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  1. Dallas Braden isn't joking about his love of the 209

    May 27, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Rick Chandler of our very own Out of Bounds blog caught up with Dallas Braden last weekend as Mr. Perfect visited his hometown of Stockton to be feted at a Stockton Ports game. Braden had some nice things to say about his hometown. As a guy who hails from a couple of places that aren’t…

  2. The Mets are probably making Fernando Nieve a starter

    May 27, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    I was rather surprised to see Jerry Manuel call Fernando Nieve into last night’s game against the Phillies. The Mets had a nice lead, Nieve has been overworked this year and if there was ever a situation for a mopup guy, that was it.  Turns out, however, that there may have been a method to…

  3. Ubaldo Jimenez improves to 9-1 with a 0.88 ERA

    May 27, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Last night the Diamondbacks became the latest lineup to get shut down by Ubaldo Jimenez, who tossed eight scoreless innings to improve to 9-1 with a 0.88 ERA through 10 starts. “It’s not easy to have an ERA like that young man has this late into the season,” manager Jim Tracy said afterward. “I’ve heard…

  4. Ron Gardenhire complains about Yankees' pitcher switch

    May 27, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    This was fun. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the ninth last night on a Nick Swisher home run, but the inning ended a pitch later when Mark Teixeira was thrown out trying to leg out a double.  The half-inning ended so quickly that Joe Girardi barely had time to get Mariano…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 27, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Red Sox 11, Rays 3: I’m going to imagine the next Shaughnessy column: “Theo Epstein and his calculator cavalry wowed all the stat-butts eating Fruit Rollups in their step-dad’s carports by selling them on ‘run prevention.’  Well, from where I’m sitting, scoring 11 runs against the best team in baseball is not ‘run prevention.’ And…

  6. Gregg Zaun has torn labrum, could retire

    May 26, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

    Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun was diagnosed Wednesday with a torn labrum in the front of his right shoulder and told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy soon after that his chances of playing again this season are “50-50.” Zaun will treat the shoulder conservatively for the next 2-4 weeks, then decide whether to have season-ending surgery or try…

  7. UPDATE: Yanks bring back Gaudin as reliever

    May 26, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig has confirmed that the deal is done.  Boone Logan has been optioned to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster and Australian Shane Lindsay was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster. 2:45pm: Released by the Yankees after losing the fifth-starter battle to Phil Hughes…

  8. Coco Crisp goes back on DL for Athletics

    May 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Injured in just his second game of the season, Coco Crisp was placed back on the DL Wednesday because of a strained right intercostal muscle. Crisp’s return to the outfield mix was one of the reasonings behind Eric Chavez’s DL assignment over the weekend. The A’s intended to use Crisp in center, Rajai Davis in…

  9. Can the Texas bullpen hold up?

    May 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Going into Wednesday’s games, 10 American League relievers had made at least 22 appearances. Five of them happen to pitch for the same team: 1. Will Ohman (Orioles) – 25 2. Daniel Bard (Red Sox) – 24 2. Neftali Feliz (Rangers) – 24 2. Chris Ray (Rangers) – 24 5. Scott Downs (Blue Jays) –…

  10. Jason Heyward has been even better than you think

    May 26, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Here’s a sobering quote for even a fanboy like me: The hype surrounding Heyward was intense, but it apparently wasn’t intense enough. We’re in the midst of watching one of the great rookie seasons of all time from a player whose peers are still working out the kinks in A-ball. That’s Dave Cameron at FanGraphs,…

  11. P.R. advice for athletes? They tryin' to put me out of a job?

    May 26, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    I stumbled across a blog written by a sports communications and PR firm.  It’s rather interesting stuff and if I were representing athletes — or, if I was an athlete and wanted to protect my endorsements and stuff — I’d probably take what they had to say very, very seriously. But I gotta tell ya,…

  12. Strasburg's debut: would you believe June 9th or 10th?

    May 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    We’ve been hearing rumors of the Nationals giving Stephen Strasburg his major league debut June 4th against the Reds. Early this morning Jon Heyman but the kibosh on that, saying that it has to be later, because the Nats have a 100 major league innings pitched ceiling on him.  OK, he knows the agent. That…

  13. Ozzie Guillen is gonna get fined

    May 26, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Ozzie expanded on his earlier comments in the postgame presser: Guillen said that West told him “to get the (bleep) off the field.” Guillen said he knew that managers, players and coaches cannot argue balk calls, but felt that West overstepped his authority. “He thinks he’s the (bleep) in the field,” said Guillen, who…

  14. Crawford, Maddon likely to get fined

    May 26, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    But neither are likely to get suspended for last night’s altercation with Bob Davidson, reports Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times.  Given that there was some bumping and stuff, you would normally expect a suspension. I’m going to take this is a sign that people at Major League Baseball realize that their ump had…

  15. The SEC is putting a clock on the field

    May 26, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    In an effort to speed up ballgames in their upcoming tournament, the Southeastern Conference is going to start timing how long it takes pitchers to deliver the ball. That’s not news, because after all, the rules of baseball provide for such a thing. The difference here is that the SEC is going to use an…

  16. White Sox beat Indians, Ozzie Guillen writes "Bye Bye LeBron!" on autograph

    May 26, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Prior to getting thrown out of this afternoon’s game, Ozzie Guillen autographed a baseball for one of the fans in Cleveland and added a little personalized touch: Incidentally, the White Sox recovered from Guillen and Mark Buehrle being tossed by umpire Joe West to take a 5-1 lead. Bobby Jenks did his best to blow…

  17. Ray stung by Ray

    May 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is important. This means something: Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez experienced the painful irony of being stung by a stingray this week, the St. Petersburg Times reported on Wednesday. Rodriguez had been playing with his 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, on the beach near his Redington Beach rental condo on Monday morning and decided to wade a…

  18. Quote of the Day: Lance Berkman gets honest

    May 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    “We’re just not very good.” – Lance Berkman, saying something about the 2010 Houston Astros that you rarely hear players say about their teams before, like, late August in any given year.  It’s almost always “things just aren’t working right now” or “we’ve had terrible luck” or something like that.  The fact that he’s being…

  19. A nice Target Field review

    May 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    David Brown of Big League Stew took a road trip to Minneapolis to check out Target Field and writes up the results in a pretty darn useful ballpark review.  Quote of the piece: “nothing says Twins baseball like Rod Carew and booze.” I link this so that you may enjoy it, but also to once…

  20. Andre Ethier should return on Sunday

    May 26, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier was originally presumed to miss up to six weeks. But he took  batting practice yesterday and is wearing a special splint and says he could be back as soon as Sunday, the first day he’d be eligible to return following his, um, disabling. The Dodgers have gone 7-3 without the NL’s batting leader,…

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