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  1. Buster Posey’s surgically repaired ankle is “a little cranky”

    May 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' Posey waits for the ball during their spring training game against Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale

    Buster Posey got Sunday off because, as manager Bruce Bochy put it, the catcher’s surgically repaired left ankle is “just a little cranky.” “It’s not bad, but it’s to the point he needs a day,” Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. “I think this is the best thing in the long run.” Posey has played…

  2. Magic Johnson: hands-on owner

    May 14, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Given his struggles in May, it seems like Matt Kemp‘s hamstring is bugging him. Which makes his bravado from yesterday in which he said there’s no way he’s hitting the disabled list a bit troubling.  With the team doing well, now would be a great time for him to take a break, get healthy and…

  3. Red Sox place Darnell McDonald on DL with oblique injury

    May 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Darnell McDonald

    Darnell McDonald is the latest injured Red Sox outfielder, joining Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Jason Repko, and Ryan Kalish on the disabled list with an oblique strain. McDonald took the mound as a pitcher on May 6, but insisted yesterday that the outing had nothing to do with his injury and instead he’s “been trying…

  4. Andy Pettitte will get his full $2.5 million as of Thursday

    May 14, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Thursday is a big day for Andy Pettitte. He vests fully: Andy Pettitte will be guaranteed his full $2.5 million from the New York Yankees come Thursday … His contract calls for a $2 million base salary, and since he missed the first 39 days of the season the prorated share of his base pay…

  5. Great Moments in T.J. Simers

    May 14, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    T.J. Simers will have a conference call with the Dodgers new owners today. Simers reminds us that he makes a quick assessment of new Dodgers officials, having pegged McCourt for a loser as soon as he took over. He was equally quick to judge Paul DePodesta and a host of other new Dodgers folks over…

  6. Derek Jeter is now 17th on all-time hit list, could be as high as 11th by end of season

    May 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

    Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with a single yesterday and in doing so surpassed Tony Gwynn on the all-time hit list, moving into a tie with Robin Yount for 17th place with 3,142 hits. Next up is Paul Waner with 3,152, followed by George Brett with 3,154 and Cal Ripken Jr. with 3,184. If healthy Jeter…

  7. Great Moments in Chicago politics

    May 14, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Wrigley Rooftop

    You wanna know how to keep your lucrative rooftop seating? They put up a billboard, you put risers under your seats. They try to push through major renovations, you give nearly $200,000 to an Alderman. That’s the Chicago way! A week before Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) declared his opposition to new advertising signs the Cubs want…

  8. Jorge De La Rosa left rehab start with forearm tightness

    May 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    de la rosa getty

    Jorge De La Rosa‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery hit a snag over the weekend when he left a minor-league rehab start at Double-A with forearm tightness. It was the third of six total scheduled rehab outings, but De La Rosa lasted just 28 pitches and allowed four runs before exiting with a trainer…

  9. Cardinals release veteran reliever J.C. Romero

    May 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    J.C. Romero coughed up multiple runs Saturday for the third straight appearance and he won’t get a chance to snap that streak with the Cardinals, as they released the veteran left-hander this morning. Romero, who was signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal in December, finishes his time in St. Louis with a 10.13 ERA and…

  10. Judge at Roger Clemens trial refuses to strike Andy Pettitte’s testimony

    May 14, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    I think Andy Pettitte’s testimony actually helped Roger Clemens’ case rather than hurt it in that it introduced uncertainty and uncertainty is bad when you have the burden of proof.  Despite this, the defense moved to strike Pettitte’s testimony last week, arguing that it was contradictory, inconclusive and therefore useless. The judge ruled on that…

  11. Justin Verlander leaves start with ripped, bloody callus

    May 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Justin Verlander tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the A’s yesterday, logging his 50th consecutive start of at least six innings, but the Tigers ace would have stayed in even longer if not for the callus on his right thumb splitting open. “I looked down there towards the end of the seventh inning and…

  12. Grant Balfour is “pissed off” about losing the A’s closer’s job

    May 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    balfour getty

    Brian Fuentes was re-installed as the A’s closer yesterday. He was pleased about it.  Grant Balfour: far less pleased about losing the job: “I told [Bob Melvin] I wasn’t happy about it,” Balfour said. “I was pissed off. It’s fine, whatever. He knows how I feel. I’ll just go on the field and do what…

  13. Chris Sale feels good, healthy after move back to rotation

    May 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Chris Sale began this season by shifting from the bullpen to the rotation, moved back to the bullpen when the White Sox decided to name him closer, and then dealt with elbow soreness while making it very clear that he’d prefer to remain a starter. Sale (and his agent) got his wish, returning to the…

  14. It’s been 90 years since the Phillies were above .500 as a franchise

    May 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Phillies Logo

    Some mistakes you never stop paying for. For the Phillies, it was the 1920s through the 1940s.  Chris Jaffe brings the history over at The Hardball Times today: Ninety years ago today was something of a turning point in Phillies franchise history. On May 14, 1922, they beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1. In and…

  15. Another losing bidder on the Dodgers looks south to San Diego

    May 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Hedge fund manager Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, responds to a question during an interview at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas

    San Diego is a nice alternative to L.A. You get the same — actually better — Southern California weather. It’s a bit cheaper. Way less traffic and hassle. My kids wanted to go to California on vacation this summer and after looking at L.A. stuff for a while I turned my attention south and found…

  16. Kevin Youkilis ramps up his rehab

    May 14, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Kevin Youkilis took some steps toward returning to the Red Sox over the weekend. He threw some on Friday and yesterday ramped things up by swinging the bat and taking grounders.  He’ll need some rehab games in the minors before coming back, but looks to be on the road back to Boston. Which will be…

  17. Matt Kemp: “I’m definitely not going on the DL”

    May 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp aggravated his troublesome hamstring yesterday and he was frustrated about it.  He’s going to have an MRI today to see how bad it is.  While Don Mattingly says that the DL is a possibility, Kemp doesn’t seem to think it’s that bad: “I’m definitely not going on the DL; that’s not going to…

  18. The Mets are poised to offer David Wright a long term deal

    May 14, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal says that the Mets are planning on offering David Wright a long term deal this summer. There have been some rumblings of contract talks between Wright and the Mets, but nothing concrete has been reported. Lots of “the Mets really like, Wright and want him to be the…

  19. Holy Ryan Braun precedent, Batman! Another PED suspension is overturned

    May 14, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    As I said several times, Ryan Braun didn’t get off on a “technicality.” The arbitrator felt that the flaw in his testing procedure was significant. So significant that a positive test result could not be trusted and his suspension had to be thrown out. But can we say that Eliezer Alfonso got off on a…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

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