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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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:…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Justin Duchscherer is done for the season

    May 17, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Chroncle’s Susan Slusser reports that the worst case scenario has come to pass: Justin Duchscherer‘s injury is serious, he needs hip surgery and he’s done for the year. He’s had two previous surgeries for the same problem, so this is dire news.  I don’t think it’s hysterical to wonder if his career is in…

  18. Jerry Manuel is on the firing line too

    May 17, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    It’s open season on managers this morning. First Lou Piniella, now Jerry Manuel, whose head the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro calls for in today’s column: He is a good and decent man, but increasingly his in-game decisions and demeanor have been maddening, his uber-reliance on small-ball, his puzzling lineup decisions. He was unhappy with…

  19. The Cincinnati Reds are in first place

    May 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that one does not get too excited about anything going on in the standings before Memorial Day, and that’s still two weeks from now.  Still, how can you now get a kick out of the Cincinnati Reds sitting in first place? Especially that first place came as the result of taking two…

  20. Doug Davis has a heart condition

    May 17, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Brewers placed LHP Doug Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a heart condition. It’s pericarditis, which is an acute inflammation of the lining around the heart.  Bob Dylan had it back in 1997 and it almost killed him, but considering that Davis is not a 56 year-old chain smoker, his prognosis is much…

  21. Should the Cubs Fire Lou Piniella?

    May 17, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I read Ken Rosenthal’s column suggesting just that this morning: It’s not Piniella’s fault two of the team’s biggest offensive threats, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and first baseman Derrek Lee, are under-performing. It’s not his fault Hendry provided him with an inadequate bullpen. It’s certainly not his…

  22. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    May 17, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Dodgers 1, Padres 0: The Dodgers sweep the West-leading Padres despite being two-hit. Maybe I’m being overly pessimistic, but I’m starting to get the feeling that you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —…

  23. New York high schoolers to start having their pitch counts monitored

    May 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Missed this from yesterday, but file this under good ideas: New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League has agreed to have coaches keep track of pitch counts of high school pitchers, submit them with game results and post them on the league’s Web site. Sure, they had to be threatened by the city council to…

  24. Why would a reliever use "Ring of Fire" for his walk-on music?

    May 14, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Lots of people weighing in on their choice of walkup/coming out of the bullpen music in the earlier thread today. Initial takeaway: man, a lot of you guys like rap metal and 70s guitar bands.  No one wants to walk to the plate listening to The Smiths or The Jesus and Mary Chain? [crickets] Anywhoo,…

  25. FOX may make its Game of the Week to 100% prime time next year

    May 14, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    FOX will air a handful of its Saturday games in prime time this year, and if it works they move the whole shebang into prime time next year, USA Today reports (Stop gawking at Erin Andrews and scroll down to the second story). If they do that, they’re thinking about doing more renationalized games as…

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