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  1. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 21, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Max Scherzer

    If I missed something important in one of these it’s because I was less plugged-in than usual yesterday. My daughter Mookie had her dance recital. Both ballet and jazz, which required me to sit through two (2)  separate shows. I kid you not: four hours of sitting in an auditorium to watch eight minutes of…

  2. Gammons: White Sox to sign Orlando Hudson

    May 19, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

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    From Peter Gammons of MLB Network comes word that veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson has agreed to a contract (presumably of the non-guaranteed minor league variety) with the White Sox. Hudson was released by the Padres on Thursday after batting just .211/.260/.317 with one home run and 11 RBI through his first 131 plate appearances. The Pale…

  3. Paul Konerko could miss multiple days after being hit above left eye with pitch

    May 19, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Paul Konerko AP

    No surprise here, but Paul Konerko is out of the starting lineup for the White Sox tonight against the Cubs, one day after he was hit in the face by a pitch from right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Initial tests came back clean aside from a cut and swelling above his left eye, but Chuck Garfien of…

  4. See Gordon Beckham’s tackle and Dale Sveum’s ejection

    May 18, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Gordon Beckham, David DeJesus

    Umpire Eric Cooper seems to think it’s legal to physically knock someone off the bag. There’s no other way to look at this play, which resulted on the Cubs’ David DeJesus being called out after his double Friday against the White Sox. White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham obviously knocked DeJesus off the bag. It…

  5. Kerry Wood finishes career with a strikeout at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood wanted to make one final appearance at Wrigley Field this afternoon before announcing his retirement and it couldn’t have been scripted much better for the longtime Cub. Wood came into a 3-2 game with one out in the eighth inning and struck out Dayan Viciedo on three pitches, the first of which was…

  6. Paul Konerko exits the game after being beaned in the face

    May 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    konerko fenway

    Paul Konerko left today’s game against the Cubs when, in the third inning, he was hit in the face by a Jeff Samardzija pitch. Konerko had homered off Samardzija in the first inning, but based on Samardzija’s reaction, it probably wasn’t a purpose pitch. He walked to the plate to check on Konerko. He’s been…

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 18, 2012, 5:58 AM EST

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 7, Marlins 0: Brandon Beachy: the best pitcher you haven’t heard of. He shuts out the Marlins on five hits and ups his record to 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Giants 7, Cardinals 5: Bad Cardinal defense and a little more offense than usual gave the Giants some runs on a day when Matt…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1: I took my bike out for a spin for the first time in a while last evening. It was a nice ride on a nice night. At least apart from the crazy, over-the-handlebars wreck I got into at the corner of Alpath and Johnston Road. There were no apparent injuries at…

  9. Jose Valverde exits Tigers game with lower back tightness

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers asked Jose Valverde to finish a 10-6 game against the White Sox on Thursday, but he was forced to leave with two outs due to lower back tightness. Valverde retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to Paul Konerko and a double to A.J. Pierzynski. He left mid-at-bat…

  10. White Sox activate reliever Jesse Crain from disabled list

    May 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Chicago’s bullpen is in flux after the White Sox reversed their decision to make Chris Sale a closer, but the relief corps gets a boost today with Jesse Crain coming off the disabled list. Crain has been out since April 21 with a strained oblique muscle, but was pitching well before getting hurt and made…

  11. Adam Dunn hits a homer off a lefty

    May 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Adam Dunn

    Not normally a big deal to note lefty-on-lefty violence, but it is notable in Adam Dunn‘s case. His first inning homer off Drew Smyly was his first homer off a lefty since August 2010.  For his career he has 96 homers off lefties and an OPS of .782 compared to 281 homers and a .922…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EST

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

  13. White Sox to use Adam Dunn in left field for interleague play

    May 14, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Adam Dunn AP

    Last season Adam Dunn was hitting so poorly when interleague play began that the White Sox didn’t see much benefit to using him in the outfield to get his bat into the lineup. Dunn made just two starts in the outfield all season on the way to hitting .159 with 177 strikeouts in 127 games.…

  14. Chris Sale feels good, healthy after move back to rotation

    May 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Chris Sale

    Chris Sale began this season by shifting from the bullpen to the rotation, moved back to the bullpen when the White Sox decided to name him closer, and then dealt with elbow soreness while making it very clear that he’d prefer to remain a starter. Sale (and his agent) got his wish, returning to the…

  15. Jeff Francoeur is on the board!

    May 13, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson, Jeff Francoeur

    And Robin Ventura still seems out of his element. Jeff Francoeur finally hit his first homer Sunday, taking Nate Jones deep in the eighth inning as part of the Royals’ 9-1 win over the White Sox. The homer came in his 124th at-bat of the season. Francoeur last year hit 20 homers in 601 at-bats.…

  16. Adam Dunn has already equaled his home run total from last season

    May 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EST

    Adam Dunn AP

    Adam Dunn just did it again. The resurgent slugger connected for a solo blast off right-hander Felipe Paulino in the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Royals. With that, he already has 11 home runs through 139 plate appearances this year after hitting just 11 over 496 plate appearances during his miserable first…

  17. Chris Sale moving back into rotation, will start Saturday

    May 11, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Chris Sale

    Seven days after announcing that they were shifting him from the rotation into the closer’s role, the White Sox revealed today that Chris Sale will start Saturday’s game against the Royals. The original move was made by the White Sox field staff, but Sale lobbied GM Ken Williams to remain in the rotation and will…

  18. Agent “extremely concerned” with how the White Sox are handling Chris Sale

    May 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Chris Sale throwing

    First the White Sox moved Chris Sale from the bullpen to the rotation, then they moved him back to the bullpen after five starts, and most recently they allowed him to pitch with a sore elbow that eventually led to an MRI exam. Meanwhile, Sale has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to…

  19. And now the Adam Dunn and Chipper Jones comedy hour

    May 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Adam Dunn going deep

    Funny anecdote about Chipper Jones and Adam Dunn from Dave O’Brien of the AJC, arising out of the observation that Dunn, despite hitting his usual taters, is on a historic strikeout pace: “I texted him this morning,” Jones said Wednesday in Chicago, smiling as the recounted their exchange, “and said, Dunner, you’re going to be the…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  21. Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera is MLB’s new hardest thrower

    May 9, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Kelvin Herrera

    Averaging a cool 99.1 mph with his fastball, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera has taken over as the league’s hardest thrower since being called up last month. Here’s the top 10, according to Fangraphs data: 99.1 – Herrera 98.6 – Andrew Cashner (Padres) 98.4 – Henry Rodriguez (Nationals) 96.8 – Nate Jones (White Sox) 96.8 –…

  22. White Sox’s new closer Chris Sale has a sore elbow, still wants to be a starter

    May 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Chris Sale

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Jim Bowden of XM Radio that Chris Sale will undergo an MRI exam on his sore left elbow. Last week the White Sox cut short Sale’s transition to the rotation and moved him back to the bullpen as their new closer, with manager Robin Ventura saying he’d fill…

  23. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EST

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

  24. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 8, 2012, 6:05 AM EST

    Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games.  Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we’ll let Cholly run the team from here on out. Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA…

  25. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

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