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  1. C.J. Nitkowski caught someone cheating

    May 27, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski has a Twitter account, and a few minutes ago he tweeted something interesting: Watching some daytime MLB. Camera just zoomed in & didn’t realize it caught a pitcher cheating. Don’t ask me who/what. Tricks of the trade. Uh-oh Casey Blake is on to it. TV guys completely in the dark.…

  2. Chipper Jones may retire after this year

    May 27, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones, mired in a deep second-half slump, said that he might just retire after 2010 and walk away from millions.  He backtracked on that earlier this season.  Now he’s back on his “I may just give it all up” horse: “I make no bones about it. I am seriously considering it no…

  3. The Padres will be sporting some nice throwbacks tonight

    May 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Courtesy of’s Follow the Padres blog comes word that San Diego will be sporting these babies in tonight’s game:They’ll have on the version on the far right, by the way. Verdict: I like!  Still not my favorite old skool Padres look — I’m partial to the 1977 models — but they’re getting warmer.

  4. Another t-shirt I probably need

    May 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    On Monday I pointed out a cool Phillies shirt that, even though I’m no Phillies fan, I probably need to get.  Today we have a Red Sox shirt that’s equally full of win: The “Laser Show” shirt, inspired by this pretty cool Dustin Pedroia quote. I think the best thing about both of these shirts…

  5. Baseball is going to review the Joe West-Mark Buehrle thing

    May 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the dustup between Joe West and the White Sox during yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game.  I found this quote from discipline czar Bob Watson rather illuminating: “We have either an umpire supervisor or umpire observer at every game,” said Watson. “We will review…

  6. Jake Peavy has a 6.05 ERA and a 'tired arm'

    May 27, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    After his latest ugly outing Jake Peavy has a 6.05 ERA in 10 starts for the White Sox, and pitching coach Don Cooper admitted during a radio interview this morning that he’s been dealing with a “tired arm.” We need better out of him. We got him for better than this and he hasn’t been…

  7. The Dodgers inquired about Cliff Lee

    May 27, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Yesterday I inferred that the Dodgers had made inquiries about Roy Oswalt. That was confimed by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin last night. And Shaikin goes one better: The Dodgers asked about Cliff Lee’s availability as well.  The Mariners, like the Astros, rejected Colletti’s overtures. Either move makes sense for the Dodgers, who really…

  8. The Stephen Strasburg hype machine goes to 11

    May 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    I’m just as excited about the arrival of Stephen Strasburg as anyone, but if you’re either (a) seriously worried that the birth of your baby might interfere with the Strasburg game; or (b) pretending that you’re worried about it so that someone will write about you on the web, you probably need to readjust your…

  9. Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 50 games

    May 27, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Florida International sophomore Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 50 games this afternoon, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987. Wittels has a hit in every game this year, but with FIU playing in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and one loss from their…

  10. What's more threatening? An oriole or a cardinal?

    May 27, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s Ray-stung-by-ray story had every internet jokester wondering how that would work if the guy played for, say, the Tigers or the Pirates.  Today the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller tries to approach the question objectively by ranking the mascots by threat level. Sam’s best line comes when noting that the Mets — short for…

  11. Nelson Cruz hurts his hammy

    May 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    No, not that one. The other one.  He did it in last night’s game, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  He apparently did it while leaving the batters box in his last at bat in last night’s game against the Royals. Cruz will be reevaluated today to determine if he needs to go…

  12. Tim Lincecum's rare struggles bring up questions about blisters and cracked nails

    May 27, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    After struggling in a no-decision last week Tim Lincecum took his first loss of the season last night, giving up five or more runs in back-to-back starts for just the second time in his career. He’d gone 88 starts since those consecutive clunkers in mid-2007 and the loss last night was also the first of…

  13. Joe West to work the Red Sox series this weekend

    May 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reports that Cowboy Joe West — late of his “if you think I can’t be an even bigger embarrassment than I already am then you seriously understimate me” tour of the Cleveland-Chisox series, will be working the Red Sox-Royals series in Fenway Park this weekend.  This a month after he called…

  14. For the Phillies fan who has everything

    May 27, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    It’s the Ryan Howard Garden Gnome.  You know you want one. And as soon as you get one, be prepared to be the target of a righteous liberation army. In other barely-passable Phillies news, Jayson Werth apparently shaved his beard after last night’s game.  We’ll see it the next time he takes the field, but…

  15. Kyle Lohse reportedly needs forearm surgery or a move to the bullpen

    May 27, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Kyle Lohse met yesterday with a hand and wrist specialist in California and has been diagnosed with “extreme compartment syndrome,” which according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch “is a condition in which the sheath covering a muscle in the pitcher’s forearm fails to allow it to expand.” Strauss notes that “the…

  16. Jason Heyward is not Jeff Francoeur

    May 27, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Such a proposition should not need much explaining — and even attempting to explain it should not be interesting — but I’ll be darned if an article from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explaining that very proposition isn’t both illuminating and interesting. Not so much because of the two players themselves — you know…

  17. OK, maybe Andre Ethier won't be back on Sunday

    May 27, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Yesterday we passed along world that Dodgers righfielder Andre Ethier was likely to make his return on Sunday, his first day eligible following his DL stint.  Not so fast says Joe Torre: the Dodgers may send Ethier on a minor league rehab assignment first, delaying his return to L.A. The reasoning on this is kind…

  18. Murray Chass continues to beat on Mike Piazza over steroids

    May 27, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Former professional baseball writer Murray Chass created a bit of a stir last year when he wrote a couple of blog posts saying that Mike Piazza clearly did steroids. His reasoning: backne. As in Piazza had a lot of it when he played, it cleared up when drug testing kicked in and that means Piazza…

  19. Trevor Hoffman may return to closing

    May 27, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman has had two good outings in a row, and as a result, Ken Macha appears to be leaning towards returning to his customary closer position, Adam McCalvy reports. Said Ken Macha: “We kind of talked about that several times today. We’ll see how some things go. That is two good outings in a…

  20. Roy Oswalt shines in first start after trade request

    May 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt started yesterday for the first time since requesting a trade last week and shut out the Brewers for eight innings while matching his season-high with nine strikeouts. Better yet the Astros actually gave him some rare run support in a 5-0 win. Oswalt’s record is just 3-6 because Houston’s offense is terrible, but…

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