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  1. Baseball parks and the sound of silence

    May 23, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Old Fenway

    Nick Carfado writes in the Globe about how the Red Sox turned off the sound system for a couple of innings during their throwback game with the Cubs, killing the music and the PA and the big flashing video board.  Carfado likes it. And to be honest, I think I’d like it too. But he also…

  2. Edinson Volquez gives up seven runs, points finger at Reds’ offense

    May 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    Edinson Volquez was knocked around by the Indians yesterday, allowing seven runs while failing to make it out the third inning as his ERA rose to 6.35. He’s struggled all season with 38 walks and nine homers allowed in 51 innings, but what made yesterday’s ugly outing different than his previous ugly outings is that…

  3. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 23, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera, Orlando Cabrera

    Ohio reigns supreme at the top of the Power Rankings for the third consecutive week.

  4. Adam LaRoche and his .172 batting average to get second opinion on shoulder injury

    May 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    adam-laroche-nationals-spring

    Adam LaRoche has been playing through a partially torn shoulder labrum since being diagnosed with the injury in the middle of spring training, but a .172 batting average and .546 OPS through 43 games has motivated the Nationals first baseman to seek a second opinion. Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post reports that LaRoche will…

  5. What should we make of Fred Wilpon’s comments to the New Yorker?

    May 23, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    I’ll admit that when I read that Wilpon story in the New Yorker this morning my primary focus was what it all meant for his ownership situation and the Madoff mess, but based on the initial response today, it’s clear that the immediate fallout is going to be all about Wilpon’s comments regarding the Mets…

  6. Everyone wants to be like Bartolo Colon

    May 23, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Stem cell injections are the new black: One of the doctors who assisted in a stem cell procedure last year on Yankees starter Bartolo Colon says that 10 other pitchers have expressed interest in undergoing the treatment that is being scrutinized by Major League Baseball. He doesn’t say who they are, but if the list doesn’t include…

  7. An in-depth profile of Fred Wilpon, with bonus Reyes, Beltran and Wright-ripping

    May 23, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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

    If you have the time — and if you don’t, I suggest you make the time — go read this profile of Fred Wilpon in The New Yorker. It’s easily the most in-depth thing I’ve ever read about him, his life, his ownership of the Mets and — of course — his dealings with Bernie Madoff.…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    What you missed while watching dancing girls drinking bootleg alcohol. Seriously!

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

    May 23, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Indians 12, Reds 4: Asdrubal Cabrera hit two homers and went 5 for 5 with 5 RBI, but he wasn’t alone as the Indians complete the sweep of the Reds. This series is called “The Ohio Cup,” by the way. Little known fact: loser of the Ohio Cup has to stay in Ohio. Rays 4,…

  10. Marlon Byrd goes on DL with multiple facial fractures

    May 22, 2011, 7:48 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    Center fielder Marlon Byrd was released from the hospital Sunday after an overnight stay, but the Cubs confirmed that he had suffered multiple fractures as a result of Saturday’s beaning and placed him on the disabled list. Needing some relief help after scratching Matt Garza from his scheduled start tonight, the Cubs called up right-hander…

  11. Aroldis Chapman to begin pitching at Triple-A this week

    May 22, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Reds placed Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list last week after the Cuban setup man opened the season with 20 walks in his first 13 innings and then began developing left shoulder inflammation. He’s already ready to begin pitching again. According to beat writer Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Chapman has been sent to Triple-A…

  12. Asdrubal Cabrera leads way as Indians complete sweep of Reds

    May 22, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Asdrubal Cabrera, the American League’s best shortstop since day one this season, delivered two homers as part of a 5-for-5, five-RBI game as the Indians routed the Reds 12-4 and completed a three-game sweep Sunday. Cabrera has nine homers, ranking him second only to Troy Tulowitzki among major league shortstops.  Jhonny Peralta is third with seven.  Cabrera…

  13. Yankees score eight in seventh to take Subway Series from Mets

    May 22, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Down 3-1 after 6 1/2, the Yankees put together a furious rally in the seventh inning Sunday, scoring eight times on their way to beating the Mets 9-3 and claiming the Subway Series. The Yankees won the final two games of the series after dropping Friday’s opener 2-1. Mike Pelfrey‘s inability to field his position…

  14. Greg Anderson: steroid distributor and Youth Baseball coach

    May 22, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Greg Anderson

    Greg Anderson, the former personal trainer for Barry Bonds and a convicted felon, is serving as an assistant coach for the Capitol Electric team in the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association, according to an article in Sunday’s New York Times. Anderson is accused of supplying steroids and injecting them into Bonds and other athletes and he plead…

  15. Report: Rangers ask Pirates about closer Joel Hanrahan

    May 22, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Joel Hanrahan

    The Pirates’ most attractive piece in trade talks is already getting some attention, as the Rangers have asked the team about closer Joel Hanrahan, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Hanrahan fanned 100 batters in 69 2/3 innings for the Pirates last season, but he seemed intimidated in the closer’s role during his first trial in…

  16. Dodgers welcome back Rafael Furcal, but lose Juan Uribe

    May 22, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The Dodgers made a couple of major 25-man roster moves before their Sunday afternoon interleague series finale against the White Sox, according to MLB.com beat writer Ken Gurnick. Rafael Furcal, who has been sidelined since fracturing his left thumb on April 11 against the Giants, was activated from the disabled list. Juan Uribe, who strained…

  17. Rays place Reid Brignac on bereavement, add Felipe Lopez

    May 22, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    brignac rays

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that the Rays have placed shortstop Reid Brignac on the bereavement list and selected the contract of Felipe Lopez from Triple-A Durham. Brignac lost his grandfather Saturday and is expected to miss four games to attend the funeral. Lopez was designated for assignment in early…

  18. Lance Berkman back in Cardinals’ lineup Sunday vs. Royals

    May 22, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    berkman homer

    Big Puma’s sprained right wrist is all better. According to the official Twitter feed of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman is back in the St. Louis starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Royals. Berkman sat out Friday and Saturday in Kansas City after departing Thursday’s game against the Astros…

  19. L.A. Times: Suspect arrested in Bryan Stow beating case

    May 22, 2011, 12:13 PM EST

    LAPD Give Update On Giants Fan Beating Investigation

    Joel Rubin of the Los Angeles Times brings some uplifting news in the still-unsolved Opening Day beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow: At about 7 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team descended on an East Hollywood apartment building with a warrant in hand. According to apartment building manager Maritza Camacho, police, using loudspeakers…

  20. Phillies likely to activate Chase Utley before Monday’s game

    May 22, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    He’s back. Well, almost. According to Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, second baseman Chase Utley has packed up his things at Single-A Clearwater and is headed back to Philly in anticipation of a Monday activation from the disabled list. Utley has not played in a major league game this season due to right…

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