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  1. The Pittsburgh Pirates lack a sense of humor; oppose cheap beer

    May 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    generic beer

    Great moments in public relations. There’s a bar in Pittsburgh called The Stroll Inn, and the other day they launched a promotion that said “If the Pirates lose, you win” and offered a discount of a nickel on a pitcher of beer after every Pirates loss. Funny! But not to the Pirates. Apparently a couple of Pirates…

  2. Cancer and the Kansas City Royals

    May 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Cancer cells

    Bob Tufts is a longtime reader of this blog (and my old blog), as well as an email and Twitter correspondent and fellow Primate over at Baseball Think Factory. He also happens to be a former major leaguer who played for the Kansas City Royals. He also has been undergoing cancer treatment for a long…

  3. Jamie McCourt is going to demand that the Dodgers be sold

    May 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Jamie McCourt

    Major League Baseball hasn’t been all that crazy about Jamie McCourt these past couple of years, but I bet they love her now. Why? Because she’s going to demand that the court overseeing the McCourt divorce order the immediate sale of the Dodgers.  If the court agrees it could save Major League Baseball from having…

  4. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    Stuff you missed last night while arguing on the Internet about how it wasn’t a good idea to bring the best closer in baseball history into the game in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 19, 2011, 6:03 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    I went to the optometrist’s office yesterday for an eye exam. They gave me the eye drops. And they were worse than usual. In addition to causing my pupils to dilate and my vision to blur, they somehow caused me to be transported back in time to 1968 when no one could score any damn…

  6. Jake Peavy hurls shutout in second start back

    May 18, 2011, 11:03 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    It was hard to see this one coming after Jake Peavy gave up four runs over six innings against the Angels in his season debut last week. On Wednesday night, the 29-year-old pitched his fifth career shutout, turning in a three-hitter in a 1-0 win over the team with baseball’s best record, the Indians. Cleveland…

  7. Alfredo Simon, facing trial, expected to join O’s on Sunday

    May 18, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    simon orioles

    Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon is still facing manslaughter charges in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michel Esteban Castillo back in the Dominican Republic and could face up to two years in prison if convicted guilty. The Orioles are going to take advantage of his freedom while he’s still got it. From Avi Zaleon…

  8. Mariano Rivera blows save after Bartolo Colon goes eight scoreless

    May 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera blew his third save already this season after giving up a pair of singles and a Vladimir Guerrero sac fly in a 1-0 game against the Orioles on Wednesday. The occasion may mark the start of the annual “what’s wrong with Mo?” columns in the New York press, though the obvious answer is…

  9. 2010 first-round pick Cam Bedrosian undergoes Tommy John surgery

    May 18, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    cam bedrosian

    19-year-old Cam Bedrosian, who was drafted 29th overall by the Angels last summer, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, the team announced today. The son of former major league reliever Steve Bedrosian figures to remain sidelined into the 2012 season.  Bedrosian hadn’t pitched this season.  He had a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings in Rookie…

  10. Matt Holliday pulled from game with tightness in left quad

    May 18, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    holliday standing

    It’s funny, right, that two of St. Louis’ three starting outfielders are now being bothered by injuries and not one of them bears the name Lance Berkman? B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest passes along notice that Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday had to be lifted after the second inning of Wednesday evening’s game against…

  11. Jose Contreras rocked Wednesday in first rehab appearance

    May 18, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Roy Oswalt‘s final rehab outing didn’t go very well and yet the Phillies still activated him this week with confidence, so maybe Wednesday night’s poor showing by rehabbing reliever Jose Contreras won’t matter. But it was certainly an ugly one. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras failed to make it through one…

  12. Michael Pineda, Justin Verlander are 2011′s hardest throwers

    May 18, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Another leaderboard today.  This one, taken from Fangraphs.com, looks at the top fastballs for this year’s starting pitchers. 1. Michael Pineda (Mariners) – 95.8 mph 2. Justin Verlander (Tigers) – 95.0 3. David Price (Rays) – 94.9 4. Alexi Ogando (Rangers) – 94.2 5. Edwin Jackson (White Sox) – 93.8 6. Josh Johnson (Marlins) – 93.8 7.…

  13. Cesar Izturis needs elbow surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    May 18, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    izturis headshot

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun passes along word that Orioles infielder Cesar Izturis is scheduled to undergo surgery within the next couple of days to “move the ulnar nerve in his right elbow” and could miss up to two months of action. Izturis has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list and Brandon…

  14. Athletics GM Billy Beane undergoes partial shoulder replacement

    May 18, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Billy Beane, Hideki Matsui

    On the A’s, even the general managers need shoulder surgeries. CSN Bay Area’s Mychael Urban reports that Billy Beane underwent partial shoulder replacement surgery on Wednesday. I won’t claim to know a whole lot about the procedure, but it sounds like a partial shoulder replacement consists of replacing the “ball” of the shoulder join with a…

  15. Nick Punto makes three Cardinals infielders on the disabled list

    May 18, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz, Nick Punto

    Scrappy utilityman Nick Punto was placed on the disabled list for a second time this season Wednesday, this time because of a strained forearm. Punto missed the first three weeks of the season following hernia surgery.  Because of injuries throughout the St. Louis infield, he had played pretty regularly since returning on April 20 and…

  16. Royals try something new: Alex Gordon hits first, Eric Hosmer third

    May 18, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler

    Having scored five runs while losing their last four games, the Royals opted for a lineup shakeup on Wednesday against the Rangers and right-hander Alexi Ogando: 1. Alex Gordon – LF 2. Melky Cabrera – CF 3. Eric Hosmer – 1B 4. Jeff Francoeur – RF 5. Billy Butler – DH 6. Wilson Betemit –…

  17. Bryan Stow opens eyes, remains in critical condition

    May 18, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow, who has been in a coma since being beaten by Dodgers fans after an March 31 game at Dodger Stadium, is opening his eyes, neurosurgeon Dr. Geoff Manley said Wednesday. Manley reported that Stow has been weaned off one of five anti-seizure medications he was on since going into a coma and that…

  18. Report: Yankees give “zero consideration” to releasing Jorge Posada

    May 18, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand reports that the Yankees never weighed releasing Jorge Posada following Saturday’s insubordination. Sourcing a baseball official with knowledge of the team’s thinking, there was “zero discussion” given to cutting Posada loose.  The source says that Posada is going to have until the All-Star break to get his numbers before the Yankees weigh…

  19. PETA ranks the veg-friendly food at major league ballparks. And I tell a story.

    May 18, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Steak

    The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released their annual list of the top-10 vegetarian friendly ballparks.  I was surprised to read that last year’s winner was Philadelphia which, as Old Gator likes to remind us, is known for cheesesteak sandwiches. But they’re number two now. The winner: San Francisco, which is much…

  20. Sean Burroughs returns to majors with Diamondbacks

    May 18, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    sean burroughs

    Completing a comeback already far more successful than anyone would have anticipated, Sean Burroughs was called up by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, putting him back in the majors for the first time in five years. Burroughs, the former Little League World Series hero turned top prospect in the Padres system, showed next to nothing with…

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