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  1. Performance-enhancing pink

    May 9, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I would sooner bet my 401K on a game of three-card monty than take this as a serious statistical exercise, but stats can be just for fun too, and this one is no exception: the Old Time Family Baseball blog looked at the performance of all of the players who used pink bats yesterday in…

  2. B.J. Upton had a whale of a series in Baltimore

    May 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s worth noting again: B.J. Upton owned Camden Yards this weekend. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with four RBI overall he was 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and eight RBI against the O’s.  For his career he’s at .297/.370/.535 in 173 plate appearances in Baltimore. That’s easily the best he’s…

  3. Six lies about the Marlins’ new ballpark

    May 9, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Marlins ballpark

    We’re going to be hearing a lot of glowing reviews of the Marlins’ new ballpark as the finishing touches are put on it over the course of the next 9-10 months or so.  And for good reason. From what we’ve been able to see of it in artists’ renderings and in the photos of it…

  4. Frank McCourt could lose the Dodgers but remain their landlord

    May 9, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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

    Remember how Frank McCourt, upon buying the Dodgers, split the team’s assets up into multiple different businesses and holding companies and things?  Yeah, that couldn’t even lead to a depressing outcome. Bill Shaikin: When McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004, the purchase included the team, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. He has since…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 9, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    It was really the first weekend that actually felt like spring, at least from a baseball perspective. Yeah, the previous weekend was nice, but we were still getting a lot of rainouts and cold games. This weekend, no matter which game I turned to, it looked and felt like baseball. Ah. Roy Oswalt is on…

  6. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 9, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    Yankees 12, Rangers 5:  We read a lot of “Derek Jeter is done” commentary last week. Well, whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that Jeter was only mostly dead. And there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Two homers for The Captain.  As for the game overall, I’ll…

  7. A true oddity: all AL games feature five in final scores

    May 8, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Too bad it didn’t happen three days ago on 5/5. All seven American League games Sunday featured one team or the other scoring five runs. The A’s, Rays, Tigers and White Sox all won while scoring five, while the Indians, Rangers and Twins lost with that number of runs. STATS did the research and said…

  8. Tony La Russa to have eye examined at Mayo Clinic

    May 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will have the viral infection around his right eye examined at the Mayo Clinic on Monday’s off day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. La Russa said before Sunday’s win over the Brewers that the condition, which has caused swelling and redness around his eye, has left him “miserable.” “Day games…

  9. Taylor Teagarden hits three homers for Triple-A Round Rock

    May 8, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    In his first game since being sent down by the Rangers, catcher Taylor Teagarden went deep three times and drove in seven runs for the Round Rock Express on Sunday. The huge game gave him five homers in just 22 at-bats in the PCL this season. Teagarden showed no rust at all despite a lack…

  10. Desperate for outfield depth, Nationals add Gregor Blanco

    May 8, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Gregor Blanco

    A day after placing Rick Ankiel on the disabled list and calling up Roger Bernadina, the Nationals added an outfielder in a trade with the Royals, picking up Gregor Blanco for a player to be named. Blanco was immediately assigned to Triple-A Syracuse. The 27-year-old Blanco did solid work for the Braves and Royals last…

  11. Phillies phinally place Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list

    May 8, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    After spending 10 days on the active roster but unable to play, Carlos Ruiz was finally shelved by the Phillies prior to Sunday night’s game, going on the DL to make room for the returning Joe Blanton. Although Blanton isn’t starting until Monday, the Phillies made the move tonight because 10 days is as far…

  12. Angels manager Mike Scioscia notches 1,000th victory

    May 8, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia, Torii Hunter

    With the Angels’ 6-5 victory over the Indians on Sunday, Mike Scioscia became the fifth active manager to reach 1,000 wins. The up-to-the-minute list: 1. Tony La Russa – 2658-2308 – .535 winning percentage 2. Jim Leyland – 1510-1536 – .495 3. Dusty Baker – 1423-1300 – .523 4. Bruce Bochy – 1292-1316 – .495…

  13. Kendrys Morales heading to Colorado for second opinion

    May 8, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    morales getty

    The Angels are as confused as the rest of the baseball world about Kendrys Morales‘ stalled rehabilitation from a broken left ankle. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Morales will travel to Vail, Colorado early this week to get a second opinion from foot and ankle specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton. Morales has…

  14. Joey Votto’s on-base streak ends after 33 games

    May 8, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    While it didn’t get much attention compared to Andre Ethier‘s 30-game hitting streak, Joey Votto had been on base every game this season for the Reds, at least until Sunday.  He went 0-for-4 in Cincinnati’s 2-0 win over the Cubs, ending the streak at 33 games.  Votto entered the day seventh in the NL with a…

  15. Logan Morrison could begin rehab assignment Monday

    May 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will be examined by a team doctor this afternoon. If everything checks out with his strained left foot, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Morrison has been taking batting practice for about a week and was able to…

  16. Derek Jeter homers! Twice! Also, Ron Washington is not a genius

    May 8, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    4:30 p.m. EDT – From 257 at-bats between homers to… ummm… zero at-bats between homers.  Jeter went deep again, this time against Arthur Rhodes, in the seventh inning. /// Derek Jeter hit his first homer in 63 games dating back to last August when he took Dave Bush deep in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against…

  17. Anibal Sanchez loses no-hitter in seventh

    May 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    3:10 p.m. EDT – So much for that.  Laynce Nix just delivered a line-drive single to right to start the seventh.  Mike Stanton got a great jump on the ball and could have had the diving catch, but the ball popped out as his glove hit the ground. /// Another day, another no-hitter alert. Anibal…

  18. Chris Young lands on disabled list with shoulder tightness

    May 8, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    chris young mets

    The shoulder discomfort that caused Mets right-hander Chris Young to be scratched from his scheduled Saturday start against the Dodgers was still bothering him on Sunday morning, so the Mets have placed him on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season and have called up Pat Misch to fill his roster spot.…

  19. Happy Mother’s Day. “Call your mom.”

    May 8, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Fans take refuge from the heat in Washington on Independence Day

    From Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: On whiteboard in Twins clubhouse, where times for stretch & BP are generally written was one more directive today: “Call your mom.” Perfect, right? Happy Mother’s Day from us here at HardballTalk. Enjoy a full slate of afternoon and evening baseball games featuring pink cleats, pink…

  20. Astros place Jason Bourgeois on DL with oblique injury

    May 8, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    bourgeois headshot

    Astros utilityman Jason Bourgeois has opened the 2011 season with a stellar .407/.439/.500 batting line through his first 57 plate appearances. He’s also tallied 12 stolen bases in 14 chances. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old is now going to have to put that early offensive momentum on hold. Bourgeois suffered an oblique injury during an at-bat Saturday…

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