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  1. The Yankees designate Randy Winn for assignment

    May 28, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson was activated by the Yankees today and that means that the Bombers had to make a roster move. The move: Designating Randy Winn for assignment. Winn has been pretty terrible for the Yankees, hitting a mere .213/.300/.295 in 71 plate appearances.  Based on the response from the Twitterverse, Yankees fans are overwhelmingly behind…

  2. Carlos Guillen back from disabled list and moving to second base

    May 28, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Guillen is back from the disabled list after going 6-for-18 (.333) with one homer and three doubles during a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A. Guillen hit .311 with an .834 OPS before landing on the DL with a strained hamstring on April 23, so the Tigers’ lineup will get a nice boost from his…

  3. Adam Jones detained at the Canadian border

    May 28, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    We learned last week that Canada had begun an immigration crackdown and that some ballplayers had been detained at the border on their way to Toronto to face the Blue Jays.  Indeed, the union had warned player agents about it and asked that they get their clients’ papers in order. One guy who might not…

  4. So who's on the trading block?

    May 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman runs down the big ticket trade targets this summer.  Heyman’s candidates: Cliff Lee.  Makes sense to me on some level but I’m a bit skeptical. The Mariners are a disappointment this year, but I don’t think they’re a team that thinks it’s tearing down and rebuilding. If they have a chance to sign…

  5. Lou Piniella not a big fan of his 'little buddy' Ken Rosenthal

    May 28, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Last month Ken Rosenthal of wrote a column suggesting the Cubs should fire Lou Piniella if they didn’t turn things around. This afternoon Rosenthal visited the Cubs’ clubhouse before their game against the Cardinals and … well, Piniella wasn’t exactly thrilled to see him. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune notes that “Piniella told…

  6. Realignment is dead for now

    May 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Buster Olney reports that, for all of the recent chatter about realignment, radical or otherwise, Bud Selig’s Gold Star, Blue Ribbon, extra-special committee hasn’t dealt with the issue at all, and that they’re not expected to.  Olney says the subject is “a dead issue.” The real reason, according to “a highly ranked team executive” is…

  7. Marlins close to calling up 20-year-old slugging phenom Mike Stanton

    May 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    While the baseball world tries to pin down Stephen Strasburg’s debut, another elite prospect could be on the verge of the majors. Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins may call up 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton as soon as June 5. Picked in the second round of the 2007 draft out of high school,…

  8. The Mets may be well-positioned at the deadline

    May 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The thing I said earlier today about the Mets essentially being a .500 team refers to them in their current state.  Obviously if they make a few moves they can change the complexion of the race and remain in the thick of things no matter how high their current highs and how low their reasonably…

  9. Yankees making plans for the 'Phil Hughes Rules'

    May 28, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Marchand of reports that the Yankees are making plans to implement the “Phil Hughes Rules” to limit the 24-year-old right-hander’s workload in his first full season as a starter. Hughes has been fantastic, going 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts, but according to Marchand the Yankees will likely take advantage of…

  10. Albert Pujols, Chris Young talk about the 2008 comebacker

    May 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    A couple of years ago, Albert Pujols hit a ball into the head of Chris Young of the Padres, fracturing his skull.  The two of them talked about it at Petco Park on Wednesday, and Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune has a great story about it. There have already been more than enough…

  11. Carlos Zambrano and Jeff Baker both 'fine' after hospital visits

    May 28, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Carrie Muskat of passes along word that Carlos Zambrano and Jeff Baker are both fine following health scares yesterday. Zambrano was rushed to the hospital with what the Cubs initially feared was appendicitis, but “is fine and taking grounders at shortstop now” after being diagnosed with simple abdominal pain. Baker left yesterday’s game with…

  12. Quote of the Day III: Explaining the Phillies Phutility?

    May 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    So, how many runs is that since they took Mick Billmeyer’s binoculars away? – Jason Weitzel of the Beerleaguer blog, wondering if it isn’t at least possible that the Phillies’ recent offensive phutility isn’t the result of no longer being able to steal the other team’s signs. I fully expect that quote to set off…

  13. Is Jacoby Ellsbury being a wuss?

    May 28, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Tony Massarotti reports on the little dustup the Red Sox are having with Jacoby Ellsbury over his injury.  Short version: Ellsbury is still out of the lineup and says he’s hurting.  The Sox are downplaying it and wondering just how hurt Ellsbury really is.  Massarotti is siding with the team and is questioning Ellsbury’s desire…

  14. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams are on the outs

    May 28, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    That’s what Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune are reporting: “Kenny and Ozzie do not have anywhere near the relationship they once had and it appears that they only deal with each other when absolutely necessary,” said a longtime scout who has been around the big leagues for a long time. “If…

  15. Quote of the Day II: Those Manic Mets

    May 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    The Mets have gone 4-8, then 10-1, then 4-11, now 7-3. Each stretch rife with hyperbole on the greatness/failings of a .500-ish team. – Jesse Spector of the Daily News, speaking the truth. Sure, it’s much more fun to beat the Phillies and Yankees like they have in the past week, but you can’t ignore…

  16. Usain Bolt: pinch runner?

    May 28, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Matt Stroup over at Universal Sports has noted that sprinter Usain Bolt has some conflicting baseball loyalties.  Recently he was spotted wearing a Red Sox cap. Yesterday, he had on a Braves cap. Jamaica doesn’t have a team so all is forgiven, but the image of the fastest man on the planet in a Braves…

  17. Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel

    May 28, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Panicking ain’t going to do no good.” – Charlie Manuel after last night’s Mets-Phillies game.  First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear? Second, sorry Charlie, but if a bear is eating me, I’m gonna panic.

  18. Confirmed: Joe West is in big trouble

    May 28, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Yesterday I presumed, based on some comments from Bob Watson, that umpire Joe West was going to get disciplined over his recent antics.  Last night Jeff Passan of Yahoo! confirmed it. West might even get suspended: A source said the league plans to suspend or fine West, one of its most tenured umpires, after he…

  19. Dan Haren's struggles continue against Rockies

    May 28, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Dan Haren recovered from a three-run first inning last night to hold the Rockies scoreless for the next four frames, but then back-to-back-to-back homers by Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs knocked him out of the game. Haren has a great 76/15 K/BB ratio in 74 innings overall this season, including six strikeouts and…

  20. The Giants could sign Pat Burrell to a minor league deal

    May 28, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal.  Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however. I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who…

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