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  1. Ryan Braun is out for tonight’s game

    May 4, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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    If the Brewers lose tonight’s game in San Francisco, it’s totally on a technicality, man: Ryan Braun is out of the Milwaukee Brewers lineup for Friday night’s series opener with San Francisco, two days after the reigning NL MVP left the game at San Diego in the sixth inning with a sore right Achilles tendon. He could still…

  2. Chone Figgins is now a utilityman

    May 4, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that Chone Figgins is no longer going to be an everyday player. His new role: utility guy off the bench.  The new third baseman/basemen: Kyle Seager and Alex Liddi.  The new leadoff hitter: Dustin Ackley. Done and done. This is something that had to happen. Figgins has hit .231/.304/.287 in 267 games since…

  3. The Orioles are going to sign Miguel Tejada

    May 4, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Earlier this evening I saw someone tweeting about Miguel Tejada and the Orioles signing a deal. I followed it back to the source and found some sketchy looking Spanish language report that claimed to be based on Tejada’s Twitter account. Except, as Enrique Rojas of ESPN noted, Tejada doesn’t have a Twitter account. Hahaha, I…

  4. David Robertson, Rafael Soriano to share closer duties for a while

    May 4, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch spoke to Joe Girardi and he said that, to him at least, it sounds like both Rafael Soriano and David Robertson will be getting save opportunities in Mariano Rivera‘s absence. I figured that it would automatically fall to Robertson because is clearly the better pitcher. But really, if the lack of a…

  5. Joe West scratched for tonight’s Nats-Phillies game, still manages to mess it up

    May 4, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    Joe West

    An irresistible force — Natitude — has defeated an immovable object — umpire Joe West: “Country” Joe West scratched for tonight’s game. There will be three umpires. He would have been at first base. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 4, 2012 And because he’s Joe West, he has already screwed the game up, even in his absence.…

  6. The Mets are all using Beastie Boys as their walkup music tonight

    May 4, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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    This is probably the best thing the Mets have ever done: All #Mets starters will be using Beastie Boys songs as their walk-up music tonight. — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 4, 2012 David Wright has requested “Brass Monkey.” The Beastie Boys were and are big #Mets fans. — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 4, 2012  …

  7. The Phillies are Joe McEwing or maybe Tom Pagnozzi

    May 4, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Joe McEwing

    26 games into the 2012 season, the Philadelphia Phillies are hitting .256/.300/.361. It’s not the worst OPS for major league teams — the Marlins, Cubs, Padres, Pirates, Nationals and A’s all fare worse — but it is pretty bad, particularly since the Phillies play in a better hitter’s ballpark than most of those other clubs.…

  8. Chris Sale moves back to the pen, takes over as White Sox closer

    May 4, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Now this one is a real shocker: Chris Sale, who has been very impressive in opening the season 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in his rotation debut for the White Sox, will move back to the pen and take over as the team’s closer, it was announced Friday. Health concerns are the obvious reasoning behind…

  9. The Albert Pujols Countdown returns

    May 4, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    Remember the Albert Pujols Countdown?  It was a single-serving website created by Matt Sebek, counting down how long it would be until the then-Cardinals superstar was a free agent.  It pretty much lost its purpose as of last October and it was unlikely we’d ever see it again. But it has been resurrected.  And this…

  10. Tom Arnold retweeted HardballTalk, made Guy Fieri joke

    May 4, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    If you’re not already following HardballTalk on Twitter you’re missing out, because even celebrities like Tom Arnold use our Twitter feed to keep up to date on baseball news. For example, when the Padres traded reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels last night Arnold retweeted us and added in a joke about one of the…

  11. Mariano Rivera: “I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. … I’m not going out like this”

    May 4, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Probably never a good idea to make life decisions within 24 hours of something bad happening, but Mariano Rivera has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants to do: Mariano: “I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. … I’m not going out like this.” — Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) May…

  12. GM on possibility of Bryce Harper going back to the minors: “We’re not dumb”

    May 4, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper has started his big-league career 6-for-16 (.375) with four doubles and last night became just the fourth 19-year-old since 1980 to bat third in a major-league game. Just in case that wasn’t enough evidence to suggest he’s not going back to the minors, general manager Mike Rizzo basically confirmed that Harper is in…

  13. Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup, Beltre out

    May 4, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    after missing the past three games with back stiffness, Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ lineup as they take on the Indians. But … Adrian Beltre is not playing because of general soreness. True fact: “General Soreness” was going to be the new COBRA bad guy if the old “G.I.:Joe” cartoon had been renewed…

  14. Delmon Young met with a rabbi in Detroit and had “a really wonderful conversation”

    May 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Delmon Young AP

    While serving his seven-game suspension for, among other things, allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks, Delmon Young met with Detroit-area rabbi Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel. Bennett described the meeting as coming from “a mutual reaching out” initiated in part by the Tigers and Young’s agent, and told Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News that they had…

  15. The Bill Buckner ball sells at auction

    May 4, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Hey Sox fans: what would you have paid to keep that ball from rolling through the legs of Bill Buckner during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series?  Now, what would pay to have that ball?  If your answer was “a penny more than $418,250,” you  just blew it, dude: The baseball that rolled through…

  16. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  17. Mike Rizzo on why he won’t watch “Moneyball”

    May 4, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore spoke with Nats GM Mike Rizzo, who is apparently boycotting the movie “Moneyball.”  Why, Mike? Rizzo on boycotting the movie Moneyball: “It depicts baseball people as dummies who sit in a room and spit tobacco and say stupid things.” — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 4, 2012 Or, I suppose it’s possible that it…

  18. Twins claim Erik Komatsu off waivers from Cardinals, designate Clete Thomas for assignment

    May 4, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Komatsu gets ready for batting practice during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers

    Three weeks ago the Twins claimed Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers and gave him the fourth outfielder job, sending Ben Revere back to Triple-A for some additional seasoning. Thomas homered in his second at-bat for Minnesota … and then went 3-for-26 with 16 strikeouts, and today the Twins designated him for assignment while…

  19. Jeff Francoeur continues to be an awesome human being

    May 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Remember that time Jeff Francoeur signed a baseball, wrapped a $100 bill around it and tossed up to the fans with a message telling them that the pizza was on him?  Yeah, he did it again, this time for beer. Yeah, that’s a great way for people to cut you some slack over a .245/.290/.330…

  20. Rangers get Ryan Spilborghs from Indians for minors depth

    May 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    Triple-A center field prospect Leonys Martin is out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, so the Rangers have acquired Ryan Spilborghs from the Indians to provide some minor-league outfield depth. Spilborghs spent six seasons with the Rockies as a semi-regular, but was non-tendered in December and then failed to win a spot on the Indians’ bench…

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