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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Denver Post columnist: Bench Todd Helton

    May 24, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    He’s not Griffey or Jeter, but to Rockies fans Todd Helton is close in terms of importance and stature. Which is why I was rather shocked to see this today from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Rather than pick up a piece of lumber from the bat rack, Todd Helton should grab some pine…

  11. Will Derek Jeter's slump seriously impact his next contract?

    May 24, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down how Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, while not having terrible seasons, are off their typical pace.  With respect to Jeter, Olney offers the following: And for Jeter, there is more at stake here beyond the Yankees’ dream of winning back to back championships. Jeter’s 10-year contract is set to expire at…

  12. The NL is beating the AL in interleague play. Here's why it doesn't matter

    May 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT has a story with a rather misleading headline today: “NL makes a statement on Interleague weekend.”  Big statement: it was 22-20. They could have drawn game results out of a hat and gotten the same results. I’d ask anyone who reads significance into that record to immediately walk down to the nearest community college…

  13. Correction: Jennry Mejia will remain in the pen

    May 24, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Last week it seemed like the Mets were about to do something wise and send Jennry Mejia down to the minors in order to allow him to revert back into a starting pitcher, thereby providing the promise of greater value to the organization one day.  Then they backed up a little and said, no, we…

  14. The Phillies are scouting Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz

    May 24, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    White Sox relievers J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks are being scouted by the Phillies, reports ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine. This makes sense for the Phillies given the fact that they’re trotting Jose Contreras out there as their closer at present.  Both Jenks and Putz are striking out a ton of guys an inning, so either…

  15. Someone needs to get me this t-shirt

    May 24, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    One of HBT’s Philadelphia operatives sent me an email over the weekend to tell me that he saw a t-shirt at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night which read as follows: We have: 84 home games Roy Halladay Tasers Your signs Not sure if it said “resistance is futile” or anything else clever on the…

  16. Ben Sheets finally starting to pay off for A's

    May 24, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    After missing all of last season following elbow surgery Ben Sheets looked awful in his first six starts for the A’s, going 1-3 with a 7.12 ERA and 16/16 K/BB ratio in 30.1 innings. He’s quietly gotten back on track since then and shut out the Giants for six innings in a no-decision yesterday afternoon…

  17. Is Dave Trembley getting fired today?

    May 24, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    Today is the first time anyone has had a day off in a week and a half — and 22 teams have the day off — so you can imagine a bunch of them are going to take stock.  One of them is the Orioles, and after yesterday’s performance, one has to wonder if they’re…

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

    May 24, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Mets 6, Yankees 4: I ain’t gonna lie to you: I was watching the “Lost” finale, not Mets-Yankees. Kind of glad I missed this one too, because I just don’t think my senses could take something as implausible as the Mets taking 2 of 3 from the Bombers. Better off staying in the realm of…

  19. UPDATE: Bailey exits early with sore shoulder

    May 23, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Bailey after Sunday’s game.  It sounds like he was pulled for precautionary reasons, and might be fine for his next scheduled start. “They saw me trying to stretch out after (Shin-Soo) Choo’s triple,” he said. “I wanted to stay in. They weren’t going to let…

  20. Hoffman back in action, but in setup role

    May 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman returned to action on Sunday for the first the first time since allowing three earned runs in a blown save opportunity on May 18 against the Reds.  He got four days off in total, and it seemed to help him this afternoon as he pitched a perfect eighth inning against the Twins. He…

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