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  1. Must-click link: Will Leitch on Bud Selig

    May 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Great column over at New York Magazine from Will Leitch today, in which Will assesses Bud Selig: the most effective commissioner in professional sports. I can’t help but agree.  His failures have been exceedingly high-profile and photo-worthy, but as Will notes, Selig has learned from them and hasn’t made the same mistake twice. Meanwhile, his…

  2. Rays say Alex Cobb was tipping pitches in debut yesterday

    May 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    alex-cobb-rays-debut

    Called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the Rays yesterday, Alex Cobb allowed four runs while failing to make it out of the fifth inning against the Angels and afterward pitching coach Jim Hickey told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the 23-year-old right-hander was tipping his pitches: It was…

  3. R.A. Dickey to slay Grendel’s mother

    May 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    And he looks like he could do it too, no? As if there aren’t enough reasons to love R.A. Dickey, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times gives us another: Dickey names his bats after weapons from epic poems and fantasy fiction: One bat is called Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver and the other is Hrunting.…

  4. Andrew McCutchen talking long-term extension with Pirates

    May 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen declined to give any specifics when asked yesterday, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are discussing a long-term contract extension with the 24-year-old center fielder. McCutchen won’t be arbitration eligible until 2013, so to buy out any of his free agent years a contract extension would have…

  5. “USA! USA! USA!”

    May 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fans stand and shout during the National League MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia

    There’s a Mark Twain quote making the rounds this morning: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I’m not sure if that’s an authentic quote or not, but even if Twain never said it, the it sounds very appropriate this morning.  It’s certainly a sentiment that matches my own.…

  6. Neftali Feliz says he’s through with starting

    May 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I’ve all but worn out the “Neftali Feliz should be a starter” argument in the past few months. The response back every time I’ve made it is “the Rangers plan on keeping him as a closer now, but moving him to the rotation in 2012.” Well, it seems that Neftali Feliz himself hasn’t gotten the memo…

  7. Frank McCourt is sorry that you misunderstand him, Dodgers fans

    May 2, 2011, 9:11 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

    I missed two interesting Frank McCourt stories over the weekend, both via Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, and neither of which makes McCourt look very good. First, there is the report that one of the reasons Commissioner Selig has not approved the Fox contract McCourt is so hot for is that Jamie McCourt has…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 2, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Foley's baseballs

    Things you missed while spending the weekend in New York and visiting the coolest baseball bar ever, not once, but twice. And, while there, taking pictures of interesting things in the men’s room. Yes, I realize it’s not 100% cool to whip out the camera in the bathroom. But in my defense, there aren’t many…

  9. Questionable report: Andy Pettitte may want to pitch in 2012

    May 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’m hesitant to even be that precise about it in the headline because, like so many other reports, it’s source is “Andy Pettitte’s friends.”  And every bogus Andy Pettitte rumor we’ve heard since the end of last season has been attributed to a “friend” of Pettitte’s. Indeed, looking back on all of them one could…

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

    May 2, 2011, 5:31 AM EDT

    Obama announcement.bmp

    Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong.  Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future. I spent the weekend in New York and…

  11. Carlos Lee carted off with rib injury after collision

    May 1, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee, Nathan Lucero, Rex Jones

    Astros outfielder Carlos Lee was sent to the hospital for X-rays and a CT scan after taking Angel Sanchez‘s knee to the rib-cage in a collision Sunday. The two players were chasing after a Mark Kotsay pop-fly in the seventh inning of the game against the Brewers.  After the collision, Lee remained on the ground…

  12. Apparently fatigued, Josh Beckett has next start pushed back

    May 1, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    The Red Sox were elusive when it came to details, but they revealed after Sunday’s game that Josh Beckett wouldn’t pitch again until Wednesday at the earliest. Beckett, who was off to a blazing start this season, didn’t come out with his best stuff when he faced the Orioles on Wednesday, and he ended up…

  13. Cardinals lose David Freese to broken hand

    May 1, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    David Freese, who was batting a robust .356 in 87 at-bats this season, suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a Scott Linebrink pitch in Sunday’s loss to the Braves and is expected to be placed on the disabled list. The Cardinals didn’t provide a timetable for Freese’s return, but an absence of…

  14. Pedro Martinez could soon announce retirement

    May 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    While reports last month indicated that he was interested to returning to the majors, perhaps with the Red Sox, Pedro Martinez said Sunday that he is leaning towards retirement. “I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is…

  15. Neftali Feliz still on track for Friday return to Rangers

    May 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    feliz getty

    Texas closer Neftali Feliz is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday in front of the Rangers’ coaches and trainers in Oakland. If everything goes well, he will then make a single rehab appearance at one of the organization’s minor league affiliates before returning to the big league bullpen on Friday. This all comes…

  16. Dodgers activate Hong-Chih Kuo from disabled list

    May 1, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dodgers setup man Hong-Chih Kuo strained a muscle in his back during spring training and landed on the disabled list in mid-April after trying to pitch through the pain for two weeks. He’s now finally healthy and ready to return to form at the back end of the Dodgers’ bullpen. According to Dylan Hernandez of…

  17. Kevin Millwood officially opts out of contract with Yankees

    May 1, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    getty millwood trenton

    Yankees fans, the Kevin Millwood Era is over. From Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet comes word that the right-hander officially opted out of his contract with the Yanks on Sunday morning and is now a free agent, clear to sign with any team. Millwood held out all spring for a guaranteed big league roster spot…

  18. MLB suspends Roger McDowell two weeks for slurs, threats

    May 1, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    mcdowell head

    Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Major League Baseball has suspended Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell for two weeks without pay following his actions toward a group of fans last weekend in San Francisco. He has also been fined an undisclosed — but probably quite hefty — sum of money. According to reports,…

  19. Tigers clear Victor Martinez for two-game rehab assignment

    May 1, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    The return of Victor Martinez is coming fast. According to Steve Kornacki of MLive.com, the slugger will head out to Triple-A Toledo this week for a two-game minor league rehab assignment. If everything goes according to plan, he will be back in a Tigers uniform on Wednesday. Martinez did blocking drills Saturday and was cleared…

  20. Jered Weaver scratched Sunday with flu-like symptoms

    May 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Angels ace Jered Weaver won’t be trying for his seventh win this afternoon in Tampa Bay. From Angels announcer Victor Rojas comes word that Weaver has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday outing against the Rays due to a flu-like illness. Tyler Chatwood, 21, will slide up the schedule and take the mound in his…

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