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  1. Mets tell Ike Davis he’s in no danger of being sent to minors

    May 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Ike Davis has been about as bad as a major leaguer can be this season, hitting .159 with 44 strikeouts in 42 games at an offense-driven position while producing a .503 OPS that ranks 172nd out of 176 qualified batters. That’s more than 400 points below the mark he posted in 38 games last season…

  2. The Atlantic League plays host to Armando Benitez and Joey Gathright transactions

    May 24, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Armando Benitez

    Last we heard from Armando Benitez, he was inexplicably signed by the Marlins in mid-2010. That resulted in eight appearances in triple-A and he hasn’t been heard from since.  Today, however, he signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. He was in the Atlantic League — Newark — when he signed with…

  3. Orioles sign well-traveled J.C. Romero to minor-league deal

    May 24, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    At this point J.C. Romero is running out of teams for which he hasn’t already played, but the Orioles are one of the few holdouts and today they signed the 35-year-old reliever to a minor-league contract. Romero was released by the Cardinals two weeks ago and spent time in four different organizations last season, bouncing…

  4. MLB named “sports league of the year”

    May 24, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Sally Field You Really Like Me

    I’m picturing a black tie gala, everyone who matters in attendance. When the nominees are read, a four-way split screen comes up with Bud Selig, Roger Goodell, David Stern and Gary Bettman, all looking hopeful.  As soon as the winner is announced, the losing three all purse their lips and try to act like they…

  5. Jimmy Rollins returns from paternity leave

    May 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    Jimmy Rollins is back with the Phillies after taking a paternity leave and will be in the lineup tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Rollins ended up missing three games for the birth of his daughter, with Freddy Galvis shifting from second base to shortstop and Mike Fontenot drawing all three starts at second…

  6. Ryan Howard’s second surgery sounds like it was kinda gross

    May 24, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Remember when Ryan Howard had his setback back in February and people talked about it like it was no big thing, infections happen and it’s all good. Well, it may be all good soon, but what they had to do to deal with his setback sounded like a big thing. Or at least a gross…

  7. Teaching Brett Lawrie to rein himself in

    May 24, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet has an interesting column on the education of Brett Lawrie.  Specifically, his demeanor towards the umps in light of his helmet toss last week and this week’s incident in which he ran across the field to confront an ump following a disputed call on the base paths. After the latter call,…

  8. Giants activate Ryan Theriot from the disabled list

    May 24, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot Getty

    Ryan Theriot is back from the disabled list, as the Giants activated the veteran infielder following a minimum 15-day stay for an elbow injury. To make room on the roster San Francisco optioned Charlie Culberson to Triple-A after the rookie went 3-for-22 (.136) in his first taste of the big leagues. Prior to injuring his…

  9. UPDATE: MLB issues a statement denying the Yankees sale rumors

    May 24, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Apparently the “Yankees could be sold” thing is a rumor so baseless that even MLB has issued a statement on the thing:   “Major League Baseball has received no indications from any representatives of the New York Yankees or anyone else that the Club is for sale.” So, in addition to the owners calling…

  10. Reports of the Blue Jays placing Adam Lind on waivers were apparently incorrect

    May 24, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Last week Danny Knobler of reported that the Blue Jays had placed Adam Lind on outright waivers, essentially removing him from the 40-man roster because there was very little chance of another team claiming the $8.5 million left on his contract. However, now comes word from Gregor Chisholm of that Knobler’s information was…

  11. Hurricane Bud, one-liner generator forms in the Pacific Ocean

    May 24, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Yes, it’s a slow news day, so let’s have a caption contest, shall we? From the latest headlines! My entry: “see it while you can, because there will be no replays.” Ready … go!

  12. Juan Rivera ahead of schedule in return from torn hamstring

    May 24, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Rivera was initially scheduled to miss two months with a ruptured hamstring, but Ken Gurnick of reports that the veteran outfielder/first baseman is “healing faster than expected.” Barring a setback Rivera could begin a minor-league rehab assignment shortly and Gurnick speculates that he might be cleared to come off the disabled list as…

  13. Lance Berkman’s knee surgery is postponed a day

    May 24, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    This is not really significant, but the reasoning is fun: Lance Berkman‘s right knee surgery, scheduled for this morning, is postponed until the 25th due to a conflict in the surgeon’s schedule. — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 24, 2012   Conflicts happen, I guess. I find it interesting though because anyone who has had…

  14. Snoop Dogg to throw out first pitch at White Sox game

    May 24, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    snoop dogg dodgers hat

    Before the White Sox and Twins finish their three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago tonight Snoop Dogg will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. It takes a lot to upstage Cole De Vries’ big-league debut, but that might just do it. Or maybe this is just me feeling nostalgic and elderly, because…

  15. The Orioles are sniffing around Roy Oswalt

    May 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Figuratively, of course. Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have right-hander Roy Oswalt on their “radar.”  Oswalt, of course, has the Cardinals and Rangers on his radar because he wants to be where he’s comfortable. The reality, of course, is that neither of those teams are particularly interested. If Oswalt is going to pitch for…

  16. Marco Estrada expected to miss 3-4 starts for Brewers

    May 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Milwaukee Brewers

    Marco Estrada‘s first-inning double yesterday extended the Brewers’ lead to 6-0, but the Milwaukee starter couldn’t stick around to benefit from the run support because he suffered a quadriceps injury on the play and immediately exited the game. Estrada has been diagnosed with a strained quadriceps–not a hip injury, as initially reported–and general manager Doug…

  17. Pitching-starved Royals have found a gem in Felipe Paulino

    May 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    One of the things holding the Royals’ rebuilding effort back despite a steady influx of young talent is their lack of quality starting pitching, as former No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar has a 5.39 career ERA at age 28 and 23-year-old Danny Duffy blew out his elbow after showing lots of promise. Kansas City’s…

  18. UPDATE: It was a misunderstanding; the Roy Halladay bobblehead catastrophe has been fixed

    May 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Pop Quiz

    UPDATE:  The Roy Halladay bobblehead travesty has been explained and corrected!  It seems that the wrong photo — from some early messed-up prototype — was used. Now: Here is the CORRECT Roy Halladay bobblehead, via @weareFoCo… — MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) May 24, 2012 11:33 AM: And no, I’m not talking about the poor…

  19. Padres closer Huston Street nearing return from DL

    May 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Huston Street

    At age 31 career minor leaguer Dale Thayer has done an excellent job as the Padres’ fill-in closer, saving five games with a 0.00 ERA and 10/0 K/BB ratio in 10 innings stepping into the ninth-inning role for Huston Street. However, before going on the disabled list with a shoulder injury Street was also pitching…

  20. I had no idea dudes swung the bat with the knob in the palm of their hands

    May 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    From Oakland, we learn that Yoenis Cespedes is trying out a new grip when he returns: Céspedes said Wednesday morning that he no longer will grip the bat with the knob nestled in the palm of his hand. There is thought that holding the knob in the palm might have contributed to the strained hand…

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