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  1. Nationals’ Mike Rizzo says he’s not under investigation

    May 20, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Mike Rizzo

    Washington general manager Mike Rizzo denied reports that he’s under investigation by MLB for confronting umpires following Thursday’s game against the Mets. The AP reports that Rizzo said he contacted Joe Torre, MLB’s vice president of operations, immediately after Thursday’s game in New York, but he wouldn’t provide details of the conversation. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman,…

  2. Red Sox confirm Kevin Millwood signing, make seven roster moves

    May 20, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    The Red Sox aren’t acting like a team that has won six in a row. On Friday, they turned over 12 percent of their major league roster, calling up infielder Drew Sutton, activating Dan Wheeler from the disabled list and activating the newly acquired Franklin Morales.  Going to make room were right-hander Michael Bowden, left-hander…

  3. WAR does the All-Star teams – NL version

    May 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Presenting the 2011 NL All-Star team of the moment, courtesy of Wins Above Replacement (in this case, the Baseball-Reference version of it): C Buster Posey (Giants) – 1.4 1B Joey Votto (Reds) – 2.6 2B Brandon Phillips (Reds) – 1.3 3B Pablo Sandoval (Giants) – 1.5 SS Jose Reyes (Mets) – 1.5 LF Ryan Braun (Brewers)…

  4. Selig: the Dodgers’ financial woes are “historic”

    May 20, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Bud Selig gave a commencement speech in Wisconsin today. Before he went on, he referred to the Dodgers’ financial problems as “historic” and, according to the AP, dodged (ha!) speculation that Major League Baseball would assist the Dodgers in any way short of just taking them over when they fail to make payroll later this…

  5. Orlando Cabrera becomes a U.S. citizen

    May 20, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

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    If you were wondering why Orlando Cabrera wasn’t the one taking that sweet throw from Asdrubal Cabrera in the highlight from last night, it’s because he left the Indians yesterday to go to South Carolina where he is being naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Which is cool, though I’m not sure why it has to happen…

  6. A’s place starters Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross on DL

    May 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    Oakland lost two-fifths of the starting rotation to the disabled list today, with Tyson Ross going on the shelf with a strained oblique and Brandon McCarthy revealing that he has a stress reaction in his shoulder. Ross was already filling in for an injured Dallas Braden, who’s now out for the season following shoulder surgery,…

  7. WAR does the All-Star teams – AL version

    May 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Going strictly by Wins Above Replacement (in this case, the Baseball-Reference version of it), here’s your 2011 AL All-Star team of the moment: C Matt Wieters (Orioles) – 1.6 1B Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox) – 1.9 2B Howie Kendrick (Angels) – 2.2 3B Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) – 1.9 SS Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians) – 1.8…

  8. A wonderfully sensible realignment/schedule optimization plan

    May 20, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Light Bulb

    In response to the realignment post earlier this afternoon, I got an email from reader Ron in Chicago, in which he exhaustively sets forth a realignment/schedule optimization scheme that pretty much accomplishes what everyone seems to want and does so in the least obtrusive manner possible. It expands the playoffs, as seems inevitable. It makes travel better.…

  9. Indians place Travis Hafner on DL with strained oblique

    May 20, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner finally appeared to be over the shoulder problems that wrecked him for multiple years, hitting .345 with five homers and a .958 OPS while playing nearly every day for the Indians, but now a different injury has put his most productive season since 2006 on hold. Hafner was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup with…

  10. The Phillies call up Domonic Brown

    May 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    On Wednesday, Ruben Amaro said this when asked when Domonic Brown would be called up to the Phillies: “We have to bring him at the right time for us … And we have to make sure it’s the right time, so when he comes to the big leagues it’s not a situation where we’re questioning…

  11. Interleague time brings the usual realignment talk

    May 20, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

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    Every year, just as interleague play gets going, someone decides that it’s time for baseball to undergo some sort of divisional realignment. They just go together as topics I guess. Probably because they both involve messing with the natural order of things. I have no idea. Just read one by Tom Van Riper in Forbes.…

  12. RIP, Randy Savage: Before the “Macho Man” Randy Poffo was a minor league baseball player

    May 20, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    Some very sad news from the wrestling world, as Randy “Macho Man” Savage died this morning in a car accident at age 58. This isn’t a wrestling blog, so you’ll have to indulge me a bit, but as someone who grew up watching the WWF on Saturday mornings and used to jump off the couch…

  13. Rays designate Dan Johnson for assignment, activate J.P. Howell from DL

    May 20, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Tampa Bay did some roster shuffling, designating first baseman Dan Johnson for assignment and optioning reliever Rob Delaney back to Triple-A while calling up outfielder Justin Ruggiano and activating reliever J.P. Howell from the disabled list. Howell’s return is the most interesting development, as he had back-to-back impressive seasons as a reliever before blowing out…

  14. To long toss or not to long toss, that is the question

    May 20, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Long toss

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has an interesting story up today about long-tossing for pitchers. The upshot: two of the top prospects in this year’s draft are warning teams that ban their pitchers from long-toss drills against selecting them, because they’re all about long-tossing.  Included in the anti-long toss crowd: the Royals and Pirates and, according…

  15. Oliver Perez notches win in Double-A debut for Nationals

    May 20, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Oliver Perez AP

    Signed to a minor-league contract by the Nationals after being released by the Mets during spring training, Oliver Perez made his Double-A debut yesterday and picked up a victory with five innings of one-run ball. Perez, who’s being paid $12 million by the Mets this season, allowed just one run against the Twins’ affiliate and…

  16. Diamondbacks owner calls for a ban on smokeless tobacco

    May 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Nellie Fox

    We’ve heard from outside advocacy groups, politicians and basement bloggers on the matter of smokeless tobacco in baseball — and Bud Selig has said he would propose a ban in the upcoming labor negotiations — but this USA Today editorial by Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick may be the first time someone who actually has a seat…

  17. Justin Morneau got cortisone injection for shoulder and neck pain last week

    May 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Justin Morneau

    I wrote recently that Justin Morneau has been totally healthy this season, but it turns out that’s not entirely true. He’s been free of any post-concussion symptoms and has been in the lineup just about every day, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Morneau got a cortisone shot for…

  18. Great moments in taunting: Kansas City vs. St. Louis edition

    May 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Don Denkinger call

    OK, there’s one more fun interleague rivalry: Cardinals vs. Royals. And actually, it’s less fun for the baseball than it is for the wonderful St. Louis-baiting done by Sam Mellinger today in the pages of the Kansas City Star. Makes my Philly-baiting look like child’s play: Crime •Kansas City: Was a well-known mafia hub and…

  19. Mike Gonzalez apologizes for beaning that left Chris Dickerson with concussion

    May 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Mike Gonzalez sought out Chris Dickerson prior to yesterday’s game, apologizing to the Yankees outfielder for hitting him in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday night and asking how he was physically after suffering a concussion: I just wanted to make sure that he was OK. Obviously, it wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t trying to…

  20. Say what you want about interleague play, but the Cubs vs. the Red Sox is pretty cool

    May 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    1918 Cubs

    I’ve said enough about the blahness of interleague play. Let’s be done with that. Because, as Tiffany noted at the end of the video, there are some redeeming matchups that generate some actual organic fan interest, and the top of that list this season is the Red Sox vs. the Cubs. These two storied franchises…

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