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  1. Brad Lidge shuts down Padres as Phils snap four-game losing streak

    Jun 5, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    So much for easing him back in. Just two days after it appeared he was in line for a save opportunity against the Braves, Lidge tossed a perfect ninth inning in a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Friday night. It was Lidge’s first save since his return from the disabled list on Monday and…

  2. Carlos Zambrano loses in his return to the starting rotation

    Jun 5, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano took the loss in his return to the starting rotation against the Astros on Friday night, allowing three runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking three. He was pulled after throwing 85 pitches. While his overall line doesn’t look all that impressive, he was much better…

  3. Jason Heyward makes history in loss to Dodgers

    Jun 5, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    But it’s not the kind of history you normally want. As the Dodgers snapped the Braves nine-game winning streak on Friday night, Jason Heyward was 0-for-5 while tying a record for a nine-inning game with five strikeouts. We’re all familiar with the “golden sombrero,” but it’s not often that we get to pull out the…

  4. Virginia town offers to rename itself after Stephen Strasburg

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    There’s obviously a great deal of excitement surrounding Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut next Tuesday night, and one town approximately 80 miles away from the nation’s capital plans to find an interesting way to express their adoration. According to the Associated Press, some particularly excited residents of Strasburg, Virginia want their town to be renamed…

  5. UPDATE: Brett Anderson placed on DL; may not need surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    UDPATE: Brett Anderson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, according to a team press release. Earlier this afternoon, Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com reported that the Athletics fear Anderson could be “done” for the year due to the injury, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that Anderson…

  6. Grady Sizemore done for year after microfracture surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    It was the worst-case scenario for the Indians, who knew they were going to lose their center fielder for at least six-to-eight weeks following knee surgery on Friday. Grady Sizemore, though, required a microfracture procedure on his left knee, ending his season and possibly sidelining him to begin spring training 2011. Sizemore ends what was…

  7. Peace in our time: the Dodgers settle with Jon Lovitz

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that the Dodgers sued actor (brilliant!) Jon Lovitz over unpaid season ticket contracts last month. You can end your candlelight vigil now, however, because the team and the actor (brilliant!) have settled. According to the story “the Dodgers say Lovitz is a friend and welcome back at the stadium any time.” But sources…

  8. More umpires gone wild: Mike Eastabrook gets in Jason Kendall's face

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    At this point I’m thinking that there had to have been a memo sent out to all the umpires that acting all insecure and combative is the new thing to do because it happened again yesterday, this time involving home plate umpire Mike Eastabrook. Zack Grekine threw a pitch that both he and catcher Jason…

  9. The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a…

  10. Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 55 games

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When last we checked in on Garrett Wittels the Florida International shortstop was riding a 50-game hitting streak, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s all-time record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987. Since then Wittels has hit safely in five more games, including swinging away on a 3-0 pitch in a…

  11. Tickets to the Strasburg debut getting cheaper

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately.  As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are…

  12. Giants calling up Pat Burrell from Triple-A

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    As rumored earlier this week, the Giants have called up Pat Burrell from Triple-A just days after signing him to a minor-league contract. Burrell went 5-for-16 (.313) with one homer and one double in five games at Triple-A, which was apparently enough to convince the Giants that he can at least be a viable bench…

  13. Adrian Gonzalez is not going anywhere; Heath Bell, maybe

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark reports what the Padres’ continued success in the standings is making inevitable: Adrain Gonzalez — once thought to be the plum of this year’s trade deadline pie — isn’t going anywhere, so teams have basically given up even asking the Padres about him. Makes sense. It’s one thing to disappoint your fan base…

  14. Jimmy Rollins still at least 10 days from returning

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins is eligible to return from his second disabled list stint of the season Sunday, but general manager Ruben Amaro admitted that the former MVP is still at least 10 days from rejoining the Phillies. Out since May 22 after aggravating a calf injury, Rollins is “progressing slowly” according to Amaro. “He’s still feeling…

  15. Attention Dumb Tigers fans: leave Jim Joyce alone

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    I’m not saying all Tigers fans upset with the call in the other night’s game are dumb. Just the ones who are CALLING THE WRONG JIM JOYCE: “I was watching it in our family room,” said a different Jim Joyce from Toledo. “We’re Tigers fans, so we were disappointed as well.” But Joyce’s disappointment quickly…

  16. Who should be the next Orioles' manager?

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Juan Samuel has the job now, but you have to assume that he’s truly just the interim guy.  Based on my perusal of Orioles’ blogs and stuff, O’s fans seem to be begging for an experienced major league manager, and one would think that Andy MacPhail is thinking the same thing. But who?  The name…

  17. Daniel Murphy out 4-6 months with knee injury

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Slated to be the Mets’ starting first baseman, Daniel Murphy injured his knee late in spring training and then watched as Ike Davis took over the job for what could be the next decade or so. Once healthy the Mets demoted Murphy to Triple-A, but he lasted just eight games there before re-injuring his knee…

  18. Quote of the Day: The Daily News' Bill Madden hates replay; modernity

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Baseball has become dehumanized enough by sabermetricians and their mind-numbing statistical analyses and it doesn’t need to be made more complicated by having the potential for instant replay on every play. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, seemingly channeling his frustration over never figuring out how to get his VCR to stop flashing…

  19. White House Press Secretary praises Jim Joyce

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    This is nice to see, but am I alone in thinking that we’ve come close to praising Jim Joyce’s demeanor so much that the backlash is inevitable?   Oh well, I suppose it’s better than what Sarah Palin said about the environmentalists screwing up Galarraga’s perfect game . . .

  20. What They're Saying About Dave Trembley getting fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It just became official a little over an hour ago, but its been rumbling for a couple of days now.  Here are some of the early reactions to the Orioles 86ing Dave Trembley: Camden Chat: Dave Trembley wasn’t the greatest manager.  He wasn’t the worst.  He managed some good games and he dogged some bad…

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