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  1. Andy Pettitte expected to miss at least one start

    May 6, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    No official announcement has been made, but Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Andy Pettitte will miss at least one start and the Yankees are deciding between Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves to replace him in the rotation. Pettitte left yesterday’s game after just five innings with elbow soreness that an MRI exam later revealed…

  2. At least one player has a problem with tasing fans

    May 6, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    So many of the people taking issue with my position on the tasing incident have cited the players’ fear of rampaging spectators and their approval of the tasing as a basis for their arguments. But it’s not a universal sentiment. Here’s Brent Mayne, former major leaguer and the on-deck hitter during the Tom Gamboa incident,…

  3. Random observation from the Phillies-Cards game

    May 6, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    I’ve only been watching it sporadically, but I think it’s worth noting that when Roy Halladay faced Albert Pujols in the top of the third (a) Roy Halladay worked fast; and (b) Albert Pujols didn’t step out of the box between pitches. Given that those two are the absolute best at what they do on…

  4. GM says slumping Drew Stubbs won't be demoted

    May 6, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts yesterday to drop his batting average to .174, but general manager Walt Jocketty said today that the 25-year-old center fielder is in no danger of being sent back to the minors: He needs to works it out on the major league level. You don’t want him to lose…

  5. Brandon Phillips, hustling and race

    May 6, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Yesterday I wrote a post in which I slammed Brandon Phillips for his “lack of hustle” when he failed to run hard out of the batters’ box.  And, objectively speaking, he did show a lack of hustle on the play in question. Rob Iracane of Walkoff Walk noticed my use of the phrase, however, and…

  6. Lance Berkman says the Astros should trade him

    May 6, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    With the Astros off to a 9-18 start and headed for fewer than 75 wins for the third time in four seasons, Lance Berkman said yesterday that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause if asked. He also said that if he were running the Astros he’d probably be trying to trade himself: If it was…

  7. Shameless Self-Promotion

    May 6, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    I will be talking baseball on the Paul and Tom Show, live at HotStove.com at 2PM.  I can almost guarantee you that they’re going to put the screws to me over the whole taser thing, so if you want to see me get all defensive, here’s your best shot!

  8. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    May 6, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    “Bomb squad? Bomb squad? They’re early!” – Dustin Pedroia, after being told that there was a bomb threat at Fenway before yesterday’s game.  He then — and I am not making this up — flexed his muscles. Between this and his “laser show” comment from the other day, I can’t think of why I’d follow…

  9. Pat Neshek's injury was misdiagnosed by Twins

    May 6, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire was described as “steaming” over the weekend when the Twins intended to demote Pat Neshek to Triple-A only to be told that the reliever preferred to be placed on the disabled list because his finger injury was still a problem. Neshek received some subtle jabs from Gardenhire and some not-so-subtle jabs from the…

  10. Eric Byrnes is probably going to retire

    May 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Softball player Eric Byrnes, who was released by the Mariners on Sunday, says that he may retire. From MLB.com: “I think this is the end. You never say never, but I think this is it. Parts of 11 seasons, man — I gave everything I had to the game. I can look myself in the…

  11. LOL: Bob Uecker and Joe Torre are texting

    May 6, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Bob Uecker and Joe Torre are just a couple of 70-somethings texting each other: Torre, the Dodgers manager and Uecker’s onetime Milwaukee Braves teammate and roommate, said he sent a get well message to Uecker via text after the Brewers broadcaster underwent heart surgery last week. Was Torre surprised to learn that the old-school Uecker…

  12. Illinois legislator wants the White Sox out of Arizona

    May 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    An Illinois legislator is calling for the Chicago White Sox to move their spring training camp out of Arizona because he objects to Arizona’s new immigration law. The lawmaker — Martin Sandoval — says that it encourages racial profiling and that he doesn’t want to keep spending taxpayers’ money on a team that continues doing…

  13. Robin Roberts: 1926-2010

    May 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Phillies great Robin Roberts has died. He was 83 years-old. No word on the cause of death, but judging by the surprise in the blogosphere and Twittervese it was not necessarily expected. Roberts led the NL in wins for four straight years in the 1950s, winning 28 games in 1952 and 23 each of the…

  14. The Yankees' injuries are getting worrisome

    May 6, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    They’re playing great baseball and everything, but the Yankees have to be worried about their health at some point, no?  Three of the core four, as all the cool kids are calling them, have gone down: Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and now Andy Pettitte, all sidelined with injuries. Now those cool kids are calling them…

  15. Orioles' prez Andy MacPhail is losing his patience

    May 6, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun, Orioles President Andy MacPhail putting his hitters on notice. Produce, or get sent down: “While you can give them some allowance for the quality of pitching that we’ve faced, our patience isn’t inexhaustible. There is going to come a time where we’re going to be obligated to keep…

  16. Can Barry Zito be the Comeback Player of the Year?

    May 6, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    As I was reading Aaron’s last post one thought sprung to my mind: “I guess Barry Zito is the Comeback Player of the Year.” But then I thought about that a bit and now I’m not so sure. Can you be the Comeback Player of the Year simply because of the expectations caused by your…

  17. Barry Zito improves to 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA

    May 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Barry Zito’s resurgence continued Wednesday, as he took a shutout into the eighth inning against the Marlins. Four straight singles followed to score a run and knock him from the game with the bases loaded, no outs, and Hanley Ramirez at the plate, but Sergio Romo wriggled out of Zito’s jam. Not only is Zito…

  18. Dallas Braden: "we don't do much talking in the 209"

    May 6, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden sat for an interview with CSN’s Mychael Urban and the subject of the whole A-Rod-on-the-mound thing came up: Urban:  What people do want to see is what’s in your head regarding Alex Rodriguez. I was on the air the day it happened, and I said, “I just fell in love with Dallas all…

  19. Willie Mays was a total jerk to Hank Aaron

    May 6, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Anyone who knows a bit about Willie Mays and Hank Aaron knows that they are totally different, temperamentally-speaking.  Mays is city, Aaron country. Mays has always been a larger than life personality, Aaron a still-waters-run-deep kind of guy.  It extended to their playing styles and, though time and age have softened the distinctions between them…

  20. "Los Suns?" The Dbacks did that years ago

    May 6, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    There was a lot of coverage of the Phoenix Suns’ decision to wear jerseys that said “Los Suns” on them as a protest against Arizona’s immigration law.  The Diamondbacks have been doing that, and more, for years, however. Back in 2007 the team began a concerted effort to attract the Hispanic fan base, entering into…

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