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  1. Derek Holland thrives in return to big leagues

    May 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Derek Holland went 8-13 with a 6.12 ERA in 138.1 innings as a rookie last season, but the 23-year-old southpaw resumed dominating at Triple-A to begin this season and shut out the Mariners for six innings Wednesday night after replacing the injured Matt Harrison in the rotation. For the long term Texas’ hitter-friendly ballpark is…

  2. The Mariners continue their childish boycott of Larry LaRue

    May 13, 2010, 8:35 AM EDT

    From today’s Tacoma News-Tribune Mariners-Orioles game story by Larry LaRue: For the second day, none of the players would talk to The News Tribune in the wake of a players-only meeting that followed a report that Ken Griffey Jr. was napping in the clubhouse during a game last week. Are there any grownups working for…

  3. Bengie Molina slams ESPN

    May 13, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Last week ESPN ran a slow-motion clip of Bengie Molina getting thrown out at the plate in a Giants-Marlins game as, bascially, the game’s only highlight on that night’s SportsCenter. What’s more, they slowed the clip down and set it to music meant to evoke “Chariots of Fire,” mocking Molina’s lack of speed.  As he…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 13, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Nationals 6, Mets 4: Roger Bernadina was 3 for 5 with two homers — including the game-winner — and had a sweet grab in right field. And did Rob Dibble really say — in dialect — “that boy’s good!” after his ninth inning homer?  Why yes, he did. Oy. Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2:…

  5. Strasburg throws six hitless innings at Triple-A

    May 12, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg, now stationed at Triple-A Syracuse, threw six innings of no-hit ball on Wednesday night against the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.  He allowed just one walk and struck out seven batters before reaching his pitch limit of 80.  (Well, actually 79). Not bad.  Not bad at all.  Strasburg, 21, has now fired 12…

  6. Redding, Yankees agree to minor league contract

    May 12, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Tim Redding. Redding, 32, was released by the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon and fielded offers from the Dodgers and several Korean teams before finally agreeing to terms with the Yanks late Wednesday evening.  He spent the…

  7. Scott Kazmir to remain in Angels' rotation despite early-season struggles

    May 12, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Angels left-hander Scott Kazmir has been nothing short of disappointing through six starts this season, with a 2-3 record, 6.82 ERA and 1.78 WHIP.  On Wednesday, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to reevaluate his spot in the starting rotation with an hour-long closed door meeting. “We…

  8. Rockies' Melvin Mora, Phillies' Carlos Ruiz injured on same play

    May 12, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    There was no collision involved, but Melvin Mora and Carlos Ruiz were both forced from the Phillies-Rockies game Wednesday after getting hurt on the same play in the seventh inning. Mora, who was playing second, was injured stretching from the base to receive a throw from third on a potential triple-play ball from Ruiz. He…

  9. MLB's new wins leader: Tyler Clippard

    May 12, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    The season is one-fifth over, yet a reliever leads the majors in victories. More than that, it’s a Nationals reliever. Tyler Clippard improved to 7-1 after pitching a perfect eighth in a tie game against the Mets on Wednesday. The Nationals scored twice in the top of the ninth and won 6-4, giving Clippard the…

  10. Michigan may pass a law that kills players' rights to video game revenue

    May 12, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    The State of Michigan has a bill winding its way through the legislature that would, if passed into law, allow video game manufacturers to use ballplayers’ names and images in video games without their consent, against their will and without any compensation. The bill is called “The Right of Publicity Act” (text here) and, as…

  11. Tim Wakefield strikes out his 2000th batter

    May 12, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Actually, it’s probably more like his, I dunno, 900th batter, because you figure he’s gotten a lot of them more than once: Not only did Tim Wakefield get a spot a start on Wednesday, but he notched a milestone along the way. When he struck out Blue Jays center fielder Vernon on — what else?…

  12. Ken Burns' "Tenth Inning" slated for September

    May 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    We’ve been hearing about this for more than a year, but Ken Burns’ addendum to his 1994 “Baseball” documentary, entitled “The Tenth Inning,” is going to air on PBS September 28th and 29th. The documentary will cover stuff that went down in the 1990s and 2000s such as steroids, the rise of the new Yankees’…

  13. Charlie Manuel denies that the Phillies were stealing signs

    May 12, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, when asked whether the Phillies were stealing signs: “Applesauce. We’re totally on the square, see. Now scram, before I get sore, get me?” Wait, forgot to run that through the Charlie Manuel-to-modern translator.  Let’s see . . . ah, there we are: “Keep crying. Absolutely not. Absolutely [bleeping] not. In no way were…

  14. Report: Orioles sending slumping Nolan Reimold to Triple-A

    May 12, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Nolan Reimold has struggled to come back from the Achilles’ tendon injury that cut his impressive rookie campaign short and required surgery in September, and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are sending him back to Triple-A. As if a return to the minors wasn’t bad enough for a 26-year-old…

  15. Nope, the NFL writers really don't care about PEDs

    May 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    As an addendum to this morning’s story about Brian Cushing, the football writers have, after a re-vote, decided to allow Cushing to keep his Defensive Rookie of the Year award despite the fact that he had tested positive for a banned substance before the season started. Like I said this morning, the notion of going…

  16. The Reds shut the Pirates down again

    May 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Not a good couple of days to be a Pirates fan. After being one-hit by Johnny Cueto before dozens of fans last night, Pittsburgh was shut out again this afternoon, this time by Homer Bailey — he of the 7.24 ERA entering play today — on four hits. And there was no mucking about here.…

  17. Juan Cruz has surgery after being cut by Royals

    May 12, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Released by the Royals last week, Juan Cruz won’t be finding a new home this season because he’s undergoing surgery today to remove a cyst from his shoulder. Kansas City gave up a second-round pick and $6 million to sign Cruz to a two-year deal last winter, which looked like a sound move considering his…

  18. Javy Vazquez, shutting the Tigers out through four

    May 12, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: You’re welcome, Tigers fans, for my little jinxing of Vazquez. It’s now 2-0 Tigers. Please leave the cash in an unmarked bag outside of the Bread Basket Deli at the corner of 10 1/2 Mile Road and Greenfield in Oak Park. I’ll be inside gettin’ my corned beef on. 2:25 P.M.:  Lowe has now…

  19. Bobby Jenks wants everyone to 'chill out'

    May 12, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    With closer Bobby Jenks struggling Ozzie Guillen said before last night’s game that he’d go with matchups in the ninth inning, but Jenks ended up getting the save anyway after Guillen used southpaw Matt Thornton in the eighth inning versus left-handed hitters Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Thornton may have gotten the save chance had…

  20. AT&T Park to host college football games

    May 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    U.C. Berkeley is renovating its football stadium in 2011, and the Golden Bears need a place to squat for a year. They could go to the Oakland Coliseum, which happens to be nearby and happens to host football already, or they could go to Candlestick Park which, while farther away, has a full-time football configuration…

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