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  1. Dallas Braden: "we don't do much talking in the 209"

    May 6, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden sat for an interview with CSN’s Mychael Urban and the subject of the whole A-Rod-on-the-mound thing came up: Urban:  What people do want to see is what’s in your head regarding Alex Rodriguez. I was on the air the day it happened, and I said, “I just fell in love with Dallas all…

  2. Willie Mays was a total jerk to Hank Aaron

    May 6, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Anyone who knows a bit about Willie Mays and Hank Aaron knows that they are totally different, temperamentally-speaking.  Mays is city, Aaron country. Mays has always been a larger than life personality, Aaron a still-waters-run-deep kind of guy.  It extended to their playing styles and, though time and age have softened the distinctions between them…

  3. "Los Suns?" The Dbacks did that years ago

    May 6, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    There was a lot of coverage of the Phoenix Suns’ decision to wear jerseys that said “Los Suns” on them as a protest against Arizona’s immigration law.  The Diamondbacks have been doing that, and more, for years, however. Back in 2007 the team began a concerted effort to attract the Hispanic fan base, entering into…

  4. Taser-boy apologizes; Phillies change their security procedures

    May 6, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    The 17-year-old who ran around Citizens Bank Ballpark like a fool and then got tased has issued an apology. Well, at least his attorney did on his behalf. The kid — Steven Consalvi —  “knows that he committed a foolish act and is truly sorry for his actions,” and he wants to apologize “to the…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 6, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

    Giants 3, Marlins 2: Barry Zito is now 5-0 after throwing another gem (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4K). But give mucho credit to Sergio Romo, who atoned for blowing Tim Lincecum’s game on Tuesday by coming into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth to (a) fan Hanley Ramirez on three pitches; and…

  6. Eric Byrnes lands roster spot on softball team

    May 6, 2010, 1:21 AM EDT

    After going 3-for-32 and earning his release from the Seattle Mariners, it didn’t take long for Eric Byrnes to land on his feet. The 34-year-old outfielder, who once stole 50 bases for the Arizona Diamondbacks (a feat the D-backs are still paying for), has earned a roster spot with a rec league softball team sponsored…

  7. Manny set to return to Dodgers on Saturday

    May 5, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, sidelined since the night of April 22 with a left calf strain, is expected to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup this Saturday, according to Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times.  Big stuff for the Mannywood faithful. Ramirez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single on Tuesday in his first rehab game at…

  8. Phillies avoid on-field distraction … for a night

    May 5, 2010, 11:14 PM EDT

    The Phillies made it through Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals without a fan running onto the field for the first time in three nights.  Deserving or undeserving, let’s chalk up some of the credit to their new stadium policies. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Philadelphia police officers will no longer be involved in…

  9. UPDATE: "Bobby Cocks" cake, now with video!

    May 5, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Cox told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t even know about the blunder at the time and laughed off the idea that it might bother him.  Good ole Bobby. 3:25pm: The story is nice, but I’m not gonna lie to you: the video really makes it come alive:  

  10. Bradley to Mariners: "I need your help"

    May 5, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  MLB.com’s Peter Gammons received a text from Bradley on Wednesday night stating: “Any reports I said I’m packing up and leaving are 100% fabricated.”  It should come as no surprise.  He may be an abrasive man, but he’s not going to leave $21 million on the table. 9:49pm: As Craig chronicled earlier, Milton Bradley…

  11. Braves' Heyward pulled with left groin injury

    May 5, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    Budding outfielder Jason Heyward was lifted in the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals due to a left groin injury, the Braves revealed to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Melky Cabrera replaced the young superstar in right field and may need to man the position for the next few days while Matt Diaz covers…

  12. First-month minor league review – Pacific Coast League

    May 5, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    OPS leaders 1. Jay Gibbons (Dodgers) – .400/.405/.757 – 1163 2. John Lindsey (Dodgers) – .410/.465/.654 – 1119 3. Joe Borchard (Giants) – .366/.464/.646 – 1110 4. Kila Ka’aihue (Royals) – .304/.466/.620 – 1086 5. Chris Lubanski (Blue Jays) – .307/.357/.693 – 1050 6. Brandon Boggs (Rangers) – .333/.437/.600 – 1037 7. Mike Baxter (Padres)…

  13. UPDATE: Andy Pettitte out with elbow soreness

    May 5, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  The MRI revealed “mild left elbow inflammation,” according to MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch.  Pettitte will be evaluated daily and could be forced to miss his next scheduled start.  A short stay on the 15-day disabled list is also a possibility. * * * * * * * * * * 5:10pm: Andy Pettitte…

  14. Catcher J.R. Towles the fall guy for Astros' abysmal start

    May 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Towles had to know his margin for error was pretty slim at the start of the year. That he beat out 2008 first-round pick Jason Castro for a starting job was partly a financial decision — the Astros had quite a bit to gain there by sending Castro down for another two months —…

  15. Ubaldo Jimenez and his mama

    May 5, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Guys usually get mocked if they live with their mamas at age 26.  This is not the case if you are 6-0 with 0.87 ERA and a no-hitter under your belt: Ramona Garcia de Jimenez spends baseball season just as she has the past 26 years, taking care of her son, Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo…

  16. Braves place Jair Jurrjens on the DL

    May 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Braves starter Jair Jurrjens has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He actually did it last Thursday and had been hoping it was but a scratch — a flesh wound, if you will — but it’s not getting better. Atlanta will move Kris Medlen, who has a 2.70 ERA and…

  17. Twins sweep Tigers, increase lead to 3.5 games

    May 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Minnesota finished a three-game sweep of Detroit this afternoon and now leads the AL Central by 3.5 games. Alex Avila took Jon Rauch deep in the ninth inning for the Tigers’ fourth homer of the day, cutting the Twins’ lead to 5-4, but the replacement closer retired the next three batters to convert his eighth…

  18. UPDATE: Mariano Rivera sits out third straight save opportunity

    May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Mariano Rivera may have wanted to pitch today, but the Yankees turned to Boone Logan and then Alfredo Aceves to close out a 7-5 victory in a messy ninth inning. With a scheduled day off tomorrow, Joe Girardi apparently wanted to give Rivera extra rest before the series against Boston begins Friday. * *…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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