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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Mike Gosling goes out in style

    May 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    This is the first and probably the last time I’ll ever write about Mike Gosling on this blog, but I was in the crowd last night to see him pitch and I feel very grateful for having been there. Unless you’re a hardcore Diamondbacks fan, you probably have no idea who Mike Gosling is. Short…

  11. Asdrubal Cabrera breaks forearm in collision

    May 18, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a broken forearm last night in a collision with Jhonny Peralta and will meet with doctors later this week to determine whether surgery is neeeded. Luis Valbuena started three straight games at shortstop when Cabrera was sidelined by a quadriceps injury two weeks ago, but looked beyond stretched there defensively and the…

  12. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    May 18, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Two fabulous bits of news in one little story: ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are going to send Jenrry Mejia back to the minors to be stretched out for a return to starting duties and that they’re going to call up knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to take Wednesday’s start against the Nationals.…

  13. The Red Sox: "Go Celtics!"

    May 18, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Last night’s game was a gut punch. Sure, it was technically only one game, but to Red Sox fans it must have felt like three or four. An early slap in the face, an inspiring comeback and then a 1-2 from A-Rod and Marcus Thames which probably felt like a mugging. With that the Red…

  14. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    May 18, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

    Yankees 11, Red Sox 9: Papelplosion.  The Yankees blew a 6-1 lead and found themselves down 9-7 nearly four hours and eight and a third innings into it when A-Rod hit a two-run homer to tie it and Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer to win it. Papelbon had a day off on Sunday, but…

  15. UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez benched for poor effort

    May 17, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to a tweet by Frisaro, it turns out Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez did bench Ramirez because of his poor effort on the field: “He got smoked w’ the ball in the ankle. But whether he’s hurt or not hurt, we felt like the effort wasn’t there.” 9:35 PM: Joe Frisaro of reports…

  16. UPDATE: Asdrubal Cabrera leaves game with arm injury

    May 17, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Anthony Castrovince of reports that Cabrera injured his left forearm. The team is expected to update his condition after the game. 8:14 AM: Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday’s game against the Rays with an injury to his left arm, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cabrera suffered the injury during a collision…

  17. Utilityman Ryan Freel opts for retirement

    May 17, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    34-year-old Ryan Freel has chosen to retire after playing in nine games in the independent Atlantic League, according to Mike Ashmore of the Hunterdon County Democrat. After the Reds dumped his contract following the 2008 season, Freel washed out in the Orioles, Cubs and Royals organizations last year, hitting .193/.290/.216 in 88 at-bats. While he…

  18. Eyeing Grady Sizemore's brutal start

    May 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    The bruised knee that knocked Grady Sizemore out of Sunday’s game and is sidelining him again Monday might have been the best thing that could have happened to the 27-year-old center fielder. He may not want to, but he definitely needs to sit back and watch a couple of games. There were reasons to be…

  19. Dodgers minor leaguers save a dude's life

    May 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    As God is my witness I thought turkeys could run: A pair of Dodgers’ prospects in Midland, Mich., are being given credit for helping to save a life last Sunday. The pair of Single-A Great Lakes players from the Dominican Republic were passengers in a car on the highway when they saw a motorcyclist in…

  20. Carlos Delgado is coming back, but who wants him?

    May 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado was interviewed by the Puerto Rican paper El Nuevo Dia, and said that he hopes to return to action in July.  He’s not totally deluded about his chances — he just had his second hip operation in less than a year — but he thinks he can still contribute in a limited role.…

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