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

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

  2. Scott Hairston hits for the cycle against the Rockies

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston AP

    They’re only in the seventh inning out in Colorado, but Scott Hairston has already hit for the cycle. Hairston singled in the third, hit a solo homer in the fourth, connected for an RBI triple in the fifth and then hit a two-run double in the sixth. It’s the first cycle of his career and…

  3. Andres Torres expected to rejoin Mets on Monday

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Andres Torres

    Barring another setback with his calf injury Andres Torres is slated to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Mets lineup Monday. Before that happens his minor-league rehab assignment will move from Single-A to Triple-A, with Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reporting that he’ll play for Buffalo tonight and tomorrow. Torres’ return will…

  4. Heath Bell implodes again, blowing save and taking loss

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    For the third time this season Heath Bell blew a save and then took a loss, unraveling against the Mets in an extremely ugly outing. Bell began the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead and walked four the first five batters he faced, with one ground out mixed in. His fourth walk forced in the…

  5. Tiffany Simons on “Star Wars”

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons

    As I’ve mentioned before, the best part of HBT Extra is when Tiffany Simons and I chat prior to taping. And, from time to time — and with Tiffany’s permission — I like to share some of the gems from those conversations. Today’s concerns “Star Wars.” And we got two gems, actually. First, Tiffany recently interviewed…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Royals celebration

    Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game.  Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez. Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his…

  7. Four different Marlins pitchers walked four straight batters to force in a run last night

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Last night the Marlins did something no other team in baseball history has ever done when four different pitchers combined to walk four consecutive batters, loading the bases and then forcing in what was the tying run. It all began when starter Josh Johnson walked the final batter he faced, Lucas Duda, with two outs…

  8. Replay and its unintended consequences

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Angel Hernandez

    Over at The Classical, Eric Nusbaum looks at a new instant replay system that has been instituted in pro cricket, and notes how it has changed the way the game is actually being played: Technology changed the way umpires approached their jobs, which in turn has changed the way players approach theirs. The comparison doesn’t…

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

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  10. Mike Pelfrey will be examined by Dr. James Andrews, might need Tommy John surgery

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    pelfrey getty

    Mike Pelfrey has gone from active to disabled to potentially out for the season in just a few hours. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the right-hander is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews at some point this week amid concerns that he might have a partial tear in his right…

  11. Yankees, Cardinals getting most production from top of the order

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Here’s a look at the production all 30 teams are getting from their top two hitters to date, ranked by OPS. Yankees – 1.074 Cardinals – .931 Rangers – .851 Mets – .835 Rays – .823 Red Sox – .823 Astros – .789 Braves – .768 Nationals – .751 Giants – .745 Cubs – .738…

  12. Stephen Strasburg, David Price are this year’s hardest throwers

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Among starting pitchers anyway. Here’s the top 10 for fastball velocity among ERA qualifiers this season (data taken from Fangraphs): 1. Stephen Strasburg (Was) – 95.4 mph 2. David Price (TB) – 95.2 3. Danny Duffy (KC) – 95.0 4. Jeff Samardzija (ChC) – 94.7 5. Juan Nicasio (Col) – 94.1 6. Matt Garza (ChC)…

  13. Mike Pelfrey joins crowded Mets disabled list with elbow injury

    Apr 24, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey adjusts his cap after giving a run to the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida

    This morning the Mets placed Jason Bay on the disabled list with a fractured rib and now he’s being joined on the shelf by Mike Pelfrey. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Pelfrey has “right elbow swelling” and will undergo an MRI exam instead of making his next start, with general manager Sandy…

  14. Non-displaced rib fracture sends Jason Bay to disabled list

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay left the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader after injuring his ribs attempting a diving catch and today the Mets put him on the disabled list with a non-displaced fracture. No timetable yet for his return, but at the very least a non-displaced fracture is better than a displaced fracture and Adam Rubin of…

  15. Miguel Batista ready to start and relieve on same day

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    No one has started both games of a doubleheader since Wilbur Wood in 1973. That’s not going to change today, but Miguel Batista said he’s up for finishing the nightcap after starting the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Giants. Batista, who took the loss this afternoon after allowing six runs — three earned…

  16. Mets sticking with struggling Frank Francisco as closer

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco has allowed runs in each of his last four appearances and was yanked from Sunday’s save opportunity with two outs remaining in the ninth inning, but manager Terry Collins is sticking with the struggling right-hander in the closer role. “I just told him yesterday was one of those days, that he’s still the…

  17. The Mets win a weird one

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Mets Giants Getty

    The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 this afternoon, but whether anyone actually deserved to win, well, that’s up for debate. The Mets certainly appeared to be in control entering the top of the ninth, as Frank Francisco was handed a 4-1 lead after Mike Pelfrey tossed eight innings of one-run ball. However, Francisco was pulled…

  18. Must see: There’s a movie about knuckleballers coming out

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    This movie is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. I want to go to there. Click on the handsome pic of R.A. Dickey and it’ll take you to the trailer. Your browser does not support iframes. Gary Sheffield on the knuckler: “it’s just … spooky.” So, so good.

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

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Twins 6, Yankees 5: Justin Morneau hit two homers. That’s four homers in six games, which hopefully means that Morneau is back to his mashing ways. Jason Marquis, who missed most of spring training when his daughter was seriously injured in a bicycle accident, made his first ever start in Yankee Stadium and got the…

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

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

  21. Supreme Court justice takes a jab at the Mets

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) Mets%20Logo.png for post 3903

    Via Baseball Think Factory, we find a Supreme Court opinion released today that makes a passing reference to the Mets in order to parse some legal language: The meaning of the phrase turns on its context. See Johnson v. United States, 559 U. S. ___, ___ (2010) (slip op., at 5) (“Ultimately, context determines meaning”).…

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

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Orioles 10, White Sox 4: Matt Wieters homered twice. The first one coming in the eighth, which kicked off the O’s comeback after finding themselves down 4-1, the second one: a 10th inning grand slam which put the game out of reach. Twins 7, Yankees 3: Joe Mauer had three hits and Justin Morneau played in…

  23. Jason Bay scratched Sunday due to jammed ring finger

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    jason bay ap

    From Andy Martino of the New York Daily News comes word that Mets outfielder Jason Bay has been scratched from Sunday’s lineup against the Phillies due to a jammed right ring finger. Bay suffered the injury while sliding head-first into a base in the second inning of Saturday’s 5-0 defeat of Philadelphia. Scott Hairston is…

  24. David Wright hits solo homer, nets three hits in return from fractured right pinkie

    Apr 14, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    Mets Wright watches his solo home run against the  Phillies during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    So, uh, David Wright is going to be just fine. The 29-year-old third baseman returned to the Mets’ starting lineup on Saturday afternoon for the first time since fracturing his right pinkie finger and broke out for three hits (including a first at-bat homer) in a 5-0 New York victory over the Phillies. When Wright…

  25. David Wright cleared to return to lineup Saturday

    Apr 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    David Wright appeared bound for the disabled list after saying last night that he couldn’t “functionally” grip a bat or grip a baseball because of the small fracture in his right pinkie finger, but he has apparently made a lot of progress over the past 16 hours or so. The Mets just announced that Wright…

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