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  1. 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…

  2. 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

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    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…

  3. 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…

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

    May 4, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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)…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Jeff Francoeur continues to be an awesome human being

    May 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. Rangers get Ryan Spilborghs from Indians for minors depth

    May 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Adam Yauch 1964-2012

    May 4, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Adam Yauch

    I don’t care that this isn’t about baseball. If you need it to be, be content with the “And I’ve got mad hits like I was Rod Carew ” line in “Sure Shot.” And that Rod Carew was aware of it. Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of…

  13. Delmon Young returns from week-long suspension, Tigers drop Brad Eldred

    May 4, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Delmon Young is back from his seven-day suspension and to make room for his return to the roster the Tigers designated Brad Eldred for assignment. Eldred was called up last week after absolutely destroying Triple-A pitching and manager Jim Leyland talked about “running him out there” to see if he could provide some power, but…

  14. So, is there gonna be a rumble in Washington, or what?

    May 4, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I’ve had a little back and forth with Nats fans on Twitter today over “Natitude” a the whole “Take Back the Park” thing for this weekend’s series against the Phillies. Now, I don’t need to prove to anyone what I think about a certain brand of Phillies fan, so believe me, when I say this,…

  15. Padres’ veteran double play duo Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett “could be released”

    May 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    In trading standout reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels yesterday the Padres picked up a prospect they hope will be their long-term second baseman in Alexi Amarista. He doesn’t project as a star player and for now Amarista is at Triple-A anyway, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the clock may…

  16. Carlos Marmol has lost his job

    May 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Darn. Mere hours after I started a push to get closer implosions called “Marmols,” the new stat’s namesake loses his job.  David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports: Marmol officially informed by Dale Sveum that he is out as Cubs closer. No defined role as of yet. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) May 4, 2012 I guess they…

  17. A’s place Coco Crisp on DL, call up prospect Michael Taylor

    May 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    As expected the A’s have placed Coco Crisp on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection, calling up Michael Taylor from Triple-A to replace him on the roster and in the outfield. Taylor was a top prospect when the A’s acquired him from the Blue Jays via the Phillies in mid-2009, ranking No. 29 on…

  18. Keith Olbermann really doesn’t think that Rivera should have been shagging fly balls

    May 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    I’m sure Keith Olbermann had written this up in memo form for the Yankees years ago and had planned on sending them to warn them of the dangers of Mariano Rivera shagging fly balls before games. Probably didn’t get there because of some technical problem out of his control: Girardi is right: Shagging flies has…

  19. No, the Mets aren’t calling up their young pitching prospects

    May 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    Mike Pelfrey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery and the Mets’ various options to replace him in the rotation aren’t very appealing, but general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that the team isn’t going to call up any of its top pitching prospects for a short-term fix. Zack Wheeler, who…

  20. Barry Bonds appeals his conviction

    May 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Barry Bonds lawyers filed a 60-page brief yesterday, appealing his obstruction of justice conviction.  The heart of it is basically something we’ve noted here all along: that it’s pretty weird to convict someone for not answering a question when they actually, you know, answered the question: “Any competent English speaker would understand Mr. Bonds’s initial…

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