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  1. Wrist injury sends J.J. Hardy to the disabled list

    May 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy injured his left wrist sliding into third base on a triple that proved to be the game-winning run last Tuesday and this afternoon the Twins put him on the disabled list. Rather than replace him with legitimate prospect like Luke Hughes, Danny Valencia, or Trevor Plouffe the Twins have added to their amazing…

  2. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan takes her cuts

    May 11, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    This is not a political or legal blog, so I will  keep my opinions about Elena Kagan’s fitness as a Justice to myself. But I at least figured that all of you should know that this is a picture of the person who will most likely be the next Justice of the United States Supreme…

  3. The White Sox sign Alan Embree

    May 11, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Have left arm, will travel: the Chisox have signed Alan Embree to a minor league deal and assigned him to Charlotte. Embree, of course, began the year in the Bosox organization, but was let go by the team without throwing a pitch for the big club. Embree actually pitched 39 games for the White Sox…

  4. Royals manager Trey Hillman isn't long for the job

    May 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star writes that Trey Hillman is basically a dead manager walking, with the only question being whether the Royals will fire him during the season or simply let his contract run out. I’m of the opinion that general manager Dayton Moore deserves a bigger share of the blame than…

  5. Padres place Kevin Correia on the bereavement list

    May 11, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    This is truly terrible.  Padres’ pitcher Kevin Correia’s 22 year-old brother was killed in a hiking accident at Channel Islands National Park over the weekend. Correia obviously missed his Saturday start as he rushed to be with his family.  Today the Padres placed him on the bereavement list. A player on the bereavement list can…

  6. Michael Bourn suspended two games for making contact with umpire

    May 11, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    MLB has suspended Astros center fielder Michael Bourn two games for “aggressive actions” that included making physical contact with umpire Alfonso Marquez during the ninth inning of Saturday’s game. Bourn angrily protested a close call at first base and in the process made what he described as “accidental” contact with Marquez, who immediately ejected him.…

  7. The Braves to retire Brook Jacoby's number

    May 11, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Well, he did have it first. The team is being gracious enough, however, to include Tom Glavine in the ceremony this August 6th.  Glavine will also be inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame. Jacoby’s induction is apparently being delayed by politics and the usual kind of B.S. that tends to accompany these things. In…

  8. This June's Philles-Jays series to be moved to Philadelphia

    May 11, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There have been rumblings about this since February, but there will be an announcement later today in which the Jays-Phillies series currently scheduled for June 25-27th in Toronto will be moved to Citizens Bank Park in Philly due to interference from the G-20 summit, which is also scheduled in Toronto for that time. The technical…

  9. Mark DeRosa 'starting to question some things' with lingering wrist injury

    May 11, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa is batting just .194 following offseason wrist surgery and hasn’t been himself since first suffering the injury in the middle of last season, hitting .224 with a .293 on-base percentage and .374 slugging percentage in 83 games. DeRosa is scheduled to be examined by a wrist specialist today after expressing his frustration with…

  10. Add Jose Valverde to the closer dance party

    May 11, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    People have groused about Joba Chamberlain and Jonathan Papelbon’s post-strikeout and post-save fist pumps and histrionics for years now, but it’s time to add someone else to that list: Jose Valverde.  Check out his display from last night’s Yankees-Tigers game, which the good people at MLB.com have so helpfully put on a single, 43 second…

  11. Brad Lidge's surgically repaired elbow is sore

    May 11, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge moved back into the closer role Sunday and picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, but was unavailable last night because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. Jose Contreras was warming up to attempt a one-run save in Lidge’s place before Ross Gload’s ninth-inning homer extended…

  12. Joe Torre: out of L.A. and back to the Mets?

    May 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reported in his latest video cast that “friends of Joe Torre doubt he would tolerate another year of the Dodgers’ penny-pinching circus” and that, as a result he’s looking for a way out of L.A. That report was shot down by Torre himself yesterday, saying “obviously they’re no friends of mine.”  Still, he’s…

  13. So what's David Wright's problem?

    May 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    David Wright is struggling lately, and this morning we have two competing explanations for it.  First is Tim Smith of the Daily News: Wright won’t admit it, but Citi Field has gotten inside his head and he can’t shake it. If a park can haunt a baseball player, then Citi Field is haunting Wright. How…

  14. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    And here we thought being in the best shape of his life would make a big difference.  Here’s the great Fergie Jenkings on the Cubs’ highly-paid mopup man: “The guy I thought was going to be a winner was Carlos Zambrano,” Jenkins said. “But he just can’t get it together.” The reason, Jenkins speculated, was…

  15. Castro commits three errors in Wrigley debut

    May 11, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    No one really notices this sort of thing if Starlin Castro didn’t hit 6 RBI in his big-splash major league debut last Friday, but he did, so people notice. It was a bad night for Castro against the Marlins, as he committed three errors at short. A video reel of all three can be seen…

  16. Sore shoulder puts Carlos Gomez on disabled list

    May 11, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez has been out since injuring his shoulder last Wednesday and he finally landed on the disabled list Monday, leaving Jim Edmonds as the Brewers’ primary center fielder and giving Jody Gerut some extra playing time too. Gomez had his usual awful strikeout-to-walk ratio before going down, but was hitting .276 with good power…

  17. Scouting reports on umpires? Why not?

    May 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Every umpire has a reputation, but some teams aren’t content with simply knowing if a guy is a pitchers’ ump or a hitters’ ump. They’re getting detailed with it Ron Washington flips the pages of his three-ring notebook, filled with inside info on the other team’s pitchers and hitters. The Texas manager gets to the…

  18. Cameron on Griffey: "It's not the fact that he was asleep"

    May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner knows the Seattle Mariners better than anyone, and last night he completely nailed the whole Griffey sleeping in the clubhouse thing.  It’s not the nap per se; it’s what it represents: . . . the fact that two teammates would talk to a reporter about Junior being asleep during a…

  19. The Mets designate Catalanotto for assignment; call up Chris Carter

    May 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Mets designated utilityman Frank Catalanotto for assignment after last night’s game, and have called up Chris Carter from Buffalo. Carter, an outfielder by trade, has hit .336 with a 1.001 OPS in 29 games with the Bisons. He’s 27 and has had 132 minor league homers, so he’s not exactly been on the prospect…

  20. Josh Beckett injures back taking batting practice

    May 11, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon the Red Sox announced that they were pushing Josh Beckett’s next start back from Wednesday versus the Blue Jays to Friday versus the Tigers, which also put him in line to miss the Yankees next week after giving up nine runs against them in his last outing. At the time the move was…

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