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  1. Picture of the Day: Ozzie Guillen, romantic wine connoisseur

    May 12, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    What does Ozzie Guillen do in California when the White Sox have the day off? He goes with his wife to do some wine tasting: And based on this tweet, Ozzie had a good time: “I don’t know much about wine but this is wauoooo.”

  2. The latest New Era ad is probably better than the last one

    May 12, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yes, I know it’s a commercial and I know that I’m giving New Era free advertising here, but I kinda don’t care. These ads with Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski are just wonderfully entertaining, and since they barely even attempt to pitch a product, I don’t feel too dirty about it. We all have caps…

  3. Pirates bench Andrew McCutchen for not hustling last night

    May 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Clint Hurdle has benched Andrew McCutchen for tonight’s game after the Pirates center fielder failed to run to first base yesterday when the catcher dropped a third strike, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Hurdle taking that stance isn’t surprising–Dunlap notes that he did the same thing to Ronny Cedeno last month–but…

  4. The Rays, James Shields stay hot, tame the Tribe

    May 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Tampa Bay beat the Indians 7-4 today behind James Shields‘ two run, seven strikeout performance. He’s now 4-1 on the season and allowed a total of five runs in his last four starts. On the offensive side, every Rays’ starter got a hit except for Kelly Shoppach. Evan Longoria‘s two-run double in the ninth put any…

  5. Must-click link: The evolution of stats on baseball cards

    May 12, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    As a former baseball card fanatic who became a stat-head, this illustrated history of how the statistics displayed on the back of cards have changed over the years is a must-read from Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus: Granillo: Back of Your Baseball Cards You should also follow Granillo on Twitter, because he writes great, unique…

  6. How the Mets got black in their uniforms

    May 12, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Takahashi Mets

    I really hate the black Mets uniforms. It screams “we want to sell these so, so bad!”  And it’s not like there was anything wrong with the classic Mets unis. Indeed, they are among the best in baseball, being both handsome and — with their stylistic nods to the Yankees (pinstripes) Giants (orange) and Dodgers…

  7. Six weeks in, Reid Brignac finally collects an extra-base hit

    May 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Cleveland Indians

    Rays shortstop Reid Brignac is on the board. In the team’s 37th game of the season, he hit a two-run double off the Indians’ Justin Masterson on Thursday, giving him his first extra-base hit in 83 at-bats this season. The 25-year-old Brignac entered the game hitting — and slugging — .183. Brignac’s first extra-base hit…

  8. Tony La Russa employs political decoys

    May 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Strong leaders have used political decoys for centuries. While primarily a security tool/assassination defense, political decoys can be an effective means of political control as well. Indeed, if prudently deployed, they can make the leader appear more robust and active than he otherwise is, showing up on battle lines, shaking his fist defiantly at those…

  9. Cubs calling up veteran lefty Doug Davis for Saturday start

    May 12, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week the Cubs promoted Doug Davis from Single-A to Triple-A and now Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the veteran left-hander is set to join the Cubs’ rotation Saturday. Davis managed only a minor-league contract coming off a season wrecked by injuries, including elbow surgery, but if healthy the 35-year-old southpaw has typically…

  10. Selig on MLB’s investigation of the Dodgers: “nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense”

    May 12, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    That was Bud Selig’s response to questions about MLB’s look into the Dodgers’ finances after the Owners’ Meetings adjourned today.  The message: while Frank McCourt says we’re simply trying to run out the clock as he gets closer and closer to failing to make payroll at the end of the month, that’s simply not true.…

  11. Delmon Young scheduled to return from the DL tomorrow

    May 12, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Assuming he can avoid a setback while playing in an extended spring training game today Delmon Young will come off the disabled list tomorrow and rejoin the Twins’ lineup after missing 19 games with a strained oblique muscle. Young didn’t hit much prior to the injury, but Minnesota’s offense is desperate for help at this…

  12. Nolan Ryan now controls the Rangers

    May 12, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Well, for all practical purposes he has controlled them for a long time, but as of today it became official, with the other owners approving his elevation at the Owners’ Meetings.  The official press release: Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that the Major League owners have formally approved the designation of Nolan…

  13. Mets starter Chris Young opts for season-ending surgery

    May 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury earlier this week, Mets right-hander Chris Young has opted for surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Young’s career has been filled with injuries, which is why he’s never thrown even 180 innings in a season and has logged a total of just 222…

  14. HBT Daily: Ballplayers have lives away from the field

    May 12, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Be it because of paternity leave or family peril, Tiffany and I agree that ballplayers should not be slammed for taking some time away

  15. Matt Capps’ saves becoming increasingly expensive for Twins

    May 12, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Capps, Joe Mauer

    When the Twins traded Wilson Ramos to the Nationals for Matt Capps last July 30 they touted Capps’ status as a closer. And not just any closer, they repeatedly said. Capps was a “proven closer” and an “experienced closer” and an “All-Star closer.” Regardless of their wording, the message was clear: They felt that Capps’…

  16. Clubhouse theft is the new hotness

    May 12, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Just as the New York Mets’ longtime clubhouse manager is charged with stealing stuff from the Mets, we have word of another clubhouse theft. This time, however, it doesn’t sound like an inside job: Authorities in New York say a Massachusetts man is accused of stealing Boston Red Sox memorabilia from Fenway Park. Suffolk County District…

  17. Mets place Ike Davis on DL, call up Fernando Martinez

    May 12, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Ike Davis was hopeful that he could return to the lineup after missing just a few days with his calf injury, but the Mets have placed him on the disabled list … and are now calling it a left ankle sprain and bone bruise. Calf, ankle. Same difference. To replace Davis on the roster Fernando…

  18. Law geek corner: considering Barry Bonds’ obstruction conviction

    May 12, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    I know a lot of you are sick of this, but there are a bunch of lawyers who hang around here too, and this is for them. It’s an article over at The National Law Review, considering the curious nature of the Barry Bonds conviction for obstruction of justice on a question that he ultimately answered.…

  19. Rain washes away Gio Gonzalez’s awful start versus Rangers

    May 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez got hit hard yesterday for the first time this season, as the Rangers knocked him out of the game with a seven-run third inning, but then it started raining in Texas and the game was called. In addition to the Rangers having a nearly guaranteed win taken off the books, all individual stats…

  20. Should the Royals lock up Eric Hosmer now?

    May 12, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Eric Hosmer has played exactly five games in the major leagues and has made exactly 22 plate appearances. And Sam Mellinger of the KC Star says the Royals should lock him up right now: Five games into his big-league career and he’s already batting third and drawing comparisons to Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez. That’s…

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