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  1. The Blue Jays get a Brazilian

    May 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Baseball player that is. What they do with their bikini line is their own business. The Blue Jays just announced that they have demoted the struggling Adam Lind to triple-A Las Vegas and have called up Yan Gomes to take his place. The Jays say that, once Gomes plays in the game, he’ll be the first Brazilian player…

  2. Diamondbacks promote stud pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    May 17, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer, Jerry Dipoto, Ray Montgomery

    Trevor Bauer is now one step away from the majors less than 12 months after being the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, as the Diamondbacks have promoted the 21-year-old right-hander from Double-A to Triple-A. Bauer struggled with his control at Double-A, walking 26 batters in 48 innings, but was nearly unhittable with…

  3. Introducing “The Great Bratbino”

    May 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such ballpark concessions in’t! Rangers unveiling Great Bratbino on May 25, a two-foot bratwurst with sauerkraut and options including chili and jalapenos. — Anthony Andro (@aandro) May 17, 2012   I’m not saying I’m going to make a special…

  4. Put away the iPhone: Brandon McCarthy won’t need Siri’s help with Josh Hamilton

    May 17, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Last week after another of Josh Hamilton‘s monster games A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy jokingly tweeted: “Siri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?” McCarthy is starting against the Rangers today and I’m not sure if his iPhone was much scouting help, but it turns out Hamilton is getting the day off. Oh well. Actually, maybe…

  5. TBS will get the wild card single game play-ins; MLB Network to get some division series games

    May 17, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    MLB is going to hold a conference call for media to this effect here in a minute, but Richard Sandomir already has the scoop:  TBS will broadcast the two wild card play-in games in both 2012 and 2013. On a personal level I like this because I simply prefer TBS’ baseball production to FOX’s. I…

  6. Twins win game, lose Nick Blackburn to quadriceps injury

    May 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Even when the Twins pick up a rare win they still end up losing. Last night the Twins beat the Tigers to improve their MLB-worst record to 11-26, but in the process they lost starter Nick Blackburn to a quadriceps injury that requires a disabled list stint. Blackburn admitted afterward that he was in a…

  7. The White Sox lose coach Kevin Hickey

    May 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Kevin Hickey, who has served as a “pregame instructor” — basically a non-titled coach, right? — for the Chicago White Sox for several years died yesterday. From CSNChicago.com: Kevin Hickey, who pitched on the South Side from 1981-83 and served as a pregame instructor since 2004, died Wednesday at Rush Memorial Center. He was 56.…

  8. Drew Storen aiming to return around the All-Star break

    May 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    As fill-in closer Henry Rodriguez continues to do his tight-rope act in the ninth inning Drew Storen said yesterday that he’s aiming to return from the disabled list and reclaim the Nationals’ closer job around the All-Star break. Storen underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow on April 11 and has progressed to…

  9. Aroldis Chapman is gonna be a setup man forever, I guess

    May 17, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Danny Knobler has a column up today asking a question a lot of Reds fans have probably been asking themselves for some time: why in the heck is Aroldis Chapman still the Reds’ setup guy? He hasn’t allowed a run all year. He has retired 22 of his last 24 hitters. He has a K/BB ratio…

  10. Mets designate reliever D.J. Carrasco for assignment

    May 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Within minutes of D.J. Carrasco serving up a homer to Todd Frazier last night the Mets announced that they’d designated the veteran reliever for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster. When the Mets signed Carrasco to a two-year, $2.4 million deal last offseason it seemed like a solid pickup, as he’d posted a sub-4.00…

  11. Adrian Gonzalez is NOT happy with the state of umpiring

    May 17, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Adrian Gonzalez was not pleased with Hunter Wendelstedt’s strike zone last night, and vented about the state of umpiring after the game: “How are you supposed to have a professional at-bat with these umpires nowadays? Gosh. The first pitch in my last at-bat wasn’t even close. You’re up there, trying to have a professional at-bat…

  12. No more RBIs: Groin injury sends Brandon Inge to the DL

    May 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official now. Inge will be eligible to return from the DL on May 28. ========== Brandon Inge went from getting released by the Tigers following five years of sub par production to smacking four homers and driving in 17 runs in his first 11 games with the A’s, but now a groin injury…

  13. Great Moments in Bad Defense: the Seattle Mariners

    May 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    It’s hard to find an uglier all-around play than this one in last night’s Indians-Mariners game.  It started with a double steal that seemed to confuse Jesus Montero. And then the confusion was compounded when he and his teammates decided to throw the baseball all over the place. But check out the hustle on Carlos…

  14. Cubs patriarch Joe Ricketts is in need of “a literate” black man

    May 17, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Remember Joe Ricketts? He’s the patriarch of the Ricketts family which owns the Chicago Cubs. His son Tom runs the team, but old Joe’s fortune — made founding Ameritrade — is what built the family’s nest egg. As we’ve noted before, Joe Ricketts is quite the political activist. He is the founder and leader of an…

  15. Mr. Met and the most awkward high-five in recent memory

    May 17, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg was on hand for the All-Star Game announcement yesterday and he looked like he’d rather be anywhere but there. Check out the high-five he gave Mr. Met: Gosh, if you can’t be happy around someone as awesome as Mr. Met, there’s no hope for you.

  16. Jim Leyland is not happy with Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer

    May 17, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Before the season, whenever a radio host asked me to make my division winner picks, I would say something like “if I had to bet my children on the outcome of any race, it’d be the AL Central. The Tigers are a lock.” So far, not good. Sorry Mookie and Carlo, but you’re gonna have to…

  17. Write what you want about Dale Sveum. He’s not going to read it.

    May 17, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Dale Sveum is gonna feel some heat by virtue of being the manager of the Chicago Cubs. But he won’t know about it if he does. Here’s what he told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com about how he spends his free time: “I don’t read the papers. I’m not a guy that Tweets, or whatever you…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1: I took my bike out for a spin for the first time in a while last evening. It was a nice ride on a nice night. At least apart from the crazy, over-the-handlebars wreck I got into at the corner of Alpath and Johnston Road. There were no apparent injuries at…

  19. Austin Jackson exits game after suffering abdominal strain

    May 16, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com’s Jason Beck, Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Twins after suffering a mild abdominal strain on a fifth-inning swing. Jackson is being called “day-to-day.” He’s likely to sit out of Thursday’s matinee with Minnesota but shouldn’t require a stint on the disabled list. The…

  20. Andrew Bailey cleared to begin throwing next week

    May 16, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s some positive health news out of Boston. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, right-hander Andrew Bailey was given clearance by a specialist on Wednesday to begin a rehabilitative throwing program next week. Bailey has been sidelined since the final week of spring training with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right…

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