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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Chase Utley could head to extended spring training soon

    May 3, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal earlier today that he believes Chase Utley could soon head to extended spring training to continue his rehab. Utley has picked up workouts over the past week and has participated in two brief simulated games over the past three days. “It might be time…

  10. Josh Hamilton to start hitting off a tee Wednesday

    May 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    Josh Hamilton, who has been shelved for three weeks with a broken humerus sustained sliding into home plate, will begin swinging off a tee Wednesday, the Rangers revealed today. Hamilton has been playing catch and shagging flyballs in his rehab and is considered about a week ahead of schedule. The Rangers originally said he’d be…

  11. With middle infield struggling, Twins likely to add Trevor Plouffe

    May 3, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    I probably should have left this one for Aaron, but oh well… The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen tweeted today that Twins manager Rob Gardenhire offered strong hints that shortstop Trevor Plouffe will soon be promoted from Triple-A Rochester. Plouffe, the Twins’ first-round pick in 2004, made his major league debut last season and looked overmatched.…

  12. Brewers activate Nyjer Morgan, bench Carlos Gomez

    May 3, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    nyjer-morgan-brewers

    Nyjer Morgan, who was off to a scorching start replacing the injured Corey Hart in right field for the Brewers before landing on the DL with a deep thigh bruise, was activated Tuesday and immediately inserted into Carlos Gomez‘s spot in the lineup. It doesn’t figure to be a one-day move, what with Gomez hitting…

  13. Jose Bautista undergoing MRI exam on injured neck, likely out until weekend

    May 3, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista‘s sore neck has gotten worse and the Blue Jays slugger is headed for an MRI exam, according to John Lott of the National Post. Even if the MRI exam reveals nothing serious manager John Farrell said that he expects Bautista to remain out of the lineup until at least the weekend. Bautista got…

  14. Counterpoint: Let the courts handle the DUI discipline

    May 3, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    jail cell

    I’m quite sure MLB would be in the business of punishing players accused of DUIs if the MLBPA didn’t stand in the way. But I hardly see how that would be for the best. When Shin-Soo Choo gets busted for driving drunk, that’s not a baseball matter. We have police departments, lawyers and court cases…

  15. Police Report: Shin-Soo Choo blew a .201 on the breathalyser

    May 3, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Courtesy of my friend Vince Grzegorek at Cleveland Scene, here is the entire police report for Shin-Soo Choo’s arrest early yesterday morning. It has the details of the traffic stop (note: police didn’t notice his driving until he stopped to ask them for directions home).  It also has the details of his field sobriety test,…

  16. Jason Bay takes paternity leave from Mets

    May 3, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay is the latest player to take advantage of the new paternity leave roster exemption. He’ll be away from the Mets for 1-3 days to be with his wife for the birth of their third child and Lucas Duda has been called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Duda began the season…

  17. Milton Bradley suspended for one game for Saturday night argument

    May 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    On Saturday, Milton Bradley was ejected for an animated argument with umpire Todd Tichenor following what appeared to be a blown call by Tichenor involving a play at first with Miguel Olivo. After his ejection — which was based on whatever he said to Tichenor — Bradley had to be restrained by Mariners’ third base…

  18. Rays activate Evan Longoria from DL, designate Felipe Lopez for assignment

    May 3, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    Evan Longoria Rays

    As expected, the Rays have activated Evan Longoria from the disabled list and he’s in the starting lineup for tonight’s game, playing third base and batting third. Longoria has been sidelined since injuring his oblique muscle in the second game of the season and Tampa Bay got off to a 1-8 start, but the Rays…

  19. Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for DUI yesterday

    May 3, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    We have scant details as of yet, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Shin-Shoo Choo was arrested for drunk driving early yesterday morning in suburban Sheffield Lake, Ohio, west of Cleveland. UPDATE: MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Choo blew more than twice the legal limit.  Paul Hoynes reports that Choo stopped…

  20. Bryce Harper is hitting .355 with a 1.153 OPS at Single-A

    May 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is on fire at low Single-A, going 15-for-33 (.455) with four homers and six doubles in his last 10 games. Harper is hitting .355 with a .456 on-base percentage and .697 slugging percentage in 23 games overall, including six homers and eight doubles in 76 at-bats and a 20/18 K/BB ratio. He’s even…

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