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  1. Report: Giants have discussed bid for Jose Reyes

    May 3, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    CSN Bay Area’s Mychael Urban reports that the Giants have held internal discussions on making a run at Jose Reyes. The Giants are hurting in the infield with Pablo Sandoval likely out through the end of June with a broken hamate bone.  They’re currently using the slumping Miguel Tejada at third base and Mike Fontenot,…

  2. UPDATE: Frank McCourt took calls from Dodgers fans; didn’t help himself

    May 3, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    UPDATE: It doesn’t sound like Frank McCourt changed any minds during his radio hit today. According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts, McCourt basically said everyone is lying about him: “If the stuff that was written about me was true, I wouldn’t trust me either” Except that most of the stuff that has everyone hating…

  3. Raul Ibanez finally snaps hitless streak

    May 3, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s finally over. Raul Ibanez snapped an 0-for-35 hitless skid earlier this evening by smacking a ground rule double to center field off Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was his first hit since April 18. Ibanez grounded out to Hernandez in the second inning and would have tied…

  4. Chase Utley could head to extended spring training soon

    May 3, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal earlier today that he believes Chase Utley could soon head to extended spring training to continue his rehab. Utley has picked up workouts over the past week and has participated in two brief simulated games over the past three days. “It might be time…

  5. Josh Hamilton to start hitting off a tee Wednesday

    May 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    Josh Hamilton, who has been shelved for three weeks with a broken humerus sustained sliding into home plate, will begin swinging off a tee Wednesday, the Rangers revealed today. Hamilton has been playing catch and shagging flyballs in his rehab and is considered about a week ahead of schedule. The Rangers originally said he’d be…

  6. With middle infield struggling, Twins likely to add Trevor Plouffe

    May 3, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    I probably should have left this one for Aaron, but oh well… The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen tweeted today that Twins manager Rob Gardenhire offered strong hints that shortstop Trevor Plouffe will soon be promoted from Triple-A Rochester. Plouffe, the Twins’ first-round pick in 2004, made his major league debut last season and looked overmatched.…

  7. Brewers activate Nyjer Morgan, bench Carlos Gomez

    May 3, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    nyjer-morgan-brewers

    Nyjer Morgan, who was off to a scorching start replacing the injured Corey Hart in right field for the Brewers before landing on the DL with a deep thigh bruise, was activated Tuesday and immediately inserted into Carlos Gomez‘s spot in the lineup. It doesn’t figure to be a one-day move, what with Gomez hitting…

  8. Jose Bautista undergoing MRI exam on injured neck, likely out until weekend

    May 3, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista‘s sore neck has gotten worse and the Blue Jays slugger is headed for an MRI exam, according to John Lott of the National Post. Even if the MRI exam reveals nothing serious manager John Farrell said that he expects Bautista to remain out of the lineup until at least the weekend. Bautista got…

  9. Counterpoint: Let the courts handle the DUI discipline

    May 3, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    jail cell

    I’m quite sure MLB would be in the business of punishing players accused of DUIs if the MLBPA didn’t stand in the way. But I hardly see how that would be for the best. When Shin-Soo Choo gets busted for driving drunk, that’s not a baseball matter. We have police departments, lawyers and court cases…

  10. Police Report: Shin-Soo Choo blew a .201 on the breathalyser

    May 3, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Courtesy of my friend Vince Grzegorek at Cleveland Scene, here is the entire police report for Shin-Soo Choo’s arrest early yesterday morning. It has the details of the traffic stop (note: police didn’t notice his driving until he stopped to ask them for directions home).  It also has the details of his field sobriety test,…

  11. Jason Bay takes paternity leave from Mets

    May 3, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay is the latest player to take advantage of the new paternity leave roster exemption. He’ll be away from the Mets for 1-3 days to be with his wife for the birth of their third child and Lucas Duda has been called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Duda began the season…

  12. Milton Bradley suspended for one game for Saturday night argument

    May 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    On Saturday, Milton Bradley was ejected for an animated argument with umpire Todd Tichenor following what appeared to be a blown call by Tichenor involving a play at first with Miguel Olivo. After his ejection — which was based on whatever he said to Tichenor — Bradley had to be restrained by Mariners’ third base…

  13. Rays activate Evan Longoria from DL, designate Felipe Lopez for assignment

    May 3, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    As expected, the Rays have activated Evan Longoria from the disabled list and he’s in the starting lineup for tonight’s game, playing third base and batting third. Longoria has been sidelined since injuring his oblique muscle in the second game of the season and Tampa Bay got off to a 1-8 start, but the Rays…

  14. Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for DUI yesterday

    May 3, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    We have scant details as of yet, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Shin-Shoo Choo was arrested for drunk driving early yesterday morning in suburban Sheffield Lake, Ohio, west of Cleveland. UPDATE: MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Choo blew more than twice the legal limit.  Paul Hoynes reports that Choo stopped…

  15. Bryce Harper is hitting .355 with a 1.153 OPS at Single-A

    May 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is on fire at low Single-A, going 15-for-33 (.455) with four homers and six doubles in his last 10 games. Harper is hitting .355 with a .456 on-base percentage and .697 slugging percentage in 23 games overall, including six homers and eight doubles in 76 at-bats and a 20/18 K/BB ratio. He’s even…

  16. Twins prospect Paul Bargas diagnosed with brain cancer

    May 3, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    paul bargas twins

    Back in December the Twins traded backup catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for 21-year-old reliever Paul Bargas, who was a 13th-round pick in 2009 and pitched at low Single-A last season. Soon after reporting to spring training Bargas was sent home to California to be examined for what the Twins called a “neurological condition”…

  17. Players think Shin-Soo Choo is baseball’s most underrated

    May 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    Being underrated is a tricky business. The more underrated you become, the more people note how underrated you are, and thus the more people try to emphatically make your case for being better than people think and thus the quicker it is that you become overrated.  Ask Ben Wallace how this works. Or the city…

  18. Don Mattingly will fine James Loney for fly outs to left field

    May 3, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    James Loney is off to a terrible start and was benched against a left-handed pitcher yesterday, so in an effort to snap the first baseman out of his slump manager Don Mattingly has decided to fine him $1 each time he flies out to left field. According to the Dodgers manager Loney will “take a…

  19. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter’s slow demise edition

    May 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    What we’re seeing with Derek Jeter is not unprecedented. But the size of that precedent is so great that it leads to even more scrutiny than there would be if this were totally new.

  20. Orlando Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals

    May 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    orlando-hudson-padres

    Orlando Hudson is a 33-year-old who’s never stolen more than 10 bases in a season and the Twins let him walk as a free agent while talking about wanting to add more speed to the lineup at his position. All of which makes this pretty remarkable: Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals…

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