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  1. Baseball America ranks Stephen Strasburg as the best draft prospect since 1989

    May 10, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis has an interesting article today ranking the 20 best draft prospects since he joined the magazine in 1989. He has Stephen Strasburg as the best at-the-time-of-the-draft prospect during that span, with previous “best college pitcher of all time” Mark Prior at No. 2 and “the Strasburg of the pre-internet…

  2. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. to retire or be released sometime this month

    May 10, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    A pretty major story from Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News-Tribune in which it is reported that the Seattle Mariners will soon urge Ken Griffey, Jr. to retire, and if he doesn’t they’ll release him, most likely this month. LaRue says “the end is near” for Griffey.  The reasons: For one thing, obvious lack of…

  3. Your Pfun Pfact of the Day: The value of perfect games

    May 10, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    From the Twitter account of one Tirico Suave: Prize for pitching a perfect game in MLB2K10: $1 million. Dallas Braden’s 2010 salary: $420,000. And the kid who won the million bucks doesn’t have to run in the outfield between starts.

  4. Quote of the Day: clothes you can puke on

    May 10, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    No, they’re still wearing clothes you can puke on. – Dick, a random Twins fan, when asked if fans are starting to dress up more for Twins games now that they’ve started playing in their fancy new stadium. I’m glad to see that Twins fans are keeping it casual. At least, I think they are.…

  5. Royals predictably aren't playing Kila Ka'aihue

    May 10, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When the Royals called up Kila Ka’aihue from Triple-A last week I wondered if they’d actually play him, guessing that the answer would be no because … well, they are the Royals after all. Sure enough, Ka’aihue has started just once in five games since the call-up. Now, in fairness to the Royals they have…

  6. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 10, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    1. Rays: Having a perfect game thrown against them isn’t enough to knock ‘em out of the top spot, but the Yankees had the better week and could have easily been ranked first here. If nothing changes next week I just might switch ‘em anyway, because I’m tired of posting Rays pictures to the right.…

  7. Carlos Zambrano will stay in the bullpen for now

    May 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Now that the Cubs’ starters are struggling as much as their relievers Lou Piniella was asked yesterday whether he’s considered moving Carlos Zambrano back into the rotation: No, right now we need Carlos right where he’s at. We asked Carlos to do something that would help this team, and it’s helped this team. If you…

  8. David Wright blows up

    May 10, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    David Wright gets some garbage about not being a firey team leader from time to time. He’s working on the firey, though. Just check out his reaction to his called strike three in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Mets-Giants game. I’m pretty sure at one point that Wright told the umpire to “get the funk…

  9. Alex Rodriguez ties Frank Robinson for seventh on the all-time homer list

    May 10, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    After being dragged into the story about Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez also homered against the Red Sox last night to tie Frank Robinson for seventh place on the all-time list with 586. It was Rodriguez’s first homer in 61 at-bats and just his third of the season, but his next long…

  10. Should Mike Piazza go into the Hall of Fame as a Dodger or a Met?

    May 10, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    This question was inspired by Mr. Piazza’s own comments in the New York Times over the weekend, in which he says he’d prefer to go in with a Mets cap: The bulk of my career was with the Mets,” he said, “and after going through the trade, then the drama of 9/11. I’ll never forget…

  11. The Indians give Kerry Wood his closer job back for some reason

    May 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    When the Indians activated Kerry Wood on Friday, Aaron thought that the Indians should ease him back into things with some middle relief work or something, but that the team would probably try to rush him back and get some saves under his belt so he could be more easily flipped sometime this summer. As…

  12. Dallas Braden's postgame press conference

    May 10, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Here are some of Dallas Braden’s comments after yesterday’s perfecto.   I like the part where he says that he’d like to have some of the same career accomplishments as the other 18 men who threw perfect games. The way I see it the only thing he’s got to do to top Len Barker is…

  13. Bobby Jenks is back on the hot seat in Chicago

    May 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks’ blown save Sunday afternoon was his first of the year, but the ugly outing raised his ERA to 6.75 ERA and afterward Ozzie Guillen talked as if switching closers was on his mind. Matt Thornton is among the league’s top setup men and Jenks’ declining raw stuff made him one of my “bust”…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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