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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 —…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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 MASNSports.com. Strasburg gave up an unearned run in the top of the third inning — ending a scoreless streak of 20 1/3…

  15. 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 MLB.com 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…

  16. 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 MLB.com. As announced last week, the Cubs have begun the process of stretching him out for a return to the starting rotation. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com isn’t a fan of the whole idea, but Cubs manager…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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