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  1. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey undergoes MRI on shoulder

    May 3, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    Even though he complained of shoulder tightness following his outing in a loss to the Phillies on Saturday and had an MRI on Monday, Mike Pelfrey remains scheduled to make his start Friday versus the Giants. SI.com’s Jon Heyman didn’t have any results from the MRI, but we imagine Mets doctors found nothing remarkable. Then…

  2. Ryan Madson to have toe surgery tomorrow

    May 3, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that Ryan Madson broke a toe kicking a chair after blowing a save against the Giants last Wednesday. A game the Giants won, by the way, so Madson’s teammates probably didn’t much appreciate his selfish little display, but that’s another post. Madson went on the 15 day DL. Turns out to have been…

  3. The Yankees skip Javy Vazquez's next start

    May 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez had yet another craptacular start on Saturday, giving up five runs on seven hits in three innings while walking four.  After that game Jor Girardi said that his next start — scheduled for this Friday at Fenway — was in question.  It’s no longer in question.  Girardi has bumped Vazquez off Friday’s start.…

  4. Chris Young's first rehab start didn't go very well

    May 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Padres right-hander Chris Young has been on the disabled list with a strained shoulder since throwing six shutout innings in the second game of the season and his first rehab outing was a mess yesterday at Double-A. Young couldn’t make it out of the first inning, allowing five runs on two hits and four walks…

  5. Dave Roberts has lymphoma

    May 3, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Padres’ special assistant Dave Roberts — who is best known for his stolen base in the 2004 ALCS — has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Roberts says the cancer was detected early and that the prognosis is good. He has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy. Good to hear that things seem optimistic as far as these things go.…

  6. Vicente Padilla likely sidelined until at least June

    May 3, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Surprisingly picked by Joe Torre as the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter, Vicente Padilla not so surprisingly allowed 18 runs in 21.2 innings before landing on the disabled list with a nerve problem in his forearm. Torre indicated yesterday that Padilla is unlikely to rejoin the rotation before June: He is feeling better, but I don’t…

  7. Bryce Harper expects a record-setting bonus

    May 3, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has a source telling him that Bryce Harper is going to seek to break Stephen Strasburg’s record $15.67 million signing bonus when he’s selected next month, almost certainly by the Nats. Man, he gets all the scoops. I’m a bit skeptical. MASN’s Ben Goessling reported a couple of weeks ago…

  8. The worst bobblehead doll ever

    May 3, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    The Slanch Report alerts us to what may be the worst bobblehead ever. It’s the Jason Heyward edition the Gwinnett Braves are putting out, probably out of spite due to Heyward not getting a chance to play for the Gwinnett Braves this year. As Slanch notes via photographic evidence, the bobblehead looks nothing like Heyward.…

  9. White Sox pitching coach: 'I don't give a [bleep] what our pitch count is right now'

    May 3, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Just in case you thought Ozzie Guillen was the only member of the White Sox’s coaching staff who likes giving expletive-filled quotes, here’s pitching coach Don Cooper on Jake Peavy and the rest of his staff struggling: You can talk about a whole lot of stuff–mechanics, this and that, and the other things–but it’s time…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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