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  1. Gregg Zaun headed to DL with shoulder injury

    May 21, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Gregg Zaun left yesterday’s game with a strained shoulder and Adam McCalvy of reports that the 39-year-old catcher will be put on the disabled list today. To replace Zaun on the roster the Brewers are expected to call up 24-year-old prospect Jonathan Lucroy from Triple-A. Angel Salome was once considered the Brewers’ top catching…

  2. The Nats release Willy Taveras

    May 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    In early February, the Reds traded Willy Taveras to the A’s.  Within a week of that going down, the A’s released him.  Then the Nats signed him, but as of today they have joined the growing fraternity of teams who have realized that being fast is not the same thing as knowing how to play…

  3. The Giants may be pushing Todd Wellemeyer out of the rotation

    May 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the Chronicle reports that Bruce Bochy is going to skip Todd Wellemeyer’s next turn in the Giants’ rotation thanks to an off-day on Monday.  Schulman has a source, however, who is telling him that Wellemeyer might be on the outs permanently, and that the Giants are considering bringing up Erick Hacker to…

  4. Red Sox 'tracking the progress of Chris Iannetta'

    May 21, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that “the Red Sox are tracking the progress of catcher Chris Iannetta in Triple-A Colorado Springs in case the Rockies make him available.” Despite being 27 years old and a three-time Opening Day starter with over 1,100 career plate appearances Iannetta was demoted to Triple-A last month when…

  5. iPads not allowed in Yankee Stadium

    May 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Yankee Stadium has always been much harder on people bringing in stuff like bags and food and whatnot, but the latest one has some people angry:  No iPads: However if you are planning to attend a Yankees home game at Yankee Stadium, leave that iPad at home! The security policies page notes that laptops are…

  6. Angel Pagan is on his own

    May 21, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I’m a huge fan of The Dugout. For those unfamiliar, it’s basically a chat room where baseball players discuss the great issues of the day.  Or something like that. And they’re not really the players, but that’s not important right now. The important thing here is that yesterday’s Dugout about the Angel Pagan game is…

  7. Let's take a short break from interleague play

    May 21, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Interleague play begins again tonight. Feel the excitement? Nah, me neither.  Don’t get me wrong: I was against interleague play when it was first proposed because I am a scared old man who fears change, but  after it got started I got used to it rather quickly. I even began to enjoy some aspects of…

  8. Will the DH come to the NL in 2012?

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    That’s the prediction of Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue, who looked on aghast as Ubaldo Jimenez cramped up while running the bases in against the Astros last night: There are millions of dollars invested in pitchers like this, including Jimenez, who is signed through 2012 with a couple of relatively inexpensive (for today’s market)…

  9. Dusty Baker is not that familiar with the Braves' roster

    May 21, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    One final note from that Braves-Reds game yesterday.  After the game, Dusty was being asked about his bullpen usage. Specifically, why he pulled Arthur Rhodes after he struck Jason Heyward out with the bases loaded rather than have him face the grand slam-hitting Brooks Conrad.  Dusty’s response: “He wouldn’t have faced Conrad,” Baker said. “It…

  10. Trevor Hoffman steps aside, for one game at least

    May 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman hasn’t officially been stripped of closer duties yet, but is expected to be unavailable for several days while working on his mechanics. Carlos Villanueva got the nod as the fill-in closer yesterday and protected a 4-3 lead with a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season. Villanueva’s overall career numbers…

  11. Nationals owner needs stitches after batting practice mishap

    May 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Listen, Mr. Lerner, the players have their jobs and you have yours, so let’s make a deal: they will refrain from pretending to swim in your giant piles of cash if you refrain from shagging fly balls in their outfield, OK? Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner received a couple of stitches on the bridge of…

  12. David Ortiz: "People is horrible"

    May 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin has a feature on David Ortiz and how he’s been dealing with his early season struggles and the criticism that comes with it.  The short answer? Not well.  Really, if you want to see the dictionary definition of a guy who can’t handle the critics, this is it. Among the…

  13. Mets pitching coach calls John Maine 'a habitual liar in a lot of ways as far as his own health'

    May 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    John Maine lasted all of five pitches versus the Nationals last night, as the Mets yanked him for “precautionary reasons” one batter into his start because of decreased velocity that began during his pregame bullpen session. Maine walked the leadoff man while failing to top 85 miles per hour, but afterward he said he wasn’t…

  14. MLBPA warning: players with criminal records could be detained entering Canada

    May 21, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Baseball and immigration: it’s not just about Arizona anymore! The MLB Players Association sent a memo — marked urgent — to all player agents yesterday, warning those who represent non-Canadian players who have a past criminal record, that, “Under Canadian immigration laws, individuals who are not Canadian citizens may be detained at the border and,…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    May 21, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3: Ken Griffey, Jr. with the pinch hit, game-winning RBI single.  Don Wakamatsu was ejected before Griffey was sent in to the game, so it wasn’t his call.  However, a source of mine secretly recorded the conversation that the remaining coaching staff had before Junior was allowed to go up and…

  16. Scherzer lights-out in first Triple-A start

    May 20, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer was optioned to Triple-A Toledo last weekend after opening the season with a 1-4 record, a 7.29 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through his first eight starts.  The demotion was understandable, given the Tigers’ presence near the top of the AL Central standings, but it looks like he won’t be in the minors…

  17. Sizing up the interest in free agent Pat Burrell

    May 20, 2010, 8:54 PM EDT

    The Rays cut ties with 33-year-old designated hitter (and former outfielder) Pat Burrell last weekend and now he is free to sign with any club.  Here’s a short round-up of the interested and uninterested teams: Mychael Urban of writes that Burrell will “NOT” be joining the Giants. The Red Sox don’t have room for…

  18. First-quarter awards: AL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    No Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander or Jon Lester here. We’ll turn to VORP again here to give us a top 10 list: 1. Doug Fister – 21.4 – 3-2, 1.96 ERA, 25/10 K/BB in 55 IP 2. Shaun Marcum – 20.0 – 3-1, 2.61 ERA, 45/14 K/BB in 62 IP 3.…

  19. First-quarter awards: NL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Here are the top 10 NL starters according to VORP, along with some relevant statistics. 1. Roy Halladay – 28.1 – 6-2, 1.64 ERA, 58/10 K/BB in 71 1/3 IP 2. Ubaldo Jimenez – 27.8 – 7-1, 1.12 ERA, 54/21 K/BB in 56 1/3 IP 3. Tim Lincecum – 23.7 – 5-0, 1.76 ERA, 69/15…

  20. Dayton Moore: "The Process" is 8-10 years

    May 20, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore has taken a lot of guff from Royals fans in the past couple of years as a result of his constant exhortations for them to “trust The Process,” which is the term he uses to refer to his plan to rebuild the Royals.  The problems with this? “The Process” is rather amorphus, inasmuch…

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