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  1. Roy Oswalt now aiming to come off disabled list next Tuesday

    May 9, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Along with activating Joe Blanton from the disabled list for tonight’s start the Phillies have also juggled their rotation, lining up Cole Hamels to pitch Friday because Roy Oswalt is now aiming to return next Tuesday. Oswalt was initially penciled in to pitch this Friday, with Vance Worley waiting in the wings as the fill-in…

  2. George Steinbrenner: from criminal to FBI informant

    May 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    It’s been a great day for George Steinbrenner Freedom of Information Act requests. Earlier today was the release of documents in which The Boss suggested that his lawyers forced him to blatantly campaign finance laws.  Now comes word that, in the runup to getting a pardon from President Reagan, Big Stein assisted the FBI ……

  3. Phillies activate Joe Blanton from DL for tonight’s start

    May 9, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    After missing the minimum 15 days with an elbow injury Joe Blanton has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Marlins. Blanton had a 5.91 ERA in four starts prior to going on the DL and Vance Worley did a nice job filling in for him, going 2-0 with a…

  4. Want to see a guy score from first on a bunt?

    May 9, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Dee Gordon of the Albuquerque Isotopes did, admittedly, get some help with an error. But still, there is no way this dude should have scored from first on a bunt, right?  I mean, that’s impossible.  Highlight starts at 1:23. Thanks to Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness for the head’s up.

  5. Jonathan Broxton “could be out for another six weeks”

    May 9, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    When the Dodgers placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list Friday the initial word was that he’d be shut down for a couple weeks, but the latest from manager Don Mattingly is that he could miss six weeks. Beyond that, Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Vicente Padilla may keep the…

  6. Luke Scott has a torn labrum

    May 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Luke Scott has had a sore shoulder for a while. He hurt it in spring training, actually, and it has come to bother him a lot more in recent weeks.  The Orioles sent him for an MRI, and the results are back:  he has a partial tear of his labrum. The thinking at this point is that…

  7. Enough is enough: Milton Bradley designated for assignment by Mariners

    May 9, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    UPDATE: Turns out, it was just a temporary stay of execution for Bradley, as the Mariners have now designated him for assignment while recalling prospect Carlos Peguero from Triple-A. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for Bradley as a free agent given that he hasn’t hit well in several years…

  8. Updating the 2010 first-round picks; Bryce Harper and more

    May 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Checking in on how the first 32 picks of the 2010 draft are doing approximately 30 games into the 2011 season. Hitters first, then the pitchers. 1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals): .371/.460/.701, 7 HR, 5 SB in 97 AB (low-A Hagerstown) 3. Manny Machado (SS Orioles): .333/.450/.611, 5 HR, 3 SB in 90 AB (low-A…

  9. Cubs promote Doug Davis to Triple-A as opt-out date looms

    May 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow. The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors…

  10. George Steinbrenner blamed his criminal conviction on his lawyers

    May 9, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    1970s Steinbrenner

    I’m not a religious man, and even if I were, I would like to think that my conception of the Hereafter would allow for non-violent criminals to enter through the gates. Life is more interesting with scoundrels around and I presume death would be too. That said, there would have to be some sort of…

  11. HBT Daily: Were the Royals right to call up Eric Hosmer?

    May 9, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk prospects and callups in general, Eric Hosmer in particular

  12. Opening Day shortstop Alexi Casilla moves closer to the exit in Minnesota

    May 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Alexi Casilla‘s ill-conceived reign as the Twins’ starting shortstop lasted all of a month, as he played his way out of the job by hitting .190 with predictably spotty defense at a position where he lacked both the skills and experience to succeed. Trevor Plouffe has now taken over at shortstop, earning a call-up by…

  13. Roy Oswalt not likely to be ready by Friday

    May 9, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but he’s unlikely to be ready to pitch then, reports the Philly Inquirer. The Phillies will be in Atlanta next weekend, and that could mean that Kyle Kendrick gets another start against the Braves. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all for Philly,…

  14. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera

    We gave the Power Rankings a miss last week, so everyone should be fresh. I’m taking a fresh look at the relative strength of teams, you’re offering up fresh takes about how full of it my rankings are.

  15. Jim Tracy on Ian Stewart: “He’s either going to play his way in or play his way off the team”

    May 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Demoting their starting third baseman of the past two seasons to Triple-A because of a bad first two weeks was a pretty strong indication that the Rockies have soured on Ian Stewart and yesterday manager Jim Tracy made that even more obvious. When asked why Stewart batted eighth in the Rockies’ lineup, Tracy told Troy…

  16. Prince Fielder thinks Albert Pujols “should command it all”

    May 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    This weekend the Brewers were in St. Louis to play the Cardinals, so the local writers asked Prince Fielder what he thinks about fellow impending free agent first baseman Albert Pujols. Fielder naturally is in favor of Pujols breaking the bank, telling Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he “should command it…

  17. The nerdiest correction in the history of the New York Times

    May 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Remember last week when R.A. Dickey as revealed to have named his bats after swords in “The Hobbit” and “Beowulf?” Yeah, well the hardcore fans were reading that article and they let the New York Times know that Dickey doesn’t know his mythical weaponry very well.  The New York Times’ correction: An item in the…

  18. Rays close to adding J.P. Howell to league’s best bullpen

    May 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    JP Howell

    Despite losing closer Rafael Soriano and setup men Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheeler to free agency the Rays’ bullpen leads the league with a 2.82 ERA and they’re close to adding left-hander J.P. Howell to the relief mix. After struggling as a starter Howell moved to the bullpen full time in 2008 and…

  19. Performance-enhancing pink

    May 9, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I would sooner bet my 401K on a game of three-card monty than take this as a serious statistical exercise, but stats can be just for fun too, and this one is no exception: the Old Time Family Baseball blog looked at the performance of all of the players who used pink bats yesterday in…

  20. B.J. Upton had a whale of a series in Baltimore

    May 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s worth noting again: B.J. Upton owned Camden Yards this weekend. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with four RBI overall he was 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and eight RBI against the O’s.  For his career he’s at .297/.370/.535 in 173 plate appearances in Baltimore. That’s easily the best he’s…

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