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

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:45 AM EDT

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    The last NBA Finals I paid really close attention to was 1993. So no, I don’t give a diddly durn about the Heat and the Mavs. Baseball, people. It’s the only sport worth a damn.

  2. Blue Jays GM: decision coming soon on top prospect Brett Lawrie

    May 31, 2011, 10:50 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    10:50 p.m. EDT update: Amid speculation that Lawrie could be called up to make his major league debut Friday, he was forced to leave Tuesday’s game with Triple-A Las Vegas after being hit on the hand by a pitch. /// With two months down, we’re nearing the point at which teams can call up their top prospects without…

  3. Gary Carter diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

    May 31, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Unfortunately the news isn’t getting any better for Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. According to the Associated Press, doctors have confirmed that Carter has a glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Because the location of the tumor makes surgery difficult, Carter will soon begin an aggressive treatment plan consisting of chemotherapy and radiation. ESPN New York…

  4. Eric Wedge gives Chone Figgins a couple days off to regroup

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    Mariners manager Eric Wedge has finally decided to put the struggling Chone Figgins out of his misery. At least for a little while. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Figgins will get the next couple of days off in order to clear his head. Luis Rodriguez will make the start at third base…

  5. Dustin McGowan building up arm strength in another comeback bid

    May 31, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan, last seen on a major league mound in July 2008, has hit 95 mph on the gun while throwing in extended spring training and should begin a rehab assignment in about three weeks, according to manager John Farrell. Shi Davidi reports that the Jays are considering stretching out McGowan and…

  6. Ryan Zimmerman to begin playing in extended spring training games

    May 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Good news for the pathetic Nationals’ offense. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Ryan Zimmerman will play “several innings” tomorrow in his first extended spring training game. Zimmerman has been limited to just eight games this season due to an abdominal injury. He was initially placed on the disabled list on April 12…

  7. Rubin: Mets may deal David Wright, keep Jose Reyes

    May 31, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, David Wright

    Looks like ESPNNewYork.com is hunting for traffic. The ever familiar “source familiar with the organization’s thinking” told Adam Rubin that the Mets may re-sign free-agent-to-be Jose Reyes and trade David Wright next winter. According to the unnamed source: It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so…

  8. First-third awards: 2011 AL Cy Young

    May 31, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Yankees

    On to the AL Cy Young Award race.  First, the league’s ERA leaders: 1. Josh Beckett (Red Sox): 4-2, 1.80 ERA, 63/25 K/BB in 70 IP 2. Jered Weaver (Angels): 6-4, 2.10 ERA, 77/20 K/BB in 85 2/3 IP 3. James Shields (Rays): 5-3, 2.15 ERA, 81/18 K/BB in 83 2/3 IP 4. Gio Gonzalez…

  9. Ryan Doumit out at least a month with fractured left ankle

    May 31, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit, Carlos Pena

    Ryan Doumit‘s collision with Carlos Pena at home plate Sunday wasn’t nearly as scary as Buster Posey‘s a few days earlier, but it did leave him with a fractured left ankle, tests Tuesday confirmed. It’s very disappointing news for the Pirates.  Not only was Doumit third on the team with a .774 OPS this season, but…

  10. Vin Scully, a haunted nightclub and a new Dodger curse

    May 31, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    This one is too craz-, er, I mean complicated for me to understand, so you had best just go read Rick Chandler’s post about it over at Off the Bench. Upshot: Vin Scully’s Hollywood walk-of-fame star has been covered up by a red carpet in front of a local nightclub. And the nightclub is haunted. Which, now…

  11. Albert Pujols starting at third base for second time this season

    May 31, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols went eight years between starts at third base before playing there on May 16, but now less than three weeks later he’s back at the hot corner. Pujols, who went 0-for-4 in that May 16 start, is playing third base and batting third for the Cardinals tonight against Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants.…

  12. Player Poll: A-Rod the most overrated in baseball

    May 31, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    The whole overrated/underrated game is always dicey because no one ever agrees on a rating baseline to begin with.  Really, the underrated list tends to represent the most under-publicized and the overrated list tends to highlight the most overpaid. Still, Sports Illustrated polls players on this stuff from time to time and, following up on…

  13. Ike Davis will spend the next three weeks in a walking boot

    May 31, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    So much for Ike Davis‘ speedy recovery. The Mets just announced that he’ll wear a walking boot on his injured ankle/foot for at least the next three weeks, meaning he’s likely more than a month away from potentially returning from the disabled list. Davis was unable to run three weeks after suffering the injury on…

  14. Is Clint Hurdle OK?

    May 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle red face.bmp

    I’m not mocking here, I’m serious.  That pic is a screen capture from the Cubs-Pirates game the other day.  I went and found it in this highlight after people started tweeting around another image of it this afternoon, claiming that it wasn’t doctored. I found it hard to believe, but it apparently isn’t doctored. Is…

  15. Cubs place Alfonso Soriano on DL, call up Tyler Colvin

    May 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Tyler Colvin is back with the Cubs following a two-week demotion to Triple-A because Alfonso Soriano has been placed on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps muscle. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com the Cubs don’t actually think Soriano would be unavailable for a full 15 days, but put him on the DL anyway…

  16. Quote of the Day: Marlins’ President David Samson on Logan Morrison’s Twitter habit

    May 31, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Morrison_Logan

    As we’ve mentioned before, Logan Morrison has a pretty heavy Twitter habit.  He also has a pretty big following due to his quite colorful Twitter persona. So it’s no surprise that, if something Marlins-related is both cool and popular, the Marlins themselves don’t like it. Here’s team President David Samson: “I’m not a dinosaur. But…

  17. Albert Pujols leads in the initial NL All-Star voting

    May 31, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    Major League Baseball just released the leaders of the early All-Star voting in the National League.  It’s too damn early to actually argue about this stuff, so let’s just list the results with the vote totals in parenthesis: C: Buster Posey (785,314) 1B: Albert Pujols (988,784) 2B: Brandon Phillips (837,778) 3B: Placido Polanco (724,724) SS:…

  18. Red Sox activate Bobby Jenks from DL, option Michael Bowden to Triple-A

    May 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jenks_Bobby

    As expected, the Red Sox have activated Bobby Jenks from the disabled list following a four-week stay for a strained biceps muscle. Jenks struggled mightily before going on the DL, allowing 10 runs in 8.2 innings while opponents hit .333 with an .869 OPS off him, so he may have gain manager Terry Francona’s trust…

  19. Hank Aaron receives an honorary degree from Princeton

    May 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Hank Aaron AP

    One of the more overlooked Bob Dylan songs of all time is “Day of the Locusts,” which recounts his mixed feelings on the day on which he received an honorary degree from Princeton University.  I love Bob Dylan more than any artist in the history of music, but like a lot of his songs, it…

  20. Jake Peavy has 3.24 ERA and 16/1 K/BB ratio since returning from shoulder surgery

    May 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season following shoulder surgery and spent the first five weeks of this year on the disabled list as part of his recovery, but since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation on May 11 he’s 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts. Even more impressive than the nice-looking…

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