Ks and three hits in seven and a third. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer. Red Sox 7, Tigers 4: Jim Leyland said that we saw what we saw and should write what we saw, so let’s do that: The Red Sox’ second inning rally never should have happened…

  18. Settling the Score: Sunday’s results

    May 28, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers a pitch during the first inning of his MLB American League baseball game against Oakland Athletics at Coliseum in Oakland

    Yeah, it’s Monday, and you usually get an And That Happened on Monday. But it’s a holiday and I’m still in Texas there is too much good BBQ and other stuff here for me to keep my concentration for a full-blown recap today. Selah. Rays 4, Red Sox 3 Reds 7, Rockies 5 Royals 4,…

  19. Curt Schilling’s company told employees it was selling their homes; didn’t

    May 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    Not only did Curt Schilling’s company go belly-up and lay everyone off, it allegedly boned some of them via a relocation program that apparently didn’t do what it was supposed to do: Some of the hundreds of 38 Studios employees laid off yesterday were hit with a second round of bad news this week when…

  20. Bill Hall designated for assignment by the Orioles

    May 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Baseball seems to have come to a complete stop, news-wise, in the past couple of hours. That’s OK. It’s a holiday weekend. Everyone is firing up the grill and cracking coldies I guess. Of course teams are releasing guys. Our third one of the day is Bill Hall, who was just DFA’d by the Orioles. Hall…

  21. The Pirates designate Nate McLouth for assignment

    May 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    When the Pirates signed Nate McLouth to a $1.75 million deal in December, they were hoping he’d at least be a shadow of the productive hitter he once was for them.  Instead, he wasn’t even a shadow of the shadow and now, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, they’ve designated him for assignment.…

  22. Expert: DNA on the syringes, cotton balls match Clemens

    May 25, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT


    After several weeks of what often sounded like pointless, boring testimony, things are finally heating up for the prosecutors in the Clemens case: A forensic scientist testified that two cotton balls and a syringe needle allegedly saved after a steroids injection tested positive for Roger Clemens’ DNA, a key moment on Friday as the government…

  23. David Segui backs up Brian McNamee in the Clemens trial

    May 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    David Segui

    David Segui hit pretty well off Roger Clemens in his career, going 14 for 38, walking six times and driving in six in 44 plate appearances.  yesterday, he hit Clemens again: Former Major Leaguer David Segui testified at the federal perjury trial of Roger Clemens on Thursday, backing up Brian McNamee’s claim that the strength…

  24. John Maine to sign with the Yankees

    May 25, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    John Maine

    And with this, John Maine will have completed most of his East Coast Bias career tour. All he needs now is a stop in Philly: The Yankees will be signing former Mets/Red Sox righty John Maine to a Minor League deal, source says. Maine’s been working out with Yanks — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 25,…

  25. The Adam Jones extension reported to be six years and “in the $85 million range”

    May 25, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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    There have been conflicting reports all morning about where the Adam Jones deal is going to come down. Some people have pegged at as north of $100 million. Ken Rosenthal says, however, that he’s hearing it will be six years and “in the $85 million range.” If so, this seems like a pretty good deal…

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