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  1. Padres place Orlando Hudson on DL with strained groin

    May 27, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    For the second time this season the Padres have placed Orlando Hudson on the disabled list, with a strained groin sending him to the shelf this time. Hamstring problems led to Hudson’s first DL stint earlier this month and he lasted just seven games before being shut down again. Hudson has also struggled when healthy…

  2. Francoeur returns to form

    May 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    That’s the headline of this later-than-usual “Jeff Francoeur has figured it all out and is kicking butt and taking names” story from Stan McNeal at the Sporting News.  I mean, we’ve come to expect them when Francoeur gets off to his usual fast start following a chance of scenery, but late May is certainly an…

  3. Indians activate Grady Sizemore from the disabled list

    May 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    sizemore runs

    As expected, the Indians have activated Grady Sizemore from the disabled list after the center fielder missed two weeks with a right knee contusion. Not to be confused with Sizemore’s left knee, which is the surgically repaired one that cost him most of last season. Sizemore was playing very well prior to the two-week DL…

  4. The Rangers give Ron Washington a 26 year-old GM product as a thank you

    May 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    1985 Cadillac

    I kid the GM people!  It’s just that I lived in Flint, Michigan for the first 11 years of my life and was surrounded by people — and continue to be in contact with many of them — who act as if General Motors didn’t make some pretty awful cars in the 1980s. And not…

  5. Pete Rose wants to be able to enjoy the Hall of Fame while he’s alive

    May 27, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    Pete Rose was on 97.5 in Philly yesterday and was asked if he suspects that he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame after he’s dead.  His response: “Well I think that would probably to be honest with you piss a lot of people off if that’s the way it was. I mean it’s just…

  6. Carlos Zambrano on neck injury: “I sleep with my head turned that way when I’m watching TV”

    May 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    carlos-zambrano-cubs

    Carlos Zambrano tossed six innings of two-run ball against the Mets yesterday, improving to 5-2 with a 4.59 ERA, but pitched through neck pain and afterward went to the hospital for X-rays. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago doctors found “that the discomfort was coming from a knot in his neck and is mostly…

  7. Too many Twins are in the best shape of their lives!

    May 27, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    The Twins have suffered a lot of injuries this year. Columnist Jim Souhan suggests that the problem may be over-training: Thus the modern ballplayer is bigger, faster, stronger, better-trained, and yet seemingly more fragile. Might many of these new-age injuries be the result of over-training? Michael Cuddyer agrees with the over-training thing. In contrast, broadcaster…

  8. Rangers “have inquired about” Nationals reliever Todd Coffey

    May 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    todd-coffey-nationals

    According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com the Rangers “have inquired about” Nationals right-hander Todd Coffey as they search for bullpen help with Darren O’Day possibly out for the season and Alexi Ogando all but locked into the rotation. Coffey was a nice low-cost pickup for the Nationals, signing a one-year, $1.35 million deal after the…

  9. HBT Daily: What can be done about catcher collisions?

    May 27, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Yeah, we’ve probably talked this to death already, but I swear, when we taped this yesterday it was still fresh.

  10. White Sox drop slumping Adam Dunn to seventh spot

    May 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    ozzie-guillen-and-adam-dunn-white-sox-spring

    Over the weekend Ozzie Guillen explained that he was going to stick with Adam Dunn as the White Sox’s third-place hitter because “this guy is very important in our lineup” and “the only way he’s going to hit is to play him.” At that point Dunn had batted third in 20 straight games, but the…

  11. Introducing Carlos Beltran: “RBI whore”

    May 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    beltran bats

    Joel Sherman’s latest column is about the fury and backlash among Mets fans in the wake of Fred Wilpon’s comments about the team and its best players.  And he has some decent observations about how, if you’re a Mets player, you’re not likely to be all that motivated at the moment. But there was one…

  12. Gamer earns $1 million by throwing a perfect game against the Astros with Roy Halladay

    May 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    brian kingrey

    2K Sports offered $1 million to the first person to throw a perfect game on their baseball video game MLB 2K11 and a music teacher from Louisina named Brian Kingrey has claimed the prize. Kingrey smartly chose Phillies ace and cover boy Roy Halladay as his pitcher and picked the Astros as his weak-hitting opponent, setting…

  13. A good review of the new Derek Jeter book

    May 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    jeter grimace

    Ben Kabak of River Avenue Blues has a good review of the new Ian O’Connor book about Derek Jeter.  Which I haven’t read and I don’t really plan to, on the basis that no really good biography can be written about someone whose story is not complete. Which is basically where Ben comes down too.…

  14. “Heck yeah” Bengie Molina would step in for Buster Posey … if the Giants will have him back

    May 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Bengie Molina

    Matthew examined the Giants’ various options to replace Buster Posey behind the plate, noting that bringing back Bengie Molina was an iffy proposition because the hefty 36-year-old “didn’t seem to have a whole left last year” and was “awfully immobile behind the plate.” Molina, as you might expect, is very much open to the idea…

  15. David Cone: Stathead

    May 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Cone

    Maybe that’s putting it too strongly, but David Cone is big into advanced metrics, citing Fangraphs as his favorite site. Not bad!  What say you about sabermetics, David? You know, it’s something I got into more when I stopped playing. I’m a little jealous that I didn’t have this sort of data when I was…

  16. Jose Lopez and $3.6 million salary designated for assignment by Rockies

    May 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jose-lopez-rockies

    Back in December the Mariners were expected to non-tender Jose Lopez rather than risk giving him a raise on last year’s $3 million salary via arbitration following a season in which he hit just .239 with a ghastly .279 on-base percentage and .609 OPS. Instead the Rockies stepped in at the last minute and traded…

  17. Baseball team needs help? Call Wall Street

    May 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    In light of hedge fund manager David Einhorn buying into the Mets, The Wall Street Journal makes an observation this morning: Einhorn is poised to join a growing number of sports team stakeholders who have come to this highly eccentric vocation bearing one basic skill: the ability to manage enormous sums of money. Over the past…

  18. Harmon Killebrew’s memorial service, featuring Mudcat Grant on “What a Wonderful World”

    May 27, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Harmon Killebrew

    Commissioner Selig, Hank Aaron, scads of current and former Twins players and thousands of fans turned out at Target Field yesterday for a memorial service for Harmon Killebrew.   The details of the service can be read here. And at the risk of creating isolated dust storms in the vicinity of your computer, I embed…

  19. Ray Fosse doesn’t think you can change the rules regarding catcher collisions

    May 27, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Rose Fosse

    If there is one person whose opinion of the Buster Posey injury is worth hearing it’s Ray Fosse. Who, if you’re unaware, suffered a pretty bad injury that seriously impacted his career when, as a 23-year-old, he was bowled over at home plate by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game. It’s worth noting, though,…

  20. Buster Posey schadenfreude? No, that’s taking it too far

    May 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    posey catching

    I said in the recaps this morning that I think the tone of mourning that has surrounded Buster Posey‘s injury is a bit much. But in my mind it’s preferable to this, from the AZ Snakepit blog: But, let’s be brutally honest. While on one level, it’s a terrible thing, there’s a dark corner of…

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