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  1. Video: Previewing the Yankees-Twins series

    May 14, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    This morning I recorded a Yankees-Twins series preview with Ted Berg for SNY and it’s a slow news day here at Hardball Talk, so why not watch it … New York and Minnesota are tied for the second-best record in baseball at 22-12, so it should be a good series. I’m actually feeling oddly optimistic…

  2. Rosenthal: to fix the Rays, contract the Pirates and Royals

    May 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Rosenthal’s latest is a pretty by-the-numbers “oh, those poor Rays, winning ballgames but not drawing fans” thing. Until the end, anyway, which is when you can tell the exact moment he took a slug from that bottle of Old Uncle Jeb’s Small Batch Crazy Sauce: Here’s a thought: Contraction. Not of markets, per se, though…

  3. Jeff Francis set to return 15 months after surgery

    May 14, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis last started a regular season game in September of 2008, but the Rockies left-hander is scheduled to rejoin the rotation Sunday nearly 15 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Francis’ first minor league rehab start didn’t go very well last week, but he tossed seven shutout innings…

  4. Some trenchant David Ortiz analysis

    May 14, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    I would read more newspapers if the stories were written in this style Observers were forced to admit, however, that, okay, so far in May Ortiz has put up an OPS of .999 and has seven RBIs. But for a $24.5 million platoon DH? Are you freaking kidding them? I mean, baseball insiders said, come…

  5. Fan who fell at Miller Park dies

    May 14, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    God, I hate stuff like this: A 51-year-old man who fell about 14 feet from the lower level in left field while the Chicago Cubs took batting practice at Miller Park last month has died, according to a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report released Friday. Stuart S. Springstube, a Weyauwega resident, was wearing Cubs gear…

  6. Mike Cameron close to rejoining Red Sox

    May 14, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron has played three games at Triple-A while rehabbing his strained abdominal muscle, going 2-for-8 with a double and three walks. Terry Francona initially indicated the Red Sox planned to have Cameron spend 4-5 games in the minors before coming off the disabled list, so barring a setback over the weekend he’s very close…

  7. The Wilpons may save some money

    May 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    No, not by cutting Jeff Francoeur into pieces and selling him for scrap, but by virtue of a law winding its way through Congress that could allow them to hold on to $48 million that, under current law, they might have had to forfeit as a result of their connection to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi…

  8. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright 'in talks' to join Moneyball cast

    May 14, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are signed on to play Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta in the Moneyball movie, and now Variety reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright “are in early talks” to join them. Hoffman and Moneyball director Bennett Miller worked together on Capote, which won Hoffman an Oscar. No word yet…

  9. Griffey's agent: napping story was an accident; newspaper: baloney

    May 14, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Ken Griffey Jr.’s agent took to the media yesterday to fight back on the sleeping story that, at least from where I’m sitting, people had already started to forget. But hey, agents fight for their guy whenever possible, so what say you Mr. Goldberg: Ken Griffey Jr’s agent says the napping story was accidentally published…

  10. Roy Oswalt joins Lance Berkman in being open to a trade from Astros

    May 14, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman made headlines last week for saying he’d be open to a trade and suggesting the Astros would be smart to deal him, and yesterday Roy Oswalt joined him in publicly saying he’d be open to a move. Oswalt said during an interview with MLB Network Radio that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause…

  11. So, what would be your walk-up music?

    May 14, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    I’m partial to some nice organ music at the ballpark, but I realize that’s quickly going the way of the dodo. Nowadays you whippersnappers like your bebop and “rock and roll” and all of that noise. In the unlikely event that God and fate keep you from becoming juvenile delinquents as a result of listening…

  12. Rangers' debt holder warns Selig not to seize the team

    May 14, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Monarch Alternative Capital is the fly in the ointment, the monkey in the wrench, the pain in the assets of the Texas Rangers sale.  They’re the lead debt holder, and the ones who appear to be calling the creditors’ shots in the seemingly interminable brinkmanship that has characterized the team’s sale. Today Richard Sandomir of…

  13. What can the Royals expect from Ned Yost?

    May 14, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The Royals’ obsession with former Braves continued when they named Ned Yost to replace Trey Hillman yesterday. Yost was a Braves coach back during the 90s run, and Dayton Moore knows him well.  In that respect this move fits in with other plates of comfort food Moore has ordered like Tony Pena, Jr., Kyle Davies,…

  14. Comment of the Day: La Russa is crazy like a fox

    May 14, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Longtime commenter and longtime La Russa-watcher Ron Rollins nails the Genius’ behavior regarding the Lee-Carpenter dustup to a wall: Simple misdirection. Every one will now be all over LaRussa instead of Carpenter, which is most likely what was intended. Worse thing that happens is everyone thinks LaRussa is a jerk, which he is, but one…

  15. Mets attendence is down, but it's not as bad as it looks

    May 14, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    The New York Times has an article up today about baseball’s decline in attendance, and it singles the Mets out as the biggest decliners since last year: After 22 home games, attendance at Citi Field is down 6,852 fans a game, the largest decline by number in Major League Baseball. That translates to an average…

  16. Tony La Russa is completely out to lunch

    May 14, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    What a crock of a controversy in the Cardinals-Astros game yesterday.  While no punches were thrown, the benches cleared after Carlos Lee and Chris Carpenter started arguing with one another following Lee’s pop up in the third inning. Based on all the reports I’ve read, the source of the problem was Lee yelling, presumably at…

  17. What They're Saying About Trey Hillman Getting Fired

    May 14, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Contrary to popular belief, people still do pay attention to the Royals. Here’s what the blogosphere, allied media and one Royals player is saying about Trey Hillman’s firing: Zack Greinke: It’s the players’ fault. If we win (more games), this doesn’t happen. Joe Posnanski: Why didn’t Hillman have more success as manager? There are numerous…

  18. Who fired Trey Hillman, and what does it mean for the Royals?

    May 14, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    The dreaded vote of confidence. Trey Hillman got it just this past Monday when his GM, Dayton Moore, said this: I think Trey’s done a terrific job . . . Trey is a tremendous leader. Somebody who is very consistent with who is he is day in and day out. He’s exactly what our organization…

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

    May 14, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

    Royals 6, Indians 4: Look on the bright side, Trey: not many managers can say they went out a winner. Marlins 2, Mets 1: Johan Santana and Josh Johnson each went seven innings allowing a single run. I’m going to assume that Fernando Nieve’s pitch in the dirt that allowed the winning run to score…

  20. Tim Tebow puts on a show in batting practice … like, for real

    May 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    Want more Tim Tebow news?  Of course you do. The former University of Florida quarterback is working out this offseason at Memphis University School, away from the distractions of Florida and Colorado, and this week he was asked to take batting practice with the high school’s baseball team.  How’d it go?  You can probably guess. …

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