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  1. Magglio Ordonez’s incredibly, monstrously awful start

    May 4, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Here’s a list of all the current major league regulars with the fewest runs batted in per plate appearance this year: Magglio Ordonez (2 RBI in 83 PA) Kosuke Fukudome (2 RBI in 82 PA) Jamey Carroll (3 RBI in 117 PA) Jason Bartlett (4 RBI in 110 PA) Michael Cuddyer (4 RBI in 105…

  2. Phil Hughes at least 6-8 weeks from coming off disabled list

    May 4, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    General manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Phil Hughes‘ status, revealing that the right-hander got a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder last week and is likely at least 6-8 weeks from potentially rejoining the Yankees’ rotation. According to Cashman he “feels significantly better” but will remain shut down for two more weeks, at…

  3. Tom Schieffer’s to-do list for the Dodgers

    May 4, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce has a guest column up over at ESPN today in which he outlines what the new Dodgers’ Lord Protector Tom Schieffer needs to do in order to restore order at Chavez Ravine. It’s a pretty exhaustive list. But , for the purposes of the outside observer who is more interested…

  4. Johnny Cueto rejoining Reds’ rotation will bump Mike Leake to bullpen

    May 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto is scheduled to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Reds’ rotation Saturday after being sidelined since mid-March with a triceps injury and to make room for his return Mike Leake is heading to the bullpen. Leake pitched well in his first two starts after being charged with shoplifting $60 worth of…

  5. Baseball to seek increased discipline for off-the-field incidents

    May 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    In the wake of baseball’s sixth DUI arrest this year, a spokesman for Major League Baseball said today that the league will attempt to seek the option to discipline players involved in off-the-field cases — like DUI — when labor contract talks begin after this season. “Right now what we do with the union is…

  6. After today’s debacle, Brandon Lyon is probably gonna lose his job

    May 4, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Brandon Lyon had already blown three saves in seven tries entering today’s game against the Reds. After his work today, however, it would not be shocking to see him not get another chance for a long time. The Astros led the Reds 2-0 entering the bottom of the ninth. Astros pitchers — led by Aneury…

  7. No more running for O-Dog: Padres place Hudson on DL

    May 4, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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    It took only 28 games for Orlando Hudson to tie his career-high with 10 steals at age 33, but he won’t be doing any more running for a while after the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Hudson, who tweaked his hamstring in yesterday’s game, has scored just nine…

  8. Ozzie Guillen: “we suck”

    May 4, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen was Ozzie Guillen in his pregame availability a few minutes ago.  And, as is always the case, there was a refreshing lack of polish in his comments about the tail-spinning White Sox. Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports: “I’m not making any excuses: We suck … Maybe our players don’t feel the same way,…

  9. Dodgers struggling “to find an MRI tube large enough” for Jonathan Broxton

    May 4, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    As a fellow fatso I can definitely sympathize with Jonathan Broxton, but this note about the closer’s elbow injury from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com is still amusing: Mattingly said one of the immediate issues was to find an MRI tube large enough for Broxton to get his 300-pound frame into. “I’m serious,” said Mattingly. Broxton…

  10. Did you see Brandon Phillips’ through-the-legs play last night?

    May 4, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

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    I usually look for neat video from the previous night’s games in the morning but I neglected to today. Just got to it and found this gem from Brandon Phillips against the Astros last night. All of the announcers say it was “behind the back” but it was more through the legs, really. Either way,…

  11. How unusual was Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter?

    May 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Jim Thome, Francisco Liriano

    A Baseball Reference search brings up 171 no-hitters of exactly nine innings since 1919. Liriano’s 1-0 shutout of the White Sox on Tuesday night doesn’t match up with most of them. – Liriano tied Lefty Chambers for the lowest game score of the 171 outings.  Since there are no hits and usually no runs associated…

  12. More elbow problems for Dodgers: Andre Ethier scratched from today’s lineup

    May 4, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Casey Blake is on the disabled list with an infected elbow, Jonathan Broxton was shut down with elbow pain earlier this afternoon, and now Andre Ethier has been scratched from today’s lineup with elbow inflammation. Ethier played through the injury yesterday, going 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, and was initially in…

  13. How Yogi Berra saved Jerry Springer

    May 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Berra watches players during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    Well, a Yogi Berra jersey anyway. Whatever. This is just weird: Jerry Springer’s mom used to dress him up as an English schoolboy, complete with the shorts. And there as a good reason for that: the family had just emigrated from England and they figured that’s what everyone did in New York in 1950. Unfortunately they didn’t,…

  14. Joel Zumaya is having another arm surgery

    May 4, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Two weeks ago the Tigers announced that Joel Zumaya was opting for rehab rather than surgery, but unfortunately those plans have changed. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Zumaya will undergo “exploratory” elbow surgery next week and while there won’t be a timetable for his recovery until after he’s under the knife the assumption is…

  15. Hensley Meulens is going to be an astronaut. Kinda.

    May 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Just heard this one:  A disc jockey, a pilot, a baseball player and a supermodel all get shot into outer space. The disc jockey says to the supermodel, “hey, come here often?” and then she says … Oh. Wait. It’s not a joke, Here’s MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, reporting on Hensley Meulens’ wild ride: He went…

  16. Sure enough, he’s hurt: Jonathan Broxton shut down with elbow pain

    May 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Just as we suspected, the Dodgers announced that Broxton has been shut down with elbow pain. Not that an elbow injury qualifies as good news, but at least it potentially explains his struggles beyond “Broxton just stinks now.” ========== Jonathan Broxton‘s latest ugly outing last night has Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts wondering if…

  17. HBT Daily: Gleeman and I talk about Liriano and the Twinkies

    May 4, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Keeping the discussion in-house today, as Aaron and I talk about last night’s no-hitter and the Twins’ chances in a heretofore lost 2011 season.

  18. Twins place Jim Thome on DL, call up Trevor Plouffe and Ben Revere

    May 4, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Francisco Liriano‘s no-hitter snapped Minnesota’s losing streak last night, but it didn’t put a stop to the Twins’ never-ending string of injuries. Jim Thome has been placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and backup outfielder Jason Repko joins him on the shelf with a sore quadriceps. To replace them on the…

  19. John Rocker is going to publish a memoir

    May 4, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    John Rocker

    Between Luke Scott and this wacko, I have the crazy beat covered today, no? Anyway, Jeff Shultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that John Rocker, seemingly unable to persuade any of the big publishing houses to give him a deal, is self-publishing a memoir this summer. That should be illuminating reading. Attention anyone who has…

  20. Rangers finalize $15.5 million MLB deal with Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin

    May 4, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Leonys Martin and the Rangers have finally made official the deal they agreed to last month, with the Cuban outfielder receiving a $15.5 million major-league contract that includes a $5 million signing bonus. Martin will start out in the minors, but giving him a big-league contract means the Rangers will immediately place the 23-year-old center…

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