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

    May 10, 2010, 5:00 AM EST

    Athletics 4, Rays 0:  I wrote my real-time reaction last night when it happened, and touched on the A-Rod implications a bit later. With a night’s sleep on it, I’m thinking more cosmically about it. HardballTalk’s Senior Commenter, Old Gator, sent me a book last week called The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh,…

  2. The Week Ahead: Hey, isn't that Johnny Damon?

    May 10, 2010, 1:38 AM EST

    It’s reunion time in Detroit as the New York Yankees come to town to take on the Tigers. And this means the Yankees get a chance to see Johnny Damon and show him how little they miss him. OK, so that’s a bit harsh, but at 21-9, New York is cruising right along. Remember the…

  3. Dallas Braden and A-Rod: what a difference a week makes

    May 9, 2010, 7:21 PM EST

    It was just over two weeks ago when Alex Rodriguez walked over Dallas Braden’s mound — maybe on purpose, maybe not — kicking off a petty little feud in which no one has come off looking particularly classy. Braden barked about it being “his mound” like he was unhinged. A-Rod looked like a pompous ass…

  4. Tulo exits game with apparent quad injury

    May 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left Sunday’s game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a right quadriceps strain, according to’s Thomas Harding. Melvin Mora came on to play second base and Clint Barmes slid over to short.  Tulo was 1-for-2 with a single before exiting and is batting .311 on the year with…

  5. Dallas Braden throws a perfect game!

    May 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    UPDATE:  He did it!! 27-up, 27-down, six via strikeout. The game ended on a Gabe Kapler grounder to short.  Dallas Braden has thrown a perfect game! Guess that’s just how they roll in the 209. They also roll modestly. During his postgame interview with the Comcast SportsNet California announcers, Braden gave credit to his catcher…

  6. UPDATE: M's fire hitting coach Alan Cockrell

    May 9, 2010, 5:32 PM EST

    UPDATE:  John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse gathered quotes from veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney on the firing.  Here’s Griffey: “Let’s not go there. I have no comment.” And Sweeney: “It’s brutal. There are a lot of guys in here who deserve to get fired before him.” Sounds like the Mariners, or at least…

  7. Mets announcer Hernandez naps on the job

    May 9, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    The Mets are 17-13 this season and are right on the heels of the Phillies in the NL East standings, but they’ve played six extra-innings games already, including a 20-inning tilt in mid-April with the Cardinals. That kind of schedule can drain players, are it can also drain broadcasters. Check out Mets analyst Keith Hernandez…

  8. Nelson Cruz nearing return from disabled list

    May 9, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

    The Rangers have mapped out a plan for the return of outfielder Nelson Cruz, or so says Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Cruz, 29, got off to a ferocious start this season, posting a .319 batting average, a .758 slugging percentage and seven home runs in 62 at-bats before suffering a hamstring strain. …

  9. A first-hand account of Mike Stanton's colossal Double-A home run

    May 9, 2010, 12:44 PM EST

    Marlins outfield prospect Mike Stanton is on an absolute tear this season for Double-A Jacksonville with a  .340 batting average, a .477 on-base percentage, an .840 slugging percentage and 14 home runs in just 27 games.  Rehabbing reliever Dan Meyer was able to take in one of those homers Thursday in Jacksonville.  Here’s how he…

  10. Kurt Suzuki nearly ready to return to A's

    May 9, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    Kurt Suzuki, who has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a strained rib cage, is expected to return to the A’s starting lineup on Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Suzuki is a major part of the A’s offense and should provide a nice emotional boost for the…

  11. Sunday morning reading material: Ernie Harwell

    May 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

    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…

  12. Mauer set to return to Twins' starting lineup

    May 9, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    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…

  13. Brewers' Jody Gerut hits for the cycle

    May 8, 2010, 11:21 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 8, 2010, 10:40 PM EST

    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,…

  15. Free agent Geoff Jenkins likely to retire

    May 8, 2010, 9:04 PM EST

    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…

  16. Derek Holland set for 2010 debut next week

    May 8, 2010, 7:26 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 8, 2010, 5:13 PM EST

    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 “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…

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

    May 8, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 8, 2010, 2:06 PM EST

    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 reports that the Yankees have officially placed…

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