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  1. Pirates demote starting left fielder Alex Presley to Triple-A

    May 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Alex Presley forced his way into the Pirates’ plans by hitting .298 with an .804 OPS in 52 games as a 25-year-old rookie last season and entered this year as the starting left fielder and Opening Day leadoff man. Six weeks later Presley is headed back to Triple-A after hitting just .220 with a .551…

  2. Interleague play starts this weekend, as does the puffery regarding its attendance impact

    May 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Interleague logo

    Just got the press release from MLB announcing the beginning of interleague play this weekend. As usual, the league touts the attendance boost it brings: Interleague Play drew 8,468,620 fans in 2011, averaging 33,606 fans per game.  The average 2011 Interleague attendance was 12.1 percent higher than the season’s final intraleague average of 29,985.  Since…

  3. Banged-up Dodgers have a very ugly lineup tonight

    May 16, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Matt Kemp, Juan Rivera, Juan Uribe, and Jerry Hairston Jr. are on the disabled list and A.J. Ellis, James Loney, Dee Gordon, and Mark Ellis are getting the night off, so the Dodgers’ lineup versus left-hander Clayton Richard and the Padres is really, really ugly: 1. Tony Gwynn Jr., CF 2. Elian Herrera, 2B 3.…

  4. The Citi Field All-Star Game is officially announced. Finally. Officially. And officially. Finally!

    May 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    I suppose that headline is somewhat redundant, but when the same thing has been reported for a year or so, I feel it necessary to put as much finality on it as possible. Anyway, here’s Bud: “As we celebrate the franchise’s golden anniversary this year, I am pleased to award the 2013 All-Star Game to…

  5. Orlando Hudson is suddenly a triples machine at age 34

    May 16, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

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    While looking over some of the league leaders just now I stumbled across this odd stat: Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson has an MLB-high five triples in 34 games. And he has zero doubles. Not surprisingly all five of Hudson’s triples have come in spacious Petco Park, but here’s the weird thing: Last season, playing…

  6. Meanwhile, at the riveting Roger Clemens trial

    May 16, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Remember how a juror fell asleep at the Roger Clemens trial last week?  Yeah, happened again: Walton then warned the remaining 15 jurors and alternates: “Stay alert. We don’t want to lose anybody else.” But another juror, a young woman who works as a cashier at a supermarket, failed to heed that warning. She nodded…

  7. Orioles’ investment in Wei-Yin Chen is paying off early

    May 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Wei-Yin Chen

    In an effort to boost a rotation that had MLB’s worst ERA last season the Orioles brought in a pair of starters who’d thrived in Japan, signing Wei-Yin Chen for $11.3 million and Tsuyoshi Wada for $8.15 million. Wada experienced elbow problems early in spring training and will miss the entire season following Tommy John…

  8. Stay classy, Rob Dibble

    May 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Rob Dibble famously told Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” after his elbow ligament exploded, and then got fired for it, and now it seems that Dibble has something of a vendetta against Strasburg. Example: his comments re: the Icy Hot affair from yesterday: Wow, I guess you can’t be human, it was the hot…

  9. Terry Collins: Jason Bay will “absolutely” be a starter when he returns from DL

    May 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Left field fill-in Kirk Nieuwenhuis has played so well that there’s been some speculation about Jason Bay returning from the disabled list as a part-time player, but Mets manager Terry Collins squashed that talk. Collins told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that Bay will “absolutely” be a starter once he’s healthy because…

  10. Vladimir Guerrero reports to Blue Jays, will work in minors

    May 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero‘s comeback is officially underway, as the former MVP reported to the Blue Jays’ minor-league complex in Florida yesterday after signing a minor-league contract last week. When asked how Guerrero fits into the Blue Jays’ plans general manager Alex Anthopoulos made it very clear that they view the 37-year-old as a low-cost flier who…

  11. Joe Torre doesn’t think Brett Lawrie was trying to hit the ump

    May 16, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie is still going to get suspended, it seems, but any of you who were saying this was or should be a Delmon Young/bat toss situation are going to be disappointed because, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com, Joe Torre acknowledges that Lawrie was not trying to hit the ump with his helmet on purpose:…

  12. Royals promote top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Triple-A

    May 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Kansas City’s next wave of young talent is now just one step from the majors, as the Royals promoted top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi from Double-A to Triple-A. Myers struggled at Double-A last season, hitting just .253 with eight homers in 99 games, but the outfielder still ranked 28th on Baseball America‘s annual…

  13. Michael Young: statistical visionary

    May 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Michael Young hasn’t hit well lately, but he does not believe he’s in a slump, per se: “I’ve never really bought into the idea of slumps,” Young said. “There are going to be times you just don’t get the results that you want in this game. It’s just the nature of the big leagues. But…

  14. Sore elbow sends Phillies starter Vance Worley to DL

    May 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Vance Worley wouldn’t be making his scheduled start today because of a sore elbow and now they’ve placed him on the disabled list with inflammation. Kyle Kendrick will step into Worley’s rotation spot beginning tonight versus the Cubs and the Phillies called up left-handed reliever Joe Savery to take his…

  15. Is Tony Gwynn looking to become part of a Padres ownership group?

    May 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Some tea leaves are being read regarding Tony Gwynn’s movements in San Diego: Gwynn met for two hours on Tuesday morning with Thomas Tull, movie mogul and prospective Padres purchaser, at a downtown hotel. That tidbit was first leaked via Twitter by a person claiming to be a hotel employee and then confirmed by U-T…

  16. Allen Craig is hitting out of his mind for the Cardinals

    May 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Allen Craig began the season on the disabled list following November knee surgery and returned to an uncertain role when he came off the shelf on May 1, but other injuries have quickly turned him into an everyday player for the Cardinals and he’s absolutely killing the ball. Craig went 3-for-4 with a double, a…

  17. Of course you want to see Pete Rose in a one-man show at an Indiana casino

    May 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    “Honey, I’ve narrowed down our options for the weekend getaway.” “Let’s hear it, dear.” “Well, we could go to the Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas and see that big Elton John show, or we could go to that casino in Florence, Indiana and see Pete Rose talk about his life.” “What are we waiting…

  18. Chris Young doubles twice on rehab assignment, nears return to Diamondbacks

    May 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young is close to coming off the disabled list after doubling twice in a minor-league rehab game yesterday at Single-A. It was Young’s second rehab outing and he’s expected to play one more game for Visalia before moving his assignment to Triple-A. From there a return to the Diamondbacks could happen…

  19. This Day in History: Ty Cobb beat the hell out of a fan

    May 16, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Via BTF, we are reminded that today is the 96th anniversary of Ty Cobb doing something which, if today’s Hall of Fame voters are to be believed, wasn’t as bad as taking some HGH: he beat the hell out of a fan: My favorite part came right afterward. It seems that AL President Ban Johnson…

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