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  1. Giants looking for infield help, could target Padres castoff Orlando Hudson

    May 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Yesterday when the Padres released Orlando Hudson my post about the move wondered if the Giants would be interested in the veteran second baseman now that he was available on the cheap. We’ll soon find out for sure, but in the meantime Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com writes to “expect the Giants to take a hard…

  2. Quote of the Day: Some meta-bloggy things

    May 18, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Meta

    As always, give this one a pass if you don’t care about the navel-gazing stuff about blogging (and a bit of politics, but not directly), but I find it fascinating, so whatever. And yes, this rambles a bit, but I think I get to a point that is useful for our purposes. This quote came from…

  3. Before blowing out his elbow Kerry Wood threw a ton of pitches as a 21-year-old rookie

    May 18, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    People have been writing about Kerry Wood‘s rookie pitch counts for more than a decade now, so I’m not exactly breaking new ground here, but now that he’s retiring it’s worth noting again just how hard the Cubs and then-manager Jim Riggleman worked their 21-year-old phenom in 1998. Wood made a total of 26 starts…

  4. There are lots of Roy Oswalt rumblings today but … beware

    May 18, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Lots of Roy Oswalt stuff today: Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Oswalt threw for the Phillies and Red Sox recently. He says Oswalt is throwing for two other teams — mystery teams! — too.  Jon Heyman is saying that Oswalt expects to be back in the bigs within a month.  His CBS colleague Scott Miller…

  5. Cardinals fear Kyle McClellan’s elbow injury may be serious

    May 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Kyle McClellan left last night’s game with elbow soreness and admitted afterward that he’s been pitching with pain for several weeks now. McClellan, who underwent Tommy John surgery as a minor leaguer in 2006, told Rick Eymer of MLB.com: “The pain is somewhat similar to when I did it in the minors, but that was…

  6. 4.3% of major leaguers have four-year degrees

    May 18, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Back to school

    Interesting factoid in Jon Paul Morosi’s column today: As of Wednesday morning, 917 players had appeared in at least one big-league game this season, according to STATS LLC. Of that group, only 39 — or 4.3 percent — were confirmed by their teams of MLB as having obtained four-year college degrees through a FOXSports.com survey…

  7. How far is Albert Pujols behind his usual home run pace?

    May 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Jeff Mathis

    Albert Pujols is finally showing some signs of life for the Angels, homering in back-to-back games after going deep just once through his first 36 games. He’s still hitting just .214 with a .248 on-base percentage and .325 slugging percentage overall and obviously three homers in 39 total team games is shockingly little power for…

  8. UPDATE: Charlie Manuel suspended for a game

    May 18, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    UPDATE: I think I got that wrong. USA Today is reporting that Manuel was suspended for a run-in with C.B. Bucknor, not the Bob Davidson thing.  I had the dates wrong and made a bad assumption. Apologies. 12:03 PM: One step forward, two steps back.  While Bob Davidson was suspended for his run-in with Charlie…

  9. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto needs knee surgery

    May 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    If Kerry Wood makes one final appearance at Wrigley Field before announcing his retirement he won’t be throwing to Geovany Soto, as the Cubs catcher has been diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and needs arthroscopic surgery that will sideline him for at least three weeks. Manager Dale Sveum told Paul…

  10. BRAVO! Umpire Bob Davidson suspended for a game, MLB announces it loud and clear

    May 18, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Bob Davidson, the umpire with the absolute worst temperament in the game of baseball, has been suspended for a game by Major League Baseball. Why? For poor “situation handling.” Umpire Bob Davidson has received a one-game suspension for his repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling, Major League Baseball announced…

  11. Rays turn to Alex Cobb, not Wade Davis, as Jeff Niemann’s rotation replacement

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    Jeff Niemann is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured right leg, but rather than shift Wade Davis back to the rotation the Rays are turning to Alex Cobb as the fill-in. No official announcement has been made yet, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Cobb will pitch in Niemann’s place tomorrow…

  12. Great Moments in Blogging: Middle School Career Day

    May 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    career day

    Reason for the light schedule from me this morning: I spoke at a career day at a middle school.  Check out that pic: that title is how the kids in that room knew I wasn’t Murray Chass. Not gonna lie: it was kind of fun. I’ve long held that Jr. high school kids should be…

  13. Hot-hitting Allen Craig headed for DL with hamstring injury

    May 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig can’t catch a break. He missed the first six weeks of the season following November knee surgery, returned to the lineup on fire by hitting .404 with a 1.284 OPS in 12 games … and is now headed back to the disabled list. Craig strained his hamstring during Wednesday’s game and Joe Strauss…

  14. Kerry Wood to announce retirement, but may pitch one last time at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood has struggled since returning from a disabled list stint two weeks ago, allowing five runs in six innings following a month off because of a shoulder injury, and now the one-time phenom turned quality setup man has decided to call it a career at age 34. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that…

  15. Whitey Herzog rips the expanded playoffs, admits he tanked games for draft position

    May 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Whitey Herzog

    Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog spoke to a group of folks yesterday and when he did so he ripped Bud Selig and the expanded playoffs: “Look at what baseball has become, with interleague play and unbalanced schedules,” said Herzog, who led seven teams to the playoffs and had two others finish second … So now the…

  16. HBT Extra: Interleague weekend

    May 18, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Tiffany and I take a look ahead to the first interleague weekend of 2012.  Watch as I claim that Bruce Chen is better than Stephen Strasburg and see if Tiffany takes the bait!

  17. Brandon McCarthy on his argument with the ump yesterday: “I was being an a**hole”

    May 18, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy

    As mentioned in ATH this morning, Brandon McCarthy got boned on a call and had a big argument with umpire Laz Diaz about it which led to his manager’s ejection.  That even forms the basis of the first post on his new blog, which looks like it’s going to be a place for some rare and…

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

    May 18, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 7, Marlins 0: Brandon Beachy: the best pitcher you haven’t heard of. He shuts out the Marlins on five hits and ups his record to 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Giants 7, Cardinals 5: Bad Cardinal defense and a little more offense than usual gave the Giants some runs on a day when Matt…

  19. Mets fan arrested for trespassing … for moving to a better seat

    May 17, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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    My friends and I call it “trading up.” You’ve done it before. Don’t lie.  A little late in a game. House only half full. You move down to better seats. No harm, no foul. Unless you’re in Citi Field, where it’s a criminal trespassing beef. Via It’s Always Sunny in Detroit, we get this report…

  20. Michael Morse could be back with the Nationals at the start of June

    May 17, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Here’s some rare good news for the Nationals on the injury front. The original goal was for Michael Morse to be ready to return from his torn right lat on June 8 so he could be eased back into the lineup as the designated hitter during interleague play, but Nationals manager Davey Johnson told Mark…

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