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  1. The Dodgers sue Jon Lovitz

    May 26, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Oh wait, it’s actually not the ticket, and that’s the problem: Comic Jon Lovitz and others are being sued by the Los Angeles Dodgers over claims they failed to pay nearly $100,000 for season tickets for the 2010 baseball season. Delaware-based Dodger Tickets LLC filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit Monday in Los…

  2. Omar Vizquel will probably retire after this year

    May 26, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    On Monday night Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for second all-time in hits by a shortstop.  Last night Vizquel said that could very well be the last milestone he hits and that he may very well retire after the season. He’s not yet committing one way or the other, but he did say that “this…

  3. The Astros aren't shopping Oswalt, but did the Dodgers inquire anyway?

    May 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Tony Jackson reports that “a source with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity” said that the Astros aren’t looking to trade Roy Oswalt right now. Of course we always hear this about big trade chits. Remember last year how J.P. Ricciardi was saying that he wasn’t really trying hard…

  4. The independent leagues are tough, brother

    May 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The independent leagues are a tough business, and I’m not just talking about the low pay and poor working conditions. Former Tigers/Reds/Nats awesomefielder Dmitri Young is now a consultant and hitting instructor with the Oakland County Cruisers of the Frontier League.  He was just on Sirius/XM and said that the team’s driver stole the team…

  5. Rays-Sox home plate ump was out of control

    May 26, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford and Joe Maddon were ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning in last night’s Rays-Red Sox game after arguing balls and strikes. That’s fine as far as it goes because they know the rule: you can’t argue balls and strikes. Except in this case the far greater wrong was umpire Bob Davidson’s…

  6. Vlad Guerrero doubles on an impossible pitch

    May 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    How do you know Vlad Guerrero is back?  He’s back to hitting ridiculously horrible pitches with authority. Check out the video of his RBI double in the seventh inning from last night’s game against the Royals.  It was a sinker inside — way inside — that he just turned on and sent down the leftfield…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 26, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: In light the Phillies’ struggles against Tim Wakefied and R.A. Dickey (6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 7K), the Mets are rumored to have offered contracts to Charlie Hough and Steve Sparks, the Braves are trying to persuade Phil Niekro to come out of retirement , the Nationals have been in…

  8. UPDATE: Albert Pujols' agent leaves Beverly Hills Sports Council

    May 26, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that all of Lozano’s clients are expected to come along with him. 9:12 PM: Interesting news. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, agent Dan Lozano has left Beverly Hills Sports Council. Lozano, who had been with the firm since 1989, has represented many high-profile players in the past,…

  9. Nats have decided on No. 1 pick, they just aren't telling

    May 25, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he has decided who to select with the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s First-Year Player Draft, but he isn’t ready to say who that person is. “We’re not going to announce who it is right now, but we feel we’ve…

  10. Jacoby Ellsbury scratched, Darnell McDonald saved

    May 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were planning to designate Darnell McDonald for assignment to make room for Mike Cameron on Tuesday, but Jacoby Ellsbury experienced pain in his left side earlier in the day and was held out of the starting lineup against the Rays, giving McDonald new life. Cameron was activated from the DL as expected…

  11. Jim Leyritz lawsuit resolved with settlement

    May 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The wrongful death lawsuit brought against Jim Leyritz in connection with a drunken driving manslaughter crash in December 2007 was settled Tuesday, with the vicim’s family receiving $250,000 from the former major leaguer’s insurance company. A DUI manslaughter trial is scheduled to start later this year for Leyritz. His attorney, John Richards, says the lawsuit…

  12. Pirates try former first-round pick Neil Walker

    May 25, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Poor Steve Pearce. The 27-year-old first baseman had seemingly rebounded from his very disappointing 2009 and was getting a shot at first base for the Pirates, at least on a part-time basis. However, he suffered a sprained ankle while making his ninth start Monday, requiring a DL trip. That’s opened the door for 2004 first-round…

  13. Poor Phillies: two games, two knuckleballers

    May 25, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Something I hadn’t noticed until Major League Baseball’s tweeting logo told me about it: tonight, for the second straight game, the Phillies will be facing a knuckleballer. Sunday it was the Knuckle Knuckle King, tonight it will be R.A. Dickey. Wakefield obviously disrupted the Phillies’ offensive flow on Sunday, but (a) Dickey doesn’t have the…

  14. Go check out Rugby Sevens Talk

    May 25, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    We have lots of “Talks” around here now. ProFootball, Hardball, ProBasketball, ProHockey and CollegeFootball.  That’s not enough, though, so we’ve added one more: Rugby Sevens Talk. Rugby Sevens is a variant on rugby that involves (duh) seven guys instead of the usual 15. And there are far fewer Hakas.  Well, maybe not. I have no…

  15. Your National League All-Star vote leaders

    May 25, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    We did this yesterday for the American League, so now it’s the senior circuit’s turn.  Your NL All-Star ballot leaders to date: C: Yadier Molina1B: Albert Pujols2B: Chase Utley3B: Placido PolancoSS: Jimmy RollinsOF: Ryan Braun, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino Yeah, Phillies fans are stuffing the ballot box. Whatever. This is what happens when you leave…

  16. An animated Tim Lincecum driving a VW bus? Sure, why not?

    May 25, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    What, you mean you don’t want to see the first episode of an animated series that chronicles the adventures of Tim Lincecum and his anthropomorphic VW Microbus? With the first episode co-starring Barry Zito as he searches for his lost unicorn? Then by all means, do not, whatever you do, click on this link. Just…

  17. As expected, Strasburg lined up for June 4 debut

    May 25, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    There’s still no official timetable for Stephen Strasburg’s arrival in Washington, but the Nationals announced today that his next (and presumed final) Triple-A start will come Saturday against the Yankees’ affiliate. That lines up Strasburg to make his major-league debut June 4 against the Reds in Washington, which has been the assumption for a while…

  18. Hideki Irabu busted for suspected DUI

    May 25, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu was pulled over in Gardena, California drifting right and left and all over the place. The cops are going to wait for his blood tests to come back to decide if he should be charged.  Worth noting, though, that if this holds up it won’t be the first time the Fat Toad has…

  19. Hideki Matsui dropped to seventh in the order

    May 25, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I loved Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance. I would love to have a hitter like Hideki Matsui in my lineup.  If I did, though, he’d be way down low in the order, just like the Angels are doing with him now: Hideki Matsui was dropped from the cleanup spot to the fifth spot on May…

  20. Rockies bringing Chris Iannetta back to majors

    May 25, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last month the Rockies demoted Chris Iannetta to Triple-A after he struggled in 30 at-bats, which seemed very odd given that he’s a 27-year-old three-time Opening Day starter with over 1,100 plate appearances in the majors. Iannetta took the demotion in stride, hitting .349 with five homers and a 1.146 OPS in 17 games at…

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