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  1. By run differential, the Centrals reign supreme

    May 20, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    As of Monday afternoon, the Rangers and Cardinals have baseball’s best records. Not entirely coincidentally  they also have the best run differentials of any team in baseball. The Rangers have scored 212 runs and let in 158, putting them at +54. The Cardinals have scored 201 runs and allowed a major league-low 150, which works out…

  2. Report: Brewers offer rising star Jean Segura a long-term deal

    May 14, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jean Segura

    With their shortstop’s price tag likely increasing by the day, the Brewers have pitched Jean Segura and agent Joe Klein a long-term deal that could take the 23-year-old through his arbitration years and into free agency. Segura, named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday, is batting .368/.412/.588 with six homers and 13 steals…

  3. MLB won’t approve pink-label MaxBats on Mother’s Day

    May 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    from @MaxBatBaseball

    It seems Louisville Slugger has a monopoly on the pink labels for Mother’s Day bats permitted by MLB. The Orioles’ Nick Markakis, the Nationals’ Jayson Werth and the Twins’ Trevor Plouffe were among the players informed by the league Friday that they won’t be able to use their custom label MaxBats on Sunday. Of course,…

  4. The Orioles want Alexi Casilla to give up switch-hitting

    May 10, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Alexi Casilla

    Infielder Alexi Casilla is hitting .200/.222/.257 in 35 at-bats for the Orioles this season after coming in at .241/.282/.321 in 299 at-bats for the Twins last year. Hence, the Orioles think it’s time for him to try something new. In this case, they believe the natural right-handed hitter should give up switch-hitting. The interesting thing…

  5. Baseball America thinks the White Sox target only ‘athletic’ outfielders

    May 10, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

    Baseball America

    I have some sympathy for anyone asked to do an MLB mock draft. Football and basketball are difficult enough, but baseball adds layers of extra complexity with the high school-college mix, signability issues, metal bats and so much else fouling in the mix. In a baseball mock draft, one might have a good idea of…

  6. Curt Schilling talks PEDs, CHBs and SPFs

    May 10, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    Curt Schilling tackled a couple of hot topics on WEEI radio Friday: the David Ortiz-Dan Shaughnessy PED controversy and the Clay Buchholz ball-sliming scandal. On the David Ortiz matter, Schilling backs his former teammate and knocks Shaughnessy for once again trying to insert himself into the news. “Because it’s as important for him to be…

  7. Angels protest Astros’ illegal switch, win game anyway

    May 10, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros

    Here’s a new one: with the Angels batting with two on and two out in the seventh inning Thursday, the Astros went to bring in left-hander Wesley Wright to face left-hander J.B. Shuck. The Angels promptly countered with right-handed hitting Luis Jimenez. And then the Astros suddenly countered with right-hander Hector Ambriz. If that sounds…

  8. Nick Hundley slams suspended teammate Yasmani Grandal

    May 9, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    We tend to praise those veterans who take youngsters under their wings. Especially when that youngster is gunning for the veteran’s own job. Padres catcher Nick Hundley isn’t going that route, though. Maybe he would have under different circumstances. Say if the youngster replacing him wasn’t a big, ol’ cheater. Asked Wednesday about the Padres’…

  9. Heath Bell turns to mom for help after save

    May 9, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    Heath Bell, Wil Nieves

    Arizona’s Heath Bell escaped Skip Schumaker‘s leadoff double to earn a save, his second in two nights, in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Dodgers. Afterwards, he had a little heart to heart with mom: #Dbacks closer Heath Bell talked to his mom postgame and she told him that #Dodgers Schumaker owns him. Schumaker doubled to…

  10. 28-year-old woman chokes on hot dog at Cubs game, dies

    May 9, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Maureen Oleskiewicz - NBCChicago

    Maureen Oleskiewicz died Tuesday morning at Illinois Masonic Hospital after choking on a hot dog at Wrigley Field prior to Sunday’s Reds-Cubs game, NBCChicago.com reports. The 28-year-old junior high school teacher lost consciousness and fell into the row in front of her during the national anthem Sunday. Her brother, who attended the game with her,…

  11. Craig Kimbrel gives up back-to-back homers in loss to Reds

    May 7, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel took his third blown save, matching his total from 2012, and his first loss after giving up back-to-back homers to Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo in the Reds’ 5-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday. They were the second and third homers surrendered by Kimbrel in 14 1/3 innings this year.…

  12. Chipper Jones thinks Troy Tulowitzki belongs at third base

    May 7, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Chipper Jones, who knows a little bit about moving from shortstop to third base, thinks it’s time for Troy Tulowitzki to make the move. At least that’s what he tweeted last night in defense of his selecting former teammate Andrelton Simmons as the NL’s best shortstop. Y’all are watching the best all around shortstop in…

  13. Ryan Westmoreland is going back to school, hopes to return to field

    May 7, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

    ryan westmoreland

    Former Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland, who retired from baseball at age 22 this spring after a pair of brain surgeries, still hopes there’s some baseball in his future. The native of Rhode Island sat down with the Newport Daily News to talk about his future recently: “I’ve been working out a lot, and if…

  14. By the way, the Red Sox still think the Blue Jays are cheaters, too

    May 3, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Toronto Maple Leafs

    While Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris have chimed in, none of this “Clay Buchholz is cheating” talk is coming from Blue Jays players or management. And it probably won’t. The Blue Jays don’t want to go accusing someone of cheating and then have their own dirty laundry aired. The Red Sox, for instance, still seem…

  15. Clay Buchholz denies claims that he was doctoring baseball

    May 2, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Former big-league pitcher turned author Dick Hayhurst, who currently does some radio work for the Blue Jays, accused Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz of doctoring the baseball in last night’s win in Toronto. Forget the hair, I just saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick’em painted up his left…

  16. Rays-Royals get rained out with Royals up 1-0 in fourth

    May 2, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    The Royals tried to sneak one in during a miserable day in Kansas City on Thursday, but they couldn’t make an official game of it. Play was halted after 3 1/2 innings with the Royals up 1-0 on the Rays, and the game was later postponed, with no makeup date announced. Today was the last…

  17. Casey McGehee, Hector Luna tearing up the Japanese Leagues

    May 2, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    A month into NPB play, the leading hitters in both the Central and Pacific Leagues are former major leaguers playing in Japan for the first time. Here are some early numbers: Central League – Hitting Hector Luna: .402/.462/.624, 3 HR in 117 AB Matt Murton: .362/.400/.474, 2 HR in 116 AB Tony Blanco: .346/.423/.841, 16…

  18. UPDATE: Cameraman revived after heart attack passes away at hospital

    May 1, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    Lee Kuntz - PBATS.com

    Despite the intervention of two Nationals trainers, an Atlanta-based cameraman who suffered a heart attack in a media room at Turner Field passed away Wednesday evening. Reuben Porras, 61, died at the hospital after initially being revived by Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz and assistant strength and conditioning coach John Hsu at the ballpark. CSNWashington.com’s Mark…

  19. Lance Lynn opens 5-0 for second straight season

    May 1, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn beat the Reds on Wednesday to become the NL’s first five-game winner this year. In so doing, he started a second straight season 5-0. The 25-year-old Lynn is the fifth pitcher in 2000 to start back-to-back seasons 5-0. Pedro Martinez actually did it three straight years: Martinez: 5-0 in 2000, 6-0…

  20. April leaders: MLB’s best after one month

    May 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Touring a handful of first-month leaderboards, with Matt Harvey leading the way.

  21. Seth Smith is bummed he didn’t get to pitch the 21st inning Monday night

    Apr 30, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Seth Smith

    The A’s got through 19 innings using eight pitchers Monday against the Angels and they would have kept Jerry Blevins in for the 20th if not for Brandon Moss‘s walkoff shot. Had it gone to the 21st, it was going to be Seth Smith’s game. “It was bittersweet when Moss hit the home run because…

  22. Braves place Luis Ayala on DL with anxiety disorder

    Apr 30, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Braves on Tuesday due to anxiety disorder, the team announced. The news comes straight out of left field, given that Ayala has spent nine years in the big leagues without any public hint of previous problems. However, he is on a…

  23. Following four-game sweep, Astros send Brad Peacock to pen

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Brad Peacock

    Forced to try something new with their starters putting way too much pressure on their bullpen, the Astros dropped Brad Peacock from the rotation on Monday. No replacement was immediately announced by the team, which lost four straight in Boston this weekend to drop to 7-18. Peacock, who was part of the Jed Lowrie-Chris Carter…

  24. For first time ever, Jason Bay is a leadoff man

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Facing a lefty in Anaheim’s C.J. Wilson on Friday, the Mariners have Jason Bay leading off for the first time in his career. With Franklin Gutierrez sidelined, Endy Chavez had been leading off for the Mariners of late, but he’s only an option there against righties. Bay, who is hitting .220 overall, is 4-for-14 with…

  25. Tigers intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur in 10th, lose 8-3 to Royals

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    It wasn’t the worst call of Jim Leyland’s life. It may not have even been the worst call he made today. But  Leyland opened the floodgates for a five-run 10th inning when he intentionally walked Jeff Francoeur in the 10th inning Thursday against the Royals. It was a 3-3 game at the time, but the…

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