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  1. HBT Daily: Three “mehs” for interleague play

    May 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’m not going to join the “let’s see how much we can overstate how bad interleague play is” contest, but I’m not all that excited about it either.

  2. Asdrubal Cabrera makes an insane flip to start a double play

    May 20, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera DP.bmp

    One of the big reasons the Indians have been winning this year is their defense. One of the reasons their defense has been good is because Asdrubal Cabrera plays some sharp shortstop.  And here’s a great play he made last night that most guys aren’t gonna make. It helps if you whistle “Sweet Georgia Brown”…

  3. The memorable homers I missed

    May 20, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz home run

    As I suspected, I missed the most memorable home runs by a number of teams yesterday.  Here, based on reader feedback, are the most egregious oversights and a few other random observations: Yankees There wasn’t strong dissent here, probably because there was so much to choose from, but there were some interesting alternative suggestions. One…

  4. Mike Rizzo is in trouble for going after an ump

    May 20, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    This play, in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Nationals-Mets game, is a blown call.  The throw from Justin Turner clearly pulled Daniel Murphy off the bag and Jayson Werth should have been safe at first. Given that it was a 1-0 game, that was pretty important. Given that the call was so obviously blown, you…

  5. Oh my stars and garters, Andre Ethier flipped a photographer the bird

    May 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andre Ethier flipped the bird: During batting practice before Monday’s game against the Brewers, Ethier was snapped givin’ the finger to a photographer. And actually, the AP story uses the phrase “flipping  his middle fingers at a photographer,” so it may have been the rare but always impressive double-barrel salute. I like that kind of moxy.…

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

    May 20, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 7, Phillies 1: In yesterday morning’s recaps I slammed Jason Giambi and declared him dead. Last night he hit three homers and drove in seven.  I see my little foray into reverse psychology worked. Don’t thank me now, Jason. Just let me know where to send my bill. Mets 1, Nationals 0: Sucks to…

  7. Red Sox acquire Franklin Morales from Rockies for PTBNL

    May 19, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    morales purple

    From Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe comes word that the Red Sox are working on a trade for Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales. Morales has displayed significant control problems this season out of the Rockies’ bullpen and is currently the owner of a poor 11/8 K/BB ratio. But he has allowed just six runs in…

  8. Red Sox sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

    May 19, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood has found a new home in the American League East. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Millwood and the Red Sox agreed to terms on a minor league contract late Thursday evening. Millwood opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees on May 1 after posting a 4.50…

  9. Carlos Gonzalez pulled from game after tweaking left groin

    May 19, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    carlos gonzalez groin

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez had to be lifted from Thursday night’s game in Philadelphia after tweaking his left groin while chasing down a fly ball on a wet field surface at Citizens Bank Park. Gonzalez has been diagnosed with left groin tightness and will likely be…

  10. Holliday set for Friday return, Berkman could miss weekend

    May 19, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Colby Rasmus, John Buck

    The Cardinals received good news Thursday evening on all three of their starting outfielders. Colby Rasmus returned to center field and doubled in an afternoon victory over the Astros, left fielder Matt Holliday has been cleared of his quad discomfort and is expected to return Friday, and right fielder Lance Berkman underwent an MRI on…

  11. Dodgers place closer Vicente Padilla on DL with sore forearm

    May 19, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    The Dodgers, who are already without both Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo, put another reliever on the DL Thursday after replacement closer Vicente Padilla came down with a sore forearm. Padilla opened the season on the DL after elbow surgery, but he quickly claimed the closer’s after returning last month.  That was because both original the…

  12. Joe Blanton scratched Thursday with lingering elbow issues

    May 19, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    The Phillies made a last-second change before their Thursday evening game against the visiting Rockies, scratching right-hander Joe Blanton from his scheduled start and replacing him with long reliever Kyle Kendrick. The news comes via Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. Blanton spent a little over two weeks on the disabled list in late…

  13. 10 years ago today: Barry Bonds hits three homers, giving him 20

    May 19, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    May 19, 2001 Barry Bonds hits three solo homers as part of a 6-3 win over the Braves, giving him 20 homers through the Giants’ first 42 games. Bonds went on to hit a major league record 73 homers in 2001 to win the fourth of his seven NL MVP awards. Even though he was…

  14. Angels fall to Mariners after Torii Hunter loses ball in sun

    May 19, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    This may explain why he's hitting .218

    It was a lousy way for Scott Downs‘ scoreless streak to end. The Angels and Mariners were tied at one headed to the bottom of the ninth after Dan Haren and Doug Fister dueled to a stalemate for right innings. After David Pauley worked a scoreless top of the ninth for Seattle, the bottom of the inning…

  15. Livan Hernandez pitches, so of course the Nats are shut out

    May 19, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Throwing in the tow... umm, rosin bag

    For the third straight time Thursday, the Nationals were shut out in a Livan Hernandez start, losing 1-0 to the Mets as Dillon Gee and two relievers combined on a three-hitter. The loss dropped him to .500 for his career at 169-169. It took Hernandez himself to ruin Gee’s bid for a no-hitter when he…

  16. Adam Lind “at least 10 days away” from rejoining Blue Jays

    May 19, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    lind_adam

    Adam Lind has been out since May 8 with a back injury and manager John Farrell said this afternoon that he’s “at least 10 days away” from possibly coming off the disabled list. Lind is eligible to be activated Monday, but Farrell’s comments to John Lott of the National Post indicate that he may not…

  17. Jorge Posada starts at first base tonight

    May 19, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Jorge Posada has played 28 games at first base in his career, starting 15 of those.  He gets number 16 tonight, as Joe Girardi has put him in the lineup in place of Mark Teixeira, who will move over to DH for the evening.  Posada is batting seventh in case you care about such things,…

  18. Tyson Ross leaves A’s-Twins game after throwing just seven pitches

    May 19, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Ross_Tyson

    Dallas Braden had season-ending surgery and Tyson Ross was called on to replace him in the Athletics’ rotation.  He got the start today against the Twins … annnnd Ross has left the game after throwing just seven pitches. Buster Olney says it’s an oblique injury.  And so the season of obliques continues apace. Worth looking at…

  19. Brian Roberts may be DL’d due to headaches

    May 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brian Roberts will likely be placed on the disabled list due to headaches he’s been suffering since he slid head first into first base (why?!) during Monday’s game.  The Orioles are still evaluating him, but given that he suffered a concussion last season, one would think that caution is…

  20. Glen Perkins emerging as rare bright spot for struggling Twins

    May 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    When the Twins let half of last season’s bullpen leave via free agency and chose to replace them with in-house options the hope was that several young relievers would step up to claim long-term roles. That not happening has played a big part in the team’s overall struggles, but the Twins have had one reliever…

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