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  1. Indians activate Kerry Wood from the disabled list

    May 7, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood had an ugly first rehab appearance at Double-A, allowing six runs while recording just two outs Monday, but bounced back with a scoreless inning Wednesday to apparently convince the Indians he’s ready to return. Wood has been sidelined since straining his back in the middle of spring training, but the Indians activated him…

  2. The differences between Mets fans and Yankees fans

    May 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal hired a public opinion polling firm to conduct a survey of New Yorkers in an effort to figure out the differences between Mets fans and Yankees fans. Among the results: Sixty percent of the survey’s baseball fans were Yankees fans, 33% were Mets fans. They break down how you’d expect geographically,…

  3. Stephen Strasburg drawing a crowd at Triple-A

    May 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his Triple-A debut tonight and after averaging about 2,500 fans per game the Syracuse Chiefs have already sold out their 11,071-seat ballpark with hopes of additional walk-up sales making it the largest crowd in the venue’s 14-year history. Chiefs general manager John Simone told MLB.com that the Nationals haven’t informed him…

  4. "The poetry of the battle between a pitcher and a batter"

    May 7, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    For as much as we all love baseball, we sometimes take it for granted, overlooking its beauties and its wonders. I received an email just after midnight that reminded me why I love this game so much, and I feel obligated to share it with you.  It’s long, but I encourage you to read it…

  5. Andre Ethier is undisputed king of walk-off hits

    May 7, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    As Craig noted in his morning roundup, last night Andre Ethier hit a game-winning grand slam against the Brewers for his 11th walk-off hit since 2008. Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com’s amazing Play Index, here’s the walk-off leaderboard during that time: Andre Ethier 11 Kurt Suzuki 5 Miguel Tejada 5 Alfonso Soriano 4 Jorge Cantu 4 Jose…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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