Them's Fightin' Words

I'm Kyle Farnsworth and I'm a badass shades-wearin' Yankee reliever.A nice rule of thumb most major leaguers live by is to try their best not to publicly criticize their teammates. Under any circumstances. Even when that teammate is a media whore, but especially when he happens to be a future Hall of Famer.

It makes you look like an ass - hardly a team player.

New York Yankees' reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who is 0-1 with a pretty terrible 4.41 ERA and 2 blown saves so far this season, begs to differ.

During an appearance on Chicago's 670 AM radio show "The Score" Thursday morning, he started off by criticizing the strange family clause in Roger Clemens' new one-year, $28 million contract which allows him to leave the team for personal matters when he's not pitching.

Then, he spurted his beliefs all over the Yankees' clubhouse before their 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

"As far as a teammate and a player, I think everybody should be here whether they're pitching or not," he said. "You don't see guys who are hurt not sit on the bench. They're always there."
I'm Roger Clemens and I'll beat your ass and have my wife Bedazzle a big fat L across you forehead if you don't shut the hell up.Roger's response went a little something like, "Well, until you win 7 Cy Youngs, 2 pitching triple crowns, an MVP, 2 World Series rings, get invited to eleven All-Star games or someone marries your dumb ass, there will be no bitching about my many contract clauses."

When asked if he thought Clemens' possible absence during his off days would be an issue this season, Farnsworth said, "We'll see."

I reckon them's fightin' words.

Editor's note: Recognizing the Rocket's talent does in no way validate a liking toward said Rocket.

[] | [Yankees Chick] | [BeDazzler!]

Randy Johnson's back is killing his career.Surprise! Randy Johnson's back hurts.

Five starts into his comeback from offseason back surgery, the Big Unit has finally admitted that he has been experiencing some lingering back stiffness. Obviously, he isn't 100% and isn't expected to be again.

This should sound an alarm for the veteran lefty, as he isn't getting any healthier... or younger.

Maybe it's time for the D'Backs to institute a pitch-count or limit his innings some other way.

Johnson said of his last start:

"I don't need to go seven innings all the time or eight or nine. There will be nights where I need to do that, but tonight wasn't a night. It's too early in the year and I'm getting to where I want to be and I want to walk away from something feeling positive."
[Arizona Republic] | []

Hairston May Be Headed To DL

Jerry Hairston Jr. has been accused of using steroids!
Texas Rangers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr., who is nursing a pinched nerve, may land on the 15-day disabled list.

Weird, huh.

[] | [Rangers Press Release] | [Blah Blah Steroids]

Moises Alou is on the DL with a strained left quadriceps.The New York Mets placed third base coach veteran outfielder Moises Alou on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps following their 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs last night, retroactive to May 13th. Making his 15th career trip to the DL, Alou is batting .318 with two homers and 13 RBIs.

The club also called up 24-year-old lefty Jason Vargas to start today against the Cubs. He is 2-3 with a 5.30 ERA with the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs, but has struggled over his last four starts, going 0-4 with an ERA over 9.00.

ALl your base belong to Jose Reyes.Professional base thief Jose Reyes, who left last night's game in the eighth inning with some tightness in his left hamstring, said afterwards that he was fine and would play today with no problems. Apparently, he hurt himself on the first swing of his at-bat in the eighth, felt a little cramp and decided to take the careful road due to past hammy injuries.

[Sporting News] | [The LoHud Mets Blog]

Chris Snelling dives into home. He was called out.The Oakland Athletics' suffering outfield lost yet another player yesterday when the club placed Chris Snelling on the 15-day disabled list with a deep bone bruise in his left knee, retroactive to May 11th.

This has been basically the story of Snelling's career, who came to Oakland in a trade with the Washington Nationals on May 2nd. He was batting .350 over six games before the latest of his hard-luck injuries. This marks his eighth career stint on the DL, including two in each of the previous two seasons.

Bocachica sounds deliciousIn a related move, the A's called up outfielder Hiram Bocachica from the AAA Sacramento Rivercats to fill Snelling's spot on the roster. Bocachica will dive right into the starting lineup in center field against the Kansas City Royals today after batting .313 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 35 games in the minors - tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in extra-base hits with 21.

The club also transferred outfielder Bobby Kielty to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster.

Leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart is the only A's outfielder who hasn't injured himself yet this year. Jinx! Center fielder Mark Kotsay, recovering from lower back surgery in early March, played four innings in the field and went 2-for-4 in an extended spring training game Wednesday in Phoenix, which is a very good sign.

Milton Bradley does his best Bobby Kielty impersonation.In other Athletics injury news: Milton Bradley missed his second straight game with a tender left hamstring that landed him on the DL in mid-April while Travis Buck is scheduled to have his sore wrist examined.

It has also been determined that injured closer Huston Street has no structural damage in his right elbow after landing on the DL Tuesday with an irritated nerve in his throwing arm.

Right-hander Esteban Loaiza is set to have an MRI on a bulging disk in his neck and righty reliever Justin Duchscherer is planning on having his sore right hip checked out today, as well.

All this and the A's have still managed to stay 2 games above .500.

[Oakland Tribune] | []

Wednesday's Babelicious Scoreboard

Cole Hamels is a strikeout machine.After the first pitch was delayed 92 minutes by rain, the fans in Philly were going absolutely bananas. They hung on every Cole Hamels pitch - especially the two-strike counts - as the lefty's bid for a perfect game ended in the seventh inning.

The 23-year-old Hamels (6-1, 3.30 ERA) retired his first 18 batters and used his baffling changeup to strike out eleven Milwaukee Brewers (25-15), leading the Philadelphia Phillies (20-20) to a 6-2 victory and out of the basement for the first time last night. Apparently, he can swing the bat, too. Hamels had two singles for his first career multi-hit game.

Jeff Suppan (5-4, 3.25 ERA) gave up nine hits and six runs - four earned - in seven innings. J.J. Hardy had the Brew Crew's first hit, his 13th homer of the year and Milwaukee's only digit on the board.

Aaron Rowand hit a three-run shot in the second for the Phillies while Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell and Abraham Nunez each drove in a run a piece.

  • Yankees 3, White Sox 5

  • Orioles 1, Blue Jays 2

  • Twins 1, Indians 7

  • Rangers 8, Devil Rays 11

  • Yankees 8, White Sox 1

  • Angels 5, Mariners 0

  • Royals 4, Athletics 3

  • Braves 4, Nationals 6

  • Marlins 4, Pirates 3

  • Cubs 1, Mets 7

  • Giants 1, Astros 2

  • Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 5

  • Reds 2, Padres 3

  • Cardinals 4, Dodgers 5

  • Tigers @ Red Sox - postponed

  • [MLB]

    Lastings Milledge Is So Gangstuh

    Lastings Milledge is livin it thug life in AAA. Sweet argyle vest, dude.
    Injured New York Mets prospect Lastings Milledge has gotten himself into some trouble again, only this time it's for making a rap disc that uses those filthy words we don't generally use around Grandma.

    One song in particular, "Bend Ya Knees" includes the use of the n-word and some derogatory language used to describe certain types of women who like to bend their knees a lot.

    Mets GM Omar Minyana spoke with Milledge, currently rehabbing an injured right foot on the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs' DL, to let him know the team's opinion of his music. "We don't approve of the lyrics," he said.
    Don't be a hater Omar!

    Milledge went 0-for-3 in one appearance with the Mets before being sent to the minors on April 13th. In his rookie season, he hit .241 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 166 at-bats. Impressive? Not so much.

    Check out my ice.During that persuasive season, he ran into some trouble on and off the field. After hitting his first big league homer ever - a bomb that tied the game in the ninth against the San Francisco Giants - he had both dugouts rolling their eyes as he high-fived fans along the railing when he made his way back to his right field position.

    He's also been in hot water for not running the bases hard enough and for showing up fashionably late for a day game. Near the end of the season, a sign was posted in his locker that said: Know your place, rook. Your teammates.

    Maybe if Milledge had been jamming with the likes of Bernie Williams or Bronson Arroyo, it wouldn't be such a big deal...

    [] | [Deadspin] | [Soul-Ja Boi Records]


    Nats' Williams Back On DL

    Jerome Williams is back on the DL.
    The Washington Nationals put right-hander Jerome Williams right back on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after only one start back.

    Williams was forced out of last night's 6-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the third inning due to a strained right shoulder. He has an awful 0-5 record with a 7.20 ERA this season and was on the DL with a left ankle injury before being activated for last night's start.

    Bill Traber was called up in Jerome Williams' absence.In a related move, the Nationals picked up the contract of lefty Billy Traber from the AAA Columbus Catfish and transferred first baseman Nick Johnson, who is recovering from a broken leg, from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to allow room for Traber on the roster.

    [Washington Nationals] | [Capitol Punishment]

    Jess Crain is pretty terrbile.Reliever Jesse Crain was placed on the Minnesota Twins' disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder today.

    This move comes one day after the right-hander gave up six unearned runs, including a two-run shot by Grady Sizemore, in the sixth inning of last night's 15-7 loss at Cleveland. It always seems kinda fishy to me when a pitcher completely falls to pieces on the mound then goes on the DL the very next day...

    Crain went 4-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 68 appearances last season and has allowed 16 runs in 16.1 innings this season. He is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA in 18 appearances.

    Julio DePaula has bene called up in Crain's absence.Right-hander Julio DePaula was called up from the AAA Rochester Red Wings to take Crain's place in the bullpen. DePaula is 2-3 with a 3.15 ERA and two saves in 15 appearances for Rochester this season.

    Update: Crain has a torn rotator cuff and a torn labrum.

    [Star Tribune] | []

    Cards Pick Up Wellemeyer

    Cheesiest. Picture. Ever.
    With right-hander Brad Thompson moving to the rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals found an opening in their bullpen. So they claimed a mediocre pitcher off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, with a plan in mind to add him to their roster this weekend.

    Righty Todd Wellemeyer, 28, was 0-1 with a 10.34 ERA in 12 games for the Royals this season, allowing 25 hits in 15.2 innings. The righty has a career record of 6-8 with a 5.65 ERA. Now, he gets to suck with the reigning World Series Champs!

    Brad Thompson looks like a lady.In 16 games (2 starts) for the Cardinals this season, Thompson is 2-0 with a 4.03 ERA. He has struck out fifteen, allowed 13 runs and walked nine.

    [Sporting News] | []

    Tuesday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Hafner and Peralta
    The Cleveland Indians (22-14) managed to put together two separate six-run innings behind Paul Byrd last night for a 15-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins (18-20). They improved to 12-3 at home, the majors' best.

    Byrd (3-1, 3.49 ERA) won for the first time in three May starts and allowed five runs on seven hits over seven innings to improve to 7-3 in 13 career starts against Minnesota while striking out seven and walking three.

    Jhonny Peralta homered with four RBIs, Grady Sizemore had a two-run shot and three other hits, and Josh Barfield lined three hits and three RBIs for the Tribe. Travis Hafner walked three times, adding to his league-leading 34.

    Ramon Ortiz (3-4, 4.89 ERA) pitched only one inning, but it was enough to do some damage. He allowed 6 runs on seven hits, walking one. The Twins relief corps combined for 6 runs (3 earned) 3 walks and only 5 strikeouts over eight innings.

    Justin Morneau hit two solo shots - his sixth career two-homer game - Michael Cuddyer had a two-run homer and Jason Kubel added a solo for the Twins, who entered yesterday's game with a league-worst 23 home runs in their first 37 games.
    "We scored seven runs," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire shrugged. "When we score seven runs, we usually win."
  • Tigers 7, Red Sox 2

  • Orioles 1, Blue Jays 2

  • Rangers 3, Devil Rays 4

  • Angels 3, Mariners 11

  • Royals 4, Athletics 5

  • Braves 6, Nationals 2

  • Marlins 9, Pirates 3

  • Brewers 3, Phillies 4

  • Cubs 10, Mets 1

  • Giants 5, Astros 6

  • Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 0

  • Reds 2, Padres 1

  • Yankees @ White Sox - postponed

  • [MLB]


    Huston Street is on the DL.
    The Oakland Athletics placed Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list today with irritation in his right ulnar nerve, retroactive to Sunday. Thankfully, initial tests showed no structural damage.

    The 23-year-old righty is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 18 relief appearances, recording all nine of Oakland's saves this year. He has not given up a run in 15 of his 18 outings this year.

    Street joins a list of six other Athletics on the DL, including hurlers Rich Harden and Esteban Loaiza and DH Mike Piazza. The pitching injuries, which were supposed to be devastating, have the A's leading the American League with a 3.15 team ERA.

    Connor Robertson is a babe. Yes sir.Related, Oakland purchased the contract of right-hander Connor Robertson from the AAA Sacramento Rivercats. Robertson was 4-0 with two saves and a 1.93 ERA in 15 relief appearances there.

    [MLB.com] | []

    Yankees Chick Is a Total Babe

    ...who loves baseball. Is there anything better in the world? Nope. There's not.

    If you're a Bronx Bombers fan and you've never checked out Yankees Chick, shame on you! If you're not a Yankees fan and you've never been to her site, still, shame on you. She's got plenty of baseball knowledge to drop.

    Aside from the informative content of her regular posts, she's been experimenting with some pretty entertaining podcasts.

    So, show our fellow female baseball blogger some support and visit the site. RIGHT NOW.

    [Yankees Chick]

    Squeeze Play

    Kelvim Escobar (4-1, 2.21 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (2-1, 1.56 ERA)

    After missing nearly a month with elbow soreness, right-handed phenom Felix Hernandez is back and he's ready to bring the heat.

    Hernandez will take the hill for the Seattle Mariners (17-16) when they host division rival Kelvim Escobar and the Los Angeles Angels (22-17) at 10:05pm tonight.

    Felix was dominant in his first two starts, allowing just four hits and striking out 18 over 17 scoreless innings before feeling a twinge in his elbow during a game against the Minnesota Twins on April 18th.

    Escobar, on a four-start winning streak, has limited opponents to three runs and 17 hits in 23.2 innings during this run. He is 5-7 with three saves and a 4.66 ERA in 14 starts and 27 overall appearances versus the Mariners.

    Angels right fielder/hitting monster Vladimir Guerrero is a .367 career hitter at Safeco Field with six longballs and 22 RBIs, and is batting .286 lifetime against Hernandez.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Twins (18-19) @ Indians (21-14) 7:05pm ET

    • Tigers (23-14) @ Red Sox (26-11) 7:05pm ET

    • Orioles (18-21) @ Blue Jays (16-22) 7:07pm ET

    • Rangers (15-23) @ Devil Rays (15-22) 7:10pm ET

    • Yankees (17-19) @ White Sox (18-16) 8:11pm ET

    • Royals (13-26) @ Athletics (19-18) 10:05pm ET

    Carlos Zambrano (3-3, 5.83 ERA) vs. John Maine (5-0, 1.79 ERA)

    Right-handed ace Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs (17-19) will continue a four-game series when they face young righty John Maine and the surging New York Mets (24-13) at 7:10pm ET this evening.

    Zambrano, who tied for the NL-lead in wins last season with 16, is not quite comparable this year, as he has allowed four or more runs in five of his eight starts and yielded a league-high 10 homers. He's a career 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA in four games - three starts - against the Mets.

    While Big Z is off to a rather slow start, Maine has been lights out so far. He has the third-best ERA in the NL and his .188 opponent batting average is fifth-best in the league. The Mets have won all seven games Maine has started this season, allowing two or fewer runs in six of those outings.

    Zambrano better keep an eye on Jose Reyes, since he leads the majors by a long shot (8) with 23 stolen bags. He's hitting .338 with 23 RBIs this season, but 12-for-53 lifetime against the Cubs.

    Alfonso Soriano is batting just .154 in his career against Maine, but both of those hits have been homers.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Marlins (16-22) @ Pirates (17-20) 7:05pm ET

    • Brewers (25-13) @ Phillies (18-20) 7:05pm ET

    • Braves (24-14) @ Nationals (13-25) 7:05pm ET

    • Giants (19-18) @ Astros (18-19) 8:05pm ET

    • Diamondbacks (20-19) @ Rockies (16-22) 8:35pm ET

    • Reds (15-24) @ Padres (21-18) 10:05pm ET

    • Cardinals (16-20) @ Dodgers (23-16) 10:10pm ET

    Greg Maddux Has Still Got It

    Greg Maddux still has game.
    After 685 major league games, Greg Maddux has still got it.

    The veteran righty pitched his first complete game in two years last night, in a 7-1 San Diego Padres victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

    Maddux (3-2, 3.20 ERA) retired the first 16 batters he faced, struck out five and walked none in his 109th career complete game, picking up win #336 and strikeout #3200. Ridiculous.

    The 41-year-old carried a three-hit shutout into the ninth, but Juan Castro singled and advanced to third on Ryan Freel's base hit. One out later, Ken Griffey Jr. ruined everything with a sac fly before Brandon Phillips struck out to end the game.

    Maddux required only 46 pitches for the first five innings, totalling 96 for the entire contest.

    [San Diego Union Tribune] | []

    John Smoltz Has Old Fingers

    John Smoltz's rear-end
    Right in the middle of Jason Bergmann's no-hit bid, the opposing Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz got caught up in a failed suicide squeeze play attempt (my favorite!).

    With one out in the seventh, Smoltz tagged out Washington Nationals centerfielder Austin Kearns in a rundown after he was caught sneaking off third base on a botched Ryan Langerhans bunt. Kearns was running toward home plate and was about 20 feet away when Smoltz tagged him.

    Immediately after applying the chest-level tag, Smoltz fell to the ground in pain. He then got up, checked out his hand and slammed his glove to the ground in a pissed off manor.

    He left the field after being examined by a trainer, who discovered he had dislocated the pinky finger on his pitching hand. He is day-to-day.

    [MLB.com] | []

    Monday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Tom Gorzelanny pitched lights out against the Marlins last night.
    Young lefty Tom Gorzelanny limited the slumping Florida Marlins (16-22) to just five singles over seven shutout innings, totally outpitching Dontrelle Willis in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 7-0 victory last night.

    Coming off a weekend where they were actually swept by the Washington Nationals, the Marlins entered yesterday's game with an NL-leading 136 extra-base hits, but couldn't muster even one against Gorzelanny (5-2, 2.36 ERA), who struck out five, walked none and has allowed only one run in his last two starts - three in his last three. Impressively, he has given up two runs or fewer in all but two of eight starts.

    This game marks the first time Willis (5-3, 5.14 ERA) has lost to the Pirates (17-20) since 2003, despite pitching better than he has recently. He surrendered five hits and two runs and walked four over six innings.

    Reigning NL batting champ Freddy Sanchez, who started out the season in a bit of an injury-ridden slump, went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Backstop Ronny Paulino hit a long solo shot in the sixth - his fourth of the season - and the Pirates managed five runs against Florida's bullpen in the eighth.

  • Angels 7, Rangers 2

  • Tigers 1, Red Sox 7

  • Orioles 3, Blue Jays 5

  • Royals 2, Athletics 1

  • Braves 1, Nationals 2

  • Brewers 6, Phillies 8

  • Cubs 4, Mets 5

  • Reds 1, Padres 7

  • Cardinals 8, Dodgers 4

  • [MLB]


    Hard-Luck Millwood

    Kevin Millwood hurt himself like, 2 hours after returning from the DL.
    Kevin Millwood came off the disabled list, gave up a first-inning grand slam to Casey Kotchman, then left after five outs with an aggravated hamstring today in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

    Millwood, who had been sidelined since April 28th (technically May 6th) with the same strained left hamstring, allowed four runs on three hits and three walks.

    [USA Today] | []

    Say What?

    Some people have the strangest fetishes.What other bloggers are mouthing off about...

  • "I don't know if his use of those phrases was a way of showing that racism does indeed still exist in the South but that's just what he did." -

  • "In related crappy pitcher news, Mark Redman pitched pretty well by his standards..." -

  • "Here’s the deal: half a century ago, a wealthy Cuban land baron decided to build a baseball stadium in downtown Miami..." - Sports Gone South welcomes you to Miami

  • " I could let her know what I really do, but she's happier this way." - Matt Ufford from With Leather has a nice little MLB recap

  • "Go auction your bats or something." -

  • "Whatever. And he’d like a ham sandwich, too. Alert the media." -

  • "Because it's apparently an all-jockstrap Monday here..." - Deadspin on Ken Griffey having some fun with a heckler
  • Squeeze Play

    Nate Robertson (3-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (4-2, 4.80 ERA)

    After getting absolutely pounded by the Twins last night, the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers (23-13) will put left-hander Nate Robertson on the hill to face righty Daisuke Matsuzaka and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox (25-11) at 7:05pm ET tonight in the opener of a four-game series.

    The Red Sox are 9-3 this month and have outscored their opponents 52-23 to win six of their last seven games. Matsuzaka has had a great amount of run support in his last four starts, but has struggled a bit with his command.

    Robertson is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in five career starts against the Red Sox while Gary Sheffield, batting .361 with four homers and nine RBIs in his last nine games, can't wait to step up to the plate at Fenway. He is a career .325 hitter with six longballs and 26 RBIs in 41 games there.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Angels (21-17) @ Rangers (15-22) 2:05pm ET

    • Orioles (18-20) @ Blue Jays (15-22) 7:07pm ET

    • Royals (12-26) @ Athletics (19-17) 10:05pm ET

    Jason Marquis (5-1, 1.70 ERA) vs. Tom Glavine (4-1, 2.98 ERA)

    Jason Marquis will look to win six consecutive starts for the first time in his career when his Chicago Cubs (17-18) take on veteran lefty Tom Glavine and the cruising New York Mets (23-13) at 7:10pm ET tonight.

    Marquis has allowed just five runs in 36.2 innings during his winning streak and is 5-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 18 career appearances - 11 starts - against New York.

    The Mets are feeling pretty good after taking two of three from the NL-leading Milwaukee Brewers this weekend. Glavine, on his way to career win #300, is 14-13 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 career starts against the Cubs, but lost both of his starts against them last season.

    Alfonso Soriano will try to start a new streak after going 0-for-4 with a walk Sunday, ending the longest hitting streak of his career at 20 games. First baseman Derrek Lee is day-to-day after leaving in the second inning yesterday with neck spasms. He has played in all 35 games so far this season, and is leading the league in batting at .390.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Marlins (16-21) @ Pirates (16-20) 7:05pm ET

    • Braves (24-13) @ Nationals (12-25) 7:05pm ET

    • Brewers (25-12) @ Phillies (17-20) 7:05pm ET

    • Reds (15-23) @ Padres (20-18) 10:05pm ET

    • Cardinals (15-20) @ Dodgers (23-15) 10:10pm ET


    Jack Cust Is A Big Boy

    Jack Cust is a big boy.
    With one giant swing of the bat, Jack Cust topped off a pretty good week.

    He homered for the fourth straight day - his sixth in seven games since joining the Oakland Athletics - polishing off a five-run ninth with a three-run shot that gave the A’s a 10-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians last night.

    Post game, Cust showed some modesty, "I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunity and make a contribution somehow."
    His bat: not so modest.

    Cust was acquired under the radar from the San Diego Padres on May 3rd. With Mike Piazza on the disabled list nursing an injured shoulder, the A's called up Cust to be their regular DH. Good call.

    The lefty nailed one in his first game May 6th at Tampa Bay, then hit two last Thursday against Kansas City before smoking a longball in each of the three games against Cleveland. His six homers in his first 26 at-bats with the team is of course, an Oakland record.

    In addition to his 6 homers (tied with Nick Swisher for the club lead) Cust is batting .346 and has hit safely in all seven games this season, driving in 14 runs.

    [Oakland Tribune] | [The Big Lead]

    Rockies, Marlins Swap Righties

    Jorge Julio was traded to the Rockies yesterday for Byung-Hyun Kim.The Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins thought swapping struggling right-handers might solve some of their pitching woes. So, the Rockies sent Byung-Hyun Kim to Florida for Jorge Julio.

    Julio is 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA with eleven walks and 6 strikeouts in 10 appearances this season, and is 13-30 with a 4.41 ERA over 353 games, including career 126 starts.

    Byung-Hyun Kim was sent to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Julio yesterday.Kim went 1-2 with a 10.50 ERA in three relief appearances after losing his starting job this spring, then went on the disabled list with a bruised right thumb in mid-April. He was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 24.1 innings with the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox in five rehab starts.

    [Florida Sun-Sentinel] | []

    Mariners Get Davis From Tribe

    Jason Davis was traded to Seattle yesterday for player to be named.The Seattle Mariners strengthened their bullpen on Sunday, acquiring righty Jason Davis from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later.

    Davis has appeared in eight games this season and has a 4.76 ERA with no decisions for the Indians, who he's spent his entire career with. He was 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 39 games last year.

    Davis has made 52 starts in his 114 major league appearances, but Seattle manager Mike Hargrove plans to use him exclusively as a reliever for now. He is expected to join the Mariners during their series against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

    [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] | []

    Sunday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Fred Lewis had a nice Mother's Day gift for Mrs. Lewis.
    I don't think it's ever been this difficult to choose a game to recap. Torii Hunter had a career night while the Twins absolutely dominated, the Red Sox made an amazing comeback, Jack Cust is a MONSTER... and that's just the American League!

    The San Francisco Giants (19-18) however, scored 15 runs against the Colorado Rockies (16-22) without slugger Barry Bonds. Not that impressive, until you through in a run through the cycle by rookie Fred Lewis.

    Four days after being called up from the AAA Fresno Grizzlies, Lewis became the 22nd player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. He went 5-for-6 and drove in four runs. Three of those came on his first major league home run, becoming just the fourth big leaguer in history to hit his first homer as part of a cycle.

    He doubled in the first, sailed a 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall in the fourth, smoked a run-scoring triple in the fifth and nailed a Denny Bautista fastball into right field for a single in the seventh that sparked a six-run inning. He also had a base hit in the seventh and is batting .500 (14-17) since getting called up on Thursday.

    One reason this particular cycle is so amazing, is that in eleven at-bats over 13 games for the Giants last season, Lewis had just one extra base hit.

    The Giants had a season-high 22 hits, including a career-high four by Kevin Frandsen, who drove in three runs, including one with a bases-loaded walk.

    Right-handed starter Matt Cain (2-3, 3.18 ERA) held an opponents batting average of .194 coming into last night's game and gave up only one run and five hits in six innings of work. He struck out six and walked three.

    Rockies starter Taylor Buchholz (1-2, 7.52 ERA) surrendered eight earned runs and 12 hits in 4.2 innings, walking one and striking out seven. But, like the rest of the Rockies pitchers, the righty couldn't get a thing past Lewis.

    Willy Tavarez and Chris Iannetta were responsible for driving in a run a piece for Colorado.

  • Brewers 1, Mets 9

  • Cubs 4, Phillies 1

  • Braves 2, Pirates 13

  • Marlins 4, Nationals 6

  • Diamondbacks 2, Astros 5

  • Cardinals 0, Padres 3

  • Reds 5, Dodgers 10

  • Devil Rays 2, Blue Jays 1

  • Orioles 5, Red Sox 6

  • Royals 11, White Sox 1

  • Angels 6, Rangers 7

  • Yankees 1, Mariners 2

  • Indians 7, Athletics 10

  • Tigers 4, Twins 16

  • [MLB]


    It's About Damn Time

    Sidney Ponson is a bum.
    The Minnesota Twins released right-hander Sidney Ponson today.

    ...and a collective sigh of relief echos throughout 10,000 lakes country.

    It's funny how organizations sometimes have such strong faith in their players, because fans gave up on Sir Sidney long ago.

    Maybe it was his 2-5 record or an ERA that was about as big as his beer belly (.693). Could it have been the 17 walks or 1.88 WHIP? Surely not!

    I'm guessing it was the increase in the cost of laundering the massive pile of towels he used to wipe his sweat between innings that pushed Terry Ryan over the edge.

    The one-year plan that the Twins and Ponson put together this winter unraveled quickly this season, as he was nowhere near providing the veteran support Minnesota's starting rotation desperately needed.

    So long, Sid. Don't let the clubhouse door hit your husky ass on the way out.

    Glen Perkins may take Sidney Ponson's spot in the rotation.As far as a replacement for Ponson goes, lefty Glen Perkins may be the first, since he has pitched pretty well out of the bullpen so far this season. He took over for Ponson on Saturday night, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings.

    The club also has several promising arms down with the AAA Rochester Red Wings in Scott Baker, Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey.


    King Felix's Return Marked For Tuesday

    Felix Hernandez is more than ready for his return to the mound on Tuesday.

    "It feels like it's been a year," says Hernandez. "It's not fun to sit down and do nothing."
    After nursing a strained forearm on the disabled list since mid-April, Seattle Mariners phenom Felix Hernandez is more than ready for his scheduled start Tuesday at home against the Los Angeles Angels.

    The 21-year-old righty left his start against the Minnesota Twins on April 18th after only a third of an inning. He allowed three runs, walked two and threw a wild pitch before he finally called trainers to the hill to be pulled.

    Up until his injury, Hernandez had allowed only four hits in 17 scoreless innings - including a one-hitter against the Boston Red Sox.

    Hernandez was at home Friday with a 102-degree fever and flu-like symptoms while his teammates were whooping some Yankee tail. So, throwing an extended bullpen session less than 24 hours later shows how crazy dedicated the young man is.

    [Seattle Times]

    Squeeze Play

    Chris Capuano (5-0, 2.31 ERA) vs. Oliver Perez (3-3, 3.48 ERA)

    Is there anything better than a baseball game on a Sunday afternoon? Didn't think so. To make today that much more awesome, players will be swinging pink bats for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Mother's everywhere to fight breast cancer and find a cure.

    Unbeaten Chris Capuano and the rollin' Milwaukee Brewers (25-11) haven't dropped a road series all year. They'll look to stay that way when they face left-hander Oliver Perez and the New York Mets (22-13) in the finale of a three-game series at 1:10pm ET this afternoon.

    Capuano is cruising on a 16-inning scoreless streak and is looking to beat the Mets for the first time in his career after going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts against them. The lefty shouldn't have any problems with the offense behind him, which includes the hot bat of Prince Fielder, who is hitting .400 with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last six games.

    Perez is 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers, hoping his offense can heat up again. Jose Reyes is hitless in seven at-bats in two games while cleanup hitter Carlos Delgado is 1-for-8. New York's bullpen has seen better days as well, roughed up for a 14.21 ERA.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Cubs (16-18) @ Phillies (17-19) 1:35pm ET

    • Braves (24-12) @ Pirates (15-20) 1:35pm ET

    • Marlins (16-20) @ Nationals (11-25) 1:35pm ET

    • Diamondbacks (20-18) @ Astros (17-19) 2:05pm ET

    • Giants (18-18) @ Rockies (16-21) 3:05pm ET

    • Cardinals (15-19) @ Padres (19-18) 4:05pm ET

    • Reds (15-22) @ Dodgers (22-15) 4:10pm ET

    Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.64 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (7-0, 2.51 ERA)

    Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and the Baltimore Orioles (18-19) will face unbeaten righty Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox (24-11) in the series finale at 2:05pm ET today.

    Beckett is hoping to join Babe Ruth as one of only four Boston hurlers to win their first eight starts. He has molded into one of the game's best pitchers this year, surrendering only two home runs in 46.2 innings and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore.

    Guthrie, who replaced the injured Jaret Wright in Baltimore's rotation, earned another start with a strong performance Tuesday in an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay - his first W in three career starts. He allowed one run and six hits in six innings, throwing 46 of his 67 pitches for strikes. His other big league victory came on April 16th, when he beat the Devil Rays with 2.1 innings of one-hit relief.

    Yesterday, Julio Lugo had four of Boston's 15 hits and the red-hot Kevin Youkilis added two hits and two RBIs in the 13-4 win. The Red Sox, owners of the AL's best record, also received 3.2 scoreless innings from four different relievers.

    Update: So much for Josh Beckett breaking any records for wins. He left after the fourth inning with a torn flap of skin on his middle finger. .

    More AL Games Today...
    • Devil Rays (14-22) @ Blue Jays (15-21) 1:07pm ET

    • Royals (11-26) @ White Sox (18-15) 2:05pm ET

    • Angels (21-16) @ Rangers (14-22) 3:05pm ET

    • Yankees (17-18) @ Mariners (16-16) 4:05pm ET

    • Indians (21-13) @ Athletics (18-17) 4:05pm ET

    • Tigers (23-12) @ Twins (17-19) 8:05pm ET


    Reigning NL MVP On The DL

    Ryan Howard has been placed on the 15-day DL.

    "I never want to be without Howard for a day or two weeks," manager Charlie Manuel said. "But we have to get him healthy."
    After sitting out for the fifth straight game Saturday, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps strain and a sprained left knee.

    An MRI exam on the knee showed no structural damage, but the other performed on his thigh revealed some internal bleeding.

    After batting .313 with 58 homers and 149 RBIs in one of the greatest sophomore seasons ever, he has slumped to just .204 with six homers and 23 RBIs this season, striking out 39 times in 98 at-bats.

    Related, the Phillies recalled catcher/first baseman Chris Coste from the AAA Ottawa Lynx in the absence of Howard, who is eligible to come off the DL May 25th.

    [Sporting News] | [Beerleaguer]

    Saturday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Chuck James held the Pirates hitless until the seventh inning yesterday.
    The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (24-12) and lefty Chuck James held the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates (15-20) hitless until Jason Bay singled in the seventh, leading to a 9-2 victory and extending their winning streak to five Saturday night.

    James (4-3, 4.04 ERA), who has never thrown complete game in 26 major league starts, was coming off a season-low 3.2 innings during a loss to San Diego. He allowed one hit in seven innings to give old school Bobby Cox his 2,195th managerial victory - the fourth most in the history of the game.

    Not to down-play Chuck's outing, but the Pirates are the NL's least-productive club besides the Washington Nationals - scoring three runs or fewer in 19 of 35 games. Chris Duffy and Jack Wilson produced their two runs as starter Tony Armas fell to 0-3 with an 8.76 ERA.

    Willie Harris
    went 4-for-5 for the Braves and Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-5, both driving in a run. Scott Thorman hit two homers (5 RBIs) while Andruw Jones and Brian McCann drove in a run a piece.

  • Orioles 4, Red Sox 13

  • Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 5

  • Angels 6, Rangers 3

  • Tigers 8, Twins 2

  • Indians 6, Athletics 3

  • Royals 4, White Sox 5

  • Yankees 7, Mariners 2

  • Brewers 12, Mets 3

  • Cubs 7, Phillies 11

  • Diamondbacks 4, Astros 10

  • Marlins 3, Nationals 7

  • Giants 2, Rockies 6

  • Cardinals 5, Padres 0

  • Reds 3, Dodgers 7

  • [MLB]


    It's Kinda Like Hockey, Eh?

    Justin Morneau broke his nose today.
    Just when you think, 'Man, let's get this crap-factory of a game overwith so we can come back and whoop some Tiger ass tomorrow'...

    AL MVP Justin Morneau breaks his nose.

    And he's usually pretty awesome at digging those Nick Punto one-hoppers out of the dirt.

    His status is day-to-day, but he will most likely play tomorrow night's game. It's not like this is the first time the Canadian Crusher's honker has been busted.

    "Street Hockey," he said.

    This just in: Sidney Ponson sucks at baseball.

    [Sporting News]

    Jake Peavy wants to be a ninja when he grows up.Professional badass and San Diego Padres' ace Jake Peavy became the first pitcher in franchise history to strike out ten batters in four consecutive starts Friday night.

    Sporting the 'mustard-and-mud' throwbacks from 1972, the Padres watched their starter pitch lights out, holding the St. Louis Cardinals (who adorned their gray 'bird on bat' unis) to just 3 hits over seven scoreless innings that led to a 7-0 victory over the defending World Series champs.

    This is really nothing new for Peavy, who led the National League with 216 strikeouts in 2005. He tied his own franchise record with 16 K's at Arizona on April 19th but was unfortunately handed a no-decision.

    [San Diego Union Tribune] | []

    Halladay Out With Appendicitis

    Roy Halladay will miss the next four to six weeks due to acute appendicitis.
    Those poor Toronto Blue Jays fans.

    On Friday, the Jays announced their staff ace would miss the next four to six weeks with acute appendicitis.

    Roy Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner has been roughed up for 16 earned runs over his last two starts, surrendering 23 hits for a 13.94 ERA. This April, he allowed just 12 earned runs and 35 hits the entire month for a 2.28 ERA.

    Maybe the reason this crappiness was so alarming is because of Roy's 99-50 career record and 3.65 ERA over 224 appearances, including 199 starts. And let's not forget the 980 lifetime strikeouts.

    Halladay's absence further aggravates Toronto's woes, after learning they'd have to finish the season without closer B.J. Ryan due to Tommy John elbow surgery. That makes nine Blue Jays now on the disabled list.

    Unfortunately, they lost nine straight before Friday's 5-1 home victory against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    [Canada.com] | []


    Another Injured Marlins Hurler

    Hernry OWens is out with an injured right rotator cuff.
    The Florida Marlins most recent closer Henry Owens has landed on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right rotator cuff, retroactive to Wednesday. Owens joins five other Marlins pitchers who are out with injuries, including starters Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez.

    After taking over the closing duties for Jorge Julio, Owens went 2-0 with four saves in five chances with a 1.96 ERA in over games.

    This obviously doesn't help the Florida relief corps, who had blown six saves so far and was overworked most in the majors at 130 innings.

    To fill the roster spot, outfielder John Gall was selected from the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes.

    [ESPN] | []

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    Weaver Dumped On Bullpen DL

    Jeff Weaver will take his talent to the bullpen.
    It seems Jeff Weaver has managed to suck his way to the Seattle Mariners' bullpen.

    Along with allowing six runs on 10 hits over just five innings on Thursday, Weaver has given up at least six runs in five of his six outings this season. He hasn't even pitched more than six innings in any start thus far.

    Fifty hits have been surrendered with 19 for extra bases over his 22 innings. So at this point, he's lucky to even have the opportunity to join the relief corps. Weaver, who has racked up an alarming 14.32 ERA, will most likely be replaced by Cha Seung Baek for the next scheduled start.

    Update: The Mariners believe shoulder tendinitis may be the root of Weaver's lack of control, so they've put him on the 15-day DL for further evaluation. Seattle called up lefty reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith from the AAA Tacoma Rainiers to take Weaver's roster spot.

    [Seattle Times] | []

    Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Alberto Callaspo was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating his wife.

    The 24-year-old utility infielder was taken into custody after a 911 call from his home around noon yesterday. His 22-year-old wife, Marianny Paola, had minor injuries.

    On the advice of team president Derrick Hall, Callaspo did not fly to Houston with the D'Backs to begin a nine-game road trip today. However, facts are being gathered to determine exactly what went down and what action should be taken, if any, by the organization.

    Alberto Callaspo was arrested yesterday afternoon for allegedly beating his wife.Callaspo is hitting .215 this season, and could possibly face a suspension, be put on the restricted list or optioned to the AAA Tucson Sidewinders for his actions.

    [The Fan House] | [East Valley Tribune]

    Thursday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Man, I sucked yesterday.
    Beginning the afternoon near the bottom of the league in batting, scoring and homers didn't bother the Oakland Athletics one bit. They still managed to get past the Kansas City Royals' superb defense and outstanding pitching in an impressive 17-3 rout.

    Dan Johnson, who went 4-for-4 with 2 walks and a triple shy of the cycle, smashed two bombs. Jack Cust also hit two, which were estimated at 414 and 417 feet, each of them splashing into the right field fountain.

    Eric Chavez connected for Oakland as well, while Danny Putnam hit his first major league home run. The club set season highs for longballs, runs and hits (18), raising their collective batting average six points to .244.

    Starter Joe Kennedy (1-2, 2.83 ERA) pitched six good innings and did not allow a hit until Billy Butler's two-out single in the fifth. He allowed three runs on four hits, striking out three and walking three.

    Activated from the disabled list with a sore right shoulder just before the game, Luke Hudson (0-1, 18.00 ERA) lasted just two innings. He threw only 50 pitches (23 for strikes) and gave up five runs on two hits with four walks.

    Emil Brown hit a two-run double and Mark Grudzielanek had an RBI double in the sixth inning for Royals.

  • Mariners 3, Tigers 7

  • Rangers 14, Yankees 2

  • White Sox 3, Twins 0

  • Indians 0, Angels 8

  • Devil Rays 6, Orioles 11

  • Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 0

  • Dodgers 0, Marlins 3

  • Astros 5, Reds 9

  • Padres 3, Braves 5

  • Pirates 6, Cubs 4

  • Giants 3, Rockies 5

  • [MLB]


    B.J. Ryan Has Tommy John Surgery

    B.J. Ryan is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgeryToronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan will miss the rest of the season after having Tommy John surgery on his left elbow today.

    Ryan, who signed a $47 million, five-year contract before last season, should be ready to pitch again by spring training next year.

    The lefty was 0-2 with three saves and a 12.46 ERA in five games this season after sustaining a low 1.37 ERA with 38 saves last year.

    [Canada.com] | []

    Curt Schilling: I'm Sorry, Barry

    Curt Schilling has issued a formal blog apology for calling Barry Bonds a cheater. I didn't even sense any sarcasm!
    Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling apologized yesterday for openly criticizing San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds... under the advisement of manager Terry Francona.

    After his weekly radio appearance on the Dennis and Callahan Show in which he discussed Bonds' admitted use of steroids, Francona told Schilling to keep his mouth shut and his opinions to himself.

    Barry Schilling: Bonds has cheated on his wife, cheated on his taxes and cheated at baseball...He did however, give the veteran pitcher permission to continue writing his blog, 38 Pitches. Francona had no idea what a blog even was until until Schilling's stirred up some controversy, but says he doesn't plan to read it.

    So, Schilling used his blog as an opportunity to show how big of a man he is post an apology letter to the controversial slugger.

    A snippet...

    "Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on, yesterday was one of those days. Regardless of my opinions, thoughts and beliefs on anything Barry Bonds it was absolutely irresponsible and wrong to say what I did. I don’t think it’s within anyone’s right to say the things I said yesterday and affect other people’s lives in that way."
    My only question: Why does anyone care if Barry is sad?

    [Extra Bases] | [Public Apology]

    Junior Hits Another Milestone

    Ken Griffey Jr. still plays baseball?Sitting on a full count with two men on in the second inning, Ken Griffey Jr. hit one deep into the right field seats off Houston Astros' Matt Albers today. It was his 569th career homer, moving him into a ninth-place tie with former respected first baseman, Rafael Palmeiro.

    Albers was the 362nd pitcher to give up a homer to Griffey.

    The 37-year-old outfielder has been on an absolute tear since moving back to the third spot, hitting safely in seven of those eight games where he's nailed four of his six longballs.

    Sooze will smoke you in Slugfest.To celebrate Junior's most recent achievement, we're gonna bust out (and dust off) the old 64 and play some Slugfest.

    In other Reds news, Edwin Encarnacion was optioned to AAA for sucking at hitting and fielding. The 24-year-old third baseman is hitting only .218 with one homer and 14 RBIs.

    [Sporting News] | []

    Dodgers' Anderson Out 2 Months

    Does elbow soreness excuse this terrbile attempt at a catch?After being plagued by soreness throughout spring training, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Marlon Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Friday and is expected to miss at least two months.

    An MRI exam on Monday showed bone chips and scar tissue in the left fielder's elbow, which was already operated on in October.

    Anderson, 33, started just one game and pinch hit 15 times before being placed on the DL Sunday. He was hitting .375 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 25 games for the Dodgers.

    [Los Angeles Times] | [6-4-2]

    Wednesday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    What a dork.
    The struggling Texas Rangers (13-20) have pretty much helped the New York Yankees (16-16) climb out of the cellar.

    Mike Mussina (2-1, 4.76 ERA) did his part too, pitching three-hit baseball for six innings with two strikeouts, a walk and 2 earned runs. Derek Jeter was the main provider of run support with 3 RBIs while Bobby Abreu, Robinson Cano and Hideki Matsui each drove one in, as well.

    Brad Wilkerson homered in the third for the Rangers and Micheal Young drove in a run, but it wasn't enough behind starter Robinson Tejada (3-3, 4.87 ERA), who pitched only 3.2 innings. He gave up all 6 runs, walked three, struck out one and beaned A-Rod. Busy night!

    A couple hoodlums ran out onto the field in the ninth inning, one trying to high-five Matsui, who just kinda stood there before nudging him aside. Anthony Garcia, 22, was tackled near the mound shortly thereafter. The other kid (15 years old) was spotted near home plate and promptly handcuffed.

    The two morons were charged with disorderly contact, interfering with a sporting event and criminal trespass. Garcia was also charged with resisting arrest and the other's parents were called, who grounded him for life.

  • Mariners 9, Tigers 2

  • Devil Rays 0, Orioles 1

  • Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 3

  • White Sox 6, Twins 3

  • Athletics 2, Royals 3

  • Indians 2, Angels 3

  • Nationals 1, Brewers 3

  • Rockies 2, Cardinals 9

  • Mets 5, Giants 3

  • Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 3

  • Dodgers 5, Marlins 3

  • Astros 3, Reds 2

  • Padres 2, Braves 3

  • Pirates 0, Cubs 1

  • [MLB]

    Rocket: Classic Ornery Douche

    According to today's New York Daily News, the insane amouts of money that is being thown at Roger Clemens hasn't done much to change his self-important methods of jackassery. Clemens got a little mouthy at a Daily News reporter and photographer, claiming "I'm going to take some film" out of the photographer's camera, even though every photographer, oh, IN THE UNIVERSE, has been shooting digitally for the last ten years. But what can you expect from a 45-year-old man with frosted blond tips and the IQ of an english muffin?

    Not a great start to the pending love afair between Clemens and the New York Media. I've predicted fellatio via syntax, but I could be wrong. What's gonna happen after he gets schooled for 9 runs in his first innings of work, and then is pulled after the 3rd (2003 ALCS anyone?). What is it with old Yankee pitchers and their anger towards cameramen? Anyone remember The Big Ugly's little incident a few years back? I can totally see Roger throwing a bat at Mike Lupica for speaking ill of his wife's bedazzling business.

    Kenny Rogers was unavailable for comment.

    [New York Daily News]


    Milton On The DL

    Eric Milton needs to be groomed.
    Earlier this evening, the Cincinnati Reds placed left-hander Eric Milton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained pitching elbow.

    Over six starts this season (31.1 innings), Milton has struggled to a 0-4 record and 5.17 ERA. He is a rather unimpressive 87-84 with a 5.01 ERA in 10 big league seasons, including 226 appearances with the Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Reds. At 31-years-old, he is entering the third and final season of a $25 million contract.

    Jared Burton was activated from the 15-day DL today in the absense of Eric MiltonTo replace Milton on the roster, Cincinnati activated righty Jared Burton from the 15-day DL, where he was sidelined since the beginning of April with a strained left hammy. He pitched only once this year on April 4th against the Chicago Cubs, where he walked three batters and retired just one.

    [Rotoworld] | []

    Blah Blah Steroids

    Francisco Cruceta, seen here obviously thinking he's hot shit.Holy crap. How many of these have we written in the past month?

    Yet another minor leaguer, Francisco Cruceta from the Texas Rangers was suspended today for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

    The 26-year-old Dominican is 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA for the AAA Oklahoma Redhawks this season, with 32 strikeouts over 28 innings, including five starts.

    The righty played in four games with the Seattle Mariners last season with a 10.80 ERA and no decisions after pitching for the Cleveland Indians in 2004, where he went 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA.

    Cruceta marks Lucky #13 as the number of idiots to get busted for violating the minor league drug policy.

    [Star Telegram] | [] | [Drug Policy PDF]

    Mets Give Lawrence Minor League Deal

    Brian Lawrence is a Met now.
    After passing his physical with flying colors on Wednesday, Brian Lawrence was signed to a one-year, minor league contract by the New York Mets.

    Optioned then released by the Colorado Rockies, Lawrence will report to extended spring training in St. Lucie and will join the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs sooner or later.

    El Duque is still nursing his sore right shoulderWith Orlando Hernandez on the DL nursing a shoulder injury, adding Lawrence provides New York with an insurance arm for call-up if necessary. The 31-year-old went 0-2 with an 8.91 ERA in three starts for the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox this year after spending parts of five big league seasons with the San Diego Padres from 2001-05.

    Lawrence hasn't pitched in a major league situation since going 5-17 in 2005, though he was a 15-game winner in '04.

    [MLB Trade Rumors] | [Surfing The Mets]

    Win a Date With Man Muscles

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    [] | [] | [Extra]

    Not So Fast, Rickey

    Rickey Henderson: 'I am the greatest.'Just because Roger Clemens has decided he's still capable of throwing a baseball into the strike zone, does not mean that every 40-something ex-major leaguer can make a successful comeback.

    Rickey Henderson seems to think he's more than capable, hoping some major league team out there will come calling.

    "I see Roger can come back and play. I can come back and play," he said. "They say I've done too much. The players they put on the field nowadays, they couldn't make it in my day. They'd get sent back to AAA."
    Henderson played in the Independent Golden Baseball League two years ago, unsuccessfully trying to attract the attention of big league clubs. He hasn't played in the majors since appearing in 30 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003, his 25th year in the game.

    Rickey Henderson is 48-years old. FORTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD.As a special instructor for the New York Mets this season, the Man of Steal holds career-bests with 2,295 runs scored and 1,406 stolen bags and is second behind Giants slugger Barry Bonds with 2,190 walks.

    He has also notched 3,055 career hits, 297 home runs, appeared in 10 All-Star games and won the 1990 AL MVP award along with an AL Gold Glove in 1981 as an outfielder with Oakland.

    Julio Franco is the oldest current player in the majors.Personally, I feel like anyone who won a gold glove the year I was born should probably not be playing baseball. But technically, Henderson is four months younger than Mets infielder and oldest current player in the majors, Julio Franco... which is just not right. Henderson caught a foul ball in the stands Monday night, saying: "Showing 'em I've still got good hands. The ball found me. I was so quick."

    The 48-year-old legend says he hasn't hit the gym for a while, but he drives a tractor on his 455 acres of land near Yosemite National Park, rides horses and raises cows... and insists he will win a trophy in competitive fishing one day.

    Jose Reyes has been schooled by Rickey Henderson in a base-stealing way.Henderson also showed his realist side, saying he's probably through with playing baseball. However, he plans to stay involved with the Mets. Who better to school players in the fundamentals of leading off and baserunning? Jose Reyes, leading the majors with 19 steals, is testament to that.

    [Baseball Corner] | [MLB Trade Rumors] | [Baseball Primer]

    Squeeze Play

    Greg Maddux (2-2, 3.96 ERA) vs. John Smoltz (4-1, 3.35 ERA)

    There are a couple of geriatric NL matchups tonight, Randy Johnson vs. Jamie Moyer being the eldest, but we're going with the Hall of Fame one, instead.

    Veteran right-hander Greg Maddux and the San Diego Padres (18-15) will face old-school righty John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves (20-12) at 7:35pm ET.

    For eleven seasons, these guys were teammates (1993 thru 2003) and tonight, they'll go head-to-head for the first time in nearly 15 years. The last time they pitched against each other was July 10, 1992, when Maddux - a Chicago Cub - lost to Atlanta 4-0 as Smoltz threw a four-hitter gem. In three meetings, Smoltz is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA with two shutouts while Maddux has posted a 2.79 ERA with a 1-2 record.

    Smoltz, who is just three victories shy of 200 lifetime, dominated the Padres last season, pitching 23 shutout innings while winning all three of his starts against them. He hasn't suffered a loss against San Diego since 1999, accumulating a string of 14 appearances - including five starts - without a defeat.

    Andruw Jones ended an 0-for-21 slump with two hits yesterday, including the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. Mr. Jones is batting .183 at home however, compared to his .288 road average.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Nationals (9-24) @ Brewers (23-10) 1:05pm ET

    • Rockies (14-19) @ Cardinals (13-18) 1:10pm ET

    • Mets (20-12) @ Giants (17-15) 3:35pm ET

    • Phillies (14-19) @ Diamondbacks (19-16) 6:40pm ET

    • Dodgers (19-14) @ Marlins (15-17) 7:05pm ET

    • Astros (15-17) @ Reds (14-19) 7:10pm ET

    • Pirates (14-17) @ Cubs (15-15) 8:05pm ET

    Cha Seung Baek (0-0, 7.53 ERA) vs. Nate Robertson (3-1, 2.48 ERA)

    Right-hander Cha Seung Baek and the Seattle Mariners (14-14) will take on lefty Nate Robertson and the Detroit Tigers (20-11), who are looking to add another win to their current eight-game streak at 7:05pm ET tonight. The last time the Tigers had a nine-win stretch? 1984. Yeah, they won the World Series that year.

    Robertson has had some success against the Mariners in the past, going 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA in six lifetime starts. Two of those W's against Seattle have come at Comerica Park, where Robertson is 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA this season.

    No current Tigers have ever faced Baek, who allowed seven runs and eight hits in just 3.2 innings of the Mariners' 15-11 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday.

    Detroit is coming off a strong performance at the plate yesterday, tallying 14 hits one game after a season-high 17 in a pounding of the Kansas City Royals. Omar Infante went 3-for-3 with a career-high four RBIs, while third baseman Brandon Inge was 2-for-3 with three runs driven in.

    Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt is batting .467 during an eight-game hitting streak against the Tigers.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Devil Rays (14-18) @ Orioles (15-18) 7:05pm ET

    • Rangers (13-19) @ Yankees (15-16) 7:05pm ET

    • Red Sox (21-10) @ Blue Jays (13-19) 7:07pm ET

    • Athletics (16-15) @ Royals (10-23) 8:10pm ET

    • White Sox (14-15) @ Twins (17-15) 8:10pm ET

    • Indians (20-10) @ Angels (17-16) 10:05pm ET


    Boomer: "The Yankees Have Changed"

    David Wells thinks Roger Clemens is disrespecting the game in choosing not to traveling with his teammatesAccording to a family clause in Roger Clemens' contract, he will once again not be forced to travel with the New York Yankees on days he is not scheduled to pitch.

    He's kind of like a spoiled child that way.

    San Diego Padres closer and former Yankees teammate, David Wells seems to think he's an unrespectable bitch for doing so.

    "I don't think I would ever do it because of the fact I personally think it would disrespect the team and your teammates," Wells said this week. "You look at the other players. How are they going to respect you? What are they going to think if you're not there pulling for the team?"
    Future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux agreed with his teammate, saying he couldn't imagine doing something like that. Wells went on to say, "That's not the Yankee way. The Yankees have changed."

    Roger Clemens is kinda tubby, huh?In case you've been in a coma, Clemens announced Sunday (from George Steinbrenner's box during the seventh inning stretch) that he would rejoin the Yankees next month. As obnoxious and annoying as that is, The Rocket has won seven Cy Young awards and has two World Series rings. The Yanks will pay about $26 million in salary and luxury tax for the one-year deal, but of course, Clemens claims that the money is not what brought him back.

    Already using the proverbial "we" the Rocket described his intentions as wanting to get the great city of New York another Championship, "You're talking seven long years that we haven't been in the winners' circle."

    In a very Brett Favre-esque manor, when asked whether this would be his last season in baseball, Clemens smiled and declined to say.

    For an extremely entertaining look at Boomer, including his words on the Rocket, check out the Extrapolater and company's Voodoo Sabermetrics of David Wells.

    [ESPN] | [] | [Say What: The Rocket Edition] | [Lizzy's Rant]

    Mitchell Probe Focuses On Ex-Orioles

    Sammy Sosa's medical records have been called into question.
    Investigators in baseball's steroids probe have demanded to see the medical records of Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro, who played together in Baltimore during the 2005 season.

    Led by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, the investigation is seeking the files of dozens of other players as well, including Jason Grimsley, David Segui, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Fernando Tatis.

    Rafael Palmeiro dares you to accuse him of steroid use.However, the medical records may not be that easy to get. MLB and the players' union reached an agreement earlier this week that each player has the right to decide whether they feel comfortable releasing their medical records.

    Mitchell expects interviews with active players to begin soon, but does not have the power of subpoena in the face of player resistance.

    [New York Times] | []

    Tuesday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Justin Morneau hits a walk-off homer against the White Sox
    Two clubs without a few star players like say... Joe Mauer, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome... doesn't necessarily make for a boring game.

    The Minnesota Twins (17-15) rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the eighth inning Tuesday night, roughing up reliever Mike MacDougal for three runs and taking the Chicago White Sox (14-15) into extra innings.

    After Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless 10th, Luis Castillo led off the bottom of the inning with a double before Torii Hunter was intentionally walked a batter later.

    Enter your reigning American League MVP. With one monstrous swing, Justin Morneau smashed a hanger deep into the right field stands for a walk-off 7-4 victory; his eighth homer and 20th RBI of the season.

    Boof Bonser pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs - 1 earned - with seven strikeouts and walk, but was denied a victory for the seventh time this season as Juan Rincon (2-0, 2.02 ERA) got the Win.

    Javier Vazquez tossed seven solid innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits with one walk and seven K's. Andrew Sisco (0-1, 4.15 ERA) was handed the loss and credited 1 of the 3 runs for Nick Masset's one-pitch mistake to the Canadian Crusher that ended the game.

  • Mariners 7, Tigers 9

  • Devil Rays 3, Orioles 8

  • Rangers 2, Yankees 8

  • Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 2

  • Athletics 6, Royals 1

  • Indians 5, Angels 1

  • Dodgers 5, Marlins 6

  • Astros 7, Reds 6

  • Padres 2, Braves 3

  • Pirates 4, Cubs 3

  • Nationals 4, Brewers 6

  • Rockies 1, Cardinals 4

  • Phillies 2, Diamondbacks 3

  • Mets 4, Giants 1

  • [MLB]

    She Said :: She Said

    David Wright is one sexy bitch.
    Dear David,

    Don't cry, big fella. It happens to a lot of men at your age. I'm not upset with you! Really, it's nothing to be ashamed of and it's not your fault. There are all kinds of medications... you can reverse the condition.

    It's happens to 3 out of every 10 men in the United States, David. You're not alone.

    So you're balding! So what?! You shave your head, that's what. And that's hot. You think people want to see an eventual horseshoe around that melon? Not this girl. Keep it short, pal. It makes you look tough.

    You're in good company. When you think about letting it grow, just remember how bad ass Bruce Willis looks these days. Then picture him with hair. That's right. Horseshoe.


    Alright. We'll have to agree to disagree my dear.

    Dear David:

    Despite my allegiance to the Red Sox, given the opportunity to spend 24 hours in a room alone with you, and then forced to die, I'd absolutely take it. The things I'd do to you would put Jenna Jamison to shame. That was before you did this.

    I realize you haven't been able find the broad side of a barn with the bat over the last few months and I know you're looking for any conceivable way to find a way to hit the ball. But shaving that gorgeous head of dark hair? Why would you ever, EVER do that? I have a serious, SERIOUS weakness for gorgeous, dark haired men with smiles that could melt the panties off Gloria Steinem.

    Shaved heads work on some people. Guys who are seriously balding. Michael Jordan. Military men. But they don't work on 24-year-old, hot as Manhattan on the 4th of July, pure sex in a Mets uniform type guys. Now, I will be forced to stare at your ass when my office makes me endure Mets games.

    Please. Grow it back. Or else I'll be forced to shift my affections to Mike Mussina.



    Big Papi Says... I'm Not Sure

    Big Papi says...
    Apparently, David Ortiz isn't quite sure whether he's taken steroids or not.

    Big Papi told the Boston Herald that he couldn't say for sure if he had ever used performance-enhancing drugs in the past, but if he did, it was when he was much younger.

    "I tell you, I don't know too much about steroids, but I started listening about steroids when they started to bring that [shit] up... I started realizing and getting to know a little bit about it. You've got to be careful."
    He later joked that maybe he should try doping just to see what all the fuss is about.

    David Arias Ortiz before he was awesome... sadlyWell, there is one thing I'm pretty sure of.

    He certainly didn't juice while he was in Minnesota, or the slugger would still be there. Ortiz never hit more than 20 homers or 75 RBIs in the 6 seasons he was there and was never paid more than $1 million salary.

    He must have stopped sucking when he started going by 'David Ortiz'.

    [Boston Herald] | []

    Blah Blah Steroids

    Blah Blah Steroids
    New York Mets' minor league pitcher, Jorge Reyes was suspended Tuesday for 100 games by the commissioner's office after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, for the second time.

    There hasn't been anyone stupid enough to become a repeat offender up until now. Reyes is the 12th player to be suspended for violating the minor league drug policy and of course, the first to enjoy a 100-game suspension for a second dumb move.

    Reyes, a 22-year-old Dominican, made only one start this season for the Class-A Savannah Sand Gnats, allowing no runs on four hits in five innings of work.

    What a waste.

    [Yahoo Sports!] | [] | [MLB Drug Policy PDF]

    Anibal Is Not An Animal Anymore

    Anibal Sanchez's no-no is just a distant memory now.
    Before everyone in our fantasy baseball league gives me a collective "I told you so" let me just state for the record, in my defense, Anibal Sanchez threw a no-hitter last year.

    After being dumped on the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes on Friday, Sanchez was placed on the 15-day DL three days later with shoulder tendinitis and was scratched from his first start on Tuesday against the Memphis Redbirds.

    He is currently in a 7-to-10 day no-throw period and will rehab at the Florida Marlins' Minor League complex in Jupiter.

    [MLB.com] | [Deep Fried Fish]

    Say What: The Rocket Edition

    Some people have the strangest fetishes.What other bloggers are mouthing off about...

  • "In a move that would have William Shatner rolling his eyes..." - the always funny Tom Fornelli from Foul Balls on the Yankees' new acquisition

  • "Clemens is the greatest pitcher of our generation! Run! Run everyone! Run! She’s coming!" -

  • "For pure drama, however, I’d prefer to have seen the Yankees bring back Billy Martin." - Can't Stop The Bleeding on (you guessed it) Roger's return

  • "Under MLB guidelines, it is illegal for a pitcher to sign with a team during the World Series and then pitch the final game of that World Series. However, Commissioner Bud Selig called that rule 'outdated' and said a compromise could be worked out to get Clemens into the game." - The Brushback on Clemens' return to baseball

  • "If you did not see this coming, then the sunrise must be a daily moment of wonderment for you." - Matt Ufford from With Leather compares Clemens' announcement to a scene in Hoosiers. You know which one.

  • "When will this end?" - The Lady At Bat has some interesting reactions to Clemens' signing.

  • "Then he can retire and wait 'till next spring to do his tired act all over again." -

  • "Yes, my initial joy over the Roger signing was an emotionally based one." - An actual fan's reaction to the news on River Ave. Blues

  • "I have been walking on ball fields for 23 years, and I've never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you." -

  • Last but certainly not least, check out from the wonderful Ian over at SOX & Dawgs.

    Squeeze Play: Chicago Edition

    Ian Snell (2-2, 2.31 ERA) vs. Ted Lilly (2-2, 2.82 ERA)

    The Chicago Cubs (15-14) are playing above .500 baseball and are looking to extend their season-high six-game winning streak tonight when right-hander Ian Snell and the Pittsburgh Pirates (13-17) head to Wrigley to take on lefty Ted Lilly at 8:05pm ET tonight.

    Lilly's first career start against the Pirates came last Tuesday - his shortest outing of the year. He allowed 5 runs in 5.1 innings and didn't receive a decision.

    Snell is coming off his shortest outing of the season, also. Last Wednesday, he experienced some control problems, giving up four runs in five innings and issuing four walks with a hit batter in the 7-1 loss to the Cubs. Snell fell to 1-3 with a 8.31 ERA in four career starts against Chicago.

    After a frustrating start, Alfonso Soriano has matched the longest hitting streak of his career with his fourth 15-game run, batting .359 during the streak. Soriano's run is just a bit longer than first baseman Derrek Lee's, who's hit in 14 consecutive games and is batting .450 with 10 RBIs during the streak. He's reached base in all 29 games this season and is hitting .414 overall.

    The Pirates have won seven of their last 11 at Wrigley Field.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Dodgers (19-13) @ Marlins (14-17) 7:05pm ET

    • Astros (14-17) @ Reds (14-18) 7:10pm ET

    • Padres (18-14) @ Braves (19-12) 7:35pm ET

    • Nationals (9-23) @ Brewers (22-10) 8:05pm ET

    • Rockies (14-18) @ Cards (12-18) 8:10pm ET

    • Phillies (14-18) @ Diamondbacks (18-16) 9:40pm ET

    • Mets (19-11) @ Giants (16-14) 10:15pm ET

    Javier Vazquez (2-1, 4.02 ERA) vs. Boof Bonser (0-1, 4.55 ERA)

    Right-hander Javier Vazquez and the Chicago White Sox (14-14) will head to the Dome to take on Boof Bonser and the banged-up Minnesota Twins (16-15) at 8:10pm ET tonight.

    With their batting champ Joe Mauer sidelined for a couple weeks with a strained quad muscle, the Twins are looking for ways to get men on base as the 24-year-old catcher is hitting a team-best .353 with 14 RBIs and 10 doubles. Additionally, cleanup hitter Michael Cuddyer has been out for the past five games with a bruised back, but could return to the lineup today.

    The Sox are fighting injuries of their own, having lost designated hitter Jim Thome to a rib cage injury and leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik with groin problems in the last month. Podsednik is expected to miss four more weeks, while the club is hoping Thome can return after a brief minor league rehab stint.

    Vazquez has lost all four of his starts at Minnesota and has amassed a 7.88 ERA there while Bonser looks for his first win since Sept. 25th. He's 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA in two starts against the White Sox.

    The division rivals took one game each earlier this season at U.S. Cellular and also split 10 games in Minnesota last year.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Devil Rays (14-17) @ Orioles (14-18) 7:05pm ET

    • Mariners (14-13) @ Tigers (19-11) 7:05pm ET

    • Rangers (13-18) @ Yankees (14-16) 7:05pm ET

    • Red Sox (20-10) @ Blue Jays (13-18) 7:07pm ET

    • Athletics (15-15) @ Royals (10-22) 8:10pm ET

    • Indians (19-10) @ Angels (17-15) 10:05pm ET


    Zumaya Out 3 Months

    Joel Zumaya will rock your socks off.Detroit Tigers tough-as-nails reliever Joel Zumaya is expected to be out for 12 weeks with a ruptured tendon in his middle right finger.

    That's right. Zum-Zum threw the ball so hard in warmups that his middle finger exploded.

    He is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA this season, striking out 17 in 17.1 innings.

    Right-hander Aquilino Lopez was called up in Zumaya's absense and righty Jose Mesa will likely pitch more with Zumaya out. Fernando Rodney and Todd Jones will hold down the closer role.

    So much Guitar Hero. So little much more time.

    [Everything Michigan] | []

    Penny K's Fourteen

    Brad Penny. Your barn door is open.
    Congratulations to Brad Penny for becoming a strikeout pitcher.

    Penny fanned 14 Florida Marlins last night after striking out a total of 15 batters in his previous six starts. The Los Angeles Dodgers righty is a perfect 4-0 with a low 1.39 ERA so far this season, allowing a rather alarming number of walks at seventeen.

    Too bad his fly was down the entire time.

    [MSNBC] | [*Touch* 'Em All]

    Monday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Geoff Jenkins and Bill Hall
    I was going to recreate Mariano Rivera's blown save using Play-Doh, but I thought instead, we'd talk about how badass the Brew Crew is.

    The Milwaukee Brewers own the best record in the majors at 22-10 with their 3-0 win last night over the Washington Nationals (9-23), who just plain stink.

    Perfect through this season, Chris Capuano (5-0, 2.31 ERA) pitched into the ninth, striking out a season-high nine, allowing seven hits and walking none while Geoff Jenkins provided the run support with a three-run shot in the bottom of the second.

    Matt Chico (2-4, 6.03 ERA) pitched seven solid innings, giving up eight hits and three runs. He struck out five and walked one in his longest outing of the season. Austin Kearns had three hits for the Nats and Ryan Zimmerman had two, but no one brought any runners around the horn.

    J.J. Hardy singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games and Bill Hall had three singles for Milwaukee.

  • Indians 10, Orioles 1

  • Mariners 3, Yankees 2

  • Dodgers 6, Marlins 1

  • Padres 4, Braves 2

  • Astros 5, Reds 4

  • Rockies 3, Cardinals 2

  • Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 4

  • Mets 4, Giants 9

  • So, why are the Brewers so awesome?! rstiles from Stiles Points caught up with Rick Braun of the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinal to find out why. .



    Capps Suspended For Beaning Fielder

    Pirates manager Jim Tracy and catcher Ronny Paulino argue with umpires after Matt Capps was tossed for hitting Prince Fielder in the shoulder with a pitch.
    Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Matt Capps was fined and suspended four games Monday for nailing Milwaukee Brewers' first baseman Prince Fielder with a pitch during their 6-3 loss Saturday at Miller Park.

    The penalty will start Tuesday unless Capps appeals.

    Capps hit Fielder in the right shoulder just after giving up a three-run shot to J.J. Hardy in the seventh inning. He was immediately ejected by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez.

    Capps, of course, denied intentionally throwing at Fielder and referred to the ump's decision as "a judgmental call on his part."

    The right-hander is 2-0, with a 2.25 ERA in 18 games this season.

    [MLB.com] | []

    Blah Blah Steroids

    Juan Salas has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
    Tampa Bay Devil Rays reliever Juan Salas has been suspended 50 games by the commissioner's office after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. You're busted, buddy!

    In a statement from the Rays...

    "The Tampa Bay Devil Rays fully support Major League Baseball's drug-testing policy. We will do all we can to help Juan get his career headed back on a positive course."
    Juan SalasSalas was 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA over 13.2 innings pitched this season, walking 10 and striking out 12. Big loss.

    Coincidentally, the club had already planned to call up Chad Orvella to replace Ruddy Lugo, who was optioned to the AAA Durham Bulls yesterday.

    This is fortunate timing for Tim Corcoran, as there may be a spot for him in the relief corps now, as well.

    [Tampa Tribune] | [The Heater] | [] | [MLB Drug Policy PDF]

    Pavano May Need Surgery

    Photo courtesy of Sterno.
    Carl Pavano has gone from enjoying the prestigious role of New York Yankees' Opening Day Starter to sitting on the DL - the possibility of surgery looming.

    And for $40 million clams, all the Bronx Bombers may get out of the once-promising pitcher is a handful of mediocre starts... even though that may seem like pennies compared to what they plan to shell out for the services of The Rocket for the remainder of this season.

    Pavano was examined Friday and while some damage was found in his pitching elbow, the ligament was not torn. The club would obviously like Pavano to try and rehab without an operation, but the papier-mâché pitcher is leaning toward surgery, according to a New York official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Tommy John: Cool enough to have a surgery named after him.Unfortunately, the average recovery time for Tommy John surgery is usually 12 to 18 months.

    Pavano is 5-7 in 19 starts with the Yankees, who gave away signed him to a $39.95 million, four-year contract before the 2005 season. He went 4-6 with a 4.77 ERA in 17 starts during his first stint before being sidelined by shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and rib injuries.

    After returning just last month, he managed to go 1-0 in his only two starts this year, compiling a 4.76 ERA, before feeling forearm soreness during his second outing.

    [Newsday] | [River Ave. Blues]

    Squeeze Play

    Miguel Batista (3-2, 6.30 ERA) vs. Matt DeSalvo (0-0, -.-- ERA)

    Right-hander Miguel Batista and the Seattle Mariners (13-13) will try to rain on the New York Yankees' (14-15) Roger Clemens Parade when they face righty Matt DeSalvo, who is so brand-spankin' new that he's not even on the 40-man roster, at 7:05pm ET tonight.

    Batista is looking for his third straight victory after going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last two starts. He is 2-1 with a 5.04 ERA in four regular season starts against the Yankees, while posting a 3.65 ERA against them in 12 relief appearances. Back in the day, Batista faced New York twice in the 2001 World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching 7.2 scoreless innings in his Game 5 start.

    Making his big league debut, DeSalvo will become the 10th starter used by the Yankees this season. The 26-year-old rookie went 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA in five starts with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees this year.

    Derek Jeter is 5-for-7 over his last two games to raise his average to .353, tying him with Alex Rodriguez for the team lead. How sweet. A-Rod is 3-for-12 in this series and has remained stagnant with his league-best 14 homers since April 23rd.

    Ichiro Suzuki is slumping for Seattle, going 2-for-22 over the last six games. Furthermore, the center fielder is hitting .188 on the road this season.

    The Other AL Game Today...
    • Indians (18-10) @ Orioles (14-17) 12:35pm ET

    Oliver Pérez (3-2, 3.41 ERA) vs. Barry Zito (2-3, 3.52 ERA)

    Oliver Pérez and the surging New York Mets (19-11) will take on Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants (16-14) in the opener of a three-game series at 10:15pm ET tonight.

    Pérez has gotten off to a convincing start this season, allowing three runs - one earned - and three hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins. Making his first start against the Giants since 2005, Pérez is 0-3 with a 6.60 ERA in six career starts against them. Impressively, he leads the majors with 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Zito, who has never faced the Mets, has allowed only five runs in 27.1 innings pitched over his last four starts after giving up 11 runs in 11 innings in his first two losing starts.

    Controversial slugger Barry Bonds will try to provide Zito with some run support as he looks for home run #745 - sitting just a dozen away from breaking The Record.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Padres (17-14) @ Braves (19-11) 7:05pm ET

    • Dodgers (18-13) @ Marlins (14-16) 7:05pm ET

    • Astros (13-17) @ Reds (14-17) 7:10pm ET

    • Nationals (9-22) @ Brewers (22-10) 8:05pm ET

    • Rockies (13-18) @ Cardinals (12-17) 8:10pm ET

    • Phillies (14-17) @ Diamondbacks (17-16) 9:40pm ET


    Why Freddy Garcia Isn't An Outfielder

    Freddy Garcia hurt himself when he crashed into an equiptment cart during bp last night.
    Philadelphia Phillies righty Freddy Garcia was injured Sunday night at AT&T Park when he crashed into an equipment cart that had stopped along the warning track. While trying to catch a fly ball, he toppled onto the cart and was clearly in pain. Handily, he was quickly carted off the field on the same vehicle.

    Garcia bruised and scraped his left shin in the collision, having the Phillies wondering if he'll be able to make his scheduled start Monday night in the opener of a three-game set at Arizona.

    Jorge Costa, the Giants' senior VP of ballpark operations, said the club would look into its procedure regarding the cart being on the field during batting practice.

    "It's never been an issue," Costa explained. "He yelled and couldn't stop... We're sorry it happened."
    Garcia, who turns 31 next month, is 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA in four starts this year.

    [Washington Post] | [The Good Phight]

    Patterson Out, Guz and Nook Back In

    John Patterson has had a hard-luck career
    After missing most of last season with nerve problems in his elbow, Washington Nationals right-hander John Patterson was placed on the 15-day disabled list once again Sunday, this time due to right elbow inflammation. He was pulled from Saturday's start against the Chicago Cubs after two innings due to pain in his right biceps.

    Christian GuzmanWhile Patterson made his way to the DL, shortstop Cristian Guzman (hammy) and outfielder Nook Logan (foot) were activated after Sunday's game.

    Guz and Logan were each injured on Opening Day and have been working out with the Nats' extended Spring Training program.

    Meanwhile, Washington sent outfielder Michael Restovich to the AAA Columbus Clippers since he can't seem to stop sucking at baseball. Restovich was hitting just .143 with one RBI over 15 games.

    [ESPN] | [Capitol Punishment]

    Sunday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Zack Greinke is awesome at giving up homers.
    The fact that the Kansas City Royals (10-22) are losing 100 games a year lately has nothing to do with the Detroit Tigers (19-11) win last night. Nope. The Tigers are just on a mean roll right now. Make that seven straight W's.

    Zack Greinke (1-4, 5.71 ERA) allowed six runs and nine hits over just four innings. It was reminiscent of his his previous outing against the Tigers on April 16th, where he failed to even get out of the first inning, allowing three hits and four runs on a Pudge grand slam.

    The outfield did their part offensively, as Craig Monroe, Curtis Granderson and Gary Sheffield hit two-run bombs in the second inning, getting a leg up to beat the Royals 13-4 for their 14th win in 15 games.

    Monroe and Neifi Perez, who also homered, had four RBIs and Granderson drove in three runs. The Tigers, who haven't lost since April 28th, outscored the Royals 26-12 in the three-game sweep.

    Chad Durbin (2-1, 5.45 ERA) gave up two runs and six hits in 7.2 innings, with three strikeouts and no walks. He cruised into the eighth with a two-hit shutout but the Royals loaded the bases with three singles and scored a run on Shane Costa's double-play grounder. Tony Pena Jr. then smashed an RBI double, but it was too-little-too-late for KC.

  • Mariners 0, Yankees 5

  • Indians 9, Orioles 6

  • Athletics 5, Devil Rays 3

  • Red Sox 4, Twins 3

  • Blue Jays 2, Rangers 3

  • White Sox 4, Angels 3

  • Dodgers 4, Braves 6

  • Padres 3, Marlins 1

  • Pirates 4, Brewers 6

  • Astros 1, Cardinals 3

  • Nationals 3, Cubs 4

  • Rockies 3, Reds 9

  • Mets 1, Diamondbacks 3

  • Phillies 8, Giants 5

  • [MLB]


    Welcome Back To The AL, You Fat Egomaniac

    I'm a fat ass.Blogger has been down for an hour, and the deep, burning anger that I feel in my soul needs a place to be unleashed. So here you go, gentile readers.

    Roger Clemens. Let me just preface this by saying that my burning hatred of this fat, balding man has very little to do with his abrupt departure from the Red Sox (I've totally forgiven Wade Boggs, and Johnny Damon is just too dumb) but his need to feed the beast that is his Sidney Ponson sized ego!

    See, I have this horrific mental picture of Roger jerking off to newspaper articles about himself but after they are three days old, Little Roger can no longer rise to the occasion. And since the only other thing capable of giving him a boner, Andy Pettitte, isn't around anymore, Elephant Ass needs to make more news.

    So, it's "there's an 80 percent chance I'll return," then it's "there's a 90 percent chance I won't return." Clearly, these were all lies fed from the teet of Clemens to the eagerly waiting mouths of the wretched media. Look at how he announced it - during the 7th inning stretch. At Yankee Stadium. FROM THE OWNERS BOX. I certainly hope they passed out diapers to members of the New York Media for when they all blew their collective loads at the announcement.

    Now, you Yankee fans. You think Roger Clemens is going to solve your problems? This man hasn't pitched in the American League in four years. One out of every nine batters for him was another pitcher. The REAL hitters reside in the AL. You're paying 4.5 million A MONTH for a 45 year old man who seriously needs to lay off the cheeseburgers. As a Sox fan, I'm more afraid of Darrell Rasner than I am of Roger. But bring out the cross. And the nails. And the shroud of linen. Let this obese egomaniac be your savior. When you collapse like wet tacos again this year, the rest of MLB will be laughing at you and your monstrous payroll. Again.

    Andy Pettitte making his Enrique Iglesias face.Well, Pettitte better get the Astroglide ready. With Roger returning to New York, it's going to mean some serious spooning after games. Members of the New York Media should invest in cashmere gloves and water pics as it is likely that Roger will need his sweaty, fat, wrinkly old man balls irrigated.

    I will pay any amount of money to see his return to Fenway. Welcome back to the AL, you douche-sucking crotch pheasant. David Ortiz is going to have a ball sending your mediocre fastball over the Green Monster.

    Ok, I feel better.

    [New York Daily News]

    Mauer Lands On DL

    Sooze, would you rub my thigh, please? It hurts.It's just one of those days around here where the bad news keeps on flowing.

    My hometown hero has landed himself on the DL with a strained left quadriceps muscle. Naturally, I will be applying ice and rubbing his thigh muscle 24/7 until it's all better.

    Joe Mauer had an MRI exam this morning, missing his second straight game. Test results revealed a strain, which could keep him out for 2 or more weeks.

    The injury has bothered the reigning AL batting Champ for most of the season, but didn't really flare up until Friday night when he was running the basepath. The Twins scratched Mauer from the lineup Saturday night about an hour before game time when the muscle tightened up on him during batting practice.

    Red is the balls.Veteran catcher Mike Redmond started in his place again on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. In a related move, the club recalled catcher Chris Heintz from the AAA Rochester Red Wings to take Mauer's place at the backstop following Sunday's 4-3 series finale loss to the Boston Red Sox. The move is retroactive to May 5th.

    Mauer had played in all 28 games with Minnesota up until Saturday and is batting an AL fifth-best .353. He said he wasn't sure how much time he would miss.

    "You don't want to put a timetable on it," Joe shrugged. "It could be two weeks, or it could be more. Hopefully it's not much more."

    [Twins Insider] | [ESPN]

    Vernon Wells Quiets Hecklers

    Vernon Wells knows how to handle the hecklers.
    After being called out by a fan, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells gave the guy something to think about.

    During Wednesday's game in Cleveland, a group a fans were busting his balls the entire game, shouting things at Wells like "You suck!" and "You like men!"

    These guys totally need some lessons in trash-talking. 'You like men?' C'mon. The art of heckling has no room for politically correct shenanigans.

    "One guy was also yelling at me to give him a ball," Wells explained. "He said that Torii Hunter had given him a ball."
    Wells thought, 'Big deal, buddy.' So, he decided to be proactive. Between innings he got a brand new ball and wrote a nice little message to the fan. When the Jays took the field the next inning, he tossed it to him.

    The infamous ball, courtesy of Homer DerbyDear Mr. Dork, Here is your ball! Can you please tell me what gas station you work at so I can come and yell at you when you're working? Please sit down, shut up and enjoy the game. From your favorite centre fielder, Vernon Wells.

    Perfect. He even spelled center like a true Canadian.

    [Hat tip to ] | [Toronto Sun]

    Hoping Mauer's Injury Isn't Serious

    Joe Mauer has perfectly-groomed sideburns.
    Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was scratched from Saturday night's game against the Boston Red Sox after excperiencing stiffness in his right thigh while runing during batting practice. He underwent a precautionary MRI this morning on his left quad muscle to pinpoint the problem.

    The AL Batting Champ has been bothered by stiffness occasionally since the start of the season, but it has never been as sore as it was after Friday night's game.

    This isn't the first time the quad has interfered with Mauer's spot in the lineup, and this time the stiffness was much more severe than in the past. The hometown boy told Gardy before the game last night that he might not be able to catch in an emergency and certainly wouldn't be able to run the bases.

    Michael Cuddyer is still out with a bruised back.
    Mauer's injury could not be more ill-timed as the club is already without their right fielder and cleanup hitter, Michael Cuddyer, who suffered a bruised back in a comical (not so much anymore) helmet-over-cleats tumble on the basepath during the Tampa Bay Devil Rays series this past week.

    Sadly, the banged-up Twins will be without their regular #3 and #4 hitters again today for the series finale when Sidney Ponson takes the hill against veteran Curt Schilling.

    Mauer is batting .353 with 1 homer and 14 RBIs this season while Cuddy is hitting .284 with 2 longballs and 19 RBIs.

    Update: Joe Mauer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

    [MLB.com] | [Twins Insider]

    C.C. Sabathia (4-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Brian Burres (0-0, 1.35 ERA)

    Is there anything greater than baseball on a Sunday afternoon?

    The Cleveland Indians (17-10) will put left-hander C.C. Sabathia on the mound this afternoon when they face converted reliever Brian Burres and the Baltimore Orioles (14-16) at 1:35pm ET in game three of the four-game set.

    The Tribe have cruised to 7 games over .500 but have dropped two straight to the O's, who had lost 9 of their previous 10 contests.

    Sabathia is off to the hottest start of his seven-year career, searching for his fifth W today. He is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA in eight starts against Baltimore and has allowed just three runs in his last four outings against them.

    The left-handed Burres will make his first career start as he takes the place of Adam Loewen, who will miss most of the season with a stress fracture in his elbow. Burres has allowed two runs over 13.1 innings in six relief appearances for the O's and didn't allow a hit while striking out six in four scoreless innings at Cleveland last Sunday.

    Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a three-run shot Saturday for the Indians to raise his average to .338.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Mariners (13-12) @ Yankees (13-15) 1:05pm ET

    • Athletics (14-15) @ Devil Rays (14-16) 1:40pm ET

    • Red Sox (19-10) @ Twins (16-14) 2:10pm ET

    • Tigers (18-11) @ Royals (10-21) 2:10pm ET

    • Blue Jays (13-17) @ Rangers (12-18) 3:05pm ET

    • White Sox (13-14) @ Angels (17-14) 3:35pm ET

    Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.54 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (0-0, -.-- ERA)

    Major League baseball has an extra special treat for us this evening.

    Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies (13-17) will face Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants (16-13) in the finale of a four-game series at 8:05pm ET tonight.

    Hamels' best outing of his career came on the road against the Cincinnati Reds on April 21st, when he pitched a five-hitter with 15 strikeouts in a 4-1 win. However, the 23-year-old lefty is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA and just 10 strikeouts in his two previous starts. Hamels has never faced the Giants, and won't get the chance to surrender #745 to Barry Bonds, as he is expected to be out of the lineup.

    Selected 10th overall in the 2006 first-year player draft from Washington, Lincecum has been dominating this year with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies. Over five starts, the 22-year-old righty was 4-0 with an 0.29 ERA, allowing only one run and 12 hits over 31 innings of work. He's also struck out 46, including 14 last Sunday against Colorado Springs.

    Touché to our rival fantasy owner Jason from , who snatched Lincecum like, 3 minutes after he was available.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Dodgers (18-12) @ Braves (18-11) 1:05pm ET

    • Padres (16-14) @ Marlins (14-15) 1:05pm ET

    • Pirates (13-16) @ Brewers (20-10) 2:05pm ET

    • Astros (13-16) @ Cardinals (11-17) 2:15pm ET

    • Nationals (9-21) @ Cubs (14-14) 2:20pm ET

    • Rockies (13-17) @ Reds (13-17) 3:15pm ET

    • Mets (18-10) @ Diamondbacks (16-15) 4:40pm ET


    Julio Mateo was sent down to AAA after being arrested the night before for beating his woman's face in.Seattle Mariners six-foot, 220-pound reliever Julio Mateo was arrested and charged with a third-degree assault charge Saturday after a dispute at a Manhattan hotel that left his girlfriend (wife?) with five stitches in her mouth. What a guy.

    The 29-year-old Mateo turned himself in at a Manhattan police station early Saturday evening.

    After Seattle's 8-1 loss last night, Mateo was sent down to the AAA Tacoma Rainiers. He was 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in nine games this season.

    Of course, "It has nothing to do with what has gone on," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove claimed. "It has everything to do with the fact that we were playing a man short today and we don't know anything about the situation as far as how long it's going to take or last."
    Update: The Mariners have suspended Julio Mateo for 10 days for missing Saturday's game without permission. The suspension will cost him $54,645 of his $1 million salary this year.

    [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] | [Baseball Musings]

    Millwood On The DL

    Kevin Millwood has landed on the 15-day DL due to a strained left hamstring.
    Prior to their game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers placed right-hander Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 29th.

    Millwood (2-3, 5.88 ERA) strained his left hamstring last Wednesday while running fly balls in the outfield. He missed a scheduled start the next day against the New York Yankees and has continued to feel discomfort.

    Millwood will certainly miss at least one more start, but may return in time for a four-game home series next weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.

    Mike Wood will take Kevin Millwood's spot in the rotation until he returns.Related, the club called up right-handed reliever Wes Littleton from the AAA Oklahoma RedHawks to take the open roster spot. Righty Mike Wood is the most likely replacement for Millwood in the rotation and will probably make his start during their three-game set against the Yanks next Tuesday.

    [MLB.com] | []

    Saturday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Rookie Matt Albers smiles as he is congratulated by his teammates after pitching 7.1 innings of shutout baseball.
    It seems like it's been one thing after another for the 11-17 World Champs.

    A week after losing Josh Hancock in a car wreck, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter received the news that he would be out for at least another three months after having arthroscopic surgery on his elbow.

    Top all that with being shut out by the mediocre Houston Astros (13-16) to remain in very last place in the NL Central and you have a club in desperate need of a figurative ray of sunshine. Maybe a rainbow, too.

    Not to take anything away from Matt Albers (1-1, 3.32 ERA), of course. The rookie pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning (on short rest, no less) for his first big league win last night, allowing only 3 hits with 2 K's and a walk.

    Fellow rookie Hunter Pence hit a grand slam - the Astros' third this season - for his first career homer to aid Houston in its domination over the Cards.

    Carlos Lee busted the game wide open in the fifth with a three-run double off the struggling Kip Wells (1-6, 6.59 ERA) to make it 6-0. Wells pitched only 4.1 innings and surrendered 7 runs on 6 hits with 4 walks and three strikeouts.

    Mark Loretta was 4-for-5 with an RBI and Luke Scott had a pair of RBI doubles for the Astros, who scored a season-high in runs and went 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

    Sad news: Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 to snap a 12-game hitting streak.

  • White Sox 6, Angels 3

  • Mariners 1, Yankees 8

  • Indians 2, Orioles 8

  • Red Sox 1, Twins 2

  • Tigers 7, Royals 5

  • Athletics 2, Devil Rays 3

  • Blue Jays 4, Rangers 11

  • Nationals 3, Cubs 5

  • Phillies 4, Giants 9

  • Dodgers 6, Braves 3

  • Pirates 3, Brewers 6

  • Padres 7, Marlins 6

  • Rockies 9, Reds 7

  • Mets 6, Diamondbacks 2

  • [MLB]

    Zumaya Dislocates Finger

    Joel Zumaya did not dislocate his finger playing Guitar Hero. It was Guitar Hero II.
    Joel Zumaya was warming up in the bullpen during the Detroit Tigers' 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals Saturday night when he "felt something pop" in the middle knuckle of his pitching hand. He was rushed to the hospital for X-rays.

    "He threw a pitch in the bullpen, a fastball, and this joint, this (middle) knuckle, he felt something pop," said manager Jim Leyland.
    An extremely valuable member of the bullpen with a fastball that can exceed 100 mph, Zumaya is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA over 17.1 innings for the defending AL Champs.

    Zumaya's finger was apparently dislocated. Considering pitchers depend on their middle finger to grip the baseball and flip the bird, he was immediately put on the 15-day disabled list.

    The Tigers recalled right-hander Aquilino Lopez, who made three appearances for Detroit last month before being sent back to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens. He is 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA in 6.1 big league innings pitched.

    [Detroit Free Press] | [The Detroit Tiger Weblog]


    Carpenter Out Until August

    Chris Carpenter will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow this Tuesday.
    The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Chris Carpenter will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to trim giant bone spurs that have caused incessant swelling in his pitching elbow. Apparently, tests have shown the spurs to be comparable to the profile of a mountain range with fluid in the area.

    Carpenter had been on the 15-day DL since April 10th, just nine days after he was roughed up for five runs over six innings in the season-opening loss to the New York Mets. He was actually supposed to start on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, but experienced swelling, stiffness and loss of motion after throwing a 60-pitch simulated game last Tuesday.

    The right-hander is expected to miss three months after not seeing any progress with the rehab plan. The new plan has him resuming throwing roughly six weeks after the operation and another six weeks will have his arm back in shape for pitching off a mound.

    Brad Thompson resembles the female species.Brad Thompson, a middle reliever who looks like a woman made 15 minor league starts in 2004 and got one spot start with St. Louis last May, will take Carpenter's spot in the rotation Tuesday with a 50-60 pitch limit.

    [SI.com] | []

    Hensley On The DL

    Clay Hensley was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained groin muscle.
    The San Diego Padres have placed right-hander Clay Hensley on the 15-day DL due to a strained groin which he suffered in Wednesday night's game against the Washington Nationals. He was 1-3 with a 7.62 ERA so far this season. The club recalled lefty Justin Hampson from AAA Portland to take his roster spot.

    Justin GermanoThe Pads are expected to promote righty Justin Germano in time to take Hensley's spot in the rotation for Tuesday night's game at Atlanta. Germano is a creer 1-3 with an 8.04 ERA in nine games, including 6 starts, with 24 strikeouts.

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    Squeeze Play

    Zach Duke (1-2, 6.06 ERA) vs. Jeff Suppan (4-2, 2.55 ERA)

    Left-hander Zach Duke and the Pittsburgh Pirates (13-15) will take on righty ace Jeff Suppan and the Milwaukee Brewers (19-10) at 7:05pm ET tonight, as the Brew Crew look to move 10 games above .500 for the first time in nearly 15 years, and become the first National League club to 20 wins this season.

    Suppan pitched well in their last meeting on April 19th at Miller Park, giving up three runs in six innings of a 7-3 victory. He is 8-3 in 15 career starts versus the Pirates, boasting a 6-0 record and 2.37 ERA in seven starts when pitching against them at home.

    Duke was the losing pitcher in that April matchup, getting roughed up for seven runs and 11 hits in just four innings. He is 3-2 in eight lifetime starts against the Brew Crew, but is 0-2 with a 7.91 ERA in four starts at Milwaukee.

    Keep an eye out for Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is batting .413 with eight doubles and six homers during his current career-best 15-game hitting streak.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Nationals (9-20) @ Cubs (13-14) 1:05pm ET

    • Astros (12-16) @ Cardinals (11-16) 1:10pm ET

    • Phillies (13-16) @ Giants (15-13) 3:55pm ET

    • Dodgers (17-12) @ Braves (18-10) 7:05pm ET

    • Padres (15-14) @ Marlins (14-14) 7:05pm ET

    • Rockies (12-17) @ Reds (13-16) 7:10pm ET

    • Mets (18-10) @ Diamondbacks (16-15) 9:40pm ET

    Julian Tavarez (1-2, 7.58 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (3-2, 3.60 ERA)

    Right-hander Julian Tavarez and the Boston Red Sox (19-9) look to be the third consecutive club to hand lefty ace Johan Santana a loss at the Metrodome after he recorded 17-straight home victories when they face the Minnesota Twins (15-14) in the second contest of the three-game set at 7:10pm ET tonight.

    The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't had his best stuff versus Boston, with a 3-4 record and 3.55 ERA in 11 lifetime games against them, including eight starts. The four losses are Santana's second most versus any opponent.

    The veteran Tavarez is 2-2 with a 5.26 ERA in 16 career games, including four starts, versus the Twins. This could be one of his last starts for awhile as Tavarez is expected to eventually be replaced by Jon Lester, who is making his courageous comeback from cancer.

    After totaling 42 hits in their previous three games, the Twins managed only four in a 2-0 loss to Boston in Friday's series opener. However, gold glove center fielder Torii Hunter is on fire lately, riding a career-high 19-game hitting streak while batting .380 with five homers, 11 doubles and 17 RBIs during that span.

    Boston's designated hitter, David Ortiz hit his 200th career homer as a DH in the sixth inning yesterday, tying Chili Davis for sixth all-time. Big Papi, who played his first six seasons with the Twins, is batting .351 against his former team.

    More AL Games Today...
    • White Sox (12-14) @ Angels (17-13) 3:35pm ET

    • Mariners (13-11) @ Yankees (12-15) 3:55pm ET

    • Indians (17-9) @ Orioles (13-16) 7:05pm ET

    • Tigers (17-11) @ Royals (10-20) 7:10pm ET

    • Athletics (14-14) @ Devil Rays (13-16) 7:10pm ET

    • Blues Jays (13-16) @ Rangers (11-18) 8:05pm ET


    Anderson Could Sit For A Month

    Garret Anderson may be out for a month with a torn right hip flexor tendon.
    Garrett Anderson was placed on the 15-day DL by the Los Angeles Angels Friday with a tear in his right hip flexor tendon, retroactive to April 28th.

    Anderson hurt himself running out a grounder against the Chicago White Sox the day before, and after an MRI exam Friday, the news wasn't pretty: he could miss up to a month. Anderson was hitting .263 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 23 games this season.

    Tommy MurphyTo replace him on their roster, the Angels recalled outfielder Tommy Murphy from the AAA Salt Lake Bees for his second stint with the club. Murphy played in eight games down there, hitting .345 with eight RBIs and four stolen bases.

    [SI.com] | [6-4-2]

    Loewen May Be Out A While

    Adam Lowen may miss most of the season with a stress fracture in his pitching elbow.
    Baltimore Orioles starter Adam Loewen will be sidelined for most of the season with a stress fracture in his pitching elbow. The lefty was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after an MRI and bone scan determined the injury.

    Loewen won't begin a throwing program for at least eight weeks and could potentially face surgery, but the club wants to take some time before deciding on a course of action. He was 2-0 with a 3.56 ERA in six starts this season.

    Todd WilliamsTo replace Loewen on the roster, the O's picked up the contract of righty reliever Todd Williams from the AAA Norfolk Tides, though Brian Burres will likely pitch in Loewen's place on his next scheduled start Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.

    [Baltimore Sun] | [Oriole Post]

    Friday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    What's worse: having a strained hamstring or a 7.63 ERA?
    Who doesn't love a poor pitching performance total slugfest?

    After falling behind by five runs in the first inning, the Seattle Mariners came back to beat the New York Yankees, 15-11 last night.

    Now, what's worse: having a strained hamstring or an ERA over 7.00?

    Mind you, Kei Igawa (2-1, 7.63 ERA) had a five-run lead to work with here. He still managed to allow three home runs and 6 other hits for a total of 8 runs. He struck out two and walked one.

    Cha Seung Baek (0-0, 7.53 ERA) only lasted 3.2 innings for Seattle, not doing quite as much damage as Igawa. Baek only allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, struck out four and walked two.

    Every single starter in the Mariners' batting order had a hit and a run scored and seven of nine had RBIs for a season-high 20 hits combined. Jose Lopez drove in four runs and Raul Ibanez had four hits.

    Jose Guillen, Kenji Johjima, Yuniesky Betancourt and Lopez - the bottom four batters in the Mariners starting lineup - combined to go 9-for-18 with 10 RBIs as Seattle scored its most runs in three years.

    The icing on Miss Lizzy's cake: Derek Jeter went 0-for-6 for only the third time in his big league career, ending his hitting streak at 20 games and his club's win streak at three.

  • Indians 3, Orioles 2

  • Athletics 5, Devil Rays 2

  • Blue Jays 1, Rangers 7

  • Red Sox 2, Twins 0

  • Tigers 6, Royals 3

  • White Sox 1, Angels 5

  • Nationals 4, Cubs 6

  • Padres 4, Marlins 5

  • Rockies 6, Reds 5

  • Dodgers 0, Braves 4

  • Pirates 0, Brewers 10

  • Astros 2, Cardinals 3

  • Mets 5, Diamondbacks 3

  • Phillies 2, Giants 6

  • [MLB]


    Sanchez Cast Down To Minors

    Anibal the Animal has been sent down to the minors to regroup.After struggling with his command all season in what seems to be a bit of a sophomore slump, Florida Marlins righty Anibal Sanchez was optioned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, where he is to rekindle the spark that helped him throw a rookie no-hitter nearly 8 months ago.

    Sanchez has allowed 43 hits and 19 walks in just 30 innings this season, compiling a 2-1 record and 4.80 ERA over six starts.

    Jorge Julio has been activated from the DLRelated, the Marlins activated righty Jorge Julio from the disabled list. Julio, carrying the baggage of a 19.06 ERA in seven games, lost the closer's job before he went on the DL in mid-April with a strained right calf.

    Sergio Mitre's booboo is all better.Right-hander Sergio Mitre's blister is healed, so he will be activated to start Saturday against the San Diego Padres while righty Wes Obermueller will take Sanchez's place Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels.

    [MSNBC Sports] | []

    Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty banned alcohol in the clubhouse today.Just five days after Josh Hancock's fatal car wreck, the St. Louis Cardinals banned alcohol from the clubhouse.

    Manager Tony La Russa said GM Walt Jocketty decided on the ban earlier today without consulting players or management. La Russa added it was a "largely symbolic move" since players don't drink much in the clubhouse anyway. A road-prohibition is also being considered.

    "It's meaningful," La Russa said. "But it's not a significant factor in our clubhouse because our guys don't stay in the clubhouse to drink."

    [St. Louis Post Dispatch] | [Bare Baseball]

    Gordon On DL, Myers To Close

    Tom Gordon has been sidelined once again due to an inflamed right rotator cuff.
    Tom Gordon has been sidelined once again with a shoulder injury - for the second straight season.

    The Philadelphia Phillies placed the veteran closer in a nursing home on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to inflammation in his right rotator cuff, retroactive to Wednesday. Gordon missed three weeks last August with a strain, as well.

    At the tender age of 39, Gordon is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA and five saves in nine appearances this season. The righty has blown two of his last four save chances however, giving up three runs and five hits in 4.1 innings innings of work.

    Brett Myers is the Phillies' new closerBrett Myers will finally get another chance to play hero as he takes over the closing duties while Gordon is out. Myers picked up his first career save yesterday in a 9-7 win over the San Francisco Giants.

    In a related move, the Phillies purchased the contract of Yoel Hernandez from AAA Ottawa. The 27-year-old right-hander went 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA and three saves in seven appearances with the Lynx.

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    It's All About The Pink

    Pink bats will be used again this year on Mother's Day.
    The fellas over at have put together an informative post about the special happenings around Major League Baseball on Mother's Day.

    For every homer hit on May 13th (that's Mother's Day, people) the boys at Home Run Derby will donate $10 to the , right along with MLB's donations.

    Ken Griffey swinging a pink bat on Mother's Day 2006Many players will again swing pink bats that day, which will in turn be auctioned off for profit of the nation’s leading breast cancer awareness and research organization.

    Pay the Derby boys a visit to see how you could help or just spread the word!


    Hancock Drunk At Time Of Crash

    The late St. Louis Cardinals releiver Josh Hancock.
    Late St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was reportedly drunk at the time of his car accident, talking on his cell phone. Hancock's blood-alcohol level (0.157) was twice the Missouri state legal limit of 0.08.

    Furthermore, a little more than a quarter bag of pot and a glass bowl were found in the rented SUV he was driving. Toxicology tests to determine whether Hancock was high at the time of the crash have not been completed.

    According to an accident reconstruction team, Hancock was driving 68 mph in a 55 mph zone when his SUV struck the back of a flatbed tow truck that was stopped in a driving lane. There was no evidence Hancock tried to stop, although he did swerve, obviously too late to avoid the collision.

    St. Louis medical examiner Michael Graham said he died "within seconds" of head injuries. Hancock was not wearing a seat belt, but Graham said that would not have prevented his death, as he suffered fatal chest and head injuries.
    Hancock was driving alone and the truck driver was not injured.

    Five hundred players, friends and family mourned his passing at a memorial service in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was buried Wednesday in rural Itawamba County.

    Is it completely tactless for photographers to take pictures of baseball players at their teammate and friend's funeral?


    Thursday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Gil Meche: the Kansas City Savior
    If Gil Meche could single-handedly save the Kansas City Royals, he probably would. But it's going to take more than one great pitcher to do the trick for the 10-19 club.

    Meche (3-1, 2.23 ERA) allowed just two hits in seven innings, retiring 17 straight batters after Vladimir Guerrero's two-run shot in the first and leading the Royals over the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 Thursday.

    Opposing pitcher Jered Weaver (1-3, 5.12 ERA) matched his career high with nine strikeouts, giving up three runs and seven hits over six innings and losing to KC for the first time in three decisions.

    Ross Gload had a bit night - the first four-hit game of his major league career, where he drove in two runs and scored three.

    Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

  • Yankees 4, Rangers 3

  • Mariners 7, Red Sox 8

  • Blue Jays 5, Indians 6

  • Twins 4, Devil Rays 6

  • Yankees 5, Rangers 2

  • Reds 5, Astros 7

  • Pirates 4, Brewers 2

  • Mets 9, Diamondbacks 4

  • Phillies 9, Giants 7

  • [MLB]

    Tom Brady, You Are Dead to Me

    Perhaps my words are too strong. Once, maybe a fluke, a lost bet. Hell, I was once forced to sport a Colts t-shirt because of a bet I made with a friend. But I made for DAMN sure that everyone who saw me heard how much I hate the bloody, scumsucking, shitshow starring Peyton Manning Colts. The disguise for walking around Manhattan? BULLSHELOCKI!!! I am a Manhattanite, I often spend time walking around New York City, and ANYTIME I decide that I am far too lazy to do my hair (which is most days) I am sporting a Sox or UMass hat.

    Now, had this been, oh KEN WALTER, or someone else on the team who nobody would recognize if they fell ass over elbows on them in Union Square, the knife wouldn't cut as deep into my soul. But TOM EFFING BRADY. The face of the franchise. The super sperm. The guy who single-handedly brought peace and happiness to all of New Engalnd on a cold February night in 2002. Men want to be him. Women want him alone in an stalled elevator for 24 hours (oh wait, is that just me)?

    I will now spend the rest of the night crying into a Sam's Summer and dreaming about Jonathan Papelbon in that same elevator...

    [Boston Herald]

    Shattered Helmet Memories

    Sosa nailed in the head last night by a Brian Bruney pitchSammy Sosa was brained by a Brian Bruney pitch in the sixth inning of part two of the Texas Rangers' double header against the New York Yankees last night.

    Bruney's 2-1 pitch nailed Sosa on the side of the helmet, knocking it clear off. The veteran slugger fell to his knees and was evaluated by trainers before walking to the dugout under his own power.

    Sosa was taken out as a precaution and will be monitored by team trainers for the time-being. Truthfully, I can't imagine Sosa is any more than shook up. Here's one more look, just for fun.

    He was replaced by Victor Diaz.

    [SI.com] | []


    Ain't Gettin' Any Younger

    Kansas City Royals outfielder Reggie Sanders has suffered a torn left hamstring and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list tomorrow.

    The 39-year-old was hurt while running the bases (I could stop there... cause it's pretty funny... getting hurt running the bases) against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

    The Royals are expected to fill Sanders' spot by recalling outfielder Shane Costa from AAA Omaha. On Thursday, he extended his minor-league hitting streak to 19 games.


    Moose Returns

    Darrell Rasner (pictured) has been called up along with Matt DeSalvo to fill some holes in the rotationAfter placing their seventh pitcher - prized rookie Phil Hughes - on the disabled list Thursday, the New York Yankees will bring up right-handers Darrell Rasner and Matt DeSalvo to fill the gaping holes in their rotation for the upcoming weekend series against the Seattle Mariners.

    This move may make history - becoming the first club in big league history to use 10 starters in its first 30 games.

    Rasner is scheduled to make his fourth start Sunday, with DeSalvo making his major league debut in Monday's series finale.

    Mike Mussina on the DL with a strained left hammy, was activated for the second game of a double-header Thursday.The Yanks also recalled righty Chris Britton before their 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers in part one of a doubleheader, then optioned him to AAA Scranton between games so the Yankees could activate Mike Mussina for the second game - his first start since he strained a hamstring April 11th.

    Carl Pavano is not getting any better.Bad news for Carl Pavano, who is still sidelined by a stiff forearm. He cut short a bullpen session Wednesday due to discomfort, saying the pain has been consistent since he started throwing again. Pavano is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam this weekend.

    [Yahoo! Sports]

    Bonds hits #743
    We know you just can't hardly wait.

    [Only Baseball Matters]

    It's Been A Good Month

    Ladies and gentlemen: your Pitchers of the Month.

    National League

    John Maine was awarded April's NL Pitcher of the Month
    New York Mets righty John Maine, who had the lowest ERA (1.35) in the majors in April, was awarded the NL Pitcher of the Month honor.

    The 25-year-old Maine posted a 4-0 record, allowing just five earned runs in 33.1 innings, never surrendering more than two runs in any start. He held opponents to a .159 batting average and recorded 30 strikeouts for the Mets, who have won each of his starts.

    American League

    Roy Halladay was awarded the AL Pitcher of the Month honor for April
    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for April.

    In six starts, the 30-year-old Halladay posted a 4-0 record and a 2.28 ERA in 47.1 innings. He tossed two complete games, including a 10-inning performance April 13th in a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

    The four-time All-Star and 2003 Cy Young Award Winner has not allowed more than three runs in any start this season.

    Both pitchers will receive a super special trophy to commemorate their Pitcher of the Month performances.

    More NL vote-getters
    Tim Hudson
    Francisco Cordero
    Aaron Harang
    Jake Peavy
    Matt Cain
    Chris Capuano

    More AL vote-getters
    Josh Beckett
    Al Reyes

    [Surfing The Mets] | [Bugs and Cranks]

    Squeeze Play

    Horacio Ramirez (2-1, 4.41 ERA) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2, 4.36 ERA)

    Another meeting between Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke Matsuzaka is in order.

    Left-hander Horacio Ramirez gets the ball for the Seattle Mariners (12-10) this evening when they face Dice-K and the red-hot Boston Red Sox (17-9) at 8:05pm ET.

    In their last meeting, Ichiro ended up going 0-for-4, but the Mariners got three runs and eight hits out of Matsuzaka in seven innings, while phenom Felix Hernandez pitched a one-hitter to give Seattle a 3-0 win.

    Ramirez has never faced the Red Sox, who are a big league-best 5-1 this season when facing a lefty starter.

    The Mariners have won three straight games and seven of eight after a six-game losing streak, a surprising turnaround for a club coming off three consecutive last-place finishes in the AL West.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Angels (16-12) @ Royals (9-19) 2:10pm ET

    • Yankees (10-14) @ Rangers (10-16) 3:35pm ET

    • Yankees (10-14) @ Rangers (10-16) Game 2

    • Blue Jays (13-14) @ Indians (16-8) 7:05pm ET

    • Twins (15-12) @ Devil Rays (12-15) 7:10pm ET

    Tom Gorzelanny (3-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. Dave Bush (2-2, 6.23 ERA)

    The Milwaukee Brewers (18-9) are officially the hottest team in the National League... and all of baseball.

    Right-hander Dave Bush will take the hill for the Brew Crew, looking for their fifth straight victory when they host lefty Tom Gorzelanny and the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-14) at 8:05pm ET tonight.

    Bush is coming off his worst start of the season Saturday - a 10-1 loss to the Houston Astros, where he allowed eight runs and 10 hits over just 5.1 innings. He is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates.

    Gorzelanny looks to rebound from his worst outing of the season, as well, when he yielded five runs on eight hits over six innings Saturday in an 8-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Gorzelanny had surrendered only six earned runs in his first four starts, spanning 26.1 innings. He worked seven strong innings last Aug. 15th in his only career start against the Brewers, allowing just one earned run, but didn't receive the decision.

    In a young roster full of talent, Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games Wednesday with a fourth-inning single and is batting .382 with five homers and 15 RBIs during the run.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Reds (13-14) @ Astros (11-15) 8:05pm ET

    • Mets (16-10) @ Diamondbacks (16-13) 9:40pm ET

    • Phillies (12-15) @ Giants (14-12) 10:15pm ET


    Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was busted with drugs in his car Tuesday.

    Former San Francisco Giants star and Hall of Famer was stopped Tuesday afternoon when his Lexus was clocked at 83 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 80 in Cordelia, CA.

    The officer who approached the vehicle "smelled marijuana coming from the car" and started a search. The 69-year-old Cepeda was then arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance after the officer found a powdery, white substance assumed to be cocaine, some pot and a syringe.

    Of course, Cepeda's attorney, Ted Cassman claims "[Cepeda] does not use, and was not under the influence of any illegal substance." He went on to say, "This is an unfortunate misunderstanding, and we intend to meet promptly with the authorities to explain that Orlando was not responsible for any illegal substance in the car."
    Cassman said the grass was medical marijuana used by a family member who has diabetes. When questioned about the white powder, Cassman said he had no specific comment.

    Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was pulled over for speeding on Tuesday when an officer found drugs in his car.Alone at the time of the arrest, Cepeda was booked and released from the Solano County Jail on a $12,600 bond the same day.

    Unfortunately for Cepeda's reputation, he works for the Giants as a community liaison and speaks to at-risk children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    After his playing career ended, Cepeda was convicted in 1976 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of smuggling marijuana and sentenced to five years in prison. That conviction was likely the reason he was not elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA - but was eventually elected by the Veterans Committee in 1999.

    Cepeda was a .297 career hitter with 379 home runs and 1,365 RBIs over 17 big league seasons. As a seven-time All-Star first baseman, he was awarded the 1958 NL Rookie of the Year award with San Francisco and the NL MVP in 1967 with St. Louis. In 1961, he led the NL with 46 homers and 142 RBIs.

    [San Francisco Chronicle] | [The Fanhouse]

    It's Been A Good Month

    Ladies and gentlemen: your Players of the Month.

    National League

    Jose Reyes steals third from Ryan Zimmerman
    New York Mets speedy shortstop Jose Reyes has been named the NL Player of the Month for April, for the first time in his career.

    The 23-year-old Reyes batted .356, scored 26 runs and stole a major league-best 17 bases for the Mets, who had a fantastic 15-9 April.

    The 2006 All-Star also ran out a big league-best five triples last month to complement his nine doubles, two homers and 18 RBIs.

    The leadoff hitter enjoyed 10 multi-hit games and scored at least two runs in a game nine times.

    American League

    A-Rod had a great April.
    New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tied Albert Pujols' major league record for the most home runs in April, so being named as the AL Player of the Month came as no surprise.

    A-Rod also batted .355 and led the majors with 34 RBIs, just one shy of tying Juan Gonzalez's April record of 35, set in 1998. His fourth season with the Yankees included two dramatic walk-off home runs, despite their last place, 10-14 record.

    Last April, Rodriguez hit just five homers and drove in 16 runs in 23 games.

    Both players will receive a super special trophy to commemorate their Player of the Month performances.

    More NL vote-getters
    Barry Bonds
    Miguel Cabrera
    Matt Holliday
    Jimmy Rollins
    Chipper Jones
    Carlos Beltran
    Adrian Gonzalez

    More AL vote-getters
    Vladimir Guerrero

    [Surfing The Mets] | [Yankees Chick]

    Langerhans Traded Again

    No one wants you, Ryan Langerhans... except the Nationals, I guess.
    It seems that the Oakland Athletics didn't want Ryan Langerhans, either.

    The outfielder was traded Wednesday night for the second time this week, leaving Oaktown to join the Washington Nationals in a swap for outfielder Chris Snelling.

    After the Atlanta Braves dumped Langerhans on the A's Sunday, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk against the Boston Red Sox in just two games. He started both in center field, comically misplaying a liner for an error that led to a run in the Red Sox 6-4 win on Wednesday.

    Langerhans went 3-for-44 with the Braves, snapping an 0-for-29 slump on Sunday.

    Chris Snelling was traded to the A's Wednesday for Ryan Langerhans.The left-handed hitting Snelling was batting .204 in 24 games with Washington, starting in the outfield 10 times. At 25 years old, he has played parts of 3 big league seasons with the Seattle Mariners, hitting a career .229 with 6 homers and 19 RBIs.

    [MLB.com] | [Capitol Punishment] | []

    Wednesday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Josh Beckett is the fastest to six wins and the first Boston player to win his first six starts since Roger Clemens in 1991.
    Josh Beckett became the first Boston Red Sox pitcher to win his first six starts since Roger Clemens in 1991. Impressively, he is just two behind the team record shared by Babe Ruth in 1917, Dave Ferriss in 1945 and Roger Moret in 1973.

    Beckett (6-0, 2.72 ERA) allowed three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks to help the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-4 on Wednesday night.

    Julio Lugo and Alex Cora each drove in 2 runs for the Sox while J.D. Drew and Big Papi both had an RBI a piece.

    Oakland's Mike Piazza went 2-for-3 before leaving due to a shoulder injury which will keep him out four to six weeks. Dan Johnson went 2-for-4 with a run driven in and Jason Kendall had a 1-for-4 night with 2 RBIs.

    Chad Gaudin (1-1, 2.70 ERA) lasted just five innings, allowing 3 runs - 2 earned - on eight hits, walking two and striking out two.

  • Orioles 2, Tigers 3

  • White Sox 2, Mariners 3

  • Blue Jays 6, Indians 7

  • Twins 3, Devil Rays 4

  • Angels 1, Royals 3

  • Cubs 8, Pirates 6

  • Cubs 7, Pirates 1

  • Cardinals 0, Brewers 4

  • Marlins 3, Mets 6

  • Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 2

  • Phillies 3, Braves 4

  • Reds 1, Astros 3

  • Nationals 3, Padres 7

  • Rockies 3, Giants 5

  • Yankees @ Rangers - postponed

  • [MLB]

    Piazza Is Old School

    Oakland Athletics designated hitter Mike Piazza is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks with a strained right shoulder, which he injured last night diving into third base, unsuccessfully avoiding being tagged out.

    With two outs in the sixth, Bobby Crosby hit a groundball to Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell. Both players charged for the bag and smashed into eachother. Piazza was tagged out, laying on the ground in pain - with a strained AC joint.

    The veteran Piazza, who signed as a free agent after spending the previous 14 seasons as a National League guy, is batting .282 so far this season, He has hit safely in his last six games but is just 14-for-59 in his last fifteen.

    [Oakland Tribune] | []


    Yankees Find Scapegoat In Miller

    Hey guy! Feel like injuring your hamstring today?
    The best way to correct a problem is to first find its root.

    The root of the New York Yankees' recent string of injuries? Maybe it was their new old strength coach, Marty "McFly" Miller.

    Miller was appointed scapegoat today, fired just one day after the Yankees' most prized prospect, Phil Hughes went down with a hamstring injury.

    Phil HughesHughes is the latest in a line of players who have suffered some sort of ailment, including starter Chien-Ming Wang and outfielder Hideki Matsui, who each spent time on the DL due to hamstring strains which were sustained prior to Opening Day.

    Mike MussinaAlso, Mike Mussina left a game against the Minnesota Twins on April 11th with a left hamstring strain. Starter Andy Pettitte hurt his back lifting weights on March 19th, but avoided the disabled list, as did outfielder Johnny Damon, who strained his right calf April 2nd.

    Is Marty Miller the common denominator with these injuries? Yankees GM Brian Cashman claims there were many reasons the injuries to key Yankees could have occurred, apart from Miller’s new strength and conditioning program.

    The 34-year-old Miller was unpopular with some players, many of whom refused to participate in his program. Miller had not worked in baseball for 10 years before Cashman hired him last winter, after previously working as the director of fitness at a country club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

    [New York Times] | [The Fanhouse] | [River Ave. Blues]

    It's Good To Be A Rookie

    Ladies and gentlemen: your Rookies of the Month.

    National League

    Josh Hamilton has been voted the NL rookie of the month for April.
    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton, who led all rookies with six homers and tied for the lead among big league rookies with 13 RBIs, has received the NL Rookie of the Month honor for April.

    Hamilton also led all rookies with a .609 slugging percentage, posting a .365 on base percentage. He hit .266 with 12 runs, two doubles and one stolen base, marking the first time that a member of the Reds has earned the honor since Austin Kearns in May of 2002.

    American League

    Hideki Okajima has earned the AL rookie of the month award for April
    Boston Red Sox lefty Hideki Okajima, who did not notice he fanned 17 batters in 12.2 innings pitched as he does not watch where the ball is going, has earned the AL Rookie of the Month award.

    The 31-year-old import appeared in 12 games with a 0.71 ERA in April, allowing just five hits, one home run and three walks. Okajima picked up his first big league save against the New York Yankees on April 20th.

    Both players will receive a super special trophy to commemorate their Rookie of the Month performances.

    More AL vote-getters
    Akinori Iwamura
    Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Delmon Young
    Dustin Moseley
    Adam Lind
    Joakim Soria

    More NL vote-getters
    Chris Sampson
    Tony Gwynn, Jr.
    Jason Hirsh
    Kevin Cameron
    Joe Smith

    [MLB.com] | [] | []

    Capuano Day-To-Day

    Chris Capuano is listed as day-to-day after being hit by an Aaron Miles grounder in the second inning today.
    Milwaukee Brewers lefty Chris Capuano was taken out of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon shortly after getting nailed by a sharp ground ball.

    In the second inning, Capuano was hit in the right calf by an Aaron Miles grounder. He came back out to warm up before the start of the third, feeling good enough to keep pitching for the time-being.

    Tony Gwynn, Jr. pinch-hit for Caps in the bottom of the third and righty Carlos Villanueva replaced him on the hill in the fourth inning.

    The Brew Crew announced Capuano had a contusion on his right calf and is listed as day-to-day.

    [CBS Sportsline] | []

    Under The Bleachers

    Photo of John Kruk's out-of-control hair courtesy of The Sports Hernia
    We caught up with John Kruk's hair this afternoon to find out what the hell happened to it.

    Lizzy: Hi.... hair.

    John Kruk's Hair: Helloooooo ladies.

    Sooze: Would you please enlighten us as to why you've grown so unmanageable?

    Eric Byrnes' hair has a reputation for being out of controlJohn Kruk's Hair: It all started when Orel Hershiser's hair and I were hanging out on the set. We were reminiscing about Eric Byrnes' hairstyle he was sporting during his appearance on Baseball Tonight during last season's playoffs.

    Lizzy: Of course.

    John Kruk's Hair: We were talking about how fun it would be to grow long and luxurious before going completely bald.

    Sooze: You do realize how ridiculous you look, right? I mean, it's rather distracting. Viewers have a hard enough time taking whatever comes out of John Kruk's mouth seriously without -

    John Kruk reportedly loves hoagiesJohn Kruk's Hair: Oh, his mouth is a different story. I have no control over that bastard. When the mouth and brain get together, it's totally out of control. Especially around lunch time. And dinner. And breakfast and...

    Lizzy: We get the idea.

    Sooze: So, the whole gelled-mullet thing is in nowadays? Cause I wasn't aware.

    John Kruk's Hair: No, but Orel's 'do and I feel it's making a comeback!

    Lizzy: Highly unlikely, but we'll make a note of it.

    Sooze: That's all the time we have left for today. Thanks for your time, Mr. Hair. You're truly bold and unpredictable.

    John Kruk's Hair: I do my best to offend.

    [Photo of Kruk's hair courtesy of ] | [Photo of Byrnes' hair courtesy of Can't Stop The Bleeding]

    Squeeze Play

    Freddy Garcia (1-1, 5.65 ERA) vs. Chuck James (3-2, 4.73 ERA)

    Right-hander Freddy Garcia gets the ball tonight when the Philadelphia Phillies (12-14) wrap up their three-game series against lefty Chuck James and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (16-10) at 7:35pm ET tonight.

    While the Phillies got off to a terrible 4-11 start this season, they are in the midst of rebounding as they've won eight of their last eleven games.

    Garcia, who won 17 games last season with the Chicago White Sox before being traded to Philadelphia in December, has yet to pitch more than five innings in any of his three starts after opening the year on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

    After losing two consecutive starts, James allowed four runs in 5.1 innings of a 9-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday and is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in four career games, including three starts, against Philly.

    Left fielder Pat Burrell went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, and is hitless in 14 at-bats in his last five games, but may break out of his slump today as he is 5-for-10 lifetime with two homers and a double against James.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Cubs (10-14) @ Pirates (12-12) 12:35pm ET

    • Cardinals (10-15) @ Brewers (17-9) 1:05pm ET

    • Marlins (13-13) @ Mets (15-10) 1:10pm ET

    • Diamondbacks (16-12) @ Dodgers (16-11) 3:10pm ET

    • Reds (13-13) @ Astros (10-15) 8:05pm ET

    • Nationals (9-18) @ Padres (14-13) 10:05pm ET

    • Rockies (11-16) @ Giants (13-12) 10:15pm ET

    Chad Gaudin (1-1, 2.54 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (5-0, 2.48 ERA)

    Chad Gaudin and the Oakland Athletics (13-13) will aim for the sweep when they try to cool down 5-game winner Josh Beckett and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox (16-9) tonight at 7:05pm ET.

    With a victory today, Beckett can become the first Red Sox hurler since Roger Clemens in 1991 to win his first six starts of the year. However, history shows that Beckett has struggled in his only three starts against the A's , going 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA last season.

    Gaudin, who had made only 10 starts in his four previous big league seasons before joining Oakland's rotation this year, is 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA in 13 career relief appearances against Boston.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Orioles (12-15) @ Tigers (15-11) 1:05pm ET

    • White Sox (12-12) @ Mariners (11-10) 3:35pm ET

    • Blue Jays (13-13) @ Indians (15-8) 7:05pm ET

    • Athletics (13-13) @ Red Sox (16-9) 7:05pm ET

    • Twins (15-11) @ Devil Rays (11-15) 7:10pm ET

    • Yankees (10-14) @ Rangers (10-16) 8:05pm ET

    • Angels (16-11) @ Royals (8-19) 8:10pm ET


    Catalanotto On The DL

    Frank Catalanotto has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right biceps muscle.
    The Texas Rangers placed Frank Catalanotto on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained biceps muscle in his right arm.

    The 33-year-old had an MRI exam on Tuesday that revealed no tears in the muscle, so the club is confident that surgery will not be necessary, expecting Catalanotto to miss no more than 15 days.

    In 18 games with Texas this season, the veteran outfielder is batting .140 with two home runs and eight RBI.

    Outfielder Victor Diaz has been recalled from AAA Oklahoma to replace Catalanotto on the roster. Diaz was hitting .356 with three homers and 28 RBIs with the RedHawks. The 25-year-old Dominican appeared in 110 games with the New York Mets from 2004-06, batting .260 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs.

    [Sports Network] | []

    Tuesday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Phil Hughes injured his hamstring Tuesday night.
    Who jinxed the New York Yankees?

    Working on a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Phil Hughes stepped off the mound, winced and grabbed the back of his left thigh after throwing a one-out, 0-2 breaking ball to Mark Teixeira. He was pulled after 83 pitches with a 9-0 lead. The club's most prized prospect is expected to miss four to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Hank Blalock spoiled the no-no with a leadoff double in the eighth against unorthodox reliever Mike Myers, but the Yankees held on with a 10-1 victory over the Texas Rangers - New York's second win in 10 games.

  • Orioles 4, Tigers 5

  • Athletics 5, Red Sox 4

  • Blue Jays 4, Indians 12

  • Twins 9, Devil Rays 1

  • Angels 7, Royals 5

  • White Sox 2, Mariners 5

  • Cubs 6, Pirates 5

  • Marlins 5, Mets 2

  • Phillies 6, Braves 4

  • Reds 11, Astros 2

  • Cardinals 2, Brewers 12

  • Nationals 0, Padres 3

  • Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 2

  • Rockies 9, Giants 7

  • [MLB]


    Sorry I haven't been around. I have anger towards my job. But this made me laugh so hard I almost puked.

    Justice Is Best Served Cold

    That guy's an idiot.The idiot New York Mets fan that shined a high-powered flashlight into the eyes of Atlanta Braves players Edgar Renteria and Tim Hudson last month has been banned from Shea Stadium for three years after pleading guilty to being a total moron.

    Bronx resident Frank Martinez, 40, also must spend 15 days in jail as part of his sentence for "interfering with a professional sporting event." Apparently, Martinez was upset that the Braves were leading 7-0 at the time.

    Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement, "In a game in which the ball can travel upward of 110 mph, the defendant's actions were dangerous to both spectators and players."
    Who's this guy watching that's throwing 110 mph pitches?

    [FOX Sports]

    A.J. Burnett (2-1, 4.18 ERA) vs. C.C. Sabathia (3-0, 3.18 ERA)

    It'll be a heated battle between two guys with initials for first names tonight when right-hander A.J. Burnett takes the hill for the Toronto Blue Jays (13-12), opening a three-game series against C.C. Sabathia and the Cleveland Indians (14-8) at 7:05pm ET.

    The Tribe is 5-0 when Sabathia has started this season, but the lefty has not gotten a W since defeating the Chicago White Sox on April 15th. He is a career 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA in four home starts against the Jays.

    Pitching at Jacobs Field has been rather difficult for Burnett, who is 0-2 in two career starts there, allowing 14 runs with a .449 opponent batting average in 11.1 innings. He is 1-2 with a 7.27 ERA in three career starts against the Indians.

    The designated hitter spot is reserved for players who like to smash the ball often. However, Cleveland's DH, Travis Hafner is hitting .107 (3-for-28) at home this season. He's batting a team-high .338 otherwise and is a career 4-for-9 with three homers against the Jays at home.

    Toronto is on a bit of a roll, having won five of seven after a season-high five-game skid.

    More AL Games Today...
    • Orioles (12-14) @ Tigers (14-11) 7:05pm ET

    • Athletics (12-13) @ Red Sox (16-8) 7:05pm ET

    • Twins (14-11) @ Devil Rays (11-14) 7:10pm ET

    • Yankees (9-14) @ Rangers (10-15) 8:05pm ET

    • Angels (15-11) @ Royals (8-18) 8:10pm ET

    • White Sox (12-11) @ Mariners (10-10) 10:05pm ET

    Livan Hernández (2-1, 3.94 ERA) vs. Brad Penny (3-0, 1.95 ERA)

    Right-hander Livan Hernández and the Arizona Diamondbacks (16-11) will take on righty Brad Penny and the Los Angeles Dodgers (15-11) at 10:10pm ET tonight in the second contest of a three-game series. The D'backs beat the Dodgers 9-1 with a season-high 17 hits yesterday for their second six-game winning streak this year.

    Orlando Hudson continued his dominating performance with a 3-for-5 night - his 12th multi-hit game of the season. The second baseman is batting .352, and has reached base in all 27 games with a .385 lifetime average against Dodgers pitching.

    Los Angeles is 4-1 in games that Penny starts, as he is a career 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 12 starts against Arizona.

    Hernández went 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers last season, but should watch out for shortstop Rafael Furcal, who is hitting just .203 this year, but is a career .345 hitter with four homers against him.

    More NL Games Today...
    • Cubs (10-14) @ Pirates (12-12) 7:05pm ET

    • Marlins (12-13) @ Mets (15-9) 7:10pm ET

    • Phillies (11-14) @ Braves (16-9) 7:35pm ET

    • Reds (12-13) @ Astros (10-14) 8:05pm ET

    • Cardinals (10-14) @ Brewers (16-9) 8:05pm ET

    • Nationals (9-17) @ Padres (13-13) 10:05pm ET

    • Rockies (10-16) @ Giants (13-11) 10:15pm ET


    Chacín On The DL

    Gustavo Chacín has been placed on the disabled list.
    Gustavo Chacín's promising young career has been hampered by yet another injury.

    After spending more than two months on the disabled list with an elbow injury last season, Chacín has landed back on the DL with a left shoulder strain.

    The Toronto Blue Jays' 27-year-old left-hander was off to a 2-1 start, but had not been pitching well as of late, allowing 10 runs in his last 9.2 innings.

    The Jays didn't announce a corresponding move and apparently have not determined a replacement for Thursday's game at Cleveland.