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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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 –…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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’…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Eric Chavez is hurt

    May 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Turns out that Chavez fractured his fifth metatarsal bone. Which is his pinky toe to you and me. 3:02 PM: Eric Chavez got the start at third base for the Yankees this afternoon but he had to leave the game after pulling up lame on a triple.  No official word yet, but it looked…

  15. Joe Maddon has a good replay idea

    May 5, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Posey steal NLDS

    Joe Maddon was understandably upset at the Joe West nonsense last night, so it’s not surprising that he said after the game that there should be more instant replay in baseball.  Speaking to reporters after a good night’s sleep, however, he had a pretty good idea: “If you really want to be intelligent about it, technology is…

  16. Blue Jays expected to get both Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill back Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    It sounds like Jose Bautista‘s neck injury isn’t serious despite needing an MRI exam, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s “expected to ride a stationary bike today” and “will hit tomorrow” before likely rejoining the lineup Sunday. Aaron Hill is also aiming to be in the Blue Jays’ lineup Sunday, but will need…

  17. HBT Daily: Taking your questions

    May 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    This time, rather than read them to myself, Tiffany reads them. This is much better.

  18. J.J. Hardy scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    May 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    Out since April 7 with a strained oblique muscle, J.J. Hardy is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was unsure how long the rehab stint would last, telling Robert Falkoff of MLB.com “we’ll see how long he needs [to be] there … they have a good, long…

  19. Matt Stairs notches career pinch hit number 100

    May 5, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    I was paying attention to Matt Stairs more closely to see when he’d get his first hit at all this season. Little did I know — until I read Adam Kilgore’s story in this morning’s Washington Post anyway — that the hit he had in last night’s game was his 100th career pinch hit. Strange…

  20. Jeff Niemann undergoes MRI exam on injured back

    May 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    Jeff Niemann exited last night’s start against the Blue Jays after just four innings because of back soreness and Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he underwent an MRI exam this morning. Niemann told Topkin that he’s “still pretty sore” after visiting with a back specialist and it sounds like his ending…

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