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  1. Albert Pujols ends his homer drought

    May 24, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?  Why, nothing that a nice night can’t fix. Pujols went yard last night in the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Padres. His homer broke a one month, 106 plate appearance homerless streak, the longest of his career. In that month, Pujols has actually seen his OBP rise from .309 to…

  2. Athletics’ closer Brian Fuentes rips manager Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Brian Fuentes has been inserted late into tie games a lot recently. While one possible takeaway from that is that the manager trusts you to get the team out of tight spots, that strategy has led to Fuentes (a) not being entirely sure what his role is; and (b) taking a bunch of losses. He’s…

  3. Wilpon: The Mets are “bleeding cash”

    May 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    There was a time, not too long ago, when if one were to suggest in a post on this blog that the Mets financial situation was dire, as opposed to merely being a troublesome, short-term cash flow annoyance, and that the Wilpons’ hold on the team was in serious jeopardy, as opposed to merely being…

  4. The Jose Bautista smear campaign continues

    May 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run last night, helping power the Blue Jays past the Yankees. The game and its aftermath is making me want to take a walk down memory lane. For instance, remember back in 2009 when speculating that an unusual spike in a player’s performance could be steroids-related would get you…

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

    May 24, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Chris Perez

    Two stirring come-from-behind wins (and one not-so-stirring one), a seven-RBI night for a guy most people thought was dead and the Major League debut for a southpaw named Furbush. Monday night had a bit of everything.

  6. Corey Hart homers three times in win over Nationals

    May 23, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Corey Hart homers AP

    Corey Hart slugged three home runs and drove in seven runs in tonight’s 11-3 win over the Nationals. Hart, who missed most of April with an oblique injury, incredibly entered Monday’s action with zero homers and one RBI over his first 76 at-bats this season. He connected for a two-run blast in the first inning,…

  7. Mike Pelfrey takes the funny road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments

    May 23, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    Craig mentioned earlier how David Wright took “the high road” in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments from the New Yorker. You wouldn’t expect anything different from him, but right-hander Mike Pelfrey has a decidedly different take. A downright funny one, actually. No, Wilpon didn’t mention Pelfrey by name in the profile, but in talking to…

  8. Stephen Strasburg throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    May 23, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    The Nationals have lost seven out of their last 10 games and currently sit in last place in the National League East, but there’s some reason for optimism today. No really, there is. Stephen Strasburg revealed via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he threw from a mound for the first time since undergoing…

  9. 20 years ago today: Phillies right-hander Tommy Greene throws no-hitter

    May 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Tommy Greene

    May 23, 1991 Making just his second start of the season, the Phillies’ Tommy Greene, a former first-round pick of the Braves with six major league victories to his credit, pitched a no-hitter against the Expos, striking out 10 and walking seven in the process. Facing the Expos again five days later, he hurled a second…

  10. Johnny Bench released from hospital after bout of pancreatitis

    May 23, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Johnny Bench

    Johnny Bench was released Monday after spending five days in a Rochester, N.Y., hospital with acute pancreatitis, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bench, 63, fell ill a day after appearing as a guest at a taping for MLB Network’s “Greatest Games” show that aired Sunday.  He was on his way to a speaking engagement in Rochester when…

  11. Finally given some protection in the lineup, Jose Bautista homers in first at-bat

    May 23, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    The slump is over

    Jose Bautista, who went four straight at-bats Sunday without homering, got back in the swing of things Monday, taking Bartolo Colon deep in the first inning against the Yankees. Bautista now has 18 1/2 homers this season.  We’re giving the other half of this one to Yunel Escobar, who had Colon shaking on the mound…

  12. A’s give Conor Jackson his first career start at third base

    May 23, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson

    Willing to try just about anything — well, short of calling up Jemile Weeks or Adrian Cardenas — to improve their lackluster lineup, the A’s have Conor Jackson starting at third base on Monday. It’ll be the first career start for Jackson at the hot corner.   He has played four innings there over two games this…

  13. Padres demote right fielder Will Venable, call up Blake Tekotte

    May 23, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Will Venable

    The Padres had to do something after scoring just two runs while being swept by the Mariners over the weekend, and the hammer came down on Will Venable today, as the team demoted it’s primary right fielder and called up Blake Tekotte. Venable, the Padres’ leader with 11 steals, was hitting just .224/.293/.291 with no…

  14. Adam LaRoche goes on DL, avoids surgery after second opinion

    May 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    Adam LaRoche got his second opinion Tuesday.  And it’s not that he’s ugly, too. LaRoche, who was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, rest his throwing shoulder for at least a couple of weeks, CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman reports.  Surgery was not recommended, but he was placed on the disabled list prior…

  15. Braves set to place Nate McLouth on DL, call up Jordan Schafer

    May 23, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Nate McLouth‘s strained left oblique will put him on the disabled list, according to the Journal-Constitution’s Dave O’Brien, and the Braves are set to call up Jordan Schafer to replace him. Schafer, who opened 2009 as the Braves’ center fielder, is back in the majors for the first time since June of that year.  There…

  16. Rangers activate Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and call up Japanese reliever

    May 23, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    As expected, the Rangers activated both Josh Hamilton (arm) and Nelson Cruz (quad) from the disabled list on Monday.  But they also made another move, bringing up reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock. The 35-year-old Tateyama, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, had a 2.14 ERA and a 26/4 K/BB…

  17. Mitchell Boggs goes from closer to Triple-A in three weeks

    May 23, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    When the Cardinals bumped Ryan Franklin from the closer role last month they turned to Mitchell Boggs as his replacement and the 27-year-old right-hander responded by converting his first three save chances. Boggs blew his fourth save chance on April 26 and hasn’t been given another ninth-inning lead since. And today the Cardinals demoted him…

  18. The Braves sign Julio Lugo for some reason

    May 23, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    It’s a pretty bad day when both your team and its division rival both sign guys to minor league deals, the rival’s signing is Scott Podsednik, and they’re move is far, far better than your team’s. But alas it was, as the Braves signed Julio Lugo for some reason. Lugo tore up baseball to the…

  19. HBT Daily: What was Fred Wilpon thinking?

    May 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss the Fred Wilpon thing. The answer to that question, though: he wasn’t thinking.

  20. Joe Blanton taking injured elbow to Dr. James Andrews

    May 23, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Scratched from his Thursday start and placed on the disabled list with the same elbow problems that shelved him earlier this season, Joe Blanton will now get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Meeting with Dr. Andrews is never a good thing for a pitcher and beyond that Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer…

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