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  1. Slumping Josh Thole quits twitter: “I’m out”

    May 10, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets' Thole reacts after hitting into a bases loaded double play against the San Francisco Giants in New York

    Frustrated with some of the criticism that’s come with his poor start at the plate, Josh Thole deleted his twitter feed on Tuesday, leaving with an “I’m out.” According to David Lennon, Thole called being on Twitter “a lose-lose situation” after deleting his account. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin tweeted the following: Thole got advice on Twitter like…

  2. Vernon Wells to DL, Howie Kendrick to left field for Angels

    May 10, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Angels made the anticpated move prior to Tuesday’s game, placing Vernon Wells on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin and calling up speedster Reggie Willits to play a reserve role. But this one came out of left field: replacing Wells tonight and making his first career start in the outfield is usual…

  3. Royals ace Bruce Chen placed on DL with lat strain

    May 10, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    And just after Aaron suggested they start printing up playoff tickets. Bruce Chen, who is 4-1 with a 3.59 ERA in seven starts to open the year, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left lat strain. Vin Mazzaro will be called up to start in his place Wednesday. Chen has been a…

  4. 15 years ago today: Ernie Young hits three homers for A’s

    May 10, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    It was May 10, 1996. Ernie Young, a 26-year-old center fielder getting his first real shot in the majors, blasted three homers as the A’s beat the Twins 15-5. He had entered the game with three homers in 164 career at-bats, the lowest previous homer total for anyone who has ever had a three-homer game.…

  5. Andres Torres, Mark DeRosa off DL, into Giants lineup

    May 10, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants activated both Andres Torres (Achilles’ tendon) and Mark DeRosa (wrist) from the disabled list Tuesday and inserted them right into the lineup for their game against the Diamondbacks. Torres is returning to his usual leadoff spot, while DeRosa is playing third and batting seventh. As expected, the Giants sent the struggling Miguel Tejada to…

  6. Willy Aybar signs with Edmonton Capitals

    May 10, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Willy Aybar, who went without a gig all winter and still didn’t have any takers despite the rash of injuries to National League third basemen, has signed with the Edmonton Capitals of the independent North American League. The 28-year-old Aybar was a very solid hitter in part-time roles for the Rays in 2008 (.253/.327/.410 in…

  7. Recovered from hip surgery, David Aardsma now has a sprained elbow ligament

    May 10, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma has struggled mightily at Triple-A while on a rehab assignment for his offseason hip surgery, allowing seven runs in four innings, and now he’s been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He’s scheduled to get a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, who is probably second to only Dr.…

  8. Tommy Hunter has setback in recovery from groin injury

    May 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Tommy Hunter appeared close to coming off the disabled list, but the Rangers right-hander aggravated his groin injury during a minor-league rehab start yesterday. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that he’s been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain and will be shut down for 2-3 weeks, at which point Hunter will…

  9. Javier Vazquez takes bereavement leave from Marlins

    May 10, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Javier Vazquez has been placed on the bereavement list and there’s no timetable for his return to the Marlins, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. No further details were given. Vazquez struggled in last night’s start against the Phillies as his ERA ballooned to 6.68 and afterward said: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing.” Vazquez…

  10. Great Moments in magical thinking

    May 10, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Berkman_Lance

    I’m struggling to decide what to make of this bit of analysis of Lance Berkman’s season from Joel Sherman in today’s New York Post: The Yankees lineup would look a lot more fierce with him as the DH while he has shown a renewed athleticism that he could have mixed in at first, left and…

  11. Partying like 1999: Get ready for a Royals-Pirates World Series

    May 10, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    prince 1999

    David Schoenfield of ESPN.com just tweeted this note and I had to share it: First time both the Pirates and Royals have been over .500 on the same day 30 games into a season since May 16, 1999. How long ago was that? Well, that day the Pirates were playing the Expos and Vladimir Guerrero…

  12. C.J. Wilson complains that the Athletics play “lawyer ball”

    May 10, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson did not have a good game last night. He only allowed two hits — one was a three-run homer, sadly — but he walked five Athletics while giving up five runs in seven innings.  Based on his postgame comments, it would seem that the walks got to him a bit: “It’s like obviously…

  13. Amid the boos Carl Crawford starting to heat up for Red Sox

    May 10, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford was booed at Fenway Park last night before becoming the game’s hero with a Green Monster double that gave the Red Sox a walk-off win in the 11th inning. Even before the game-winning hit Crawford was quietly getting back on track following a terrible start to the season. Since his batting average dropped…

  14. Francisco Liriano faces Tigers in no-hitter followup

    May 10, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Drew Butera, Francisco Liriano

    After being pushed back a day because of a sore throat, Francisco Liriano gets Detroit tonight in his first start since throwing his no-hitter against the White Sox a week ago. The extra rest figures to do his arm some good, as he blew away his previous season high by throwing 123 pitches in his…

  15. Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez is in hot water over mad tweeting

    May 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day

    Baseball people: don’t tweet angry. Ozzie Guillen learned that the hard way. Now it seems that Pirates’ prospect Tony Sanchez is about to as well. Last night Sanchez’s team, the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League, lost their game to Harrisburg when, in the bottom of the ninth, Harrsiburg scored on a fielder’s choice that…

  16. Max Ramirez signs with Astros after being let go by Rangers, Red Sox, and Cubs

    May 10, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Not so long ago Max Ramirez was headed to the Red Sox for Mike Lowell, but Lowell’s injuries squashed that trade and Ramirez’s stock has been in a free fall ever since. This winter the Red Sox claimed him off waivers from the Rangers only to lose him on waivers to the Cubs a couple…

  17. HBT Daily: Talking offense and fraternization with Joe Sheehan

    May 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Joe Sheehan stays up all hours of the night watching sports and writing his daily newsletter. And I asked him to call in at 9AM to talk to me about the stark decrease in offense in recent years. And he did it! Sucker.

  18. Chase Utley to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    May 10, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley reported no problems after playing extended spring training games Saturday and Monday, so he’ll begin a minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A tonight, according to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News. That the Phillies are allowing Utley to play on back-to-back days suggests he’s relatively far along in his recovery from knee…

  19. To the players, the rivalries aren’t that big of a deal for their own sake

    May 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

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    Following up on that stuff about fraternization from yesterday: I wasn’t aware of it until a reader told me yesterday, but there is a rule against players making nice before games. It’s Rule 3.09: Players in uniform shall not address or mingle with spectators, nor sit in the stands before, during, or after a game.…

  20. Javier Vazquez: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing”

    May 10, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Back in December the Marlins were hoping a physical therapist could help Javier Vazquez rediscover his fastball velocity after they signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $7 million deal. Normally moving from the AL and hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to the NL and Florida’s pitcher-friendly ballpark would have made Vazquez a strong bounceback candidate, but…

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