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  1. HBT Extra: In which Tiffany invites your angry comments

    May 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Not about her. You could never say bad things about her, right?  No, at the end of my little Cole Hamels rant she asks all of you to rip me in the comments.  Which I know you would anyway, but it is sweet that she cares.

  2. Giants beat writer says that Dodgers fans are “total idiots” and “the worst fans in baseball”

    May 8, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    It was late and out west so I didn’t see it, but San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Hank Schulman witnessed something in L.A. last night that is is kind of mind boggling. It happened in the sixth inning, when Matt Kemp made an error on a Melky Cabrera single to center. Kemp had trouble getting…

  3. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 8, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games.  Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we’ll let Cholly run the team from here on out. Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA…

  4. Red Sox rookie Will Middlebrooks smashes two more homers in win

    May 8, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks

    The Red Sox may not be very good, but they certainly are resilient. Bouncing back from their second horrible loss of the season — a 17-inning game against the Orioles in which Chris Davis got the victory — the Red Sox lit up Jonathan Sanchez on their way to an 11-5 victory over the Royals…

  5. Jered Weaver gives up three hits, settles for fifth win

    May 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver‘s bid for back-to-back no-hitters lasted into the third inning Monday night, when, after a leadoff walk, Minnesota’s Erik Komatsu singled on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. Weaver ended up allowing one run and three hits over six innings in the Angels’ 8-3 victory. Komatsu had two of the hits, his first two…

  6. Josh Thole could be placed on seven-day concussion DL following collision

    May 7, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

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    Josh Thole could be headed for the seven-day disabled list for concussions after taking a shoulder to the head on a slide from Ty Wigginton during tonight’s game against the Phillies. The injury occurred when Freddy Galvis hit a tapper to Bobby Parnell with runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth…

  7. Here’s Austin Wates’ incredible, over-the-wall catch

    May 7, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, Austin Wates, an Astros prospect playing at Double-A Corpus Christi, made the catch of the year so far, robbing San Antonio’s Nathan Freiman of a home run Sunday.

  8. Jhoulys Chacin placed on disabled list with right shoulder inflammation

    May 7, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies announced earlier this evening that Jhoulys Chacin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs last week after posting an ugly 7.30 ERA over his first five starts, but today’s move rescinds the option. This news doesn’t come as a big surprise,…

  9. Dodgers remove Javy Guerra from closer role, name Kenley Jansen as replacement

    May 7, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra was given the opportunity to open the season as the Dodgers’ closer after posting a 2.31 ERA and 21 saves in 23 chances last year, but most felt it was only a matter of time before Kenley Jansen would stake his claim on the role. That time is now. According to Dylan Hernandez…

  10. Brett Gardner’s rehab assignment pushed back due to rainout

    May 7, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out tonight, so Gardner won’t begin his rehab assignment until tomorrow. Gardner is expected to play two rehab games, so he won’t rejoin the Yankees until Thursday at the earliest. 12:48 PM: Brett Gardner wasn’t ready to come off the…

  11. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

  12. Matt Kemp returns after missing a start due to hamstring

    May 7, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp is back playing center field and batting third for the Dodgers on Monday after taking a seat in Sunday’s loss to the Cubs. He’s been nursing a tight left hamstring. Kemp did make an appearance Sunday to keep his consecutive games streak alive, flying out as a pinch-hitter. Tonight’s game will extend the…

  13. Charlie Manuel: Cole Hamels should have kept his mouth shut

    May 7, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Philadelphia Inquirer writers Bob Brookover and Matt Gelb were in the Phillies clubhouse this afternoon and got the general feeling that teammates were fine with Cole Hamels‘ actions last night, but not so much that he talked about it afterwards. Manager Charlie Manuel said as much prior to Monday’s game. “He could have been a…

  14. Jayson Werth wants to shut up Phillies fans

    May 7, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth is expected to miss three months after breaking his left wrist attempting a sliding catch in Philly last night, but the Phillies fans at Nationals Park gave him some extra motivation as he begins his rehab: “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling…

  15. Why not another no-hitter for Jered Weaver?

    May 7, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    So, yeah, it’s probably still a thousand-to-one shot, but in his rematch with the Twins tonight, Jered Weaver would seem to be better set up for back-to-back no-hitters than any pitcher in memory. Here’s how tonight’s Twins lineup has hit right-handers this season: CF Denard Span – .321 SS Brian Dozier – MLB debut (.316…

  16. Angels lose Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins to injuries in the same inning

    May 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Downs remains on the active roster for now, but the Angels put Hawkins on the DL and replaced him with Triple-A reliever David Pauley. ========== Just days after the Angels tried to address their struggling bullpen by acquiring hard-throwing right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the Padres they lost closer Scott Downs and setup man LaTroy…

  17. Cole Hamels suspended five games for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper

    May 7, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cole Hamels admitting that he intentionally plunked Bryce Harper yesterday has earned the Phillies left-hander a five-game suspension from MLB, along with an undisclosed fine. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo should be happy, as he called for Hamels to be suspended along with calling Hamels a whole bunch of names, including “classless” and “gutless” and…

  18. Mets place shortstop Ruben Tejada on disabled list

    May 7, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Ruben Tejada left yesterday’s game after straining his right quadriceps muscle and today the Mets’ starting shortstop was placed on the disabled list. Utility man Ronny Cedeno was already on the DL, so Justin Turner is starting at shortstop tonight despite never starting there previously in the majors and having just 53 total games at…

  19. Giants reliever Guillermo Mota suspended 100 games for second positive PED test

    May 7, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    MLB has suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the San Francisco reliever’s second positive test for a performance enhancing drug. Mota first tested positive for a PED in 2006, receiving a 50-game suspension. This time he was found to be using Clenbuterol, which Kirk Radomski famously admitted to giving numerous big leaguers as part of…

  20. Orioles demote struggling starter Tommy Hunter to Triple-A

    May 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Tommy Hunter is a 25-year-old veteran of five big-league seasons with 61 starts and 372 innings in the majors, but today the Orioles demoted him to Triple-A. Hunter has struggled since Baltimore acquired him from Texas along with Chris Davis in exchange for Koji Uehara last July, throwing 105 innings with a 5.04 ERA and…

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