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  1. Cubs acquire veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez from Braves

    May 26, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Rodrigo Lopez

    It’s about a month and a half too late, but the Cubs added some additional pitching depth on Thursday, picking up Rodrigo Lopez from the Braves for Ryan Buchter. After failing to make the Braves out of spring training, Lopez, 35, was 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Gwinnett.  Pitching for…

  2. 10 years ago today: Ben Davis breaks an unwritten rule

    May 26, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    Curt Schilling Diamondbacks

    May 26, 2001 With Arizona’s Curt Schilling bidding for a perfect game, Ben Davis drops down a bunt single in the eighth inning, giving the Padres their first baserunner of the contest. The Diamondbacks were up 2-0 at the time, and there was much debate about Davis’ play afterwards.  Given that it brought the tying run…

  3. Marlins complete sweep as Giants lose 1-0 in first game post-Posey

    May 26, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

    Anibal Sanchez, May 26, 2011

    Anibal Sanchez pitched his third career shutout Thursday as the Marlins beat the Giants 1-0 to complete their first sweep in San Francisco since 1995. With Buster Posey absent from the middle of the lineup, the Giants managed just five hits today and never put together much of a threat.  Only in the first inning…

  4. Carl Crawford’s sudden surge fuels another Red Sox rout

    May 26, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Carl Crawford, Terry Francona, Dustin Pedroia

    Although he was just a triple away from the cycle, Carl Crawford was pulled early from Wednesday’s rout of the Indians.  As if to make up for it, he tripled twice today as part of a second straight four-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 14-1 in a rain-shortened game. It’s the first…

  5. Prosecutor drops DUI charge against Derek Lowe

    May 26, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

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    A court case involving a Braves player is Craig’s territory and then some, but since he’s off coaching soccer games or some other such nonsense I’ll give it a try … According to the Associated Press the DUI and reckless driving charges against Derek Lowe have been dropped by the prosecuting attorney in Atlanta “for…

  6. More shoulder problems for Reds starter Homer Bailey

    May 26, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Homer Bailey, Ryan Hanigan

    Homer Bailey exited this afternoon’s start against the Phillies with a shoulder injury and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that he’ll travel back to Cincinnati to be examined by the Reds’ team doctor. Bailey complained of muscle spasms in his shoulder, which is very worrisome after he spent the first five weeks of…

  7. Now batting cleanup for the Reds, Miguel Cairo

    May 26, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    Miguel Cairo

    It was pretty much a given that Scott Rolen would get Thursday off after playing all 19 innings in the Reds’ loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, so it was no surprise to see Miguel Cairo in the lineup for the series finale.  What did turn some heads was that the 37-year-old Cairo not only…

  8. R.A. Dickey left this afternoon’s start with a foot injury

    May 26, 2011, 4:18 PM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey left today’s start in the third inning after injuring his right heel covering first base. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that Dickey “fell onto the grass and ultimately needed help leaving the field.” He’s scheduled to be examined back in New York tomorrow, but for now the Mets are…

  9. Scott Cousins feels bad about Buster Posey’s injury

    May 26, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Cousins_Scott

    Scott Cousins — the man who flattened Buster — spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier today. The upshot: he does not regret the play, which he thought was a clean, albeit hard-nosed play.  He does, however, regret that Posey was hurt and, of course, never intended to hurt him: I committed to it. I…

  10. MLB, MLBPA donate money to tornado victims

    May 26, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Joplin, Missouri Reels After F5 Tornado Devastates Town, Kills 125

    Just got a press release announcing that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are joining together to contribute $200,000 toward relief efforts for tornado victims in the Midwest and the Southeast. The funds from MLB and the MLBPA are being donated to Heart to Heart International, a Kansas City-based organization that has been helping with disaster…

  11. Angels place Howie Kendrick on DL, sign Russell Branyan

    May 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Howie Kendrick tested his injured hamstring by running and fielding grounders earlier this week, but he hasn’t played since May 19 and today the Angels finally placed him on the disabled list. To fill Kendrick’s roster spot the Angels have signed free agent Russell Branyan, who was released by the Diamondbacks last week after being…

  12. Giants could target Ivan Rodriguez after losing Buster Posey

    May 26, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez

    While he’s exceeded expectations as the backup for Bengie Molina and later Buster Posey these last three years, Eli Whiteside is no one’s idea of a full-time catcher.  That means the Giants are likely going to have to look elsewhere after losing Posey for the season.  They may first turn their eyes to D.C. Getting phased out…

  13. Rangers fire play-by-play announcer John Rhadigan after two months on the job

    May 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    john rhadigan rangers

    Josh Lewin was so good and so popular as the Rangers’ play-by-play announcer that replacing him was a very tall task, but John Rhadigan probably thought he had at least a little job security. Less than two months after stepping into Lewin’s big shoes Rhadigan has been fired, according to Richie Witt of the Dallas…

  14. UPDATE: Buster Posey is out for the year with a fractured bone “in his lower left leg”

    May 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    UPDATE: Posey has officially been diagnosed with a fractured left fibula and “severely strained” ligaments in his left ankle. It may be a longshot, but he could return later this season. UPDATE: Now the Giants are terming it a fractured bone “in his lower left leg.”  Depending on your definition of leg, that could include…

  15. Quote of the Day: Ken Rosenthal on the steroid speculators

    May 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    syringe

    Ken Rosenthal knocks it out of the park in his column about Jose Bautista and steroid speculation. It’s a must read and conforms with my thinking on the subject exactly.  Money quote: If Bautista tests positive, it’s a story. If Bautista is linked to PEDs through a government investigation, it’s a story. But if Bautista…

  16. A’s owner Lew Wolff on manager Bob Geren: “I love the guy, I love everything about him”

    May 26, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Bob Geren

    Bob Geren has had a tough week, as demoted closer Brian Fuentes ripped the A’s manager for a lack of communication and then former Oakland closer Huston Street chimed in all the way from Colorado to basically agree with everything Fuentes said. Geren’s job is probably pretty safe considering he’s best buddies with general manager…

  17. Fan who fell at Coors Field dies

    May 26, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Coors Field

    Ugh.  The fan who fell from a stairway at Coors Field on Tuesday has died, reports the Denver Post.  His name was Robert Seamans of Pueblo, Colorado. He was 27. Sadly, it seems like his death was totally preventable: Seamans was attempting to slide down the railing when he lost his balance.  The picture accompanying the…

  18. HBT Daily: Taking Twitter Questions

    May 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Earlier you saw the rejects. Here are the ones that made the video cut.

  19. Phillies activate Jose Contreras from disabled list

    May 26, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    As expected, the Phillies activated Jose Contreras from the disabled list prior to today’s game. Also expected, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that Contreras “will work in a setup role while Ryan Madson continues to be used as closer.” Madson had his first rough outing of the season earlier this week, but he’s 9-for-9…

  20. Pray for your local beat writer for they have to endure some horrible, horrible cliches

    May 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    I thank my lucky stars that my job description does not include “talking to baseball players after the game to get their insight.”  Because, if they actually have some insight, it’s buried under mountains and mountains of cliche. You think you know this already because of that scene in “Bull Durham,” but the problem is…

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