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  1. Athletics release Chad Gaudin, send Edwar Ramirez to Sacramento

    May 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Relievers Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez were both designated for assignment in recent days.  The assignment has now come: Edwar Ramirez down to AAA Sacramento and Gaudin out of town on a rail. Between this news and the Brian Bruney DFA from the other day, it’s safe to say that the “sign ex-Yankees and put…

  2. The Cubs go into the rooftop bleacher business

    May 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    For years the buildings just outside of Wrigley Field have charged admission to people to sit on the roof and peer into the ballpark during Cubs games. Five or six years ago the Cubs got all litigatey about it, and ended up settling with the building owners and accepting a cut of the rooftop gate. …

  3. Peter Angelos loves having the Nats nearby

    May 21, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Remember several years ago when Major League Baseball was getting ready to move the Expos to Washington and Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos — a trial lawyer by trade — threatened to sue until Hell wouldn’t have if if his precious territory was invaded?  Yeah, he’s over that now, saying today just how wonderful it is…

  4. Twins call up prospect Trevor Plouffe to fill in for injured J.J. Hardy

    May 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Initially when the Twins placed J.J. Hardy on the disabled list they thought he’d return after the minimum 15 days and called up 28-year-old, light-hitting utility man Matt Tolbert rather than a legitimate prospect to replace him on the roster. However, now Hardy’s wrist injury is proving more serious than originally thought and he’s not…

  5. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman

    May 21, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Royals GM Dayton Moore told MLB.com, “I’m not talking getting to .500, I’m talking about winning the World Series when I say eight to 10 years.” Pirates fans must be wondering: Why is he in such a hurry? – Jon Heyman, flashing a little of the funny in talking about Dayton Moore’s definition of “The…

  6. The Cubs sign Bobby Howry

    May 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday Aaron passed along word that the Cubs were likely to sign reliever Bobby Howry. Today they did just that, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. To make room for Howry, the Cubs optioned Justin Berg to Iowa and designated David Patton for assignment.  All you David Patton owners are probably blindsided by that, but I’m…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez off to Cy Young-winning start at 8-1 with 0.99 ERA

    May 21, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez left last night’s start after a season-low 92 pitches because of hamstring cramping, but not before holding the Astros’ lowly lineup to one hit over seven shutout innings. Jimenez is now 8-1 with a 0.99 ERA through nine starts, with his only loss coming on May 9 when he allowed just two hits…

  8. The Indians are in deep financial trouble

    May 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Akron Beacon-Journal reports that the Cleveland Indians are on pace to draw around 1.16 million people this year. The problem: The Indians’ front office made a budget that assumed attendance of 1.5 million. Which was actually a conservative assumption, as the team drew 1.766 million last year.  A year that was profoundly disappointing and…

  9. Move over Jim Rice, Michael Cuddyer on record-shattering double play pace

    May 21, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    One of the downsides to the first four hitters in the Twins’ batting order having on-base percentages of .365, .358, .410, and .477 is that their already double play-prone No. 5 hitter Michael Cuddyer has an incredible number of chances to make two outs at a time. Cuddyer has grounded into an MLB-high 12 double…

  10. The best Charlie Manuel interview you'll ever read

    May 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    You all know that I have a bit of a crush on Charlie Manuel. This interview with Yahoo!’s Dave Brown only makes it stronger.  It’s got everything: the Amish, professional wrestling, Manuel and Mickey Mantle talking about “Mother Nature things” and how Ron Washington was always a “hard nosed” player who was a “high energy…

  11. Gregg Zaun headed to DL with shoulder injury

    May 21, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Gregg Zaun left yesterday’s game with a strained shoulder and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the 39-year-old catcher will be put on the disabled list today. To replace Zaun on the roster the Brewers are expected to call up 24-year-old prospect Jonathan Lucroy from Triple-A. Angel Salome was once considered the Brewers’ top catching…

  12. The Nats release Willy Taveras

    May 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    In early February, the Reds traded Willy Taveras to the A’s.  Within a week of that going down, the A’s released him.  Then the Nats signed him, but as of today they have joined the growing fraternity of teams who have realized that being fast is not the same thing as knowing how to play…

  13. The Giants may be pushing Todd Wellemeyer out of the rotation

    May 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the Chronicle reports that Bruce Bochy is going to skip Todd Wellemeyer’s next turn in the Giants’ rotation thanks to an off-day on Monday.  Schulman has a source, however, who is telling him that Wellemeyer might be on the outs permanently, and that the Giants are considering bringing up Erick Hacker to…

  14. Red Sox 'tracking the progress of Chris Iannetta'

    May 21, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that “the Red Sox are tracking the progress of catcher Chris Iannetta in Triple-A Colorado Springs in case the Rockies make him available.” Despite being 27 years old and a three-time Opening Day starter with over 1,100 career plate appearances Iannetta was demoted to Triple-A last month when…

  15. iPads not allowed in Yankee Stadium

    May 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Yankee Stadium has always been much harder on people bringing in stuff like bags and food and whatnot, but the latest one has some people angry:  No iPads: However if you are planning to attend a Yankees home game at Yankee Stadium, leave that iPad at home! The security policies page notes that laptops are…

  16. Angel Pagan is on his own

    May 21, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I’m a huge fan of The Dugout. For those unfamiliar, it’s basically a chat room where baseball players discuss the great issues of the day.  Or something like that. And they’re not really the players, but that’s not important right now. The important thing here is that yesterday’s Dugout about the Angel Pagan game is…

  17. Let's take a short break from interleague play

    May 21, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Interleague play begins again tonight. Feel the excitement? Nah, me neither.  Don’t get me wrong: I was against interleague play when it was first proposed because I am a scared old man who fears change, but  after it got started I got used to it rather quickly. I even began to enjoy some aspects of…

  18. Will the DH come to the NL in 2012?

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    That’s the prediction of Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue, who looked on aghast as Ubaldo Jimenez cramped up while running the bases in against the Astros last night: There are millions of dollars invested in pitchers like this, including Jimenez, who is signed through 2012 with a couple of relatively inexpensive (for today’s market)…

  19. Dusty Baker is not that familiar with the Braves' roster

    May 21, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    One final note from that Braves-Reds game yesterday.  After the game, Dusty was being asked about his bullpen usage. Specifically, why he pulled Arthur Rhodes after he struck Jason Heyward out with the bases loaded rather than have him face the grand slam-hitting Brooks Conrad.  Dusty’s response: “He wouldn’t have faced Conrad,” Baker said. “It…

  20. Trevor Hoffman steps aside, for one game at least

    May 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman hasn’t officially been stripped of closer duties yet, but is expected to be unavailable for several days while working on his mechanics. Carlos Villanueva got the nod as the fill-in closer yesterday and protected a 4-3 lead with a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season. Villanueva’s overall career numbers…

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