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  1. Johnny Damon leaves Tigers-Twins game with calf spasms

    May 5, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    At this point I’ve completely lost track of the number of calf injuries that have occurred in baseball this season. It’s like the shark attacks in the summer of 2001. They probably always happened, but we’re all of a sudden hearing of them every single day. The latest victim: Johnny Damon, who left in the…

  2. Freddy Sanchez finally inching closer to return

    May 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Freddy Sanchez will begin a minor-league rehab assignment “no later than Tuesday” of next week. Sanchez has been playing extended spring training games in Arizona, but manager Bruce Bochy speculated that he’ll need about 30 at-bats on the rehab stint before potentially rejoining the Giants. Acquired…

  3. Jermaine Dye doesn't think he'll be playing baseball this summer

    May 5, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    He didn’t say anything along those lines, but a little bird told me that Jermaine Dye is angling for an invite to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship* that will be held in Lake Tahoe in mid-July. Or, as we call it around these parts “baseball season.” That suggests that Dye isn’t exactly confident that…

  4. Kevin Millar puts off TV gig for independent ball

    May 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Last month, after failing to land spot on the Cubs’ bench, Kevin Millar retired and took a job with MLB Network, saying: Working with the guys at the MLB Network is the next best thing to actually being in a clubhouse. I’m really excited to get started and have some fun. In the three weeks…

  5. Will the Royals actually play Kila Ka'aihue?

    May 5, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Back in 2008, when he was 24 years old, Kila Ka’aihue hit .314 with 37 homers, 104 walks, and a 1.085 OPS in 124 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Two years later the Royals may finally be giving him a shot, with Ka’aihue joining the roster yesterday in place of the injured Rick Ankiel after…

  6. Report: Milton Bradley left stadium mid-game last night

    May 5, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Remember this morning’s post about Milton Bradley getting benched, getting mad and not hanging around for the media after that?  Yeah, seems he didn’t even hang around for the end of the game. According to Mike Salk of ESPN 710 in Seattle, he Bradley left the team and the ballpark mid-game: The Mariners appear to…

  7. Rondell White, Cliff Floyd and four other ballplayers scammed, lawsuit says

    May 5, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ex-ballplayers Rondell White, Cliff Floyd, Gregg Jeffries and Todd Hundley — and current ballplayers David Wright and Jason Marquis — were allegedly defrauded in a real estate scam.  So says the complaint White and Floyd have filed in federal court anyway: The lawsuit claims that [Defendant Stephen] Hill, who had served as White and Floyd’s…

  8. Quote of the Day: Athletics' owner Lew Wolff

    May 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    “This idea we’re trying to discourage people from coming is a bunch of crap. Every Wednesday, we have almost 9,000 $2 tickets. … It should be embarrassing to all of us that we can’t draw people at $2.” – Lew Wolff, bristling at the suggestion that he and the Athletics have tried to sabotage the…

  9. Heavy workload catching up to Mets setup man Fernando Nieve

    May 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    After eight consecutive scoreless appearances Fernando Nieve finally gave up a run last night. Two of them, in fact, blowing a two-run lead in the eighth inning by serving up back-to-back homers to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen. New York went on to win anyway, but Nieve’s incredibly heavy workload figures to catch up with…

  10. "Thanks for 50 Great Years Bobby Cocks"

    May 5, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Um, yeah.  Whoever was responsible for the spelling on the cake at the U.S. Senate party honoring the Braves’ skipper on Monday either needs to (a) hire a proofreader; or (b) fire the 13 year-old boy they currently have in the position. Not that I didn’t laugh way more than a 36 year-old father of…

  11. YES to broadcast some Yankees games in 3D. Bleech.

    May 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    This press release is . . . interesting: YES Network, FSN Northwest and DIRECTV will present the first-ever Major League Baseball telecasts in 3D on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 when the New York Yankees take on the Seattle Mariners.  DIRECTV and Panasonic will be presenting sponsors of the two 3D telecasts. The…

  12. Brandon Phillps' lack of hustle costs him a triple

    May 5, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    And may have cost the Reds the game. Phillips had already hit a homer off John Maine last night. In the third inning he hit another blast. Only problems: (a) it didn’t go out of the park; and (b) Phillips admired his handiwork with a casual trot out of the batter’s box and wound up…

  13. Someone was worried about Livan Hernandez's pitch count? Really?

    May 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Livan Hernandez threw 123 pitches against the Braves last night and after the game a reporter asked Jim Riggleman if he was concerned about it. Which is rather shocking to me, because it’s Livan Hernandez we’re talking about here. The 35 year-old (at least) Livan Hernandez. The Livan Hernandez who has averaged close to 200…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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