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  1. Stephen Strasburg to debut on June 8 vs. Pirates

    May 31, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    It’s finally official. After rampant speculation and anticipation, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that 2009 first-round pick Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his major league debut on Tuesday, June 8 against the Pirates. The 21-year-old right-hander has blown the doors off minor league competition, going 6-2 with a 1.43…

  2. The Yankees vs. the Mets: "Seinfeld" edition

    May 31, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    This is the sort of thing for which the Internet was invented: cataloging all of the Yankees and Mets references in the history of “Seinfeld” and naming the top moments for each team within the show’s universe.  Here’s the Mets. Here’s the Yankees. For what it’s worth, I think that despite all of the great…

  3. Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson could be trade bait

    May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Rosenthal’s latest column reveals that the Diamondbacks “are discussing internally the possibility” of trading starters Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. That sounds about two steps removed from something actually happening, but let’s talk about it anyway. Haren would be a great pickup by a contender. Sure, he’s got a 5.56 ERA, but his K/9 ratio…

  4. The Braves thump the Phillies to take over first place

    May 31, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    I said at the beginning of the season that the NL East was going to be a tight one this year. I also said that the Braves would win it. Neither of those calls looked particularly prescient for the first several weeks of the season as the Phillies started off as one of the hottest…

  5. Derek Jeter leaves Yankees-Indians game with a strained hammy

    May 31, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter had a couple of hits in today’s Yankees-Indians game, but he left this one a few minutes ago with a tight hamstring. No word if it’s serious, but it wasn’t totally apparent why he left the game at the time, so it would appear not. The Yankees are doing just fine without him,…

  6. Tell your friends you saw Roy Halladay's perfect game!

    May 31, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Only 25,000 or so people bought tickets to see Roy Halladay throw a perfect game against the Marlins down in Miami on Saturday night. That left thousands of unsold tickets to the game. Which the Marlins are now going to sell on the team website starting tomorrow. Nice little collectible of a historic event. Also…

  7. X-rays inconclusive, so Orlando Hudson headed for CT scan on injured wrist

    May 31, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Last night’s game-ending collision with Denard Span left Orlando Hudson with an injured wrist and X-rays taken afterward were inconclusive, so the veteran second baseman is now headed for a CT scan. Hudson didn’t travel with the team to Seattle, so at the very least he seems unlikely to play in the four-game series against…

  8. The Rockies send Dexter Fowler down

    May 31, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler was supposed to be a speedy part of the Rockies’ complete outfield this year, but so far he’s not cutting it –.216/.327/.317– so Colorado sent him down to Colorado Springs this morning. Fowler has basically been a fifth outfielder for the Rockies of late.  After making the jump from Double A to the…

  9. Roberto Alomar wants a front-office job with the Blue Jays

    May 31, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar will probably be elected into the Hall of Fame this year after coming up eight votes short in his first time on the ballot, but as James Hall of MLB.com reports the 12-time All-Star also has his eye on a front-office job: I’m almost ready. I think after this year I’m going to…

  10. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 31, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    At the outset, I’d like to say that there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I had a graduate coaching assistant fill out my power rankings last week. I take my responsibilities in this regard just as seriously as Urban Meyer and Nick Saban take their votes in the USA Today coaches poll.…

  11. Pirates bench Akinori Iwamura, move ex-catcher Neil Walker to second base

    May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Back in November the Pirates traded reliever Jesse Chavez to the Rays for Akinori Iwamura and then picked up his $4.85 million option for 2010, but manager John Russell announced today that they’re already cutting bait on the struggling second baseman. Iwamura has batted just .173 in 44 games while showing decreased range defensively following…

  12. Great Moments in out of context signage

    May 31, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    I love a cheap laugh, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold provides a couple for us today.  He’s in Chicago, and he took pictures of the famous Wrigley Field marquee in mid-message.  They can be seen here (scroll down).  Taken out of context, a couple of them provide some pretty sharp commentary on the…

  13. Who needs the minors? Mike Leake thriving in Cincinnati

    May 31, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    I criticized the Reds for having 2009 first-round pick Mike Leake completely skip the minors to join the Opening Day rotation, but so far the decision certainly looks like a good one. Cincinnati is in first place and Leake became the latest pitcher to shut down the Astros with six scoreless innings yesterday, cutting his…

  14. The Phillies designate Nelson Figueroa for assignment

    May 31, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Phillies activated Brad Lidge today. In order to make room for him they designated Nelson Figueroa for assignment. You know the drill: ten days to trade him, release him or send him down to the minor leagues.  The smart money is on the releasing, of course, because that’s just how these things usually go.…

  15. Does being in first place on Memorial Day matter?

    May 31, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Quick answer: If the Braves beat the Phillies today and take first place then, yes, a lead on Memorial Day is the most important thing ever. At least to Bravos Backers like myself. Answer based on data rather than emotion: It matters about 65.625% of the time.  That’s the number Buster Olney’s research team came…

  16. Quote of the Day: Furman Bisher

    May 31, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Hayward now leads the National League in OPS, a statistic with which I’m not familiar. It refers to On-Base/Slugging Percentage. His leading number is .991, and your guess is as good as mine. It can’t be bad, so be grateful. – Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher commenting on young Mr. Heyward’s season thus…

  17. Victory has never hurt so bad: Orlando Hudson hurt on game-ending catch

    May 31, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Kendry Morales hurt himself after a walkoff homer on Saturday.  Another bittersweet game-ending play occurred last night as Denard Span’s awesome game-ending catch in last night’s Rangers-Twins tilt resulted in Orlando Hudson writhing on the ground. The game’s final out occurred on a pop fly that was heading towards no-man’s land between second base and…

  18. Mike Lowell might make sense in Anaheim

    May 31, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Sean McAdam, while noting that no conversations have occurred to this effect, observes that Mike Lowell might be a good fit with the Angels. Makes sense: LAAofA just lost Kendry Morales for the year, they have a swirling vortex of suck at third base right now in the form of Brandon Wood and their DH…

  19. Mets players want Oliver Perez gone

    May 31, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    News flash: Oliver Perez is having a pretty terrible year. He has walked 32 dudes in 26 innings against only 29 strikeouts and has an ERA of 6.25. His demotion to the bullpen hasn’t helped anyone either, with his latest performance coming Saturday against the Brewers when he gave up three runs just as the…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    May 31, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Cardinals 9, Cubs 1: Things people were doing for about ten seconds and then suddenly pretending that they never did: (1) listening to swing music; (2) playing poker; and (3) wondering if it was possible that Albert Pujols was no longer the best player in baseball. Pujols: 3 for 3 3 HR, 4 RBI; Cherry…

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