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  1. What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?

    May 23, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

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    The 2011 Cardinals are off to a fine start. They’ve scored more runs than any other team in baseball and feature an 11th-ranked 3.52 staff ERA, which has been inflated all year by poor bullpen work. Matt Holliday is putting together an MVP-like season with a .996 OPS, seven home runs and 31 RBI in…

  2. Reds calling up prospect Todd Frazier from Triple-A

    May 23, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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    No official move has been announced yet, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds will call up prospect Todd Frazier in time for tonight’s game. Frazier, who ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2009 and 2010, has hit .294 with 11 homers and a .949 OPS in…

  3. The Phillies signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal

    May 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

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    Not the biggest thing in the world, but if the release of Scott Podsednik is big enough for us to comment on, I suppose his signing — by a contender no less — is big enough too. This move is clearly about insurance for the Phillies, as Shane Victorino is hurt and Charlie Manuel has…

  4. Revenge of the xFIP: James Shields racks up 13 strikeouts in three-hit shutout

    May 23, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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    He didn’t join Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander in throwing a no-hitter, but James Shields may have turned in the most impressive start of the season yesterday by striking out 13 and walking just one in a three-hit shutout of the Marlins. Based on “Game Score” it was the best start of the season, rating…

  5. David Wright takes the high road in response to the Wilpon comments

    May 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

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    The Mets are off today, so there doesn’t necessarily have to be a meet-the-press moment for the main players in Fred Wilpon-a-palooza until another day of the news cycle has passed. But at least one of the players called out by Fred Wilpon in the New Yorker profile — David Wright — has responded. And…

  6. Jose Canseco loves Lady Gaga and “would marry her in a second”

    May 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    In the surest sign yet that he’s gone crazy, Jose Canseco took to Twitter yesterday and wrote that he’d marry Lady Gaga “in a second.” Here’s more late-night tweeting from Canseco: I love lady gaga wish I could meet her .would marry her in a second Lady gaga is the truth get use to it…

  7. Moose Skowron has lung cancer

    May 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

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    Bad news about former (mostly) Yankees first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron: “He collapsed into my arms,” said oldest son Greg, a trucking executive in the Phoenix area. “We were leaving a spring game around the fifth inning, which was unusual for him. Then he turned down an autograph request, which I’d never seen him do…

  8. Kevin Slowey and the Twins are moving toward a trade

    May 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Kevin Slowey

    Kevin Slowey and the Twins have been heading in this direction since they demoted him to the bullpen during spring training despite a 4.42 ERA in 82 career starts and now LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a trade may be in the works. According to Neal the Twins are…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

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

    May 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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!

  17. 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,…

  18. Marlon Byrd goes on DL with multiple facial fractures

    May 22, 2011, 7:48 PM EST

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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