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  1. Francisco Liriano faces Tigers in no-hitter followup

    May 10, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Drew Butera, Francisco Liriano

    After being pushed back a day because of a sore throat, Francisco Liriano gets Detroit tonight in his first start since throwing his no-hitter against the White Sox a week ago. The extra rest figures to do his arm some good, as he blew away his previous season high by throwing 123 pitches in his…

  2. Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez is in hot water over mad tweeting

    May 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day

    Baseball people: don’t tweet angry. Ozzie Guillen learned that the hard way. Now it seems that Pirates’ prospect Tony Sanchez is about to as well. Last night Sanchez’s team, the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League, lost their game to Harrisburg when, in the bottom of the ninth, Harrsiburg scored on a fielder’s choice that…

  3. Max Ramirez signs with Astros after being let go by Rangers, Red Sox, and Cubs

    May 10, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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    Not so long ago Max Ramirez was headed to the Red Sox for Mike Lowell, but Lowell’s injuries squashed that trade and Ramirez’s stock has been in a free fall ever since. This winter the Red Sox claimed him off waivers from the Rangers only to lose him on waivers to the Cubs a couple…

  4. HBT Daily: Talking offense and fraternization with Joe Sheehan

    May 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Joe Sheehan stays up all hours of the night watching sports and writing his daily newsletter. And I asked him to call in at 9AM to talk to me about the stark decrease in offense in recent years. And he did it! Sucker.

  5. Chase Utley to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    May 10, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley reported no problems after playing extended spring training games Saturday and Monday, so he’ll begin a minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A tonight, according to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News. That the Phillies are allowing Utley to play on back-to-back days suggests he’s relatively far along in his recovery from knee…

  6. To the players, the rivalries aren’t that big of a deal for their own sake

    May 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

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    Following up on that stuff about fraternization from yesterday: I wasn’t aware of it until a reader told me yesterday, but there is a rule against players making nice before games. It’s Rule 3.09: Players in uniform shall not address or mingle with spectators, nor sit in the stands before, during, or after a game.…

  7. Javier Vazquez: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing”

    May 10, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Javier Vazquez

    Back in December the Marlins were hoping a physical therapist could help Javier Vazquez rediscover his fastball velocity after they signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $7 million deal. Normally moving from the AL and hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to the NL and Florida’s pitcher-friendly ballpark would have made Vazquez a strong bounceback candidate, but…

  8. Jim Bowden has some ideas about DUIs in baseball

    May 10, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Drunk Driving sign

    When I saw Jim Bowden’s post over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot about how to deal with baseball’s DUI epidemic, my first thought was to tackle it on the merits. But then I saw this tweet from Will Leitch: Jim Bowden is writing about how to curb DUI arrests in baseball on ESPN. Somehow, he didn’t…

  9. Rafael Furcal “just not ready” for minor league rehab stint

    May 10, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Giants third baseman Sandoval is unable to tag out Dodgers baserunner Furcal during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco

    Rafael Furcal is four weeks into what was supposed to be a 4-6 week recovery from a broken left thumb, but manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he “won’t be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment until he’s able to swing right-handed without discomfort.” According to Mattingly that means the earliest…

  10. More stuff on the future of beat writing, featuring Marc Carig and Baseball Prospectus

    May 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Press

    Marc Carig, who covers the Yankees for the Newark Star-Ledger, is one of my favorite beat writers in the business. In addition to covering the beat bases as he should, he’s intellectually curious, inquisitive and analytical, which allows him to pull off the tough trick of appealing to both the common fan and to the…

  11. Joe Blanton’s elbow “is still a little cranky” and “definitely not 100 percent”

    May 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton returned from the disabled list last night with a win, allowing three runs in five innings against the Marlins in his first start since April 26, but said afterward that his elbow still isn’t totally healthy. Pitching coach Rich Dubee agreed, telling Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Blanton’s elbow “is still a little…

  12. Lenny Dykstra claims he has been tortured, abused and otherwise done wrong

    May 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    The New York Post, abdicating most of whatever residual claim it had to being a news outlet as opposed to an entertainment outlet, decided to give recently-indicted sad sack Lenny Dykstra a column today.  You will not be at all surprised to learn that it contains all of the usual cliches one hears from recently-indicted…

  13. J.J. Hardy due back from the disabled list tonight

    May 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    J.J. Hardy has been out since April 10 with a strained oblique muscle, but Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles’ shortstop is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the lineup for tonight’s game. Hardy went 2-for-9 with three walks in three games rehabbing at Triple-A and the Orioles…

  14. Adam Lind may be DL bound after MRI exam on injured back

    May 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Adam Lind remained out of the Blue Jays’ lineup Monday and underwent an MRI exam on his lower back injury. For now the Blue Jays are awaiting the MRI results, but Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun reports that a stint on the disabled list is likely and manager John Farrell described Lind’s back spasms…

  15. Tony La Russa won’t manage the Cardinals tonight

    May 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As Matthew mentioned, Tony La Russa went to have doctors check out the condition that has left his right eye swollen and painful and has left him fatigued.  The verdict: shingles, which are proving to be antibiotic resistant and which are making La Russa miserable. As a result of it, La Russa is taking tonight’s game…

  16. Frank McCourt could file for bankruptcy

    May 10, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Because the Dodgers situation isn’t complicated enough, it’s probably time to throw bankruptcy into the mix: Major League Baseball is preparing for the possibility that Frank McCourt might take the Dodgers into bankruptcy court before the league could strip him of the team … The league is “looking hard” at that option, said a personal familiar with the matter…

  17. Katie bar the door: It’s Roy Halladay vs. Josh Johnson tonight

    May 10, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Johnson Halladay

    I know that at 9:00 in the morning most of you are still looking back at last night’s action instead of ahead to tonight’s, but sorry, I can’t wait.  I’m rather excited about Roy Halladay and the Phillies facing Josh Johnson and the Marlins. It was a little less than a year ago when these…

  18. Some more details on the Steinbrenner stuff

    May 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    George Steinbrenner AP

    Yesterday there were two reports spinning out of FOIA requests related to George Steinbrenner. One dealing with his criminal conviction for campaign finance law violations and one related to his pardon request, which was supported by multiple instances of Steinbrenner assisting the FBI. Today the New York Times has more details about those things, including…

  19. A stadium plan in Las Vegas?

    May 10, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Welcome to Las Vegas sign

    I’ve long been skeptical of the idea of Major League Baseball moving to Las Vegas. Mostly because I don’t see the economics working out. The economy is in the toilet. Those who do have jobs and homes that aren’t in foreclosure work a disproportionate number of nights. While there are a lot of moneyed tourists…

  20. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 10, 2011, 5:46 AM EST

    Betancourt double play.bmp

    Brewers 4, Padres 3: Holy moley, this Yuniesky Betancourt-to-Rickie Weeks double play is the defensive play of the year so far. It’s enough to make you contemplate the nature of Yuniesky Betancourt. How someone can just do that without thinking — because he had no time to think — yet is unable to make basic plays a…

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