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  1. Are general managers underpaid?

    May 7, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal thinks so: The GM is arguably the most important person in any organization — more important, perhaps, than even a superstar player. But baseball’s dirty little secret is that the sport’s highest-ranking executives are absurdly underpaid. Most general managers earn between $500,000 and $2 million annually, major league sources say. Only a few…

  2. Milton Bradley placed on restricted list, unlikely to rejoin Mariners any time soon

    May 7, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley must sit out five games after the Mariners placed him on the restricted list yesterday, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that “he’ll be gone at least a week and likely longer.” According to Baker, the perpetually disgruntled outfielder “will remain in Seattle and work out on his own, but won’t…

  3. The Cubs call up Starlin Castro

    May 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Starlin Castro is the Cubs’ number one prospect and, according to Keith Law, who has seen him play, is one of the most exciting prospects in all of baseball. He has an electric bat with decent pop for a middle infielder, good range at shortstop and an arm Cubs’ fans haven’t seen since Shawon Dunston.…

  4. Great Moments in Wiffleball History

    May 7, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    It took me a minute to realize that this video of a 1979 Wiffleball game was nothing but a stunning recreation.  Kudos to filmmakers Perry Jenkins and Travis Kurtz for getting all of the details of the so very, very wrong fashions of the late 70s so very, very right.  And I’m pretty sure that…

  5. Cashman would prefer the Yankees to skip Pettitte's next start

    May 7, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    No word yet as to whether the inflammation in Andy Pettitte’s pitching elbow is going to cause him to miss a start, but if Brian Cashman has anything to say about it he will: “We’ll gather all the troops tomorrow [meaning today] and we’ll make a decision on his next start. I’m inclined personally to…

  6. The best rant you're going to see all year

    May 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Indians games appear on SportsTime Ohio, and after most games a fellow by the name of Bruce Drennan comes on with a show called “All Bets are Off.” It’s basically talk radio on television, but since this is the Midwest it’s fairly tame as far as those things go. But sometimes Drennan goes a little…

  7. Why not just make one big league?

    May 7, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    That’s what Matthew Futterman at the Wall Street Journal suggests after noting just how imbalanced the American and National Leagues have become: The American League is clearly the stronger of the two, based on interleague records and the differences in performance of players who jump from one league to the other. Since interleague play began…

  8. Baseball wants the Red Sox to get back into the race

    May 7, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Bob Raissman of the Daily News observes that, based on the fact that FOX is giving an unusually-large portion of the nation the Yankees-Sox game tomorrow and based on the fact that the schedule makers have put so many Yankees-Sox games late in the season, baseball was banking on those two titans to slug it…

  9. Was Bobby Cox messin' with Scott Olson's head?

    May 7, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    Scott Olsen had his no hitter broken up with one out in the top of the eighth inning against the Braves.  If he had actually no-hit Atlanta, it would have been the second time on the young season that it happened (See, Jimenez, Ubaldo). That wouldn’t have been good. Indeed, after the game, Chipper Jones said…

  10. Lastings Milledge got deked by fireworks

    May 7, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen this one before. In the fourth inning of last night’s Pirates-Cubs game, Lastings Milledge launched a ball towards left field.  The fireworks fired! The music played! Lastings began to circle the bases and . . . got tagged out between second and third.  Wha? Seems that the ball merely bounced…

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

    May 7, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

    Dodgers 7, Brewers 3:  Walkoff slam for Andre Ethier! Jonathan Broxton had blown a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, but Either untied it with authority to end it. It was Ethier’s second game-ending hit of the season and 11th since the start of 2008. Video here. Rangers 13, Royals 12: Texas jumped…

  12. Astros' Lee says he may retire after 2012 season

    May 6, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Astros outfielder Carlos Lee told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com Thursday that he might retire after the 2012 season, when his current contract runs out. “I don’t know if I’m going to play after this contract is up. I’m ready to go home,” said Lee.  “We spend so much time away from our family.  I can’t…

  13. Milton Bradley placed on restricted list

    May 6, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    The Mariners placed outfielder Milton Bradley on the restricted list Thursday to allow him a little more time for reflection on the emotional issues that caused him to leave the clubhouse in the middle of Tuesday’s game. Bradley is not allowed to be in uniform or travel with the team and can’t return to action…

  14. Mauer remains out of Twins' starting lineup

    May 6, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer took batting practice with the rest of his teammates Thursday at Target Field, according to the Associated Press, but is still not in the starting lineup due to a tissue bruise in his left heel. Wilson Ramos, batting .438 since his May 2 call-up, will continue to fill in at catcher…

  15. Juan Uribe now a regular for Giants

    May 6, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Juan Uribe will stay in the lineup as an everyday player after Freddy Sanchez returns from shoulder surgery, something that could happen in about two weeks. Bochy didn’t say Uribe would own second base for himself, but that’s really the only place for him. Moving Pablo Sandoval to…

  16. White Sox, Mariners shopping for offense

    May 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox and Mariners have been active in early trade talks, with both teams looking for offense. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise in either case. The White Sox have gotten lucky with Andruw Jones, but Juan Pierre has struggled in the leadoff spot and Mark Kotsay,…

  17. The Yankees and Red Sox "eras"

    May 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer has kicked off what will be a 30-part series in which he attempts to divide the histories of every major league franchise into distinct eras, with each era connected to a single player.  He starts today with the most obvious ones: the Yankees and the Red Sox. But how obvious are they really?…

  18. To wave or not to wave: that is the question

    May 6, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    I think the wave is the most ridiculous thing 40,000 people can do at one time.  I’m prepared to admit that other people have a differing point of view, however.  For a more nuanced take on the matter, check out this post from TYU.

  19. Halladay handcuffs the Cardinals

    May 6, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay is now 6-1 after stifling the Cardinals over seven innings in the Phillies 7-2 win. He worked out of early trouble and struck out nine while scattering — yes, scattering! — eight hits. Best moment of the game. Seventh inning, Roy Halladay already has thrown 117 pitches and has just given up an…

  20. Andy Pettitte expected to miss at least one start

    May 6, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    No official announcement has been made, but Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Andy Pettitte will miss at least one start and the Yankees are deciding between Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves to replace him in the rotation. Pettitte left yesterday’s game after just five innings with elbow soreness that an MRI exam later revealed…

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