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  1. Tommy Hunter has setback in recovery from groin injury

    May 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    Tommy Hunter appeared close to coming off the disabled list, but the Rangers right-hander aggravated his groin injury during a minor-league rehab start yesterday. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that he’s been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain and will be shut down for 2-3 weeks, at which point Hunter will…

  2. Javier Vazquez takes bereavement leave from Marlins

    May 10, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Javier Vazquez has been placed on the bereavement list and there’s no timetable for his return to the Marlins, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. No further details were given. Vazquez struggled in last night’s start against the Phillies as his ERA ballooned to 6.68 and afterward said: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing.” Vazquez…

  3. Great Moments in magical thinking

    May 10, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

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    I’m struggling to decide what to make of this bit of analysis of Lance Berkman’s season from Joel Sherman in today’s New York Post: The Yankees lineup would look a lot more fierce with him as the DH while he has shown a renewed athleticism that he could have mixed in at first, left and…

  4. Partying like 1999: Get ready for a Royals-Pirates World Series

    May 10, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

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    David Schoenfield of ESPN.com just tweeted this note and I had to share it: First time both the Pirates and Royals have been over .500 on the same day 30 games into a season since May 16, 1999. How long ago was that? Well, that day the Pirates were playing the Expos and Vladimir Guerrero…

  5. C.J. Wilson complains that the Athletics play “lawyer ball”

    May 10, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson did not have a good game last night. He only allowed two hits — one was a three-run homer, sadly — but he walked five Athletics while giving up five runs in seven innings.  Based on his postgame comments, it would seem that the walks got to him a bit: “It’s like obviously…

  6. Amid the boos Carl Crawford starting to heat up for Red Sox

    May 10, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

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    Carl Crawford was booed at Fenway Park last night before becoming the game’s hero with a Green Monster double that gave the Red Sox a walk-off win in the 11th inning. Even before the game-winning hit Crawford was quietly getting back on track following a terrible start to the season. Since his batting average dropped…

  7. Francisco Liriano faces Tigers in no-hitter followup

    May 10, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    After being pushed back a day because of a sore throat, Francisco Liriano gets Detroit tonight in his first start since throwing his no-hitter against the White Sox a week ago. The extra rest figures to do his arm some good, as he blew away his previous season high by throwing 123 pitches in his…

  8. Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez is in hot water over mad tweeting

    May 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    Baseball people: don’t tweet angry. Ozzie Guillen learned that the hard way. Now it seems that Pirates’ prospect Tony Sanchez is about to as well. Last night Sanchez’s team, the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League, lost their game to Harrisburg when, in the bottom of the ninth, Harrsiburg scored on a fielder’s choice that…

  9. Max Ramirez signs with Astros after being let go by Rangers, Red Sox, and Cubs

    May 10, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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    Not so long ago Max Ramirez was headed to the Red Sox for Mike Lowell, but Lowell’s injuries squashed that trade and Ramirez’s stock has been in a free fall ever since. This winter the Red Sox claimed him off waivers from the Rangers only to lose him on waivers to the Cubs a couple…

  10. HBT Daily: Talking offense and fraternization with Joe Sheehan

    May 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Joe Sheehan stays up all hours of the night watching sports and writing his daily newsletter. And I asked him to call in at 9AM to talk to me about the stark decrease in offense in recent years. And he did it! Sucker.

  11. Chase Utley to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    May 10, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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    Chase Utley reported no problems after playing extended spring training games Saturday and Monday, so he’ll begin a minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A tonight, according to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News. That the Phillies are allowing Utley to play on back-to-back days suggests he’s relatively far along in his recovery from knee…

  12. To the players, the rivalries aren’t that big of a deal for their own sake

    May 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

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    Following up on that stuff about fraternization from yesterday: I wasn’t aware of it until a reader told me yesterday, but there is a rule against players making nice before games. It’s Rule 3.09: Players in uniform shall not address or mingle with spectators, nor sit in the stands before, during, or after a game.…

  13. Javier Vazquez: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing”

    May 10, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Back in December the Marlins were hoping a physical therapist could help Javier Vazquez rediscover his fastball velocity after they signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $7 million deal. Normally moving from the AL and hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to the NL and Florida’s pitcher-friendly ballpark would have made Vazquez a strong bounceback candidate, but…

  14. Jim Bowden has some ideas about DUIs in baseball

    May 10, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

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    When I saw Jim Bowden’s post over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot about how to deal with baseball’s DUI epidemic, my first thought was to tackle it on the merits. But then I saw this tweet from Will Leitch: Jim Bowden is writing about how to curb DUI arrests in baseball on ESPN. Somehow, he didn’t…

  15. Rafael Furcal “just not ready” for minor league rehab stint

    May 10, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Rafael Furcal is four weeks into what was supposed to be a 4-6 week recovery from a broken left thumb, but manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he “won’t be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment until he’s able to swing right-handed without discomfort.” According to Mattingly that means the earliest…

  16. More stuff on the future of beat writing, featuring Marc Carig and Baseball Prospectus

    May 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Marc Carig, who covers the Yankees for the Newark Star-Ledger, is one of my favorite beat writers in the business. In addition to covering the beat bases as he should, he’s intellectually curious, inquisitive and analytical, which allows him to pull off the tough trick of appealing to both the common fan and to the…

  17. Joe Blanton’s elbow “is still a little cranky” and “definitely not 100 percent”

    May 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Joe Blanton returned from the disabled list last night with a win, allowing three runs in five innings against the Marlins in his first start since April 26, but said afterward that his elbow still isn’t totally healthy. Pitching coach Rich Dubee agreed, telling Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Blanton’s elbow “is still a little…

  18. Lenny Dykstra claims he has been tortured, abused and otherwise done wrong

    May 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    The New York Post, abdicating most of whatever residual claim it had to being a news outlet as opposed to an entertainment outlet, decided to give recently-indicted sad sack Lenny Dykstra a column today.  You will not be at all surprised to learn that it contains all of the usual cliches one hears from recently-indicted…

  19. J.J. Hardy due back from the disabled list tonight

    May 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    J.J. Hardy has been out since April 10 with a strained oblique muscle, but Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles’ shortstop is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the lineup for tonight’s game. Hardy went 2-for-9 with three walks in three games rehabbing at Triple-A and the Orioles…

  20. Adam Lind may be DL bound after MRI exam on injured back

    May 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Adam Lind remained out of the Blue Jays’ lineup Monday and underwent an MRI exam on his lower back injury. For now the Blue Jays are awaiting the MRI results, but Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun reports that a stint on the disabled list is likely and manager John Farrell described Lind’s back spasms…

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