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  1. Tyler Colvin sent down to AAA

    May 17, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    Tyler Colvin

    “Is this heaven?” “No, Tyler. It’s Iowa.” Cubs’ outfielder/first baseman Tyler Colvin has been sent down to AAA. This despite a rookie campaign that showed some promise. Indeed, it may have been too good to be true: 20 homers and 56 RBIs  in 358 at-bats despite not doing a ton in the minors to suggest that…

  2. HBT Daily: In which I talk to Matt Cain

    May 17, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    The most notable takeaway apart from my total lack of interviewing skillz: Matt Cain would not admit that Buster Posey was out on that steal attempt in the NLDS last year. So I guess we both have our problems.

  3. Bernie Williams was once demoted to ninth in the order. How did he handle it?

    May 17, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    bernie-williams-yankees

    I gotta admit: the Jorge Posada stuff has been a hoot for me. Helps that I’m not a Yankees fan, of course, but I’m not gonna lie: great fun in the way that all off-field drama is great fun for someone tasked with blogging about baseball for living. Which makes me a bit sad that,…

  4. Are the new Astros owners the latest in a long line of debt-riddled ownership groups?

    May 17, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane met the media as the owner-in-waiting for the Houston Astros yesterday, and that led to a couple of glowing reviews of his business acumen and his plans for the future of the organization. It also led to a report in Forbes that says $300 million of the $680 million sales price of the team…

  5. Bonds jurors are second-guessing their votes

    May 17, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    It’s not often that you see jurors from high-profile cases tracked down well after the case is over, but the New York Times has tracked down the jurors from the Barry Bonds case. And guess what? Several of them are following the post-trial aspects of the case quite closely.  And whaddaya know, four of the…

  6. Poor, poor Vin Mazzaro

    May 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Vin Mazzaro

    When a pitcher “wears one,” it means he takes one for the team in a blowout, helping preserve the other arms in the bullpen to fight and pitch another day.  Vin Mazzaro did that last night in the Royals’ 19-1 loss to the Indians, and he did so in epic fashion. According to Joe Posnanski, this…

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

    May 17, 2011, 6:00 AM EST

    Black Swan

    Cardinals 3, Phillies 1: I had this game on in my den with the sound off while my wife watched “Black Swan” in the other room. That made it really creepy, especially when I tweeted about it last night and people kept proposing scenes in which Cliff Lee was the Natalie Portman character and Charlie…

  8. Derrek Lee pulled from Monday’s game with strained oblique

    May 16, 2011, 9:36 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    The oblique epidemic has claimed yet another victim. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Derrek Lee was pulled from Monday’s game against the Red Sox with a strained left oblique. He was replaced at first base by Jake Fox in the bottom of the third inning after going 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Lee, who…

  9. Chipper Jones to test knee in batting practice Tuesday

    May 16, 2011, 8:06 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones will test his ailing right knee in batting practice tomorrow, reports Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones was diagnosed with a torn meniscus yesterday and received a pair of cortisone shots. The veteran third baseman will undergo arthroscopic surgery if the knee doesn’t respond to the injections, which would mean roughly 2-3…

  10. Red Sox place John Lackey on DL with elbow injury

    May 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    John Lackey

    With his ERA up to 8.01 after he gave up nine runs in a third straight loss Wednesday, John Lackey was placed on the disabled list Monday due to what the Red Sox are calling a strained right elbow. Reliever Scott Atchison was called up to take his place. The Red Sox didn’t immediately announce…

  11. Royals prospect Wil Myers sidelined with knee infection

    May 16, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Wil Myers

    One of the game’s top outfield prospects, Wil Myers, is expected to miss another 10-12 days after going on the disabled list Sunday with a knee infection, the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports. The 20-year-old Myers, who moved from catcher to right field this season, is hitting .284/.357/.392 in 74 at-bats as one of…

  12. Mets minor league Edgar Ramirez gets 50-game PED suspension

    May 16, 2011, 6:51 PM EST

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    Double-A Binghamton’s Edgar Ramirez was suspended for 50 games Monday after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. Ramirez, who has been in the Mets system since being drafted in the 36th round out of LSU in 2006, isn’t viewed as a prospect.  The 27-year-old was 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts…

  13. Marlins take Hanley Ramirez out of third spot, drop Omar Infante

    May 16, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    For the first time since his rookie season of 2006, Hanley Ramirez is hitting somewhere other than first or third. The Marlins moved their slumping superstar from the third spot up to the two hole on Monday, with usual No. 2 hitter Omar Infante getting dropped to eighth . According to the Miami Herald, manager…

  14. Andrew Cashner suffers setback, will undergo MRI

    May 16, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Andrew Cashner

    Andrew Cashner, who had a terrific starting debut with the Cubs back on April 5 before succumbing to sore shoulder and going on the DL, has experienced tightness in his rehab and will undergo an MRI, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. Cashner was expected to pitch in an extended spring training game today as part…

  15. Rafael Soriano unavailable for two-game series against Rays

    May 16, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano won’t be facing his old teammates in a two-game series that begins tonight, as the reliever’s elbow soreness will keep him unavailable against the Rays. Soriano walked two in a scoreless inning Friday for his only action since May 8, but told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he’s hoping to throw a problem-free…

  16. Get this: Albert Pujols is starting at third base tonight

    May 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Here’s a good way to tell that Tony La Russa is back in the saddle: following a bad weekend, the Tinker-a-tron has been set to “ludicrous” and Albert Pujols is starting at third base. Now, of course Pujols came up as a third baseman for the Cardinals — and he did get one sub-in there…

  17. Report: Paul Splittorff has throat cancer; is near death

    May 16, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Paul Spitoroff

    I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death.  He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the…

  18. Roy Oswalt activated from DL in preparation for Tuesday start

    May 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Carlos Ruiz caught Roy Oswalt‘s rehab start Thursday at Single-A and said his fastball “had no life,” but the Phillies have activated Oswalt from the disabled list anyway and he’ll face the Cardinals tomorrow. Oswalt hasn’t pitched for the Phillies since struggling against the Diamondbacks on April 26, taking a leave of absence from the…

  19. Braves will give Julio Teheran another start

    May 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Julio Teheran

    Braves’ uberprospect Julio Tehrean made his major league debut against the Phillies a week ago Saturday.  It wasn’t the most impressive thing in the world — he allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and was working behind guys the whole time — but you got at least a glimpse of his promise based on…

  20. David Wright has a stress fracture of his lower back

    May 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    David Wright

    Amy K. Nelson reports that Mets’ third baseman David Wright had MRI on his back and the tentative diagnosis is that he stress fracture in his lower back.  Nelson spoke with Sandy Alderson who says that Wright is getting a second opinion. Wright has missed some time with back issues in the past week, but…

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