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  1. Aroldis Chapman was impressive: but not in the way I expected

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and the Louisville Bats rolled into beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio last night. I couldn’t miss that so I called my friend Mark — a big Reds fan — and headed on down to the park to catch the game. We got through the gate and, being consummate professionals, used every trick in the…

  2. Kevin Gregg walks five in ugly blown save

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg imploded last night, blowing a 5-3 lead against the Rays by allowing four runs on one hit and five walks. He also committed a throwing error and uncorked a wild pitch in one of the ugliest outings you’ll see this season. And then just for good measure he got ejected for yelling at…

  3. Joe Maddon gets steamed, gets ejected

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    In hindsight, the biggest shocker of the whole ninth inning exchange between Carlos Pena, Joe Maddon and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez in last night’s Rays-Jays game was that Kevin Gregg threw a strike. But we’ll cover Gregg’s nightmare night later this morning.  For now, let’s talk about the rhubarb. In case you missed it,…

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

    Jun 2, 2010, 6:46 AM EDT

    Rays 7, Blue Jays 6:  Holy schnikes, that was a wild ending. Kevin Gregg had a meltdown, walking five guys, Joe Maddon got tossed after Carlos Pena wasn’t granted time out at the plate and Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, three-run double to seal a come-from-behind victory.  The wildest thing though? Pena later said that…

  5. Programming Note

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Hey folks: Due to a late night of (a) watching Aroldis Chapman pitch against my hometown Columbus Clippers; and (b) catching up with old friends, I wasn’t able to jump on the box scores like I usually do before bedtime. The good news is that because of my evening I will be able to provide…

  6. Piniella: 'Too much patience is stupidity'

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, exasperated with his team’s offense, did the ol’ lineup shakeup for Tuesday’s game against the Pirates, inserting Tyler Colvin, Xavier Nady, Jeff Baker and Koyie Hill into the lineup as Marlon Byrd, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto grabbed some pine. Benching all of those guys in the…

  7. Roy Oswalt would waive no-trade clause to go to the Nationals

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    NatsTown is suddenly a very hot ticket with the news of Stephen Strasburg’s imminent promotion. And according to what Roy Oswalt told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Tuesday, he wouldn’t mind hitching his wagon (or tractor) to the surprising ballclub. “They’ve been playing well,” Oswalt said. “They’ve got a good offensive club. I…

  8. UPDATE: Dontrelle Willis traded to Diamondbacks

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Tigers will acquire right-hander Billy Buckner in return. And the final piece of the puzzle, Jon Heyman of says that the Tigers will pay all but the prorated $400K major league minimum to ship Willis to the Diamondbacks. 6:18 PM: Another trade! According to…

  9. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett a DL candidate

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that it’s a “50-50 proposition” whether shortstop Jason Bartlett will land on the disabled list because of right hamstring soreness. Bartlett has been slumping and was recently dropped from first to last in Tampa Bay’s lineup, so a break might not be the worst thing. He’s hitting just .231/.327/.330 this…

  10. Darin Erstad's charity auction is a must see

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    I’ve said plenty of unkind things about Darin Erstad the ballplayer over the past several years, but there’s certainly never been an issue with Darin Ersad the person. As the Orange County Register pointed out today, Erstad currently has a charity auction up on ebay, with several items ending Wednesday night and others expiring later…

  11. Boras: Bryce Harper shouldn't catch

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Actually, what he said about his prized client was “no baseball person in his right mind will have the guy catch.” Which seems strange considering Harper himself is on record as saying he wants to catch and every team would value his bat way higher as a catcher than they would elsewhere (even though his…

  12. Mike Cameron held out of lineup with sore abdomen

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were happy about the prospect of getting both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron back into the outfield, but now Ellsbury is back on the DL and Mike Cameron is reporting soreness in his abdomen, keeping him out of today’s game. The good news, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, is…

  13. Jamie Moyer is poised to become the home run king

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark points out something I hadn’t noticed: Jamie Moyer is four homer runs allowed away from becoming the all-time leader in that category.  When he does it, he’ll pass pformer Phillie Robin Roberts for the title. A partner in my old law office once had a $100 million judgment entered against his client following…

  14. Hey, a trade! The Jays send Dana Eveland to Pittsburgh

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It was less than a month ago when we saw Dana Eveland throw seven shutout innings on only two hits. But baseball is a what have you done for me lately sport, and since that great show against the White Sox on May 6th, Eveland has allowed 17 runs in just over nine innings. As…

  15. UPDATE: Jeter is in tonight's lineup

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Lineups were just announced for tonight’s Yankees-Orioles tilt. The Captain will play. Damn. Now I owe Nick Swisher a million bucks. Hope he takes a check. 11:15 A.M. Derek Jeter got plunked on the leg during yesterday’s game and ended up leaving when his hamstring stiffened up. The injury is being characterized as minor,…

  16. Mark Teahen put on disabled list with fractured middle finger

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Mark Teahen injured the middle finger on his right hand fielding a ground ball Sunday and X-rays revealed a fracture, so the White Sox placed him on the disabled list this afternoon and called up Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A. Teahen started 41 of the White Sox’s first 50 games at third base, but hit just…

  17. Four teams interested in Dontrelle Willis

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    We knew about the Diamondbacks, but according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Mets, Brewers and Marlins are also interested in Dontrelle Willis. We were hearing various tweets and emanations from the Mets this morning that they weren’t really interested in Willis, what with already having their own walk-happy lefty. At least…

  18. Line drive to head miraculously won't keep David Huff from making next start

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Not only has David Huff somehow avoided a serious injury after taking an Alex Rodriguez line drive off his head Saturday, Anthony Castrovince of reports that he’s not even expected to miss a start. Huff threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems afterward, saying he hasn’t had dizziness or headaches despite the…

  19. You should read "Cardboard Gods"

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’m only about two months late in getting a review out for this book, but (a) there are so many baseball books that come out at the beginning of the season that it may have gotten lost in the shuffle; and (b) better late than never.  Especially in this case, because it’s a book you…

  20. Derek Holland diagnosed with strained shoulder

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Derek Holland’s fastball is typically 92-93 miles per hour, but he was throwing just 86-88 mph in the first inning of Sunday night’s start against the Twins. His velocity eventually rose to 90-91 mph, but after several mound visits from the manager, pitching coach, and trainer the Rangers pulled the 23-year-old southpaw from the game…

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