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  1. Bryce Harper is simply toying with the Sally League

    May 12, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is 18-years-old. Most guys his age will just be getting drafted next month or heading to college in the fall. As such, he is painfully young to be playing full-season A-ball right now, but there he is in the Sally League. And he’s making a mockery of it. Yesterday he went 4-for-5 with a…

  2. John Lackey is not in a good place

    May 12, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Before we get into this, I gotta say that the Boston Globe dropped the ball with their “Lackey shellacked” headline this morning.  Wouldn’t “shelLackeyed” have been way better?  What? Don’t look at me like that. Anyway, John Lackey was simply terrible last night, going down to his third straight defeat after allowing nine runs on nine…

  3. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    The stuff you missed last night, served up in a piping hot tortilla. Sausage is extra.

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

    May 12, 2011, 5:46 AM EDT

    Red Sox pitcher Lackey leaves the game in Toronto

    Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 3: Who is hated more in Boston right now: John Lackey or Lebron James? Probably Lackey. Dude even hates himself. His quote after the game — and I am not making this up — “Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you.”  Man, way to take…

  5. Are Phillies fans — gasp! — going soft?

    May 12, 2011, 2:54 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia sports fans probably get more attention and take more heat for their behavior than any group of their kind in U.S. sports. Whether it’s selling sex for World Series tickets, booing Santa Claus (and robots!) or various other acts of tomfoolery, Philly fans have built a reputation as being, well, a little bit tough.…

  6. Bryan Stow might be changing hospitals

    May 12, 2011, 1:34 AM 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, the San Francisco Giants fan who was attacked and brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on March 31, might be transferred to a hospital closer to his home in the Bay Area, reports Jon Paul Morosi over at Fox Sports. Stow, who currently has stable vital signs but is comatose, has been treated at…

  7. Eric Hosmer homers, knocks in go-ahead run as Royals top Yankees

    May 12, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    Batting third in just his fifth major league game, Eric Hosmer played the hero for the Royals on Wednesday, hitting his first major league homer and delivering a sac fly in the top of the 11th as part of a 4-3 win over the Yankees. Hosmer’s fourth-inning homer gave the Royals their only run in…

  8. Kendrys Morales to get second surgery, won’t return this year

    May 11, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    morales squarer

    Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales got a second opinion on his slow-healing ankle fracture on Wednesday afternoon in Vail, Colorado. He did not return to Anaheim bearing good news. According to Sam Miller of the Orange County Register, Angels general manager Tony Reagins acknowledged Wednesday night that Morales needs another ankle surgery to clear up…

  9. MRI on Grady Sizemore’s right knee shows no damage

    May 11, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore underwent an MRI on his bruised right knee Wednesday afternoon. The results are in. And they’re good. According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, Sizemore has no structural damage and is being called “day-to-day” with a right knee contusion. Sizemore suffered the bruise on Tuesday night while sliding hard into second…

  10. Robinson Cano gets beaned in helmet, leaves game

    May 11, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    The Yankees got a big scare on Wednesday night when second baseman Robinson Cano was beaned in the helmet in the fifth inning by a pitch delivered from Royals reliever Nathan Adcock. Cano sat on the batter’s box dirt for a few minutes as manager Joe Girardi and team trainer Steve Donohue rushed out to…

  11. Brian Schneider pulled Wednesday with strained hamstring

    May 11, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    schneider phillies

    More bad injury news for the Phillies. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, catcher Brian Schneider was lifted in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins after straining his left hamstring while running the bases. Dane Sardinha replaced him on the basepaths and will finish out the game behind the plate. Carlos Ruiz is…

  12. N.Y. Times: Doc used stem cells to treat Bartolo Colon’s injured shoulder

    May 11, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    It’s not often that a major league pitcher is going to prefer to have arm surgery in the Dominican Republic. It might have been necessary in this case, though. Bartolo Colon received injections of his own stem cells into his shoulder and elbow to treat a rotator cuff tear and ligament damage in a procedure…

  13. Stephen Strasburg nearly ready to begin throwing off mound

    May 11, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    strasburg getty

    Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty provided an update Wednesday afternoon in the Washington Post on rehabbing right-hander Stephen Strasburg: “Everything is going along fine,” said McCatty. “I know he’s close to throwing off the mound. I’m sure he’s getting close to it. I know there were some discussions about it. It will be shortly. Everything…

  14. Is it time for Reds to demote Edinson Volquez?

    May 11, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez

    Even though he didn’t really excel in his first half-season back from Tommy John surgery, going 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 12 starts, Edinson Volquez was Reds manager Dusty Baker’s choice to start on Opening Day this year. And as it turned out, it worked just fine.  Volquez gave up five runs in six…

  15. Ryan Klesko rejoins Braves, won’t replace Jason Heyward

    May 11, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    In some serious need of outfield depth with Jason Heyward possibly facing a DL stint because of a sore right shoulder, the Braves have turned to former All-Star Ryan Klesko. To pitch batting practice. Klesko, who retired in 2007 after eight seasons with the Braves, seven with the Padres and one with the Giants, threw…

  16. Blue Jays grant outfielder Scott Podsednik his release

    May 11, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    podsednik reuters

    Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet passes along word that veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik has been granted his request for an unconditional release from the Blue Jays organization. Podsednik signed a minor league contract with the Jays over the winter that carried a potential $1 million in total value, but an old case of plantar fasciitis caught…

  17. Ryan Braun listed as “day-to-day” with left ankle contusion

    May 11, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    braun pose

    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made an early exit from Wednesday’s game against the Padres because of a left ankle contusion. The Brewers don’t think the condition is serious and are considering him “day-to-day.” That all comes from Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Braun, 27, has opened his fifth major league season with a sparkling .307/.392/.562…

  18. 10 years ago today: Rick Ankiel gets sent down

    May 11, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    rick-ankiel-cardinals-pitching

    Having walked five and thrown two wild pitches the night before, Rick Ankiel was sent down to Triple-A Memphis on this day 10 years ago.  It’d be 3 1/2 years before he returned to the majors and six before he was back for good. After going 11-7 with a 3.50 ERA as a rookie, Ankiel experienced a…

  19. Hong-Chih Kuo returns to DL with psychological issue

    May 11, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dodgers setup man Hong-Chih Kuo, who had struggled since returning from a back strain on May 1, was placed back on the disabled list with what Los Angeles Times writer Dylan Hernandez has been told is a physcological issue. Hernandez says Kuo is experiencing a recurrance of the yips, which first struck back in 2009.…

  20. Victor Martinez collects three hits, three RBI in third straight

    May 11, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Victor Martinez has been red-hot since coming off the disabled list on May 5 and particularly so this week.  In Wednesday’s win over the Twins, he had three hits and three RBI for the third straight game, making him only the 11th player to accompish such a feat in the last 30 years. The others: Mike…

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