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  1. Mike Pelfrey still feels tightness in shoulder, but intends to make next start

    May 8, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    There was no shortage of good news in Friday’s 6-4 win over the Giants: Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets starter this season. Jose Reyes — still in the No. 3 spot — had two hits and a stolen base while the struggling Jason Bay ripped…

  2. Jason Heyward might be sidelined for a little while longer

    May 8, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward believes that his sore right groin has improved, but according to what Braves manager Bobby Cox told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Friday’s game against the Phillies, he isn’t as optimistic: “I think it’s worse than day-to-day,” Cox said. “We’re gonna wait a few more days and see if it gets…

  3. Josh Beckett implodes in loss to Yankees

    May 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    You wouldn’t know it by looking solely at the 10-3 final score, but aside from a three-run homer by Nick Swisher, Josh Beckett was actually pitching pretty well against the Yankees on Friday. Until the sixth inning, that is. Beckett lost complete control of the strike zone during the frame, hitting Robinson Cano in the…

  4. Jamie Moyer becomes oldest pitcher to throw a shutout

    May 8, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Friday night provided quite an interesting contrast. On one hand, we had the excitement of 20-year-old Starlin Castro — the first major league player born in the 90s — making history in his major league debut. At the other end of the spectrum, 47-year-old Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league history to…

  5. Hangin' out in the Tribe Social Deck

    May 8, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Sorry about that folks. No, I didn’t die, but I was almost washed away. The game was cruising along nicely until the middle of the fourth and then the rains came. Although to call it rain is a bit of an insult. This was more of a deluge. Then the hail. Then the high…

  6. Starlin Castro makes history in major league debut

    May 8, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

    Before Friday’s game against the Reds, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the club wasn’t asking top prospect Starlin Castro to provide a “spark” for the team. Well, Castro must have missed that memo. On Friday, the 20-year-old Dominican became the first player in major league history to drive in six runs in their major league…

  7. More eye problems force Brian McCann back to glasses

    May 7, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

    Brian McCann, who dealt with blurred vision in the early part of last season, told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is going back to glasses because he is having trouble seeing out of his right eye during night games. As you recall, it was the left eye that was giving him problems…

  8. Now that Starlin Castro is up, is Mike Stanton next?

    May 7, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    During an interview with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald on Friday, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had some high praise for prospect outfielder Mike Stanton and hinted that we will see him in the majors very soon. “He could hit 500 home runs. When he’s ready to come, he’s going to be here. When he’s…

  9. Calling up Starlin Castro a good gamble for Cubs

    May 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Another team would have waited three weeks. That’s about when a club can call up a top prospect without any service time and not have to worry about him becoming super-two eligible after his second full year in the majors. The Cubs, though, had reasons not to procrastinate. Sure, those three weeks may seem like…

  10. Roberts' family predicted Jayson Werth homer

    May 7, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Craig gave a nice obituary Thursday on the life and times of former major leaguer Robin Roberts, who passed away suddenly at the age of 83.  Now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has added to the legend. According to Gelb, Roberts’ 18-year-old granddaughter Jennifer had a premonition when Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth stepped to…

  11. I'll be coming to you live from Cleveland tonight

    May 7, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    So I’m hitting the road and heading up to Cleveland to take in the Indians-Tigers game tonight. But it’s not just any ballgame for me. I’ve been invited by the Indians to sit in the “Tribe Social Deck.”  Basically: blogger press box in the left field bleachers with WiFi and all of that stuff. Can’t…

  12. Matt Stairs picked to replace Lawrence Taylor as Nutrisystem spokesperson

    May 7, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Nutrisystem dropped Lawrence Taylor as a spokesperson following yesterday’s rape charge and today they replaced him on the website with … Matt Stairs. After being short and stocky for the first 17 seasons of his career, Stairs dropped 30 pounds during the offseason and claimed a spot on the Padres’ bench at age 42. And…

  13. Major League Baseball institutes pre-signing drug testing in the D.R.

    May 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    An announcement of two new initiatives from Sandy Alderson’s Office of Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic: First, in cooperation with independent trainers, MLB has launched workshops that will educate unsigned young players about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. Second, beginning today, MLB will institute a comprehensive registration and drug testing program for unsigned…

  14. Indians activate Kerry Wood from the disabled list

    May 7, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood had an ugly first rehab appearance at Double-A, allowing six runs while recording just two outs Monday, but bounced back with a scoreless inning Wednesday to apparently convince the Indians he’s ready to return. Wood has been sidelined since straining his back in the middle of spring training, but the Indians activated him…

  15. The differences between Mets fans and Yankees fans

    May 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal hired a public opinion polling firm to conduct a survey of New Yorkers in an effort to figure out the differences between Mets fans and Yankees fans. Among the results: Sixty percent of the survey’s baseball fans were Yankees fans, 33% were Mets fans. They break down how you’d expect geographically,…

  16. Stephen Strasburg drawing a crowd at Triple-A

    May 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his Triple-A debut tonight and after averaging about 2,500 fans per game the Syracuse Chiefs have already sold out their 11,071-seat ballpark with hopes of additional walk-up sales making it the largest crowd in the venue’s 14-year history. Chiefs general manager John Simone told MLB.com that the Nationals haven’t informed him…

  17. "The poetry of the battle between a pitcher and a batter"

    May 7, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    For as much as we all love baseball, we sometimes take it for granted, overlooking its beauties and its wonders. I received an email just after midnight that reminded me why I love this game so much, and I feel obligated to share it with you.  It’s long, but I encourage you to read it…

  18. Andre Ethier is undisputed king of walk-off hits

    May 7, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    As Craig noted in his morning roundup, last night Andre Ethier hit a game-winning grand slam against the Brewers for his 11th walk-off hit since 2008. Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com’s amazing Play Index, here’s the walk-off leaderboard during that time: Andre Ethier 11 Kurt Suzuki 5 Miguel Tejada 5 Alfonso Soriano 4 Jorge Cantu 4 Jose…

  19. Are general managers underpaid?

    May 7, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal thinks so: The GM is arguably the most important person in any organization — more important, perhaps, than even a superstar player. But baseball’s dirty little secret is that the sport’s highest-ranking executives are absurdly underpaid. Most general managers earn between $500,000 and $2 million annually, major league sources say. Only a few…

  20. Milton Bradley placed on restricted list, unlikely to rejoin Mariners any time soon

    May 7, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley must sit out five games after the Mariners placed him on the restricted list yesterday, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that “he’ll be gone at least a week and likely longer.” According to Baker, the perpetually disgruntled outfielder “will remain in Seattle and work out on his own, but won’t…

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