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  1. Angel Pagan is on his own

    May 21, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I’m a huge fan of The Dugout. For those unfamiliar, it’s basically a chat room where baseball players discuss the great issues of the day.  Or something like that. And they’re not really the players, but that’s not important right now. The important thing here is that yesterday’s Dugout about the Angel Pagan game is…

  2. Let's take a short break from interleague play

    May 21, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Interleague play begins again tonight. Feel the excitement? Nah, me neither.  Don’t get me wrong: I was against interleague play when it was first proposed because I am a scared old man who fears change, but  after it got started I got used to it rather quickly. I even began to enjoy some aspects of…

  3. Will the DH come to the NL in 2012?

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    That’s the prediction of Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue, who looked on aghast as Ubaldo Jimenez cramped up while running the bases in against the Astros last night: There are millions of dollars invested in pitchers like this, including Jimenez, who is signed through 2012 with a couple of relatively inexpensive (for today’s market)…

  4. Dusty Baker is not that familiar with the Braves' roster

    May 21, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    One final note from that Braves-Reds game yesterday.  After the game, Dusty was being asked about his bullpen usage. Specifically, why he pulled Arthur Rhodes after he struck Jason Heyward out with the bases loaded rather than have him face the grand slam-hitting Brooks Conrad.  Dusty’s response: “He wouldn’t have faced Conrad,” Baker said. “It…

  5. Trevor Hoffman steps aside, for one game at least

    May 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman hasn’t officially been stripped of closer duties yet, but is expected to be unavailable for several days while working on his mechanics. Carlos Villanueva got the nod as the fill-in closer yesterday and protected a 4-3 lead with a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season. Villanueva’s overall career numbers…

  6. Nationals owner needs stitches after batting practice mishap

    May 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Listen, Mr. Lerner, the players have their jobs and you have yours, so let’s make a deal: they will refrain from pretending to swim in your giant piles of cash if you refrain from shagging fly balls in their outfield, OK? Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner received a couple of stitches on the bridge of…

  7. David Ortiz: "People is horrible"

    May 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin has a feature on David Ortiz and how he’s been dealing with his early season struggles and the criticism that comes with it.  The short answer? Not well.  Really, if you want to see the dictionary definition of a guy who can’t handle the critics, this is it. Among the…

  8. Mets pitching coach calls John Maine 'a habitual liar in a lot of ways as far as his own health'

    May 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    John Maine lasted all of five pitches versus the Nationals last night, as the Mets yanked him for “precautionary reasons” one batter into his start because of decreased velocity that began during his pregame bullpen session. Maine walked the leadoff man while failing to top 85 miles per hour, but afterward he said he wasn’t…

  9. MLBPA warning: players with criminal records could be detained entering Canada

    May 21, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Baseball and immigration: it’s not just about Arizona anymore! The MLB Players Association sent a memo — marked urgent — to all player agents yesterday, warning those who represent non-Canadian players who have a past criminal record, that, “Under Canadian immigration laws, individuals who are not Canadian citizens may be detained at the border and,…

  10. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    May 21, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3: Ken Griffey, Jr. with the pinch hit, game-winning RBI single.  Don Wakamatsu was ejected before Griffey was sent in to the game, so it wasn’t his call.  However, a source of mine secretly recorded the conversation that the remaining coaching staff had before Junior was allowed to go up and…

  11. Scherzer lights-out in first Triple-A start

    May 20, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer was optioned to Triple-A Toledo last weekend after opening the season with a 1-4 record, a 7.29 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through his first eight starts.  The demotion was understandable, given the Tigers’ presence near the top of the AL Central standings, but it looks like he won’t be in the minors…

  12. Sizing up the interest in free agent Pat Burrell

    May 20, 2010, 8:54 PM EDT

    The Rays cut ties with 33-year-old designated hitter (and former outfielder) Pat Burrell last weekend and now he is free to sign with any club.  Here’s a short round-up of the interested and uninterested teams: Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com writes that Burrell will “NOT” be joining the Giants. The Red Sox don’t have room for…

  13. First-quarter awards: AL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    No Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander or Jon Lester here. We’ll turn to VORP again here to give us a top 10 list: 1. Doug Fister – 21.4 – 3-2, 1.96 ERA, 25/10 K/BB in 55 IP 2. Shaun Marcum – 20.0 – 3-1, 2.61 ERA, 45/14 K/BB in 62 IP 3.…

  14. First-quarter awards: NL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Here are the top 10 NL starters according to VORP, along with some relevant statistics. 1. Roy Halladay – 28.1 – 6-2, 1.64 ERA, 58/10 K/BB in 71 1/3 IP 2. Ubaldo Jimenez – 27.8 – 7-1, 1.12 ERA, 54/21 K/BB in 56 1/3 IP 3. Tim Lincecum – 23.7 – 5-0, 1.76 ERA, 69/15…

  15. Dayton Moore: "The Process" is 8-10 years

    May 20, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore has taken a lot of guff from Royals fans in the past couple of years as a result of his constant exhortations for them to “trust The Process,” which is the term he uses to refer to his plan to rebuild the Royals.  The problems with this? “The Process” is rather amorphus, inasmuch…

  16. The Brewers flip-flop Braun and Fielder

    May 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Hey, the Cardinals are doing it with Pujols, why shouldn’t the Brewers do it with Braun?  Move him to the cleanup spot, that is, with Prince Fielder going to the three-hole for the first time since 2008. Hey! They won the division in 2008! This can’t NOT work! The real question is not whether Fielder…

  17. The Sporting News picks the top 50 players — and does a terrible job of it

    May 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    This is less the Sporting News’ mistake as it is their panel of “125 experts, including 18 Hall of Famers” who pick the Top 50 current ballplayers in the game this time each year. They get number 1 OK: Pujols.  Not many would argue with that. But how about Chase Utley at number 9 behind…

  18. The Braves stun the Reds with a walkoff grand slam

    May 20, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Sweet sassy-molassy. The Braves’ Brooks Conrad just hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Braves a dramatic come-from-behind win against the Reds.  Atlanta was down 8-0 after two innings. They were down 9-3 entering the bottom of the ninth.  When Arthur Rhodes struck out Jason Heyward with the bases juiced in the ninth, I…

  19. Drew Storen gets first win, wears silver Elvis wig

    May 20, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Drew Storen beat fellow 2009 first-round pick Stephen Strasburg to Washington by a few weeks and picked up his first big-league victory last night, for which he got not one but two shaving cream pies to the face from teammates. Plus, as is customary for the guy Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan selects as the…

  20. Kevin Youkilis: "I get a lot of 'you suck'"

    May 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    NBC’s own TIffany Simons interviewed Kevin Youkilis, asking him about his offseason workout habits (none); his superstitions (some very inconsistent ones), his batting stance role model (Eric Davis), his charity (a good one), white wine (“um, I guess it goes with fish”), and the taunts he gets at Yankee Stadium (“I get a lot of…

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