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  1. Stephen Strasburg one step from the majors after promotion to Triple-A

    May 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    As expected, the Nationals officially promoted Stephen Strasburg to Triple-A today. Strasburg struggled in his final Double-A start, but finished his time there with a 1.64 ERA, .165 opponents’ batting average, and 27/6 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post speculates that Strasburg is now “roughly one month away” from the…

  2. That kid in Philly should not have been tased

    May 4, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    Let me start out by acknowledging a couple of things: 1. That kid at the Phillies game had no business whatsoever being on the field last night. He should be arrested and charged to the fullest extent the law allows. 2. Fans on the field represent a threat to the athletes. I remember the Monica…

  3. Maybe it's not the best time to try to trade Prince Fielder

    May 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    On Saturday I opined that if the Brewers keep stinking up the joint they should consider trading Prince Fielder.  Ken Rosenthal makes a good point however: it may not be the best time to trade the guy. Specifically, Rosenthal notes that, of the current contenders, not too many of them need a first baseman. And…

  4. Wilson Ramos makes even more history in his second game

    May 4, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    Sunday afternoon Wilson Ramos went 4-for-5 against the Indians to become the 12th player in baseball history and the first since 1998 to have four hits in his MLB debut. For an encore he went 3-for-4 with two doubles last night versus the Tigers, becoming the eighth player to ever collect three or more hits…

  5. Carlos Beltran hopes to begin running next week

    May 4, 2010, 11:43 AM EST

    Reports last week had Carlos Beltran “not close to returning” from knee surgery, but yesterday the All-Star center fielder told the New York Daily News that he at least plans to begin running by early next week. Physically, I’m in good shape. I feel strong. When I’m hitting, I feel like I’m hitting good, with…

  6. Mike Rizzo scouts Bryce Harper, likes what he sees

    May 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EST

    The Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that the talk of his allegedly bad attitude and his high asking price has apparently done nothing to dissuade the Nats from drafting Bryce Harper first in next months’ draft. In fact, it sounds like Washington is hotter for Harper than they ever have been: Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo went…

  7. Charlie Manuel says Brad Lidge 'looked ready' to close last night

    May 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel said Monday afternoon that Brad Lidge wasn’t ready to resume closing yet, but apparently changed his mind following a scoreless inning just a few hours later. After the game Manuel said: Tonight he looked ready. His slider was better. His fastball was better. Everything about it was better. Ryan Madson is set to…

  8. Kelvim Escobar to have season-ending surgery

    May 4, 2010, 10:24 AM EST

    Not terribly surprising given that he hasn’t stepped on the mound since winter ball, but at least now it’s official: Escobar will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn capsule in front of his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. Escobar has only pitched in one game since 2007, and earlier…

  9. Kerry Wood gets shellacked in his first rehab start

    May 4, 2010, 10:12 AM EST

    Kerry Wood had his first rehab start last night and he got hammered, giving up six runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning for AA Arkron. Wood has an $11 million option for 2011 which vests if he finishes 55 games. Based on how things went last night, I’m going to guess that…

  10. Rich Harden finally gets on track by dominating former team

    May 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    Apparently all he needed was a matchup against his former team (or maybe it was the punchless lineup), because Rich Harden turned in his first impressive start of the season Monday night in Oakland. He shut out the A’s for seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out nine and walking zero. In his…

  11. Ron Washington gets ejected . . . for some reason

    May 4, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

    Rich Harden fielded a chopper to the mound in the second inning of last night’s Rangers-Athletics game. He ran it back to the bag himself, beating Eric Chavez by a mile.  Chavez was called out. Problem: based on the video, Harden did not appear to touch the bag. The umpires conferred after the call and…

  12. New Yankee Stadium sets record for lowest attendance

    May 4, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    It’s all relative of course: 41,571 souls watched last night’s Yankees-Orioles game. That would make it the season’s largest crowd at many establishments (indeed, several parks don’t even hold that many people) but it is the lowest the Yankees have drawn since moving into the new park last year. Ross at Stadium Insider noted that…

  13. Ubaldo Jimenez improves to 6-0 with a 0.87 ERA

    May 4, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Monday afternoon Ubaldo Jimenez received NL Pitcher of the Month honors for April and then immediately started building his case for May with a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball against the Padres. He also threw 120 or more pitches for the third time in four starts and 115 or more pitches…

  14. Jason Bay is a good neighbor

    May 4, 2010, 8:27 AM EST

    Jason Bay decided to make Larchmont, New York his in-season home. According to this sweet story in Sunday’s New York Times, he’s the talk of the village. The author’s young son decided to reach out to the superstar slugger: For his part, Gabriel decided to write Mr. Bay a letter and wrap it around a…

  15. Phillies fan runs onto field, gets tasered

    May 4, 2010, 6:08 AM EST

    There’s so much going on in this photo that I’m not sure where to begin. For starters you have just the latest example of wonderful Phillies fan behavior. No, this guy didn’t puke on anyone or anything — he was simply tasered and hauled off — but you have to give Phillies’ fans the benefit…

  16. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    May 4, 2010, 5:33 AM EST

    Rockies 5, Padres 2: Ubaldo Jimenez? Yeah, Ubaldo Jimenez: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 13K. Your move, Messers Lincecum and Halladay. Blue Jays 5, Indians 1: Brett Cecil took a perfect game into the seventh and ended up giving up only one hit while striking out ten. In other news, whenever I read the…

  17. Smoltz hits the links, with eye on U.S. Open

    May 4, 2010, 1:03 AM EST

    Even though he has yet to find a team interested in his services for the 2010 season, John Smoltz isn’t ready to call it quits. He might, however, be getting a head start on a post-baseball career on the golf course. Smoltz, a future Hall of Fame pitcher who is working as a broadcaster for MLB…

  18. Jorge Posada 'day-to-day' with mild calf strain

    May 3, 2010, 11:03 PM EST

    UPDATE: Posada is listed as day-to-day after an MRI revealed a mild calf strain, according to Bryan Hoch of He’ll likely be out of the lineup until at least Friday, prompting the Bombers to make a roster move. Look for veteran backstop Chad Moeller to get the call from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 9:03 PM: Jorge…

  19. Chris Dickerson out at least four weeks after hand surgery

    May 3, 2010, 7:49 PM EST

    Chris Dickerson underwent surgery to remove the broken hook on the hamate bone in his right hand and arthroscopic surgery to clean out his right wrist on Monday, according to Mark Sheldon of He’s expected to miss four to six weeks. It doesn’t figure to be a huge loss for the Reds anyway, since…

  20. Mets give away Johan Santana's plan

    May 3, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told the New York Daily News on Monday that Johan Santana is racking up high pitch counts early in games because of a plan that calls for him throw mostly inside fastballs the first time through the lineup. The plan is designed to make his changeup more effective as the…

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