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

    May 18, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy

    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…

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

    May 18, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    May 17, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    AP Curt Schilling

    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…

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

    May 17, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    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…

  7. Jeff Samardzija takes a little dig at Hawk Harrelson

    May 17, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

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

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

    May 17, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    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…

  9. Ozzie Guillen is quitting Twitter

    May 17, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    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…

  10. 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…

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

    May 17, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson

    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…

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

    May 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tom Ricketts

    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,”…

  13. Only four closers have yet to blow a save this season

    May 17, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    This has been a rough first six weeks for closers, as half the teams in baseball have a new guy in the ninth-inning role due to poor performances and/or injuries. Of the closers left standing only four guys have at least five saves without a blown save and showing someone the list before the season…

  14. Bud Selig basically tells the A’s to dangle

    May 17, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    After three years of telling the A’s to hold tight, a special committee is looking into their desired move to San Jose, Bud Selig almost seemed to punt today when asked about the matter: At the owners meeting Thursday in New York, Commissioner Bud Selig opened the door for the A’s to leave the Bay…

  15. It’s been one year since Brian Roberts played for the Orioles

    May 17, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Brian Roberts‘ last game action for the Orioles and concussions have limited the former All-Star second baseman to just 98 total games since the beginning of 2010. Roberts spoke to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun about his year on the sidelines, calling it “extremely hard and very frustrating…

  16. Brett Lawrie drops the appeal of his suspension

    May 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games yesterday, appealed, played last night and went hitless. Today he has reconsidered, dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game punishment. I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie.  Or,…

  17. Jair Jurrjens rocked for 11 runs in Triple-A start

    May 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Last week manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed that the Braves hadn’t even given any thought to recalling Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A, saying: “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now.” At the time Jurrjens had put together three straight impressive outings, but that all unraveled last night as he got rocked for…

  18. Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery

    May 17, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery this morning. In a surprise, the doctor announced afterward that it “was the least successful surgery ever. Really, I messed up. It’s a hot mess in that knee, and he would have been far better off with an amputation than the havoc I wreaked in that thing.”…

  19. Chien-Ming Wang is willing to pitch out of Nationals bullpen

    May 17, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    Chien-Ming Wang is close to coming off the disabled list and rejoining the Nationals, but with no room for him in an excellent rotation the veteran right-hander said yesterday that he’d be open to some relief work. Middle relief would be an easy way for the Nationals to keep him in the mix while also…

  20. 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…

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