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  1. The NL is beating the AL in interleague play. Here's why it doesn't matter

    May 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    MLB.com has a story with a rather misleading headline today: “NL makes a statement on Interleague weekend.”  Big statement: it was 22-20. They could have drawn game results out of a hat and gotten the same results. I’d ask anyone who reads significance into that record to immediately walk down to the nearest community college…

  2. Correction: Jennry Mejia will remain in the pen

    May 24, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Last week it seemed like the Mets were about to do something wise and send Jennry Mejia down to the minors in order to allow him to revert back into a starting pitcher, thereby providing the promise of greater value to the organization one day.  Then they backed up a little and said, no, we…

  3. The Phillies are scouting Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz

    May 24, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    White Sox relievers J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks are being scouted by the Phillies, reports ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine. This makes sense for the Phillies given the fact that they’re trotting Jose Contreras out there as their closer at present.  Both Jenks and Putz are striking out a ton of guys an inning, so either…

  4. Someone needs to get me this t-shirt

    May 24, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    One of HBT’s Philadelphia operatives sent me an email over the weekend to tell me that he saw a t-shirt at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night which read as follows: We have: 84 home games Roy Halladay Tasers Your signs Not sure if it said “resistance is futile” or anything else clever on the…

  5. Ben Sheets finally starting to pay off for A's

    May 24, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    After missing all of last season following elbow surgery Ben Sheets looked awful in his first six starts for the A’s, going 1-3 with a 7.12 ERA and 16/16 K/BB ratio in 30.1 innings. He’s quietly gotten back on track since then and shut out the Giants for six innings in a no-decision yesterday afternoon…

  6. Is Dave Trembley getting fired today?

    May 24, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    Today is the first time anyone has had a day off in a week and a half — and 22 teams have the day off — so you can imagine a bunch of them are going to take stock.  One of them is the Orioles, and after yesterday’s performance, one has to wonder if they’re…

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

    May 24, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Mets 6, Yankees 4: I ain’t gonna lie to you: I was watching the “Lost” finale, not Mets-Yankees. Kind of glad I missed this one too, because I just don’t think my senses could take something as implausible as the Mets taking 2 of 3 from the Bombers. Better off staying in the realm of…

  8. UPDATE: Bailey exits early with sore shoulder

    May 23, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Bailey after Sunday’s game.  It sounds like he was pulled for precautionary reasons, and might be fine for his next scheduled start. “They saw me trying to stretch out after (Shin-Soo) Choo’s triple,” he said. “I wanted to stay in. They weren’t going to let…

  9. Hoffman back in action, but in setup role

    May 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman returned to action on Sunday for the first the first time since allowing three earned runs in a blown save opportunity on May 18 against the Reds.  He got four days off in total, and it seemed to help him this afternoon as he pitched a perfect eighth inning against the Twins. He…

  10. Nationals express interest in Astros' Oswalt

    May 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in trading for Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt, who requested a trade last week. The Nats are off to their best start since 2005 with a 22-22 record, but that might not be enough to attract the 32-year-old Oswalt.  He’s aiming to hook up with…

  11. Pudge out for next several days with back pain

    May 23, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez was lifted from Saturday night’s game against the Orioles due to what the club called “back trouble.”  This morning the Nats’ medical team reached a slightly better diagnosis, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore. Pudge has “tenderness” in his lower back and will miss the next several games in the…

  12. Jose Lima passes after tragic heart attack

    May 23, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that former major league pitcher Josa Lima has passed away at his home in Los Angeles, California due to a massive heart attack. “Lima Time” was last spotted in the majors back in 2006, when he allowed 22 runs in four starts with the Mets.  He played in the…

  13. Milton Bradley talks … Milton Bradley

    May 23, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley spoke Saturday with ESPN.com’s Elizabeth Merrill on the strides he’s made as a person since running into trouble in early May with Seattle management.  He’s grateful for the help that the M’s have given him this season and was hoping for similar assistance last year in Chicago, but failed to ever…

  14. Harper adding to legend in JuCo World Series

    May 23, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous. Bryce Harper, who the Nationals are thought to be targeting with their No. 1 pick this June, hit for the cycle on Friday in the semifinals of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) World Series.  On Saturday he outdid himself, finishing 6-for-6 with 10 RBI and four home runs…

  15. La Russa, Pujols involved in yelling match

    May 23, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    The Cardinals have scored fewer runs this season than the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Reds, Red Sox, Marlins, Angels, Rockies, Tigers and Mets, among others, and the frustration is really starting to build in St. Louis.  According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it may have reached a tipping point Friday, when superstar slugger Albert…

  16. UPDATE: Matsuzaka carries no-no into 8th inning

    May 22, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Phillies shortstop Juan Castro broke up the effort with a broken-bat single into left field.  Matsuzaka had two outs in the eighth inning at the time.  Still, a fine showing from the right-hander, who had a 7.89 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in four starts since being activated from the disabled list on May…

  17. Jack Wilson frustrated, unsure about future

    May 22, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    D.J. already brought us news this afternoon about a veteran considering hanging up his cleats, and now it appears we have one more. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson is growing frustrated with his frequent stints on the disabled list and is unsure how much longer he will play the game of…

  18. Another Redbird down? Lohse has arm trouble

    May 22, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was torched for six runs over 3.1 innings Saturday in a loss to the Angels and now has a 1-4 record, 5.89 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP through nine starts this season.  He has looked pretty awful all year, even against lesser opponents than the Angels.  On late Saturday afternoon we…

  19. Roy Oswalt says he has a "small window" to win

    May 22, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt addressed reporters on Saturday, one day after it was revealed that his agent Bob Garber informed Astros owner Drayton McLane of his request for a trade (via Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle). “I don’t want people to think I’m leaving because we’re not doing well,” Oswalt said Saturday. “I have a small…

  20. Eric Chavez on the DL with neck spasms; career at risk?

    May 22, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    It was only a matter of when. The oft-injured Eric Chavez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with neck spasms, according to a team press release. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Chavez said an MRI revealed a bulging disc in his neck. The injury apparently stems from a…

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