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  1. The Royals TV ratings are, somewhat surprisingly, up

    May 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    How long does preseason hype last? For TV ratings, longer than you might think. Because despite a dreadful start to the season, a lot more people are watching Royals games this year than last: The Royals’ recent turnaround is providing a ratings boost for Fox Sports Kansas City, which reported a season-high 5.9 rating for its…

  2. Kevin Youkilis out of Red Sox lineup for third straight game

    May 1, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    For the third straight game the Red Sox will be without Kevin Youkilis, as the third baseman is sitting out tonight’s matchup versus the A’s with a sore back. Youkilis was initially in the lineup yesterday before being a late scratch and barring an appearance off the bench tonight he will have played just 18…

  3. The Dodgers deal is done

    May 1, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    And Frank McCourt is gone. Though the Dodgers were diplomatic enough to not mention him in the press release:  The Los Angeles Dodgers, Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) and Frank McCourt today announced the completion of the sale of the Dodgers to GBM for $2 billion. As previously reported, the Dodgers’ new ownership includes Mark…

  4. Allen Craig returns from knee surgery, rejoins Cardinals

    May 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    UPDATE: As expected, the Cardinals activated Craig from the DL. Rule 5 pick Erik Komatsu was designated for assignment to make room on the roster. ========== Allen Craig is slated to return from November knee surgery and rejoin the Cardinals’ lineup tonight, several weeks later than initially hoped. Despite the delay Craig told Derrick Goold…

  5. Are we really doing the “Barry Zito has figured it out” thing again?

    May 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    There’s an article in the San Francisco Chronicle San Jose Mercury News about Barry Zito’s return to fine form. It’s totally encouraging: Zito is off to one of the best starts of a 13-year career that has been mostly downhill since he came to the Giants in 2007. His first four starts have produced a…

  6. Nolan Reimold to see doctor for tingling in fingertips

    May 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Nolan Reimold

    Nolan Reimold has left the Orioles in New York and returned to Baltimore to see team doctors regarding a tingling sensation in his fingertips, according to Roch Kubatko of Reimold recently missed time with a neck injury and the Orioles fear the two issues may be connected, with manager Buck Showalter telling Kubatko that…

  7. Identity fraud in Latin America continues to evolve

    May 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    An interesting story by Ben Badler about identity fraud in Latin America. Specifically, the Dominican Republic. Players used to forge documents, but they started to get caught.  Then they’d lie about their very identity, assuming that of an entirely different person, but then they’d get caught by DNA testing.  Now they’re beating DNA testing by…

  8. Mariners activate Mike Carp from disabled list

    May 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    Miguel Olivo‘s groin injury opens up a roster spot and the timing works for the Mariners to fill it by activating Mike Carp from the disabled list. Carp began the season as Seattle’s starting left fielder, but lasted just one game before suffering a shoulder injury and has been on the DL since. He figures…

  9. It’s not Jack Morris hunting season, but the meat is still tasty

    May 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jack Morris

    Denigrating Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame case is a winter tradition unmatched by anything this side of Christmas. Oh, the warmth I have been provided by hours of “pitching to the score” arguments in those dark late December and early January days! But, surprisingly, it’s just as nice in May too.  Because I got a…

  10. Career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair had big April for Cubs

    May 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    Not much has gone right for the Cubs early on this season, but the decision to give 29-year-old career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair the starting job at first base is looking very good. After knocking around Triple-A pitching for five-and-half seasons LaHair finally got his big break and has taken advantage in a huge way,…

  11. Andy Pettitte to testify today at the Roger Clemens trial

    May 1, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    This is a surprise: Andy Pettitte just showed up at the courthouse in Washington and is expected to testify today in the Roger Clemens trial. It was thought that his testimony would come later in the trial. Two thoughts: 1. This will certainly be good for him and the Yankees, as it gets a big distraction…

  12. Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy finally gave up a hit

    May 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    It took until his fifth professional start, but Orioles prospect and 2011 first-round pick Dylan Bundy finally gave up a hit. Prior to yesterday low Single-A hitters were 0-for-39 against Bundy. That ended when he gave up a single to lead off the game, but then Bundy erased him on a double play and went…

  13. Why are we surprised by Ryan Braun’s fast start again?

    May 1, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun hit three homers last night and, after a tumultuous offseason that had many people worrying about his prospects for 2012, he’s right back to MVP form, hitting .294/.347/.647 with seven homers and sporting an OPS+ of 167, which is exactly what he finished with last season. But there is still some surprise about…

  14. Pirates demote former All-Star Evan Meek to Triple-A

    May 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Two years ago Evan Meek was an All-Star, but yesterday the Pirates demoted the 28-year-old right-hander to the minors after he allowed runs in four of nine outings to begin the season. To call Meek a former All-Star is technically correct and also fairly misleading, since even in that 2010 season he was basically just…

  15. Miguel Olivo expects to miss extended time with groin injury

    May 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mariners catcher Olivo grimaces with an injury during their MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Miguel Olivo had to be helped off the field last night after suffering a groin injury, saying afterward that it was worse than the groin injury that caused him to miss three weeks last spring. Olivo told Greg Johns of that he “felt a pop” while trying to make a play at first base…

  16. Brad Mills went a bit nutso with his pen last night

    May 1, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Look, the Astros won the game so it’s all good, but this was a little nuts:  Brad Mills used six pitchers against six consecutive batters across an inning and a third. Bud Norris started the game and went six and two-thirds innings.  In the seventh, the last batter he faced was Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who singled in…

  17. Evan Longoria to have an MRI today

    May 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan, Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria’s knee injury is scary for the Rays, but Joe Maddon is calling it a day-to-day thing.  Nevertheless, the Rays are taking no chances with it, so he’ll have an MRI in Tampa today. Longoria has started the year strong, hitting .325/.432/.563 with four homers and 19 RBI.  If he’s lost for any significant…

  18. Roger Clemens wants the jury to know how bad a dude Brian McNamee is

    May 1, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Brian McNamee

    Roger Clemens’ lawyers filed a motion yesterday asking to be allowed to tell the jury just how bad a dude Clemens’ main accuser — Brian McNamee — really is.  It came in the form of an opposition to the government’s motion in limine, which is the government’s attempt to keep the jury from hearing about…

  19. Just for the record, baseball has had at least 26 DUI arrests since 2004

    May 1, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Yesterday I noted how baseball has a DUI problem that, unlike the Delmon Young situation, has basically gone unrecognized by the league. Certainly unpunished. Last month longtime reader Arun Gupta went back and counted them up and he found 26 DUI arrests dating back to 2004.  He has a list of them here. Not all…

  20. Bryce Harper already made his home debut. Sorta.

    May 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Via Nats Enquirer, here’s Bryce Harper making his Washington debut. While playing softball in front of the Washington Monument. Note how selective he is with the pitches. I see stardom in this kid’s future.

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