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  1. Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel

    May 28, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Panicking ain’t going to do no good.” – Charlie Manuel after last night’s Mets-Phillies game.  First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear? Second, sorry Charlie, but if a bear is eating me, I’m gonna panic.

  2. Confirmed: Joe West is in big trouble

    May 28, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Yesterday I presumed, based on some comments from Bob Watson, that umpire Joe West was going to get disciplined over his recent antics.  Last night Jeff Passan of Yahoo! confirmed it. West might even get suspended: A source said the league plans to suspend or fine West, one of its most tenured umpires, after he…

  3. Dan Haren's struggles continue against Rockies

    May 28, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Dan Haren recovered from a three-run first inning last night to hold the Rockies scoreless for the next four frames, but then back-to-back-to-back homers by Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs knocked him out of the game. Haren has a great 76/15 K/BB ratio in 74 innings overall this season, including six strikeouts and…

  4. The Giants could sign Pat Burrell to a minor league deal

    May 28, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal.  Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however. I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who…

  5. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    May 28, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Cardinals 8, Padres 3: The Padres lost, but they looked damn good losing in those mustard and brown throwbacks.  Pujols hit a homer. It’s hard to say that a guy with a .900+ OPS is struggling, but he is, so the dinger had to feel good. Brendan Ryan had to be feeling good too, after…

  6. Beltran likely out until after All-Star break

    May 27, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran has been recovering from knee surgery all season and, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, isn’t nearly done. Beltran has yet to resume full baseball activities and Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Thursday that the outfielder will need between six-to-eight weeks of rehab once he’s cleared to do so.  In other…

  7. Lidge aiming to rejoin Phillies on Monday

    May 27, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    Phillies reliever Brad Lidge tossed a successful bullpen session before Thursday’s game at Citi Field and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Lidge threw 40 pitches in the short workout and reported no pain or discomfort in his throwing elbow.  He was placed on the…

  8. UPDATE: Big Z rushed to hospital with side pain

    May 27, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    UPDATE: MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat passes along word that tests for appendicitis were negative.  Zambrano is simply dealing with some abdominal pain and should be back on track soon. 7:11pm: Carlos Zambrano was rushed to a local Chicago hospital on Thursday afternoon after complaining of pain in his side, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago…

  9. The Yankees may lose Afredo Aceves for the season

    May 27, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Bad news in the Universe: The back injury that put Alfredo Aceves on the disabled list could be season-ending and might result in surgery to repair a bulging disc in the lower back. Aceves stopped a throwing session Tuesday in Tampa and is in New York to be examined by Dr. Chris Ahmad. According to…

  10. The Brewers beat the Astros on a walkoff walk

    May 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Usually these afternoon Brewers games end in a Milwaukee reliever blowing it. Today the mug was in the other hand. Or something. Ninth inning, the Astros lead the Brew Crew 3-2.  Matt Lindstrom on the hill for Houston. He gives up a single to Alcides Escobar, then after a sacrifice, he uncorks a wild pitch…

  11. C.J. Nitkowski caught someone cheating

    May 27, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski has a Twitter account, and a few minutes ago he tweeted something interesting: Watching some daytime MLB. Camera just zoomed in & didn’t realize it caught a pitcher cheating. Don’t ask me who/what. Tricks of the trade. Uh-oh Casey Blake is on to it. TV guys completely in the dark.…

  12. Chipper Jones may retire after this year

    May 27, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones, mired in a deep second-half slump, said that he might just retire after 2010 and walk away from millions.  He backtracked on that earlier this season.  Now he’s back on his “I may just give it all up” horse: “I make no bones about it. I am seriously considering it no…

  13. The Padres will be sporting some nice throwbacks tonight

    May 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Courtesy of MLB.com’s Follow the Padres blog comes word that San Diego will be sporting these babies in tonight’s game:They’ll have on the version on the far right, by the way. Verdict: I like!  Still not my favorite old skool Padres look — I’m partial to the 1977 models — but they’re getting warmer.

  14. Another t-shirt I probably need

    May 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    On Monday I pointed out a cool Phillies shirt that, even though I’m no Phillies fan, I probably need to get.  Today we have a Red Sox shirt that’s equally full of win: The “Laser Show” shirt, inspired by this pretty cool Dustin Pedroia quote. I think the best thing about both of these shirts…

  15. Baseball is going to review the Joe West-Mark Buehrle thing

    May 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the dustup between Joe West and the White Sox during yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game.  I found this quote from discipline czar Bob Watson rather illuminating: “We have either an umpire supervisor or umpire observer at every game,” said Watson. “We will review…

  16. Jake Peavy has a 6.05 ERA and a 'tired arm'

    May 27, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    After his latest ugly outing Jake Peavy has a 6.05 ERA in 10 starts for the White Sox, and pitching coach Don Cooper admitted during a radio interview this morning that he’s been dealing with a “tired arm.” We need better out of him. We got him for better than this and he hasn’t been…

  17. The Dodgers inquired about Cliff Lee

    May 27, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Yesterday I inferred that the Dodgers had made inquiries about Roy Oswalt. That was confimed by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin last night. And Shaikin goes one better: The Dodgers asked about Cliff Lee’s availability as well.  The Mariners, like the Astros, rejected Colletti’s overtures. Either move makes sense for the Dodgers, who really…

  18. The Stephen Strasburg hype machine goes to 11

    May 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    I’m just as excited about the arrival of Stephen Strasburg as anyone, but if you’re either (a) seriously worried that the birth of your baby might interfere with the Strasburg game; or (b) pretending that you’re worried about it so that someone will write about you on the web, you probably need to readjust your…

  19. Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 50 games

    May 27, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Florida International sophomore Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 50 games this afternoon, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987. Wittels has a hit in every game this year, but with FIU playing in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and one loss from their…

  20. What's more threatening? An oriole or a cardinal?

    May 27, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s Ray-stung-by-ray story had every internet jokester wondering how that would work if the guy played for, say, the Tigers or the Pirates.  Today the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller tries to approach the question objectively by ranking the mascots by threat level. Sam’s best line comes when noting that the Mets — short for…

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