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  1. More Diamondbacks/immigration law protests planned

    May 17, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    The latest protest over the Arizona immigration law will take place at this week’s Marlins-Diamondbacks series: Immigrant rights activists from throughout South Florida plan to gather at Sun Life Stadium in North Miami-Dade to distribute fliers and hold up protest signs during the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Florida Marlins starting at…

  2. Nick Johnson needs surgery, likely out until July

    May 17, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Nick Johnson will undergo wrist surgery tomorrow and is expected to be sidelined until at least July. Johnson has been in and out of the lineup for a couple weeks now and apparently a recent cortisone shot wasn’t effective. Signed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract this offseason to…

  3. Quote of the Day: Trey Hillman

    May 17, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Former Royals manager Trey Hillman was on WHB radio in Kansas City over the weekend talking about the end of his tenure with the Royals.  I thought Hillman’s words, upon being asked how it felt to manage his last game despite knowing he had already been fired, were rather sweet and poignant: The thing that…

  4. Royals have a new manager, but same problems

    May 17, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    After predictably not playing him for two weeks, the Royals sent Kila Ka’aihue back to Triple-A yesterday. His final tally? One start and four at-bats in 11 games. Here’s what new manager Ned Yost said about the demotion: It just kills me to see Kila sitting on the bench and not playing. I think he’s…

  5. Indians trade Saul Rivera to the Dbacks; Bob Howry released

    May 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The headline pretty much says it all.  Cash considerations head back to Cleveland in exchange for Rivera. Rivera was something of a workhorse for the Washington Nationals in 2007 and 2008, but he was sent down to AAA in 2009 before being released. I can only assume that Manny Acta put in a good word…

  6. Yankees-Red Sox: not as big a deal as it usually is

    May 17, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    How often do the Yankees face the Red Sox and have the mere fact of the matchup not be the biggest thing going that week?  That’s certainly the case this week as, at least by my reckoning, the two-game tilt with the Sox ranks third or maybe fourth on the Bronx Bombers’ hype-o-meter.  Above it:…

  7. Mets have 'no interest' in Pedro Martinez

    May 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News the Mets “have the payroll flexibility to add a top starter if they remain in contention” and “recognize that the rotation is the area most in need of help from outside the organization.” However, “a person with direct knowledge of the Mets’ thinking” told Martino…

  8. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    1. Rays: This week: a Yankees sandwich between two stale slices of bread (Cleveand and Houston). Hard to say what a two-game series really means in the grand scheme of things, but it’s probably the best time to be facing the Yankees. 2. Phillies: Philly takes the “team most likely to run away with their…

  9. Rangers talk to White Sox about A.J. Pierzynski

    May 17, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune and Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com are both reporting that the Rangers have called the White Sox to “inquire” about A.J. Pierzynski. Based on their 15-22 record alone the White Sox may soon be looking to dump veterans, but the timetable with Pierzynski is sped up a bit because he’s…

  10. Jimmy Rollins should be back in the lineup tonight

    May 17, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Phillies are saying that Jimmy Rollins will be evaluated today and, assuming everything checks out, he’ll be be activated before tonight’s game against the Pirates. Rollins had started out well before straining his calf. His replacements — Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez — have been adequate at the plate and good in the field,…

  11. Cape-tugging 101: Bronson Arroyo thinks Albert Pujols looks 'uncomfortable' at plate

    May 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs in a complete-game win over the Cardinals yesterday, holding Albert Pujols to 0-for-3 with a walk, and afterward said the reigning MVP looks “uncomfortable” at the plate. Right now, Albert looks a little bit more uncomfortable at the plate than you’re used to seeing. Even that being said, you still…

  12. Comment of the Day: what's so special about Lou Piniella?

    May 17, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Reader Gene McCaffrey makes a point about Lou Piniella that probably gets overlooked a bit too much: Look at his managerial career and it’s hard to avoid: has any manager ever done less with more than Lou Pineilla? The Mariners especially, a team that had two of the best players of all-time at their positions,…

  13. Mariotti: the media should not vote for postseason awards

    May 17, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    I disagree with Jay Mariotti on just about everything on the planet — and the multiple paragraphs he devotes to PED politics in his latest column are rather boring and unenlightening. But the point he started with — sports writers shouldn’t vote for postseason awards — is one worthy of consideration. I don’t know who…

  14. Why I write about baseball. Aside from the women, anyway.

    May 17, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    The wonderful Carson Cistulli has been asking various baseball writers why they do what they do and is posting the results in a series over at FanGraphs.  I’m up today, so if you want to know what motivates a guy to throw away a high-paying, high-powered legal career in order to sit around in his…

  15. Justin Duchscherer is done for the season

    May 17, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Chroncle’s Susan Slusser reports that the worst case scenario has come to pass: Justin Duchscherer‘s injury is serious, he needs hip surgery and he’s done for the year. He’s had two previous surgeries for the same problem, so this is dire news.  I don’t think it’s hysterical to wonder if his career is in…

  16. Jerry Manuel is on the firing line too

    May 17, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    It’s open season on managers this morning. First Lou Piniella, now Jerry Manuel, whose head the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro calls for in today’s column: He is a good and decent man, but increasingly his in-game decisions and demeanor have been maddening, his uber-reliance on small-ball, his puzzling lineup decisions. He was unhappy with…

  17. The Cincinnati Reds are in first place

    May 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that one does not get too excited about anything going on in the standings before Memorial Day, and that’s still two weeks from now.  Still, how can you now get a kick out of the Cincinnati Reds sitting in first place? Especially that first place came as the result of taking two…

  18. Doug Davis has a heart condition

    May 17, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Brewers placed LHP Doug Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a heart condition. It’s pericarditis, which is an acute inflammation of the lining around the heart.  Bob Dylan had it back in 1997 and it almost killed him, but considering that Davis is not a 56 year-old chain smoker, his prognosis is much…

  19. Jeff Francis looks good in first start since 2008

    May 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis rejoined Colorado’s rotation Sunday nearly 15 months after shoulder surgery and started for the first time since September of 2008, holding Washington to one run over seven innings in a no-decision. Francis allowed six singles and one double, striking out six and walking one while tossing 67 of 106 pitches for strikes in…

  20. Should the Cubs Fire Lou Piniella?

    May 17, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I read Ken Rosenthal’s column suggesting just that this morning: It’s not Piniella’s fault two of the team’s biggest offensive threats, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and first baseman Derrek Lee, are under-performing. It’s not his fault Hendry provided him with an inadequate bullpen. It’s certainly not his…

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