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  1. Counterpoint: Let the courts handle the DUI discipline

    May 3, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    jail cell

    I’m quite sure MLB would be in the business of punishing players accused of DUIs if the MLBPA didn’t stand in the way. But I hardly see how that would be for the best. When Shin-Soo Choo gets busted for driving drunk, that’s not a baseball matter. We have police departments, lawyers and court cases…

  2. Police Report: Shin-Soo Choo blew a .201 on the breathalyser

    May 3, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Courtesy of my friend Vince Grzegorek at Cleveland Scene, here is the entire police report for Shin-Soo Choo’s arrest early yesterday morning. It has the details of the traffic stop (note: police didn’t notice his driving until he stopped to ask them for directions home).  It also has the details of his field sobriety test,…

  3. Jason Bay takes paternity leave from Mets

    May 3, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay is the latest player to take advantage of the new paternity leave roster exemption. He’ll be away from the Mets for 1-3 days to be with his wife for the birth of their third child and Lucas Duda has been called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Duda began the season…

  4. Milton Bradley suspended for one game for Saturday night argument

    May 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    On Saturday, Milton Bradley was ejected for an animated argument with umpire Todd Tichenor following what appeared to be a blown call by Tichenor involving a play at first with Miguel Olivo. After his ejection — which was based on whatever he said to Tichenor — Bradley had to be restrained by Mariners’ third base…

  5. Rays activate Evan Longoria from DL, designate Felipe Lopez for assignment

    May 3, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    As expected, the Rays have activated Evan Longoria from the disabled list and he’s in the starting lineup for tonight’s game, playing third base and batting third. Longoria has been sidelined since injuring his oblique muscle in the second game of the season and Tampa Bay got off to a 1-8 start, but the Rays…

  6. Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for DUI yesterday

    May 3, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    We have scant details as of yet, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Shin-Shoo Choo was arrested for drunk driving early yesterday morning in suburban Sheffield Lake, Ohio, west of Cleveland. UPDATE: MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Choo blew more than twice the legal limit.  Paul Hoynes reports that Choo stopped…

  7. Bryce Harper is hitting .355 with a 1.153 OPS at Single-A

    May 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is on fire at low Single-A, going 15-for-33 (.455) with four homers and six doubles in his last 10 games. Harper is hitting .355 with a .456 on-base percentage and .697 slugging percentage in 23 games overall, including six homers and eight doubles in 76 at-bats and a 20/18 K/BB ratio. He’s even…

  8. Twins prospect Paul Bargas diagnosed with brain cancer

    May 3, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    paul bargas twins

    Back in December the Twins traded backup catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for 21-year-old reliever Paul Bargas, who was a 13th-round pick in 2009 and pitched at low Single-A last season. Soon after reporting to spring training Bargas was sent home to California to be examined for what the Twins called a “neurological condition”…

  9. Players think Shin-Soo Choo is baseball’s most underrated

    May 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    Being underrated is a tricky business. The more underrated you become, the more people note how underrated you are, and thus the more people try to emphatically make your case for being better than people think and thus the quicker it is that you become overrated.  Ask Ben Wallace how this works. Or the city…

  10. Don Mattingly will fine James Loney for fly outs to left field

    May 3, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    James Loney is off to a terrible start and was benched against a left-handed pitcher yesterday, so in an effort to snap the first baseman out of his slump manager Don Mattingly has decided to fine him $1 each time he flies out to left field. According to the Dodgers manager Loney will “take a…

  11. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter’s slow demise edition

    May 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    What we’re seeing with Derek Jeter is not unprecedented. But the size of that precedent is so great that it leads to even more scrutiny than there would be if this were totally new.

  12. Orlando Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals

    May 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    orlando-hudson-padres

    Orlando Hudson is a 33-year-old who’s never stolen more than 10 bases in a season and the Twins let him walk as a free agent while talking about wanting to add more speed to the lineup at his position. All of which makes this pretty remarkable: Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals…

  13. Jim Crane is the sole bidder for the Astros

    May 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Last we heard of Drayton McLane’s efforts to sell the Astros, he was speaking to three potential bidders. The only one whose identity we knew was Jim Crane, the Houston businessman who (a) at one time a couple of years ago tried to buy the Astros; and (b) last year almost landed the Rangers in…

  14. Andrew Bailey scheduled to face live hitters tomorrow

    May 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Andrew Bailey is expected to take a big step in his recovery from a strained forearm when he faces live hitters for the first time tomorrow. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s closer has completed “a large handful of successful bullpen sessions” and will be asked to face live hitters twice before potentially…

  15. Can Brandon Belt play third base?

    May 3, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    belt pose

    Observed: The Giants have the second-to-worst offense in the National League, scoring only 3.54 runs a game. Observed: By virtue of the Pablo Sandoval injury, their starting third baseman is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .211/.245/.295. Observed: Brandon Belt, who they sent down to Fresno last week, is hitting .517 with two homers four doubles,…

  16. Skip Schumaker expected to miss 2-4 more weeks

    May 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    schumaker_skip

    As if losing third baseman David Freese for 8-12 weeks with a broken hand wasn’t enough bad news for St. Louis’ infield, the Cardinals announced that second baseman Skip Scumaker will be out 2-4 more weeks with his elbow injury. Schumaker, who has already been on the disabled list for two weeks, took a cortisone…

  17. How the Mets’ 4th pick in the 1967 draft turned into David Wright

    May 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Wright_David

    More fun morning linkage: over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man has the second installment of what is shaping up as a regular feature: tracing baseball transaction family trees. The idea is simple: player A is traded for player B who leaves via free agency with the compensation pick turning into Player C and…

  18. Rockies recall Ian Stewart after two-week stay at Triple-A

    May 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Stewart_Ian

    Colorado demoting Ian Stewart to the minors after the 26-year-old veteran of 1,300 plate appearances got off to a slow start seemed odd to me and the Rockies have now called him back up from Triple-A just two weeks later. Stewart predictably knocked around Triple-A pitching, hitting .361 with three homers and a 1.250 OPS…

  19. Baseball’s one-game-wonders

    May 3, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Moonlight Graham

    Not much happening this morning, so gentlemen: lets broaden our minds. Specifically, let’s take some time and check out this fun link over at Baseball Past and Present: a review and remembrance of some guys who played but a single game in the major leagues. You know Eddie Gaedel and Moonlight Graham. But do you know…

  20. Dodgers to give away free tickets to members of the military all month long

    May 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s some one-upsmanship going on at baseball ticket offices. First the Nationals — in a prearranged promotion — gave away tickets to military members. Then the Mets joined in on the spur of the moment for tonight’s game.  Now the Dodgers are doing it too, but they’re going a step futher: The day after U.S. Navy…

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