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  1. Phil Hughes throws from 100 feet, but “trying not to get caught up in the scheduling of everything”

    May 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes threw from 100 feet for about 10 minutes yesterday in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild and reported no problems afterward. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that there’s still no timetable for Hughes’ return from the “dead arm” that sent him to the disabled list in mid-April and he hasn’t even been cleared…

  2. The Padres season ticket sales staff is the best

    May 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Customer Service Representative

    Because I’ve never lived in the same town as a major league baseball team — blast! — I’ve never been in a position to buy season tickets.  I have heard tell of others’ adventures in the land of season tickets before, however, and I usually either hear about how (a) the team’s ticket sales staff…

  3. Jeff Keppinger aiming for Friday return to Astros

    May 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Jeff Keppinger has yet to play this season after undergoing foot surgery in January, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the veteran infielder is slated to come off the disabled list Friday. Keppinger has spent the past couple weeks rehabbing in the minors, going 14-for-44 (.318) with one homer and just one strikeout in…

  4. Breaking: celebrities get special treatment by police

    May 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    steinbrenner in car

    We often ridicule celebrities who pull the “don’t you know who I am?” card whenever they have run-ins with the police, but you can’t fault them for trying. Because, at least in New York, the police knowing who you are can be really, really helpful! Star-struck cops have fixed tickets for big-time celebs, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and former…

  5. Paul Splittorff loses his battle with cancer

    May 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Paul Spitoroff

    Given the news we heard last week, this was inevitable, but no less sad: Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff died this morning, losing his battle with melanoma and oral cancer. Splittorff was the quintessential crafty lefty, never overpowering hitters but always finding a way.  His durability and effectiveness led him to become the all-time leader in victories…

  6. Fans, players, had to take cover in Texas last night

    May 25, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Texas Rangers

    As I mentioned in the recaps, tornado warnings, rain and hail in Dallas caused an extended delay of the White Sox-Rangers game last night, with fans being evacuated from the upper decks and then into tunnels in the ballpark for shelter. A story about the evacuation can be read here.  Over at Buzzfeed this morning…

  7. Fred Wilpon apologizes to the Mets, but it’s not good enough for some

    May 25, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

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

    Fred Wilpon was going to fly to Chicago to apologize to the Mets in person, but after talking to Terry Collins and other team officials about what made the most sense, he chose to avoid a possible media scrum and apologize via speaker phone to Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and the Mets, who took the…

  8. The knives are out for Bob Geren

    May 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Bob Geren

    I don’t think anyone disagrees that Brian Fuentes was wrong to spout off about Bob Geren to the media the other night. Even Fuentes agrees, saying in his apology yesterday that he still believed everything he said about Geren’s lack of communication skills, but that he merely shouldn’t have shared it publicly like he did.…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 25, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Adam Jones

    Orioles 5, Royals 3: Adam Jones with the walkoff two-run homer as Baltimore smacks Joakim Soria around. At least one doctor voiced concern about Soria after the game. Now, the doctor is a dermatoligst, not an orthopedist, and he was hundreds of miles away at the time and has never once examined Soria, but since…

  10. Barry Bonds to pay for Bryan Stow’s kids to go to college

    May 24, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    I can’t remember the last time I wrote something about Barry Bonds that didn’t have steroids or perjury as the subject matter, so this story is a breath of fresh air. According to Lori Preuitt of NBC Bay Area, Barry Bonds has donated to pay for Bryan Stow’s two young children to go to college.…

  11. Adam LaRoche could be headed for major shoulder surgery

    May 24, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche, Mike Morse

    Adam LaRoche was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, but it turns out the damage is now much more extensive. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that LaRoche has a large tear in his labrum and a small tear in his rotator cuff. The plan is for him to rest for 2-3…

  12. Brian Fuentes apologizes to Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Oakland Athletics

    As you may have heard, Brian Fuentes called out Bob Geren for his in-game managing and communication skills following last night’s loss to the Angels. No doubt realizing that he made a major boo-boo, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Fuentes apologized to Geren during a meeting prior to tonight’s game. Fuentes…

  13. Jorge De La Rosa diagnosed with torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow

    May 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jorge De La Rosa, Chris Iannetta, Bob Apodaca

    Awful news for the Rockies at this hour. Jorge De La Rosa, who left this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks in the third inning, was diagnosed with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Rockies are discussing the next step, but odds are he will need Tommy John surgery,…

  14. Scott Kazmir can’t get through two innings in rehab start

    May 24, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir, who was banished to the disabled list on April 9 with what the Angels called lower back tightness, struggled mightily in his return to the mound Tuesday, giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake. He walked four and hit a batter before being pulled. The Angels went as slowly…

  15. Angel Pagan expected to return from disabled list Friday

    May 24, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Mets are still missing David Wright and Ike Davis, but they’re about to get one of their regulars back in the starting lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said this afternoon that Angel Pagan will play one game with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday before being activated from the disabled…

  16. Veteran infielder Alex Cintron opts for retirement

    May 24, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Alex Cintron

    32-year-old infielder Alex Cintron, who had been playing with the Padres’ Triple-A club, decided to retire Tuesday, according to Tucson broadcaster Tim Hagerty. Cintron chose to quit even though he was playing quite well.  He had two hits in his final game Monday, and he was sporting a .350/.394/.500 line in 60 at-bats for Tucson.…

  17. Brian Roberts out at least three more weeks with concussion

    May 24, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    After visiting a concussion specialist on Tuesday, Brian Roberts was told to rest for two more weeks, meaning he won’t rejoin the Orioles prior to mid-June. Roberts was injured sliding head-first into first base in a game against the Red Sox eight days ago. With Roberts out of action, the Orioles have been trying to get by…

  18. Joe Mauer, Tsuyoshi Nishioka set for extended spring games

    May 24, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    The Twins will move a step closer to getting a pair of regulars back in their lineup when Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka appear in extended spring games this week. Mauer, who has been on the DL since April 14 with bilateral leg weakness, is set to appear as a DH on Wednesday.  Nishioka, who suffered…

  19. Brandon Webb pitches six innings in extended spring game

    May 24, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb took away some encouraging signs after throwing six innings against Padres minor leaguers in Arizona on Tuesday.  He hit 84 mph on the gun while allowing four runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings, Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports. He struck out five and walked none, though he…

  20. Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died from sinus infection

    May 24, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Yewri Guillen

    When 18-year-old Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died in the Dominican Republic last month, bacterial meningitis was blamed.  An MLB investigation, however, determined today that the cause of death was a brain infection, the result of an aggressive sinus infection. The Nationals signed Guillen back in February.  He became ill while at the team’s camp in the…

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