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  1. New skipper, same results in Baltimore

    Jun 5, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz ruined Juan Samuel’s first game as O’s interim manager, tossing a complete-game five-hit shutout as part of an 11-0 victory on Friday night. The Orioles have now lost nine consecutive games and enter play on Saturday at 15-40. They currently sit an incredible 21 games behind the first-place Rays in the American League…

  2. The Cardinals sign Randy Winn

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have signed outfielder Randy Winn. He is expected to be in uniform for Saturday’s game against the Brewers. Winn, who turns 36 next week, was designated for assignment by the Yankees last month after batting .213/.300/.295 with one home run and eight RBI over…

  3. Derrek Lee hasn't heard anything about the Angels

    Jun 5, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    On Thursday, Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune cited “excellent baseball sources” who told them that the Cubs may be involved in trade talks that would send Derrek Lee to the Angels. On Friday, Lee told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he hasn’t heard anything about it. “Who are the…

  4. The Royals may have already locked up their first-round pick

    Jun 5, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals “are thought to be close” to a deal with University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal to be the fourth pick of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft on Monday. Other outlets, including Frankie Pilere of AOL Fanhouse, are suggesting that the Royals may already have…

  5. Brad Lidge shuts down Padres as Phils snap four-game losing streak

    Jun 5, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    So much for easing him back in. Just two days after it appeared he was in line for a save opportunity against the Braves, Lidge tossed a perfect ninth inning in a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Friday night. It was Lidge’s first save since his return from the disabled list on Monday and…

  6. Carlos Zambrano loses in his return to the starting rotation

    Jun 5, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano took the loss in his return to the starting rotation against the Astros on Friday night, allowing three runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking three. He was pulled after throwing 85 pitches. While his overall line doesn’t look all that impressive, he was much better…

  7. Jason Heyward makes history in loss to Dodgers

    Jun 5, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    But it’s not the kind of history you normally want. As the Dodgers snapped the Braves nine-game winning streak on Friday night, Jason Heyward was 0-for-5 while tying a record for a nine-inning game with five strikeouts. We’re all familiar with the “golden sombrero,” but it’s not often that we get to pull out the…

  8. Virginia town offers to rename itself after Stephen Strasburg

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    There’s obviously a great deal of excitement surrounding Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut next Tuesday night, and one town approximately 80 miles away from the nation’s capital plans to find an interesting way to express their adoration. According to the Associated Press, some particularly excited residents of Strasburg, Virginia want their town to be renamed…

  9. UPDATE: Brett Anderson placed on DL; may not need surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    UDPATE: Brett Anderson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, according to a team press release. Earlier this afternoon, Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com reported that the Athletics fear Anderson could be “done” for the year due to the injury, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that Anderson…

  10. Grady Sizemore done for year after microfracture surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    It was the worst-case scenario for the Indians, who knew they were going to lose their center fielder for at least six-to-eight weeks following knee surgery on Friday. Grady Sizemore, though, required a microfracture procedure on his left knee, ending his season and possibly sidelining him to begin spring training 2011. Sizemore ends what was…

  11. Peace in our time: the Dodgers settle with Jon Lovitz

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that the Dodgers sued actor (brilliant!) Jon Lovitz over unpaid season ticket contracts last month. You can end your candlelight vigil now, however, because the team and the actor (brilliant!) have settled. According to the story “the Dodgers say Lovitz is a friend and welcome back at the stadium any time.” But sources…

  12. More umpires gone wild: Mike Eastabrook gets in Jason Kendall's face

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    At this point I’m thinking that there had to have been a memo sent out to all the umpires that acting all insecure and combative is the new thing to do because it happened again yesterday, this time involving home plate umpire Mike Eastabrook. Zack Grekine threw a pitch that both he and catcher Jason…

  13. The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a…

  14. Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 55 games

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When last we checked in on Garrett Wittels the Florida International shortstop was riding a 50-game hitting streak, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s all-time record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987. Since then Wittels has hit safely in five more games, including swinging away on a 3-0 pitch in a…

  15. Tickets to the Strasburg debut getting cheaper

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately.  As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are…

  16. Giants calling up Pat Burrell from Triple-A

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    As rumored earlier this week, the Giants have called up Pat Burrell from Triple-A just days after signing him to a minor-league contract. Burrell went 5-for-16 (.313) with one homer and one double in five games at Triple-A, which was apparently enough to convince the Giants that he can at least be a viable bench…

  17. Adrian Gonzalez is not going anywhere; Heath Bell, maybe

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark reports what the Padres’ continued success in the standings is making inevitable: Adrain Gonzalez — once thought to be the plum of this year’s trade deadline pie — isn’t going anywhere, so teams have basically given up even asking the Padres about him. Makes sense. It’s one thing to disappoint your fan base…

  18. Jimmy Rollins still at least 10 days from returning

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins is eligible to return from his second disabled list stint of the season Sunday, but general manager Ruben Amaro admitted that the former MVP is still at least 10 days from rejoining the Phillies. Out since May 22 after aggravating a calf injury, Rollins is “progressing slowly” according to Amaro. “He’s still feeling…

  19. Attention Dumb Tigers fans: leave Jim Joyce alone

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    I’m not saying all Tigers fans upset with the call in the other night’s game are dumb. Just the ones who are CALLING THE WRONG JIM JOYCE: “I was watching it in our family room,” said a different Jim Joyce from Toledo. “We’re Tigers fans, so we were disappointed as well.” But Joyce’s disappointment quickly…

  20. Who should be the next Orioles' manager?

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Juan Samuel has the job now, but you have to assume that he’s truly just the interim guy.  Based on my perusal of Orioles’ blogs and stuff, O’s fans seem to be begging for an experienced major league manager, and one would think that Andy MacPhail is thinking the same thing. But who?  The name…

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