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  1. Eric Byrnes lands roster spot on softball team

    May 6, 2010, 1:21 AM EDT

    After going 3-for-32 and earning his release from the Seattle Mariners, it didn’t take long for Eric Byrnes to land on his feet. The 34-year-old outfielder, who once stole 50 bases for the Arizona Diamondbacks (a feat the D-backs are still paying for), has earned a roster spot with a rec league softball team sponsored…

  2. Manny set to return to Dodgers on Saturday

    May 5, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, sidelined since the night of April 22 with a left calf strain, is expected to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup this Saturday, according to Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times.  Big stuff for the Mannywood faithful. Ramirez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single on Tuesday in his first rehab game at…

  3. Phillies avoid on-field distraction … for a night

    May 5, 2010, 11:14 PM EDT

    The Phillies made it through Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals without a fan running onto the field for the first time in three nights.  Deserving or undeserving, let’s chalk up some of the credit to their new stadium policies. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Philadelphia police officers will no longer be involved in…

  4. UPDATE: "Bobby Cocks" cake, now with video!

    May 5, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Cox told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t even know about the blunder at the time and laughed off the idea that it might bother him.  Good ole Bobby. 3:25pm: The story is nice, but I’m not gonna lie to you: the video really makes it come alive:  

  5. Bradley to Mariners: "I need your help"

    May 5, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  MLB.com’s Peter Gammons received a text from Bradley on Wednesday night stating: “Any reports I said I’m packing up and leaving are 100% fabricated.”  It should come as no surprise.  He may be an abrasive man, but he’s not going to leave $21 million on the table. 9:49pm: As Craig chronicled earlier, Milton Bradley…

  6. Braves' Heyward pulled with left groin injury

    May 5, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    Budding outfielder Jason Heyward was lifted in the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals due to a left groin injury, the Braves revealed to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Melky Cabrera replaced the young superstar in right field and may need to man the position for the next few days while Matt Diaz covers…

  7. First-month minor league review – Pacific Coast League

    May 5, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    OPS leaders 1. Jay Gibbons (Dodgers) – .400/.405/.757 – 1163 2. John Lindsey (Dodgers) – .410/.465/.654 – 1119 3. Joe Borchard (Giants) – .366/.464/.646 – 1110 4. Kila Ka’aihue (Royals) – .304/.466/.620 – 1086 5. Chris Lubanski (Blue Jays) – .307/.357/.693 – 1050 6. Brandon Boggs (Rangers) – .333/.437/.600 – 1037 7. Mike Baxter (Padres)…

  8. UPDATE: Andy Pettitte out with elbow soreness

    May 5, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  The MRI revealed “mild left elbow inflammation,” according to MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch.  Pettitte will be evaluated daily and could be forced to miss his next scheduled start.  A short stay on the 15-day disabled list is also a possibility. * * * * * * * * * * 5:10pm: Andy Pettitte…

  9. Catcher J.R. Towles the fall guy for Astros' abysmal start

    May 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Towles had to know his margin for error was pretty slim at the start of the year. That he beat out 2008 first-round pick Jason Castro for a starting job was partly a financial decision — the Astros had quite a bit to gain there by sending Castro down for another two months —…

  10. Ubaldo Jimenez and his mama

    May 5, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Guys usually get mocked if they live with their mamas at age 26.  This is not the case if you are 6-0 with 0.87 ERA and a no-hitter under your belt: Ramona Garcia de Jimenez spends baseball season just as she has the past 26 years, taking care of her son, Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo…

  11. Braves place Jair Jurrjens on the DL

    May 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Braves starter Jair Jurrjens has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He actually did it last Thursday and had been hoping it was but a scratch — a flesh wound, if you will — but it’s not getting better. Atlanta will move Kris Medlen, who has a 2.70 ERA and…

  12. Twins sweep Tigers, increase lead to 3.5 games

    May 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Minnesota finished a three-game sweep of Detroit this afternoon and now leads the AL Central by 3.5 games. Alex Avila took Jon Rauch deep in the ninth inning for the Tigers’ fourth homer of the day, cutting the Twins’ lead to 5-4, but the replacement closer retired the next three batters to convert his eighth…

  13. UPDATE: Mariano Rivera sits out third straight save opportunity

    May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Mariano Rivera may have wanted to pitch today, but the Yankees turned to Boone Logan and then Alfredo Aceves to close out a 7-5 victory in a messy ninth inning. With a scheduled day off tomorrow, Joe Girardi apparently wanted to give Rivera extra rest before the series against Boston begins Friday. * *…

  14. Johnny Damon leaves Tigers-Twins game with calf spasms

    May 5, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    At this point I’ve completely lost track of the number of calf injuries that have occurred in baseball this season. It’s like the shark attacks in the summer of 2001. They probably always happened, but we’re all of a sudden hearing of them every single day. The latest victim: Johnny Damon, who left in the…

  15. Freddy Sanchez finally inching closer to return

    May 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Freddy Sanchez will begin a minor-league rehab assignment “no later than Tuesday” of next week. Sanchez has been playing extended spring training games in Arizona, but manager Bruce Bochy speculated that he’ll need about 30 at-bats on the rehab stint before potentially rejoining the Giants. Acquired…

  16. Jermaine Dye doesn't think he'll be playing baseball this summer

    May 5, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    He didn’t say anything along those lines, but a little bird told me that Jermaine Dye is angling for an invite to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship* that will be held in Lake Tahoe in mid-July. Or, as we call it around these parts “baseball season.” That suggests that Dye isn’t exactly confident that…

  17. Kevin Millar puts off TV gig for independent ball

    May 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Last month, after failing to land spot on the Cubs’ bench, Kevin Millar retired and took a job with MLB Network, saying: Working with the guys at the MLB Network is the next best thing to actually being in a clubhouse. I’m really excited to get started and have some fun. In the three weeks…

  18. Will the Royals actually play Kila Ka'aihue?

    May 5, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Back in 2008, when he was 24 years old, Kila Ka’aihue hit .314 with 37 homers, 104 walks, and a 1.085 OPS in 124 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Two years later the Royals may finally be giving him a shot, with Ka’aihue joining the roster yesterday in place of the injured Rick Ankiel after…

  19. Report: Milton Bradley left stadium mid-game last night

    May 5, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Remember this morning’s post about Milton Bradley getting benched, getting mad and not hanging around for the media after that?  Yeah, seems he didn’t even hang around for the end of the game. According to Mike Salk of ESPN 710 in Seattle, he Bradley left the team and the ballpark mid-game: The Mariners appear to…

  20. Rondell White, Cliff Floyd and four other ballplayers scammed, lawsuit says

    May 5, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ex-ballplayers Rondell White, Cliff Floyd, Gregg Jeffries and Todd Hundley — and current ballplayers David Wright and Jason Marquis — were allegedly defrauded in a real estate scam.  So says the complaint White and Floyd have filed in federal court anyway: The lawsuit claims that [Defendant Stephen] Hill, who had served as White and Floyd’s…

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