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  1. Roy Oswalt joins Lance Berkman in being open to a trade from Astros

    May 14, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman made headlines last week for saying he’d be open to a trade and suggesting the Astros would be smart to deal him, and yesterday Roy Oswalt joined him in publicly saying he’d be open to a move. Oswalt said during an interview with MLB Network Radio that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause…

  2. So, what would be your walk-up music?

    May 14, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    I’m partial to some nice organ music at the ballpark, but I realize that’s quickly going the way of the dodo. Nowadays you whippersnappers like your bebop and “rock and roll” and all of that noise. In the unlikely event that God and fate keep you from becoming juvenile delinquents as a result of listening…

  3. Rangers' debt holder warns Selig not to seize the team

    May 14, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Monarch Alternative Capital is the fly in the ointment, the monkey in the wrench, the pain in the assets of the Texas Rangers sale.  They’re the lead debt holder, and the ones who appear to be calling the creditors’ shots in the seemingly interminable brinkmanship that has characterized the team’s sale. Today Richard Sandomir of…

  4. What can the Royals expect from Ned Yost?

    May 14, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The Royals’ obsession with former Braves continued when they named Ned Yost to replace Trey Hillman yesterday. Yost was a Braves coach back during the 90s run, and Dayton Moore knows him well.  In that respect this move fits in with other plates of comfort food Moore has ordered like Tony Pena, Jr., Kyle Davies,…

  5. Comment of the Day: La Russa is crazy like a fox

    May 14, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Longtime commenter and longtime La Russa-watcher Ron Rollins nails the Genius’ behavior regarding the Lee-Carpenter dustup to a wall: Simple misdirection. Every one will now be all over LaRussa instead of Carpenter, which is most likely what was intended. Worse thing that happens is everyone thinks LaRussa is a jerk, which he is, but one…

  6. Mets attendence is down, but it's not as bad as it looks

    May 14, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    The New York Times has an article up today about baseball’s decline in attendance, and it singles the Mets out as the biggest decliners since last year: After 22 home games, attendance at Citi Field is down 6,852 fans a game, the largest decline by number in Major League Baseball. That translates to an average…

  7. Tony La Russa is completely out to lunch

    May 14, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    What a crock of a controversy in the Cardinals-Astros game yesterday.  While no punches were thrown, the benches cleared after Carlos Lee and Chris Carpenter started arguing with one another following Lee’s pop up in the third inning. Based on all the reports I’ve read, the source of the problem was Lee yelling, presumably at…

  8. What They're Saying About Trey Hillman Getting Fired

    May 14, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Contrary to popular belief, people still do pay attention to the Royals. Here’s what the blogosphere, allied media and one Royals player is saying about Trey Hillman’s firing: Zack Greinke: It’s the players’ fault. If we win (more games), this doesn’t happen. Joe Posnanski: Why didn’t Hillman have more success as manager? There are numerous…

  9. Who fired Trey Hillman, and what does it mean for the Royals?

    May 14, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    The dreaded vote of confidence. Trey Hillman got it just this past Monday when his GM, Dayton Moore, said this: I think Trey’s done a terrific job . . . Trey is a tremendous leader. Somebody who is very consistent with who is he is day in and day out. He’s exactly what our organization…

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

    May 14, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

    Royals 6, Indians 4: Look on the bright side, Trey: not many managers can say they went out a winner. Marlins 2, Mets 1: Johan Santana and Josh Johnson each went seven innings allowing a single run. I’m going to assume that Fernando Nieve’s pitch in the dirt that allowed the winning run to score…

  11. Tim Tebow puts on a show in batting practice … like, for real

    May 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    Want more Tim Tebow news?  Of course you do. The former University of Florida quarterback is working out this offseason at Memphis University School, away from the distractions of Florida and Colorado, and this week he was asked to take batting practice with the high school’s baseball team.  How’d it go?  You can probably guess. …

  12. Padres' Latos throws one-hitter to beat Giants

    May 13, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Padres right-hander Mat Latos fired a complete game shutout on Thursday afternoon against the Giants, allowing only one hit and fanning six batters over nine impressive innings.  The Friars escaped with a 1-0 victory. Latos, 22, retired the first 15 batters he faced before surrendering an infield hit to Eli Whiteside to open the sixth…

  13. Bud Selig wins a big anti-PED Award

    May 13, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Commissioner Bud Selig has been named the first recipient of Taylor’s Award, presented by the Taylor Hooton Foundation to “an individual who has made a major impact on efforts to educate and protect American youth from the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs.” Couple thoughts: 1. Great for Bud! You’ve come a long way, baby!  Ten…

  14. Brad Lidge has no structural damage in his elbow

    May 13, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Phillies’ closer Brad Lidge had an MRI on his wonky elbow today, and the results are pretty good news: only inflammation and no structural damage.  He’s day-to-day. I say “pretty good” because, as we noted earlier this week, inflammation is a symptom, not a diagnosis, and based on this news item we have no idea…

  15. Royals fire Trey Hillman minutes after victory

    May 13, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Just minutes after the Royals beat the Indians this afternoon for Zack Greinke’s first win of the season, the team fired manager Trey Hillman. General manager Dayton Moore struggled to get the words out and appeared to have some tears upon making the announcement during a press conference that’s going on as I type this.…

  16. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher

    May 13, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia has had all kinds of problems stemming from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which is a condition that causes arm and hand numbness. He underwent surgery to correct the problem, which involved the removal of a rib, and the Rangers demoted him to the minors after he struggled to come back. Saltalamacchia has hit exceptionally…

  17. Bud Selig talks about Arizona . . . kinda

    May 13, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Today Bud Selig spoke for the first time about his thoughts on the new Arizona immigration law and the calls for baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game from Chase Field. His response: Baseball hires a lot of minorities. Really, that was his answer: Asked about such demands at a news conference Thursday following an…

  18. Twins send Wilson Ramos back to Triple-A

    May 13, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Minnesota returned to a 12-man pitching staff following yesterday’s win over Chicago, activating Jose Mijares from the disabled list and sending Wilson Ramos back to Triple-A. Ramos going 4-for-5 with a double in his debut and 3-for-4 with two doubles in his second game initially had many Twins fans clamoring for him to stick around…

  19. Jarrod Washburn isn't going to pitch anywhere this year

    May 13, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As the season goes on and teams get more desperate, the prospect of signing Jarrod Washburn to shore up the shaky rotation becomes less and less laughable.  But according to Jon Paul Morosi, don’t count on J-Wash (like that? I just came up with it!) coming to your hometown nine in 2010: When asked by…

  20. Bernie Carbo tried to pay someone to break Keith Hernandez's arms

    May 13, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    In an interview with ESPN for an upcoming “Outside the Lines” segment, longtime major leaguer Bernie Carbo revealed that he tried to pay someone to break Keith Hernandez’s arms in 1985 after Hernandez testified that Carbo introduced him to cocaine when they were teammates on the Cardinals. I knew some people, and I had $2,000,…

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