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  1. Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

    May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger. It turns out, the answer was … nothing. Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29…

  2. Your complete 2012 throwback uniform guide

    May 31, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Over at UniWatch, Paul Lukas runs down all of the throwback uniform days from all of the teams this season. And I have to agree that it has been a stellar year for that. And a note: tomorrow the Astros are going with the old rainbow nightmare uniforms.  Don’t let anyone you know get too…

  3. Don’t let 20-year-old Mike Trout be overshadowed by 19-year-old Bryce Harper

    May 31, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout scores on a sacrifice fly with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin getting out of the way during the first inning of their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is getting all sorts of attention for doing things rarely done by 19-year-old hitters, and rightfully so, but Angels outfielder Mike Trout probably deserves a little more attention for doing things rarely done by 20-year-old hitters. Trout doubled and drove in two runs against the Yankees last night and is now…

  4. Oh, Henry! Nats reliever suffers a door injury

    May 31, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    This isn’t ironing a shirt while wearing it bad, but it is pretty random. Henry Rodriguez got an owie: After the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday, Manager Davey Johnson revealed Henry Rodriguez had slammed a bathroom door shut on his right index finger. Rodriguez played catch wearing a protective rubber covering over…

  5. Jason Hammel thinks the Blue Jays were stealing signs

    May 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    sign stealers

    Jason Hammel came into yesterday’s game with a 2.78 ERA and just three homers allowed in nine starts this season, but the Orioles right-hander served up four homers to the Blue Jays and afterward got about as close to accusing them of stealing signs as he could possibly get without actually doing it. Here’s what…

  6. Former Mets GM Jim Duquette is donating a kidney to his daughter

    May 31, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jim Duquette

    Jim Duquette once gave Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano. But now he’s giving up something even more valuable, and this time not one damn person is going to criticize him for it: Former Mets GM Jim Duquette, who now contributes part time to Mets radio broadcasts, will donate a kidney to his daughter Lindsey in…

  7. Rangers unsure which role Neftali Feliz will fill once healthy

    May 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz Getty

    Neftali Feliz is expected to miss the remainder of the first half with a sprained elbow, so whenever Roy Oswalt is ready to join the Rangers there will be an open spot in the rotation waiting for him. As for what happens when Oswalt is starting every fifth day and Feliz is ready to return…

  8. Police question the woman found tied-up in Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room

    May 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The plot thickens in the weird Aroldis Chapman hotel robbery case. The woman who was found tied up in his room was questioned by police yesterday. And then she was released to her husband. Which is all well and good except: Mr. Chapman, a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher, told police that he and Ms. Manrique recently started…

  9. Except for one clunker start A.J. Burnett has been dominant for the Pirates

    May 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett‘s overall numbers are plenty good, as last night’s seven innings of one-run ball versus the Reds lowered his ERA to 3.60 in 50 innings. However, one terrible start against the Cardinals on May 2 accounts for 60 percent of the earned runs Burnett has allowed all season. Seriously. He coughed up 12 runs…

  10. Joe Maddon: people throw at us intentionally; we never do it

    May 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon Getty

    A commenter said yesterday that Joe Maddon often accuses other teams of throwing at his players but that he has never even once hinted that the Rays do the same. Here he was on a radio show yesterday talking about the Red Sox doing just that — and the Red Sox doing nothing — over…

  11. Travis Snider has setback with wrist injury at Triple-A

    May 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    snider batting getty

    Earlier this week the Blue Jays demoted starting left fielder Eric Thames to Triple-A despite the guy he beat out for the job in spring training, Travis Snider, being on the minor league disabled list with a wrist injury. And now any thoughts of Snider being ready to step back into the Blue Jays’ lineup…

  12. Self-Promotion Theater: I was on a podcast last night

    May 31, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Because you don’t get enough of my opinions, last night I was on a podcast over at Diamondhoggers.  We went on for around 45 minutes or so about how HBT works, the nature of blogging, obsessively checking the page view stats and why I don’t cut Fredi Gonzalez any slack. Good times. At least if…

  13. Troy Tulowitzki likely headed for the DL

    May 31, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Troy Tulowitzki left last night’s game against the Astros after suffering a strained left groin in the sixth inning. He apparently did it while running to first on a ground ball. The lesson here, kids: never run out ground balls. It’s totally bad for you. Tulo seemed destined for the 15-day disabled list. Not anything…

  14. HBT Extra: Are the Phillies or the Angels more screwed by their missing ace?

    May 31, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I discuss the absences of Messers Halladay and Weaver.

  15. Great Moments in Statistics: Hisashi Iwakuma gets a save in a 21-8 game

    May 31, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    The outcome of last night’s Mariners-Rangers game was never in doubt. After posting 16 runs between the send and third innings, it was all over put the paperwork. Yet, because a pitcher finished the game with three full innings, we get this in the box score: Yep, Hisashi Iwakuma gets the save. In a game in…

  16. Umpire tells Russell Martin he has to “earn the privilege” to throw new balls back to the pitcher

    May 31, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Baltimore Orioles

    Weirdness in Anaheim. Last night Russell Martin and home plate umpire Laz Diaz got into it over balls and strikes early in the game, but no one lost their head and Martin was not ejected. Later, however, Martin said Diaz began to mess with him: Martin says Diaz wouldn’t allow him to throw new baseballs…

  17. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

  18. Matt Kemp leaves game after aggravating hamstring strain

    May 30, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp may be headed back to the 15-day DL. According to David Vessagh, Dodgers reporter for sports radio station 570 AM in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old center fielder was lifted from Wednesday night’s game against the Brewers after appearing to aggravate his left hamstring strain while scoring from first base on a first-inning Andre…

  19. Braves demote shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    pastornicky getty

    From MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman comes word that the Braves have optioned struggling shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett. Pastornicky did not start in Wednesday night’s 10-7 victory over the Cardinals and has posted a brutal .248/.281/.324 batting line with one home run and 12 RBI in 157 total plate appearances this season. The…

  20. Jaime Garcia to be skipped in rotation due to elbow soreness

    May 30, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

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    The injury bug is still biting away in St. Louis. It was reported earlier that Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is experiencing ongoing discomfort in his right shoulder and is scheduled to pay a visit to a specialist in Florida on Thursday. And now the bad luck has settled over the starting rotation. According to FOX…

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