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  1. UPDATE: Dontrelle Willis traded to Diamondbacks

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Tigers will acquire right-hander Billy Buckner in return. And the final piece of the puzzle, Jon Heyman of SI.com says that the Tigers will pay all but the prorated $400K major league minimum to ship Willis to the Diamondbacks. 6:18 PM: Another trade! According to…

  2. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett a DL candidate

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that it’s a “50-50 proposition” whether shortstop Jason Bartlett will land on the disabled list because of right hamstring soreness. Bartlett has been slumping and was recently dropped from first to last in Tampa Bay’s lineup, so a break might not be the worst thing. He’s hitting just .231/.327/.330 this…

  3. Darin Erstad's charity auction is a must see

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    I’ve said plenty of unkind things about Darin Erstad the ballplayer over the past several years, but there’s certainly never been an issue with Darin Ersad the person. As the Orange County Register pointed out today, Erstad currently has a charity auction up on ebay, with several items ending Wednesday night and others expiring later…

  4. Boras: Bryce Harper shouldn't catch

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Actually, what he said about his prized client was “no baseball person in his right mind will have the guy catch.” Which seems strange considering Harper himself is on record as saying he wants to catch and every team would value his bat way higher as a catcher than they would elsewhere (even though his…

  5. Mike Cameron held out of lineup with sore abdomen

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were happy about the prospect of getting both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron back into the outfield, but now Ellsbury is back on the DL and Mike Cameron is reporting soreness in his abdomen, keeping him out of today’s game. The good news, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, is…

  6. Jamie Moyer is poised to become the home run king

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark points out something I hadn’t noticed: Jamie Moyer is four homer runs allowed away from becoming the all-time leader in that category.  When he does it, he’ll pass pformer Phillie Robin Roberts for the title. A partner in my old law office once had a $100 million judgment entered against his client following…

  7. Hey, a trade! The Jays send Dana Eveland to Pittsburgh

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It was less than a month ago when we saw Dana Eveland throw seven shutout innings on only two hits. But baseball is a what have you done for me lately sport, and since that great show against the White Sox on May 6th, Eveland has allowed 17 runs in just over nine innings. As…

  8. UPDATE: Jeter is in tonight's lineup

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Lineups were just announced for tonight’s Yankees-Orioles tilt. The Captain will play. Damn. Now I owe Nick Swisher a million bucks. Hope he takes a check. 11:15 A.M. Derek Jeter got plunked on the leg during yesterday’s game and ended up leaving when his hamstring stiffened up. The injury is being characterized as minor,…

  9. Mark Teahen put on disabled list with fractured middle finger

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Mark Teahen injured the middle finger on his right hand fielding a ground ball Sunday and X-rays revealed a fracture, so the White Sox placed him on the disabled list this afternoon and called up Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A. Teahen started 41 of the White Sox’s first 50 games at third base, but hit just…

  10. Four teams interested in Dontrelle Willis

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    We knew about the Diamondbacks, but according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Mets, Brewers and Marlins are also interested in Dontrelle Willis. We were hearing various tweets and emanations from the Mets this morning that they weren’t really interested in Willis, what with already having their own walk-happy lefty. At least…

  11. Line drive to head miraculously won't keep David Huff from making next start

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Not only has David Huff somehow avoided a serious injury after taking an Alex Rodriguez line drive off his head Saturday, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that he’s not even expected to miss a start. Huff threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems afterward, saying he hasn’t had dizziness or headaches despite the…

  12. You should read "Cardboard Gods"

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’m only about two months late in getting a review out for this book, but (a) there are so many baseball books that come out at the beginning of the season that it may have gotten lost in the shuffle; and (b) better late than never.  Especially in this case, because it’s a book you…

  13. Derek Holland diagnosed with strained shoulder

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Derek Holland’s fastball is typically 92-93 miles per hour, but he was throwing just 86-88 mph in the first inning of Sunday night’s start against the Twins. His velocity eventually rose to 90-91 mph, but after several mound visits from the manager, pitching coach, and trainer the Rangers pulled the 23-year-old southpaw from the game…

  14. Putting Ubaldo Jimenez's start in perspective

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted this morning, Ubaldo Jimenez has been nothing short of amazing to begin the season, going 10-1 with a 0.78 ERA so far. He has now put in 11 straight starts in which he has allowed two earned runs or fewer. Astounding, yes. But unprecedented? Alas, no.  At least not in terms of…

  15. Cardinals hoping to have Brad Penny back in the rotation by mid-June

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse was back in the Cardinals’ clubhouse yesterday following forearm surgery that’s expected to sideline him for at least two months, but general manager John Mozeliak said the team is unlikely to pursue a veteran replacement for the rotation in part because they expect Brad Penny to return soon. Penny is on the disabled…

  16. The Supreme Court loves its baseball

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    There was a nice story in the New York Times yesterday detailing just how crazy U.S. Supreme Court justices have tended to be about baseball over the years.  Alito is a huge Phillies fan who, despite observing that the Phanatic, well, kind of smells, had him as a guest at a party once.  Sotomayor is…

  17. Oliver Perez will not be released

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    That’s what Mets sources are telling Jon Heyman, anyway.  This despite the fact that he’s (a) doing nothing to help the team; and (b) is sowing dissension in the ranks as a result of his bullheaded refusal to accept a minor league assignment. Really, it’s as if he’s begging to be released, but no dice…

  18. Alex Rodriguez climbs to third place all time with 20th career grand slam

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez delivered his 20th career grand slam yesterday after Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked in front of him, moving past Eddie Murray into third place all time behind only Manny Ramirez with 21 and Lou Gehrig with 23. Rodriguez has come to the plate with the bases loaded 243 times during his career, hitting…

  19. Strasburg will probably pitch 95 innings for the Nats

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that, based on the formula the Nationals use in order to manage young pitchers’ workloads, Stephen Strasburg will be held to 95 major league innings this season which, on top of the 50.1 he’s thrown so far, and the five or so we can expect him to pitch…

  20. More umpires gone wild: Bill Hohn ejects Roy Oswalt

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Someone at Major League Baseball needs to stage an intervention because the umpires are out of control. Last week we saw Joe West and Bob Davidson decide that the game was all about them. Yesterday it was Bill Hohn’s turn. The scene (which you can see here): the Astros-Nationals game. Hohn was behind the plate…

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