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  1. Stephen Strasburg gives up first runs with Triple-A Syracuse

    May 24, 2010, 8:57 PM EDT

    Ship ’em out of town, says Steve Phillips. Stephen Strasburg yielded two runs — one earned — over a brief five-inning start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday night, according to Ben Goessling of Strasburg gave up an unearned run in the top of the third inning — ending a scoreless streak of 20 1/3…

  2. Things don't sound too promising for Grady Sizemore

    May 24, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    We haven’t heard much about Grady Sizemore since he was placed on the disabled list last week and Anthony Castrovince of wonders out loud where this situation is headed. I’m not a doctor and don’t play one on TV. I am not medically qualified to know about treatment options for a “deep knee bone…

  3. Carlos Zambrano throws simulated game

    May 24, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano threw 73 pitches in a simulated game at Wrigley Field on Monday, according to Carrie Muskat of As announced last week, the Cubs have begun the process of stretching him out for a return to the starting rotation. Ken Rosenthal of isn’t a fan of the whole idea, but Cubs manager…

  4. Slumping Giants can get younger, better

    May 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Indications are that the Giants, losers of five in a row, are thinking about having Eric Hacker replace Todd Wellemeyer at the back of the rotation. It’d be another stopgap for a team that has generally given more weight to short-term solutions over long-term considerations during GM Brian Sabean’s time at the help. Fortunately, the…

  5. Rosenthal's latest odds and ends

    May 24, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    We’re starting to get some legitimate trade deadliney and transactiony stuff happening this week. That means Ken Rosenthal is transitioning out of early season hey-let’s-propose-some-wacky-realignment-thing mode and into what he does best: reporting the rumors and offering some genuinely informed speculation on who could be on the move and where.  Today’s latest: Robo gets creative…

  6. Miguel Cabrera to miss the Mariners' series

    May 24, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera ain’t hurt, he’s just becoming a daddy for the second time and will be in Florida for the birth of his second child, Jason Beck reports. Couple of thoughts: If you have to be without your best hitter for a couple of game, being without him for a series against the Mariners is…

  7. UPDATE: Dave Trembley isn't getting fired today

    May 24, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    This morning I speculated if whether today wasn’t a good day for the Orioles to 86 Dave Trembley.  This afternoon we have our answer, courtesy of MASN’s Rich Kubatko: Everything’s still quiet regarding manager Dave Trembley. He won’t be fired today. Book it. I just got further confirmation. Alrighty then, he lives to visit retribution…

  8. There's a reason why Steve Phillips is no longer a GM

    May 24, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Both geography and an elaborate b.s.-dampening system I recently had installed prevents me from picking up WFAN radio in my home, but according to this guy, Former Mets GM Steve Phillips was just on the Mike Francesa show and said that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt straight up if he were running the…

  9. Your American League All-Star vote leaders

    May 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s early yet, but if the All-Star voting ended today, the nine starting position players in the AL would be: C: Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson CanoSS: Derek Jeter3B: Evan LongoriaOF: Ichiro Suzuki, Carl Crawford, Nelson CruzDH: Vladimir Guerrero. There have been worse voting results in history, but this one is far from perfect. Mauer,…

  10. How much can the Astros get for Roy Oswalt?

    May 24, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt requested a trade from the Astros late last week and rumors are starting to swirl around the potential interested teams, but exactly how good is the 32-year-old right-hander? Oswalt has been one of baseball’s elite pitchers for a decade, yet generally seems underrated for someone who ranks fourth among all active pitchers in…

  11. The Reds place Homer Bailey on the disabled list

    May 24, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    The Reds have had a look-see at Homer Bailey’s shoulder and have decided to place him on the 15-day DL.  They called up righty Enerio Del Rosario to take his place on the roster. Bailey is just 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA on the year, but his last two full outings had been pretty darn…

  12. The Astros bring an organist back to the ballpark

    May 24, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    The Astros may be in last place, but they’re doing something first rate: bringing back an organist to the ballpark. At least for Sunday home games anyway: Connors might play the Adam’s Family theme song, a Mexican Hat dance, the Pink Panther theme song, or even the YMCA. “Who would have thought we could do…

  13. Cubs give injured and slumping Aramis Ramirez some time off

    May 24, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez’s walk-off homer last Monday provided some reason for optimism in the midst of a season-long slump, but he’s 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts since then and is now dealing with a thumb injury. X-rays and an MRI exam both came back negative, but Ramirez was out of the lineup yesterday and is expected to…

  14. Are the Rangers going to stiff Alex Rodriguez?

    May 24, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, some more research leads me to believe that the answer in the headline is “no” A-Rod is not going to get stiffed. At least probably not. It’s possible and, in “prepacked” bankruptcies like this one, common, for the debtor (i.e. the Rangers) to  file for bankruptcy when it has the assets to cover…

  15. The power rankings will be a day late

    May 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Hey all — apologies, but Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings are going to be Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings this week.  The primary reason: I’ve been reading and trying to get my mind around the Rangers’ bankruptcy filings, and it has taken longer than I figured to do that.  If I were to now try…

  16. Are the Phillies overworking Roy Halladay?

    May 24, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay had a rough afternoon against the Red Sox yesterday, giving up a season-high seven runs in a season-low 5.2 innings. It was just the second time in the past 96 starts that he’s allowed seven or more runs, so naturally Todd Zolecki of wondered if Halladay’s high workloads had anything to do…

  17. Back injury sends Ivan Rodriguez to disabled list

    May 24, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez’s resurgence in Washington has been put on hold because of a back injury, with the Nationals placing the 39-year-old catcher on the disabled list today. Signed to a two-year, $6 million contract that I criticized this offseason, Rodriguez hit .325 with a .351 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage in 132 plate appearances…

  18. The Rangers file for bankruptcy

    May 24, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    We’re still light on the details (Maury has the press release and some analysis), but the Texas Rangers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. It was a voluntary filing that is being characterized as a “prepackaged” bankruptcy proceeding, which means that all the terms of the bankruptcy are agreed to before filing, which can…

  19. More unwritten rule silliness, as White Sox take offense to Marlins running up 7-0

    May 24, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez running across Dallas Braden’s mound in Oakland got people talking about baseball’s so-called unwritten rules and they were on display again yesterday when the White Sox freaked out after the Marlins twice stole a base up 7-0 in the fourth inning. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia was responsible for allowing the seven runs…

  20. A great Jose Lima Eulogy

    May 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    I’ve seen and delivered my fair share of eulogies over the years and if I’ve learned anything from the experience, it’s that any eulogy that speaks of the dead as if he had no flaws is a phony one. And a bad one, really. We want eulogies to help us remember the departed, and if…

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