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  1. Milton Bradley gets benched, gets angry

    May 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Milton Bradley returned to the cleanup spot last night after a few weeks either hurt or batting elsewhere. He went 0 for 3, and struck out looking twice.  After the second one, Don Wakamatsu lifted him from the game. Whether Bradley’s benching was to save him from himself — Bradley, you may be shocked to…

  2. Farewell, Ernie Harwell

    May 5, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    In case you missed it last night, here’s my remembrance of the great Ernie Harwell. Here’s a more thorough obit in the Detroit Free Press.

  3. Wainwright vs. Hamels doesn't disappoint

    May 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    Cole Hamels nearly gave the Phillies’ bullpen a night off Tuesday, out-dueling Adam Wainwright while taking a shutout into the ninth inning of a 1-0 game. Back-to-back doubles tied the game, at which point Charlie Manuel brought in Brad Lidge to get out of the jam … and he actually did. Lidge got three outs…

  4. The second Philly field jumper ain't a brain surgeon

    May 5, 2010, 8:36 AM EST

    As I mentioned last night, another guy jumped onto the field in Philadelphia. This guy was quite a piece of work.  First, check out his Twitter page right before it happened: “turn on the phillies game, im about to be on the feild!!!!!!!!!!” You know what that means: his charge just went from second degree…

  5. It's time for the Red Sox to cut ties with David Ortiz

    May 5, 2010, 8:17 AM EST

    Already platooning with Mike Lowell because he can’t hit lefties, Big Papi is now seemingly unable to hit righties too.  His line last night was ugly:  0-for-4, with two strikeouts and two double plays. As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, the second double play came with the game tied 1-1, the based juiced and…

  6. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 5, 2010, 5:42 AM EST

    Twins 4, Tigers 3: Nick Blackburn gave up 11 hits in a complete game. This had me thinking about the concept of “scattering” hits last night. I mean, I wanted to say that Blackburn scattered 11 hits over nine innings, but 11 seemed like too many. I was thinking that scattering applies to eight hits…

  7. Nice deterrence! A copycat fan runs onto the field in Philly

    May 4, 2010, 10:26 PM EST

    For the second day in a row a fan has run onto the field in Philadelphia. This time it was in the ninth inning of the just-completed Phillies-Cardinals game.  The man hopped the outfield wall, ran on the warning track and was apprehended without incident. And without tasers, I feel obligated to add.  Which is…

  8. Nats working to hire Bryce Harper's college coach

    May 4, 2010, 10:01 PM EST

    Jon Heyman of SI.com provides an interesting wrinkle on the Bryce Harper-Nationals connection, as the club is working to sign College of Southern Nevada coach Tim Chambers as an “associate scout.” Nationals assistant general manager Roy Clark insists that the potential hiring is unrelated to Harper, pointing out that he previously employed Chambers when he…

  9. Ernie Harwell: 1918-2010

    May 4, 2010, 8:39 PM EST

    I knew this day was coming since September. It actually came later than I thought it would, based on all we heard about his diagnosis. But neither its inevitability nor its delay softens my sorrow. Ernie Harwell has died at the age of 92.  I wrote this back in September, but it bears repeating: I…

  10. Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) doesn't think he'll be ready this weekend

    May 4, 2010, 7:47 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t think he will be ready to make his next scheduled start on Saturday. “If I had to make a decision today, no,” Jurrjens said Tuesday afternoon before the Braves opened a three-game series with the Nationals. “I still feel it. I’m not going…

  11. First-month minor league review – International League

    May 4, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    OPS Leaders 1. Steve Pearce (Pirates) – .349/.452/.605 – 1057 2. Dan Johnson (Rays) – .304/.375/.674 – 1049 3. Chris Carter (Mets) – .348/.408/.607 – 1015 4. Carlos Santana (Indians) – .300/.446/.550 – 996 5. Mike Hessman (Mets) – .297/.353/.637 – 990 6. Chase Lambin (Nationals) – .333/.385/.583 – 968 7. Dustin Martin (Twins) –…

  12. Ailing Rafael Furcal lands on disabled list for Dodgers

    May 4, 2010, 6:16 PM EST

    Rafael Furcal, who hasn’t played since April 27 because of strained left hamstring, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday and replaced by Nick Green on the Dodgers’ roster. The Dodgers gave Furcal a week to see if he could recover without a DL stint, but the 32-year-old shortstop has never been known as a…

  13. Ryan Madson will be out eight weeks

    May 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Bad news for the Phillies’ bullpen: closer/setup man Ryan Madson, who had surgery on his toe today, is expected to miss eight weeks. The Phillies bullpen is not the utter disaster area it was been portrayed as being as recently as a week ago, but it is third worst in the NL in batting average…

  14. The Giants hit into a lot of double plays

    May 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    I’m not sure what’s the most surprising thing about this article: 1. That the Giants are on pace to hit into 209 double plays, which would beat the current record by a country mile; 2. That the Giants’ offense has actually produced enough base runners to hit into that many double plays; or 3. That…

  15. Something Nationals fans don't want to hear

    May 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    What’s that you ask? Why, a comparison between Stephen Strasburg and Mark Prior, which is what Rob Neyer is offering today. It’s not a scary comparison — he’s talking about their brief minor league tracks, not mechanics or injuries or anything — but it’s an unsettling reference all the same.  One that makes you realize,…

  16. Verducci: Take-and-rake baseball is the game's biggest problem

    May 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Tom Verducci believes he’s figured out what’s wrong with baseball, and, in the course of what really is an interesting article, says what it is: there is simply not enough contact: . . . we are missing an essential part of the game’s allure and romance: the crack of the bat. You hear it less…

  17. Agent softens quotes about Cliff Lee's future with the Mariners

    May 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    Over the weekend agent Darek Braunecker made headlines and drew criticism for saying he “wouldn’t anticipate” Cliff Lee re-signing with the Mariners, with my main beef being that there’s just no need to say stuff like that six months from free agency and immediately after Lee’s first start. Lee apparently agreed, because he quickly tried…

  18. Oakland will no longer enforce Lew Wolff's unconstituonal sign policy

    May 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    I missed this one from last week, but given that today seems to be all about Constitutional rights and unruly fans and everything, it’s timely enough. The Athletics had a fan removed from the Coliseum last month for holding up a sign that said “Wolff Lied. He Never Tried,” obviously referring to owner Lew Wolff’s…

  19. After ugly rehab start, Chris Young to undergo 'further testing'

    May 4, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

    What happens when you’re supposed to be tuning up for a return to the majors with a rehab start at Double-A and instead you cough up five runs without making it out of the first inning? Well, in the case of Chris Young and his injured shoulder the Padres have ordered “further testing.” “I think…

  20. The Mariners are looking for offense, but no one is dealing

    May 4, 2010, 2:26 PM EST

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says that he’s looking to improve the M’s anemic offense, but there’s just nothing happening out there: “I’ve made a tremendous amount of phone calls. I continue to make phone calls. I’ve made several phone calls in the last three or four days. But it’s like hunting season. It’s not hunting…

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