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  1. Vin Scully, a haunted nightclub and a new Dodger curse

    May 31, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

    Vin Scully

    This one is too craz-, er, I mean complicated for me to understand, so you had best just go read Rick Chandler’s post about it over at Off the Bench. Upshot: Vin Scully’s Hollywood walk-of-fame star has been covered up by a red carpet in front of a local nightclub. And the nightclub is haunted. Which, now…

  2. Albert Pujols starting at third base for second time this season

    May 31, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols went eight years between starts at third base before playing there on May 16, but now less than three weeks later he’s back at the hot corner. Pujols, who went 0-for-4 in that May 16 start, is playing third base and batting third for the Cardinals tonight against Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants.…

  3. Player Poll: A-Rod the most overrated in baseball

    May 31, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    The whole overrated/underrated game is always dicey because no one ever agrees on a rating baseline to begin with.  Really, the underrated list tends to represent the most under-publicized and the overrated list tends to highlight the most overpaid. Still, Sports Illustrated polls players on this stuff from time to time and, following up on…

  4. Ike Davis will spend the next three weeks in a walking boot

    May 31, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    So much for Ike Davis‘ speedy recovery. The Mets just announced that he’ll wear a walking boot on his injured ankle/foot for at least the next three weeks, meaning he’s likely more than a month away from potentially returning from the disabled list. Davis was unable to run three weeks after suffering the injury on…

  5. Is Clint Hurdle OK?

    May 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    I’m not mocking here, I’m serious.  That pic is a screen capture from the Cubs-Pirates game the other day.  I went and found it in this highlight after people started tweeting around another image of it this afternoon, claiming that it wasn’t doctored. I found it hard to believe, but it apparently isn’t doctored. Is…

  6. Cubs place Alfonso Soriano on DL, call up Tyler Colvin

    May 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Tyler Colvin is back with the Cubs following a two-week demotion to Triple-A because Alfonso Soriano has been placed on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps muscle. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com the Cubs don’t actually think Soriano would be unavailable for a full 15 days, but put him on the DL anyway…

  7. Quote of the Day: Marlins’ President David Samson on Logan Morrison’s Twitter habit

    May 31, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

    Morrison_Logan

    As we’ve mentioned before, Logan Morrison has a pretty heavy Twitter habit.  He also has a pretty big following due to his quite colorful Twitter persona. So it’s no surprise that, if something Marlins-related is both cool and popular, the Marlins themselves don’t like it. Here’s team President David Samson: “I’m not a dinosaur. But…

  8. Albert Pujols leads in the initial NL All-Star voting

    May 31, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    Major League Baseball just released the leaders of the early All-Star voting in the National League.  It’s too damn early to actually argue about this stuff, so let’s just list the results with the vote totals in parenthesis: C: Buster Posey (785,314) 1B: Albert Pujols (988,784) 2B: Brandon Phillips (837,778) 3B: Placido Polanco (724,724) SS:…

  9. Red Sox activate Bobby Jenks from DL, option Michael Bowden to Triple-A

    May 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    As expected, the Red Sox have activated Bobby Jenks from the disabled list following a four-week stay for a strained biceps muscle. Jenks struggled mightily before going on the DL, allowing 10 runs in 8.2 innings while opponents hit .333 with an .869 OPS off him, so he may have gain manager Terry Francona’s trust…

  10. Hank Aaron receives an honorary degree from Princeton

    May 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Hank Aaron AP

    One of the more overlooked Bob Dylan songs of all time is “Day of the Locusts,” which recounts his mixed feelings on the day on which he received an honorary degree from Princeton University.  I love Bob Dylan more than any artist in the history of music, but like a lot of his songs, it…

  11. Jake Peavy has 3.24 ERA and 16/1 K/BB ratio since returning from shoulder surgery

    May 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season following shoulder surgery and spent the first five weeks of this year on the disabled list as part of his recovery, but since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation on May 11 he’s 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts. Even more impressive than the nice-looking…

  12. First-third awards: 2011 NL Rookie of the Year

    May 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Craig Kimbrel

    We’re one third of the way through the season, so it’s time to check in on the award races.  First up is the NL Rookie of the Year. The candidates Wilson Ramos (C Nationals): .252/.336/.403, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB in 119 AB Darwin Barney (2B Cubs): .311/.333/.389, 1 HR, 24 RBI, 3 SB…

  13. “Aw jeez, Joey Bats!”

    May 31, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    This is easily my favorite video from the MLB Fan Cave so far.

  14. Chuck James is back in the majors with the Twins

    May 31, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    chuck james braves

    Once upon a time Chuck James was a top prospect in the Braves’ system, posting great numbers in the minors before debuting in September of 2005. He joined Atlanta’s rotation the next season at age 24 and posted a 4.05 ERA with a 207/105 K/BB ratio in 280 innings over two years before blowing out…

  15. Yesterday was a banner day for 7-3 scores

    May 31, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

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    Last night I tweeted — and this morning in the recaps, I regurgitated — my surprise that there were four games yesterday which ended with a score of 7-3.  In response, Dianagram of the Value Over Replacement Grit blog researched the matter to see if, indeed, yesterday was a remarkable day for 7-3 scores.  Her…

  16. Rockies ask Aaron Cook to continue rehab assignment

    May 31, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook‘s rehab assignment for a broken finger was scheduled to consist of three starts, but instead he’s already pitched four times and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies “have asked” him to make at least one more start at Triple-A. Barring any further changes Cook is on track to rejoin the Rockies’…

  17. What’s wrong with Ubaldo Jimenez? Speed, or the lack thereof

    May 31, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez is having a hell of a bad year. He’s winless while posting a 5.86 ERA in nine starts.  The problem, as Dave Krieger notes in the Denver Post, is velocity: In separate conversations with Jimenez and Apodaca over the weekend, they agreed on one thing: Ubaldo’s velocity is not what it was a year ago.…

  18. Adam Dunn (0-for-38 against lefties) sits versus Jon Lester

    May 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    After beginning the season in a 0-for-38 slump against left-handed pitching Adam Dunn got yesterday off versus one of the league’s toughest lefties, Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Ozzie Guillen talked previously about being patient with Dunn, but the manager has since moved him from the No. 3 spot in the batting order and is…

  19. Elijah Dukes got arrested again

    May 31, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    March: Elijah Dukes arrested; April: Elijah Dukes arrested; Wow, last day of May, but Dukes just made it under the wire to keep his streak alive! Former Major League Baseball outfielder Elijah Dukes spent part of his Memorial Day in jail, charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s…

  20. Struggles at Triple-A likely mean Aroldis Chapman isn’t ready to rejoin Reds

    May 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds’ clubhouse yesterday and is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his struggles while rehabbing a shoulder injury at Triple-A make it unlikely he’ll be activated. Chapman, who was placed on the DL in the first place for control problems…

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