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  1. The Dbacks are not worried about the 2011 All-Star Game, and they probably shouldn't be

    May 12, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    The protests against Arizona hosting the 2011 All-Star Game continue (although much more quietly this week), but the team is not at all worried: “I’ve had absolutely no indication that we’d lose the game. In fact, I’m confident that it will stay here. I think it’s a difficult precedent for any league to set, making…

  2. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur

    May 12, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    “That’s just bull—-. That’s not really fair. That’s just not fair. It’s ridiculous. Absolutely crazy.” – Mets’ rightfielder Jeff Francoeur, reacting to Major League Baseball’s decision to move the Jays-Phillies series to Philadelphia, thereby giving the Phillies three extra home games. I sympathize with Jeffy on this one — and for all I’ve said about…

  3. Trey Hillman gets a vote of confidence from his GM

    May 12, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    I’m probably risking a fine from the guild for not putting the word “dreaded” before “vote of confidence” in that headline, but in this case I don’t think it’s appropriate. Dayton Moore said that Trey Hillman is “exactly what our organization needs at this point in time.”  Dayton Moore has been demonstrably wrong in almost…

  4. Mark DeRosa: my wrist surgery was "a total failure"

    May 12, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Mark DeRosa has numbness in the ring and pinky fingers of his left hand, preventing him from swinging the bat effectively.  “I feel like my bottom hand’s underwater. I don’t have much feeling in my bottom two fingers,” he says. This is bad enough as it is, but what makes it worse is that this…

  5. Dallas Braden's Letterman Top Ten List

    May 12, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    A couple of chuckles during Dallas Braden’s appearance on Letterman last night — I think No. 8 is my favorite — but really, we’ve seen better with athletes (UPDATE: Sorry! Forgot to say what the Top 10 List actually was. It was the top 10 thoughts Dallas Braden had during his perfect 4-0 game against…

  6. Daisuke Matsuzaka impressive in win over Jays

    May 12, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    After struggling in his first two outings following a season-opening stay on the disabled list, Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed seven innings of one-run ball last night for his best start since way back in 2008. He held the Blue Jays to just three hits, racked up nine strikeouts for his highest total since April of 2008,…

  7. Steroids in the NFL? No biggie!

    May 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    Houston Texans linebacker and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing failed a performance-enhancing drug test last year. The offending substance: hGC, the female fertility drug that snagged Manny Ramirez last year.  Cushing tested positive back in September, but the news of all of this — and his suspension — is only hitting now.…

  8. Phillies warned by MLB to stop stealing signs

    May 12, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Tracy Ringolsby reports that Major League Baseball has issued a warning to the Phillies over allegations that they have been stealing signs. The latest: during Monday night’s game against the Rockies, bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was seen using binoculars to look in at Rockies catchers. Meanwhile, Shane Victorino was seen in the dugout on the…

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

    May 12, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Reds 9, Pirates 0: Johnny Cueto tosses a one-hitter. He was one single and one HBP away from a perfect game, but the fact that he hit the same guy who got the single — Ronny Cedeno — probably made him feel better. Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 1: Who are you, Mr. hard-throwing, efficient…

  10. Brad Lidge unhappy with throwing session on Tuesday

    May 11, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge, who was unavailable Monday due to soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow, was unhappy with the way he felt during a throwing session in Colorado on Tuesday, according to Todd Zolecki of It’s discouraging news for a short-handed pen, but as of now, the Phillies don’t believe the stiffness is anything out…

  11. Jimmy Rollins could be back from DL next week

    May 11, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said that Jimmy Rollins should be activated from the disabled list during the team’s next homestand, which begins next Monday against the Pirates. Rollins has been on the disabled list since April 14 due to a right calf strain. He began…

  12. Rockies closer Franklin Morales goes on DL with weak shoulder

    May 11, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    The Rockies revealed after Monday’s game that Franklin Morales was unavailable due to a sore shoulder, and though the initial report made it sound like a minor problem, Morales landed on the DL on Tuesday with shoulder weakness. “We don’t want to push the envelope and risk a serious injury,” manager Jim Tracy told the…

  13. Chipper Jones is no longer talking about retirement

    May 11, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones threatened to retire before his contract ran out if he didn’t bounce back from his bad 2009.  So far this season he’s hitting 230/.402/.368 with two homers.  He says that’s good enough for him, however, and that he’s no longer considering hanging it up before 2012. What’s convincing him: his walk…

  14. Quote of the Day: Citi Field trash

    May 11, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    “It’s sort of good now that there is debris to be blown out there. It shows people are spending some money and buying food and drink and enjoying themselves.” – Dave Howard, Mets Executive Vice President for Business Operations when asked about all of the trash and debris that has been swirling around Citi Field…

  15. Josh Beckett scratched from start with back spasms

    May 11, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett won’t start Friday after all. Boston’s struggling Opening Day starter sufferred back spasms while taking batting practice Monday in anticipation for games in National League parks later this month. Beckett, who has a 7.46 ERA after getting lit up by the Yankees last weekend, was originally pushed back from Wednesday to Friday so…

  16. Mariners: Griffey sleeping article "made up of lies"

    May 11, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    OK, now a more serious note about the Mariners’ team meeting. Ken Rosenthal is in Baltimore and is talking to Mariners’ players. Here’s Mike Sweeney: “We will support and fight and take a bullet for Ken Griffey Jr. if we have to. He’s our teammate . . . Nothing is going to divide this clubhouse,…

  17. The Mariners are having a team meeting

    May 11, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times just tweeted that the Mariners’ clubhouse is closed for a team meeting.  Let’s try to guess the meeting agenda: 1. Call to order; introductory remarks; coffee, donuts, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, assorted energy drinks to be served. 2. Guest speaker, Dr. Phillip P. Scheaf, Sleep Apnea Expert 3. Guest…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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