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  1. Jason Marquis out eight weeks after elbow surgery

    May 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis will miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow on Friday, reports Bill Ladson of Marquis, who signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals in December, posted a disastrous 20.52 ERA and 2.88 WHIP over his first three starts before going on the disabled…

  2. Rafael Furcal unlikely to return this weekend

    May 15, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    The Dodgers have decided to delay Rafael Furcal’s return from the disabled list after he felt some tightness in his right hamstring during two rehab games with Class A Inland Empire this week. Furcal was originally expected to be activated on Friday, however Dodgers manager Joe Torre told Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times…

  3. Ron Gardenhire tells Pat Neshek to stay off the "Tweeter"

    May 15, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Last week, Aaron outlined how Pat Neshek expressed his frustration over the misdiagnosis of his injury via Facebook and Twitter. Well, on Friday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Kelly Thesier of that he recently met with Neshek to tell him that he was “not very happy” with the way he handled the situation. “‘Our…

  4. Athletics bring back Jack Cust

    May 15, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Searching for more production from a designated hitter spot that has combined for just two home runs (tied for lowest in the league) and a .291 on-base percentage (tied for third lowest), the Athletics have called up Jack Cust from Triple-A Sacramento, reports Mychael Urban of He’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s game against…

  5. Is it time to eat some crow about David Ortiz?

    May 15, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    David Ortiz continued his recent hot-hitting on Friday night, slugging two mammoth home runs and driving in four runs in a 7-2 win over the Tigers. The first home run, a three-run shot off the struggling Max Scherzer in the first inning, traveled an estimated distance of 459 feet to right-center field, according to HitTracker,…

  6. UPDATE: Nick Swisher day to day with biceps strain

    May 15, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Swisher is listed as day-to-day with a slight strain of the left biceps, according to Tim Britton of Friday’s MRI came back negative. Friday, 9:33 PM: Nick Swisher exited Friday’s game against the Twins with a sore left biceps, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. He was taken to the hospital for…

  7. Charlie Manuel regrets comments about stealing signs

    May 14, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Martin Frank of the News Journal has some quotes from the Phillies’ skipper: “I shouldn’t have said a word, but I didn’t say anything about Colorado or anything about them crying,” Manuel said. “If I did something, I’ll definitely talk to [Tracy]. I didn’t say anything about that particular game. “Usually, I say we’ll…

  8. Fake trade: Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman to Mets for Ike Davis

    May 14, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mets acquire RHP Roy Oswalt, 1B Lance Berkman and cash from the Astros for 1B Ike Davis, LHP Oliver Perez and SS Ruben Tejada. Why it works for the Mets: First, let’s get this out of the way: there’s no way the Mets would trade Davis straight-up for Berkman. Even ignoring salaries, I can imagine…

  9. Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones have five-hit games for Pirates

    May 14, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones, hitting third and fourth respectively in the Pirates order, both had five hits Friday as part of a 10-6 win over the Cubs. Both also homered, with Jones delivering a tie-breaking three-run shot in the eighth and McCutchen adding a solo blast in the ninth. Jones ended up driving in…

  10. New York high schoolers to start having their pitch counts monitored

    May 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Missed this from yesterday, but file this under good ideas: New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League has agreed to have coaches keep track of pitch counts of high school pitchers, submit them with game results and post them on the league’s Web site. Sure, they had to be threatened by the city council to…

  11. Why would a reliever use "Ring of Fire" for his walk-on music?

    May 14, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Lots of people weighing in on their choice of walkup/coming out of the bullpen music in the earlier thread today. Initial takeaway: man, a lot of you guys like rap metal and 70s guitar bands.  No one wants to walk to the plate listening to The Smiths or The Jesus and Mary Chain? [crickets] Anywhoo,…

  12. FOX may make its Game of the Week to 100% prime time next year

    May 14, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    FOX will air a handful of its Saturday games in prime time this year, and if it works they move the whole shebang into prime time next year, USA Today reports (Stop gawking at Erin Andrews and scroll down to the second story). If they do that, they’re thinking about doing more renationalized games as…

  13. Video: Previewing the Yankees-Twins series

    May 14, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    This morning I recorded a Yankees-Twins series preview with Ted Berg for SNY and it’s a slow news day here at Hardball Talk, so why not watch it … New York and Minnesota are tied for the second-best record in baseball at 22-12, so it should be a good series. I’m actually feeling oddly optimistic…

  14. Rosenthal: to fix the Rays, contract the Pirates and Royals

    May 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Rosenthal’s latest is a pretty by-the-numbers “oh, those poor Rays, winning ballgames but not drawing fans” thing. Until the end, anyway, which is when you can tell the exact moment he took a slug from that bottle of Old Uncle Jeb’s Small Batch Crazy Sauce: Here’s a thought: Contraction. Not of markets, per se, though…

  15. Jeff Francis set to return 15 months after surgery

    May 14, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis last started a regular season game in September of 2008, but the Rockies left-hander is scheduled to rejoin the rotation Sunday nearly 15 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Francis’ first minor league rehab start didn’t go very well last week, but he tossed seven shutout innings…

  16. Some trenchant David Ortiz analysis

    May 14, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    I would read more newspapers if the stories were written in this style Observers were forced to admit, however, that, okay, so far in May Ortiz has put up an OPS of .999 and has seven RBIs. But for a $24.5 million platoon DH? Are you freaking kidding them? I mean, baseball insiders said, come…

  17. Fan who fell at Miller Park dies

    May 14, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    God, I hate stuff like this: A 51-year-old man who fell about 14 feet from the lower level in left field while the Chicago Cubs took batting practice at Miller Park last month has died, according to a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report released Friday. Stuart S. Springstube, a Weyauwega resident, was wearing Cubs gear…

  18. Mike Cameron close to rejoining Red Sox

    May 14, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron has played three games at Triple-A while rehabbing his strained abdominal muscle, going 2-for-8 with a double and three walks. Terry Francona initially indicated the Red Sox planned to have Cameron spend 4-5 games in the minors before coming off the disabled list, so barring a setback over the weekend he’s very close…

  19. The Wilpons may save some money

    May 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    No, not by cutting Jeff Francoeur into pieces and selling him for scrap, but by virtue of a law winding its way through Congress that could allow them to hold on to $48 million that, under current law, they might have had to forfeit as a result of their connection to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi…

  20. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright 'in talks' to join Moneyball cast

    May 14, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are signed on to play Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta in the Moneyball movie, and now Variety reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright “are in early talks” to join them. Hoffman and Moneyball director Bennett Miller worked together on Capote, which won Hoffman an Oscar. No word yet…

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