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  1. Jarrod Parker was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all

    May 8, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Sorry, I saw Susan Slusser’s headline from her piece on Jarrod Parker — “A’s Parker shaped by happenstance …” — and that’s the first thing I thought of. That aside, it’s a good piece about Parker, his brother and growing up in baseball. Fun anecdotes and that sort of thing.  And this: Justin and Jarrod played…

  2. Jim Leyland thinks Cole Hamels’ five-game suspension “is way too light”

    May 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Lost in Cole Hamels saying his decision to intentionally hit Bryce Harper was “old school” is that someone who’s actually old school thinks he should have been suspended for longer than five games. Jim Leyland, who’s 67 years old with 21 years of big-league managing experience and a World Series title, told Jason Beck of…

  3. The Dodgers won’t discuss an extension with Clayton Kershaw this season

    May 8, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said yesterday that he won’t discuss a long-term deal with Clayton Kershaw until the offseason, saying “Nothing will happen with us and Clayton this season.” Two observations: 1) Given that Kershaw signed a two-year deal before this season for $19 million, why would there be any expectation that they’d do a deal this…

  4. LaTroy Hawkins out 4-6 weeks with broken finger

    May 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Butcher, LaTroy Hawkins, Chris Iannetta

    Just when the Angels’ bullpen was showing some signs of getting its act together LaTroy Hawkins suffered a broken right pinkie finger closing out Sunday’s win. Hawkins, who was only in the game because closer Scott Downs tweaked his knee earlier in the ninth inning, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. To take his spot…

  5. Just your standard 1-5-4-3 double play

    May 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Beavan

    Blake Beavan started a double play in last night’s Tigers-Mariners game that he probably wishes he hadn’t. Why? because it started with a line drive right off his freakin’ back. Pitcher’s best friend? Hardly. Ouch. UPDATE: OK, I guess it hit his elbow because Beavan left the game with an elbow contusion. So, ugh, worse.

  6. Guillermo Mota appeals 100-game suspension, blames positive test on children’s cough medicine

    May 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday afternoon MLB suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Clenbuterol, but the Giants reliever is appealing the suspension while blaming the positive result on children’s cough medicine. Mota’s agent, Adam Katz, issued the following statement: Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Guillermo understands…

  7. Dylan Bundy finally gave up a run

    May 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    We’ve been keeping track of Dylan Bundy’s firsts because he’s started so well — he didn’t give up his first hit until his fifth professional start — so why not keep track of the first run too? It came last night. It was unearned. And it wasn’t exactly a case of him getting knocked around:…

  8. Ryan Howard takes batting practice

    May 8, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    Ryan Howard took batting practice yesterday, the first time he’s done so since being cleared for baseball activities at the end of April.  Ruben Amaro was pleased, calling it “progress.” The next step will be a minor league rehab assignment, though there’s no timetable for that.  The thinking is still that he’ll return to the…

  9. Mariano Rivera runs into “complications”

    May 8, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    This is scary, mostly because of how little information is actually provided. It seems that Mariano Rivera met with surgeons who were supposed to confirm his initial diagnosis and then set a date for his ACL surgery. Except … they didn’t: “We ran into complications,’’ agent Fernando Cuza told The Post. “I am referring to…

  10. HBT Extra: In which Tiffany invites your angry comments

    May 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Not about her. You could never say bad things about her, right?  No, at the end of my little Cole Hamels rant she asks all of you to rip me in the comments.  Which I know you would anyway, but it is sweet that she cares.

  11. Giants beat writer says that Dodgers fans are “total idiots” and “the worst fans in baseball”

    May 8, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    It was late and out west so I didn’t see it, but San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Hank Schulman witnessed something in L.A. last night that is is kind of mind boggling. It happened in the sixth inning, when Matt Kemp made an error on a Melky Cabrera single to center. Kemp had trouble getting…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 8, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games.  Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we’ll let Cholly run the team from here on out. Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA…

  13. Red Sox rookie Will Middlebrooks smashes two more homers in win

    May 8, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks

    The Red Sox may not be very good, but they certainly are resilient. Bouncing back from their second horrible loss of the season — a 17-inning game against the Orioles in which Chris Davis got the victory — the Red Sox lit up Jonathan Sanchez on their way to an 11-5 victory over the Royals…

  14. Jered Weaver gives up three hits, settles for fifth win

    May 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver‘s bid for back-to-back no-hitters lasted into the third inning Monday night, when, after a leadoff walk, Minnesota’s Erik Komatsu singled on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. Weaver ended up allowing one run and three hits over six innings in the Angels’ 8-3 victory. Komatsu had two of the hits, his first two…

  15. Josh Thole could be placed on seven-day concussion DL following collision

    May 7, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Josh Thole Getty

    Josh Thole could be headed for the seven-day disabled list for concussions after taking a shoulder to the head on a slide from Ty Wigginton during tonight’s game against the Phillies. The injury occurred when Freddy Galvis hit a tapper to Bobby Parnell with runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth…

  16. Here’s Austin Wates’ incredible, over-the-wall catch

    May 7, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, Austin Wates, an Astros prospect playing at Double-A Corpus Christi, made the catch of the year so far, robbing San Antonio’s Nathan Freiman of a home run Sunday.

  17. Jhoulys Chacin placed on disabled list with right shoulder inflammation

    May 7, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies announced earlier this evening that Jhoulys Chacin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs last week after posting an ugly 7.30 ERA over his first five starts, but today’s move rescinds the option. This news doesn’t come as a big surprise,…

  18. Dodgers remove Javy Guerra from closer role, name Kenley Jansen as replacement

    May 7, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra was given the opportunity to open the season as the Dodgers’ closer after posting a 2.31 ERA and 21 saves in 23 chances last year, but most felt it was only a matter of time before Kenley Jansen would stake his claim on the role. That time is now. According to Dylan Hernandez…

  19. Brett Gardner’s rehab assignment pushed back due to rainout

    May 7, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out tonight, so Gardner won’t begin his rehab assignment until tomorrow. Gardner is expected to play two rehab games, so he won’t rejoin the Yankees until Thursday at the earliest. 12:48 PM: Brett Gardner wasn’t ready to come off the…

  20. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

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