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  1. John Rocker is going to publish a memoir

    May 4, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    John Rocker

    Between Luke Scott and this wacko, I have the crazy beat covered today, no? Anyway, Jeff Shultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that John Rocker, seemingly unable to persuade any of the big publishing houses to give him a deal, is self-publishing a memoir this summer. That should be illuminating reading. Attention anyone who has…

  2. Rangers finalize $15.5 million MLB deal with Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin

    May 4, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    Leonys Martin and the Rangers have finally made official the deal they agreed to last month, with the Cuban outfielder receiving a $15.5 million major-league contract that includes a $5 million signing bonus. Martin will start out in the minors, but giving him a big-league contract means the Rangers will immediately place the 23-year-old center…

  3. Luke Scott on Obama’s birth certificate: “Anybody can produce a document”

    May 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Scott_Luke

    That sound you hear is Luke Scott‘s agent and most of the Orioles’ front office simultaneously slapping their hands to their foreheads in exasperation as they read Sam Mellinger’s column in today’s Kansas City Star. You know, the one in which Luke Scott continues to be a birther despite the release of Obama’s birth certificate:…

  4. Tigers activate Victor Martinez from disabled list

    May 4, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Victor Martinez is back from the disabled list after missing the past 13 games with a groin injury. Martinez went 3-for-6 with a double in a two-game rehab assignment at Triple-A and is expected to resume batting fifth in the Tigers’ order. Prior to the injury he hit just .250 with a .709 OPS in…

  5. Photo of the Day: Philly welcomes back Jayson Werth

    May 4, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    All accounts I’ve heard of the Nats-Phillies game last night had Jayson Werth being quite warmly received by the Philadelphia crowd in his return to Citizens Bank Park.  Some initial boos based on intertia and habit, I presume, but those melted away when Werth tipped his hat to the crowd. Or it’s possible that those…

  6. Rangers starter Scott Feldman nearing rehab assignment

    May 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Scott Feldman has become sort of a forgotten man in Texas and missing part of the regular season and the Rangers’ entire playoff run with a knee injury and beginning this year on the disabled list. However, he was their Opening Day starter last season after going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009 and…

  7. Sunny days favor the pitchers

    May 4, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Roy Halladay

    If it truly is always sunny in Philadelphia the Phils are going to have a better year than we thought, because that stuff favors the pitchers: It turns out that batting averages go up when the sun ducks behind a cloud, according to a new study that looked at thousands of major league baseball games…

  8. His name was Brandon Kalantzis. His name was Brandon Kalantzis.

    May 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Drunk idiot.bmp

    No, not Robert Paulson. Brandon Kalantzis, the dude who got totally destroyed after running on to the field at the Red Sox game on Monday night.  And now he tells his tale. And yes, he’s almost exactly what you’d suspect him to be like. Go Sox, indeed. (h/t to Buzzfeed)

  9. Brian Roberts misses game following root canal

    May 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Brian Roberts

    Brian Roberts has been playing through a hamstring injury, but yesterday he was scratched from the Orioles’ lineup following a root canal. Robert Falkoff of MLB.com reports that Roberts initially felt mouth pain Sunday, but thought little of it until things got much worse during the team flight to Kansas City on Monday night. Or…

  10. Easily the worst story you’ll read today

    May 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    PNC Park

    Last month an usher from PNC Park was found dead in his car by the side of the road, having apparently died on his way home from a Pirates game. Yesterday, Pittsburgh police filled out the story a little bit, and it’s awful: Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of robbing a PNC Park usher and…

  11. Jose Reyes shows his stuff to the Giants

    May 4, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v New York Mets

    The Mets lost, but it wasn’t a bad night for Jose Reyes last night: he reached base six times, three on hits, three on walks. As Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue noted last night, that was the second time Reyes had done that in his career, and it was the tenth time a Met player had done…

  12. Terence Moore doesn’t believe that Cal Ripken is the true consecutive games played record holder

    May 4, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Cal Ripken

    I recently had the opportunity to speak with a pretty significant voice in the game about baseball records, accomplishments, history, legacy and that sort of thing. During our conversation, the idea of who “The real home run king” truly is came up. While we didn’t agree on all of the issues that went into that —…

  13. The Dodgers can’t meet May payroll

    May 4, 2011, 6:57 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers do not have enough cash to meet payroll through this month. At least not the second round of it which comes due at the end of the month. In April he got a $30 million loan from Fox to make ends meet. With Major…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 4, 2011, 6:00 AM EST

    Drew Butera, Francisco Liriano

    Twins 1, White Sox 0: The no-no! Francisco Liriano came into the game with a 9+ ERA and his job on the line and he didn’t allow a hit.  It wasn’t the most dominant no hitter you’ll ever see. He walked six guys, only struck out two and threw 123 pitches, but it doesn’t really…

  15. With rotation spot in jeopardy, Francisco Liriano pitches no-hitter

    May 3, 2011, 10:25 PM EST

    Drew Butera, Francisco Liriano, Danny Valencia

    Francisco Liriano has brought no-hit stuff to the mound plenty of times in his 95 major league starts, but this was a major upset: 1. Liriano entered tonight 1-4 with a 9.13 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP this season.  He was very much in danger of losing his rotation spot to Kevin Slowey with another…

  16. Franklin Gutierrez finally on track with rehab assignment

    May 3, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    After missing most of spring training and the entire first month of the season with what was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, Franklin Gutierrez finally began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma last night. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that Gutierrez was in the lineup as the designated hitter and…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo issues apology after DUI arrest

    May 3, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    Choo mugshot

    Shin-Soo Choo issued a statement earlier this evening in regards to his DUI arrest early Monday morning. Jordan Bastian, who covers the Indians for MLB.com, has the full text: “I sincerely apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Indians organization for the attention stemming from this matter. However, I am hopeful that this incident will…

  18. Report: Giants have discussed bid for Jose Reyes

    May 3, 2011, 9:02 PM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    CSN Bay Area’s Mychael Urban reports that the Giants have held internal discussions on making a run at Jose Reyes. The Giants are hurting in the infield with Pablo Sandoval likely out through the end of June with a broken hamate bone.  They’re currently using the slumping Miguel Tejada at third base and Mike Fontenot,…

  19. UPDATE: Frank McCourt took calls from Dodgers fans; didn’t help himself

    May 3, 2011, 8:56 PM EST

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

    UPDATE: It doesn’t sound like Frank McCourt changed any minds during his radio hit today. According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts, McCourt basically said everyone is lying about him: “If the stuff that was written about me was true, I wouldn’t trust me either” Except that most of the stuff that has everyone hating…

  20. Raul Ibanez finally snaps hitless streak

    May 3, 2011, 8:28 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s finally over. Raul Ibanez snapped an 0-for-35 hitless skid earlier this evening by smacking a ground rule double to center field off Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was his first hit since April 18. Ibanez grounded out to Hernandez in the second inning and would have tied…

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