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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Royals manager Trey Hillman isn't long for the job

    May 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star writes that Trey Hillman is basically a dead manager walking, with the only question being whether the Royals will fire him during the season or simply let his contract run out. I’m of the opinion that general manager Dayton Moore deserves a bigger share of the blame than…

  11. Padres place Kevin Correia on the bereavement list

    May 11, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    This is truly terrible.  Padres’ pitcher Kevin Correia’s 22 year-old brother was killed in a hiking accident at Channel Islands National Park over the weekend. Correia obviously missed his Saturday start as he rushed to be with his family.  Today the Padres placed him on the bereavement list. A player on the bereavement list can…

  12. Michael Bourn suspended two games for making contact with umpire

    May 11, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    MLB has suspended Astros center fielder Michael Bourn two games for “aggressive actions” that included making physical contact with umpire Alfonso Marquez during the ninth inning of Saturday’s game. Bourn angrily protested a close call at first base and in the process made what he described as “accidental” contact with Marquez, who immediately ejected him.…

  13. The Braves to retire Brook Jacoby's number

    May 11, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Well, he did have it first. The team is being gracious enough, however, to include Tom Glavine in the ceremony this August 6th.  Glavine will also be inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame. Jacoby’s induction is apparently being delayed by politics and the usual kind of B.S. that tends to accompany these things. In…

  14. This June's Philles-Jays series to be moved to Philadelphia

    May 11, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There have been rumblings about this since February, but there will be an announcement later today in which the Jays-Phillies series currently scheduled for June 25-27th in Toronto will be moved to Citizens Bank Park in Philly due to interference from the G-20 summit, which is also scheduled in Toronto for that time. The technical…

  15. Mark DeRosa 'starting to question some things' with lingering wrist injury

    May 11, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa is batting just .194 following offseason wrist surgery and hasn’t been himself since first suffering the injury in the middle of last season, hitting .224 with a .293 on-base percentage and .374 slugging percentage in 83 games. DeRosa is scheduled to be examined by a wrist specialist today after expressing his frustration with…

  16. Add Jose Valverde to the closer dance party

    May 11, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    People have groused about Joba Chamberlain and Jonathan Papelbon’s post-strikeout and post-save fist pumps and histrionics for years now, but it’s time to add someone else to that list: Jose Valverde.  Check out his display from last night’s Yankees-Tigers game, which the good people at MLB.com have so helpfully put on a single, 43 second…

  17. Brad Lidge's surgically repaired elbow is sore

    May 11, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge moved back into the closer role Sunday and picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, but was unavailable last night because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. Jose Contreras was warming up to attempt a one-run save in Lidge’s place before Ross Gload’s ninth-inning homer extended…

  18. Joe Torre: out of L.A. and back to the Mets?

    May 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reported in his latest video cast that “friends of Joe Torre doubt he would tolerate another year of the Dodgers’ penny-pinching circus” and that, as a result he’s looking for a way out of L.A. That report was shot down by Torre himself yesterday, saying “obviously they’re no friends of mine.”  Still, he’s…

  19. So what's David Wright's problem?

    May 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    David Wright is struggling lately, and this morning we have two competing explanations for it.  First is Tim Smith of the Daily News: Wright won’t admit it, but Citi Field has gotten inside his head and he can’t shake it. If a park can haunt a baseball player, then Citi Field is haunting Wright. How…

  20. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    And here we thought being in the best shape of his life would make a big difference.  Here’s the great Fergie Jenkings on the Cubs’ highly-paid mopup man: “The guy I thought was going to be a winner was Carlos Zambrano,” Jenkins said. “But he just can’t get it together.” The reason, Jenkins speculated, was…

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