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  1. Brewers think Zack Greinke was tipping his pitches yesterday

    May 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke began yesterday’s start against the Pirates with four no-hit innings, but Neil Walker led off the fifth frame with a homer and he allowed a total of five runs and five extra-base hits in what proved to be his final inning. He still ended up with a win because the lineup scored a…

  2. The ugliest ballcaps you’ll see today

    May 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    ugly red sox cap

    I’m not some stiff-necked purist. Sure, I’d prefer that people wear actual game-replica caps or throwback caps that were once actually worn in pitched battle on the diamond, but if you want to wear a black Dodgers cap or even a Red Yankees cap or something I’m not going to go crazy, even if I…

  3. Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

    May 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rockies Phillies Baseball Weather

    Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past…

  4. The Aroldis Chapman horror show continues

    May 16, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

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    I was going to say “lost in the Reds’ win yesterday …” but I don’t think this was really lost on anyone: Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday, faced five batters, walked four of them and all of them came around to score. He threw only…

  5. Chipper Jones has a torn meniscus

    May 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    They’re characterizing Chipper Jones’ knee injury as a “slight” meniscus tear, but is there anything “slight” when you’re 39-years-old and are already pretty brittle to begin with? The plan now: cortisone shot and some rest, but if that doesn’t work surgery is likely, which will put Jones out for a few weeks. Remember that stuff I…

  6. The Posada affair: only here, only now

    May 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    I’m rather glad that the Jorge Posada drama erupted on a weekend when I was takings kids to soccer games and stuff, because it’s a drama that, for all of the interest and focus on it, you really can’t say a ton about. Yes, Posada is owed criticism, but he also has built up so…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Posada

    I didn’t do nothin’ this weekend except age with grace, humility and in full awareness of my limitations. Jorge.

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

    May 16, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista watches his homerun off Minnesota Twins' Hoey during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Blue Jays 11, Twins 3:  Jose Bautista is not a man. He’s a machine. A Terminator. A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101. Not a robot. A cyborg. A cybernetic organism (3 for 5 3 HR, 4 RBI). Braves 3, Phillies 2: The second straight complete game loss for Roy Halladay.  How the Braves manage to take…

  9. Juan Pierre cannot be killed

    May 15, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Just when it looked like things couldn’t possibly get any worse, Juan Pierre grounded into two double plays for just the second time in his career Sunday. He actually did have a hit in four at-bats against the A’s.  But he was promptly picked off first base afterwards. Pierre is currently sitting at .242/.314/.268 for the season. …

  10. Jason Heyward swings bat, aims for Tuesday return

    May 15, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jason Heyward, who has missed five starts because of an inflamed right shoulder, took batting practice Sunday in the cage and said he hopes to return Tuesday against the Astros. Since the soreness is in his non-throwing shoulder, Heyward has made an appearance as a defensive replacement each of the last three games.  He said…

  11. Yankees decide no discipline for Jorge Posada

    May 15, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    It’s case closed for the Jorge Posada drama, as the Yankees said Sunday that there would be no discipline for the five-time All-Star after he asked out of Saturday’s lineup for the game against the Red Sox. Posada had face-to-face conversations with both GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi on Sunday, apologizing to each.…

  12. After giving up six more runs, Javier Vazquez has to go

    May 15, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    It’s just not happening for Javier Vazquez.   In allowing six runs over four innings Sunday in a loss to the Nationals, his ERA jumped to 7.55.  Even when Vazquez has struggled in the past, it’s usually come with a respectable or better WHIP.  This year, he’s at 1.91.  He’s struck out just 20 batters and…

  13. Apologetic Jorge Posada sits Sunday

    May 15, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    As suspected, the Yankees are holding Jorge Posada out of Sunday’s lineup after the drama that ensued last night. Posada probably would have been on the bench regardless.  He’s been sitting against a lot of left-handers, and he’s just 4-for-21 with no extra-base hits lifetime against Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Posada talked to the…

  14. Tony La Russa feeling better, nearing return to Cardinals

    May 15, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Despite battling a case of shingles, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa made his regular weekly appearance Sunday on KMOX radio and gave an update on his status. B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest has the goods. “We’re going to get together with (general manager) John Mozeliak and our team doctors and trainers tomorrow and figure…

  15. Jose Bautista hits three bombs, grounds out in eighth

    May 15, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    4:30 p.m. EDT: Jose Batista grounded out to shortstop with a man on and two outs in the eighth.  Unless the Blue Jays can send nine men to the plate in the ninth (or the Twins score eight runs to tie the game at 11), he’s done for the day at three homers. /// Jose…

  16. Rangers sluggers Cruz and Hamilton nearing rehab games

    May 15, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Rangers' Hamilton and Cruz stand on field after being stranded on base against Giants during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    The Rangers should be whole again soon. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, right fielder Nelson Cruz is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday at Double-A Frisco and left fielder Josh Hamilton is expected to join him on Wednesday. Cruz has been sidelined since May 3, when he strained his…

  17. Colby Rasmus held out Sunday with stomach injury

    May 15, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus, Tony La Russa

    Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus strained a muscle near his abdomen while lifting weights last Monday. It finally began causing him enough discomfort this weekend that he was held out of Sunday’s series finale against the Reds. This all comes via beat writer Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rasmus will be examined Monday…

  18. Braves put Brandon Beachy on 15-day DL with oblique strain

    May 15, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    The Braves placed starter Brandon Beachy on the disabled list Sunday morning with a left oblique strain and now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passes along word that the young right-hander is likely to miss over a month of action. It’s an unfortunate bit of news given Beachy’s impressive early line (3.45 ERA, 1.08…

  19. Carlos Beltran returns to lineup, will play through eye infection

    May 15, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran isn’t going to let a minor case of pink eye derail his impressive start. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, the 34-year-old is back in the Mets’ lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros. Beltran sat out of Saturday’s game because of an infection in his…

  20. Drew talks NL Central, Pujols free agency, and poor iPhone reception on the Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast

    May 15, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

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    You’ll have to excuse the self-promotion here, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Jorge Posada at this point. I spent about 45 minutes chatting with a couple of Cardinals bloggers this past Wednesday for the first episode of their new Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast. We discussed the different teams in…

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