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  1. Pirates fans attack a PNC park security guard and police officer; guard loses a finger

    May 16, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

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    Every time some bad fan behavior happens in Philly, someone says “hey, why don’t you ever mention it when some other fans go nuts?” Well, fine. But I’m keeping it in Pennsylvania: A Pirates security supervisor lost his finger and a Pittsburgh police officer was hurt when a woman’s refusal to leave PNC Park this…

  2. Brett Lawrie’s suspension is ridiculously light

    May 16, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Brett Lawrie

    No matter the circumstances, no major league umpire should ever feel unsafe on the field. MLB simply didn’t do enough to protect its men in blue Wednesday by handing Brett Lawrie a mere four-game suspension for his outburst in Tuesday’s game. Lawrie’s helmet spike was no mere accident. I’m certainly not going to argue that…

  3. Brett Lawrie suspended for four games for his helmet toss

    May 16, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Just got the press release from MLB: Third baseman Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions toward Umpire Bill Miller, which included throwing his helmet in Miller’s vicinity, during the bottom of the ninth inning of last night’s game against the Tampa…

  4. The Death Cab for Cutie guy really hates Yankee Stadium

    May 16, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

    Death Cab For Cutie In Concert

    Rolling Stone asked a bunch of rock stars what their favorite ballparks are.  There are a lot of good answers. Two of the best come from Alice Cooper and George Thorogood, mostly because it shows you just how damn old they are. Cooper says “Briggs Stadium,” was his favorite. Thorogood says Connie Mack Park. The…

  5. Olney: the Red Sox are “headed down that path” to trade Kevin Youkilis

    May 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Buster Olney was on WEEI radio this afternoon and, based on his conversations with some anonymous executives, he thinks the Red Sox and Kevin Youkilis will part ways this summer: “I’ve talked with a number of executives at other teams this week, because this looks like it’s headed down that path.” … Olney said that other…

  6. Pirates demote starting left fielder Alex Presley to Triple-A

    May 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Alex Presley forced his way into the Pirates’ plans by hitting .298 with an .804 OPS in 52 games as a 25-year-old rookie last season and entered this year as the starting left fielder and Opening Day leadoff man. Six weeks later Presley is headed back to Triple-A after hitting just .220 with a .551…

  7. Interleague play starts this weekend, as does the puffery regarding its attendance impact

    May 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    Just got the press release from MLB announcing the beginning of interleague play this weekend. As usual, the league touts the attendance boost it brings: Interleague Play drew 8,468,620 fans in 2011, averaging 33,606 fans per game.  The average 2011 Interleague attendance was 12.1 percent higher than the season’s final intraleague average of 29,985.  Since…

  8. Banged-up Dodgers have a very ugly lineup tonight

    May 16, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Matt Kemp, Juan Rivera, Juan Uribe, and Jerry Hairston Jr. are on the disabled list and A.J. Ellis, James Loney, Dee Gordon, and Mark Ellis are getting the night off, so the Dodgers’ lineup versus left-hander Clayton Richard and the Padres is really, really ugly: 1. Tony Gwynn Jr., CF 2. Elian Herrera, 2B 3.…

  9. The Citi Field All-Star Game is officially announced. Finally. Officially. And officially. Finally!

    May 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Fred WIlpon, Michael Bloomberg, Bud Selig,

    I suppose that headline is somewhat redundant, but when the same thing has been reported for a year or so, I feel it necessary to put as much finality on it as possible. Anyway, here’s Bud: “As we celebrate the franchise’s golden anniversary this year, I am pleased to award the 2013 All-Star Game to…

  10. Orlando Hudson is suddenly a triples machine at age 34

    May 16, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    While looking over some of the league leaders just now I stumbled across this odd stat: Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson has an MLB-high five triples in 34 games. And he has zero doubles. Not surprisingly all five of Hudson’s triples have come in spacious Petco Park, but here’s the weird thing: Last season, playing…

  11. Meanwhile, at the riveting Roger Clemens trial

    May 16, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    Remember how a juror fell asleep at the Roger Clemens trial last week?  Yeah, happened again: Walton then warned the remaining 15 jurors and alternates: “Stay alert. We don’t want to lose anybody else.” But another juror, a young woman who works as a cashier at a supermarket, failed to heed that warning. She nodded…

  12. Orioles’ investment in Wei-Yin Chen is paying off early

    May 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Wei-Yin Chen

    In an effort to boost a rotation that had MLB’s worst ERA last season the Orioles brought in a pair of starters who’d thrived in Japan, signing Wei-Yin Chen for $11.3 million and Tsuyoshi Wada for $8.15 million. Wada experienced elbow problems early in spring training and will miss the entire season following Tommy John…

  13. Stay classy, Rob Dibble

    May 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

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    Rob Dibble famously told Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” after his elbow ligament exploded, and then got fired for it, and now it seems that Dibble has something of a vendetta against Strasburg. Example: his comments re: the Icy Hot affair from yesterday: Wow, I guess you can’t be human, it was the hot…

  14. Terry Collins: Jason Bay will “absolutely” be a starter when he returns from DL

    May 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Jason Bay

    Left field fill-in Kirk Nieuwenhuis has played so well that there’s been some speculation about Jason Bay returning from the disabled list as a part-time player, but Mets manager Terry Collins squashed that talk. Collins told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that Bay will “absolutely” be a starter once he’s healthy because…

  15. Vladimir Guerrero reports to Blue Jays, will work in minors

    May 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero‘s comeback is officially underway, as the former MVP reported to the Blue Jays’ minor-league complex in Florida yesterday after signing a minor-league contract last week. When asked how Guerrero fits into the Blue Jays’ plans general manager Alex Anthopoulos made it very clear that they view the 37-year-old as a low-cost flier who…

  16. Joe Torre doesn’t think Brett Lawrie was trying to hit the ump

    May 16, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie is still going to get suspended, it seems, but any of you who were saying this was or should be a Delmon Young/bat toss situation are going to be disappointed because, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com, Joe Torre acknowledges that Lawrie was not trying to hit the ump with his helmet on purpose:…

  17. Royals promote top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Triple-A

    May 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Wil Myers

    Kansas City’s next wave of young talent is now just one step from the majors, as the Royals promoted top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi from Double-A to Triple-A. Myers struggled at Double-A last season, hitting just .253 with eight homers in 99 games, but the outfielder still ranked 28th on Baseball America‘s annual…

  18. Michael Young: statistical visionary

    May 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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    Michael Young hasn’t hit well lately, but he does not believe he’s in a slump, per se: “I’ve never really bought into the idea of slumps,” Young said. “There are going to be times you just don’t get the results that you want in this game. It’s just the nature of the big leagues. But…

  19. Sore elbow sends Phillies starter Vance Worley to DL

    May 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Vance Worley

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Vance Worley wouldn’t be making his scheduled start today because of a sore elbow and now they’ve placed him on the disabled list with inflammation. Kyle Kendrick will step into Worley’s rotation spot beginning tonight versus the Cubs and the Phillies called up left-handed reliever Joe Savery to take his…

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