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  1. Mark DeRosa aggravated his oblique injury high-fiving Bryce Harper

    May 11, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Mark DeRosa is on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and manager Davey Johnson revealed that he may have aggravated the injury high-fiving Bryce Harper. Seriously. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details: DeRosa’s progress returning from a strained left oblique muscle was stunted in an odd way, Johnson said. As…

  2. Agent “extremely concerned” with how the White Sox are handling Chris Sale

    May 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    First the White Sox moved Chris Sale from the bullpen to the rotation, then they moved him back to the bullpen after five starts, and most recently they allowed him to pitch with a sore elbow that eventually led to an MRI exam. Meanwhile, Sale has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to…

  3. Robbie Ross doesn’t read the Rangers’ memos

    May 11, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Or: great moments in sartorial splendor: Left-hander Robbie Ross initially had no idea that he was wearing a gray Rangers jersey in Game 2 of the doubleheader Thursday night when he started to warm up in the Rangers’ bullpen during the eighth inning. But his fellow relievers, the TV broadcast crews from both teams and…

  4. Blue Jays GM on signing Vladimir Guerrero: “I have no idea how he’s going to perform”

    May 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    vladimir guerrero getty

    After failing to find a big-league job Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a minor-league contract with Toronto yesterday, but the Blue Jays’ plans for the 37-year-old former MVP are unclear. In fact, general manager Alex Anthopoulos basically told reporters that Guerrero isn’t even in their plans: This isn’t someone right now that we’re prepared to say…

  5. An Astros internship posting is causing some controversy

    May 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    I didn’t think anything when I saw a post over at FanGraphs yesterday advertising an internship opportunity with the Houston Astros. The job is an IT thing, developing database software and all kinds of stuff I don’t know anything about.  It’s unpaid. But when you get into the comments, there are a lot of people…

  6. Mark Melancon is back on track at Triple-A, but when will the Red Sox call him back up?

    May 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    Boston demoted Mark Melancon to Triple-A after he went 0-2 with a 49.50 ERA in four appearances to begin the season, allowing 11 runs in two innings while opponents knocked him around to the tune of a .667 batting average and five homers. It was about as bad as any big leaguer has ever pitched,…

  7. And now the Adam Dunn and Chipper Jones comedy hour

    May 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn going deep

    Funny anecdote about Chipper Jones and Adam Dunn from Dave O’Brien of the AJC, arising out of the observation that Dunn, despite hitting his usual taters, is on a historic strikeout pace: “I texted him this morning,” Jones said Wednesday in Chicago, smiling as the recounted their exchange, “and said, Dunner, you’re going to be the…

  8. Stephen Strasburg has 1.59 ERA since Tommy John surgery

    May 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg‘s latest dominant start last night featured 13 strikeouts and just one earned run in six innings against the Pirates, including blowing a 96-mph fastball past Garrett Jones with the bases loaded on his 103rd and final pitch. Strasburg’s combined numbers since returning from Tommy John surgery in September are absolutely ridiculous: 68 innings,…

  9. Jeff Passan’s outrage at Josh Beckett goes to 11

    May 11, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Look, it was apparent as of last night that Josh Beckett was going to get ripped to shreds for the next few days, but I don’t think I was prepared to see as much vitriol thrown his way as Jeff Passan does in his column this morning: The rot in the Boston Red Sox organization…

  10. The Phillies and Jays talked about Shane Victorino

    May 11, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Phillies: Did you know Shane Victorino was from Hawaii? Blue Jays: Hmm. Did not know that. Tell me more … OK, it went beyond that, reports Ken Rosenthal, but not much beyond that. They “engaged in dialogue,” Rosenthal says. But “no trade is close” or “even likely” at this point. Still, after Ruben Amaro said yesterday…

  11. HBT Extra: The Columbus Mad Cows, the best three baseball books and movies and much, much more

    May 11, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    I took Twitter questions. Four of them are more or less about baseball.  One was about baseball books and movies. Yes, there were visual aids. And the third book I mentioned was given to me by Old Gator a couple of years ago and is highly recommended to all of you.

  12. The Clemens prosecutors continue to bungle their case

    May 11, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Look, I don’t want someone coming into my mother’s basement to tell me how to do my job, so I’m sure the prosecutors in the Roger Clemens case don’t want to hear my armchair litigating either. But, hey, it’s kinda my thing, so I’m gonna do it anyway. And today’s theme: dudes, what are you…

  13. Josh Beckett: “I spend my off days the way I want to spend them”

    May 11, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett Getty

    After Josh Beckett got shellacked by the Indians last night he faced the press. Not surprisingly, the press asked him about the golf-between-starts-despite-maybe-having-a-bad-back thing.  Beckett politely — but defensively — told the press to mind its own business when it comes to his free time: “I spend my off days the way I want to…

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

    May 11, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

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    Nationals 4, Pirates 2: Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings. The only thing more dominating than he was the Hulk when I went to go see “The Avengers” last night. Upshot: damn fine movie. But the “Dark Night Rises” trailer before it may have been even better. Yes, I realize that I may…

  15. C.J. Wilson ready for boos in showdown with Yu Darvish

    May 11, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    C.J. Wilson didn’t leave the Texas Rangers on the best of terms last winter. The then-free agent left-hander was perturbed about the lack of interest from the Rangers, left to sign with their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, then watched his former team dump $107 million on highly-touted Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. Then Wilson…

  16. Angels, Nationals reportedly discussing Peter Bourjos trade

    May 11, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We detailed earlier today that Peter Bourjos seems to have gone missing. Now tonight we find that multiple teams are looking for him. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder hasn’t played much since the Angels called up uber-prospect Mike Trout from the minors, losing ground in a crowded outfield race that also includes Vernon Wells,…

  17. Brett Gardner shut down for 10 days after aggravating elbow injury

    May 10, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    gardner getty

    UPDATE: According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Gardner won’t pick up a bat for 10 days after aggravating the muscle in his right elbow. Yankees manager Joe Girardi estimated that he’ll miss 15-25 days, so we won’t see him back until late May or early June at this point. 4:31 PM: Brett Gardner…

  18. Josh Beckett chased early against Indians

    May 10, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett Getty

    It was tee time for the Indians against Josh Beckett earlier this evening. Beckett, who recently missed a start with lat soreness after tying a career-high by throwing 126 pitches on April 29, was blasted for seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, including homers from Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis,…

  19. Don’t worry Phillies fans, help is on the way

    May 10, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Manuel mound Phillies Getty

    On the heels of being swept in a three-game series by the Mets to fall to 14-18 on the season, the last-place Phillies are conducting a mini roster shakeup. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies will promote left-handers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes and infielder Hector Luna before tomorrow’s game against the Padres.…

  20. Adam Lind on notice after Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero

    May 10, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Adam Lind hit .305/.370/.562 for the Blue Jays in 2009 and finished fifth in the AL with 35 homers and third with 114 RBI. Toronto rewarded him after that season with a four-year, $18 million contract that took him right to free agency. So far, Lind hasn’t paid them back. The 29-year-old has hit .240/.290/.424…

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