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  1. Carlos Zambrano and Jeff Baker both 'fine' after hospital visits

    May 28, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com passes along word that Carlos Zambrano and Jeff Baker are both fine following health scares yesterday. Zambrano was rushed to the hospital with what the Cubs initially feared was appendicitis, but “is fine and taking grounders at shortstop now” after being diagnosed with simple abdominal pain. Baker left yesterday’s game with…

  2. Quote of the Day III: Explaining the Phillies Phutility?

    May 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    So, how many runs is that since they took Mick Billmeyer’s binoculars away? – Jason Weitzel of the Beerleaguer blog, wondering if it isn’t at least possible that the Phillies’ recent offensive phutility isn’t the result of no longer being able to steal the other team’s signs. I fully expect that quote to set off…

  3. Is Jacoby Ellsbury being a wuss?

    May 28, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Tony Massarotti reports on the little dustup the Red Sox are having with Jacoby Ellsbury over his injury.  Short version: Ellsbury is still out of the lineup and says he’s hurting.  The Sox are downplaying it and wondering just how hurt Ellsbury really is.  Massarotti is siding with the team and is questioning Ellsbury’s desire…

  4. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams are on the outs

    May 28, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    That’s what Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune are reporting: “Kenny and Ozzie do not have anywhere near the relationship they once had and it appears that they only deal with each other when absolutely necessary,” said a longtime scout who has been around the big leagues for a long time. “If…

  5. Quote of the Day II: Those Manic Mets

    May 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    The Mets have gone 4-8, then 10-1, then 4-11, now 7-3. Each stretch rife with hyperbole on the greatness/failings of a .500-ish team. – Jesse Spector of the Daily News, speaking the truth. Sure, it’s much more fun to beat the Phillies and Yankees like they have in the past week, but you can’t ignore…

  6. Usain Bolt: pinch runner?

    May 28, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Matt Stroup over at Universal Sports has noted that sprinter Usain Bolt has some conflicting baseball loyalties.  Recently he was spotted wearing a Red Sox cap. Yesterday, he had on a Braves cap. Jamaica doesn’t have a team so all is forgiven, but the image of the fastest man on the planet in a Braves…

  7. Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel

    May 28, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Panicking ain’t going to do no good.” – Charlie Manuel after last night’s Mets-Phillies game.  First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear? Second, sorry Charlie, but if a bear is eating me, I’m gonna panic.

  8. Confirmed: Joe West is in big trouble

    May 28, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Yesterday I presumed, based on some comments from Bob Watson, that umpire Joe West was going to get disciplined over his recent antics.  Last night Jeff Passan of Yahoo! confirmed it. West might even get suspended: A source said the league plans to suspend or fine West, one of its most tenured umpires, after he…

  9. Dan Haren's struggles continue against Rockies

    May 28, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Dan Haren recovered from a three-run first inning last night to hold the Rockies scoreless for the next four frames, but then back-to-back-to-back homers by Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs knocked him out of the game. Haren has a great 76/15 K/BB ratio in 74 innings overall this season, including six strikeouts and…

  10. The Giants could sign Pat Burrell to a minor league deal

    May 28, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal.  Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however. I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who…

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

    May 28, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Cardinals 8, Padres 3: The Padres lost, but they looked damn good losing in those mustard and brown throwbacks.  Pujols hit a homer. It’s hard to say that a guy with a .900+ OPS is struggling, but he is, so the dinger had to feel good. Brendan Ryan had to be feeling good too, after…

  12. Beltran likely out until after All-Star break

    May 27, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran has been recovering from knee surgery all season and, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, isn’t nearly done. Beltran has yet to resume full baseball activities and Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Thursday that the outfielder will need between six-to-eight weeks of rehab once he’s cleared to do so.  In other…

  13. Lidge aiming to rejoin Phillies on Monday

    May 27, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    Phillies reliever Brad Lidge tossed a successful bullpen session before Thursday’s game at Citi Field and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Lidge threw 40 pitches in the short workout and reported no pain or discomfort in his throwing elbow.  He was placed on the…

  14. UPDATE: Big Z rushed to hospital with side pain

    May 27, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    UPDATE: MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat passes along word that tests for appendicitis were negative.  Zambrano is simply dealing with some abdominal pain and should be back on track soon. 7:11pm: Carlos Zambrano was rushed to a local Chicago hospital on Thursday afternoon after complaining of pain in his side, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago…

  15. The Yankees may lose Afredo Aceves for the season

    May 27, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Bad news in the Universe: The back injury that put Alfredo Aceves on the disabled list could be season-ending and might result in surgery to repair a bulging disc in the lower back. Aceves stopped a throwing session Tuesday in Tampa and is in New York to be examined by Dr. Chris Ahmad. According to…

  16. The Brewers beat the Astros on a walkoff walk

    May 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Usually these afternoon Brewers games end in a Milwaukee reliever blowing it. Today the mug was in the other hand. Or something. Ninth inning, the Astros lead the Brew Crew 3-2.  Matt Lindstrom on the hill for Houston. He gives up a single to Alcides Escobar, then after a sacrifice, he uncorks a wild pitch…

  17. C.J. Nitkowski caught someone cheating

    May 27, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski has a Twitter account, and a few minutes ago he tweeted something interesting: Watching some daytime MLB. Camera just zoomed in & didn’t realize it caught a pitcher cheating. Don’t ask me who/what. Tricks of the trade. Uh-oh Casey Blake is on to it. TV guys completely in the dark.…

  18. Chipper Jones may retire after this year

    May 27, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones, mired in a deep second-half slump, said that he might just retire after 2010 and walk away from millions.  He backtracked on that earlier this season.  Now he’s back on his “I may just give it all up” horse: “I make no bones about it. I am seriously considering it no…

  19. The Padres will be sporting some nice throwbacks tonight

    May 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Courtesy of MLB.com’s Follow the Padres blog comes word that San Diego will be sporting these babies in tonight’s game:They’ll have on the version on the far right, by the way. Verdict: I like!  Still not my favorite old skool Padres look — I’m partial to the 1977 models — but they’re getting warmer.

  20. Another t-shirt I probably need

    May 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    On Monday I pointed out a cool Phillies shirt that, even though I’m no Phillies fan, I probably need to get.  Today we have a Red Sox shirt that’s equally full of win: The “Laser Show” shirt, inspired by this pretty cool Dustin Pedroia quote. I think the best thing about both of these shirts…

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