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  1. Luke Scott has a torn labrum

    May 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Luke Scott has had a sore shoulder for a while. He hurt it in spring training, actually, and it has come to bother him a lot more in recent weeks.  The Orioles sent him for an MRI, and the results are back:  he has a partial tear of his labrum. The thinking at this point is that…

  2. Enough is enough: Milton Bradley designated for assignment by Mariners

    May 9, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    UPDATE: Turns out, it was just a temporary stay of execution for Bradley, as the Mariners have now designated him for assignment while recalling prospect Carlos Peguero from Triple-A. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for Bradley as a free agent given that he hasn’t hit well in several years…

  3. Updating the 2010 first-round picks; Bryce Harper and more

    May 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Checking in on how the first 32 picks of the 2010 draft are doing approximately 30 games into the 2011 season. Hitters first, then the pitchers. 1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals): .371/.460/.701, 7 HR, 5 SB in 97 AB (low-A Hagerstown) 3. Manny Machado (SS Orioles): .333/.450/.611, 5 HR, 3 SB in 90 AB (low-A…

  4. Cubs promote Doug Davis to Triple-A as opt-out date looms

    May 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow. The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors…

  5. George Steinbrenner blamed his criminal conviction on his lawyers

    May 9, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    1970s Steinbrenner

    I’m not a religious man, and even if I were, I would like to think that my conception of the Hereafter would allow for non-violent criminals to enter through the gates. Life is more interesting with scoundrels around and I presume death would be too. That said, there would have to be some sort of…

  6. HBT Daily: Were the Royals right to call up Eric Hosmer?

    May 9, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk prospects and callups in general, Eric Hosmer in particular

  7. Opening Day shortstop Alexi Casilla moves closer to the exit in Minnesota

    May 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Alexi Casilla‘s ill-conceived reign as the Twins’ starting shortstop lasted all of a month, as he played his way out of the job by hitting .190 with predictably spotty defense at a position where he lacked both the skills and experience to succeed. Trevor Plouffe has now taken over at shortstop, earning a call-up by…

  8. Roy Oswalt not likely to be ready by Friday

    May 9, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but he’s unlikely to be ready to pitch then, reports the Philly Inquirer. The Phillies will be in Atlanta next weekend, and that could mean that Kyle Kendrick gets another start against the Braves. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all for Philly,…

  9. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera

    We gave the Power Rankings a miss last week, so everyone should be fresh. I’m taking a fresh look at the relative strength of teams, you’re offering up fresh takes about how full of it my rankings are.

  10. Jim Tracy on Ian Stewart: “He’s either going to play his way in or play his way off the team”

    May 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Demoting their starting third baseman of the past two seasons to Triple-A because of a bad first two weeks was a pretty strong indication that the Rockies have soured on Ian Stewart and yesterday manager Jim Tracy made that even more obvious. When asked why Stewart batted eighth in the Rockies’ lineup, Tracy told Troy…

  11. Prince Fielder thinks Albert Pujols “should command it all”

    May 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    This weekend the Brewers were in St. Louis to play the Cardinals, so the local writers asked Prince Fielder what he thinks about fellow impending free agent first baseman Albert Pujols. Fielder naturally is in favor of Pujols breaking the bank, telling Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he “should command it…

  12. The nerdiest correction in the history of the New York Times

    May 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Remember last week when R.A. Dickey as revealed to have named his bats after swords in “The Hobbit” and “Beowulf?” Yeah, well the hardcore fans were reading that article and they let the New York Times know that Dickey doesn’t know his mythical weaponry very well.  The New York Times’ correction: An item in the…

  13. Rays close to adding J.P. Howell to league’s best bullpen

    May 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    JP Howell

    Despite losing closer Rafael Soriano and setup men Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheeler to free agency the Rays’ bullpen leads the league with a 2.82 ERA and they’re close to adding left-hander J.P. Howell to the relief mix. After struggling as a starter Howell moved to the bullpen full time in 2008 and…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Six lies about the Marlins’ new ballpark

    May 9, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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