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  1. Jonathan Lucroy: “My wife has been getting hate mail”

    May 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Jonathan Lucroy will undergo surgery tomorrow to insert a pin into his fractured right hand, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the operation won’t change the catcher’s expected recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks. Lucroy also revealed during a radio interview with 1250-WSSP that his wife “has been getting hate mail on her Facebook” page…

  2. A grand jury is investigating “criminal financial misconduct” of the Dodgers and related entities under McCourt

    May 30, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

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    In light of (a) the exorbitant salaries curiously paid via Dodgers charities; (b) the almost total lack of income taxes paid by the McCourts; and (c) the McCourts’ habit of using the Dodgers like a personal piggy bank, complete with huge salaries paid to the McCourt children for do-nothing jobs, one should not be too surprised…

  3. Roy Oswalt thinks he’ll be ready to join the Rangers within a month

    May 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    Roy Oswalt held a conference call with Rangers reporters today and said he expects to be ready to join the rotation after just four minor-league starts, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday at Triple-A. While deciding which team to sign with Oswalt was throwing regularly at his home in Mississippi and feels stretched…

  4. Quote of the Day: why the Mets are doing well

    May 30, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

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    According to Rich Coutinho of CBS New York, it’s … Chemistry in the clubhouse. It can extend winning streaks and snap losing streaks. The Mets have great chemistry, and that’s been been of the biggest reasons New York sits in second place in the competitive NL East. And here I thought it was because of…

  5. Kerry Wood wrote a children’s book

    May 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood has been retired for all of two weeks now and he’s already keeping himself busy promoting a children’s book he co-wrote with MLB.com Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat. Here’s a photo of Muskat holding the book, entitled “All You Can Be: Learning and Growing Through Sports”: Wood describes the book as “a positive…

  6. And now a preview to our pitching matchup of the night

    May 30, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    Yup, there it is. Quite the starting pitching matchup. Mmmhmm: I may say something about this in ATH tomorrow morning. Just so you know. Don’t look at me like that. If you don’t know that I’m that immature by now, you haven’t been reading long.

  7. Juan Rivera nearing return from torn hamstring

    May 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    Juan Rivera was initially expected to miss two months with a torn hamstring suffered on May 9, but the Dodgers outfielder/first baseman is so far ahead of schedule in his recovery that he’s hoping to come off the disabled list this weekend. Rivera has already played two games on a minor-league rehab assignment and told…

  8. Twitter helped George Brett find his lost labradoodle. Yes, that’s a dog.

    May 30, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

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    After learning about TitoSextGate, thank goodness Jon Bois of Baseball Nation can give us a refreshing, uplifting social media success story. It’s about George Brett. And how he got his labradoodle, Charlie, back after he got lost in the rain. Don’t even say it. Yes, it is a slow news day. What do you want?…

  9. Hey, look: Alfonso Soriano is hitting again

    May 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Alfonso Soriano‘s huge contract and disappointing production already made him the target of Cubs fans’ scorn, so when he got off to a slow start this season that only increased along with the perception that his presence was playing a part in top prospect Anthony Rizzo remaining in the minors. But a funny thing happened…

  10. Everything Frank McCourt touches goes bankrupt

    May 30, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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    I saw that the Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm is folding. That’s huge news and the latest indication of just how farkakte the economics of the legal business are.  But I had forgotten who D&L’s most recent high profile client was. Here’s Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times: News has come from back east that the…

  11. Grady Sizemore: “I’m beyond being anxious or frustrated”

    May 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    As recently as three weeks ago Grady Sizemore seemed optimistic about returning from the disabled list in early June, but as has so often been the case with the former star setbacks have squashed those plans. In updating Sizemore’s status yesterday manager Manny Acta admitted that the center fielder is nowhere close to returning from…

  12. Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room robbed; woman found there bound at the wrists

    May 30, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

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    This is … messed up. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Aroldis Chapman‘s hotel room in Pittsburgh was robbed while he was away, presumably at the ballpark or out after the game.  Which, OK, that’s unusual and strange. But what officers found at the scene of the crime is stranger: Officers who were dispatched to the…

  13. Chad Tracy could miss entire season with torn groin muscle

    May 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Chad Tracy pulled up lame while running out a double Saturday, leaving the game in obvious pain, and it turns out the injury was a bad one. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Tracy suffered a torn groin muscle that will require surgery. He’ll miss at least 6-8 weeks and the 32-year-old veteran could be…

  14. Tigers demote longtime regular Ryan Raburn to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Ryan Raburn is 31 years old with 1,632 plate appearances and a .750 OPS in the majors, but a brutal start this season has him back at Triple-A. Detroit decided it had seen enough after Raburn hit just .146 with an ugly 35/8 K/BB ratio in 37 games split between second base and the outfield,…

  15. Terry Francona: master of seduction

    May 30, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

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    This is a pretty darn Deadspin story, but since it comes from Deadspin, I suppose it’s understandable. If it’s not your bag, move along. Upshot: the separated Terry Francona has been sending “sexy” texts to a much younger woman. “Sexy” is in quotes because most people really wouldn’t consider a pic of Terry Francona with…

  16. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper thinks you should shut up about pitch counts

    May 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Chris Sale throwing 115 pitches in his dominant, 15-strikeout start Monday has led to some talk about whether the White Sox were smart to let him stay in the game that long considering it was his ninth career start and came just weeks after temporarily shifting him to the bullpen amid elbow problems. White Sox…

  17. People continue to talk about talking about a David Wright contract extension

    May 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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    David Wright‘s inevitable extension with the Mets: everyone’s talking about it! Mid-April: Andy Martino reports that the Mets want Wright to be the “face of the franchise” and will talk to him about a contract extension this summer; Mid-May: Brian Costa reports that the Mets are planning on offering Wright a contract extension this summer; Last Night:…

  18. Travis Hafner on DL, out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    May 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Hafner will have his knee scoped tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the Indians announced. ========== Travis Hafner has missed the past six games with a sore right knee and this morning the Indians placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Scott Barnes from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.…

  19. Austin Jackson is going to be out longer than expected

    May 30, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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    Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is eligible to come off the DL this Friday, but it ain’t gonna happen: While Jackson remains in Detroit rehabbing with physical therapist Steve Scher, he isn’t ready for baseball activities and won’t do any until the Tigers return home and have their medical staff re-evaluate him Friday. That’s also…

  20. Wladimir Balentien gets in trouble for in-game tweeting

    May 30, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

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    Former Mariner and Red Wladimir Balentien has 12 homers in only 45 games for the Yakult Swallows. But after a fast start that gave him those power numbers, he has slumped, going homerless in 50 straight at bats and seeing his average drop over a 100 points. So he tweeted about it, the other night.…

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