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  1. Marlins should keep Hanley, fire Fredi

    May 18, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Well, not today. Hanley Ramirez’s lack of hustle and subsequent rant about his manager’s qualifications shouldn’t be rewarded. Manager Fredi Gonzalez undoubtedly made the right call in benching Ramirez after Monday’s incident, and further punishing the shortstop by sitting him down for a game or two seems like the right call. Let’s face it, though:…

  2. Jermaine Dye: call your agent

    May 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    . . . And tell him that you’re not really interested in finding a job playing baseball anymore.  He seems to think you are given that, as Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reminds us, he’s been telling everyone that you’ve been working out in anticipation of that big contract from the non-terrible team you’ve…

  3. How many managers' heads are going to roll?

    May 18, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Former Mets GM and current Sirius/XM radio host Jim Duquette tweeted something that caught my eye a few minutes ago: Major League Scout – “Hearing more managerial changes by the end of the month. Could be up to 10 changes by the end of the season.” Ten?  Really?  My reaction was the same as Duquette’s:…

  4. Hells Bells going silent? Trevor Hoffman blows another save

    May 18, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman’s first save opportunity since May 7 did not go well this afternoon. He came in to face the Reds with a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning and this happened: Paul Janish single. Scott Rolen homer. Chris Heisey double. Brandon Phillips walk. Joey Votto single. Game over. Hoffman now has…

  5. Ramirez-free Marlins beat up on the Diamondbacks

    May 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    As expected, Hanley Ramirez rode the pine for today’s businessman’s special against the Diamondbacks (query: do they call weekday games “businessmen specials” anymore?).  Didn’t bother the Marlins much, as Josh Johnson was dominant, allowing only two hits in seven innings, and Ramirez’s replacement Brian Barden went 1 for 3 with a two-run single, turned a…

  6. David Ortiz says Pedro Martinez will pitch again

    May 18, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    A report yesterday said the Mets aren’t interested in signing Pedro Martinez, but the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer is definitely planning to pitch for someone this season. At least according to his friend David Ortiz, who told the New York Post: “He will. Somebody will need him at one point. At some point.” Ortiz…

  7. Frank McCourt has a "slush fund," secret partners and pays his kids to do nothing

    May 18, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    John Weinbach of FanHouse reports some more unseemliness from the land of Frank McCourt and the Dodgers: Over the past 18 months, the Los Angeles Dodgers paid nearly $4 million in “consulting services” to [the John McCourt Company], an entity that has done virtually nothing for the club, even as the team has made a concerted effort…

  8. Brewers lose Jim Edmonds, but Carlos Gomez is due back soon

    May 18, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Jim Edmonds joined him on the shelf today with a strained oblique. That leaves the Brewers without their top two center fielders, so Jody Gerut will fill in with Ryan Braun and Corey Hart flanking him in the corners. Gerut has hit just…

  9. Anthony Galea charged with treating NFL players with unapproved drugs

    May 18, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Dr. Anthony Galea, you will recall, is the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH investigation emanating from the Buffalo, New York U.S. Attorneys office.  The investigation has made news in baseball circles because investigators on the case interviewed Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and have attempted — thus far unsuccessfully — to interview…

  10. Andre Ethier placed on the disabled list

    May 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Dodgers: Ken Rosenthal reports that Andre Ethier is heading to the disabled list. Ethier fractured the tip of his pinkie finger while taking practice swings on Saturday. Regrettably for the Dodgers, he happened to be leading the NL in all three triple crown categories at the time, and has become the…

  11. J.P. Howell likely to have season-ending surgery

    May 18, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Nothing official has been announced yet, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that J.P. Howell is in Alabama today visiting with Dr. James Andrews and “indications are” he “will have surgery” to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. After struggling as a starter Howell moved to the bullpen full time in…

  12. Ian O'Connor shoehorns steroids into last night's Yankees game

    May 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor on last night’s game-tying homer from Alex Rodriguez: With the ball streaking like a comet across the black Bronx night, making Yankee Stadium quake like the old place always did, Alex Rodriguez flipped his bat, shot a look-at-me-now stare into the home dugout, and left this baffling question in his…

  13. Mike Lowell is 'frustrated' by lack of playing time

    May 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Now that David Ortiz is hitting again–going 16-for-46 (.348) with six homers in 12 games so far this month–Mike Lowell is back to being primarily a bench player for the Red Sox and told Rob Bradford of that he’s not happy about it. I don’t come in for defense. I’m always pinch-run for. Your…

  14. Comment of the Day: Someone hates the Red Sox too much

    May 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Honestly, watching Papelbon get shelled and walk off the mound in shame is more satisfying than most of my sexual encounters. Not sure if that means my sex life is lame, or I really hate the Red Sox. I’m hoping it’s the latter. — A commenter who goes by the name “Infinite Wisdom,” revealing far…

  15. Alex Gordon named Hitter of the Week at Triple-A

    May 18, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Demoted to the minors earlier this month after the Royals gave him all of 31 at-bats to get back on track from a broken thumb, Alex Gordon was named Pacific Coast League Hitter of the Week for predictably knocking around Triple-A pitchers. Gordon is hitting .362 with a .524 on-base percentage and .766 slugging percentage…

  16. Hanley Ramirez's attitude problems are not new

    May 18, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    To top off what has become a Hanley Ramirez morning, let us take a walk down memory lane — way back to last October — to Jorge Arangure’s profile of Ramirez for ESPN, in which Ramirez’s attitude — though, to be fair, not his work ethic — was cast into serious doubt. And let’s be…

  17. Hanley Ramirez is digging himself a deeper hole

    May 18, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Here’s a transcript of Ramirez’s whole session with the media and additional comments from “clubhouse leader” Wes Helms.  Quick take: why would a reporter ask Ramirez if he had lose respect for Fredi Gonzalez? Sure, Ramirez could have answered it any way he wanted to, but that’s awfully leading, isn’t it?  That aside, it’s…

  18. The Cubs move Carlos Zambrano into long relief

    May 18, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Jenrry Mejia isn’t the only pitcher getting stretched out in preparation of more optimal use.  The Cubs have moved Carlos Zambrano off his setup job — which he hasn’t done particularly well —  and into long relief, presumably in preparation for a return to the rotation. “Look, we thought the outcome would be a little…

  19. Yeah, that was an awful play by Hanley Ramirez

    May 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I saw D.J.’s post about it last night, but as I went to sleep I was of a mind that Hanley Ramirez’s little boot play in shallow left field was some ambiguous injury-related thing.  Based on the video of Ramirez lollygagging after the ball, however, there can be no doubt that Fredi Gonazlez did the…

  20. Edwin Encarnacion set to come off disabled list

    May 18, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Out since mid-April with a shoulder injury, Edwin Encarnacion is finally expected to come off the disabled list today. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays he’ll be taking the roster spot of Travis Snider, who was placed on the DL with a sprained wrist Monday just when the 22-year-old was starting to put up some big…

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