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  1. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    1. Rays: They dropped two out of three to split a four game series with Kansas City at home and could have easily lost three, but we’ll keep them in the top spot for now. The nine-game west coast swing on which they are about to embark will tell us just how strong these guys…

  2. How bad is the Astros' offense? Really, really bad.

    May 3, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    With the Astros in the midst of their second six-game losing streak of the young season, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart has some details on just how horrendous Houston’s lineup has been so far. Some of my favorite tidbits … * Houston has scored 72 runs in 24 games, which is 13 fewer runs than the second-worst…

  3. Great Moments in overreacting: Johan Santana edition

    May 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    If this is what Santana is now, and who he is now, then the Mets may well be staring into the abyss. For real. For good. – The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro, reminding us once again that the trait which most clearly defines New York baseball fans is not their knowledge or their passion,…

  4. Wilson Ramos replaces Joe Mauer and makes some history with four-hit debut

    May 3, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer is out for at least a few days with a heel injury, so the Twins called up 22-year-old prospect Wilson Ramos from Triple-A and he went 4-for-5 against the Indians yesterday in his big-league debut. Ramos ranked No. 3 on my list of the Twins’ top prospects heading into the season, but was…

  5. Proposal: let's just get rid of wins for pitchers

    May 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Dave Brown at Big League Stew watched Zack Greinke’s dominant yet losing performance and thinks that it’s high time we just get rid of wins for pitchers altogether: Does a point guard get a “W” in basketball? Hockey goalies may get wins and losses, but does anyone pay as much attention to those statistics as…

  6. Jim Tracy eschews save-based managing in win

    May 3, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Last night Jim Tracy did something I’ve been begging managers to do for years, which is use his best reliever in most important spot regardless of whether it involved a so-called “save situation.” Tracy brought in closer Franklin Morales with a four-run lead, one out, and runners on the corners in the eighth inning, in…

  7. MLB warns George Sherrill to speed things up

    May 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Dodgers’ reliever George Sherrill got a nastygram from Bob Watson over pace-of-game issues: Dodgers reliever George Sherrill received a warning letter from MLB vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson for taking too long to warm up on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the D-backs . . . The letter, a warning that came…

  8. Report: MLB to seize Rangers, complete sale, get sued

    May 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    That’s the logical conclusion if what Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting is true: MLB as soon as this week plans to dramatically alter the course of the standoff between creditors and the owner of the Texas Rangers, multiple sources said last week, a development that could include the league seizing the franchise. Were…

  9. Dave Trembley is a man of few words

    May 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports on a short and sweet mound meeting during the top of the ninth inning in yesterday’s Red Sox-Orioles game: With right-hander Matt Albers ready in the bullpen, I think most people who have watched the Orioles this season expected Trembley to yank Ohman. Instead he walked to the…

  10. More players are speaking out against the Arizona immigration law

    May 3, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Over the weekend Drew noted that Adrian Gonzalez said that he would not attend next year’s All-Star Game if selected due to the Arizona’s S.B. 1070 immigration law.  Gonzalez is not the only player speaking out. The Padres’ Yorvit Torrealba told the San Diego Union-Tribune “Why do I want to go play in a place…

  11. The Indians have created a fan cave

    May 3, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    I’m moderately hostile to luxury suites in ballparks, but Sports Business Journal reports that the Indians are improving the concept somewhat: The Cleveland Indians have redeveloped a vacant suite at Progressive Field into a “fan cave” with a pool table as its centerpiece . . . The space has six high-definition televisions, along with a…

  12. Jimmy Rollins still several weeks from returning

    May 3, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins began a running program last week, but said Sunday that his strained calf remains sore and speculated that he won’t be ready to come off the disabled list for at least two more weeks. I’ve had pulled muscles, strained my groin and missed a game. Something like this where it felt like somebody…

  13. The Orioles sweeping the Sox is not "humiliating," so just cut it out

    May 3, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    I’m not gonna say that the Red Sox’ sweep at the hands of the Orioles wasn’t six kinds of bad for Boston because it was, but the level of fretting I’ve read about it since yesterday is getting out of hand. Take this post from WEEI’s Alex Speier. If you didn’t know any better you’d…

  14. Ben Sheets looks like waste of $10 million for A's

    May 3, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets was awful again Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays, allowing nine runs while failing to make it out of the fourth inning. Here’s what he said afterward: My breaking ball is absolutely getting walloped every time I throw it. I wouldn’t say my location has been this bad maybe since my rookie year.…

  15. Stephen Strasburg shows that he is, in fact, human

    May 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Well, maybe he’s human. An alternative explanation is that, a day after learning that he was being promoted to AAA, he decided to mail one in the same way you mailed in that last Communications 220 exam after you already earned enough credits to graduate and had already been accepted to law school. Strasburg gave…

  16. The Mariners release Eric Byrnes

    May 3, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners released outfielder Eric Byrnes after yesterday’s game against the Rangers. Partially due to ineffectiveness, partially due to plain old weirdness. The ineffectiveness: Byrnes was three for 32 on the season. The weirdness: the play on Friday night in which he pulled his bat back on a suicide squeeze, causing Ichiro to get…

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

    May 3, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Phillies 11, Mets 5: Look, there are about 17 different ways in which Johan Santana’s awful night could be described, but I think the fact that he walked Jamie Moyer with the bases loaded in the fourth pretty much tells you all you need to know. The Victorino grand slam that immediately followed was less…

  18. The Week Ahead: Two big series for Red Sox

    May 3, 2010, 1:23 AM EDT

    The Boston Red Sox were swept by the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. I’ll let you take a moment to read that again. Yes, we know that it’s a long season and teams have their ups and downs, but this is the Orioles we’re talking about. A team that was 2-16 not so long ago,…

  19. Royals demote Alex Gordon to the minor leagues

    May 2, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Unsurprisingly, the Royals made the decision Sunday to option former starting third baseman Alex Gordon to Triple-A Omaha. Gordon spent the first two weeks of the 2010 season on the disabled list and hit just .194 with a .323 slugging percentage in 31 at-bats once he regained his health.  All the while, Alberto Callaspo has…

  20. Royals' Greinke falls to 0-3 despite valiant effort

    May 2, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke threw his 10th career complete game Sunday against the Rays, but was handed his third loss of the season and now stands 0-3 on the year.  Greinke was spectacular as usual, fanning six batters and allowing just five base runners all day.  But, yet again, he received zero run support and had his…

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