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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 ESPNDallas.com 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 ESPNDeportes.com he plans to do just that. Here’s what Ramirez told Rojas this afternoon (the actual quotes…

  9. Homeless man cuts across outfield in the name of beer, nachos

    May 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Fun times in the minor leagues: Authorities say a homeless who said he was looking for the fastest route to a concession stand was arrested after walking onto the outfield during a minor league baseball game in Pennsylvania. Logan Township police say they’ll file criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges against 24-year-old Tyrone…

  10. Just a little more bad luck for Mark Prior

    May 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Not satisfied with ruining the career of one of the best pitching prospects of all time, the distributor of bad luck took one last crack at Mark Prior recently. You know, just for good measure. Prior hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006, but the Chicago Tribune reports that he “started throwing again in hopes…

  11. Two orders of Tim Lincecum, please. Extra caviar

    May 19, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    There’s a fun article in the New York Times that has almost nothing to do with baseball. Rather, it’s about how big time chefs smoke a lot of marijuana and how the stoner culture is affecting both the attitude and, in many cases, the cuisine in today’s top restaurants.  I link it here, however, because…

  12. David Ortiz "lives in an emotional maelstrom"

    May 19, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Howard Bryant has a fascinating feature today on the “emotional maelsrom” that has been David Oritz’s last couple of years with the Boston Red Sox. There’s some arguably poor behavior on Ortiz’s part mentioned in there — he allegedly left the ballpark early back in April after being pinch hit for, he “raged” that…

  13. Hanley Ramirez hasn't apologized yet, but Fredi Gonzalez expects him to play tonight

    May 19, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez benched Hanley Ramirez last night and the Marlins won thanks in part to two RBIs from his replacement, but the manager said during a radio interview this morning that he “would be really surprised” if Ramirez isn’t back in the lineup tonight against the Cardinals. It’s going to get resolved one way or…

  14. Good news for the Mariners' lineup: pitchers get to bat soon

    May 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The commencement of interleague play means that help is on the way to the Mariners’ anemic lineup: As a senior at Long Beach State, [Jason] Vargas served as the Dirtbags’ usual designated hitter, finishing with a .354 batting average, 14 doubles and five homers. Furthermore, the former Marlins and Mets pitcher didn’t embarrass himself when…

  15. Freddy Sanchez finally expected back tonight

    May 19, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez hasn’t played since the middle of last September because of knee and shoulder injuries that both required surgery, but the Giants are planning to activate the 32-year-old second baseman from the disabled list prior to tonight’s game. Sanchez looked good during a seven-game rehab stint at Single-A and Double-A, going 9-for-20 (.450) with…

  16. Who actually complained about Theo Epstein going to see Pearl Jam?

    May 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    The Globe’s Nick Cafardo defends Red Sox GM Theo Epstein for going to see Pearl Jam on Monday night rather than watching the Red Sox-Yankees game.  I agree with Cafardo’s defenses: Theo works insane hours, he always has his Blackberry anyway, and while the season isn’t going how everyone wanted it to, it’s not like…

  17. Quote of the Day: on Jeff Francoeur's approach at the plate

    May 19, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    “He doesn’t really have, like, an approach. He just goes up there hacking.” – Braves starter Kris Medlen describing Jeff Francoeur’s hitting philosophy.  Which worked last night, it should be noted, as Francoeur took Medlen yard.  But it’s also the reason why it usually doesn’t work and why Francoeur is so frustrating a player to…

  18. The Yankees protest last night's game

    May 19, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  It appears I misinterpreted the use of the term “indication of injury” in the AP story.  The beef was not that Girardi thought there was no evidence that Beckett was injured.  Rather, he was protesting the fact that Delcarmen was called for before the umpires were informed that Beckett was injured (i.e. it was…

  19. Let's not get ahead of ourselves in praising Fredi Gonzalez

    May 19, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Let’s specify — because I think it’s beyond reasonable dispute — that Hanley Ramirez is in the wrong in all of this business down in Florida. Wrong for not running after that ball, and more wrong for unloading on his manager to the press yesterday morning.  He’s history’s greatest monster (this week), no question. But…

  20. The Mets are giving tickets away to this week's Yankees series

    May 19, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    This is somewhat shocking: the Mets are going to give away tickets to this weekend’s Subway Series with the Yankees. It’s not a contest or anything. According to SportsBusiness Daily, they’re merely unloading “high-priced, premium seats that probably wouldn’t sell.” According to the article it’s a small number of seats and they’re going to former…

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