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  1. Dallas Braden almost had to school someone else on the unwritten rules

    May 10, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    The only downside to Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday is that we narrowly missed out on a chance to have him once again bring the 209 noise about respect and the unwritten rules and all of that jive. The scene: fifth inning, nobody out, Evan Longoria at the plate. He attempts to reach on a…

  2. Billy Beane almost missed Braden's perfect game

    May 10, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    I didn’t know that Dallas Braden had a perfect game going until the eighth inning when I checked Twitter and saw everyone yammering about it. But hey, I was busy with family stuff and was monitoring a bunch of games yesterday afternoon, so I can be excused for only seeing the eighth and ninth innings.…

  3. Kershaw and Jimenez duel in Braden's shadow

    May 10, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden’s perfect game obviously overshadowed every other pitching performance Sunday, but Ubaldo Jimenez and Clayton Kershaw hooked up for a great matchup of young flamethrowers. Jimenez allowed just two hits over seven innings of one-run ball, but took his first loss of the season as Kershaw shut out the Rockies for eight innings. Kershaw…

  4. Sabean: "Triple-A baseball isn't very good"

    May 10, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    I understand the pickle Brian Sabean is in.  He has a top prospect in Buster Posey hitting .345 down in Fresno. Calling him up, however, risks making him arbitration eligible a year earlier than he otherwise might be, and the owners clearly don’t want that, what with having screwed that whole process up with Tim…

  5. Selig to seize Rangers; creditors to force team into bankruptcy

    May 10, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    What was merely suggested a week ago now appears all but certain. In response to Major League Baseball’s warning that it was going to seize the Texas Rangers from Tom Hicks and invalidate the debt that held by the creditors to Hicks Sports Group, the creditors have voted to reject the deal, reports Daniel Kaplan…

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

    May 10, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Athletics 4, Rays 0:  I wrote my real-time reaction last night when it happened, and touched on the A-Rod implications a bit later. With a night’s sleep on it, I’m thinking more cosmically about it. HardballTalk’s Senior Commenter, Old Gator, sent me a book last week called The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh,…

  7. The Week Ahead: Hey, isn't that Johnny Damon?

    May 10, 2010, 1:38 AM EDT

    It’s reunion time in Detroit as the New York Yankees come to town to take on the Tigers. And this means the Yankees get a chance to see Johnny Damon and show him how little they miss him. OK, so that’s a bit harsh, but at 21-9, New York is cruising right along. Remember the…

  8. Dallas Braden and A-Rod: what a difference a week makes

    May 9, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    It was just over two weeks ago when Alex Rodriguez walked over Dallas Braden’s mound — maybe on purpose, maybe not — kicking off a petty little feud in which no one has come off looking particularly classy. Braden barked about it being “his mound” like he was unhinged. A-Rod looked like a pompous ass…

  9. Tulo exits game with apparent quad injury

    May 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left Sunday’s game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a right quadriceps strain, according to’s Thomas Harding. Melvin Mora came on to play second base and Clint Barmes slid over to short.  Tulo was 1-for-2 with a single before exiting and is batting .311 on the year with…

  10. Dallas Braden throws a perfect game!

    May 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  He did it!! 27-up, 27-down, six via strikeout. The game ended on a Gabe Kapler grounder to short.  Dallas Braden has thrown a perfect game! Guess that’s just how they roll in the 209. They also roll modestly. During his postgame interview with the Comcast SportsNet California announcers, Braden gave credit to his catcher…

  11. UPDATE: M's fire hitting coach Alan Cockrell

    May 9, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse gathered quotes from veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney on the firing.  Here’s Griffey: “Let’s not go there. I have no comment.” And Sweeney: “It’s brutal. There are a lot of guys in here who deserve to get fired before him.” Sounds like the Mariners, or at least…

  12. Mets announcer Hernandez naps on the job

    May 9, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    The Mets are 17-13 this season and are right on the heels of the Phillies in the NL East standings, but they’ve played six extra-innings games already, including a 20-inning tilt in mid-April with the Cardinals. That kind of schedule can drain players, are it can also drain broadcasters. Check out Mets analyst Keith Hernandez…

  13. Nelson Cruz nearing return from disabled list

    May 9, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    The Rangers have mapped out a plan for the return of outfielder Nelson Cruz, or so says Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Cruz, 29, got off to a ferocious start this season, posting a .319 batting average, a .758 slugging percentage and seven home runs in 62 at-bats before suffering a hamstring strain. …

  14. A first-hand account of Mike Stanton's colossal Double-A home run

    May 9, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Marlins outfield prospect Mike Stanton is on an absolute tear this season for Double-A Jacksonville with a  .340 batting average, a .477 on-base percentage, an .840 slugging percentage and 14 home runs in just 27 games.  Rehabbing reliever Dan Meyer was able to take in one of those homers Thursday in Jacksonville.  Here’s how he…

  15. Kurt Suzuki nearly ready to return to A's

    May 9, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, who has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a strained rib cage, is expected to return to the A’s starting lineup on Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Suzuki is a major part of the A’s offense and should provide a nice emotional boost for the…

  16. Sunday morning reading material: Ernie Harwell

    May 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Detroit Free Press is running an incredible three-part “final” interview this week with the late (and great) Ernie Harwell, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92.  From the Free Press’ lead-in: “Last fall, Free Press sports editor Gene Myers, photographer Mandi Wright and picture editor Diane Weiss visited Ernie and Lulu…

  17. Mauer set to return to Twins' starting lineup

    May 9, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Big news for Twins fans.  According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, catcher Joe Mauer will return to the starting lineup on Sunday as the designated hitter. Mauer has missed over a week with a bruised left heel, but is apparently unfazed by swinging a bat and was able to serve as a pinch-hitter…

  18. Brewers' Jody Gerut hits for the cycle

    May 8, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Brewers outfielder Jody Gerut hit for the cycle during Saturday’s rout of the Diamondbacks, tallying a solo homer in the second inning, a bases-loading single in the third, an RBI triple in the fourth and a two-run double in the ninth.  Quite an evening for the 32-year-old .262/.326/.433 career hitter. Gerut’s cycle is only the…

  19. Teixeira homers three times in Yanks' 14-3 rout

    May 8, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira entered Saturday’s action with a .181 batting average, a .295 slugging percentage and only two home runs through 105 at-bats.  When he checks the box score tomorrow, things will look a little different. The big man exploded for three home runs and five RBI Saturday evening against the Red Sox,…

  20. Free agent Geoff Jenkins likely to retire

    May 8, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Free agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins hinted Saturday to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s likely to retire if he isn’t offered a contract soon. “There were some calls (in the spring) but they were to go to Triple-A,” said Jenkins. “That just wasn’t in my heart.  Part of it is ego but…

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