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  1. Nick Markakis to see specialist for wrist injury

    May 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    X-rays on Nick Markakis‘ injured wrist came back negative, but he’s out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight and Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the right fielder will be examined by a specialist during tomorrow’s scheduled off day. Markakis, who hasn’t missed more than five games in a season since his rookie…

  2. One of the Bryan Stow beating defendants: not smart

    May 30, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Marvin Norwood, Louie Sanchez

    A preliminary hearing is taking place this afternoon in order to determine if there is enough evidence to hold the defendants in the Bryan Stow beating over for trial.  I’m gonna go out on a limb and say, yeah, there’s enough evidence: One of the men charged in a Dodger Stadium parking lot assault on…

  3. Phillies don’t expect Ryan Howard back before July

    May 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    There’s been a lot more secrecy than firm timetables when it comes to Ryan Howard‘s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon, but today Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally offered some news on the first baseman’s status. Asked by Jim Salisbury of if Howard would be able to return at some point in…

  4. Hawk Harrelson goes crazy

    May 30, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    In today’s Rays-White Sox game, A.J. Pierzynski got plunked. Later, be it by coincidence or not, Jose Quintana threw one at Ben Zobrist and was immediately ejected by umpire Mark Wegner. Then White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson went crazy: UPDATE: MLB pulled the You Tube video, but they have it over at, with complete Hawk…

  5. Roy Halladay gets second opinion on shoulder from Mets doctor, will address media Friday

    May 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Roy Halladay will miss 6-8 weeks with a strained shoulder, but today the team revealed that Halladay got a second opinion on the injury from Dr. David Altchek in New York. While not as well known as Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum, Altchek is the Mets team doctor…

  6. The Spelling Bee needs to get out of its mother’s basement

    May 30, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Held In Washington, DC

    Great moments in nerd convergence: Speller 145, Emma Ciereszynski, spells sabermetrics correctly in Round Three of the Bee. #spellingbee — NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) May 30, 2012 Actually, that’s not fair. Spelling Bee people aren’t really major nerds. Not compared to baseball statheads anyway.  Baseball statheads can’t really call anyone nerds other than furries, really. Maybe a…

  7. James McDonald is growing into the Pirates’ ace at age 27

    May 30, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game One

    James McDonald pitched well for the Pirates in the one-and-a-half seasons after they acquired him from the Dodgers for Octavio Dotel in mid-2010, but so far this season he’s taken a major step forward at age 27 to emerge as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter. McDonald threw 244 innings with a 4.15 ERA in 2010 and…

  8. And, just like that, Doug Fister is back on the DL

    May 30, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    fister reuters

    I thought the worst Tigers news I’d read today was that they’re using Gerald Laird as their DH tonight. That’s bad, but not as bad as this: They just put Doug Fister on 15-day DL, retroactive to yesterday, with a left side strain. Fister already missed a month or so with a strained abdominal muscle, so…

  9. Jonathan Lucroy: “My wife has been getting hate mail”

    May 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT


    Jonathan Lucroy will undergo surgery tomorrow to insert a pin into his fractured right hand, but Adam McCalvy of reports that the operation won’t change the catcher’s expected recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks. Lucroy also revealed during a radio interview with 1250-WSSP that his wife “has been getting hate mail on her Facebook” page…

  10. A grand jury is investigating “criminal financial misconduct” of the Dodgers and related entities under McCourt

    May 30, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    In light of (a) the exorbitant salaries curiously paid via Dodgers charities; (b) the almost total lack of income taxes paid by the McCourts; and (c) the McCourts’ habit of using the Dodgers like a personal piggy bank, complete with huge salaries paid to the McCourt children for do-nothing jobs, one should not be too surprised…

  11. Roy Oswalt thinks he’ll be ready to join the Rangers within a month

    May 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    oswalt getty

    Roy Oswalt held a conference call with Rangers reporters today and said he expects to be ready to join the rotation after just four minor-league starts, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday at Triple-A. While deciding which team to sign with Oswalt was throwing regularly at his home in Mississippi and feels stretched…

  12. Quote of the Day: why the Mets are doing well

    May 30, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Citation Needed

    According to Rich Coutinho of CBS New York, it’s … Chemistry in the clubhouse. It can extend winning streaks and snap losing streaks. The Mets have great chemistry, and that’s been been of the biggest reasons New York sits in second place in the competitive NL East. And here I thought it was because of…

  13. Kerry Wood wrote a children’s book

    May 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    kerry wood book

    Kerry Wood has been retired for all of two weeks now and he’s already keeping himself busy promoting a children’s book he co-wrote with Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat. Here’s a photo of Muskat holding the book, entitled “All You Can Be: Learning and Growing Through Sports”: Wood describes the book as “a positive…

  14. And now a preview to our pitching matchup of the night

    May 30, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    chien-ming wang getty

    Yup, there it is. Quite the starting pitching matchup. Mmmhmm: I may say something about this in ATH tomorrow morning. Just so you know. Don’t look at me like that. If you don’t know that I’m that immature by now, you haven’t been reading long.

  15. Juan Rivera nearing return from torn hamstring

    May 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Rivera was initially expected to miss two months with a torn hamstring suffered on May 9, but the Dodgers outfielder/first baseman is so far ahead of schedule in his recovery that he’s hoping to come off the disabled list this weekend. Rivera has already played two games on a minor-league rehab assignment and told…

  16. Twitter helped George Brett find his lost labradoodle. Yes, that’s a dog.

    May 30, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    George Brett

    After learning about TitoSextGate, thank goodness Jon Bois of Baseball Nation can give us a refreshing, uplifting social media success story. It’s about George Brett. And how he got his labradoodle, Charlie, back after he got lost in the rain. Don’t even say it. Yes, it is a slow news day. What do you want?…

  17. Hey, look: Alfonso Soriano is hitting again

    May 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano‘s huge contract and disappointing production already made him the target of Cubs fans’ scorn, so when he got off to a slow start this season that only increased along with the perception that his presence was playing a part in top prospect Anthony Rizzo remaining in the minors. But a funny thing happened…

  18. Everything Frank McCourt touches goes bankrupt

    May 30, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I saw that the Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm is folding. That’s huge news and the latest indication of just how farkakte the economics of the legal business are.  But I had forgotten who D&L’s most recent high profile client was. Here’s Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times: News has come from back east that the…

  19. Grady Sizemore: “I’m beyond being anxious or frustrated”

    May 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    As recently as three weeks ago Grady Sizemore seemed optimistic about returning from the disabled list in early June, but as has so often been the case with the former star setbacks have squashed those plans. In updating Sizemore’s status yesterday manager Manny Acta admitted that the center fielder is nowhere close to returning from…

  20. Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room robbed; woman found there bound at the wrists

    May 30, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    This is … messed up. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Aroldis Chapman‘s hotel room in Pittsburgh was robbed while he was away, presumably at the ballpark or out after the game.  Which, OK, that’s unusual and strange. But what officers found at the scene of the crime is stranger: Officers who were dispatched to the…

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