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  1. Can Brandon Belt play third base?

    May 3, 2011, 11:08 AM EST

    belt pose

    Observed: The Giants have the second-to-worst offense in the National League, scoring only 3.54 runs a game. Observed: By virtue of the Pablo Sandoval injury, their starting third baseman is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .211/.245/.295. Observed: Brandon Belt, who they sent down to Fresno last week, is hitting .517 with two homers four doubles,…

  2. Skip Schumaker expected to miss 2-4 more weeks

    May 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    As if losing third baseman David Freese for 8-12 weeks with a broken hand wasn’t enough bad news for St. Louis’ infield, the Cardinals announced that second baseman Skip Scumaker will be out 2-4 more weeks with his elbow injury. Schumaker, who has already been on the disabled list for two weeks, took a cortisone…

  3. How the Mets’ 4th pick in the 1967 draft turned into David Wright

    May 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Wright_David

    More fun morning linkage: over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man has the second installment of what is shaping up as a regular feature: tracing baseball transaction family trees. The idea is simple: player A is traded for player B who leaves via free agency with the compensation pick turning into Player C and…

  4. Rockies recall Ian Stewart after two-week stay at Triple-A

    May 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Stewart_Ian

    Colorado demoting Ian Stewart to the minors after the 26-year-old veteran of 1,300 plate appearances got off to a slow start seemed odd to me and the Rockies have now called him back up from Triple-A just two weeks later. Stewart predictably knocked around Triple-A pitching, hitting .361 with three homers and a 1.250 OPS…

  5. Baseball’s one-game-wonders

    May 3, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Moonlight Graham

    Not much happening this morning, so gentlemen: lets broaden our minds. Specifically, let’s take some time and check out this fun link over at Baseball Past and Present: a review and remembrance of some guys who played but a single game in the major leagues. You know Eddie Gaedel and Moonlight Graham. But do you know…

  6. Dodgers to give away free tickets to members of the military all month long

    May 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s some one-upsmanship going on at baseball ticket offices. First the Nationals — in a prearranged promotion — gave away tickets to military members. Then the Mets joined in on the spur of the moment for tonight’s game.  Now the Dodgers are doing it too, but they’re going a step futher: The day after U.S. Navy…

  7. The Orioles are considering an offer to Kevin Millwood

    May 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    millwood face

    Kevin Millwood just opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees because it seemed obvious that wouldn’t be called up to the big club. Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com now reports that the O’s are considering bringing him back.  At least if he’d like to try the minor league deal thing again. Millwood, of…

  8. Video: Do not mess with Fenway Park security

    May 3, 2011, 8:16 AM EST

    Tasers? We don’t need no stinkin’ tasers. I have no idea when this was taken — from the low number of views of the video on YouTube, I’m guessing recently — but watch this idiot fan get utterly destroyed: (via BuzzFeed)

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

    May 3, 2011, 6:13 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Rangers 4: The promise of the Athletics’ offseason: adding a bit of offense to cover the holes from last year and bolstering the bullpen to solve the team’s other big weakness. Job well done as far as this game goes, as Hideki Matsui hit a walkoff homer in the 10th after the Athletics’…

  10. Fifth-inning single gets Andre Ethier halfway to Joe DiMaggio

    May 3, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andre Ethier singled off the Cubs’ James Russell in the fifth inning of Monday’s game, extending his hitting streak to 28 games. Ethier’s hit into the hole between short and third plated the Dodgers’ fifth run of the game and knocked Russell from the contest.  It came in his third at-bat of the night. Ethier’s…

  11. Red Sox send Jered Weaver to first loss, now 5-0 against Angels

    May 2, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    The Red Sox are struggling against everyone else, but they beat Jered Weaver and moved to 5-0 against the Angels with a victory on Monday. Since the beginning of 2010, the Red Sox are an incredible 14-1 versus the Angels. Weaver, who had been 6-0 this season, was undone by a outstanding at-bat from Dustin…

  12. Mets give away 4,000 tickets to military members and their families for Tuesday’s game at Citi Field

    May 2, 2011, 10:04 PM EST

    Citi Field AP

    The Mets announced earlier this evening that they have donated 4,000 tickets to military members and their families for tomorrow night’s series opener against the Giants at Citi Field. This gesture is in addition to the Mets’ current policy that allows free admission to any active service member who presents a valid military I.D. Here’s…

  13. Tigers appear set to make switch at second base

    May 2, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    Tigers Indians Baseball

    Scott Sizemore was an apparently healthy scratch from Triple-A Toledo’s lineup on Monday night, suggesting that the Tigers are ready to give last year’s Opening Day second baseman another opportunity. The 26-year-old Sizemore was off to a torrid start for the Mud Hens, having hit .408/.495/.605 with two homers, 15 RBI and three steals in…

  14. Phil Hughes tests negative for circulatory and vascular issues

    May 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    ap hughes

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that right-hander Phil Hughes tested “negative for all vascular and circulatory conditions,” which eliminates the possibility of thoracic outlet syndrome. This is really a good news, bad news situation. It’s good in that the Yankees have eliminated one potentially serious possibility, but they’re still searching for answers regarding Hughes’…

  15. Dallas Braden has setback during throwing session

    May 2, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser tweets that Dallas Braden‘s throwing session Monday didn’t go as hoped and that Braden will be reexamined by team doctors. Braden was throwing for the first time since going on the disabled list April 18 with left shoulder inflammation. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts…

  16. Jake Peavy set for next rehab start Thursday

    May 2, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

    peavy pose

    Jake Peavy‘s return from shoulder surgery was delayed just two weeks ago, but it’s now possible that he could make his season debut with the White Sox as soon as next week. Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that Peavy will make his next — and potentially final — minor league rehab start with…

  17. After 10 days off, Angel Pagan plays in extended spring game

    May 2, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    In his first action since going down with a strained left oblique, Angel Pagan went 1-for-4 with a walk while playing five innings in an extended spring training game Monday. Obliques strains tend to require at least three weeks on the DL, but Pagan appears to be aiming to make it back in the minimum…

  18. Red Sox line up Josh Beckett for Wednesday, Dice-K Friday

    May 2, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    Josh Beckett vs. Yankees

    The Red Sox cleared Josh Beckett to start Wednesday after his 25-pitch bullpen session went well Monday, and they announced plans to return Daisuke Matsuzaka to the rotation on Friday. Beckett, whose normal turn would have fallen tonight, was given extra rest after failing to come out with his best stuff in a no-decision last…

  19. Robinson Cano out of lineup with bone bruise

    May 2, 2011, 6:01 PM EST

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano runs up the first baseline after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    A bone bruise in his left hand has Robinson Cano out of the Yankees lineup for Monday’s game against the Tigers, though the All-Star does hope to play Tuesday. Cano was injured Sunday while trying a catch a pickoff throw from pitcher Ivan Nova.  Eduardo Nunez is starting at second base in his place tonight. …

  20. David Freese likely out until late July following hand surgery

    May 2, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    David Freese

    David Freese exited yesterday’s game with a broken hand thanks to a Scott Linebrink fastball and today general manager John Mozeliak announced that his return timetable is 9-12 weeks. According to Mozeliak he’s unlikely to return until late July, which is a big blow to a Cardinals roster already decimated by injuries. Freese was off…

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