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  1. Why I write about baseball. Aside from the women, anyway.

    May 17, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    The wonderful Carson Cistulli has been asking various baseball writers why they do what they do and is posting the results in a series over at FanGraphs.  I’m up today, so if you want to know what motivates a guy to throw away a high-paying, high-powered legal career in order to sit around in his…

  2. Justin Duchscherer is done for the season

    May 17, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Chroncle’s Susan Slusser reports that the worst case scenario has come to pass: Justin Duchscherer‘s injury is serious, he needs hip surgery and he’s done for the year. He’s had two previous surgeries for the same problem, so this is dire news.  I don’t think it’s hysterical to wonder if his career is in…

  3. Jerry Manuel is on the firing line too

    May 17, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    It’s open season on managers this morning. First Lou Piniella, now Jerry Manuel, whose head the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro calls for in today’s column: He is a good and decent man, but increasingly his in-game decisions and demeanor have been maddening, his uber-reliance on small-ball, his puzzling lineup decisions. He was unhappy with…

  4. The Cincinnati Reds are in first place

    May 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that one does not get too excited about anything going on in the standings before Memorial Day, and that’s still two weeks from now.  Still, how can you now get a kick out of the Cincinnati Reds sitting in first place? Especially that first place came as the result of taking two…

  5. Doug Davis has a heart condition

    May 17, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Brewers placed LHP Doug Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a heart condition. It’s pericarditis, which is an acute inflammation of the lining around the heart.  Bob Dylan had it back in 1997 and it almost killed him, but considering that Davis is not a 56 year-old chain smoker, his prognosis is much…

  6. Jeff Francis looks good in first start since 2008

    May 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis rejoined Colorado’s rotation Sunday nearly 15 months after shoulder surgery and started for the first time since September of 2008, holding Washington to one run over seven innings in a no-decision. Francis allowed six singles and one double, striking out six and walking one while tossing 67 of 106 pitches for strikes in…

  7. Should the Cubs Fire Lou Piniella?

    May 17, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I read Ken Rosenthal’s column suggesting just that this morning: It’s not Piniella’s fault two of the team’s biggest offensive threats, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and first baseman Derrek Lee, are under-performing. It’s not his fault Hendry provided him with an inadequate bullpen. It’s certainly not his…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    May 17, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Dodgers 1, Padres 0: The Dodgers sweep the West-leading Padres despite being two-hit. Maybe I’m being overly pessimistic, but I’m starting to get the feeling that you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —…

  9. The Week Ahead: Like it or not, Interleague play is back

    May 16, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    Remember the novelty of Interleague play when it first came into existence back in 1997? Fans in Atlanta could see the New York Yankees in person. NL greats like Barry Bonds and John Smoltz would make appearances in AL cities. And places with multiple teams playing in separate leagues – like Chicago, New York, Los…

  10. Grady Sizemore pulled with left knee contusion

    May 16, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore was lifted from Saturday’s game in the fifth inning with a left knee contusion, reports MLB.com’s Jeff Seidel.  He suffered the injury on a slide into second base at the end of the fourth and was replaced by Trevor Crowe. Crowe is 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI…

  11. Kubel leads Twins over Yankees via grand slam

    May 16, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Yankees ended a 12-game drought against the Yankees Sunday thanks to a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the eighth inning from Jason Kubel.  It was his only hit of the game, but it was a big one.  Even more impressive, he hit the slam off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.  The Twins trailed…

  12. UPDATE: Street has setback in rehab outing

    May 16, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Street actually injured his groin on Saturday, according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, and is probably going to be out until early June. 9:28am: Rockies closer Huston Street looked to be on the right track when he delivered a scoreless inning last Thursday in a rehab appearance for Double-A Tulsa.  Now that…

  13. Nationals call up relief prospect Drew Storen

    May 16, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals have purchased the contract of relief prospect Drew Storen from Triple-A Syracuse.  He will meet up with the team on Monday in St. Louis. Storen unsurprisingly beat fellow 2009 first-round draft pick Stephen Strasburg to the big leagues.  He kicked off this season at Double-A Harrisburg and…

  14. Mets release right-hander Kiko Calero

    May 16, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    Back in March the Mets signed reliever Kiko Calero to a minor league contract, hoping he might come close to replicating his impressive 2009 stat line: a 1.95 ERA, 69 strikeouts and a .180 opponents’ batting average in 60 innings for the Marlins.  It hasn’t exactly worked out like that. Kalero has allowed 24 runs…

  15. UPDATE: Duchscherer headed back to DL

    May 16, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Duchscherer has been placed back on the disabled list, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee.  Chad Gaudin has been designated for assignment.  And Kurt Suzuki was activated from the disabled list. 11:40am: Justin Duchscherer was activated Saturday after spending three weeks on the disabled list and was scheduled to start last night against the Angels. …

  16. Tigers option Sizemore, Scherzer to AAA

    May 16, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    The Tigers made a couple of bold but necessary moves Sunday, demoting starting second baseman Scott Sizemore and starting pitcher Max Scherzer to Triple-A Toledo.  The news was reported first by MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Sizemore entered the 2010 season with a bit of hype, but hasn’t been able to transfer his minor league success to…

  17. Tigers grab 21st victory with walk-off walk

    May 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Tigers rallied from a 6-1 fifth-inning deficit on Saturday night to capture a 7-6 extra-innings victory from the Red Sox.  It was all capped off by fill-in second baseman Ramon Santiago, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th inning off Boston reliever Ramon Ramirez.  In all the excitement, Santiago almost…

  18. Andre Ethier has fracture in right pinkie finger

    May 16, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweeted late Saturday night that Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with a fracture at the tip of his right pinkie finger.  It’s horrible news, especially when you consider how important Ethier has been for the red-hot 19-17 Dodgers this season. Ethier, 28, leads the team in…

  19. Getting to know hype machine Bryce Harper

    May 15, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    Want to get better acquainted with 17-year-old catcher Bryce Harper before he’s (almost certainly) drafted No. 1 overall by the Nationals this June?  Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post wrote a great piece about him this afternoon, collecting opinions about the prodigy’s attitude and personality from several different sources.  It’s worth reading the entire article,…

  20. Brad Lidge placed on disabled list yet again

    May 15, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge was diagnosed with elbow inflammation after undergoing an MRI earlier this week and tried to throw a side session Saturday to see if he could pitch through the soreness.  It didn’t go well.  According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the 33-year-old right-hander has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10.…

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