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  1. Frank McCourt has a "slush fund," secret partners and pays his kids to do nothing

    May 18, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    John Weinbach of FanHouse reports some more unseemliness from the land of Frank McCourt and the Dodgers: Over the past 18 months, the Los Angeles Dodgers paid nearly $4 million in “consulting services” to [the John McCourt Company], an entity that has done virtually nothing for the club, even as the team has made a concerted effort…

  2. Anthony Galea charged with treating NFL players with unapproved drugs

    May 18, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Dr. Anthony Galea, you will recall, is the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH investigation emanating from the Buffalo, New York U.S. Attorneys office.  The investigation has made news in baseball circles because investigators on the case interviewed Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and have attempted — thus far unsuccessfully — to interview…

  3. Andre Ethier placed on the disabled list

    May 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Dodgers: Ken Rosenthal reports that Andre Ethier is heading to the disabled list. Ethier fractured the tip of his pinkie finger while taking practice swings on Saturday. Regrettably for the Dodgers, he happened to be leading the NL in all three triple crown categories at the time, and has become the…

  4. Ian O'Connor shoehorns steroids into last night's Yankees game

    May 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor on last night’s game-tying homer from Alex Rodriguez: With the ball streaking like a comet across the black Bronx night, making Yankee Stadium quake like the old place always did, Alex Rodriguez flipped his bat, shot a look-at-me-now stare into the home dugout, and left this baffling question in his…

  5. Comment of the Day: Someone hates the Red Sox too much

    May 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Honestly, watching Papelbon get shelled and walk off the mound in shame is more satisfying than most of my sexual encounters. Not sure if that means my sex life is lame, or I really hate the Red Sox. I’m hoping it’s the latter. – A commenter who goes by the name “Infinite Wisdom,” revealing far…

  6. Hanley Ramirez's attitude problems are not new

    May 18, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    To top off what has become a Hanley Ramirez morning, let us take a walk down memory lane — way back to last October — to Jorge Arangure’s profile of Ramirez for ESPN, in which Ramirez’s attitude — though, to be fair, not his work ethic — was cast into serious doubt. And let’s be…

  7. Hanley Ramirez is digging himself a deeper hole

    May 18, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Here’s a transcript of Ramirez’s whole session with the media and additional comments from “clubhouse leader” Wes Helms.  Quick take: why would a reporter ask Ramirez if he had lose respect for Fredi Gonzalez? Sure, Ramirez could have answered it any way he wanted to, but that’s awfully leading, isn’t it?  That aside, it’s…

  8. The Cubs move Carlos Zambrano into long relief

    May 18, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Jenrry Mejia isn’t the only pitcher getting stretched out in preparation of more optimal use.  The Cubs have moved Carlos Zambrano off his setup job — which he hasn’t done particularly well —  and into long relief, presumably in preparation for a return to the rotation. “Look, we thought the outcome would be a little…

  9. Yeah, that was an awful play by Hanley Ramirez

    May 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I saw D.J.’s post about it last night, but as I went to sleep I was of a mind that Hanley Ramirez’s little boot play in shallow left field was some ambiguous injury-related thing.  Based on the video of Ramirez lollygagging after the ball, however, there can be no doubt that Fredi Gonazlez did the…

  10. Mike Gosling goes out in style

    May 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    This is the first and probably the last time I’ll ever write about Mike Gosling on this blog, but I was in the crowd last night to see him pitch and I feel very grateful for having been there. Unless you’re a hardcore Diamondbacks fan, you probably have no idea who Mike Gosling is. Short…

  11. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    May 18, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Two fabulous bits of news in one little story: ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are going to send Jenrry Mejia back to the minors to be stretched out for a return to starting duties and that they’re going to call up knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to take Wednesday’s start against the Nationals.…

  12. The Red Sox: "Go Celtics!"

    May 18, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Last night’s game was a gut punch. Sure, it was technically only one game, but to Red Sox fans it must have felt like three or four. An early slap in the face, an inspiring comeback and then a 1-2 from A-Rod and Marcus Thames which probably felt like a mugging. With that the Red…

  13. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    May 18, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

    Yankees 11, Red Sox 9: Papelplosion.  The Yankees blew a 6-1 lead and found themselves down 9-7 nearly four hours and eight and a third innings into it when A-Rod hit a two-run homer to tie it and Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer to win it. Papelbon had a day off on Sunday, but…

  14. Dodgers minor leaguers save a dude's life

    May 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    As God is my witness I thought turkeys could run: A pair of Dodgers’ prospects in Midland, Mich., are being given credit for helping to save a life last Sunday. The pair of Single-A Great Lakes players from the Dominican Republic were passengers in a car on the highway when they saw a motorcyclist in…

  15. Carlos Delgado is coming back, but who wants him?

    May 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado was interviewed by the Puerto Rican paper El Nuevo Dia, and said that he hopes to return to action in July.  He’s not totally deluded about his chances — he just had his second hip operation in less than a year — but he thinks he can still contribute in a limited role.…

  16. Stop the presses: Albert Pujols to bat cleanup

    May 17, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Earlier today Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch analyzed the Cardinals lineup and noted that Matt Holliday is having a hell of a time hitting with runners on base.  Bernie suggested that, in light of this, perhaps Tony La Russa should bat Albert Pujols cleanup and put Holliday in the three-hole.  Of course, Pujols…

  17. More Diamondbacks/immigration law protests planned

    May 17, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    The latest protest over the Arizona immigration law will take place at this week’s Marlins-Diamondbacks series: Immigrant rights activists from throughout South Florida plan to gather at Sun Life Stadium in North Miami-Dade to distribute fliers and hold up protest signs during the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Florida Marlins starting at…

  18. Quote of the Day: Trey Hillman

    May 17, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Former Royals manager Trey Hillman was on WHB radio in Kansas City over the weekend talking about the end of his tenure with the Royals.  I thought Hillman’s words, upon being asked how it felt to manage his last game despite knowing he had already been fired, were rather sweet and poignant: The thing that…

  19. Indians trade Saul Rivera to the Dbacks; Bob Howry released

    May 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The headline pretty much says it all.  Cash considerations head back to Cleveland in exchange for Rivera. Rivera was something of a workhorse for the Washington Nationals in 2007 and 2008, but he was sent down to AAA in 2009 before being released. I can only assume that Manny Acta put in a good word…

  20. Yankees-Red Sox: not as big a deal as it usually is

    May 17, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    How often do the Yankees face the Red Sox and have the mere fact of the matchup not be the biggest thing going that week?  That’s certainly the case this week as, at least by my reckoning, the two-game tilt with the Sox ranks third or maybe fourth on the Bronx Bombers’ hype-o-meter.  Above it:…

  21. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    1. Rays: This week: a Yankees sandwich between two stale slices of bread (Cleveand and Houston). Hard to say what a two-game series really means in the grand scheme of things, but it’s probably the best time to be facing the Yankees. 2. Phillies: Philly takes the “team most likely to run away with their…

  22. Jimmy Rollins should be back in the lineup tonight

    May 17, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Phillies are saying that Jimmy Rollins will be evaluated today and, assuming everything checks out, he’ll be be activated before tonight’s game against the Pirates. Rollins had started out well before straining his calf. His replacements — Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez — have been adequate at the plate and good in the field,…

  23. Comment of the Day: what's so special about Lou Piniella?

    May 17, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Reader Gene McCaffrey makes a point about Lou Piniella that probably gets overlooked a bit too much: Look at his managerial career and it’s hard to avoid: has any manager ever done less with more than Lou Pineilla? The Mariners especially, a team that had two of the best players of all-time at their positions,…

  24. Mariotti: the media should not vote for postseason awards

    May 17, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    I disagree with Jay Mariotti on just about everything on the planet — and the multiple paragraphs he devotes to PED politics in his latest column are rather boring and unenlightening. But the point he started with — sports writers shouldn’t vote for postseason awards — is one worthy of consideration. I don’t know who…

  25. Why I write about baseball. Aside from the women, anyway.

    May 17, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    The wonderful Carson Cistulli has been asking various baseball writers why they do what they do and is posting the results in a series over at FanGraphs.  I’m up today, so if you want to know what motivates a guy to throw away a high-paying, high-powered legal career in order to sit around in his…

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