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  1. Orioles, Rangers have best bullpen ERAs so far

    May 8, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson

    Baltimore’s surprising start owes a lot to the relievers, who have gone 8-2 with a remarkable 1.54 ERA in 99 2/3 innings to date. Here’s the list of ERAs for every major league bullpen to date: 1. Orioles – 1.54 2. Rangers – 2.02 3. Yankees – 2.31 4. Reds – 2.34 5. Athletics –…

  2. Former major league outfielder Rusty Torres faces sex abuse charges

    May 8, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Rusty Torres - 1977 Topps

    Rusty Torres, an outfielder who played for five major league teams in a career spanning 1972-1980, faces sex abuse charges in New York after allegedly abusing an 8-year-old boy. Prosecutors say Torres worked for the Town of Oyster Bay as a baseball coach. They say an 8-year-old was sexually abused inside a town-issued van. The…

  3. Former Rockies owner Jerry McMorris dies at 71

    May 8, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Jerry McMorris

    Jerry McMorris, who was instrumental in getting an expansion team in Denver, died Tuesday following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. “It’s a very sad day for the Rockies and for his family,” Rockies owner Dick Monfort said.McMorris, who built NationsWay Transport from scratch, was one of the Rockies’ original investors and…

  4. Nationals sign reliever Mike Gonzalez to minor league deal

    May 8, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez AP

    Mike Gonzalez‘s inability to land a bullpen gig this offseason always seemed weird to me. Certainly his lengthy injury history played a big part, especially since he underwent knee surgery shortly after last season, but he has a 2.94 career ERA and was effective last year with a 4.39 ERA and 51/21 K/BB ratio in…

  5. Mike Rizzo fined for his Cole Hamels tirade

    May 8, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    Jim Salisbury of reports that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has been hit with a fine in an undisclosed amount for his comments about Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels following L’Affaire Old School the other day. If you don’t recall — and that would be understandable given how little attention we’ve devoted to this since Sunday —…

  6. Bryce Harper moves to the second spot in Nationals lineup

    May 8, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper joined Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones, and B.J. Upton as the only 19-year-olds to bat third in a big-league game since 1980, but now he’s on the move in the Nationals’ lineup again. Harper, who debuted as a No. 7 hitter before shifting to the No. 3 slot, is batting No. 2 tonight…

  7. Cole Hamels will be back on Sunday

    May 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Cole Hamels will return Sunday against the Padres following his suspension. That means that his scheduled start only gets pushed back two days, so it wasn’t much of a suspension. Of course, pitching on six days is not very old school of him, so I guess in his mind that’s punishment enough.

  8. Brewers give extensions to general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke

    May 8, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Ron Roenicke, Doug Melvin

    It’s less than ideal timing with the team in last place and the disabled list suddenly packed with regulars, but the Brewers announced contract extensions with general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke. Melvin’s new deal runs through 2015, while Roenicke’s contract runs through 2014 and includes a team option for 2015. Melvin took…

  9. Casey Blake is retiring

    May 8, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    When you’re 38 years-old, you get released at the end of March and your phone barely rings between then and the middle of May, well, you’re probably not too far away from retirement.  That’s the boat Casey Blake found himself in this spring, so he’s calling it a career: Major League Baseball veteran Casey Blake…

  10. He’s back: Andy Pettitte to start for Yankees on Sunday

    May 8, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte hasn’t exactly been blowing away minor-league hitters, but the 39-year-old left-hander said over the weekend he was ready to return to the big leagues, and apparently the Yankees agree. General manager Brian Cashman just announced that Pettitte will be called up to start Sunday against the Mariners, which will be his first major…

  11. Royals owner on rumors of team being for sale: “Nonsense”

    May 8, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Royals logo

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that “the rumors and whispers are escalating again” about Royals owner David Glass potentially selling the team. However, the former Wal-Mart president and CEO put an end to that speculation immediately: Nonsense. I’ve never spoken to anyone about selling the club. I have no idea where that…

  12. Deep thoughts: what the heck is “Old School Baseball” anyway?

    May 8, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    When Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper, he defended himself by saying it was just a case of “old school” baseball.  Others said that by Harper taking his base and then stealing home, it was “old school baseball.”  Some others — most notably Cal Ripken, earlier today — said that they were unaware of any tenet…

  13. Has Ron Washington learned his lesson?

    May 8, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    The Texas Rangers tied a postseason record when they issued 12 intentional walks last October. Some worked out, but overall, the Rangers likely would have upped their chances of winning the World Series had they just avoided the strategy entirely. Which seems to be what Ron Washington is doing this year. The Rangers have played…

  14. Braves haven’t discussed Jair Jurrjens returning to majors

    May 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens has allowed just three runs in 15 innings at Triple-A since being demoted to the minors last month, but the Braves haven’t given any thought to his return. Manager Fredi Gonzalez made it clear that Jurrjens was sent to the minors as a demotion, rather than as a rehab assignment, telling David O’Brien…

  15. The Dodgers probably need a team spokesman

    May 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Dodgers owners Patton, Jr., Kasten,Walter, Johnson, Guber and Boehly pose after a news conference to announce the new ownership of the Major League Baseball team at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Because when Magic Johnson and Mark Walter say things about the team, they aren’t always truthful: Neither Johnson nor Mark Walter, the Dodgers’ chairman, attended the meeting as promised. That left Kasten to answer for the comments Johnson and Walter made at last week’s news conference, when they pointedly said McCourt would make no money…

  16. Ryan Zimmerman rejoins Nationals after disabled list stint

    May 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    ryan zimmerman getty

    As expected, the Nationals have activated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list after the third baseman missed 15 games with a shoulder injury. Zimmerman being placed on the DL is what motivated the Nationals to call up Bryce Harper, but obviously sending the 19-year-old phenom back to the minors ceased being an option almost immediately…

  17. Loving and hating Bryce Harper

    May 8, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    NBC’s Jelisa Castrodale considers the phenomenon that is Bryce Harper. And, after noting his … uniqueness … He was the guy who smudged his eyeblack down onto his cheekbones, the guy who cost his team a National Junior College World Series after an ejection and suspension, the one who blew a kiss to an opposing Single-A…

  18. Josh Beckett cleared to start Thursday versus Indians

    May 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Josh Beckett skipped his scheduled Saturday start because of a sore lat muscle and Aaron Cook had a disastrous outing in his place, but Beckett avoided the disabled list and has been cleared to rejoin the rotation Thursday versus the Indians. Beckett told Ian Browne of that he won’t have any pitch count restrictions…

  19. The Clemens Trial desperately needs Joe West right now

    May 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Trying a case to a jury is like pitching: work fast and throw strikes. It’s amazing how many lawyers fail to understand this. How many fall in love with their own outline of questions and fixate on points that matter only to them when a jury really only cares about the important crap. But even…

  20. Rockies turn to prospects Alex White, Christian Friedrich amid rotation struggles

    May 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    alex white ap

    Colorado’s starting pitchers have combined for an NL-worst 5.75 ERA, so the Rockies are calling up a pair of prospects to join the rotation. Alex White, who was acquired from the Indians along with Drew Pomeranz in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade last season, will start tonight. Christian Friedrich, who was the 25th overall pick in…

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