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  1. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto needs knee surgery

    May 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    If Kerry Wood makes one final appearance at Wrigley Field before announcing his retirement he won’t be throwing to Geovany Soto, as the Cubs catcher has been diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and needs arthroscopic surgery that will sideline him for at least three weeks. Manager Dale Sveum told Paul…

  2. BRAVO! Umpire Bob Davidson suspended for a game, MLB announces it loud and clear

    May 18, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Bob Davidson, the umpire with the absolute worst temperament in the game of baseball, has been suspended for a game by Major League Baseball. Why? For poor “situation handling.” Umpire Bob Davidson has received a one-game suspension for his repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling, Major League Baseball announced…

  3. Rays turn to Alex Cobb, not Wade Davis, as Jeff Niemann’s rotation replacement

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jeff Niemann is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured right leg, but rather than shift Wade Davis back to the rotation the Rays are turning to Alex Cobb as the fill-in. No official announcement has been made yet, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Cobb will pitch in Niemann’s place tomorrow…

  4. Great Moments in Blogging: Middle School Career Day

    May 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Reason for the light schedule from me this morning: I spoke at a career day at a middle school.  Check out that pic: that title is how the kids in that room knew I wasn’t Murray Chass. Not gonna lie: it was kind of fun. I’ve long held that Jr. high school kids should be…

  5. Hot-hitting Allen Craig headed for DL with hamstring injury

    May 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Allen Craig can’t catch a break. He missed the first six weeks of the season following November knee surgery, returned to the lineup on fire by hitting .404 with a 1.284 OPS in 12 games … and is now headed back to the disabled list. Craig strained his hamstring during Wednesday’s game and Joe Strauss…

  6. Kerry Wood to announce retirement, but may pitch one last time at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Kerry Wood has struggled since returning from a disabled list stint two weeks ago, allowing five runs in six innings following a month off because of a shoulder injury, and now the one-time phenom turned quality setup man has decided to call it a career at age 34. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that…

  7. Whitey Herzog rips the expanded playoffs, admits he tanked games for draft position

    May 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog spoke to a group of folks yesterday and when he did so he ripped Bud Selig and the expanded playoffs: “Look at what baseball has become, with interleague play and unbalanced schedules,” said Herzog, who led seven teams to the playoffs and had two others finish second … So now the…

  8. HBT Extra: Interleague weekend

    May 18, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I take a look ahead to the first interleague weekend of 2012.  Watch as I claim that Bruce Chen is better than Stephen Strasburg and see if Tiffany takes the bait!

  9. Brandon McCarthy on his argument with the ump yesterday: “I was being an a**hole”

    May 18, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    As mentioned in ATH this morning, Brandon McCarthy got boned on a call and had a big argument with umpire Laz Diaz about it which led to his manager’s ejection.  That even forms the basis of the first post on his new blog, which looks like it’s going to be a place for some rare and…

  10. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 18, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

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    Braves 7, Marlins 0: Brandon Beachy: the best pitcher you haven’t heard of. He shuts out the Marlins on five hits and ups his record to 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Giants 7, Cardinals 5: Bad Cardinal defense and a little more offense than usual gave the Giants some runs on a day when Matt…

  11. Mets fan arrested for trespassing … for moving to a better seat

    May 17, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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    My friends and I call it “trading up.” You’ve done it before. Don’t lie.  A little late in a game. House only half full. You move down to better seats. No harm, no foul. Unless you’re in Citi Field, where it’s a criminal trespassing beef. Via It’s Always Sunny in Detroit, we get this report…

  12. Michael Morse could be back with the Nationals at the start of June

    May 17, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Here’s some rare good news for the Nationals on the injury front. The original goal was for Michael Morse to be ready to return from his torn right lat on June 8 so he could be eased back into the lineup as the designated hitter during interleague play, but Nationals manager Davey Johnson told Mark…

  13. Curt Schilling’s video game company gives bad check to Rhode Island

    May 17, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Remember how we heard earlier this week that Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, was going through some rough times? Well, things are looking even more dire now. According to Erika Niedowski and Laura Crimaldi of the Associated Press, 38 Studios tried to pass off a bad $1.1 million check to Rhode Island as…

  14. Ivan Nova on track to start Saturday after throwing bullpen session

    May 17, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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    According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Ivan Nova is on track to start Saturday against the Reds after making it through a bullpen session this afternoon. Nova was forced to leave his start Monday against the Orioles with a contusion and sprain of his right foot and ankle after attempting to field a…

  15. Jeff Samardzija takes a little dig at Hawk Harrelson

    May 17, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija talks White Sox broadcasts and the oh-so-lovable Hawk Harrelson in advance of this weekend’s showdown at Wrigley.

  16. Torii Hunter won’t rejoin Angels until son’s matter is settled

    May 17, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Torii Hunter, who was placed on the restricted list after learning that his 17-year-old son had been arrested on sexual assault charges, doesn’t plan to rejoin the Angels until things are settled with the case. That’s according to his son’s attorney, Todd Shapiro, who told Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times that Hunter will remain…

  17. Ozzie Guillen is quitting Twitter

    May 17, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

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    This may be the saddest news I’ve heard all day. Via Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ozzie Guillen is quitting Twitter. Too much hassle, too many haters and, oh, he never made any money off it either. And even if you don’t care about that as such, watch how hard he tries not…

  18. The bankruptcy court gave the Dodgers something no other team has

    May 17, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin has a report up today that, while dealing with the often murky and confusing world of TV revenue and media rights, suggests that the big settlement of the litigation between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball, the new Dodgers owners have benefits no other team has. Specifically: to hold back media money from…

  19. Padres release Orlando Hudson, place Jason Bartlett on DL

    May 17, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    It seems like just yesterday I was writing about how odd it was that Orlando Hudson had five triples and zero doubles this season. And now he’s out of a job. San Diego released the veteran second baseman after Hudson hit just .211 with a .260 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage in 35 games…

  20. Tom Ricketts distances the Cubs from the anti-Obama campaign presented to his father

    May 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Followup from this morning’s New York Times story about Joe Ricketts being pitched to bankroll that anti-Obama campaign.  Son Tom, chairman of the Cubs, issued a statement: “As chairman of the Chicago Cubs, I repudiate any return to racially divisive issues in this year’s presidential campaign or in any setting — like my father has,”…

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