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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 –…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Fake trade: Tigers get Ted Lilly from Cubs

    May 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tigers acquire LHP Ted Lilly and cash from the Cubs for RHP Joel Zumaya. Why it works for the Tigers: The early signs point to the AL Central playing out much like it did last year, with Minnesota and Detroit going down to the wire and no wild card available for either. The Tigers, though,…

  11. Forget your Valentine fantasies: Melvin will be the next Mets manager

    May 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman on the Mets’ managerial situation: If Manuel goes, the Mets will almost assuredly hire Bob Melvin, the ex-Diamondbacks manager who’s been serving as a Mets’ scout, to replace him. And it’s probably not a good sign for Manuel that everyone seems to know this. Heyman is pretty plugged in with the Mets, so…

  12. Trevor Hoffman may be done closing

    May 19, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tom Haudricourt tweeted a few minutes ago that Brewers manager Ken Macha, pitching coach Rick Peterson and Trevor Hoffman just met to discuss the Brewers’ closer situation. Perhaps Aaron’s prescription — moving Hoffman to middle relief while he figures out if he’s on his way out of the game or merely experiencing a setback —…

  13. Indians place Grady Sizemore on the DL, call up Shelley Duncan

    May 19, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore slid awkwardly this past Sunday, had an MRI on his left knee today, and it turns out that his owie is more serious than was initially realized. Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer reports that Sizemore has a deep bone bruise and is likely to have surgery.  Sizemore has been placed on the…

  14. Quote of the Day II: Joe Torre on Yankees expectations

    May 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    We won four out of the first five World Series. We got in six World Series. Then all of a sudden the expectations became more than I could deal with. What do I mean by that? I had a tough time telling my players when we won a division title and got to the postseason…

  15. First-quarter awards: NL Rookie of the Year

    May 19, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    A one-man race, right? Jason Heyward was practically handed the award a couple of weeks into the season, and though he’s hit a bit of a rough patch over the last week, he’s still batting an exceptional .274/.399/.540 with 28 RBI. That’s definitely Rookie of the Year material. But what no one expected was that…

  16. Bad back sends Josh Beckett to the disabled list

    May 19, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    After all the hubbub (and protest) surrounding his leaving last night’s game with a back injury, Josh Beckett was placed on the disabled list this afternoon. Joe Nelson was called up from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster, but he’ll work out of the bullpen while Tim Wakefield slides back into the Red…

  17. Jarrod Saltalamacchia seeing sports psychologist

    May 19, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s problems throwing the ball back to the pitcher at Triple-A have continued, so the 25-year-old catcher is now seeing a sports psychologist and Richard Durrett of describes the various things he’s trying to get over the “yips”: He uses a timing mechanism–tapping the ball in his glove twice before throwing–to help him.…

  18. Blue Jays' Randy Ruiz has great timing

    May 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Unless you’re a Blue Jays fan, a moderately serious fantasy player or are some sick obsessive who reads every single box score every day [cough, cough], Randy Ruiz probably hasn’t even crossed your radar screen. Sure, the Jays’ part-time DH and backup first baseman came on really strong late last year, but he hasn’t hit…

  19. David Wright given a day off, apparently against his will

    May 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    After an 0 for 4, three-strikeout day against the Braves — capped by throwing away the ball and allowing the winning run to score — David Wright will be riding the pine for today’s game against the Nationals. Wright’s obviously struggling and, more importantly, looks to be getting frustrated, so most people would probably agree…

  20. Hanley Ramirez plans to apologize to teammates before tonight's game

    May 19, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated this morning that he was confident about Hanley Ramirez making the apology to the team necessary to be back in the lineup for tonight’s game. And sure enough, according to Enrique Rojas of he plans to do just that. Here’s what Ramirez told Rojas this afternoon (the actual quotes…

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