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  1. Great moments at the Roger Clemens trial

    May 10, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    From the New York Times: A day after telling lawyers to accelerate their pace, United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton dismissed a 27-year-old juror who had been showing up late and falling asleep during testimony. Also, there is an extended description in here about how prosecution witness Kirk Radomski, on cross examination, could not…

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

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  3. Embarrassed Orioles hire extra field security

    May 9, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

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    Seemingly motivated by the April 27 incident in which home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg had to step in and tackle a fan on the field, the Orioles have beefed up security at Camden Yards by hiring private security guards, CSN Baltimore’s Rich Dubroff reports. The guards will work in tandem with Baltimore City police officers…

  4. Yadier Molina expects to return to Cardinals’ lineup Friday

    May 9, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

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    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was removed in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks after getting crossed up with reliever Mitchell Boggs and taking a pitch off his left hand. Molina is not in Wednesday’s lineup, but X-rays taken late Tuesday night ruled out a fracture and MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch says the 29-year-old…

  5. Mariners let catcher lead off for first time in 34 years

    May 9, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    John Jaso

    Catcher John Jaso is hitting leadoff for the Mariners against the Tigers and Drew Smyly on Wednesday. It’s the first time since 1978 that a Mariners backstop has found himself atop the order. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times points out that Bob Stinson was the only previous catcher to lead off for the Mariners,…

  6. Yoenis Cespedes day-to-day with strained left hand

    May 9, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

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    A’s center fielder Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t played since Sunday, isn’t in the lineup Wednesday night, and might be out for a couple more games. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the 26-year-old Cuban has been diagnosed with a strained muscle in the back of his left hand. X-rays and an MRI taken Wednesday morning ruled…

  7. Jason Hammel scratched Thursday with sore right knee

    May 9, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli comes word that the Orioles have scratched Jason Hammel from his scheduled Thursday start against the Rangers with what is being termed “right knee soreness.” An MRI taken Wednesday on Hammel’s knee revealed only inflammation and fluid buildup — with no structural damage. So the Orioles are confident that he’ll be…

  8. Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera is MLB’s new hardest thrower

    May 9, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kelvin Herrera

    Averaging a cool 99.1 mph with his fastball, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera has taken over as the league’s hardest thrower since being called up last month. Here’s the top 10, according to Fangraphs data: 99.1 – Herrera 98.6 – Andrew Cashner (Padres) 98.4 – Henry Rodriguez (Nationals) 96.8 – Nate Jones (White Sox) 96.8 –…

  9. Cubs pull off an oddity: a win with only 26 plate appearances

    May 9, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    When the Cubs beat the Braves 1-0 on Wednesday, they did it sending a total of 26 men to the plate. It was the first time since 2007 that a team had won a nine-inning game without every spot in the order getting three plate appearances. Of course, to pull off such a feat a…

  10. Mariano Rivera was probably pitching in 2013 regardless

    May 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Given that Mariano Rivera indicated he had already made a decision about his status for 2013 going into the spring, most assumed 2012 would be his last year. He wasn’t willing to reveal anything publically at the time, but speculation was that he’d announce his retirement in July. We know that won’t happen now, as…

  11. Zack Greinke knocks the Reds down, but John Axford lets ’em back up

    May 9, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

    Zack Greinke pitched eight shutout innings against the Reds this afternoon. He allowed only two hits. He struck out 11.  That’ll get you a win most days.  But not today. That’s because Johnny Cueto pitched seven shutout innings himself and had better help from his bullpen and the Fates. The Reds beat the Brewers 2-1.…

  12. Fake Outrage Alert: Bobby Valentine doesn’t like Josh Beckett playing golf

    May 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    Fried Chicken? Pfft! That’s yesterday’s faux scandal.  Today’s Red Sox Nation tempest-in-a-beer keg is golf: According to 98.5 the Sports Hub, Beckett went out for a round of golf last Thursday, just two days before he missed a scheduled start against the Orioles because of back stiffness … It’s a development that has predictably become fodder…

  13. Hideki Matsui’s deal with Rays worth up to $900,000

    May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Tampa Bay seemingly didn’t have much need for Hideki Matsui when they signed him to a minor-league contract last month, but it turns out the price was low enough that it doesn’t really matter. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has the details of Matsui’s contract and reports that he’d earn just $900,000 if…

  14. The Red Sox P.A. announcer was killed in an auto accident

    May 9, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Ugh, the saddest news for a voice you’ve probably heard but likely never knew: Carl Beane, the public address announcer at Fenway Park has died after a car crash in Sturbridge. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early says the 59-year-old died in a one-car crash on Holland Road Wednesday afternoon. He had the P.A. job since 2003.

  15. Mariano Rivera had a blood clot in his calf

    May 9, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    We now know what the “complication” was in Mariano Rivera‘s exam the other day: he had a blood clot.  Here’s how we know this: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that they’re all standing next to each other, in Rivera’s presence, looking kinda funny tweeting all at once. Hopefully they’re still…

  16. Daniel Hudson’s shoulder “felt good” after bullpen session

    May 9, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Daniel Hudson

    Daniel Hudson took the mound yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session. Hudson, who’s been on the DL since April 21, told Tyler Emerick of MLB.com that he “felt good” and “wanted to keep going.” He’ll likely need to complete a…

  17. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen colorfully avoids a Fidel Castro question

    May 9, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Ozzie Guillen was asked by a reporter if the furor over his Fidel Castro comments has died down.  Of course Ozzie isn’t going to touch a Fidel Castro question with a ten foot pole these days, so he dodged it. Smart! Even better: he did it by making sure he stayed firmly in his comfort zone:…

  18. Blue Jays ditch Francisco Cordero as fill-in closer, turn to Casey Janssen

    May 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Sergio Santos is still a few weeks from returning from a shoulder injury, but Francisco Cordero‘s time filling in for him as the Blue Jays’ closer is over now. Cordero’s latest ugly outing last night involved blowing his third save in five tries, leaving him with a 9.53 ERA, and the Blue Jays have stripped…

  19. White Sox’s new closer Chris Sale has a sore elbow, still wants to be a starter

    May 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Jim Bowden of XM Radio that Chris Sale will undergo an MRI exam on his sore left elbow. Last week the White Sox cut short Sale’s transition to the rotation and moved him back to the bullpen as their new closer, with manager Robin Ventura saying he’d fill…

  20. Cliff Lee activated, will start against the Mets tonight

    May 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Phillies made it official a few minutes ago: Cliff Lee has been activated. To make room for him on the roster they have sent down Michael Schwimer to Lehigh Valley. Lee will be on a pitch count tonight — 80 pitches. So the Philly pen will get another chance to work the magic it has…

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