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  1. Ryan Dempster leads baseball with a 1.02 ERA … and has zero wins

    May 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Ryan Dempster threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Braves last night, which actually raised his MLB-leading ERA to 1.02. He’s gone at least 6.2 innings in all five of his starts, allowing 1, 2, 0, 0, and 1 earned runs … and has zero wins to show for it. Hopefully most HBT readers…

  2. Grady Sizemore hoping to return “some time in June”

    May 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Grady Sizemore has made enough progress in his recovery from back surgery that he participated in running and agility drills yesterday at Progressive Field, telling reporters afterward that he’s aiming to come off the disabled list “some time in June.” Because he’s on the 60-day disabled list Sizemore isn’t even eligible to return until June…

  3. Charley Pride was a ballplayer. Who (under 50) knew?

    May 9, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers minority owner and country music recording artist Charley Pride sings the national anthem before the Rangers met the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    If you’re a certain age you never heard of Charley Pride. If you’re a bit older than a certain age (i.e. my age) you know him as one of the guys who sold Greatest Hits albums via mail order and made those commercials for them in which they sat on a stool and sang while…

  4. Twins reliever Jared Burton has thrown 10.2 consecutive no-hit innings

    May 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jared Burton

    Jared Burton served up a pair of homers in his Twins debut on April 7 and allowed a run two appearances later, but since then he’s been unhittable. Literally. Burton pitched a 1-2-3 inning last night against the Angels, giving him 10.2 consecutive no-hit innings dating back to April 13. During that time batters are…

  5. The evidence against Roger Clemens continues to be underwhelming

    May 9, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The Roger Clemens trial got entertaining yesterday as ex-steroids dealer Kirk Radomski — made famous in the Mitchell Report — took the stand. He was fun at least. Lively. Animated. Entertaining even, for a jury that has been mostly bored to tears.  The problem, though, is that the big piece of evidence he provided isn’t…

  6. X-rays on Yadier Molina’s hand injury come back “clean”

    May 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Yadier Molina and Mitchell Boggs got crossed up a pitch last night, with the reliever throwing a fastball when the catcher was expecting a slider. The end result was Molina taking a mid-90s fastball off his hand, which caused the always tough catcher to leave the game, but according to manager Mike Matheny an X-ray…

  7. Michael Pineda’s doctor told him he’d be 100% for spring training? Really?

    May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Yankees pitcher Micheal Pineda got the worst possible diagnosis a couple of weeks ago when he learned he tore his labrum. But despite the fact that it has sometimes taken guys two years to truly come back from that — and has ended many more careers — Pineda told WFAN today that his doctor thinks…

  8. Desmond Jennings out of Rays lineup with sprained knee

    May 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Desmond Jennings

    Desmond Jennings left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and an MRI exam showed a sprain, so the Rays left fielder remained out of the starting lineup versus the Yankees last night. Jennings told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that the injury “feels better than it did” and “I can live with what it is.” He…

  9. In case you hadn’t noticed, Josh Hamilton is having himself a nice year

    May 9, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton’s four-homer game last night puts him here as of this morning: .406/.458/.840 with 14 homers and 36 RBI. That places him well ahead of everyone in all three triple-crown categories and — close your ears, stats people — on pace to break the single-season home run record and RBI record, all while matching…

  10. Don Mattingly willingly takes the bat out of Matt Kemp’s hands

    May 9, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves

    Look, I’m not saying I would be a better manager than Don Mattingly. I know I wouldn’t be. I’d screw up every single double switch, I’d forget to warm up guys in the bullpen, I’d drop F-bombs on my local radio show and the first time my clubhouse got a little out of control I’d…

  11. Billy Butler improves from “portly” to “lumbering” overnight

    May 9, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    I wish I had taken a screen cap of it last night, but believe me, the first version of the AP game story from the Red Sox-Royals game called Billy Butler “the Royals’ portly designated hitter.”  Sometime overnight it was amended: The lumbering designated hitter’s three-run shot in the eighth inning Tuesday night boosted the…

  12. Kerry Wood throws his glove into the stands, gets all surly when asked about it

    May 9, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    What is it with Cubs pitchers getting all surly after getting roughed up the Braves?  Last year Carlos Zambrano kicked off a mini Operation Shutdown after Atlanta torched him. Last night Kerry Wood walked two Braves and gave up two more and the lead. Then he had himself a little hissy fit.  Patrick Mooney of…

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

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

  14. So that’s why no one wanted Francisco Cordero this winter

    May 9, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Brandon Inge has gone from castoff to hero in record time, as a walkoff grand slam gave him his second straight four-RBI game Tuesday in Oakland’s 7-3 win over Toronto. The slam came off Francisco Cordero, who quickly blew his third save in a row by giving up a double, a sac bunt and an…

  15. Ex-Twins prospect Dan Osterbrock has angry words for team

    May 8, 2012, 11:02 PM EDT

    Dan Osterbrock

    Dan Osterbrock was never viewed as a big-time prospect, but he did make a bit of a name for himself with the Twins. After being drafted in the seventh round in 2008, he pitched 75 innings in Rookie ball with an incredible 104/8 K/BB ratio. In 2010, he went 7-8 with a 2.73 ERA and…

  16. MLB teams already looking for loopholes in CBA

    May 8, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Michael Ynoa

    Baseball America’s Ben Badler has an awfully interesting article up on how teams are already (and how they still might) look to exploit grey areas in the CBA in order to sign international prospects. Starting on July 2, teams will be limited to spending $2.9 million in bonuses to international free agents through the next…

  17. Josh Hamilton registers 16th four-homer game in MLB history

    May 8, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is historically hot. The 30-year-old impending free agent outfielder hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, a double in the fifth, a two-run homer in the seventh and yet another two-run blast in the eighth as Texas rolled to a 10-3 victory over the…

  18. Will Middlebrooks pulled from game with hamstring tightness

    May 8, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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    From Tim Britton of the Providence Journal comes word that Red Sox rookie Will Middlebrooks had to be lifted from Tuesday’s game against the Royals after experiencing left hamstring tightness while running the bases in the second inning. Middlebrooks finished the evening 1-for-1 with a double and is now batting .409 with a 1.435 OPS…

  19. Mets place Josh Thole on 7-day concussion disabled list

    May 8, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Mets placed catcher Josh Thole on MLB’s new 7-day disabled list Tuesday evening following his collision at home plate Monday with the Phillies’ Ty Wigginton. Thole must either return in seven days or be disabled for an additional week. Veteran Rob Johnson was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding roster move to provide…

  20. Alex Avila out “at least” two games with knee soreness

    May 8, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

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    Tigers catcher Alex Avila limped through last year’s postseason, batting just .073/.116/.146 in 44 plate appearances while dealing with left patella tendinitis. He got over the issue this winter and has enjoyed a decent start (.250/.333/.463 in 23 games) to the 2012 campaign. But that knee tendinitis is back. According to Tom Gage of the…

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