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  1. Joakim Soria pulled from closer’s role after taking fifth blown save

    May 30, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria just isn’t fooling anyone. On Monday, he gave up a two-run homer to Torii Hunter with one out in the ninth inning, giving him three straight blown saves.  He went on to allow one more run before escaping the ninth in what turned out to be a 10-8 loss to the Angels. Soria…

  2. A position-by-position OPS breakdown

    May 30, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    The American League's best left fielder?

    A.k.a.: American League left fielders really stink this year. Earlier this month, I looked at what positions were producing worst on a team-by-team basis (here’s the AL and the NL).  This time, I’m going through the positions for each league as a whole and breaking them down by OPS: NL RF: .796 AL 1B: .786…

  3. Brandon Webb struggles in first professional start since Opening Day of 2009

    May 30, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Webb_Brandon

    Brandon Webb allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings earlier this afternoon in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Frisco, reports Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It was his first professional start of any kind since Opening Day of the 2009 season. Webb struck out two, walked two…

  4. Mike Matheny blames Scott Cousins for Buster Posey’s injury

    May 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Four-time Gold Glove catcher Mike Matheny, whose career was ended by concussions, said Scott Cousins was “hunting” when he hit Buster Posey and knocked out the 2010 Rookie of the Year for the rest of the season. “You know what, it wasn’t a dirty play, he didn’t come high spikes, he didn’t come high elbow,” Matheny…

  5. Hanley Ramirez says he can’t put on his shoes due to back problem

    May 30, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez, the National League’s other extremely disappointing superstar, was held out of Monday’s lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with lower back soreness.  He told the Palm Beach Post the discomfort there and in his upper left leg “the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life, in my career.” Ramirez said the back has been…

  6. Pirates place Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce on 15-day DL

    May 30, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit, Carlos Pena

    The Pirates’ lineup got a little lighter Monday, with both Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce joining Pedro Alvarez (quad) on the disabled list. Doumit suffered a sprained left ankle when Carlos Pena slid into him at home plate in Sunday’s game aganist the Cubs. Pearce, who had been getting most of the starts at third…

  7. Russell Martin scratched with a sore toe

    May 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin fouled a ball off his foot in Saturday’s game against the Mariners. I hear that Steve Kelley thought it was a fantastic play.  The bad part of it is that it caused Joe Girardi to have to scratch Martin from today’s game with the Athletics.  Martin was originally in the lineup today but…

  8. Twins place Francisco Liriano on DL with shoulder injury

    May 30, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    UPDATE: As expected, the Twins placed Liriano on the DL after today’s game. ========== Francisco Liriano and the Twins were hopeful that he’d miss just one start with shoulder soreness–and Anthony Swarzak nearly threw a no-hitter in his place Saturday–but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Liriano “did not feel well when…

  9. Jose Reyes placed on the bereavement list

    May 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will miss the next 3 to 7 days after the Mets placed him on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother in the Dominican Republic, Adam Rubin reports.  The Mets have not yet added anyone to the 25 man roster to take his place during that time. The Mets start off a…

  10. Seattle Times columnist says Miguel Olivo “might be the Mariners’ most indispensable player”

    May 30, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    say what

    In one of the oddest columns I’ve read in a while, Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times writes that Ichiro Suzuki needs to hustle more and supports his argument by a) acting as if Miguel Olivo sliding head-first into first base is the greatest thing he’s ever seen, and b) saying that Olivo “might be…

  11. Ike Davis to get second opinion, MRI exam on ankle injury

    May 30, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Out since May 10 with a bone bruise in his left ankle, Ike Davis told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he’ll seek a second opinion from doctors back in New York and will likely undergo an MRI exam. Initially the Mets were hopeful that Davis could return when eligible to come off the…

  12. John Danks says Jose Bautista was “acting like a clown”

    May 30, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    John Danks

    Jose Bautista hit an infield popup in the fourth inning of yesterday’s White Sox-Blue Jays game and got mad at himself over it. The man pitching at the time was John Danks and he didn’t like the way Bautista handled himself.  They jawed at one another after Bautista slammed his bat down while running out…

  13. Nate Silver ranks baseball’s ballparks. Though he gets a little help.

    May 30, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    Nate Silver tends to do in-depth poll-crunching, but yesterday — as a bit of palate-cleanser —  he just presented the results of Yelp.com polling and ranked the major league ballparks from best to worst, based on average ratings by Yelp users.  The result: PNC Park on top, Rogers Centre on the bottom and, for the…

  14. Matt Holliday back in Cardinals’ lineup after missing six games

    May 30, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    holliday batting

    After missing the past six games with a strained quadriceps muscle Matt Holliday is back in the Cardinals’ lineup for today’s game against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Holliday also missed seven games in early April after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, but has been fantastic when in the lineup, hitting .347 with six homers, 13…

  15. There was another fire at Dodger Stadium this morning

    May 30, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    On Saturday night there was a small fire in a storage room at Dodger Stadium that caused smoke to be visible from the stands and required that a bunch of fans be moved from the upper decks along the first base line to other seats.  Now it’s being reported that there was a second fire…

  16. Rays apologize for Avril Lavigne’s dirty mouth

    May 30, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    avril-lavigne-rays

    Avril Lavigne fan club president Kevin Kaduk passes along word that the Rays had to apologize to fans who attended her concert at Tropicana Field following Saturday’s game against the Indians because Lavigne used language “not consistent with the family-friendly atmosphere that Tropicana Field is known for.” Now, personally I’d rather hear swear words than…

  17. Umpire Wally Bell a no-show for yesterday’s Mets-Phillies game

    May 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    It’s not terribly uncommon for a game to be called by three umpires if one of the crew takes ill or gets injured or something.  But yesterday’s Mets-Phillies game was worked by a three-man crew because one of them — Wally Bell — didn’t show for the game. Though one has to assume that it…

  18. Scott Kazmir has a 36.00 ERA at Triple-A after second straight terrible rehab start

    May 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir‘s first rehab start at Triple-A last week was a mess, as he allowed six runs and failed to make it out of the second inning, but his second outing last night remarkably was even worse. He made it through the first two innings unscathed, but then coughed up 10 runs in the third…

  19. Remembering the less-famous ballplayers who served

    May 30, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Arlington cemetery

    Happy Memorial Day everyone. Hope you have a nice day off and, as you’re having that day off, hope you take the time to think about why you’re getting it. From a baseball perspective, we’ll no doubt hear and read stories today about the major leaguers who served in the military.  A good place to…

  20. Ozzie Guillen traffics in metaphor, is predictably misunderstood

    May 30, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Ozzie Guillen was apparently not in a very good mood in the wake of Saturday’s ugly extra innings loss, because yesterday morning he went off.  Most of the comments were about his coaches, how managers approach their job differently than players and fans do and about how much he cares about the White Sox, even…

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