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  1. Bob Howry 'will be in a Cubs uniform very soon'

    May 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune “indications are that Bob Howry will be in a Cubs uniform very soon” after being released earlier this week by the Diamondbacks. Howry pitched for Lou Piniella and the Cubs from 2006-2008, going 17-17 with 14 saves and a 3.90 ERA in 228.2 innings before signing with…

  2. Trevor Hoffman is going to take a couple of days off

    May 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Yesterday we heard that Trevor Hoffman and the Brewer brass had a little meeting before the game.  We now know, thanks to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel,  that the result of that meeting is Hoffman getting some time off to clear his head and fix his mechanics: Hoffman would spend a couple of days working…

  3. Red Sox's 'run prevention' strategy takes another hit with Marco Scutaro out

    May 20, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Boston’s offseason moves to build the team more around “run prevention” are being mocked because the Red Sox have allowed the most runs in the league, but injuries to Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury certainly have helped and now Marco Scutaro is sidelined with a sore elbow. Scutaro sat out last night’s game with “tennis…

  4. Josh Hamilton robbed of a home run when umps refuse to review it

    May 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    What’s the point of having replay review of home runs if the umps aren’t going to use it? Josh Hamilton was credited with a double on this play despite the fact that the ball clearly left the field of play.  It didn’t end up costing the Rangers the game, but it easily could have. Let…

  5. Theo Epstein pulled a Bobby Valentine at the Pearl Jam show

    May 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Confused? You won’t be if you click over the Big League Stew and check out the paparazzi pics of the Red Sox’ GM going under cover at the surprisingly controversial Monday night concert. I know Bill Simmons is a big fan, but is there such a great overlap in Red Sox and Peal Jam fans…

  6. Comment of the Day: Jamie Moyer and Starlin Castro

    May 20, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    I have the best readers on the planet. In this morning’s recaps I made a joke about how the 47 year-old Jamie Moyer pitching to the 20 year-old Starlin Castro linked Castro directly to 19th century legend Cap Anson. I was just being silly with that, of course. But reader Luis took it as a…

  7. The Yankees' injuries are getting ridiculous

    May 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Last night the Yankees ended the game with an outfield of Ramiro Pena, Randy Winn and Brett Gardner.  Not exactly how they figured the season would go.  Add in the Jorge Posada injury, Nick Johnson’s wrist, Alfredo Aceves’ back and everything else and this team is the walking freaking wounded. Snakebit? I don’t know. But…

  8. David Ortiz told Hanley Ramirez to apologize

    May 20, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Why did Hanley Ramirez apologize to his manager and teammates yesterday? Partially, I bet, to get back in the lineup, and partially, I hope, because he realized he was being a jerk.  But according to a tweet from Peter Gammons last night, a lot of it may have had to do with Big Papi: David…

  9. As if LeBron and the Cavs weren't bad enough …

    May 20, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Yesterday couldn’t have gone much worse for the Indians, who announced Asdrubal Cabrera will miss 8-10 weeks following surgery to repair a broken forearm, placed Grady Sizemore on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee, and then watched Kerry Wood turn a 4-3 lead into an 8-4 loss to the equally…

  10. The Tampa Bay Rays play "liberal arts baseball"

    May 20, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    As evidenced by the deconstruction of the limping and wounded New York Yankees last night, the Tampa Bay Rays have taken their place as the new beasts of the AL East.  And, even though the delivery was muddled and aggravating, Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe’s multiple mentions of the Rays’ arrival as the new class…

  11. The Red Sox designate Scott Schoeneweis for assignment

    May 20, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Red Sox told Scott Schoeneweis that he was being designated for assignment after last night’s game, ending his tenure in Boston. The actual move will come this morning, so the ten-day period during which the team has to trade him, release him or place him on waivers begins today. It’s never a good thing…

  12. Astros release $16.5 million bust Kaz Matsui

    May 20, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    After alternating Kaz Matsui and Jeff Keppinger at second base all season the Astros finally released Matsui and his .141 batting average last night. Signed to a three-year, $16.5 million contract in December of 2007, he ended up hitting just .259/.315/.370 while missing 108 of a possible 363 games with various injuries. Keppinger celebrated the…

  13. Great night for Angel Pagan, but he did have a little help out there

    May 20, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Angel Pagan hit an inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning of last night’s Mets-Nats game, which you can see here. Then, in the fifth, he started off a triple play, which you can see here. Before I say anything else, let me say this: great job by Pagan for (a) running like a mofo out…

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

    May 20, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

    Nationals 5, Mets 3: Triple plays and inside the park homers are pretty cool. Sadly, they only count for three outs and one run, respectively. Hats off to Angel Pagan all the same. Royals 8, Indians 4: Kerry Wood came into a save situation in the ninth and gave up a triple, a single, a…

  15. Things are going pretty well for Evan Longoria

    May 20, 2010, 2:15 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria is 24 years old. In his third season in the majors, he’s already a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, and arguably the best player on the best team in baseball. His face is on video game boxes and television commercials (see below), and he just might be on the way to replacing…

  16. Putting the Hanley Ramirez incident to rest

    May 20, 2010, 1:42 AM EDT

    We’ve certainly managed to squeeze a lot of mileage out of the Hanley Ramirez incident over the last couple of days. Yes, he loafed. Yes, it was a bad thing. But now, after his apology to his team – and, even better, a three-hit game in a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday –…

  17. Posada has broken foot, could miss 3-4 weeks

    May 19, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada has been in and out of the Yankees’ lineup for the past week or so, and on Wednesday evening we all found out why.  According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran catcher has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right foot and could miss up to a month.…

  18. Stephen Strasburg dominant again at Triple-A

    May 19, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Top prospect Stephen Strasburg continued his dominance at the Triple-A level on Wednesday evening, fanning nine batters over 6 1/3 scoreless innings against a group of Twins minor leaguers.  The stats come compliments of the Nationals’ official Twitter feed. Strasburg has now fired 18 1/3 scoreless innings since being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse from Double-A…

  19. Bradley back in Mariners' starting lineup

    May 19, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley was activated from the restricted list on Wednesday evening and is in the Mariners’ lineup tonight against Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil, reports the Everett Herald’s Kriby Arnold.  Bradley missed the last 13 games in order to sort out some of the emotional issues that have caused him to act out on and…

  20. First-quarter awards: AL Rookie of the Year

    May 19, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The NL rookie class is leaps and bounds better than the AL group so far, with the Senior Circuit boasting the game’s top three first-year players. The American League class is largely pitching dominated. Only two AL rookies have served as regulars throughout the entire first quarter of the season and one of those, Lou…

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