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  1. A stadium plan in Las Vegas?

    May 10, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Welcome to Las Vegas sign

    I’ve long been skeptical of the idea of Major League Baseball moving to Las Vegas. Mostly because I don’t see the economics working out. The economy is in the toilet. Those who do have jobs and homes that aren’t in foreclosure work a disproportionate number of nights. While there are a lot of moneyed tourists…

  2. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 10, 2011, 5:46 AM EDT

    Betancourt double play.bmp

    Brewers 4, Padres 3: Holy moley, this Yuniesky Betancourt-to-Rickie Weeks double play is the defensive play of the year so far. It’s enough to make you contemplate the nature of Yuniesky Betancourt. How someone can just do that without thinking — because he had no time to think — yet is unable to make basic plays a…

  3. Vernon Wells exits Angels game with groin strain

    May 10, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    .183-hitting Vernon Wells came out of Monday night’s game against the White Sox after injuring his groin and was replaced by Howie Kendrick, with Alexi Amarista moving from second base to left field. Wells was injured while running out a grounder. It would hardly seem to be the worst thing for the Angels if Wells…

  4. Red Sox take it in 11 with Carl Crawford’s game-winning hit

    May 9, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkilis

    Carl Crawford delivered his second game-ending hit of the month Monday as the Red Sox edged the Twins 2-1 in 11 innings. Crawford, who had been 0-for-4 in the game, doubled off the Green Monster to score pinch-runner Jose Iglesias from first base.  Iglesias was off with the 3-2 pitch with one out in the…

  5. Don Mattingly, Juan Uribe tossed from Dodgers game

    May 9, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Don Mattingly was ejected for the first time as Dodgers manager after arguing that Jose Tabata trapped Juan Uribe‘s liner to left that turned into a double play in the eighth inning of the game against the Pirates. Replays confirmed that Tabata did indeed trap the ball. The score was tied 1-1 when Tabata doubled…

  6. Jake Peavy to return from disabled list for Wednesday start

    May 9, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy throws against the Washington Nationals in Washington

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune earlier this evening that Jake Peavy will indeed return from the disabled list to start Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Peavy threw 100 pitches while giving up five runs over seven innings last Thursday in his final minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte…

  7. Jenrry Mejia to undergo Tommy John surgery

    May 9, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    In a veritable double-whammy, the Mets also announced this evening that prospect right-hander Jenrry Mejia will undergo Tommy John surgery. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the decision was made after Mejia met with Dr. James Andrews earlier today. Team doctor David Altchek recommended surgery last week after Mejia was diagnosed with…

  8. Chris Young diagnosed with torn anterior capsule in shoulder

    May 9, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    chris young mets

    Sad to say it, but we all had a feeling this news was coming. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Chris Young was diagnosed with an anterior capsule tear in his throwing shoulder. It’s the same injury that limited him to four starts last season — which he rehabbed — but he hasn’t decided whether…

  9. Milton Bradley is making $12 million this year

    May 9, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Eric Wedge, Milton Bradley, Mike Muchlinski

    Let that sink in for a minute. Milton Bradley, a 33-year-old corner outfielder with 125 career homers and 481 RBI, is making $12 million this year. Credit Cubs GM Jim Hendry, who gave Bradley a three-year, $30 million contract after the biggest season of his career. Even though Bradley was viewed by most as a head-case with…

  10. Chris Carpenter, John Danks among winless starters

    May 9, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    11 pitchers had made at least five starts this year and are still looking for their first victories.  Here’s the list: Jeff Francis (Royals) – 0-4, 5.09 ERA in eight starts Tim Stauffer (Padres) – 0-1, 2.61 ERA in seven starts John Danks (White Sox) – 0-5, 3.83 ERA in seven starts Chris Carpenter (Cardinals)…

  11. Josh Willingham suspended one game for run-in with ump

    May 9, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham, Bill Miller

    Athletics left fielder Josh Willingham was handed down a one-game suspension on Monday for some “inappropriate conduct” in Saturday’s game against the Royals. Willingham made contact with umpire Bill Miller while arguing a called third strike in the eighth inning of the game.  Willingham, who said Miller initiated the contact, appealed the suspension and is…

  12. Carlos Peguero, Michael Wilson won’t make difference for Mariners

    May 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson, Carlos Peguero

    Change is good in this case, but the Mariners’ on-field product isn’t likely to be improved by the decision Monday to cut Milton Bradley and Ryan Langerhans and add Carlos Peguero and Michael Wilson. The 24-year-old Peguero is big, strong and surprisingly fast, but he also struck out more than 170 times in high-A ball…

  13. Earl Weaver is auctioning off a ton of memorabilia

    May 9, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Earl Weaver, Juan Samuel

    Whenever I hear about a baseball figure auctioning off stuff I worry that they’re broke or something, but in this day and age it’s more likely that they’re merely trying to simplify their estate plan.  That seems to be the case with longtime Orioles’ manager Earl Weaver, who is auctioning off all kinds of things:…

  14. Joe Torre wants baseball players to cut down on the fraternization. Why?

    May 9, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Torre and Randolph

    From Buster Olney’s column yesterday. This seems like something from 1971 not 2011: Before every game, position players on both teams will gather on the foul lines and do their last sprints before the first pitch, and often this leads to greetings in the outfield behind second base — hearty handshakes and hugs. If Joe…

  15. Roy Oswalt now aiming to come off disabled list next Tuesday

    May 9, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Along with activating Joe Blanton from the disabled list for tonight’s start the Phillies have also juggled their rotation, lining up Cole Hamels to pitch Friday because Roy Oswalt is now aiming to return next Tuesday. Oswalt was initially penciled in to pitch this Friday, with Vance Worley waiting in the wings as the fill-in…

  16. George Steinbrenner: from criminal to FBI informant

    May 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    It’s been a great day for George Steinbrenner Freedom of Information Act requests. Earlier today was the release of documents in which The Boss suggested that his lawyers forced him to blatantly campaign finance laws.  Now comes word that, in the runup to getting a pardon from President Reagan, Big Stein assisted the FBI ……

  17. Phillies activate Joe Blanton from DL for tonight’s start

    May 9, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    After missing the minimum 15 days with an elbow injury Joe Blanton has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Marlins. Blanton had a 5.91 ERA in four starts prior to going on the DL and Vance Worley did a nice job filling in for him, going 2-0 with a…

  18. Want to see a guy score from first on a bunt?

    May 9, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Dee Gordon of the Albuquerque Isotopes did, admittedly, get some help with an error. But still, there is no way this dude should have scored from first on a bunt, right?  I mean, that’s impossible.  Highlight starts at 1:23. Thanks to Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness for the head’s up.

  19. Jonathan Broxton “could be out for another six weeks”

    May 9, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    When the Dodgers placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list Friday the initial word was that he’d be shut down for a couple weeks, but the latest from manager Don Mattingly is that he could miss six weeks. Beyond that, Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Vicente Padilla may keep the…

  20. Luke Scott has a torn labrum

    May 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Scott_Luke

    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…

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