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  1. Control problems and shoulder inflammation send Aroldis Chapman to DL

    May 16, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman was unable to throw strikes again yesterday, allowing four runs in his fourth straight ugly outing, and rather than let him travel deeper down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path the Reds have placed him on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Chapman’s velocity has been inconsistent and mostly down all season, so it’s…

  2. The Yankees and Derek Jeter are cool over PosadaPocalypse

    May 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted a few minutes ago that the Yankees have spoken with Derek Jeter — Buster Olney says it was a conference call — and that, whatever anger was felt by the Yankees front office as a result of Jeter’s comments, things are cool now and everyone can presumably go…

  3. Your cleanup hitters tonight: Matt Diaz and Wilson Ramos

    May 16, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    The patented Wilson Ramos home run trot

    The Pirates and Nationals have released their lineups for Monday’s much-anticipated matchup in Washington, and those fortunate enough to be there will have the pleasure of seeing Matt Diaz and Wilson Ramos cleaning up for their teams. It should be an epic showdown.  One-quarter of the way through the season, Diaz is hitting .239/.260/.310 with no…

  4. Jorge Posada out of Yankees’ lineup for third straight game

    May 16, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    After all the drama over the weekend Jorge Posada is absent from the Yankees’ lineup for a third straight game tonight. Alex Rodriguez is starting in his place at designated hitter, with Eduardo Nunez coming off the bench to play third base against Rays left-hander David Price. However, there was a good chance Posada would…

  5. In need of offense, A’s could turn to Jemile Weeks

    May 16, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Three years after being taken in the first round by the A’s out of the University of Miami, second baseman Jemile Weeks seems to be nearing the majors.  Rickie’s little brother is hitting a cool .327/.427/.482 with two homers, 14 RBI and six steals in 110 at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento.   A switch-hitter, he’s batting .324…

  6. Giants reliever Santiago Casilla not close to returning from DL

    May 16, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Santiago Casilla was nearly unhittable out of the Giants’ bullpen last season, posting a 1.95 ERA with 56 strikeouts and a .208 opponents’ batting average in 55 innings, but he appeared in just one game this season before landing on the disabled list with an elbow injury. And now manager Bruce Bochy told Chris Haft…

  7. Unable to dump him via trade, Mariners release Milton Bradley

    May 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    As expected, the Mariners were unable to find a team interested in trading for Milton Bradley after they designated him for assignment last week, so they’ve outright released the veteran outfielder. The fact that no team was willing to take on what’s left of the $12 million Bradley is owed for this season is no…

  8. Who would want to kill Ron Santo?

    May 16, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Ron Santo

    This is from Friday — found via Baseball Think Factory — but apparently Ron Santo’s FBI file has been released. FBI file? For Santo?  Yep: he had some death threats in the early 70s. USA Today has the details of the threat letters and the investigation. All I can do is sit here and wonder what…

  9. Twins likely sellers at trade deadline for first time in a decade

    May 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    In the decade since Ron Gardenhire took over as manager the Twins have won six division titles, compiled an 815-682 (.544) record, and finished below .500 just once, when they were 79-83. And they’ve never been sellers at the trade deadline. There’s still a chance to avoid that fate again this season, but time is…

  10. The sale of the Houston Astros is a done deal

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    All last week, as the reports of Jim Crane’s imminent purchase of the Houston Astros came in, current owner Drayton McLane kept saying that the lawyers had to dot I’s and cross T’s, and that there were “a lot of details for the lawyers to work on.”  Seems that McLane made his lawyers work over…

  11. Grady Sizemore’s “other” knee sends him back to the DL

    May 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    After missing most of last season and the first two weeks of this year following left knee surgery Grady Sizemore came off the disabled list on April 17 with a hot bat, hitting hit .282 with six homers and a .974 OPS in 18 games. Unfortunately his comeback was been halted by a bruised right…

  12. The Reds and Cardinals are getting ugly. And it’s wonderful.

    May 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    Yeah, I’m using this picture again. It’s a great picture. I have absolutely no plans to take a side in the increasingly ugly Reds-Cardinals rivalry. I’m just thankful that it’s as intense as it is, because baseball needs a good hate-filled rivalry right now.  Giants-Dodgers still has bile but that got too damn real this…

  13. Casey Blake “close” to beginning rehab assignment in minors

    May 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Casey Blake has been out since April 25 with an elbow infection that was expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks, but yesterday manager Don Mattingly revealed that “Casey is close” to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Mattingly told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times that Blake “went the fully Monty” yesterday, which means…

  14. HBT Daily: Hip hip Jorge!

    May 16, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Well, what did you think we were going to talk about?

  15. The Posada flap is not done yet: the Yankees’ front office is mad at Derek Jeter

    May 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    UPDATE: Peace in our time. 11:32 AM: In the wake of the Jorge Posada Sit-down-a-palooza, Derek Jeter had this to say: “My reaction was that I didn’t think it was that big a deal,” Jeter said about the Posada incident. “If you need a day, you need a day. It’s over. It’s done. It’s not the…

  16. Jose Bautista has 64 homers in his last 162 games and no one else has more than 42

    May 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    After destroying the Twins over the weekend Jose Bautista has an MLB-high 16 homers this season and also leads the AL in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, runs, total bases, and walks. People keep expecting him to turn back into a pumpkin and Bautista keeps performing even better. In fact, dating back to…

  17. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    I gotta tell ya, no one feels like a number one team right now. Cleveland and Philly have the best records in baseball, but both are flawed teams who played some unexciting baseball last week.  Then you have Florida, but Philly beat them two out of three last week, so how can I put them…

  18. Brewers think Zack Greinke was tipping his pitches yesterday

    May 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke began yesterday’s start against the Pirates with four no-hit innings, but Neil Walker led off the fifth frame with a homer and he allowed a total of five runs and five extra-base hits in what proved to be his final inning. He still ended up with a win because the lineup scored a…

  19. The ugliest ballcaps you’ll see today

    May 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    ugly red sox cap

    I’m not some stiff-necked purist. Sure, I’d prefer that people wear actual game-replica caps or throwback caps that were once actually worn in pitched battle on the diamond, but if you want to wear a black Dodgers cap or even a Red Yankees cap or something I’m not going to go crazy, even if I…

  20. Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

    May 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rockies Phillies Baseball Weather

    Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past…

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