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  1. Of course you want to see Pete Rose in a one-man show at an Indiana casino

    May 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Pete Rose jacket

    “Honey, I’ve narrowed down our options for the weekend getaway.” “Let’s hear it, dear.” “Well, we could go to the Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas and see that big Elton John show, or we could go to that casino in Florence, Indiana and see Pete Rose talk about his life.” “What are we waiting…

  2. Chris Young doubles twice on rehab assignment, nears return to Diamondbacks

    May 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young is close to coming off the disabled list after doubling twice in a minor-league rehab game yesterday at Single-A. It was Young’s second rehab outing and he’s expected to play one more game for Visalia before moving his assignment to Triple-A. From there a return to the Diamondbacks could happen…

  3. This Day in History: Ty Cobb beat the hell out of a fan

    May 16, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

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    Via BTF, we are reminded that today is the 96th anniversary of Ty Cobb doing something which, if today’s Hall of Fame voters are to be believed, wasn’t as bad as taking some HGH: he beat the hell out of a fan: My favorite part came right afterward. It seems that AL President Ban Johnson…

  4. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon explains what it takes to close

    May 16, 2012, 9:32 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jonathan Papelbon was relaxed after yesterday’s game and spoke with Rob Bradford of WEEI.  Specifically, he talked about the fine art of closing: And what about the idea of former bullpen-mate Alfredo Aceves taking up his former closers role with the Sox? “I think he definitely can [be a closer]. He’s got [expletives] of steel,”…

  5. Terry Collins makes the unwritten rules even more complicated than they already were

    May 16, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Terry Collins

    Here’s an interesting philosophical question: if you get into one of those unwritten rules, Old School situations in which the other guy’s big star gets drilled and, you can expect, your big guy is going to get hit in retaliation, are you obligated to make your big guy bat and take that lump? Terry Collins…

  6. Brett Lawrie freaks out, throws helmet at ump

    May 16, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Hey Brett Lawrie, what did you think of that called third strike? Oh. Really? Yeah, I’m guessing you’re going to get suspended, son. Yes, the ump made two bad calls during that at bat — check out the plots of pitches 5 and 6 here — but worse calls are made every day and that’s…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying…

  8. Angels fire hitting coach Mickey Hatcher

    May 15, 2012, 11:06 PM EST

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    From beat writer Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels fired longtime hitting coach Mickey Hatcher late Tuesday night. Triple-A Salt Lake hitting instructor Jim Eppard has been promoted to serve as Hatcher’s replacement. The news comes with odd timing considering the Halos beat the A’s 4-0 on Tuesday in Anaheim, but this decision runs…

  9. Marlins don’t plan on moving in fences at new ballpark

    May 15, 2012, 10:32 PM EST

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    Marlins Park features some of the largest outfield dimensions in the major leagues and has already held in a number of shots off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, among other big-league sluggers, that would have been home runs in other stadiums. But the Fish aren’t tempted to make any changes. Here’s Marlins president David Samson,…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes (hand) cleared for most baseball activities

    May 15, 2012, 9:17 PM EST

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    A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is making steady progress from the strained muscle in his left hand. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced on Tuesday evening that Cespedes has been cleared for “all baseball activity” expect hitting. That means he’s playing catch, shagging balls and running. And should…

  11. Troy Tulowitzki in Rockies’ lineup Tuesday despite leaving Monday’s game with leg bruise

    May 15, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

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    From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes the photo below of the Rockies’ lineup card for Tuesday’s game against the Giants. It includes shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was pulled in the eighth inning Monday night after getting struck in the leg with a foul ball off the bat of teammate Dexter Fowler. Tulo is…

  12. Beleaguered Josh Beckett combines on shutout of Mariners

    May 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett‘s critics will have to stand down for a few days: the occasional golfer and devourer of fried chicken blanked the Mariners for seven innings and struck out nine in Boston’s 5-0 victory Tuesday. It was actually Beckett’s fifth quality start in seven tries this season. His other two outings were pretty spectacularly bad…

  13. Chad Billingsley needs to have a good sinker tonight

    May 15, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Chad Billingsley

    That’s because Andre Ethier is making his first career start in center field for the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks and southpaw Wade Miley. Manager Don Mattingly indicated last night that Ethier would make a limited number of starts in center with Matt Kemp out. Tony Gwynn Jr. will play there against righties, but shifting Ethier…

  14. Josh Hamilton joins twitter

    May 15, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton hits his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Sick of imposters posing as him, Josh Hamilton has joined twitter (@thejoshhamilton), Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Hamilton already has 30,000 followers in about 24 hours, even though his account has yet to be verified. He did confirm that it was his, though. He said it would be managed by his representatives, but that he…

  15. Vance Worley scratched due to sore elbow

    May 15, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    Vance Worley

    The Phillies will have to find themselves a new starter for Wednesday’s game. Vance Worley was scratched because of a sore right elbow, it was revealed Tuesday afternoon. A replacement wasn’t announced, but Kyle Kendrick is expected to get the ball. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that Joe Savery is likely to join the Phillies and…

  16. Jose Valverde exits Tigers game with lower back tightness

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers asked Jose Valverde to finish a 10-6 game against the White Sox on Thursday, but he was forced to leave with two outs due to lower back tightness. Valverde retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to Paul Konerko and a double to A.J. Pierzynski. He left mid-at-bat…

  17. Sounds like someone put Icy-Hot in Stephen Strasburg’s jock

    May 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    No, that’s not some metaphor. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com tweets from Davey Johnson’s postgame presser: As if 1st inn wasn’t strange enough for Strasburg, Davey also said he got “hot stuff in the wrong place.” Strasburg wouldn’t talk about it. — Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 15, 2012 The insinuation from Davey: Somebody put something like…

  18. Kevin Youkilis to begin rehab stint tomorrow at Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Kevin Youkilis‘ minor-league rehab assignment will start tomorrow at Triple-A, according to Joseph McDonald of ESPN Boston. Youkilis, who’s been out since April 27 with a back injury and struggled before being shut down, is scheduled to be in Pawtucket’s lineup at designated hitter and get three at-bats. Barring a setback he’ll then play defense…

  19. The Athletics announce Manny Ramirez will debut on May 30

    May 15, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    We talked about his return this morning, but this afternoon the A’s put an exact date on it: Manny Ramirez will debut on May 30 against the Twins in Minnesota. That’s the first day he’s eligible to come back, so the A’s obviously think he’s ready. Word is that he’ll hit either fourth or fifth…

  20. Twins activating Justin Morneau from DL, demote Chris Parmelee to Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau‘s injured wrist must have felt pretty good after his batting practice session, because the Twins announced that he’ll be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow night’s game. To clear room on the roster Minnesota demoted Chris Parmelee to Triple-A after the 24-year-old first baseman struggled when asked to jump from Double-A to…

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