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  1. Sunday morning reading material: Ernie Harwell

    May 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Detroit Free Press is running an incredible three-part “final” interview this week with the late (and great) Ernie Harwell, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92.  From the Free Press’ lead-in: “Last fall, Free Press sports editor Gene Myers, photographer Mandi Wright and picture editor Diane Weiss visited Ernie and Lulu…

  2. Mauer set to return to Twins' starting lineup

    May 9, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Big news for Twins fans.  According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, catcher Joe Mauer will return to the starting lineup on Sunday as the designated hitter. Mauer has missed over a week with a bruised left heel, but is apparently unfazed by swinging a bat and was able to serve as a pinch-hitter…

  3. Brewers' Jody Gerut hits for the cycle

    May 8, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Brewers outfielder Jody Gerut hit for the cycle during Saturday’s rout of the Diamondbacks, tallying a solo homer in the second inning, a bases-loading single in the third, an RBI triple in the fourth and a two-run double in the ninth.  Quite an evening for the 32-year-old .262/.326/.433 career hitter. Gerut’s cycle is only the…

  4. Teixeira homers three times in Yanks' 14-3 rout

    May 8, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira entered Saturday’s action with a .181 batting average, a .295 slugging percentage and only two home runs through 105 at-bats.  When he checks the box score tomorrow, things will look a little different. The big man exploded for three home runs and five RBI Saturday evening against the Red Sox,…

  5. Free agent Geoff Jenkins likely to retire

    May 8, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Free agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins hinted Saturday to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s likely to retire if he isn’t offered a contract soon. “There were some calls (in the spring) but they were to go to Triple-A,” said Jenkins. “That just wasn’t in my heart.  Part of it is ego but…

  6. Derek Holland set for 2010 debut next week

    May 8, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    Derek Holland failed to earn a spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation this spring with Scott Feldman, Rich Harden, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison being anointed the five spots.  It doesn’t make a difference now, though, because Holland will get a taste of big league action in the middle of next week.According to…

  7. UPDATE: Joe Mauer "real close" to returning to action

    May 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: We won’t be seeing Mauer tonight. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire tells Christensen that the Twins will see “where he’s at tomorrow or even Tuesday.” “He’s anxious. He really wants to play, but he also knows his foot’s not quite there yet. … We don’t want him to bang it, or he could be out…

  8. A-Rod doesn't want to extend Dallas Braden's "15 minutes of fame"

    May 8, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    From the “In Case You Missed It” file, on Friday Alex Rodriguez responded to Dallas Braden’s interview with CSN’s Mychael Urban from earlier this week. He told reporters, via ESPNNewYork.com: “I think Major League Baseball reads the same articles as we do,” Rodriguez said. “Now, look, I really don’t want to extend his extra 15…

  9. Dodgers activate Manny Ramirez from 15-day disabled list

    May 8, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    The Dodgers activated Manny Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. He is expected to be in the starting lineup against Jhoulys Chacin and the Rockies later tonight. Ramirez has been sidelined since April 23 due to a strained left calf. Ramirez, who turns 38 in May, was batting .415/.500/.659 with two homers and…

  10. UPDATE: Robinson Cano in lineup; Nick Johnson out "several weeks"

    May 8, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, Cano is in Saturday’s starting lineup as the designated hitter, while Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Johnson will miss “several weeks” after receiving a cortisone shot for an inflamed tendon in his right wrist on Saturday. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have officially placed…

  11. Stephen Strasburg passes first test at Triple-A

    May 8, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Different level, same results. Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in his debut for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday night. According to Jennifer McCaffery of MLB.com, Strasburg threw 45 of 65 pitches for strikes, striking out six while walking just one. He topped out at 99 mph on the radar gun. The…

  12. Mike Pelfrey still feels tightness in shoulder, but intends to make next start

    May 8, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    There was no shortage of good news in Friday’s 6-4 win over the Giants: Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets starter this season. Jose Reyes — still in the No. 3 spot — had two hits and a stolen base while the struggling Jason Bay ripped…

  13. Jason Heyward might be sidelined for a little while longer

    May 8, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward believes that his sore right groin has improved, but according to what Braves manager Bobby Cox told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Friday’s game against the Phillies, he isn’t as optimistic: “I think it’s worse than day-to-day,” Cox said. “We’re gonna wait a few more days and see if it gets…

  14. Josh Beckett implodes in loss to Yankees

    May 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    You wouldn’t know it by looking solely at the 10-3 final score, but aside from a three-run homer by Nick Swisher, Josh Beckett was actually pitching pretty well against the Yankees on Friday. Until the sixth inning, that is. Beckett lost complete control of the strike zone during the frame, hitting Robinson Cano in the…

  15. Jamie Moyer becomes oldest pitcher to throw a shutout

    May 8, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Friday night provided quite an interesting contrast. On one hand, we had the excitement of 20-year-old Starlin Castro — the first major league player born in the 90s — making history in his major league debut. At the other end of the spectrum, 47-year-old Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league history to…

  16. Hangin' out in the Tribe Social Deck

    May 8, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Sorry about that folks. No, I didn’t die, but I was almost washed away. The game was cruising along nicely until the middle of the fourth and then the rains came. Although to call it rain is a bit of an insult. This was more of a deluge. Then the hail. Then the high…

  17. Starlin Castro makes history in major league debut

    May 8, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

    Before Friday’s game against the Reds, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the club wasn’t asking top prospect Starlin Castro to provide a “spark” for the team. Well, Castro must have missed that memo. On Friday, the 20-year-old Dominican became the first player in major league history to drive in six runs in their major league…

  18. More eye problems force Brian McCann back to glasses

    May 7, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

    Brian McCann, who dealt with blurred vision in the early part of last season, told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is going back to glasses because he is having trouble seeing out of his right eye during night games. As you recall, it was the left eye that was giving him problems…

  19. Now that Starlin Castro is up, is Mike Stanton next?

    May 7, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    During an interview with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald on Friday, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had some high praise for prospect outfielder Mike Stanton and hinted that we will see him in the majors very soon. “He could hit 500 home runs. When he’s ready to come, he’s going to be here. When he’s…

  20. Calling up Starlin Castro a good gamble for Cubs

    May 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Another team would have waited three weeks. That’s about when a club can call up a top prospect without any service time and not have to worry about him becoming super-two eligible after his second full year in the majors. The Cubs, though, had reasons not to procrastinate. Sure, those three weeks may seem like…

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