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  1. The Elusive Citizens Bank Park Dumpster Hippie

    May 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Phillies fans AP

    One of the better developments of the early season has been the return of The Fightins. It’s a great Phillies blog that had gone on hiatus for a while.  I missed them because they are one of the few Phillies voices out there that doesn’t obsess about how the world views Philly. Rather, they actually,…

  2. Just ten percent of players are given drug tests in the offseason

    May 6, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    syringe

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times details a report quietly released by Major League Baseball a couple of weeks ago in which it was revealed that, in the 2010 offseason, only 10 percent of major league baseball players were given drug tests. These tests constituted just three percent of all drug tests given…

  3. Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff probably needs to be fired

    May 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Frank McCourt, Steve Soboroff

    Frank McCourt hired Steve Soboroff as his Vice Chairman a couple of weeks ago. His mission: to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order in the wake of the Bryan Stow beating.  His real job since that time: to be a McCourt mouthpiece in his battle with Major League Baseball. Indeed, one of his…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 6, 2011, 5:48 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Angels 11, Red Sox 0: Not the best 22 hours or so for the Red Sox. After Wednesday night’s marathon they come in bleary-eyed and get utterly shellacked by the Halos. Eight runs on ten hits in four innings for John Lackey who, to be honest, should have been the best rested of all of…

  5. Nyjer Morgan to return to DL with broken finger

    May 5, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    Just one day after coming off the DL, Nyjer Morgan suffered an injury that will put him right back on it.  He broke his left middle finger on a sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning Thursday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With Morgan on the disabled list,…

  6. Jake Peavy surrenders five runs in seven-inning rehab start

    May 5, 2011, 10:29 PM EST

    peavy throws

    It appears as though Jake Peavy is finally ready to make his 2011 regular season big league debut. According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the right-hander made it through seven innings Thursday at Triple-A Charlotte without feeling any abnormal pain or discomfort in his troublesome throwing shoulder. He allowed five runs, but they all…

  7. MRI reveals bone spur in Jonathan Broxton’s right elbow

    May 5, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

    broxton getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times heard from Jonathan Broxton‘s agent Thursday that an MRI taken on the right-hander’s troublesome right elbow showed no structural damage. But it’s not all good news. According to the agent, B.B. Abbott, a bone spur was found at the back of Broxton’s right elbow and some bruising was…

  8. Chase Utley heading to Florida, on track for late May return

    May 5, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly has some exciting news for those anxiously awaiting the return of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. According to Salisbury’s sources, Utley has been deemed “ready to intensify his workouts” and will head to the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida on Friday to begin playing in extended spring training…

  9. Former first-round pick Russ Adams retires

    May 5, 2011, 7:05 PM EST

    Russ Adams

    J.P. Ricciardi’s first draft pick in his stint as the Toronto Blue Jays GM retired Thursday, as Triple-A Buffalo’s Russ Adams called it a career. Adams was the 14th overall pick in the 2002 draft.  After three steady seasons in the minors, he debuted with the Blue Jays in 2004, hitting .306/.359/.528 with four homers…

  10. Can Desmond Jennings come out and play?

    May 5, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Desmond Jennings

    Since opening the season at .396/.431/.604 through April 18, Sam Fuld has hit .145/.232/.210 in 62 at-bats over this last 15 games. He’s 3-for-41 in his last 10 games. And this is closer to what should have expected from Fuld. The 29-year-old was a career .278/.368/.400 hitter in 230 Triple-A games. No one ever thought…

  11. The National League’s worst by position

    May 5, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Same rules as yesterday’s American League list. I’m listing the player most responsible for the position’s poor OPS along with the team. Rockies 3B – 405 (Jose Lopez) Padres 1B – 478 (Brad Hawpe) Dodgers 1B – 508 (James Loney) Pirates SS – 515 (Ronny Cedeno) Marlins SS – 541 (Hanley Ramirez) Padres SS –…

  12. Bill Hall rips umpire after being tossed from last night’s game

    May 5, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    bill-hall-astros-spring

    Bill Hall was ejected from last night’s game in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes and today the Astros infielder had plenty to say about home plate umpire Tom Hallion. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has the full transcript of Hall’s angry rant about Hallion yelling at him to get back into…

  13. Royals calling up top prospect Eric Hosmer

    May 5, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    It’s certainly a few weeks earlier than they preferred to do it, but the Royals revealed Thursday that they’re calling up Eric Hosmer to take over as their first baseman. Kila Ka’aihue, who was hitting .195/.295/.317 with just six RBI in 82 at-bats, is getting sent down to open up a spot. Hosmer was tearing…

  14. Brandon Lyon diagnosed with partially torn rotator cuff

    May 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    brandon-lyon-astros

    After blowing his fourth save of the season yesterday the Astros sent Brandon Lyon back to Houston to have his shoulder examined and the news isn’t good. Lyon has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff and biceps tendinitis, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. No surgery has been scheduled for now, but Lyon…

  15. Dodgers players could theoretically become free agents if the team misses payroll. But they won’t.

    May 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    There’s an item over at Bloomberg this afternoon that caused a bunch of people to email me with “Hey! Can we get Matt Kemp??!” messages. Thusly: Los Angeles Dodgers players could file for free agency if the team can’t make payroll, Major League Baseball players union spokesman Greg Bouris said in an e-mail. That is…

  16. Felipe Lopez clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 5, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Designated for assignment by the Rays last week, veteran infielder Felipe Lopez cleared waivers and has accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Good news for the Rays, as they get to keep Lopez around as depth should they need some help at third base or second base. Bad news for Lopez, as no team felt he…

  17. Someone might screw up the Dodgers worse than Frank McCourt: the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    File this all under speculation but over at the L.A. Times’ Dodger Blog, Steve Dilbeck talks about how moving Frank McCourt out of the way may ease the way for the NFL to return to Los Angeles.  Why? Because there have been a lot of scenarios thrown around over the years which envision the Dodgers’…

  18. Roy Oswalt rejoins Phillies, set to make Saturday start

    May 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt has rejoined the Phillies after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following the tornadoes last week. He threw a bullpen session today in preparation for starting Saturday against the Braves, which means he will have missed just one turn in the rotation. Oswalt’s last start came on April 26…

  19. Great moments in bunting: Jonathan Sanchez edition

    May 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    sanchez_jonathan

    I don’t think that major league managers make players run laps for mental errors, but if they did, Jonathan Sanchez would be running some serious laps after this bunt against the Mets this afternoon. Earlier today Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News tweeted this from the press box: Long road trip. Everyone wants to get…

  20. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s next start pushed back after relief outing

    May 5, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    UPDATE: Matsuzaka’s next start has indeed been pushed back from Friday to Sunday, but it’ll be Tim Wakefield and not Alceves taking his place tomorrow. ========== Daisuke Matsuzaka was needed in relief during last night’s 13-inning game against the Angels, coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career and allowing two…

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