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  1. Dennis Eckersley rips Brian Fuentes

    May 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    A guy who knows a thing or two about closing in Oakland — Dennis Eckersley — took to the airwaves today to tear Brian Fuentes a new one over his post-game comments last night.  And not just any radio station, but the A’s flagship station, Sports Radio 95.7 in Oakland.  John Shea of the Chronicle…

  2. Terry Francona on Daisuke Matsuzaka: “He’s not going to have surgery”

    May 24, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka injured

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, which is often a precursor to Tommy John elbow surgery, but manager Terry Francona made it very clear that he doesn’t think Matsuzaka will need to go under the knife: He’s not going to have surgery. He’s not going…

  3. Alcohol-fueled incidents at the ballpark: is it any worse than it has always been?

    May 24, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Budweiser sign

    There’s an AP story today about alcohol at ballparks leading to increased violence, drunkenness, drunk driving and otherwise boorish behavior, pegged to a study by the University of Minnesota. The results are, um, sobering: Alcohol laws and guidelines at stadiums are poorly enforced, with research subjects pretending to be drunk being served 74 percent of…

  4. Injured fielding a bunt, Tigers starter Phil Coke placed on DL

    May 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Coke_Phil

    Phil Coke left yesterday’s start after injuring his foot fielding a Ben Zobrist bunt and today the Tigers left-hander was placed on the disabled list. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Detroit will call up prospect Andy Oliver to take Coke’s turn in the rotation Saturday, but in the meantime they’ve added left-hander Adam Wilk…

  5. John Harper of the Daily News: Only a sometimes steroids skeptic

    May 24, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In the wake of this morning’s Daily News column by John Harper, The Common Man takes a look at Harper’s past commentary about players and steroids and finds that, when it comes to New York players, current and former, Harper isn’t nearly so hung up on the issue of whether they were clean or not as…

  6. Jose Contreras ready to rejoin Phillies as a setup man

    May 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras made his final minor-league rehab appearance this morning at Triple-A, throwing two scoreless innings, and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he’ll likely be activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Contreras was filling in for Brad Lidge as the Phillies’ closer when an elbow injury shut him down in mid-April, but…

  7. The Mets may have found a minority investor

    May 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    The last time we heard that the Mets were close to landing their sought-after minority investor — Steve Cohen — the deal went sideways.  So it was try, try again and, according to the New York Post, they’re getting close once again: Team ownership has chosen a preferred bidder — the group led by former…

  8. Brian Fuentes on pace to shatter record for relief losses

    May 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Somewhat obscured by Brian Fuentes ripping his manager after last night’s game is that the whole thing transpired because he was stripped of closing duties and then took his seventh loss of the season while pitching in a non-save situation. Fuentes is now 1-7 with a 5.06 ERA through the A’s first 48 games, which…

  9. Jim Crane is not going to have any trouble with getting Bud Selig’s approval

    May 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Last week the New York Times ran a story about discrimination claims lodged against Jim Crane’s company several years ago and wondered if the existence of such claims could complicate his approval as the new owner of the Houston Astros.  I was highly skeptical that would be an obstacle because if Bud Selig had any…

  10. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo “disciplined” after incident with umpire

    May 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    Last week umpire Phil Cuzzi incorrectly called out Jayson Werth on a play at first base in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Mets, at which point Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo allegedly sought out the crew as they were leaving the field and had a verbal altercation. Cuzzi filed a complaint…

  11. The Giants are worried about Buster Posey

    May 24, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    buster-posey-nlcs-game-4

    They’re not worried about his bat or his glove or his chi or anything like that. Just his health, as he has taken a lot of foul tips to the cabeza lately: “He’s taken more than I’ve ever seen,” said manager Bruce Bochy, a catcher himself during his playing days with the Astros, Mets and…

  12. Jim Thome smacks homers 592 and 593 in return from DL

    May 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    jim-thome-twins-592-and-593

    On a night when the Twins honored the greatest slugger in team history, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Thome returned from the disabled list after missing three weeks with an oblique injury and hit the 592nd and 593rd homers of his career. Throughout his 21 seasons Thome has homered once every 21 at-bats versus left-handed pitchers compared…

  13. President Bush: would-be ball hawk

    May 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Bush Pierzynski.bmp

    Hey, not all ball hawks are successful, but former President Bush made a valiant effort at an Adrian Beltre foul ball at the White Sox-Rangers game last night.  If the woman in the red suit hadn’t gotten in front of him, I think W. has a chance at it. Or Laura does. I hear she…

  14. Cardinals send Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A to work as a starter

    May 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    I wondered yesterday why the Cardinals would demote Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A after he had one bad week following 95 innings of solid relief work, but now we know: He’s going to work as a starter. Tony La Russa told Tom Krasovic of MLB.com that the idea is for Boggs to develop his secondary pitches…

  15. Bud Black: “there’s room to talk” about moving the fences in at Petco Park

    May 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Petco Park

    I’m hesitant to say that Padres manager Bud Black would like the fences to be moved in, because it seems from the article that the subject was brought up by reporters — and has been so brought up multiple times recently — and that Black was trying to be a bit coy with respect to…

  16. Albert Pujols ends his homer drought

    May 24, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?  Why, nothing that a nice night can’t fix. Pujols went yard last night in the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Padres. His homer broke a one month, 106 plate appearance homerless streak, the longest of his career. In that month, Pujols has actually seen his OBP rise from .309 to…

  17. Athletics’ closer Brian Fuentes rips manager Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Brian Fuentes has been inserted late into tie games a lot recently. While one possible takeaway from that is that the manager trusts you to get the team out of tight spots, that strategy has led to Fuentes (a) not being entirely sure what his role is; and (b) taking a bunch of losses. He’s…

  18. Wilpon: The Mets are “bleeding cash”

    May 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    There was a time, not too long ago, when if one were to suggest in a post on this blog that the Mets financial situation was dire, as opposed to merely being a troublesome, short-term cash flow annoyance, and that the Wilpons’ hold on the team was in serious jeopardy, as opposed to merely being…

  19. The Jose Bautista smear campaign continues

    May 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run last night, helping power the Blue Jays past the Yankees. The game and its aftermath is making me want to take a walk down memory lane. For instance, remember back in 2009 when speculating that an unusual spike in a player’s performance could be steroids-related would get you…

  20. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 24, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Chris Perez

    Two stirring come-from-behind wins (and one not-so-stirring one), a seven-RBI night for a guy most people thought was dead and the Major League debut for a southpaw named Furbush. Monday night had a bit of everything.

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