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  1. Doug Fister is rejoining the Tigers’ rotation tonight

    May 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Out since April 7 with a strained abdominal muscle, Doug Fister is slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight. And he’ll be facing his former team, the Mariners. The injury forced Fister to exit his season debut in the fourth inning, but after a month off he felt good…

  2. Mike Rizzo calls Cole Hamels “classless,” “gutless,” “chickens**t” and “fake tough”

    May 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post called Nats GM Mike Rizzo this morning. And Rizzo unloaded on Cole Hamels like a freakin’ battleship bombarding the coastline: Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo responded to Cole Hamels’ admission he drilled Bryce Harper on purpose last night in harsh terms, saying MLB should suspend Hamels and calling out Hamels as…

  3. Comment of the Day: If you’re gonna be Old School, be Old School

    May 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Hamels stuff has been fun today.  The upshot, based on the comments: I’m a big wimp who never played baseball and I hate the Phillies and I should stop whining and Zimmerman did it too.  Which is what I expected.  I’m a big boy and can handle it.  Of course I still haven’t seen…

  4. Clay Buchholz and his 9.09 ERA will stay in the Red Sox’s rotation … for now

    May 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Our own Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about Clay Buchholz‘s struggles and wondered how much longer the Red Sox would leave him in the rotation. Buchholz failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday as his ERA rose to 9.09, but afterward manager Bobby Valentine told reporters: “I have no plans to change him…

  5. Some folks in Baltimore didn’t get to see the end of yesterday’s game

    May 7, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    When you have a six hour ballgame in a three hour television slot, something has to give.  Usually it’s whatever is scheduled for after that slot.  But not in Baltimore yesterday: The Orioles used designated hitter Chris Davis to pitch the 16th and 17th, and he got the win after a 3-run home run by…

  6. UPDATE: I think the comments are fixed

    May 7, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Technical Difficulties

    UPDATE:  We think it’s fixed now. He said. 9:21 AM: Hey all — tons of you have noticed that comments threads that go more than one page are messed up right now, not letting you go back to the first page of comments. This, as they say, is a bug, not a feature.  We are…

  7. Andy Pettitte: “I feel like I’m ready”

    May 7, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte has given up ten runs in his last two outings but, despite this, he has declared himself ready for real live major league baseball: “I’m going to let them let everybody know what we’ve got going on,” Pettitte said. “I feel like I’m ready, and I think they’re ready for me to come…

  8. There’s no excuse for Cole Hamels intentionally throwing at Bryce Harper

    May 7, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As we saw last night, Cole Hamels admitted that he threw at and hit Bryce Harper intentionally. Harper being young, brash and, in Hamels’ mind anyway, pampered was his motivation. “Old school baseball,” was his defense.  But no matter how he rationalizes it, it’s low rent and pathetic. Hamels says that he wasn’t trying to…

  9. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 7, 2012, 5:44 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Just your standard seventeen inning affair in which a first baseman is the winning pitcher, after throwing two shutout innings and and outfielder is the losing pitcher after giving up a three-run homer . Chris Davis shut out the Red Sox for the 16th and 17th innings, striking out two.…

  10. In first start since no-hitting Twins, Jered Weaver to face … the Twins

    May 7, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

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    Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t enjoy Jered Weaver’s no-hitter against his Twins last Wednesday. Gardenhire paced behind his desk while addressing reporters after the game, the picture painted by Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune showing the manager in a slow burn, using great effort to avoid blowing up. I’m guessing he looked something like…

  11. Cole Hamels: ‘I was trying to hit’ Bryce Harper

    May 6, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Cole Hamels decided to open his big mouth after his outing. It should cost him a five- or six-game suspension. Hamels plunked brash rookie Bryce Harper in the first inning of Sunday night’s game against the Nationals and admitted afterwards that he was trying to send a message. Here’s the quote from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s…

  12. UPDATE: Jayson Werth suffers broken left wrist

    May 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It was announced after the game Sunday that Werth had suffered a broken left wrist. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as the Nats go about determining whether he has any ligament damage. If it’s a simple break, then 6-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario. If there’s more damage, then…

  13. Bryce Harper’s first career steal is of home

    May 6, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper, Carlos Ruiz

    Bryce Harper put the Nationals on the board with his legs Sunday night against the Phillies. After getting hit by a Cole Hamels pitch in the first, he advanced to third on a Jayson Werth single and then stole home as Hamels made a pickoff throw to first. Harper pretty easily made it into home…

  14. Clay Buchholz has the Red Sox in a bind

    May 6, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz, Bobby Valentine

    Clay Buchholz is throwing in the low-90s consistently. His curveball looked plenty good today. He’s been inconsistent with his changeup, but that hardly explains the 9.09 ERA. Buchholz gave up five more runs in 3 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision in what ended up being a 17-inning loss to the Orioles. He’s allowed at…

  15. Chris Davis goes 0-for-8, gets the win in 17-inning game

    May 6, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    It wasn’t pretty, but in many ways, Chris Davis had the most remarkable day on a baseball field that I can ever remember. Starting at DH for the Orioles, Davis fanned in his first five at-bats, hit into a double play in his sixth and grounded out in his seventh before moving to the mound…

  16. Freddie Freeman powers Braves to rare sweep in Colorado

    May 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones

    The Braves cleaned up in Coors Field this weekend, winning three straight games for their first sweep in Colorado since 2003. Freddie Freeman hit his sixth homer and tripled in the 7-2 victory Sunday. The Braves scored 29 runs in the three games. Freeman is up to 26 RBI for the season, placing him third…

  17. Matt Moore isn’t looking like Rookie of the Year material

    May 6, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore was expected to excel right away for the Rays. He would have been the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year honors if not for Yu Darvish‘s presence on the Rangers, and many thought he had a good shot at the award anyway. Some thought he might quickly overtake CC Sabathia, David Price and Jon…

  18. Albert Pujols finally hits first homer for Angels

    May 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Jeff Mathis

    In his third at-bat Sunday and 111th at-bat of the season, Albert Pujols finally broke his career-long homer drought, connecting on a two-run shot off Blue Jays rookie Drew Hutchinson that gave the Angels a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Pujols’ average had been down to .191 before the blast. It’s the first time this…

  19. Brewers nearing contract extensions with GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke

    May 6, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brings the developing news: #Brewers owner Mark Attanasio indicated he is close to wrapping up GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke with extensions. — Tom (@Haudricourt) May 6, 2012 Melvin has been the Brewers’ general manager since 2002 and has helped pilot a baseball revolution in the…

  20. Andy Pettitte gives up five runs in Triple-A start

    May 6, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Making his first Triple-A start since beginning his comeback, Andy Pettitte gave up five runs — three earned — and eight hits in five innings Sunday against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Pettitte wasn’t helped by his defense in the game. First baseman Steve Pearce dropped a foul popup on the very first play of the…

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