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  1. 'Cowboy' Joe West goes looking for trouble again, ejects Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle

    May 26, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Joe West made headlines last month for complaining about the pace of Yankees-Red Sox games and this afternoon the veteran umpire once again made himself the story by ejecting Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle. Guillen’s ejection came in the second inning, when he argued West’s balk call against Buehrle. An inning later West called another…

  2. Brewers manager Ken Macha tired of 'negativism' and 'poppycock'

    May 26, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Asked yesterday about Brewers owner Mark Attanasio giving him a vote of confidence following the team’s poor start, manager Ken Macha showed a rare bit of emotion while scolding reporters: Sunday was an exceptional day and to have any negative questions in this meeting today is poppycock. Because we had a tough game on Friday,…

  3. Sammy Sosa will not be prosecuted for perjury. Not that this is news.

    May 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt reports that the Congressional committee that Sammy Sosa testified before in 2005 — famously speaking in Spanish, rather than English — has decided not to charge Sammy Sosa with perjury despite the fact that he was later revealed to have tested positive for PEDs prior to his testimony.…

  4. Carlos Zambrano rejoining rotation next week

    May 26, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano prepared for his move back to the rotation with a 73-pitch simulated game Monday and is now scheduled to start against the Pirates during a three-game series that begins Monday. Exactly which game he’ll start and who he’ll bump from the rotation is unclear, and Piniella indicated that Zambrano may still be available…

  5. Cleveland fans: Omar Vizquel is the best shortstop of all time

    May 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I know internet polls are unscientific and useless, and that internet polls on big newspaper sites are even worse than most, but this one still has my jaw dropping.  It’s from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the question is “who’s the best shortstop who ever played the game?.” Not the best Indians shortstop. The best…

  6. One on One with Evan Longoria

    May 26, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Our own Tiffany Simons interviewed Evan Longoria and he let spill on all manner of topics, including whether he did his own stunts in that New Era commercial, his recent modeling gig (the Men’s Journal one, that is. Get your mind out of the gutter); which Tampa Bay Ray is the greatest card shark (I…

  7. As expected, the creditors are objecting to the Rangers bankruptcy plan

    May 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The first hearing was held in the Texas Rangers bankruptcy yesterday.  As I presumed might happen, the creditors to Hicks Sports Group spoke up and objected to the Greenberg-Ryan sale, insisting that baseball “fast-tracked” the team’s sale to a lower bidder and that “there’s a better bid out there.” There will be a lot happening…

  8. The Dodgers sue Jon Lovitz

    May 26, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Oh wait, it’s actually not the ticket, and that’s the problem: Comic Jon Lovitz and others are being sued by the Los Angeles Dodgers over claims they failed to pay nearly $100,000 for season tickets for the 2010 baseball season. Delaware-based Dodger Tickets LLC filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit Monday in Los…

  9. Omar Vizquel will probably retire after this year

    May 26, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    On Monday night Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for second all-time in hits by a shortstop.  Last night Vizquel said that could very well be the last milestone he hits and that he may very well retire after the season. He’s not yet committing one way or the other, but he did say that “this…

  10. The Astros aren't shopping Oswalt, but did the Dodgers inquire anyway?

    May 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Tony Jackson reports that “a source with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity” said that the Astros aren’t looking to trade Roy Oswalt right now. Of course we always hear this about big trade chits. Remember last year how J.P. Ricciardi was saying that he wasn’t really trying hard…

  11. The independent leagues are tough, brother

    May 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The independent leagues are a tough business, and I’m not just talking about the low pay and poor working conditions. Former Tigers/Reds/Nats awesomefielder Dmitri Young is now a consultant and hitting instructor with the Oakland County Cruisers of the Frontier League.  He was just on Sirius/XM and said that the team’s driver stole the team…

  12. Rays-Sox home plate ump was out of control

    May 26, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford and Joe Maddon were ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning in last night’s Rays-Red Sox game after arguing balls and strikes. That’s fine as far as it goes because they know the rule: you can’t argue balls and strikes. Except in this case the far greater wrong was umpire Bob Davidson’s…

  13. Vlad Guerrero doubles on an impossible pitch

    May 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    How do you know Vlad Guerrero is back?  He’s back to hitting ridiculously horrible pitches with authority. Check out the video of his RBI double in the seventh inning from last night’s game against the Royals.  It was a sinker inside — way inside — that he just turned on and sent down the leftfield…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 26, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: In light the Phillies’ struggles against Tim Wakefied and R.A. Dickey (6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 7K), the Mets are rumored to have offered contracts to Charlie Hough and Steve Sparks, the Braves are trying to persuade Phil Niekro to come out of retirement , the Nationals have been in…

  15. UPDATE: Albert Pujols' agent leaves Beverly Hills Sports Council

    May 26, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that all of Lozano’s clients are expected to come along with him. 9:12 PM: Interesting news. According to Jerry Crasnick of, agent Dan Lozano has left Beverly Hills Sports Council. Lozano, who had been with the firm since 1989, has represented many high-profile players in the past,…

  16. Nats have decided on No. 1 pick, they just aren't telling

    May 25, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he has decided who to select with the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s First-Year Player Draft, but he isn’t ready to say who that person is. “We’re not going to announce who it is right now, but we feel we’ve…

  17. Jacoby Ellsbury scratched, Darnell McDonald saved

    May 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were planning to designate Darnell McDonald for assignment to make room for Mike Cameron on Tuesday, but Jacoby Ellsbury experienced pain in his left side earlier in the day and was held out of the starting lineup against the Rays, giving McDonald new life. Cameron was activated from the DL as expected…

  18. Jim Leyritz lawsuit resolved with settlement

    May 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The wrongful death lawsuit brought against Jim Leyritz in connection with a drunken driving manslaughter crash in December 2007 was settled Tuesday, with the vicim’s family receiving $250,000 from the former major leaguer’s insurance company. A DUI manslaughter trial is scheduled to start later this year for Leyritz. His attorney, John Richards, says the lawsuit…

  19. Pirates try former first-round pick Neil Walker

    May 25, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Poor Steve Pearce. The 27-year-old first baseman had seemingly rebounded from his very disappointing 2009 and was getting a shot at first base for the Pirates, at least on a part-time basis. However, he suffered a sprained ankle while making his ninth start Monday, requiring a DL trip. That’s opened the door for 2004 first-round…

  20. Poor Phillies: two games, two knuckleballers

    May 25, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Something I hadn’t noticed until Major League Baseball’s tweeting logo told me about it: tonight, for the second straight game, the Phillies will be facing a knuckleballer. Sunday it was the Knuckle Knuckle King, tonight it will be R.A. Dickey. Wakefield obviously disrupted the Phillies’ offensive flow on Sunday, but (a) Dickey doesn’t have the…

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