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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. The Reds-Pirates anachronistic night contained an anachronism

    May 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Reds and Pirates did something cool last night: in honor of the 75th anniversary of the first ever night game — which also took place in Cincinnati — the teams, according to the MLB.com story, played in “a retro atmosphere with no modern graphics on the scoreboard in the first seven innings and organ…

  10. Kyle Lohse to see specialist about forearm injury

    May 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    An MRI exam on Kyle Lohse injured forearm revealed only inflammation yesterday, but he’s expected to miss at least one start and is seeking a second opinion from a specialist in Los Angeles. Lohse talked to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch about his status: They saw something in there and now we…

  11. So where is Roy Oswalt going?

    May 25, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know. But Bernardo Fallas and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle handicap the field today.  Included in their analysis: the Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, Braves, Reds, Nationals, White Sox, and Phillies. As the writers note, there are issues with all of those, including the willingness to spend money (Dodgers, Phillies), the fact that they…

  12. Angels may be giving up on Brandon Wood

    May 25, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Over the weekend Mike Scioscia told the slumping Brandon Wood to avoid even picking up a bat during his time off, and in what seems like an awfully big coincidence Maicer Izturis is now ready to come off the disabled list and Wood has developed a hip injury that figures to put him on the…

  13. Darn. Now we don't get an intentional vomiting trial

    May 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Remember that guy in Philadelphia who intentionally thew up on the 11 year-old girl?  Yeah, that was wonderful.  Seems his legal team decided that he might not be able to win over a jury, because he pleaded guilty this morning: A 21-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to intentionally vomiting on a man and…

  14. Injuries wrecking Orioles' already shaky bullpen

    May 25, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Later today Alfredo Simon will likely become the third Orioles closer to land on the disabled list, joining Mike Gonzalez and Jim Johnson on the shelf after injuring his hamstring covering first base Sunday. Koji Uehara would have gotten the nod to fill in, except he’s also headed to the DL with a strained forearm.…

  15. The Rockies sign Kaz Matsui

    May 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Rockies signed Kaz Matsui to a minor league deal yesterday, and will send him to Colorado Springs, assuming he passes the physical. Matsui — who,as you can see, has some fabulous facial hair — hit a measly 141/.197/.155 in 71 at-bats with the Astros, so it’s not like we can expect a ton of…

  16. 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 —…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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