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  1. Scott Rolen unlikely to return from DL when eligible Friday

    May 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the “odds are slim” he’ll be ready to return from a strained left shoulder by then. Reds trainer Paul Lessard told Groeschen that Rolen is progressing in his recovery, but added: “We don’t have a…

  2. Padres say new television deal will lead to increased payroll

    May 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    television money

    With an Opening Day payroll of just $45 million the Padres rank 27th in player spending, but chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team is negotiating a new local television contract that could increase the payroll by 10-20 percent as soon as 2012. Cox Communications’ current 10-year deal to broadcast Padres games…

  3. Ozzie Guillen calls his two-game suspension for tweeting “a good move” by MLB

    May 2, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    I thought MLB suspending Ozzie Guillen two games for posting on Twitter following his ejection last week was too extreme, but yesterday the White Sox manager told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that the punishment “was a very fair one”: I think it was good for baseball, myself and the integrity of the game. If MLB…

  4. Roger McDowell was lucky to just get a suspension

    May 2, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    mcdowell head

    I missed this yesterday — which was apparently written before baseball suspended Roger McDowell for two weeks — but Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Roger McDowell’s behavior in San Francisco last week from another perspective: that of the fan who didn’t hire Gloria Allred to reenact McDowell’s behavior at a press…

  5. Phillies activate Domonic Brown from DL, send him to Triple-A

    May 2, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Rather than keep him on a minor-league rehab assignment for his fractured hamate bone, the Phillies activated Domonic Brown from the disabled list yesterday and then optioned him to Triple-A. That means he’ll continue to play in the minors, but will do so as a Triple-A player rather than a rehabbing big leaguer. While perhaps…

  6. Carl Pavano loses to Royals, but defeats garbage can

    May 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Carl Pavano

    Francisco Liriano‘s struggles are more extreme and have gotten more attention during the Twins’ awful first month, but Carl Pavano has been plenty terrible himself with a 5.84 ERA through six starts. More worrisome than the bloated ERA is that Pavano’s strikeout rate continues to plummet, dropping from 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2009…

  7. Must-click link: Will Leitch on Bud Selig

    May 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Bud Selig

    Great column over at New York Magazine from Will Leitch today, in which Will assesses Bud Selig: the most effective commissioner in professional sports. I can’t help but agree.  His failures have been exceedingly high-profile and photo-worthy, but as Will notes, Selig has learned from them and hasn’t made the same mistake twice. Meanwhile, his…

  8. Rays say Alex Cobb was tipping pitches in debut yesterday

    May 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    alex-cobb-rays-debut

    Called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the Rays yesterday, Alex Cobb allowed four runs while failing to make it out of the fifth inning against the Angels and afterward pitching coach Jim Hickey told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the 23-year-old right-hander was tipping his pitches: It was…

  9. R.A. Dickey to slay Grendel’s mother

    May 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    RA Dickey pitch

    And he looks like he could do it too, no? As if there aren’t enough reasons to love R.A. Dickey, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times gives us another: Dickey names his bats after weapons from epic poems and fantasy fiction: One bat is called Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver and the other is Hrunting.…

  10. Andrew McCutchen talking long-term extension with Pirates

    May 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen declined to give any specifics when asked yesterday, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are discussing a long-term contract extension with the 24-year-old center fielder. McCutchen won’t be arbitration eligible until 2013, so to buy out any of his free agent years a contract extension would have…

  11. “USA! USA! USA!”

    May 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Fans stand and shout during the National League MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia

    There’s a Mark Twain quote making the rounds this morning: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I’m not sure if that’s an authentic quote or not, but even if Twain never said it, the it sounds very appropriate this morning.  It’s certainly a sentiment that matches my own.…

  12. Neftali Feliz says he’s through with starting

    May 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I’ve all but worn out the “Neftali Feliz should be a starter” argument in the past few months. The response back every time I’ve made it is “the Rangers plan on keeping him as a closer now, but moving him to the rotation in 2012.” Well, it seems that Neftali Feliz himself hasn’t gotten the memo…

  13. Frank McCourt is sorry that you misunderstand him, Dodgers fans

    May 2, 2011, 9:11 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

    I missed two interesting Frank McCourt stories over the weekend, both via Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, and neither of which makes McCourt look very good. First, there is the report that one of the reasons Commissioner Selig has not approved the Fox contract McCourt is so hot for is that Jamie McCourt has…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 2, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Foley's baseballs

    Things you missed while spending the weekend in New York and visiting the coolest baseball bar ever, not once, but twice. And, while there, taking pictures of interesting things in the men’s room. Yes, I realize it’s not 100% cool to whip out the camera in the bathroom. But in my defense, there aren’t many…

  15. Questionable report: Andy Pettitte may want to pitch in 2012

    May 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’m hesitant to even be that precise about it in the headline because, like so many other reports, it’s source is “Andy Pettitte’s friends.”  And every bogus Andy Pettitte rumor we’ve heard since the end of last season has been attributed to a “friend” of Pettitte’s. Indeed, looking back on all of them one could…

  16. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2011, 5:31 AM EST

    Obama announcement.bmp

    Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong.  Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future. I spent the weekend in New York and…

  17. Carlos Lee carted off with rib injury after collision

    May 1, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Carlos Lee, Nathan Lucero, Rex Jones

    Astros outfielder Carlos Lee was sent to the hospital for X-rays and a CT scan after taking Angel Sanchez‘s knee to the rib-cage in a collision Sunday. The two players were chasing after a Mark Kotsay pop-fly in the seventh inning of the game against the Brewers.  After the collision, Lee remained on the ground…

  18. Apparently fatigued, Josh Beckett has next start pushed back

    May 1, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    The Red Sox were elusive when it came to details, but they revealed after Sunday’s game that Josh Beckett wouldn’t pitch again until Wednesday at the earliest. Beckett, who was off to a blazing start this season, didn’t come out with his best stuff when he faced the Orioles on Wednesday, and he ended up…

  19. Cardinals lose David Freese to broken hand

    May 1, 2011, 7:07 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    David Freese, who was batting a robust .356 in 87 at-bats this season, suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a Scott Linebrink pitch in Sunday’s loss to the Braves and is expected to be placed on the disabled list. The Cardinals didn’t provide a timetable for Freese’s return, but an absence of…

  20. Pedro Martinez could soon announce retirement

    May 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Pedro Martinez

    While reports last month indicated that he was interested to returning to the majors, perhaps with the Red Sox, Pedro Martinez said Sunday that he is leaning towards retirement. “I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is…

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