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  1. Dodgers release veteran reliever Mike MacDougal

    May 14, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    This is a tough day to be a 35-year-old reliever who can’t throw strikes. First the Cardinals released left-hander J.C. Romero and now the Dodgers have released right-hander Mike MacDougal, whom they designated for assignment last week. MacDougal had a nice-looking 2.05 ERA in 69 appearances for Los Angeles last season, but it came along…

  2. Because it is an insanely slow news day …

    May 14, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Camera

    … I link funny old-timey pictures of funny-looking old-timey baseball players posing for the camera. Fun time-killer: try to mentally delete the facial hair and see if any of these guys look like any current major leaguers. I think one of the “cool-guy poses” guys looks like John Smoltz. That’s the best I can do.…

  3. Chien-Ming Wang throws eight innings in rehab start

    May 14, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    I just watched Chien-Ming Wang‘s latest minor-league rehab start on MLB Network and he looked pretty good, throwing eight innings against the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate. The bad news is that Wang managed only one strikeout, gave up 11 hits, and allowed four runs. The good news is that recently demoted big leaguer Danny Valencia‘s double…

  4. Cole Hamels wants a seven-year deal

    May 14, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s being reported that Cole Hamels‘ agent is demanding a seven-year deal from the Phillies. As The 700 Level discusses, that’s a big, long contract, though in Hamels’ case it may be the kind of commitment the Phillies need to make. And it’s certainly the case that  young, top-shelf lefties don’t come onto the market that…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    May 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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