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  1. The Angels may have found their closer in Ernesto Frieri

    May 23, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri was plenty good in a year and a half with the Padres, yet manager Bud Black never seemed to want to trust him in close games. Perhaps that was a mistake. Frieri struck out the side in the 11th inning to earn his first career save as the Angels beat the A’s 3-1…

  2. Allen Craig expected to take batting practice Thursday

    May 23, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Good news here for the hobbled Cardinals. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Allen Craig tested his strained left hamstring Wednesday with “some running” and is planning to take batting practice on the field before Thursday’s series-opener against the Phillies. Craig has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 17 and is…

  3. Michael Morse will ‘for sure’ return to the Nationals by June 8

    May 23, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    morse getty

    The Nats are about to get an injection of power. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters Wednesday that rehabbing slugger Michael Morse will “for sure” be ready for activation by June 8. That’s when Washington will kick off a three-game interleague series in Boston, where Morse will…

  4. Angels hopeful Torii Hunter will return next week

    May 23, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    Especially now that Vernon Wells is out 8-10 weeks, the Angels could really use Torii Hunter back. It looks like it might happen early next week. Hunter missed his 10th straight game Wednesday after being put on the restricted list to attend to matters involving his son in Texas. 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter was one of five…

  5. Brewers pick up Cody Ransom on waivers from Arizona

    May 23, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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    It didn’t figure that Cody Ransom would have to go hunting for work after being designated for assignment and waived by the Diamondbacks; the Brewers claimed him off waivers today. Fellow infielder Edwin Maysonet was sent down to open up a spot on Milwaukee’s roster. Ransom, a 36-year-old journeyman, was a nice surprise for Arizona,…

  6. Bobby Valentine going old school with Alfredo Aceves

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Alfredo Aceves

    Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves is on a roll, having converted nine straight save chances. And they haven’t all been easy: in the last week, he has three save of four outs. That may not look overly significant at first glance, but Aceves is the only reliever with multiple saves of more than three outs…

  7. Lance Berkman to undergo knee surgery tomorrow

    May 23, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    UPDATE: Berkman’s surgery is set for tomorrow morning, says Strauss. ========== Lance Berkman told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’ll undergo knee surgery either tomorrow or Friday, but rather than have the operation in Colorado as expected he’ll instead go under the knife in Houston. Berkman still lives in Houston after…

  8. Bud Selig on replay: “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more”

    May 23, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    While speaking at a “sport and society conference” in Wisconsin today MLB commissioner Bud Selig said that he doesn’t believe additional video replay is needed beyond the current system. In explaining that opinion Selig said: “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more.” I’m not sure who Selig has been…

  9. Juan Carlos Oviedo close to getting work visa, must still serve eight-week suspension

    May 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    El Caribe in the Dominican Republic reports that Juan Carlos Oviedo has finally received his work visa and the Marlins reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez will soon make his way to the United States nearly six months after being charged with identity fraud. However, don’t expect to see him in the Marlins’ bullpen any…

  10. Dylan Bundy earns promotion after 0.00 ERA in 30 innings

    May 23, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    UPDATE: As expected, the Orioles have promoted Bundy from low Single-A to high Single-A. ========== Dylan Bundy’s numbers at low Single-A are absolutely ridiculous, as the No. 4 pick in last year’s draft has thrown 30 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 40/2 K/BB ratio while allowing opponents to hit just .053. I wrote about…

  11. Oblique strain sends Matt Carpenter to disabled list

    May 23, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Another day, another Cardinal on the disabled list. Matt Carpenter left last night’s game with a strained oblique muscle and the Cardinals have placed him on the shelf, calling up Steven Hill from Triple-A to serve as a third catcher. Hill has also played some first base and outfield, so he could move around a…

  12. Round 2 of Cole Hamels vs. Bryce Harper is tonight

    May 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT


    Tonight is Round 2 of Bryce Harper vs. Cole Hamels as the Nationals and Phillies square off in Philadelphia, but both sides are trying their best to downplay the situation that resulted in endless headlines and a suspension for Hamels the first time they met. Hamels has declined to comment other than to now claim…

  13. There was some extended commercial-free baseball on Monday night

    May 23, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    If this sort of thing keeps up Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce is gonna go out of business. And if they don’t have jobs, they might turn to drink and other bad behavior! On Monday night at Miller Park, the Brewers played the Giants in a 14-inning game that lasted 4 hours 34 minutes. San Francisco…

  14. Blue Jays calling up Vladimir Guerrero “seems like a mere formality”

    May 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    vladimir guerrero getty

    When the Blue Jays signed Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract earlier this month general manager Alex Anthopoulos tried to keep expectations low by saying the former MVP was no sure thing to be part of their big-league plans. Since then Guerrero has been working out at the team’s minor-league complex in Florida and just…

  15. Is Lance Berkman a Hall of Famer?

    May 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    There have been several times over the past 12 years or so when Lance Berkman has certainly felt like a Hall of Famer. In the moment, anyway, as he went on tears and put up seasons that matched up with all manner of men in Cooperstown. But, given that he didn’t have a full time…

  16. No timetable yet for Franklin Gutierrez’s return to Mariners

    May 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez hasn’t played since September 4 of last season and hasn’t played well since 2010 due to a series of injuries and health problems, the latest of which are a partially torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis. He’s finally making some significant progress, with Josh Liebeskind of reporting that Gutierrez took live batting…

  17. Better than a bobblehead: get your replicas of statues of Orioles legends

    May 23, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Frank Robinson Statue

    I got this in the mail recently. Not the Calvin and Hobbes picture. My son drew that.  No, I mean the Frank Robinson statue. The Orioles sent it to me (and as you can see, my son took it). And yes, I suppose they did so in order to persuade me to write about their…

  18. HBT’s official MLB Fan Cave dweller needs your help

    May 23, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    lindsay and mauer hair

    Back in February we endorsed Lindsay Guentzel as our favorite MLB Fan Cave candidate and asked HBT nation to help vote her in. It worked, as she was selected from 22,000 entrants and 50 finalists. She’s been living in New York all season and stuff like “touch Joe Mauer‘s hair” has become a daily occurrence,…

  19. Because you want to see James Loney’s engagement photos

    May 23, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Vin Scully is my Homeboy has James Loney’s engagement photos. He’s so handsome. And my god look at the size of the friggin’ rock he bought his fiancee. Other Dodgers who are going to get married gotta be mad at him for setting the bar that high. Dee Gordon is probably looking at that and…

  20. Carlos Pena — Mr. Fantastic — is batting leadoff again

    May 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rays logo

    It was noted yesterday that a first baseman batting leadoff is unusual. But it worked for Carlos Pena and the Rays last night — dude hit a homer — so Joe Maddon is going to put Pena in the leadoff spot again. Crazy, I know.  But not nearly as crazy as (a) Drew Sutton batting…

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