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  1. Billy Butler improves from “portly” to “lumbering” overnight

    May 9, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    I wish I had taken a screen cap of it last night, but believe me, the first version of the AP game story from the Red Sox-Royals game called Billy Butler “the Royals’ portly designated hitter.”  Sometime overnight it was amended: The lumbering designated hitter’s three-run shot in the eighth inning Tuesday night boosted the…

  2. Kerry Wood throws his glove into the stands, gets all surly when asked about it

    May 9, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    kerry-wood-cubs

    What is it with Cubs pitchers getting all surly after getting roughed up the Braves?  Last year Carlos Zambrano kicked off a mini Operation Shutdown after Atlanta torched him. Last night Kerry Wood walked two Braves and gave up two more and the lead. Then he had himself a little hissy fit.  Patrick Mooney of…

  3. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

  4. So that’s why no one wanted Francisco Cordero this winter

    May 9, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Brandon Inge has gone from castoff to hero in record time, as a walkoff grand slam gave him his second straight four-RBI game Tuesday in Oakland’s 7-3 win over Toronto. The slam came off Francisco Cordero, who quickly blew his third save in a row by giving up a double, a sac bunt and an…

  5. Ex-Twins prospect Dan Osterbrock has angry words for team

    May 8, 2012, 11:02 PM EDT

    Dan Osterbrock

    Dan Osterbrock was never viewed as a big-time prospect, but he did make a bit of a name for himself with the Twins. After being drafted in the seventh round in 2008, he pitched 75 innings in Rookie ball with an incredible 104/8 K/BB ratio. In 2010, he went 7-8 with a 2.73 ERA and…

  6. MLB teams already looking for loopholes in CBA

    May 8, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Michael Ynoa

    Baseball America’s Ben Badler has an awfully interesting article up on how teams are already (and how they still might) look to exploit grey areas in the CBA in order to sign international prospects. Starting on July 2, teams will be limited to spending $2.9 million in bonuses to international free agents through the next…

  7. Josh Hamilton registers 16th four-homer game in MLB history

    May 8, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    hamilton getty

    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is historically hot. The 30-year-old impending free agent outfielder hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, a double in the fifth, a two-run homer in the seventh and yet another two-run blast in the eighth as Texas rolled to a 10-3 victory over the…

  8. Will Middlebrooks pulled from game with hamstring tightness

    May 8, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    middlebrooks ap

    From Tim Britton of the Providence Journal comes word that Red Sox rookie Will Middlebrooks had to be lifted from Tuesday’s game against the Royals after experiencing left hamstring tightness while running the bases in the second inning. Middlebrooks finished the evening 1-for-1 with a double and is now batting .409 with a 1.435 OPS…

  9. Mets place Josh Thole on 7-day concussion disabled list

    May 8, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    thole getty

    As expected, the Mets placed catcher Josh Thole on MLB’s new 7-day disabled list Tuesday evening following his collision at home plate Monday with the Phillies’ Ty Wigginton. Thole must either return in seven days or be disabled for an additional week. Veteran Rob Johnson was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding roster move to provide…

  10. Alex Avila out “at least” two games with knee soreness

    May 8, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    avila getty

    Tigers catcher Alex Avila limped through last year’s postseason, batting just .073/.116/.146 in 44 plate appearances while dealing with left patella tendinitis. He got over the issue this winter and has enjoyed a decent start (.250/.333/.463 in 23 games) to the 2012 campaign. But that knee tendinitis is back. According to Tom Gage of the…

  11. Orioles finalize minor league contract with Miguel Tejada

    May 8, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    miguel tejada getty

    It was reported late last week that the Orioles and veteran infielder Miguel Tejada had agreed to a minor league contract. Now that deal is official. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Tejada passed his pre-signing physical on Monday and appeared in his first extended spring training game at the O’s complex in Sarasota, Florida on…

  12. 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 –…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Mike Rizzo fined for his Cole Hamels tirade

    May 8, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com 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 —…

  17. 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…

  18. Cole Hamels will be back on Sunday

    May 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    hamels wide ap

    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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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