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  1. You’re not gonna believe this, but Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were MLB Rookies of the Month

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    Get used to this. From a bevy of MLB press releases that just filled my inbox: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for May … Bryce Harper has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for May. Trout hit .324 (35-for-108) with six doubles, two triples,…

  2. Hawk Harrelson apologized to umpire Mark Wegner

    Jun 3, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    Last Wednesday: Hawk Harrelson said umpire Mark Wegner didn’t know a thing about baseball in this league and words to that effect.  He’s sorry about that now: White Sox TV broadcaster Ken Harrelson called umpireMark Wegner on Saturday to apologize for his on-air criticism during the game Wednesday between the Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. ‘‘No one told…

  3. The NHL’s replay system can be a model for baseball

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    I still sort of like the idea of replay officials on-site at every game, but I’d be totally cool with a centralized system, the likes of which baseball is reportedly considering implementing next year. Today Wendy Thurm of Baseball Nation looks at the closest analog — the NHL’s system — and talks about how it…

  4. Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Phillies all have some interest in Youkilis

    Jun 3, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Is Kevin Youkilis on the block?  The anonymous sources say yes, the GM says no.  But whatever the Red Sox’ intentions are, Jon Heyman reports that there are three teams who are interested in Youk:  The Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Phillies. Talks are “very preliminary,” he says, but they always start that way.  And there wouldn’t…

  5. Ryan Braun to sit again today

    Jun 3, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Ryan Braun after leaving Friday’s game early: “The only way to get healthy is to take time off and it’s not something I’m really interested in doing.” Well, someone is making him get cool with the idea, because he sat out last night and will likely be out of the lineup again today. Here’s his…

  6. Where’s Waldo Tim McClelland?

    Jun 3, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Trout Torrealba

    Reader 1943mrmojorisin1971 alerted me to a play I didn’t see last night.  Rangers-Angels game. Seventh inning. Angels up 2-1, Mike Trout on third and Kendrys Morales at the plate.  Morales lifts a fly ball to right and Nelson Cruz fields it.  Trout tags up and races home.  The call … safe! Angels score what proved…

  7. Joey Votto really likes Minute Maid Park

    Jun 3, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    Joey Votto hits everywhere, but he really, really loves hitting in Minute Maid Park. For his career, he’s 55 for 129 with five homers, 19 doubles and 23 RBI in 32 games there, for a line of .426/.479/.736.  That’s by far his best numbers at any park where he’s had 50 plate appearances or more.…

  8. Ichiro hit two homers yesterday

    Jun 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro is not a power hitter. He has just 98 homers in his career. Two of them came last night, however, as he hit two solo shots off Gavin Floyd to help the M’s — who suddenly have a ton of offense — beat the White Sox 10-8. Ichiro, who was recently moved to the…

  9. Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

    Jun 3, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Miguel Cabrera hit two homers last night. But not just any homers. Homers out to center at Comerica Park, officially tallied at 466 and 444 feet. That’s some mileage. Well, 0.17 of a mile, but that’s still a lot of distance. Both were needed too, as it was a tight game throughout, with Detroit beating the…

  10. Brett Lawrie needs to play a little smarter

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    The hustle is great, but Brett Lawrie‘s tendency to play baseball like a bull in a china shop has hurt the Jays from time to time. Of course, the incident that led to last month’s four-game suspension was the most notable occasion. Saturday’s showing was none too impressive, though. With two outs in the eighth…

  11. Astros exploit MLB’s newest loophole

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Jordan Lyles

    If you hadn’t heard, MLB made a new rule in the offseason, allowing teams to promote a player and go with 26-man rosters on doubleheader days. A lot of teams were making moves in between games of doubleheaders anyway, so it seemed like a pretty good idea to help alleviate any bullpen issues that might…

  12. So, the Padres won the Mat Latos deal?

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez

    The way it’s worked out, the Reds’ Mat Latos and the Padres’ Edinson Volquez have made their starts on the same day five straight times now, making it hard not to compare the two. It’s a comparison Volquez is winning hands down. Volquez limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and four hits in six innings…

  13. Roy Oswalt goes two scoreless in Triple-A start

    Jun 2, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Making his 2012 debut after signing with the Rangers earlier this week, Roy Oswalt threw 34 pitches in two scoreless innings for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. Oswalt gave up a single, a walk and an infield single to start the game, but he got out of that jam with a strikeout and a double-play…

  14. Carl Pavano getting MRI on sore shoulder

    Jun 2, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    After allowing seven runs against the Indians on Friday and seeing his season ERA rise to 6.00, Carl Pavano will undergo an MRI on his shoulder Sunday. He said the shoulder has bothered him off-and-on since spring training and that he already had an MRI earlier this season. “I think it’s just irritated, but we’ve…

  15. Day after no-hitter, R.A. Dickey settles for shutout

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey couldn’t match Johan Santana‘s feat on Saturday, but he did give the Mets back-to-back shutouts for the second time in eight days. Dickey pitched a seven-hitter for his third career shutout as the Mets topped the Cardinals 5-0 on Saturday. He’s won six straight and is now tied for the major league lead…

  16. Brett Lawrie sprints from Toronto mall after shooting

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Eaton Centre Mall

    A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting: Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eatoncenter mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall … Through traffic … People…

  17. Astros call up former top prospect Fernando Martinez

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez Getty

    Fernando Martinez was once considered one of the game’s top hitting prospects, but the Astros were able to pluck him off waivers in January after the Mets essentially gave up on him. Now he’s in line to get regular playing time in the major leagues. Prior to tonight’s game, the Astros placed outfielder Travis Buck…

  18. Pablo Sandoval questioned by police in sexual assault case

    Jun 2, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval Getty

    Andrew Baggarly of reports that Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval is being investigated by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department and faces possible sexual assault charges as result of an incident which allegedly took place Friday morning. The incident allegedly took place at the Seascape Beach Resort in Santa Cruz County. Police were not…

  19. Johan Santana expected to get some extra rest before his next start

    Jun 2, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Johan Santana Reuters

    Johan Santana is feeling fine one day removed from throwing a career-high 134 pitches in last night’s historic no-hitter against the Cardinals, but he’s expected to get some extra rest before his next start. No official announcement from the team yet, but Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports that the Mets will add rehabbing…

  20. Dustin Pedroia tests injured thumb by taking batting practice

    Jun 2, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Getty

    There’s still a chance that Dustin Pedroia will end up on the disabled list, but he’s doing his best to get back in the lineup as soon as possible. According to the Associated Press, Pedroia took batting practice before today’s game against the Blue Jays. It was his first time swinging a bat since he…

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