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  1. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    I spent a lot of yesterday on Twitter talking about gay marriage. Short version: I’m pro-gay marriage. Exceedingly so, as I believe it a basic civil right to which I have yet to see any legitimate argument in opposition that comports with the civic culture and history of the United States. I got grouchy at…

  2. Missing persons alert: Peter Bourjos

    May 10, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Peter Bourjos is a reigning gold glove winner. Probably the best defensive center fielder in the game.  But the dude has been riding pine like crazy lately: Peter Bourjos’ game-changing speed and Gold Glove-caliber defense don’t do the Angels any good on the bench, but that’s where those tools were again Wednesday night. The center fielder was…

  3. Dodgers turn to Bobby Abreu with Juan Rivera injured

    May 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bobby Abreu was signed as a bench bat, but he may be in line for regular starts as the Dodgers left fielder thanks to Juan Rivera‘s hamstring injury. Rivera, who’s been splitting time between first base and left field, was placed on the disabled list after hitting just .247 with a .634 OPS in 25…

  4. Danny Valencia, starting third baseman since 2010, demoted to Triple-A by Twins

    May 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    As soon as the Twins called up Brian Dozier to start at shortstop and shifted Jamey Carroll into a utility man role it was clear that Danny Valencia and Alexi Casilla were on some very thin ice. Carroll has started each of the past three games at second base, but apparently that was due mostly…

  5. Wade Boggs rips Oil Can Boyd a new one

    May 10, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Oil Can Boyd

    Lost in all of Dennis “Oil Can Boyd’s” admissions of pregame drug use in his new book were the accusations that his teammate, Wade Boggs was a racist who would hurl epithets left and right in the Red Sox clubhouse. Boggs went on the radio and, to put it mildly, took exception: “Absolutely, positively, 100…

  6. Erik Bedard leaves start in second inning with back spasms

    May 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: Erik Bedard has been pitching well for his new team, but an injury forced him from a start and now his health status is uncertain. In the 2012 version of that seemingly annual occurrence Bedard signed with the Pirates as a free agent and posted a 2.65…

  7. Jon Hamm to star in a Dinesh and Rinku movie

    May 10, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Dinesh Patel

    Via Deadspin, word of the next baseball movie you’re likely to see: Mad Men star Jon Hamm has become attached to play a sports agent in Million Dollar Arm, the drama based on the true story of how sports agent J.B. Bernstein discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show he staged in…

  8. Dan Haren blames shortest start since 2005 on stiff back

    May 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    Dan Haren didn’t make it out of the fourth inning Tuesday night against the punchless Twins lineup, coughing up five runs on eight hits in his shortest start since 2005. Afterward he revealed the lower back stiffness that came on during his pregame bullpen session made it tough to finish pitches, which helps explain how…

  9. Some deluded baseball fans sue MLB, broadcasters over alleged video monopoly

    May 10, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    Blaming the legal system for stupid lawsuits is kinda like blaming guns for gun violence. They’re just tools that, when properly used, have their place.  It’s the idiots who use them recklessly that are the real problem: A small group of baseball fans is suing Major League Baseball, its clubs and some television broadcast entities,…

  10. Twins shift struggling starter Francisco Liriano to bullpen

    May 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Earlier this week Ron Gardenhire insisted that the Twins would stick with Francisco Liriano as a starter, but last night the team announced that the left-hander would be shifting to the bullpen after beginning the season 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA. Apparently the new plan is to get him back on track for an eventual…

  11. Mark Teixeira is diagnosed with inflamed airways

    May 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    The other day I read someone making a reference to Mark Teixeira having a bad cough and/or sinus problems all season. I guess this is what they were talking about: The Yankees first baseman visited a chest specialist at Columbia Presbyterian yesterday and was diagnosed with “severely inflamed bronchial airways” that have impacted his breathing.…

  12. David Robertson blows a save, but it’s not the end of the world

    May 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    David Robertson blew a 1-0 ninth-inning lead, allowing four runs on three hits and a walk.  Here’s the New York Post this morning: Obviously it was going to be a big deal the first time Robertson blew a save in the post-Mariano Rivera world. But I do hope that no one loses perspective here and starts…

  13. In which Andrew McCutchen scored from second on an infield single

    May 10, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    What’s more extreme in this play? The awesomeness of Andrew McCutchen busting home from second base on a ball hit through the infield or the indecisiveness of Ian Desmond in not throwing the ball home in an attempt to nail him at the plate? When I first saw it I thought that maybe the catcher…

  14. Charlie Manuel lays into the Phillies in a closed-door meeting

    May 10, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Cholly has seen enough: … after what Manuel watched on the field in a 10-6 loss to the Mets — some sloppy fielding, runners left all over the basepaths and another implosion from his bullpen — he couldn’t contain himself for a second straight night. He unloaded on his club in a closed-door team meeting…

  15. Great moments at the Roger Clemens trial

    May 10, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    clemens ap

    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…

  16. 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…

  17. Embarrassed Orioles hire extra field security

    May 9, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    Jeff Kellogg Getty

    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…

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

    May 9, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    molina getty

    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…

  19. 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,…

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

    May 9, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    cespedes getty

    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…

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