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  1. Ailing Rafael Furcal lands on disabled list for Dodgers

    May 4, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal, who hasn’t played since April 27 because of strained left hamstring, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday and replaced by Nick Green on the Dodgers’ roster. The Dodgers gave Furcal a week to see if he could recover without a DL stint, but the 32-year-old shortstop has never been known as a…

  2. Ryan Madson will be out eight weeks

    May 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Phillies’ bullpen: closer/setup man Ryan Madson, who had surgery on his toe today, is expected to miss eight weeks. The Phillies bullpen is not the utter disaster area it was been portrayed as being as recently as a week ago, but it is third worst in the NL in batting average…

  3. The Giants hit into a lot of double plays

    May 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what’s the most surprising thing about this article: 1. That the Giants are on pace to hit into 209 double plays, which would beat the current record by a country mile; 2. That the Giants’ offense has actually produced enough base runners to hit into that many double plays; or 3. That…

  4. Something Nationals fans don't want to hear

    May 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    What’s that you ask? Why, a comparison between Stephen Strasburg and Mark Prior, which is what Rob Neyer is offering today. It’s not a scary comparison — he’s talking about their brief minor league tracks, not mechanics or injuries or anything — but it’s an unsettling reference all the same.  One that makes you realize,…

  5. Verducci: Take-and-rake baseball is the game's biggest problem

    May 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tom Verducci believes he’s figured out what’s wrong with baseball, and, in the course of what really is an interesting article, says what it is: there is simply not enough contact: . . . we are missing an essential part of the game’s allure and romance: the crack of the bat. You hear it less…

  6. Agent softens quotes about Cliff Lee's future with the Mariners

    May 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Over the weekend agent Darek Braunecker made headlines and drew criticism for saying he “wouldn’t anticipate” Cliff Lee re-signing with the Mariners, with my main beef being that there’s just no need to say stuff like that six months from free agency and immediately after Lee’s first start. Lee apparently agreed, because he quickly tried…

  7. Oakland will no longer enforce Lew Wolff's unconstituonal sign policy

    May 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I missed this one from last week, but given that today seems to be all about Constitutional rights and unruly fans and everything, it’s timely enough. The Athletics had a fan removed from the Coliseum last month for holding up a sign that said “Wolff Lied. He Never Tried,” obviously referring to owner Lew Wolff’s…

  8. After ugly rehab start, Chris Young to undergo 'further testing'

    May 4, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    What happens when you’re supposed to be tuning up for a return to the majors with a rehab start at Double-A and instead you cough up five runs without making it out of the first inning? Well, in the case of Chris Young and his injured shoulder the Padres have ordered “further testing.” “I think…

  9. The Mariners are looking for offense, but no one is dealing

    May 4, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says that he’s looking to improve the M’s anemic offense, but there’s just nothing happening out there: “I’ve made a tremendous amount of phone calls. I continue to make phone calls. I’ve made several phone calls in the last three or four days. But it’s like hunting season. It’s not hunting…

  10. Stephen Strasburg one step from the majors after promotion to Triple-A

    May 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    As expected, the Nationals officially promoted Stephen Strasburg to Triple-A today. Strasburg struggled in his final Double-A start, but finished his time there with a 1.64 ERA, .165 opponents’ batting average, and 27/6 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post speculates that Strasburg is now “roughly one month away” from the…

  11. That kid in Philly should not have been tased

    May 4, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Let me start out by acknowledging a couple of things: 1. That kid at the Phillies game had no business whatsoever being on the field last night. He should be arrested and charged to the fullest extent the law allows. 2. Fans on the field represent a threat to the athletes. I remember the Monica…

  12. Maybe it's not the best time to try to trade Prince Fielder

    May 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    On Saturday I opined that if the Brewers keep stinking up the joint they should consider trading Prince Fielder.  Ken Rosenthal makes a good point however: it may not be the best time to trade the guy. Specifically, Rosenthal notes that, of the current contenders, not too many of them need a first baseman. And…

  13. Wilson Ramos makes even more history in his second game

    May 4, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Sunday afternoon Wilson Ramos went 4-for-5 against the Indians to become the 12th player in baseball history and the first since 1998 to have four hits in his MLB debut. For an encore he went 3-for-4 with two doubles last night versus the Tigers, becoming the eighth player to ever collect three or more hits…

  14. Carlos Beltran hopes to begin running next week

    May 4, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Reports last week had Carlos Beltran “not close to returning” from knee surgery, but yesterday the All-Star center fielder told the New York Daily News that he at least plans to begin running by early next week. Physically, I’m in good shape. I feel strong. When I’m hitting, I feel like I’m hitting good, with…

  15. Mike Rizzo scouts Bryce Harper, likes what he sees

    May 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that the talk of his allegedly bad attitude and his high asking price has apparently done nothing to dissuade the Nats from drafting Bryce Harper first in next months’ draft. In fact, it sounds like Washington is hotter for Harper than they ever have been: Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo went…

  16. Charlie Manuel says Brad Lidge 'looked ready' to close last night

    May 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel said Monday afternoon that Brad Lidge wasn’t ready to resume closing yet, but apparently changed his mind following a scoreless inning just a few hours later. After the game Manuel said: Tonight he looked ready. His slider was better. His fastball was better. Everything about it was better. Ryan Madson is set to…

  17. Kelvim Escobar to have season-ending surgery

    May 4, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Not terribly surprising given that he hasn’t stepped on the mound since winter ball, but at least now it’s official: Escobar will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn capsule in front of his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. Escobar has only pitched in one game since 2007, and earlier…

  18. Kerry Wood gets shellacked in his first rehab start

    May 4, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood had his first rehab start last night and he got hammered, giving up six runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning for AA Arkron. Wood has an $11 million option for 2011 which vests if he finishes 55 games. Based on how things went last night, I’m going to guess that…

  19. Rich Harden finally gets on track by dominating former team

    May 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Apparently all he needed was a matchup against his former team (or maybe it was the punchless lineup), because Rich Harden turned in his first impressive start of the season Monday night in Oakland. He shut out the A’s for seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out nine and walking zero. In his…

  20. Ron Washington gets ejected . . . for some reason

    May 4, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Rich Harden fielded a chopper to the mound in the second inning of last night’s Rangers-Athletics game. He ran it back to the bag himself, beating Eric Chavez by a mile.  Chavez was called out. Problem: based on the video, Harden did not appear to touch the bag. The umpires conferred after the call and…

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