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  1. AT&T Park to host college football games

    May 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    U.C. Berkeley is renovating its football stadium in 2011, and the Golden Bears need a place to squat for a year. They could go to the Oakland Coliseum, which happens to be nearby and happens to host football already, or they could go to Candlestick Park which, while farther away, has a full-time football configuration…

  2. Breaking: Sammy Sosa is black again

    May 12, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Because I know you were all wondering about this: Sammy Sosa stunned fans last year when he turned up at the Latin Grammys with noticeably whiter skin. The home run legend claimed he’d mistakenly used a cosmetic cream with an unintended bleaching effect. But last weekend at club Liv at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach,…

  3. Mariners blackballing reporter who wrote story about Griffey sleeping during game

    May 12, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    As if Mike Sweeney accusing a reporter of lying and challenging teammates to fight him didn’t add enough drama to the ongoing Ken Griffey Jr. saga, after last night’s game Cliff Lee refused to speak to the media until Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune left the room. LaRue has covered the Mariners for…

  4. Brad Lidge sent back to Philly with elbow stiffness

    May 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    As D.J. mentioned last night, Brad Lidge wasn’t happy with his throwing session yesterday, as he is still having stiffness issues with his elbow. The Phillies have seen enough, apparently, as Todd Zolecki reports that they’ve put him on a plane back to Philly to see a doctor. Due to last night’s rain, the Phillies…

  5. Jason Marquis to miss 8-10 more weeks

    May 12, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis’ DL stint was a the result of “floating bodies” in his elbow. Apparently they’re still floating, because’s Bill Ladson is reporting that Marquis will most likely have surgery to remove bone chips and spurs and will be down 8-10 weeks. This is good news for a Nats’ rotation that, in all honesty,…

  6. Tim Stauffer out 4-6 weeks after appendectomy

    May 12, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    After years of bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the majors Tim Stauffer looked to be grabbing a permanent spot on the Padres’ pitching staff by posting a 0.39 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio in 23.1 innings. And now he’s out for a month following an emergency appendectomy. Stauffer was sleeping in a hotel…

  7. The Rays need to make a decision on Hank Blalock

    May 12, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Hank Blalock is (a) hitting 375/.435/.552 in Triple A; and (b) has the right to opt-out of his deal with the Rays and become a free agent if they don’t do something with him.  Yesterday, Scott Boras told Mark Topkin of the St. Pete Times that he’s poised to do just that: “I would imagine…

  8. The Dbacks are not worried about the 2011 All-Star Game, and they probably shouldn't be

    May 12, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    The protests against Arizona hosting the 2011 All-Star Game continue (although much more quietly this week), but the team is not at all worried: “I’ve had absolutely no indication that we’d lose the game. In fact, I’m confident that it will stay here. I think it’s a difficult precedent for any league to set, making…

  9. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur

    May 12, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    “That’s just bull—-. That’s not really fair. That’s just not fair. It’s ridiculous. Absolutely crazy.” – Mets’ rightfielder Jeff Francoeur, reacting to Major League Baseball’s decision to move the Jays-Phillies series to Philadelphia, thereby giving the Phillies three extra home games. I sympathize with Jeffy on this one — and for all I’ve said about…

  10. Trey Hillman gets a vote of confidence from his GM

    May 12, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    I’m probably risking a fine from the guild for not putting the word “dreaded” before “vote of confidence” in that headline, but in this case I don’t think it’s appropriate. Dayton Moore said that Trey Hillman is “exactly what our organization needs at this point in time.”  Dayton Moore has been demonstrably wrong in almost…

  11. Mark DeRosa: my wrist surgery was "a total failure"

    May 12, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Mark DeRosa has numbness in the ring and pinky fingers of his left hand, preventing him from swinging the bat effectively.  “I feel like my bottom hand’s underwater. I don’t have much feeling in my bottom two fingers,” he says. This is bad enough as it is, but what makes it worse is that this…

  12. Dallas Braden's Letterman Top Ten List

    May 12, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    A couple of chuckles during Dallas Braden’s appearance on Letterman last night — I think No. 8 is my favorite — but really, we’ve seen better with athletes (UPDATE: Sorry! Forgot to say what the Top 10 List actually was. It was the top 10 thoughts Dallas Braden had during his perfect 4-0 game against…

  13. Daisuke Matsuzaka impressive in win over Jays

    May 12, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    After struggling in his first two outings following a season-opening stay on the disabled list, Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed seven innings of one-run ball last night for his best start since way back in 2008. He held the Blue Jays to just three hits, racked up nine strikeouts for his highest total since April of 2008,…

  14. Steroids in the NFL? No biggie!

    May 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    Houston Texans linebacker and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing failed a performance-enhancing drug test last year. The offending substance: hGC, the female fertility drug that snagged Manny Ramirez last year.  Cushing tested positive back in September, but the news of all of this — and his suspension — is only hitting now.…

  15. Phillies warned by MLB to stop stealing signs

    May 12, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Tracy Ringolsby reports that Major League Baseball has issued a warning to the Phillies over allegations that they have been stealing signs. The latest: during Monday night’s game against the Rockies, bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was seen using binoculars to look in at Rockies catchers. Meanwhile, Shane Victorino was seen in the dugout on the…

  16. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 12, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Reds 9, Pirates 0: Johnny Cueto tosses a one-hitter. He was one single and one HBP away from a perfect game, but the fact that he hit the same guy who got the single — Ronny Cedeno — probably made him feel better. Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 1: Who are you, Mr. hard-throwing, efficient…

  17. Brad Lidge unhappy with throwing session on Tuesday

    May 11, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge, who was unavailable Monday due to soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow, was unhappy with the way he felt during a throwing session in Colorado on Tuesday, according to Todd Zolecki of It’s discouraging news for a short-handed pen, but as of now, the Phillies don’t believe the stiffness is anything out…

  18. Jimmy Rollins could be back from DL next week

    May 11, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said that Jimmy Rollins should be activated from the disabled list during the team’s next homestand, which begins next Monday against the Pirates. Rollins has been on the disabled list since April 14 due to a right calf strain. He began…

  19. Rockies closer Franklin Morales goes on DL with weak shoulder

    May 11, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    The Rockies revealed after Monday’s game that Franklin Morales was unavailable due to a sore shoulder, and though the initial report made it sound like a minor problem, Morales landed on the DL on Tuesday with shoulder weakness. “We don’t want to push the envelope and risk a serious injury,” manager Jim Tracy told the…

  20. Chipper Jones is no longer talking about retirement

    May 11, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones threatened to retire before his contract ran out if he didn’t bounce back from his bad 2009.  So far this season he’s hitting 230/.402/.368 with two homers.  He says that’s good enough for him, however, and that he’s no longer considering hanging it up before 2012. What’s convincing him: his walk…

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