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  1. Jim Thome smacks homers 592 and 593 in return from DL

    May 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    On a night when the Twins honored the greatest slugger in team history, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Thome returned from the disabled list after missing three weeks with an oblique injury and hit the 592nd and 593rd homers of his career. Throughout his 21 seasons Thome has homered once every 21 at-bats versus left-handed pitchers compared…

  2. President Bush: would-be ball hawk

    May 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Hey, not all ball hawks are successful, but former President Bush made a valiant effort at an Adrian Beltre foul ball at the White Sox-Rangers game last night.  If the woman in the red suit hadn’t gotten in front of him, I think W. has a chance at it. Or Laura does. I hear she…

  3. Cardinals send Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A to work as a starter

    May 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    I wondered yesterday why the Cardinals would demote Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A after he had one bad week following 95 innings of solid relief work, but now we know: He’s going to work as a starter. Tony La Russa told Tom Krasovic of MLB.com that the idea is for Boggs to develop his secondary pitches…

  4. Bud Black: “there’s room to talk” about moving the fences in at Petco Park

    May 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Petco Park

    I’m hesitant to say that Padres manager Bud Black would like the fences to be moved in, because it seems from the article that the subject was brought up by reporters — and has been so brought up multiple times recently — and that Black was trying to be a bit coy with respect to…

  5. Albert Pujols ends his homer drought

    May 24, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?  Why, nothing that a nice night can’t fix. Pujols went yard last night in the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Padres. His homer broke a one month, 106 plate appearance homerless streak, the longest of his career. In that month, Pujols has actually seen his OBP rise from .309 to…

  6. Athletics’ closer Brian Fuentes rips manager Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Brian Fuentes has been inserted late into tie games a lot recently. While one possible takeaway from that is that the manager trusts you to get the team out of tight spots, that strategy has led to Fuentes (a) not being entirely sure what his role is; and (b) taking a bunch of losses. He’s…

  7. Wilpon: The Mets are “bleeding cash”

    May 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    There was a time, not too long ago, when if one were to suggest in a post on this blog that the Mets financial situation was dire, as opposed to merely being a troublesome, short-term cash flow annoyance, and that the Wilpons’ hold on the team was in serious jeopardy, as opposed to merely being…

  8. The Jose Bautista smear campaign continues

    May 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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    Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run last night, helping power the Blue Jays past the Yankees. The game and its aftermath is making me want to take a walk down memory lane. For instance, remember back in 2009 when speculating that an unusual spike in a player’s performance could be steroids-related would get you…

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

    May 24, 2011, 5:48 AM EST

    Chris Perez

    Two stirring come-from-behind wins (and one not-so-stirring one), a seven-RBI night for a guy most people thought was dead and the Major League debut for a southpaw named Furbush. Monday night had a bit of everything.

  10. Corey Hart homers three times in win over Nationals

    May 23, 2011, 11:43 PM EST

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    Corey Hart slugged three home runs and drove in seven runs in tonight’s 11-3 win over the Nationals. Hart, who missed most of April with an oblique injury, incredibly entered Monday’s action with zero homers and one RBI over his first 76 at-bats this season. He connected for a two-run blast in the first inning,…

  11. Mike Pelfrey takes the funny road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments

    May 23, 2011, 10:06 PM EST

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    Craig mentioned earlier how David Wright took “the high road” in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments from the New Yorker. You wouldn’t expect anything different from him, but right-hander Mike Pelfrey has a decidedly different take. A downright funny one, actually. No, Wilpon didn’t mention Pelfrey by name in the profile, but in talking to…

  12. Stephen Strasburg throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    May 23, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    The Nationals have lost seven out of their last 10 games and currently sit in last place in the National League East, but there’s some reason for optimism today. No really, there is. Stephen Strasburg revealed via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he threw from a mound for the first time since undergoing…

  13. 20 years ago today: Phillies right-hander Tommy Greene throws no-hitter

    May 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EST

    Tommy Greene

    May 23, 1991 Making just his second start of the season, the Phillies’ Tommy Greene, a former first-round pick of the Braves with six major league victories to his credit, pitched a no-hitter against the Expos, striking out 10 and walking seven in the process. Facing the Expos again five days later, he hurled a second…

  14. Johnny Bench released from hospital after bout of pancreatitis

    May 23, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    Johnny Bench

    Johnny Bench was released Monday after spending five days in a Rochester, N.Y., hospital with acute pancreatitis, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bench, 63, fell ill a day after appearing as a guest at a taping for MLB Network’s “Greatest Games” show that aired Sunday.  He was on his way to a speaking engagement in Rochester when…

  15. Finally given some protection in the lineup, Jose Bautista homers in first at-bat

    May 23, 2011, 7:28 PM EST

    The slump is over

    Jose Bautista, who went four straight at-bats Sunday without homering, got back in the swing of things Monday, taking Bartolo Colon deep in the first inning against the Yankees. Bautista now has 18 1/2 homers this season.  We’re giving the other half of this one to Yunel Escobar, who had Colon shaking on the mound…

  16. A’s give Conor Jackson his first career start at third base

    May 23, 2011, 7:24 PM EST

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    Willing to try just about anything — well, short of calling up Jemile Weeks or Adrian Cardenas — to improve their lackluster lineup, the A’s have Conor Jackson starting at third base on Monday. It’ll be the first career start for Jackson at the hot corner.   He has played four innings there over two games this…

  17. Padres demote right fielder Will Venable, call up Blake Tekotte

    May 23, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Will Venable

    The Padres had to do something after scoring just two runs while being swept by the Mariners over the weekend, and the hammer came down on Will Venable today, as the team demoted it’s primary right fielder and called up Blake Tekotte. Venable, the Padres’ leader with 11 steals, was hitting just .224/.293/.291 with no…

  18. Adam LaRoche goes on DL, avoids surgery after second opinion

    May 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

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    Adam LaRoche got his second opinion Tuesday.  And it’s not that he’s ugly, too. LaRoche, who was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, rest his throwing shoulder for at least a couple of weeks, CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman reports.  Surgery was not recommended, but he was placed on the disabled list prior…

  19. Braves set to place Nate McLouth on DL, call up Jordan Schafer

    May 23, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

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    Nate McLouth‘s strained left oblique will put him on the disabled list, according to the Journal-Constitution’s Dave O’Brien, and the Braves are set to call up Jordan Schafer to replace him. Schafer, who opened 2009 as the Braves’ center fielder, is back in the majors for the first time since June of that year.  There…

  20. Rangers activate Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and call up Japanese reliever

    May 23, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    As expected, the Rangers activated both Josh Hamilton (arm) and Nelson Cruz (quad) from the disabled list on Monday.  But they also made another move, bringing up reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock. The 35-year-old Tateyama, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, had a 2.14 ERA and a 26/4 K/BB…

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