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  1. Jon Heyman credits Ryan Howard for being “worth every penny” of a contract that hasn’t started

    May 6, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Here’s a tidbit from Jon Heyman’s latest column at SI.com: It’s early in Ryan Howard‘s $125 million contract. But Howard, who has a league-leading 29 RBIs, is worth every penny so far. Couple things. One, it’s so “early in Ryan Howard’s $125 million contract” that the contact hasn’t even started yet. He signed a five-year,…

  2. Miguel Tejada’s days may be numbered at third base

    May 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes today that Mark DeRosa will get a shot to replace Miguel Tejada at third base when he comes off the disabled list on Tuesday. DeRosa Wouldn’t be a moment too soon given Tejada’s struggles. DeRosa himself is no sure thing, but he did play over 100 games at…

  3. Andre Ethier goes for No. 30 against Mets

    May 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    When Andre Ethier tries to extend his hitting streak to 30 games tonight, he’ll be doing so against southpaw Jon Niese and the Mets. Some numbers: Ethier vs. LHP in 2011: .229 average (8-for-35) Ethier vs. LHP career: .246 average Niese vs. LHH in 2011: .275 average (11-for-40) Niese vs. LHH career: .286 average Ethier…

  4. Roy Halladay has dominated the NL East since joining Phillies

    May 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com passes along a remarkable statistic about Roy Halladay: Since joining the Phillies last season he’s 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against NL East teams. Pretty crazy. To put that in some context, consider that the Phillies are 56-33 (.629) against the NL East during that time. They are…

  5. Signs continue to point to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen buying into the Mets

    May 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    Last month the New York Times identified hedge fund manager Steve Cohen as the frontrunner to buy a minority share of the Mets. Today the New York Post is saying that is still the case, reporting that Cohen was to meet with with the Wilpons and/or Saul Katz  “at 8 pm at Gabriele’s Steak House…

  6. Rays place Jeff Niemann on DL, call up Brandon Guyer

    May 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    As expected, the Rays have placed Jeff Niemann on the disabled list after he left Wednesday’s start with a strained back. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but Niemann told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the injury “is very frustrating.” According to Steve Wiseman of the Durham Herald Sun the Rays…

  7. HBT Daily: What to do about Derek Jeter: How about nothing?

    May 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about The Captain. And the very few options at the Yankees’ disposal to deal with his struggles.

  8. Derek Jeter scrutiny spawns a great name for a band

    May 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    jeter grimace

    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger has a good overview of the State of the Jeter these days.  In it comes a quote from a scout who, after scrutinizes the hell out of Jeter’s current game, decries that Jeter is being scrutinized too much: “That’s always easy to say when age comes,” the scout said. “He…

  9. The Elusive Citizens Bank Park Dumpster Hippie

    May 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    One of the better developments of the early season has been the return of The Fightins. It’s a great Phillies blog that had gone on hiatus for a while.  I missed them because they are one of the few Phillies voices out there that doesn’t obsess about how the world views Philly. Rather, they actually,…

  10. Just ten percent of players are given drug tests in the offseason

    May 6, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    syringe

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times details a report quietly released by Major League Baseball a couple of weeks ago in which it was revealed that, in the 2010 offseason, only 10 percent of major league baseball players were given drug tests. These tests constituted just three percent of all drug tests given…

  11. Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff probably needs to be fired

    May 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt, Steve Soboroff

    Frank McCourt hired Steve Soboroff as his Vice Chairman a couple of weeks ago. His mission: to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order in the wake of the Bryan Stow beating.  His real job since that time: to be a McCourt mouthpiece in his battle with Major League Baseball. Indeed, one of his…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 6, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Angels 11, Red Sox 0: Not the best 22 hours or so for the Red Sox. After Wednesday night’s marathon they come in bleary-eyed and get utterly shellacked by the Halos. Eight runs on ten hits in four innings for John Lackey who, to be honest, should have been the best rested of all of…

  13. Nyjer Morgan to return to DL with broken finger

    May 5, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Just one day after coming off the DL, Nyjer Morgan suffered an injury that will put him right back on it.  He broke his left middle finger on a sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning Thursday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With Morgan on the disabled list,…

  14. Jake Peavy surrenders five runs in seven-inning rehab start

    May 5, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    peavy throws

    It appears as though Jake Peavy is finally ready to make his 2011 regular season big league debut. According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the right-hander made it through seven innings Thursday at Triple-A Charlotte without feeling any abnormal pain or discomfort in his troublesome throwing shoulder. He allowed five runs, but they all…

  15. MRI reveals bone spur in Jonathan Broxton’s right elbow

    May 5, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times heard from Jonathan Broxton‘s agent Thursday that an MRI taken on the right-hander’s troublesome right elbow showed no structural damage. But it’s not all good news. According to the agent, B.B. Abbott, a bone spur was found at the back of Broxton’s right elbow and some bruising was…

  16. Chase Utley heading to Florida, on track for late May return

    May 5, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly has some exciting news for those anxiously awaiting the return of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. According to Salisbury’s sources, Utley has been deemed “ready to intensify his workouts” and will head to the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida on Friday to begin playing in extended spring training…

  17. Former first-round pick Russ Adams retires

    May 5, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Russ Adams

    J.P. Ricciardi’s first draft pick in his stint as the Toronto Blue Jays GM retired Thursday, as Triple-A Buffalo’s Russ Adams called it a career. Adams was the 14th overall pick in the 2002 draft.  After three steady seasons in the minors, he debuted with the Blue Jays in 2004, hitting .306/.359/.528 with four homers…

  18. Can Desmond Jennings come out and play?

    May 5, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings

    Since opening the season at .396/.431/.604 through April 18, Sam Fuld has hit .145/.232/.210 in 62 at-bats over this last 15 games. He’s 3-for-41 in his last 10 games. And this is closer to what should have expected from Fuld. The 29-year-old was a career .278/.368/.400 hitter in 230 Triple-A games. No one ever thought…

  19. The National League’s worst by position

    May 5, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Same rules as yesterday’s American League list. I’m listing the player most responsible for the position’s poor OPS along with the team. Rockies 3B – 405 (Jose Lopez) Padres 1B – 478 (Brad Hawpe) Dodgers 1B – 508 (James Loney) Pirates SS – 515 (Ronny Cedeno) Marlins SS – 541 (Hanley Ramirez) Padres SS –…

  20. Bill Hall rips umpire after being tossed from last night’s game

    May 5, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    bill-hall-astros-spring

    Bill Hall was ejected from last night’s game in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes and today the Astros infielder had plenty to say about home plate umpire Tom Hallion. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has the full transcript of Hall’s angry rant about Hallion yelling at him to get back into…

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