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  1. People asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 19, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    The Question

    It’s Thursday, and that means I’m lazy! So here’s the latest defacto mailbag, courtesy of Twitter, because who sends mail anymore?

  2. Desperate times: Red Sox considering Kevin Millwood

    May 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    getty millwood trenton

    Daisuke Matsuzaka joining John Lackey on the disabled list has the Red Sox searching for rotation help and Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports that they’re desperate enough to consider Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees near the end of spring training, only to opt out of the contract two…

  3. Kyle Kendrick’s World Series ring found in a swamp

    May 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    You may recall that some people broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s Washington home during spring training and that, among other things, the jerks stole his World Series ring.  Well, the cops found it: it was hidden in a swamp, and they were led to it by someone who apparently (a) was not part of the robbery;…

  4. Alex Rodriguez to have surgically repaired hip “checked out”

    May 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Alex Rodriguez will “have his surgically-repaired right hip checked out” after hitting coach Kevin Long noticed that he had difficulty making “a lower-body adjustment to bring balance back to his swing.” Rodriguez told Carig that the hip isn’t causing any pain or discomfort, emphasizing that “it’s…

  5. Will Jim Crane have trouble with Major League Baseball over old discrimination complaints?

    May 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a story this morning about the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros, Jim Crane, and a history of discrimination complaints with the EEOC against Crane’s company, Eagle Global Logistics: Eagle, run by a former college pitcher named Jim Crane, had failed to promote blacks, Hispanics and women into…

  6. The Pittsburgh Pirates lack a sense of humor; oppose cheap beer

    May 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    generic beer

    Great moments in public relations. There’s a bar in Pittsburgh called The Stroll Inn, and the other day they launched a promotion that said “If the Pirates lose, you win” and offered a discount of a nickel on a pitcher of beer after every Pirates loss. Funny! But not to the Pirates. Apparently a couple of Pirates…

  7. Cancer and the Kansas City Royals

    May 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Cancer cells

    Bob Tufts is a longtime reader of this blog (and my old blog), as well as an email and Twitter correspondent and fellow Primate over at Baseball Think Factory. He also happens to be a former major leaguer who played for the Kansas City Royals. He also has been undergoing cancer treatment for a long…

  8. Jamie McCourt is going to demand that the Dodgers be sold

    May 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Jamie McCourt

    Major League Baseball hasn’t been all that crazy about Jamie McCourt these past couple of years, but I bet they love her now. Why? Because she’s going to demand that the court overseeing the McCourt divorce order the immediate sale of the Dodgers.  If the court agrees it could save Major League Baseball from having…

  9. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    Stuff you missed last night while arguing on the Internet about how it wasn’t a good idea to bring the best closer in baseball history into the game in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 19, 2011, 6:03 AM EST

    Jake Peavy

    I went to the optometrist’s office yesterday for an eye exam. They gave me the eye drops. And they were worse than usual. In addition to causing my pupils to dilate and my vision to blur, they somehow caused me to be transported back in time to 1968 when no one could score any damn…

  11. Jake Peavy hurls shutout in second start back

    May 18, 2011, 11:03 PM EST

    Jake Peavy

    It was hard to see this one coming after Jake Peavy gave up four runs over six innings against the Angels in his season debut last week. On Wednesday night, the 29-year-old pitched his fifth career shutout, turning in a three-hitter in a 1-0 win over the team with baseball’s best record, the Indians. Cleveland…

  12. Alfredo Simon, facing trial, expected to join O’s on Sunday

    May 18, 2011, 10:19 PM EST

    simon orioles

    Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon is still facing manslaughter charges in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michel Esteban Castillo back in the Dominican Republic and could face up to two years in prison if convicted guilty. The Orioles are going to take advantage of his freedom while he’s still got it. From Avi Zaleon…

  13. Mariano Rivera blows save after Bartolo Colon goes eight scoreless

    May 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera blew his third save already this season after giving up a pair of singles and a Vladimir Guerrero sac fly in a 1-0 game against the Orioles on Wednesday. The occasion may mark the start of the annual “what’s wrong with Mo?” columns in the New York press, though the obvious answer is…

  14. 2010 first-round pick Cam Bedrosian undergoes Tommy John surgery

    May 18, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    cam bedrosian

    19-year-old Cam Bedrosian, who was drafted 29th overall by the Angels last summer, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, the team announced today. The son of former major league reliever Steve Bedrosian figures to remain sidelined into the 2012 season.  Bedrosian hadn’t pitched this season.  He had a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings in Rookie…

  15. Matt Holliday pulled from game with tightness in left quad

    May 18, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

    holliday standing

    It’s funny, right, that two of St. Louis’ three starting outfielders are now being bothered by injuries and not one of them bears the name Lance Berkman? B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest passes along notice that Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday had to be lifted after the second inning of Wednesday evening’s game against…

  16. Jose Contreras rocked Wednesday in first rehab appearance

    May 18, 2011, 8:34 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Roy Oswalt‘s final rehab outing didn’t go very well and yet the Phillies still activated him this week with confidence, so maybe Wednesday night’s poor showing by rehabbing reliever Jose Contreras won’t matter. But it was certainly an ugly one. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras failed to make it through one…

  17. Michael Pineda, Justin Verlander are 2011’s hardest throwers

    May 18, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Another leaderboard today.  This one, taken from Fangraphs.com, looks at the top fastballs for this year’s starting pitchers. 1. Michael Pineda (Mariners) – 95.8 mph 2. Justin Verlander (Tigers) – 95.0 3. David Price (Rays) – 94.9 4. Alexi Ogando (Rangers) – 94.2 5. Edwin Jackson (White Sox) – 93.8 6. Josh Johnson (Marlins) – 93.8 7.…

  18. Cesar Izturis needs elbow surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    May 18, 2011, 7:28 PM EST

    izturis headshot

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun passes along word that Orioles infielder Cesar Izturis is scheduled to undergo surgery within the next couple of days to “move the ulnar nerve in his right elbow” and could miss up to two months of action. Izturis has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list and Brandon…

  19. Athletics GM Billy Beane undergoes partial shoulder replacement

    May 18, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Billy Beane, Hideki Matsui

    On the A’s, even the general managers need shoulder surgeries. CSN Bay Area’s Mychael Urban reports that Billy Beane underwent partial shoulder replacement surgery on Wednesday. I won’t claim to know a whole lot about the procedure, but it sounds like a partial shoulder replacement consists of replacing the “ball” of the shoulder join with a…

  20. Nick Punto makes three Cardinals infielders on the disabled list

    May 18, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz, Nick Punto

    Scrappy utilityman Nick Punto was placed on the disabled list for a second time this season Wednesday, this time because of a strained forearm. Punto missed the first three weeks of the season following hernia surgery.  Because of injuries throughout the St. Louis infield, he had played pretty regularly since returning on April 20 and…

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