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  1. So the Mets are fighting with one another

    May 25, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    We saw the the Jerry Manuel-John Maine argument last week and that was fun, but a dustup on Sunday between closer Francisco Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann had escaped our notice. The way I read it on Sunday night — and this came straight from K-Rod in the game stories that were written —…

  2. Bono angers even more people (if that's at all possible)

    May 25, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Remember how U2 caused the Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays and Marlins to rearrange their schedule to that they could put on their big “We Used to be About the Music but now We’re Basically ‘Disaster Area’ from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Books” tour? Yeah, about that: Bono now has to have back surgery,…

  3. Curtis Granderson to return Friday

    May 25, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman said yesterday that Curtis Granderson, late of a strained groin (exclusive video of the injury here), is going to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Granderson’s absence has coincided with a far more eventful stretch of play from Marcus Thames — both for good and bad — than anyone expected, but…

  4. The Red Sox shuffle their outfield

    May 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron has been activated, Darnell McDonald has been designated for assignment and Terry Francona has decided that Jacoby Ellsbury will stay in centerfield with Cameron manning left.  Let us unpack, shall we? Good news for the Sox having Cameron back. He started slow before the injuries sapped him, but he appears to be feeling…

  5. So would you ever trade a Strasburg-like talent for Oswalt?

    May 25, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Steve Phillips is taking a ton of heat for his “I’d trade Strasburg for Oswalt” comments yesterday. And he deserves it.  Rob Neyer, however, has decided to probe the question a little deeper and wonders whether you’d ever trade a Strasburg-level talent for a guy like Roy Oswalt.  The answer? Sure you would. The monster…

  6. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    May 25, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Sorry it’s a day late, but there were only four games last night, so it’s not like the balance of power shifted since yesterday afternoon.  If you’re still upset, though, just sign these forms and you’ll get your money back in sixty days. What? Well, now, that’s what you agreed to when you bought your…

  7. Omar Vizquel may have hit himself into the Hall of Fame last night

    May 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps, Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for the second most hits by a shortstop last night, notching his 2,674th career safety.* Unless there’s either an unfortunate bus accident or a fortunate Fountain of Youth accident he won’t catch Jeter, who is 108 hits ahead at the moment and will quite…

  8. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    May 25, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Four games? That’s it? Blimey. Red Sox 6, Rays 1: Clay Buchholz continues Boston’s string of nice starts as the Sox (a) beat the Rays for the first time in five tries; and (b) move to four games over .500 for the first time all season. David Ortiz homered for the fifth time in his…

  9. Stephen Strasburg gives up first runs with Triple-A Syracuse

    May 24, 2010, 8:57 PM EDT

    Ship ‘em out of town, says Steve Phillips. Stephen Strasburg yielded two runs — one earned — over a brief five-inning start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday night, according to Ben Goessling of Strasburg gave up an unearned run in the top of the third inning — ending a scoreless streak of 20 1/3…

  10. Things don't sound too promising for Grady Sizemore

    May 24, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    We haven’t heard much about Grady Sizemore since he was placed on the disabled list last week and Anthony Castrovince of wonders out loud where this situation is headed. I’m not a doctor and don’t play one on TV. I am not medically qualified to know about treatment options for a “deep knee bone…

  11. Carlos Zambrano throws simulated game

    May 24, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano threw 73 pitches in a simulated game at Wrigley Field on Monday, according to Carrie Muskat of As announced last week, the Cubs have begun the process of stretching him out for a return to the starting rotation. Ken Rosenthal of isn’t a fan of the whole idea, but Cubs manager…

  12. Slumping Giants can get younger, better

    May 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Indications are that the Giants, losers of five in a row, are thinking about having Eric Hacker replace Todd Wellemeyer at the back of the rotation. It’d be another stopgap for a team that has generally given more weight to short-term solutions over long-term considerations during GM Brian Sabean’s time at the help. Fortunately, the…

  13. Rosenthal's latest odds and ends

    May 24, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    We’re starting to get some legitimate trade deadliney and transactiony stuff happening this week. That means Ken Rosenthal is transitioning out of early season hey-let’s-propose-some-wacky-realignment-thing mode and into what he does best: reporting the rumors and offering some genuinely informed speculation on who could be on the move and where.  Today’s latest: Robo gets creative…

  14. Miguel Cabrera to miss the Mariners' series

    May 24, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera ain’t hurt, he’s just becoming a daddy for the second time and will be in Florida for the birth of his second child, Jason Beck reports. Couple of thoughts: If you have to be without your best hitter for a couple of game, being without him for a series against the Mariners is…

  15. UPDATE: Dave Trembley isn't getting fired today

    May 24, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    This morning I speculated if whether today wasn’t a good day for the Orioles to 86 Dave Trembley.  This afternoon we have our answer, courtesy of MASN’s Rich Kubatko: Everything’s still quiet regarding manager Dave Trembley. He won’t be fired today. Book it. I just got further confirmation. Alrighty then, he lives to visit retribution…

  16. There's a reason why Steve Phillips is no longer a GM

    May 24, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Both geography and an elaborate b.s.-dampening system I recently had installed prevents me from picking up WFAN radio in my home, but according to this guy, Former Mets GM Steve Phillips was just on the Mike Francesa show and said that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt straight up if he were running the…

  17. Your American League All-Star vote leaders

    May 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s early yet, but if the All-Star voting ended today, the nine starting position players in the AL would be: C: Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson CanoSS: Derek Jeter3B: Evan LongoriaOF: Ichiro Suzuki, Carl Crawford, Nelson CruzDH: Vladimir Guerrero. There have been worse voting results in history, but this one is far from perfect. Mauer,…

  18. How much can the Astros get for Roy Oswalt?

    May 24, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt requested a trade from the Astros late last week and rumors are starting to swirl around the potential interested teams, but exactly how good is the 32-year-old right-hander? Oswalt has been one of baseball’s elite pitchers for a decade, yet generally seems underrated for someone who ranks fourth among all active pitchers in…

  19. The Reds place Homer Bailey on the disabled list

    May 24, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    The Reds have had a look-see at Homer Bailey’s shoulder and have decided to place him on the 15-day DL.  They called up righty Enerio Del Rosario to take his place on the roster. Bailey is just 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA on the year, but his last two full outings had been pretty darn…

  20. The Astros bring an organist back to the ballpark

    May 24, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    The Astros may be in last place, but they’re doing something first rate: bringing back an organist to the ballpark. At least for Sunday home games anyway: Connors might play the Adam’s Family theme song, a Mexican Hat dance, the Pink Panther theme song, or even the YMCA. “Who would have thought we could do…

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