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  1. Red Sox activate Bobby Jenks from DL, option Michael Bowden to Triple-A

    May 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    As expected, the Red Sox have activated Bobby Jenks from the disabled list following a four-week stay for a strained biceps muscle. Jenks struggled mightily before going on the DL, allowing 10 runs in 8.2 innings while opponents hit .333 with an .869 OPS off him, so he may have gain manager Terry Francona’s trust…

  2. Hank Aaron receives an honorary degree from Princeton

    May 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Hank Aaron AP

    One of the more overlooked Bob Dylan songs of all time is “Day of the Locusts,” which recounts his mixed feelings on the day on which he received an honorary degree from Princeton University.  I love Bob Dylan more than any artist in the history of music, but like a lot of his songs, it…

  3. Jake Peavy has 3.24 ERA and 16/1 K/BB ratio since returning from shoulder surgery

    May 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season following shoulder surgery and spent the first five weeks of this year on the disabled list as part of his recovery, but since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation on May 11 he’s 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts. Even more impressive than the nice-looking…

  4. First-third awards: 2011 NL Rookie of the Year

    May 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Craig Kimbrel

    We’re one third of the way through the season, so it’s time to check in on the award races.  First up is the NL Rookie of the Year. The candidates Wilson Ramos (C Nationals): .252/.336/.403, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB in 119 AB Darwin Barney (2B Cubs): .311/.333/.389, 1 HR, 24 RBI, 3 SB…

  5. “Aw jeez, Joey Bats!”

    May 31, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    This is easily my favorite video from the MLB Fan Cave so far.

  6. Chuck James is back in the majors with the Twins

    May 31, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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    Once upon a time Chuck James was a top prospect in the Braves’ system, posting great numbers in the minors before debuting in September of 2005. He joined Atlanta’s rotation the next season at age 24 and posted a 4.05 ERA with a 207/105 K/BB ratio in 280 innings over two years before blowing out…

  7. Yesterday was a banner day for 7-3 scores

    May 31, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

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    Last night I tweeted — and this morning in the recaps, I regurgitated — my surprise that there were four games yesterday which ended with a score of 7-3.  In response, Dianagram of the Value Over Replacement Grit blog researched the matter to see if, indeed, yesterday was a remarkable day for 7-3 scores.  Her…

  8. Rockies ask Aaron Cook to continue rehab assignment

    May 31, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook‘s rehab assignment for a broken finger was scheduled to consist of three starts, but instead he’s already pitched four times and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies “have asked” him to make at least one more start at Triple-A. Barring any further changes Cook is on track to rejoin the Rockies’…

  9. What’s wrong with Ubaldo Jimenez? Speed, or the lack thereof

    May 31, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez is having a hell of a bad year. He’s winless while posting a 5.86 ERA in nine starts.  The problem, as Dave Krieger notes in the Denver Post, is velocity: In separate conversations with Jimenez and Apodaca over the weekend, they agreed on one thing: Ubaldo’s velocity is not what it was a year ago.…

  10. Adam Dunn (0-for-38 against lefties) sits versus Jon Lester

    May 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    After beginning the season in a 0-for-38 slump against left-handed pitching Adam Dunn got yesterday off versus one of the league’s toughest lefties, Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Ozzie Guillen talked previously about being patient with Dunn, but the manager has since moved him from the No. 3 spot in the batting order and is…

  11. Elijah Dukes got arrested again

    May 31, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    March: Elijah Dukes arrested; April: Elijah Dukes arrested; Wow, last day of May, but Dukes just made it under the wire to keep his streak alive! Former Major League Baseball outfielder Elijah Dukes spent part of his Memorial Day in jail, charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s…

  12. Struggles at Triple-A likely mean Aroldis Chapman isn’t ready to rejoin Reds

    May 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds’ clubhouse yesterday and is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his struggles while rehabbing a shoulder injury at Triple-A make it unlikely he’ll be activated. Chapman, who was placed on the DL in the first place for control problems…

  13. Great moments in Dads dropping their daughters to catch foul balls

    May 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Via SI’s Jimmy Traina and the It’s Always Sunny in Detroit blog comes video of Los Angeles’ nominee for Father of the Year:  

  14. R.A. Dickey cleared to pitch through plantar fascia injury

    May 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey left last week’s start after injuring his foot covering first base and was diagnosed with a partially torn plantar fascia, but he threw a problem-free bullpen session Sunday and has been cleared to take his scheduled turn in the rotation tonight. In addition to throwing over the weekend Dickey also tested the foot…

  15. The business of baseball and the business of movies: not all that different

    May 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Shia LaBoeuf

    I don’t know enough about the movie industry in order to know when the baseball GM/movie producer analogy in this story breaks down, but it’s an interesting read anyway: In baseball, as in the movie business, everyone wants to develop younger, cheaper talent. GMs do it either by trading established players for young prospects or…

  16. Jeff Niemann “ready to take the next step” to rehab stint

    May 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Jeff Niemann threw a 45-pitch simulated game yesterday and announced afterward that he’s “ready to take the next step” and begin a minor-league rehab assignment for the back injury that has kept him out since May 6. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Niemann will get his wish with rehab stint in which…

  17. The Nationals are dangling Pudge Rodriguez; may be delusional about his value

    May 31, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez

    People have been speculating about this since Buster Posey got hurt last week, but Buster Olney reports that the Nationals have “reached out” to the Giants to gauge their interest in Ivan Rodriguez. Based on what Mike Rizzo had to say in today’s Washington Post, however, the Giants will actually have to give something up to…

  18. A world in which the 2008 Phillies went 79-83

    May 31, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    APBA Baseball

    The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., Michael G. Kovacevich, Prop. Michael G. Kovacevich has figured out a way to play an entire baseball season without a rainout, assuming he avoids spilling a diet pop on his infield. The 58-year-old historian and extreme baseball fan is near completion of the 2008 Major League Baseball season, playing every game…

  19. Oh good: Miguel Cabrera gets his driver’s license back

    May 31, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Miguel Cabrera‘s Maserati goes one-eighty-five. Got back his license, now he can drive. Life’s been good to him so far: Florida officials have returned Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera’s driver’s license, but he still faces DUI charges. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department determined Friday there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Cabrera had been…

  20. Do luxury boxes cause ballpark violence?

    May 31, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

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    No, I didn’t formulate that question. Political blogger Mickey Kaus did in his “assignment desk” feature over at the Daily Caller. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Kaus uses the feature to play editor, coming up with a question that interests him, outlines the parameters and then “assigns” it to a reporter he thinks would…

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