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  1. Stephen Strasburg ready to throw off a mound “any day”

    May 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Stephen Strasburg had a routine checkup on his surgically repaired elbow Tuesday and general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that the rehabbing right-hander will be cleared to throw off a mound “any day.” Strasburg hasn’t taken the mound since last August and underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in September, which means he’ll…

  2. Report: If Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone

    May 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Posada

    That’s the implication from Andrew Marchand’s story over at ESPN New York today, which says that the Yankees “will reconsider Jorge Posada‘s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break.” I’m not sure how else you can read that other than to say that he’d be released if he’s not hitting…

  3. Hey, look at that: Ryan Madson thriving as the Phillies’ closer

    May 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Last month when Jose Contreras joined Brad Lidge on the disabled list I wrote that it may actually be a semi-positive thing for the Phillies because the injuries gave Ryan Madson a chance to prove that he can be a standout closer. Far too many Phillies fans had convinced themselves that Madson couldn’t possibly get…

  4. People asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 19, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    The Question

    It’s Thursday, and that means I’m lazy! So here’s the latest defacto mailbag, courtesy of Twitter, because who sends mail anymore?

  5. Desperate times: Red Sox considering Kevin Millwood

    May 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka joining John Lackey on the disabled list has the Red Sox searching for rotation help and Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports that they’re desperate enough to consider Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees near the end of spring training, only to opt out of the contract two…

  6. Kyle Kendrick’s World Series ring found in a swamp

    May 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    You may recall that some people broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s Washington home during spring training and that, among other things, the jerks stole his World Series ring.  Well, the cops found it: it was hidden in a swamp, and they were led to it by someone who apparently (a) was not part of the robbery;…

  7. Alex Rodriguez to have surgically repaired hip “checked out”

    May 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Alex Rodriguez will “have his surgically-repaired right hip checked out” after hitting coach Kevin Long noticed that he had difficulty making “a lower-body adjustment to bring balance back to his swing.” Rodriguez told Carig that the hip isn’t causing any pain or discomfort, emphasizing that “it’s…

  8. Will Jim Crane have trouble with Major League Baseball over old discrimination complaints?

    May 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a story this morning about the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros, Jim Crane, and a history of discrimination complaints with the EEOC against Crane’s company, Eagle Global Logistics: Eagle, run by a former college pitcher named Jim Crane, had failed to promote blacks, Hispanics and women into…

  9. The Pittsburgh Pirates lack a sense of humor; oppose cheap beer

    May 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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    Great moments in public relations. There’s a bar in Pittsburgh called The Stroll Inn, and the other day they launched a promotion that said “If the Pirates lose, you win” and offered a discount of a nickel on a pitcher of beer after every Pirates loss. Funny! But not to the Pirates. Apparently a couple of Pirates…

  10. Cancer and the Kansas City Royals

    May 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Cancer cells

    Bob Tufts is a longtime reader of this blog (and my old blog), as well as an email and Twitter correspondent and fellow Primate over at Baseball Think Factory. He also happens to be a former major leaguer who played for the Kansas City Royals. He also has been undergoing cancer treatment for a long…

  11. Jamie McCourt is going to demand that the Dodgers be sold

    May 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Jamie McCourt

    Major League Baseball hasn’t been all that crazy about Jamie McCourt these past couple of years, but I bet they love her now. Why? Because she’s going to demand that the court overseeing the McCourt divorce order the immediate sale of the Dodgers.  If the court agrees it could save Major League Baseball from having…

  12. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    Stuff you missed last night while arguing on the Internet about how it wasn’t a good idea to bring the best closer in baseball history into the game in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 19, 2011, 6:03 AM EST

    Jake Peavy

    I went to the optometrist’s office yesterday for an eye exam. They gave me the eye drops. And they were worse than usual. In addition to causing my pupils to dilate and my vision to blur, they somehow caused me to be transported back in time to 1968 when no one could score any damn…

  14. Jake Peavy hurls shutout in second start back

    May 18, 2011, 11:03 PM EST

    Jake Peavy

    It was hard to see this one coming after Jake Peavy gave up four runs over six innings against the Angels in his season debut last week. On Wednesday night, the 29-year-old pitched his fifth career shutout, turning in a three-hitter in a 1-0 win over the team with baseball’s best record, the Indians. Cleveland…

  15. Alfredo Simon, facing trial, expected to join O’s on Sunday

    May 18, 2011, 10:19 PM EST

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    Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon is still facing manslaughter charges in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michel Esteban Castillo back in the Dominican Republic and could face up to two years in prison if convicted guilty. The Orioles are going to take advantage of his freedom while he’s still got it. From Avi Zaleon…

  16. Mariano Rivera blows save after Bartolo Colon goes eight scoreless

    May 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera blew his third save already this season after giving up a pair of singles and a Vladimir Guerrero sac fly in a 1-0 game against the Orioles on Wednesday. The occasion may mark the start of the annual “what’s wrong with Mo?” columns in the New York press, though the obvious answer is…

  17. 2010 first-round pick Cam Bedrosian undergoes Tommy John surgery

    May 18, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

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    19-year-old Cam Bedrosian, who was drafted 29th overall by the Angels last summer, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, the team announced today. The son of former major league reliever Steve Bedrosian figures to remain sidelined into the 2012 season.  Bedrosian hadn’t pitched this season.  He had a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings in Rookie…

  18. Matt Holliday pulled from game with tightness in left quad

    May 18, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

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    It’s funny, right, that two of St. Louis’ three starting outfielders are now being bothered by injuries and not one of them bears the name Lance Berkman? B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest passes along notice that Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday had to be lifted after the second inning of Wednesday evening’s game against…

  19. Jose Contreras rocked Wednesday in first rehab appearance

    May 18, 2011, 8:34 PM EST

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    Roy Oswalt‘s final rehab outing didn’t go very well and yet the Phillies still activated him this week with confidence, so maybe Wednesday night’s poor showing by rehabbing reliever Jose Contreras won’t matter. But it was certainly an ugly one. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras failed to make it through one…

  20. Michael Pineda, Justin Verlander are 2011’s hardest throwers

    May 18, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Another leaderboard today.  This one, taken from Fangraphs.com, looks at the top fastballs for this year’s starting pitchers. 1. Michael Pineda (Mariners) – 95.8 mph 2. Justin Verlander (Tigers) – 95.0 3. David Price (Rays) – 94.9 4. Alexi Ogando (Rangers) – 94.2 5. Edwin Jackson (White Sox) – 93.8 6. Josh Johnson (Marlins) – 93.8 7.…

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