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  1. Jeff Francoeur continues to be an awesome human being

    May 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Remember that time Jeff Francoeur signed a baseball, wrapped a $100 bill around it and tossed up to the fans with a message telling them that the pizza was on him?  Yeah, he did it again, this time for beer. Yeah, that’s a great way for people to cut you some slack over a .245/.290/.330…

  2. Rangers get Ryan Spilborghs from Indians for minors depth

    May 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    Triple-A center field prospect Leonys Martin is out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, so the Rangers have acquired Ryan Spilborghs from the Indians to provide some minor-league outfield depth. Spilborghs spent six seasons with the Rockies as a semi-regular, but was non-tendered in December and then failed to win a spot on the Indians’ bench…

  3. Adam Yauch 1964-2012

    May 4, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Adam Yauch

    I don’t care that this isn’t about baseball. If you need it to be, be content with the “And I’ve got mad hits like I was Rod Carew ” line in “Sure Shot.” And that Rod Carew was aware of it. Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of…

  4. Delmon Young returns from week-long suspension, Tigers drop Brad Eldred

    May 4, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young is back from his seven-day suspension and to make room for his return to the roster the Tigers designated Brad Eldred for assignment. Eldred was called up last week after absolutely destroying Triple-A pitching and manager Jim Leyland talked about “running him out there” to see if he could provide some power, but…

  5. So, is there gonna be a rumble in Washington, or what?

    May 4, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    I’ve had a little back and forth with Nats fans on Twitter today over “Natitude” a the whole “Take Back the Park” thing for this weekend’s series against the Phillies. Now, I don’t need to prove to anyone what I think about a certain brand of Phillies fan, so believe me, when I say this,…

  6. Padres’ veteran double play duo Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett “could be released”

    May 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    In trading standout reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels yesterday the Padres picked up a prospect they hope will be their long-term second baseman in Alexi Amarista. He doesn’t project as a star player and for now Amarista is at Triple-A anyway, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the clock may…

  7. Carlos Marmol has lost his job

    May 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Darn. Mere hours after I started a push to get closer implosions called “Marmols,” the new stat’s namesake loses his job.  David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports: Marmol officially informed by Dale Sveum that he is out as Cubs closer. No defined role as of yet. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) May 4, 2012 I guess they…

  8. A’s place Coco Crisp on DL, call up prospect Michael Taylor

    May 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    coco crisp getty

    As expected the A’s have placed Coco Crisp on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection, calling up Michael Taylor from Triple-A to replace him on the roster and in the outfield. Taylor was a top prospect when the A’s acquired him from the Blue Jays via the Phillies in mid-2009, ranking No. 29 on…

  9. Keith Olbermann really doesn’t think that Rivera should have been shagging fly balls

    May 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    marianorivera-920p.standard

    I’m sure Keith Olbermann had written this up in memo form for the Yankees years ago and had planned on sending them to warn them of the dangers of Mariano Rivera shagging fly balls before games. Probably didn’t get there because of some technical problem out of his control: Girardi is right: Shagging flies has…

  10. No, the Mets aren’t calling up their young pitching prospects

    May 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    Mike Pelfrey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery and the Mets’ various options to replace him in the rotation aren’t very appealing, but general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that the team isn’t going to call up any of its top pitching prospects for a short-term fix. Zack Wheeler, who…

  11. Barry Bonds appeals his conviction

    May 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Barry Bonds lawyers filed a 60-page brief yesterday, appealing his obstruction of justice conviction.  The heart of it is basically something we’ve noted here all along: that it’s pretty weird to convict someone for not answering a question when they actually, you know, answered the question: “Any competent English speaker would understand Mr. Bonds’s initial…

  12. Danny Espinosa “nervous” about being demoted to minors

    May 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    Danny Espinosa has been the Nationals’ starting second baseman since late 2010, playing 210 games since then, but a slow start this season has the 25-year-old worried about a demotion to the minors. Espinosa has hit just .182 with a league-leading 32 strikeouts in 24 games, which is abysmal production even for the modest standards…

  13. Sergio Santos aiming to return as Blue Jays closer in two weeks

    May 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Francisco Cordero has struggled as the Blue Jays’ fill-in closer, but he may only have to do the job for another couple weeks. Sergio Santos is scheduled to resume throwing on Tuesday and told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he hopes to return from an inflamed shoulder within 2-3 weeks. Santos has been out since…

  14. Way to kill the “baseball is dead” narrative: local broadcast ratings are up

    May 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    old TV

    I know this will all be ignored the next time a national game of the week gets lower ratings than a broadcast of Aaron Rodgers riding his bicycle or something, but it is probably worth noting that broadcast ratings for baseball are up this year. At least the local ones which, as I’ve argued at length…

  15. The Dodgers and Bobby Abreu have reached a deal

    May 4, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    abreu getty

    Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have signed Bobby Abreu. Since he’s still being paid $9 million this year by Anaheim, I’ll assume this is a minimum dollars deal. If Abreu can flash some of his historically good on base ability, he could be a useful bench bat.  If, however, his current line of .208/.259/.333 is…

  16. Alex Rios is not pleased with Chris Perez’s fist pumps

    May 4, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chris Perez

    Chris Perez came on to get the save in last night’s Indians-White Sox game. He closed it out with a strikeout of A.J. Pierzynski and by inducing a groundout by Alex Rios.  Then, as closers are wont to do, he gesticulated and emoted some, with a few fist pumps and huzzahs.  This did not please…

  17. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the weekend

    May 4, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Tiffany and I taped this before Mariano Rivera got hurt, thus the lack of black armbands and us pouring some out for the man.

  18. His injury is awful, but the Yankees will be OK without Mariano Rivera

    May 4, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Losing Mariano Rivera for the year and possibly forever is horrible for Yankees fans and non-Yankees fans alike. He is easily the best relief pitcher of all time and, as I sit here right now, I am struggling to think of any player in the past 20 years who is as universally respected and admired…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 4, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard struck out 11 men in five innings. At one point he fanned seven in a row. Overall, Pirates pitchers struck out 17 Cardinals. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer. Two weeks ago he was hitting .074. Now he’s at .257 and he’s slugging over .600 on…

  20. If this is the end for Mariano Rivera, it’s a sad day for baseball

    May 4, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    marianorivera-920p.standard

    Mariano Rivera’s career could be over. Think about that for a moment, and let it set in. If that is indeed the case, if the 42-year-old is unable to come back, or unwilling to go through the grueling rehab required to pitch again, then this is truly a sad day for baseball. Rivera was injured…

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