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  1. Jon Lester first pitcher to seven wins this season

    May 25, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Jon Lester

    Incredibly, it took 30 days after Jered Weaver won his sixth gave for a major league pitcher to pick up his seventh win this season.  And the guy who did it was winless through three starts. Jon Lester cruised through six scoreless innings in Boston’14-2 rout of the Indians on Wednesday to become the first…

  2. Report: Francisco Rodriguez willing to waive no-trade, vesting option

    May 25, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    A source close to the reliever told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that Francisco Rodriguez is going to be pretty flexible about a deal should the team attempt to move him this summer. According to the source, Rodriguez will consider any deal presented to him and would discuss getting rid of his vesting…

  3. Ian Snell comes out of retirement, signs with Dodgers

    May 25, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Ian Snell

    Veteran right-hander Ian Snell, who said he was retiring after he failed to make the Cardinals this spring, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday. Snell was reassigned to minor league camp by the Cardinals on March 15 after giving up two runs in two innings during Grapefruit League play.   The 29-year-old right-hander…

  4. We know McCourt and Wilpon are awful, but where does your team’s owner rank?

    May 25, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Ted Turner manager

    Over at ESPN.com, Jim Caple decided to rank Major League Baseball’s owners from 1-30 with a little explanatory blurb.  You won’t be shocked to find Frank McCourt at the bottom and Fred Wilpon in the 29th position. But what about the others? And for that matter, what makes an owner good anyway?  Is it just…

  5. Greinke’s arm, bat power the Brewers past the Nats

    May 25, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Did you like that headline? Sounded just like a real newspaper article, huh? Never had one day of J-school! Anyway, Zack Greinke, some may recall, was a pretty good prospect as a position player back in high school. He swung a nice bat and, indeed, many think he could have gone pretty far a hitter.…

  6. Rafael Soriano to be sidelined 6-8 weeks

    May 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    Rafael Soriano‘s MRI came back and it revealed an inflamed ligament. Which is not torn which means no appointment with Dr. James Andrews’ Tommy-John-6000 machine.  At least not yet. Andrews recommends rest and then a throwing program for Soriano, together which will have him out for six to eight weeks.  Which is cool, I guess,…

  7. Mariano Rivera becomes 15th pitcher in MLB history to make 1,000 appearances

    May 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hadn’t pitched in a week, so manager Joe Girardi used him in a non-save situation this afternoon to close out a 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays, and the appearance was the 1,000th of Rivera’s amazing career. He becomes the 15th pitcher in baseball history with at least 1,000 appearances (the first to…

  8. Lenny Dykstra tried to break Doc Gooden out of “Celebrity Rehab”

    May 25, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    When a story involves Doc Gooden on Drew Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab,” and neither Gooden nor Pinsky is the biggest freakshow in the story, that can only mean one thing: Dykstra. That’s the story from Gooden who, while on WFAN yesterday, told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton that Dykstra tried to break him out of rehab during the…

  9. Red Sox crush Indians, improve to 25-12 since 2-10 start

    May 25, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox 's Jarrod Saltalamacchia is congratulated by teammates in Cleveland

    Cleveland came into today’s game against Boston with the majors’ best run differential at plus-65, but that number took a beating at Progressive Field as the Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first six innings and coasted to a 14-2 victory. Mitch Talbot took the brunt of the damage in his first start since…

  10. Jo-Jo Reyes ties a record: 28 starts without a win

    May 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes throws against the Houston Astros in Toronto.

    The Yankees are beating up on the Blue Jays right now, thanks in large part to two Andruw Jones home runs. Enjoy them while you can, Yankees fans. Because if history holds, the Jays will sign Jim Leyritz before the next inning and he’ll totally shift the momentum. Anyway, the more historically notable part of…

  11. Dodgers’ patience with prospect Jerry Sands paying off

    May 25, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Jerry Sands got off to a rough start after the Dodgers called him up from Triple-A in mid-April, going 8-for-47 (.190) with 13 strikeouts through 11 games. They stuck with the 23-year-old top prospect, trusting that he’d eventually get on track and live up to the promise he showed while destroying minor-league pitching, and Sands…

  12. Josh Hamilton intends to continue sliding head first

    May 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Josh Hamilton lost a month and a half of the season thanks to an ugly head first slide into home plate. So, logic dictates, he’s going cut that sort of thing out, right? Nah. I didn’t see it, but someone in the comments told me that he slid head first twice last night.  And here…

  13. Joakim Soria’s struggles should have Royals worried

    May 25, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    For a long time Joakim Soria was a rare bright spot on terrible Royals teams, closing out their few late-inning leads with dominance, but now that the Royals are playing a little better and the influx of young talent has started migrating to Kansas City he’s struggling. Soria blew a save and took a loss…

  14. Comment of the Day: The remainder of the Athletics’ 2011 season in a nutshell

    May 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Billy Beane

    This morning, in the the Bob Geren-Brian Fuentes Affair post, resident Athletics expert APBA Guy gave us a thumbnail sketch of what we can expect in Oakland for the next few months, from the front office, to the fans to the San Francisco Chronicle and everyone in between. It’s scary because it sounds so very…

  15. Barry Zito throws 50 pitches in simulated game

    May 25, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    zito scoul

    Barry Zito faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a sprained foot in mid-April, throwing 50 pitches against teammates Emmanuel Burriss and Eli Whiteside in a simulated game. Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Whiteside hit a homer, which is never a good sign…

  16. HBT Daily: We only talk about the A’s when there’s trouble

    May 25, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    I’m not proud of that, and it’s certainly not a conscious decision. But really, it’s true.

  17. John Lackey slated for June 5 return from elbow injury

    May 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    John Lackey

    John Lackey threw a 40-pitch bullpen session yesterday and said afterward that his injured elbow “felt pretty good” and “definitely a lot better than I’ve been feeling.” According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal he’ll throw another bullpen session Friday and then head out on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, which barring a setback…

  18. The Rays make a fan remove his “Yankees Suck” t-shirt

    May 25, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Yankees Suck

    We’ve heard the “Yankees suck!” chant for years. Indeed, we’ve heard it so much that it has basically lost all effectiveness as taunting, becoming noticeable only when it’s used in pathetic fashion, like say, at a New England Revolution-New York Red Bulls soccer game. But it’s apparently a problem for the virgin eyes and ears down in…

  19. Mike Rizzo has odd ideas about why the Nationals are losing

    May 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote a column yesterday about how the Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo are “not looking for scapegoats” following a 21-27 start. Much of the article is about how they’ve dealt with lots of injuries to key players and about how Rizzo is “satisfied” with the performance of manager Jim Riggleman…

  20. Man injured in fall at Coors Field

    May 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Coors Field

    A 27-year-old man was seriously injured at Coors Field yesterday after falling 20 feet from a stairway leading to the center field seats and onto a concrete floor. There’s no information about the man’s identity or the circumstances of his fall, but there is the rather gruesome detail in the AP story that there was…

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