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  1. The Bill Buckner ball sells at auction

    May 4, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Hey Sox fans: what would you have paid to keep that ball from rolling through the legs of Bill Buckner during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series?  Now, what would pay to have that ball?  If your answer was “a penny more than $418,250,” you  just blew it, dude: The baseball that rolled through…

  2. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  3. Mike Rizzo on why he won’t watch “Moneyball”

    May 4, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    Adam Kilgore spoke with Nats GM Mike Rizzo, who is apparently boycotting the movie “Moneyball.”  Why, Mike? Rizzo on boycotting the movie Moneyball: “It depicts baseball people as dummies who sit in a room and spit tobacco and say stupid things.” — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 4, 2012 Or, I suppose it’s possible that it…

  4. Twins claim Erik Komatsu off waivers from Cardinals, designate Clete Thomas for assignment

    May 4, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Komatsu gets ready for batting practice during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers

    Three weeks ago the Twins claimed Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers and gave him the fourth outfielder job, sending Ben Revere back to Triple-A for some additional seasoning. Thomas homered in his second at-bat for Minnesota … and then went 3-for-26 with 16 strikeouts, and today the Twins designated him for assignment while…

  5. Jeff Francoeur continues to be an awesome human being

    May 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Remember that time Jeff Francoeur signed a baseball, wrapped a $100 bill around it and tossed up to the fans with a message telling them that the pizza was on him?  Yeah, he did it again, this time for beer. Yeah, that’s a great way for people to cut you some slack over a .245/.290/.330…

  6. Rangers get Ryan Spilborghs from Indians for minors depth

    May 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    Triple-A center field prospect Leonys Martin is out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, so the Rangers have acquired Ryan Spilborghs from the Indians to provide some minor-league outfield depth. Spilborghs spent six seasons with the Rockies as a semi-regular, but was non-tendered in December and then failed to win a spot on the Indians’ bench…

  7. Adam Yauch 1964-2012

    May 4, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Adam Yauch

    I don’t care that this isn’t about baseball. If you need it to be, be content with the “And I’ve got mad hits like I was Rod Carew ” line in “Sure Shot.” And that Rod Carew was aware of it. Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of…

  8. Delmon Young returns from week-long suspension, Tigers drop Brad Eldred

    May 4, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young is back from his seven-day suspension and to make room for his return to the roster the Tigers designated Brad Eldred for assignment. Eldred was called up last week after absolutely destroying Triple-A pitching and manager Jim Leyland talked about “running him out there” to see if he could provide some power, but…

  9. So, is there gonna be a rumble in Washington, or what?

    May 4, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    I’ve had a little back and forth with Nats fans on Twitter today over “Natitude” a the whole “Take Back the Park” thing for this weekend’s series against the Phillies. Now, I don’t need to prove to anyone what I think about a certain brand of Phillies fan, so believe me, when I say this,…

  10. Padres’ veteran double play duo Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett “could be released”

    May 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    In trading standout reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels yesterday the Padres picked up a prospect they hope will be their long-term second baseman in Alexi Amarista. He doesn’t project as a star player and for now Amarista is at Triple-A anyway, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the clock may…

  11. Carlos Marmol has lost his job

    May 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Darn. Mere hours after I started a push to get closer implosions called “Marmols,” the new stat’s namesake loses his job.  David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports: Marmol officially informed by Dale Sveum that he is out as Cubs closer. No defined role as of yet. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) May 4, 2012 I guess they…

  12. A’s place Coco Crisp on DL, call up prospect Michael Taylor

    May 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    As expected the A’s have placed Coco Crisp on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection, calling up Michael Taylor from Triple-A to replace him on the roster and in the outfield. Taylor was a top prospect when the A’s acquired him from the Blue Jays via the Phillies in mid-2009, ranking No. 29 on…

  13. Keith Olbermann really doesn’t think that Rivera should have been shagging fly balls

    May 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    I’m sure Keith Olbermann had written this up in memo form for the Yankees years ago and had planned on sending them to warn them of the dangers of Mariano Rivera shagging fly balls before games. Probably didn’t get there because of some technical problem out of his control: Girardi is right: Shagging flies has…

  14. No, the Mets aren’t calling up their young pitching prospects

    May 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    Mike Pelfrey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery and the Mets’ various options to replace him in the rotation aren’t very appealing, but general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that the team isn’t going to call up any of its top pitching prospects for a short-term fix. Zack Wheeler, who…

  15. Barry Bonds appeals his conviction

    May 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Barry Bonds lawyers filed a 60-page brief yesterday, appealing his obstruction of justice conviction.  The heart of it is basically something we’ve noted here all along: that it’s pretty weird to convict someone for not answering a question when they actually, you know, answered the question: “Any competent English speaker would understand Mr. Bonds’s initial…

  16. Danny Espinosa “nervous” about being demoted to minors

    May 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    Danny Espinosa has been the Nationals’ starting second baseman since late 2010, playing 210 games since then, but a slow start this season has the 25-year-old worried about a demotion to the minors. Espinosa has hit just .182 with a league-leading 32 strikeouts in 24 games, which is abysmal production even for the modest standards…

  17. Sergio Santos aiming to return as Blue Jays closer in two weeks

    May 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Francisco Cordero has struggled as the Blue Jays’ fill-in closer, but he may only have to do the job for another couple weeks. Sergio Santos is scheduled to resume throwing on Tuesday and told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he hopes to return from an inflamed shoulder within 2-3 weeks. Santos has been out since…

  18. Way to kill the “baseball is dead” narrative: local broadcast ratings are up

    May 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    old TV

    I know this will all be ignored the next time a national game of the week gets lower ratings than a broadcast of Aaron Rodgers riding his bicycle or something, but it is probably worth noting that broadcast ratings for baseball are up this year. At least the local ones which, as I’ve argued at length…

  19. The Dodgers and Bobby Abreu have reached a deal

    May 4, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    abreu getty

    Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have signed Bobby Abreu. Since he’s still being paid $9 million this year by Anaheim, I’ll assume this is a minimum dollars deal. If Abreu can flash some of his historically good on base ability, he could be a useful bench bat.  If, however, his current line of .208/.259/.333 is…

  20. Alex Rios is not pleased with Chris Perez’s fist pumps

    May 4, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chris Perez

    Chris Perez came on to get the save in last night’s Indians-White Sox game. He closed it out with a strikeout of A.J. Pierzynski and by inducing a groundout by Alex Rios.  Then, as closers are wont to do, he gesticulated and emoted some, with a few fist pumps and huzzahs.  This did not please…

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