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  1. Cameron on Griffey: "It's not the fact that he was asleep"

    May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner knows the Seattle Mariners better than anyone, and last night he completely nailed the whole Griffey sleeping in the clubhouse thing.  It’s not the nap per se; it’s what it represents: . . . the fact that two teammates would talk to a reporter about Junior being asleep during a…

  2. The Mets designate Catalanotto for assignment; call up Chris Carter

    May 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Mets designated utilityman Frank Catalanotto for assignment after last night’s game, and have called up Chris Carter from Buffalo. Carter, an outfielder by trade, has hit .336 with a 1.001 OPS in 29 games with the Bisons. He’s 27 and has had 132 minor league homers, so he’s not exactly been on the prospect…

  3. Josh Beckett injures back taking batting practice

    May 11, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon the Red Sox announced that they were pushing Josh Beckett’s next start back from Wednesday versus the Blue Jays to Friday versus the Tigers, which also put him in line to miss the Yankees next week after giving up nine runs against them in his last outing. At the time the move was…

  4. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    May 11, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Tigers 5, Yankees 4: Johnny Damon hit a homer and Austin Jackson drove in a run on a groundout. That’s cool and all, but otherwise they combined to go 1 for 7 with three strikeouts. Despite that, how much you wanna bet that the New York papers make a huge “oh, if we only had…

  5. Smoltz falls short in bid to qualify for U.S. Open

    May 10, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    We learned last week that former pitching great John Smoltz was going to play in a local qualifier in hopes of advancing to play in one of golf’s biggest tournaments: the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, we find out today that Smoltz, despite carrying a 2-handicap, came up short. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: He didn’t embarrass himself,…

  6. Huston Street set to begin rehab assignment on Thursday

    May 10, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    Huston Street will kick off a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Tulsa on Thursday, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. It’s been a long time coming for Street, who has been sidelined since the beginning of spring training due to right shoulder stiffness. He’s scheduled to throw one inning on Thursday and…

  7. Jair Jurrjens sidelined indefinitely after feeling "pop" in hamstring

    May 10, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens, who was expected to return from the disabled list to start against the Diamondbacks this weekend, felt a “pop” in his left hamstring while running on the field on Monday, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It doesn’t sound good. According to O’Brien, Jurrjens “went down…

  8. Carlos Beltran may begin light jogging this week

    May 10, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Carlos Beltran may be given clearance to begin light jogging this week. Beltran, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in January, has reportedly made some strides in his rehab after being fitted with a custom knee brace during a visit to Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado last…

  9. Dallas Braden's unexpected path to fame

    May 10, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    A Mark Mulder or Barry Zito he wasn’t. Dallas Braden was drafted by the A’s out of Texas Tech in the 24th round in 2004. A polished left-hander with an underwhelming fastball but one very unusual weapon, he went 15-5 with a 3.52 ERA between Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland in his first full pro…

  10. Troy Tulowitzki a DL possibility with quad strain

    May 10, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki underwent an MRI Monday for a strained right quad suffered in Sunday’s game against the Dodgers. Tulowitzki has indicated that the current injury isn’t not nearly as serious as the one that cost him two months in 2008. He was scheduled to be reexamined this afternoon before a decision was made whether to…

  11. Josh Beckett's start is getting bumped

    May 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Beckett was slated to start this Wednesday against the Blue Jays, but the Sox are pushing him until Friday.  There’s nothing wrong with him, the team says, they just think he needs an extra side session and maybe a chill pill or something (note: they didn’t say chill pill). Either way, Beckett’s ERA is currently…

  12. Comment of the Day: Sleeping Junior

    May 10, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    After over a year of working on this blog I thought I have pretty much figured out what to expect when it comes to certain subjects. Yankees-Red Sox stuff? Oh, so predictable.  Steroids threads? I can chart out how the comments are going to go with those like I was Hari Seldon with a TI-84…

  13. Sports Illustrated looks at the Twitter/MLB story

    May 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    As part of his “Media Power Rankings” column at SI.com Richard Deitsch followed up on the Twitter/MLB story from last month: NBCSports.com baseball blogger Aaron Gleeman reported that Major League Baseball had cracked down on the Twitter usage of its MLB.com writers, ordering them to stop tweeting non-baseball topics. … SI.com confirmed independently that MLB.com…

  14. The Fenway infield remains awful

    May 10, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    People were complaining about the Fenway Park infield when I was a kid. Heck, they were probably complaining about it when Jerry Remy and Glenn Hoffman were kids. Tall grass. Bad bounces. Gophers and stuff. Just all kinds of nastiness. I figured that bit of charm had largely gone away, what with the meticulous makeover…

  15. Baseball America ranks Stephen Strasburg as the best draft prospect since 1989

    May 10, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis has an interesting article today ranking the 20 best draft prospects since he joined the magazine in 1989. He has Stephen Strasburg as the best at-the-time-of-the-draft prospect during that span, with previous “best college pitcher of all time” Mark Prior at No. 2 and “the Strasburg of the pre-internet…

  16. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. to retire or be released sometime this month

    May 10, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    A pretty major story from Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News-Tribune in which it is reported that the Seattle Mariners will soon urge Ken Griffey, Jr. to retire, and if he doesn’t they’ll release him, most likely this month. LaRue says “the end is near” for Griffey.  The reasons: For one thing, obvious lack of…

  17. Your Pfun Pfact of the Day: The value of perfect games

    May 10, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    From the Twitter account of one Tirico Suave: Prize for pitching a perfect game in MLB2K10: $1 million. Dallas Braden’s 2010 salary: $420,000. And the kid who won the million bucks doesn’t have to run in the outfield between starts.

  18. Quote of the Day: clothes you can puke on

    May 10, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    No, they’re still wearing clothes you can puke on. – Dick, a random Twins fan, when asked if fans are starting to dress up more for Twins games now that they’ve started playing in their fancy new stadium. I’m glad to see that Twins fans are keeping it casual. At least, I think they are.…

  19. Royals predictably aren't playing Kila Ka'aihue

    May 10, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When the Royals called up Kila Ka’aihue from Triple-A last week I wondered if they’d actually play him, guessing that the answer would be no because … well, they are the Royals after all. Sure enough, Ka’aihue has started just once in five games since the call-up. Now, in fairness to the Royals they have…

  20. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 10, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    1. Rays: Having a perfect game thrown against them isn’t enough to knock ‘em out of the top spot, but the Yankees had the better week and could have easily been ranked first here. If nothing changes next week I just might switch ‘em anyway, because I’m tired of posting Rays pictures to the right.…

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