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  1. Good news for the Twins on the Joe Mauer front

    May 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The reigning MVP has an MRI on his BLH (bruised left heel) and the news is positive: it’s a soft tissue bruise as opposed to a bone bruise. Doctors and people like that who know about such things tell La Velle Neal of the Strib that the soft tissue stuff is far preferable due to…

  2. Ozzie Guillen: "I'd rather get fired than quit"

    May 5, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    We could probably just use Ozzie Guillen for a quote of the day every day, but we try to be fair to the other competitors.  Personally, I prefer fun Ozzie Guillen quotes that are accompanied by some surprising insight. For example, when asked about his future as the manager of the struggling White Sox, and…

  3. Braves place Yunel Escobar on the disabled list

    May 5, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    After hitting .215 with a lowly .561 OPS through 22 games, Yunel Escobar was placed on the disabled list Tuesday because of a strained groin. Atlanta called up 24-year-old prospect Brandon Hicks from Triple-A to take his roster spot, but he’s little more than a utility man after putting up terrible numbers in the minors,…

  4. Milton Bradley gets benched, gets angry

    May 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley returned to the cleanup spot last night after a few weeks either hurt or batting elsewhere. He went 0 for 3, and struck out looking twice.  After the second one, Don Wakamatsu lifted him from the game. Whether Bradley’s benching was to save him from himself — Bradley, you may be shocked to…

  5. Farewell, Ernie Harwell

    May 5, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    In case you missed it last night, here’s my remembrance of the great Ernie Harwell. Here’s a more thorough obit in the Detroit Free Press.

  6. Wainwright vs. Hamels doesn't disappoint

    May 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels nearly gave the Phillies’ bullpen a night off Tuesday, out-dueling Adam Wainwright while taking a shutout into the ninth inning of a 1-0 game. Back-to-back doubles tied the game, at which point Charlie Manuel brought in Brad Lidge to get out of the jam … and he actually did. Lidge got three outs…

  7. The second Philly field jumper ain't a brain surgeon

    May 5, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    As I mentioned last night, another guy jumped onto the field in Philadelphia. This guy was quite a piece of work.  First, check out his Twitter page right before it happened: “turn on the phillies game, im about to be on the feild!!!!!!!!!!” You know what that means: his charge just went from second degree…

  8. It's time for the Red Sox to cut ties with David Ortiz

    May 5, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Already platooning with Mike Lowell because he can’t hit lefties, Big Papi is now seemingly unable to hit righties too.  His line last night was ugly:  0-for-4, with two strikeouts and two double plays. As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, the second double play came with the game tied 1-1, the based juiced and…

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

    May 5, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Twins 4, Tigers 3: Nick Blackburn gave up 11 hits in a complete game. This had me thinking about the concept of “scattering” hits last night. I mean, I wanted to say that Blackburn scattered 11 hits over nine innings, but 11 seemed like too many. I was thinking that scattering applies to eight hits…

  10. Nice deterrence! A copycat fan runs onto the field in Philly

    May 4, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

    For the second day in a row a fan has run onto the field in Philadelphia. This time it was in the ninth inning of the just-completed Phillies-Cardinals game.  The man hopped the outfield wall, ran on the warning track and was apprehended without incident. And without tasers, I feel obligated to add.  Which is…

  11. Nats working to hire Bryce Harper's college coach

    May 4, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com provides an interesting wrinkle on the Bryce Harper-Nationals connection, as the club is working to sign College of Southern Nevada coach Tim Chambers as an “associate scout.” Nationals assistant general manager Roy Clark insists that the potential hiring is unrelated to Harper, pointing out that he previously employed Chambers when he…

  12. Ernie Harwell: 1918-2010

    May 4, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

    I knew this day was coming since September. It actually came later than I thought it would, based on all we heard about his diagnosis. But neither its inevitability nor its delay softens my sorrow. Ernie Harwell has died at the age of 92.  I wrote this back in September, but it bears repeating: I…

  13. Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) doesn't think he'll be ready this weekend

    May 4, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t think he will be ready to make his next scheduled start on Saturday. “If I had to make a decision today, no,” Jurrjens said Tuesday afternoon before the Braves opened a three-game series with the Nationals. “I still feel it. I’m not going…

  14. First-month minor league review – International League

    May 4, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    OPS Leaders 1. Steve Pearce (Pirates) – .349/.452/.605 – 1057 2. Dan Johnson (Rays) – .304/.375/.674 – 1049 3. Chris Carter (Mets) – .348/.408/.607 – 1015 4. Carlos Santana (Indians) – .300/.446/.550 – 996 5. Mike Hessman (Mets) – .297/.353/.637 – 990 6. Chase Lambin (Nationals) – .333/.385/.583 – 968 7. Dustin Martin (Twins) –…

  15. Ailing Rafael Furcal lands on disabled list for Dodgers

    May 4, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal, who hasn’t played since April 27 because of strained left hamstring, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday and replaced by Nick Green on the Dodgers’ roster. The Dodgers gave Furcal a week to see if he could recover without a DL stint, but the 32-year-old shortstop has never been known as a…

  16. Ryan Madson will be out eight weeks

    May 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Phillies’ bullpen: closer/setup man Ryan Madson, who had surgery on his toe today, is expected to miss eight weeks. The Phillies bullpen is not the utter disaster area it was been portrayed as being as recently as a week ago, but it is third worst in the NL in batting average…

  17. The Giants hit into a lot of double plays

    May 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what’s the most surprising thing about this article: 1. That the Giants are on pace to hit into 209 double plays, which would beat the current record by a country mile; 2. That the Giants’ offense has actually produced enough base runners to hit into that many double plays; or 3. That…

  18. Something Nationals fans don't want to hear

    May 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    What’s that you ask? Why, a comparison between Stephen Strasburg and Mark Prior, which is what Rob Neyer is offering today. It’s not a scary comparison — he’s talking about their brief minor league tracks, not mechanics or injuries or anything — but it’s an unsettling reference all the same.  One that makes you realize,…

  19. Verducci: Take-and-rake baseball is the game's biggest problem

    May 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tom Verducci believes he’s figured out what’s wrong with baseball, and, in the course of what really is an interesting article, says what it is: there is simply not enough contact: . . . we are missing an essential part of the game’s allure and romance: the crack of the bat. You hear it less…

  20. Agent softens quotes about Cliff Lee's future with the Mariners

    May 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Over the weekend agent Darek Braunecker made headlines and drew criticism for saying he “wouldn’t anticipate” Cliff Lee re-signing with the Mariners, with my main beef being that there’s just no need to say stuff like that six months from free agency and immediately after Lee’s first start. Lee apparently agreed, because he quickly tried…

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