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  1. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks make nice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    bobby-jenks-and-ozzie-guillen-white-sox

    Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks had a nasty breakup, with mud being slung from both sides after Jenks signed with the Red Sox as a free agent and Guillen hinting at having some further bombs to lob should things escalate. Eventually the situation died down and yesterday, with the White Sox in Boston for a…

  2. Changing course: Matt Holliday may very well go on the disabled list

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    holliday batting

    Matt Holliday sat out for most of six games, getting some pinch-hit duty only, with a bad quad. The Cardinals said he didn’t need a trip to the DL, and they started him on Sunday. Then was scratched again last night. Now he’s heading for an MRI and, probably, a trip to the disabled list,…

  3. Justin Morneau reveals pinched nerve and then homers twice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau told reporters prior to last night’s game that he’s been playing through a pinched nerve in his neck that required cortisone shots and may lead to offseason surgery. And then he went out and homered twice against the Tigers. Morneau’s season totals are still ugly, but he hit .264 with four homers and…

  4. The Athletics tell Kurt Suzuki to avoid collisions

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Suzuki_Kurt

    Buster Olney reports that Oakland Athletics’ GM Billy Beane has told catcher Kurt Suzuki that he should avoid collisions at home plate, telling Suzuki:  “I don’t subscribe to the theory you should be a crash-test dummy … I don’t want to lose you for six months.” Seems smart, because if you just leave it up…

  5. Frank McCourt robs Peter to pay Paul in making May payroll

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s debt addiction got him and the Dodgers into their current dire straits, so it makes total sense that, as May payroll loomed yesterday, he continued to borrow in order to avoid a takeover by Major League Baseball.  It’s just what he does. That according to ESPN’s Molly Knight, who reports that McCourt met…

  6. Is it really time to retire Gary Carter’s number?

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Gary Carter Mets

    Today the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro calls for Gary Carter’s number to be retired by the Mets. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules about when it’s appropriate to retire someone’s number — there clearly aren’t, as every team approaches it differently — but I do find myself approaching this with…

  7. Carlos Marmol asploded last night

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s due it’s own post: Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol was absolutely hammered last night, blowing the game against the Astros in epic-style.  Taking the ball with a 3-1 lead at the beginning of the ninth inning, it went like this: Single Double Double Sacrifice — hey, an out!…

  8. Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie get good news on their wrists

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Top prospects for two teams — the Giants’ Brandon Belt and the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie — each had scares yesterday as they were each hit by pitches on the left wrist.  Each of them also received good news: in both cases no bones were broken and the diagnosis was a mere bruise. Lawrie’s little…

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

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:45 AM EDT

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    The last NBA Finals I paid really close attention to was 1993. So no, I don’t give a diddly durn about the Heat and the Mavs. Baseball, people. It’s the only sport worth a damn.

  10. Blue Jays GM: decision coming soon on top prospect Brett Lawrie

    May 31, 2011, 10:50 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    10:50 p.m. EDT update: Amid speculation that Lawrie could be called up to make his major league debut Friday, he was forced to leave Tuesday’s game with Triple-A Las Vegas after being hit on the hand by a pitch. /// With two months down, we’re nearing the point at which teams can call up their top prospects without…

  11. Gary Carter diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

    May 31, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Unfortunately the news isn’t getting any better for Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. According to the Associated Press, doctors have confirmed that Carter has a glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Because the location of the tumor makes surgery difficult, Carter will soon begin an aggressive treatment plan consisting of chemotherapy and radiation. ESPN New York…

  12. Eric Wedge gives Chone Figgins a couple days off to regroup

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    Mariners manager Eric Wedge has finally decided to put the struggling Chone Figgins out of his misery. At least for a little while. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Figgins will get the next couple of days off in order to clear his head. Luis Rodriguez will make the start at third base…

  13. Dustin McGowan building up arm strength in another comeback bid

    May 31, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan, last seen on a major league mound in July 2008, has hit 95 mph on the gun while throwing in extended spring training and should begin a rehab assignment in about three weeks, according to manager John Farrell. Shi Davidi reports that the Jays are considering stretching out McGowan and…

  14. Ryan Zimmerman to begin playing in extended spring training games

    May 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Good news for the pathetic Nationals’ offense. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Ryan Zimmerman will play “several innings” tomorrow in his first extended spring training game. Zimmerman has been limited to just eight games this season due to an abdominal injury. He was initially placed on the disabled list on April 12…

  15. Rubin: Mets may deal David Wright, keep Jose Reyes

    May 31, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, David Wright

    Looks like ESPNNewYork.com is hunting for traffic. The ever familiar “source familiar with the organization’s thinking” told Adam Rubin that the Mets may re-sign free-agent-to-be Jose Reyes and trade David Wright next winter. According to the unnamed source: It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so…

  16. First-third awards: 2011 AL Cy Young

    May 31, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Yankees

    On to the AL Cy Young Award race.  First, the league’s ERA leaders: 1. Josh Beckett (Red Sox): 4-2, 1.80 ERA, 63/25 K/BB in 70 IP 2. Jered Weaver (Angels): 6-4, 2.10 ERA, 77/20 K/BB in 85 2/3 IP 3. James Shields (Rays): 5-3, 2.15 ERA, 81/18 K/BB in 83 2/3 IP 4. Gio Gonzalez…

  17. Ryan Doumit out at least a month with fractured left ankle

    May 31, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit, Carlos Pena

    Ryan Doumit‘s collision with Carlos Pena at home plate Sunday wasn’t nearly as scary as Buster Posey‘s a few days earlier, but it did leave him with a fractured left ankle, tests Tuesday confirmed. It’s very disappointing news for the Pirates.  Not only was Doumit third on the team with a .774 OPS this season, but…

  18. Vin Scully, a haunted nightclub and a new Dodger curse

    May 31, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    This one is too craz-, er, I mean complicated for me to understand, so you had best just go read Rick Chandler’s post about it over at Off the Bench. Upshot: Vin Scully’s Hollywood walk-of-fame star has been covered up by a red carpet in front of a local nightclub. And the nightclub is haunted. Which, now…

  19. Albert Pujols starting at third base for second time this season

    May 31, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols went eight years between starts at third base before playing there on May 16, but now less than three weeks later he’s back at the hot corner. Pujols, who went 0-for-4 in that May 16 start, is playing third base and batting third for the Cardinals tonight against Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants.…

  20. Player Poll: A-Rod the most overrated in baseball

    May 31, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    The whole overrated/underrated game is always dicey because no one ever agrees on a rating baseline to begin with.  Really, the underrated list tends to represent the most under-publicized and the overrated list tends to highlight the most overpaid. Still, Sports Illustrated polls players on this stuff from time to time and, following up on…

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