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  1. The bankruptcy court gave the Dodgers something no other team has

    May 17, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin has a report up today that, while dealing with the often murky and confusing world of TV revenue and media rights, suggests that the big settlement of the litigation between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball, the new Dodgers owners have benefits no other team has. Specifically: to hold back media money from…

  2. Padres release Orlando Hudson, place Jason Bartlett on DL

    May 17, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    It seems like just yesterday I was writing about how odd it was that Orlando Hudson had five triples and zero doubles this season. And now he’s out of a job. San Diego released the veteran second baseman after Hudson hit just .211 with a .260 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage in 35 games…

  3. Tom Ricketts distances the Cubs from the anti-Obama campaign presented to his father

    May 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Followup from this morning’s New York Times story about Joe Ricketts being pitched to bankroll that anti-Obama campaign.  Son Tom, chairman of the Cubs, issued a statement: “As chairman of the Chicago Cubs, I repudiate any return to racially divisive issues in this year’s presidential campaign or in any setting — like my father has,”…

  4. Only four closers have yet to blow a save this season

    May 17, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    This has been a rough first six weeks for closers, as half the teams in baseball have a new guy in the ninth-inning role due to poor performances and/or injuries. Of the closers left standing only four guys have at least five saves without a blown save and showing someone the list before the season…

  5. Bud Selig basically tells the A’s to dangle

    May 17, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    After three years of telling the A’s to hold tight, a special committee is looking into their desired move to San Jose, Bud Selig almost seemed to punt today when asked about the matter: At the owners meeting Thursday in New York, Commissioner Bud Selig opened the door for the A’s to leave the Bay…

  6. It’s been one year since Brian Roberts played for the Orioles

    May 17, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Brian Roberts‘ last game action for the Orioles and concussions have limited the former All-Star second baseman to just 98 total games since the beginning of 2010. Roberts spoke to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun about his year on the sidelines, calling it “extremely hard and very frustrating…

  7. Brett Lawrie drops the appeal of his suspension

    May 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games yesterday, appealed, played last night and went hitless. Today he has reconsidered, dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game punishment. I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie.  Or,…

  8. Jair Jurrjens rocked for 11 runs in Triple-A start

    May 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Last week manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed that the Braves hadn’t even given any thought to recalling Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A, saying: “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now.” At the time Jurrjens had put together three straight impressive outings, but that all unraveled last night as he got rocked for…

  9. Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery

    May 17, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery this morning. In a surprise, the doctor announced afterward that it “was the least successful surgery ever. Really, I messed up. It’s a hot mess in that knee, and he would have been far better off with an amputation than the havoc I wreaked in that thing.”…

  10. Chien-Ming Wang is willing to pitch out of Nationals bullpen

    May 17, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    Chien-Ming Wang is close to coming off the disabled list and rejoining the Nationals, but with no room for him in an excellent rotation the veteran right-hander said yesterday that he’d be open to some relief work. Middle relief would be an easy way for the Nationals to keep him in the mix while also…

  11. The Blue Jays get a Brazilian

    May 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Baseball player that is. What they do with their bikini line is their own business. The Blue Jays just announced that they have demoted the struggling Adam Lind to triple-A Las Vegas and have called up Yan Gomes to take his place. The Jays say that, once Gomes plays in the game, he’ll be the first Brazilian player…

  12. Diamondbacks promote stud pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    May 17, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer, Jerry Dipoto, Ray Montgomery

    Trevor Bauer is now one step away from the majors less than 12 months after being the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, as the Diamondbacks have promoted the 21-year-old right-hander from Double-A to Triple-A. Bauer struggled with his control at Double-A, walking 26 batters in 48 innings, but was nearly unhittable with…

  13. Introducing “The Great Bratbino”

    May 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such ballpark concessions in’t! Rangers unveiling Great Bratbino on May 25, a two-foot bratwurst with sauerkraut and options including chili and jalapenos. — Anthony Andro (@aandro) May 17, 2012   I’m not saying I’m going to make a special…

  14. Put away the iPhone: Brandon McCarthy won’t need Siri’s help with Josh Hamilton

    May 17, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Last week after another of Josh Hamilton‘s monster games A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy jokingly tweeted: “Siri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?” McCarthy is starting against the Rangers today and I’m not sure if his iPhone was much scouting help, but it turns out Hamilton is getting the day off. Oh well. Actually, maybe…

  15. TBS will get the wild card single game play-ins; MLB Network to get some division series games

    May 17, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    MLB is going to hold a conference call for media to this effect here in a minute, but Richard Sandomir already has the scoop:  TBS will broadcast the two wild card play-in games in both 2012 and 2013. On a personal level I like this because I simply prefer TBS’ baseball production to FOX’s. I…

  16. Twins win game, lose Nick Blackburn to quadriceps injury

    May 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Even when the Twins pick up a rare win they still end up losing. Last night the Twins beat the Tigers to improve their MLB-worst record to 11-26, but in the process they lost starter Nick Blackburn to a quadriceps injury that requires a disabled list stint. Blackburn admitted afterward that he was in a…

  17. The White Sox lose coach Kevin Hickey

    May 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Kevin Hickey, who has served as a “pregame instructor” — basically a non-titled coach, right? — for the Chicago White Sox for several years died yesterday. From CSNChicago.com: Kevin Hickey, who pitched on the South Side from 1981-83 and served as a pregame instructor since 2004, died Wednesday at Rush Memorial Center. He was 56.…

  18. Drew Storen aiming to return around the All-Star break

    May 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    As fill-in closer Henry Rodriguez continues to do his tight-rope act in the ninth inning Drew Storen said yesterday that he’s aiming to return from the disabled list and reclaim the Nationals’ closer job around the All-Star break. Storen underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow on April 11 and has progressed to…

  19. Aroldis Chapman is gonna be a setup man forever, I guess

    May 17, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Danny Knobler has a column up today asking a question a lot of Reds fans have probably been asking themselves for some time: why in the heck is Aroldis Chapman still the Reds’ setup guy? He hasn’t allowed a run all year. He has retired 22 of his last 24 hitters. He has a K/BB ratio…

  20. Mets designate reliever D.J. Carrasco for assignment

    May 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Within minutes of D.J. Carrasco serving up a homer to Todd Frazier last night the Mets announced that they’d designated the veteran reliever for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster. When the Mets signed Carrasco to a two-year, $2.4 million deal last offseason it seemed like a solid pickup, as he’d posted a sub-4.00…

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