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  1. Julio Teheran to make his major league debut on Saturday

    May 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    I mentioned earlier that the Eric Hosmer callup is going to interfere with my Friday night plans with the wife. Well, might as well cancel the entire weekend, Mrs. Calcaterra, because on Saturday it’s even better: the Braves have called up top prospect Julio Teheran and will give him the start against the Phillies. Teheran…

  2. Let’s make all of the Dodgers free agents

    May 6, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Now we know this isn’t going to happen. But I thought this would be fun. It’s May 31… the Dodgers miss payroll and MLB, not realizing it, is a few minutes late in stepping in to pay the players. Every Dodger player now has the right to elect free agency. There’s two thoughts here: first,…

  3. Roy Oswalt scratched from Saturday start with back soreness

    May 6, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt rejoined the Phillies yesterday after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following last week’s tornadoes and was expected to start Saturday, but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’s been scratched from the start. Oswalt is apparently still dealing with back soreness and could be headed for the disabled…

  4. Quote of the Day: Lyle Overbay makes a curious assessment

    May 6, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    We heard a few weeks ago about how Charlie Morton had revamped his entire delivery, modeling everything off Roy Halladay.  Not a bad model if you need one, though he’d have to expect far less success than Doc using it. Unless you ask Lyle Overbay, that is, who was asked about Morton’s new approach in…

  5. Braves reliever Peter Moylan: “Looks like surgery is imminent”

    May 6, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan‘s back pain hasn’t subsided after taking two weeks to rest, so the Braves reliever told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he expects to undergo season-ending surgery. Moylan was examined yesterday by a surgeon in Atlanta and will travel to Los Angeles early next week to get a second opinion before…

  6. Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are talking about alcohol-related incidents

    May 6, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The other day we heard 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.  Now the Associated Press is reporting that those conversations have already started:  Major League Baseball and its players’ association are considering a formal plan for…

  7. Travis Snider is hitting .524 with a 1.249 OPS since demotion to Triple-A

    May 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Last week the Blue Jays demoted Travis Snider to Triple-A after he hit just .184 in 25 games, with general manager Alex Anthopoulos explaining that they wanted the 23-year-old outfielder to work on his swing mechanics “and get back to what made him successful.” Not that a week’s worth of action proves anything either way,…

  8. Eric Hosmer will bat sixth, play first base in tonight’s Athletics-Royals game

    May 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    I’m rather excited about Eric Hosmer’s callup. He’s the first stud prospect of the season whose debut game will force me to tell my wife that I can’t watch a movie with her that evening because I have to watch some 21-year-old who doesn’t even play for my favorite team hit. It’s always a special…

  9. Dodgers place Jonathan Broxton on DL, recall Kenley Jansen

    May 6, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton won’t need surgery after no structural damage was found in his elbow, but the Dodgers have placed him on the disabled list with a bone spur. Shutting him down for a while certainly makes sense even if the Dodgers are convinced there’s nothing significantly wrong with Broxton’s elbow. His velocity has been down,…

  10. Rick Reilly gives journalism school grads horrible, horrible advice

    May 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Rick Reilly

    ESPN’s Rick Reilly was chosen to give the commencement address to journalism students from the University of Colorado.  His advice: When you get out there, all I ask is that you: DON’T WRITE FOR FREE! Nobody asks strippers to strip for free, doctors to doctor for free or professors to profess for free. Have some pride! … If…

  11. Forced into retirement by hip problems, Mike Lowell needs another surgery

    May 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell

    A few months ago Mike Lowell ruled out returning to baseball because his surgically repaired hip was getting worse, admitting that he’d probably need hip replacement surgery eventually. That time hasn’t come yet, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Lowell is going under the knife again to have a hip “resurfacing.” Lowell tore his…

  12. Royals blogger puts his money where his mouth is

    May 6, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Judge HBP.bmp

    Or, rather, he puts his left love handle where his mouth was. It’s Lee Judge of the K.C. Star who recently wrote that Wilson Betemit should have leaned into a pitch when the bases were loaded in a tight game. Let no man say that Judge expects Royals players to do anything he himself would not…

  13. Video: Bill James on The Colbert Report

    May 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Legendary baseball writer Bill James was a guest on The Colbert Report last night to promote his new non-baseball book, Popular Crime:

  14. Willie Mays turns 80

    May 6, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Willie Mays Swing

    Today is Willie Mays’ 80th birthday.  The occasion has brought forth a ton of remembrances of the man’s career, and with a guy like Mays they’re all worth reading.  I was particularly fond of this one in the San Jose Mercury News.  Comcast Sports Bay Area has been running a series of stories on Mays’…

  15. Jon Heyman credits Ryan Howard for being “worth every penny” of a contract that hasn’t started

    May 6, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Here’s a tidbit from Jon Heyman’s latest column at SI.com: It’s early in Ryan Howard‘s $125 million contract. But Howard, who has a league-leading 29 RBIs, is worth every penny so far. Couple things. One, it’s so “early in Ryan Howard’s $125 million contract” that the contact hasn’t even started yet. He signed a five-year,…

  16. Miguel Tejada’s days may be numbered at third base

    May 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes today that Mark DeRosa will get a shot to replace Miguel Tejada at third base when he comes off the disabled list on Tuesday. DeRosa Wouldn’t be a moment too soon given Tejada’s struggles. DeRosa himself is no sure thing, but he did play over 100 games at…

  17. Andre Ethier goes for No. 30 against Mets

    May 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    When Andre Ethier tries to extend his hitting streak to 30 games tonight, he’ll be doing so against southpaw Jon Niese and the Mets. Some numbers: Ethier vs. LHP in 2011: .229 average (8-for-35) Ethier vs. LHP career: .246 average Niese vs. LHH in 2011: .275 average (11-for-40) Niese vs. LHH career: .286 average Ethier…

  18. Roy Halladay has dominated the NL East since joining Phillies

    May 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com passes along a remarkable statistic about Roy Halladay: Since joining the Phillies last season he’s 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against NL East teams. Pretty crazy. To put that in some context, consider that the Phillies are 56-33 (.629) against the NL East during that time. They are…

  19. Signs continue to point to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen buying into the Mets

    May 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    Last month the New York Times identified hedge fund manager Steve Cohen as the frontrunner to buy a minority share of the Mets. Today the New York Post is saying that is still the case, reporting that Cohen was to meet with with the Wilpons and/or Saul Katz  “at 8 pm at Gabriele’s Steak House…

  20. Rays place Jeff Niemann on DL, call up Brandon Guyer

    May 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    As expected, the Rays have placed Jeff Niemann on the disabled list after he left Wednesday’s start with a strained back. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but Niemann told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the injury “is very frustrating.” According to Steve Wiseman of the Durham Herald Sun the Rays…

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