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The Angels played Thursday's series finale at Minute Maid Park under protest, because manager Mike Scoscia argued Astros skipper Bo Porter wasn't allowed to make two pitching changes before the first reliever fired an official pitch.Share TweetJuan Lagares robbed Andrew McCutchen of a go-ahead hit in the top of the ninth inning, then pinch-hitter Mike Baxter's single in the bottom half sent the New York Mets over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Thursday night.Share TweetOswaldo Arcia hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins capitalized on a costly throwing error by Boston starter John Lackey to beat the struggling Red Sox 5-3 Thursday night.Share Tweet
Ortiz says PED suggestions discriminatoryBoston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said Wednesday that a Boston Globe column questioning whether his strong start to the season has been aided by performance-enhancing drugs is ethnically discriminatory.Share Tweet
Aybar exits with right hamstring tightnessLeadoff hitter Erick Aybar left Thursday's game vs. the Astros with tightness in his right hamstring, which he seemingly suffered while trying to beat out a slow roller to second base to lead off the fourth inning.Share Tweetnytimes.com May 9, 2013A year after sustaining a season-ending injury shagging flies in the outfield in Kansas City, Mariano Rivera plans to revisit the scene and talk with the people who assisted him that night.Share TweetThe Baltimore Orioles placed Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right thumb blister.Share TweetZack Greinke will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Friday night in a Class-A game and could be ready to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers within two weeks, roughly three weeks ahead of the original timetable.Share Tweet
Walker begins rehab assignment as return loomsSecond baseman Neil Walker began his rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Thursday night, going 1-for-4 with a double and playing six innings in the field.Share TweetManager Bo Porter likes the idea of using instant replay to get home run calls correct, but he wasn't ready to make any sweeping generalizations following Wednesday's home run controversy in Cleveland.Share TweetRed Sox closer Joel Hanrahan will be sidelined at least two months and is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews for an examination that could determine whether the pitcher needs surgery.Share TweetCC Sabathia and five relievers held Colorado to four hits, Robinson Cano added a solo homer and the New York Yankees beat the Rockies 3-1 on Thursday in a game that was delayed more than two hours by rain.Share Tweet
Frustrated by low attendance, Indians players give out free tickets on Twitter, team president followsThe Cleveland Indians have the lowest average attendance in baseball. Lower, even, than the Miami Marlins, who most people would assume own that dishonor. In fact, Miami is only fifth worst. Cleveland's average of 14,205 makes places like Miami, Tampa B…Share TweetRyan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Thursday to complete a two-game sweep of the AL champions.Share Tweet
With Francisco Coming Back, Decisions Loomnytimes.com May 9, 2013Frank Francisco could soon rejoin the Mets, but Bobby Parnell has been pitching well in the closer's role this season.Share Tweet
Miami Marlins run ‘ultimate fan’ contest - and it goes exactly as you’d expectIf most baseball teams held a social media contest looking for an "ultimate fan" to win an all-expense paid trip to New York City, fans would falling all over themselves to win. A weekend's worth of games? A tour of the MLB Fan Cave? That's a …Share Tweet
Niese downplays Collins' assertion of stiff backJon Niese downplayed manager Terry Collins' assertion that he has been pitching with stiffness in his lower back, saying he felt "a knot" in his back after his last start, but that it did not affect him as he gave up seven runs over four innin…Share Tweet
Mets, Baseball Tomorrow Fund pledge Sandy helpThe Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the Mets Foundation announced Thursday that they will donate up to $1 million through a relief grant program for youth baseball and softball organizations directly affected by Superstorm Sandy. The grant program will provi…Share TweetOne day after the replay ruling heard 'round the baseball world, Cleveland clubbed a trio of homers to cruise to a 9-2 rout over the A's at Progressive Field. The lopsided win supported a strong outing from left-hander Scott Kazmir.Share Tweet
Reds' minor league pitcher banned 100 gamesCincinnati Reds pitcher Daniel Tuttle has been suspended for 100 games for a third violation for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.Share Tweet
Watch this adorable 18-month-old name famous New York YankeesMy 2-year-old watched a couple Vine videos the Los Angeles Dodgers posted the other night of their players in the on-deck circle. Then he said, "no more base-ball-ball" and went about his toddler business, carrying around sand in a dump truck.…Share Tweetdeadspin.com May 9, 2013Much has been made of umpire Angel Hernandez's botching of replay review in last night's Oakland-Cleveland game, a mistake that might have cost the A's the game. You've doubtless already seen the play numerous times on your home TV or computer screen, b…Share Tweet
Oakland Athletics’ Josh Reddick stars in Vine video PSA: ‘Put the cart in the CART BIN!’Slugger Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics finds himself on the disabled list right now because of a right wrist injury. That gives him extra time to go to Target and resume his role as a consumer, which are vital to the United States economy. But Re…Share Tweet
Scott Boras?! Autographed baseball up for bid at ‘Umps Care’ auctionWell, this answers a question I had for Scott Boras: "Do people ever ask you for an autograph?" At least one person has asked for the signature - and not on a client's contract - of Major League Baseball's most dreaded, feared and loathed agent. It'sShare Tweet
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s rookie card has embarrassing errorLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is looking pretty good in his first MLB season, after being imported from South Korea for more than $60 million. While he's doing a good job at baffling MLB hitters, Ryu's also confused some other folks. Case in …Share TweetMajor League Baseball acknowledges an "improper call" was made by umpires in the ninth inning of a game between the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics.Share TweetMajor League Baseball issued a statement Thursday regarding the disputed instant-replay ruling in the ninth inning of Wednesday's A's-Indians game, acknowledging the call was "improper," but saying it will stand as final.Share TweetCNNSI.com May 9, 2013CLEVELAND (AP) -- Major League Baseball acknowledges an "improper call" was made by umpires in the ninth inning of a game between the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics.Share Tweet
The seven worst things about the blown call in Wednesday's Indians-A's gameCNNSI.com May 9, 2013A bad umpire, a faulty system and a tense situation added up to one of the worst replay disasters ever for baseball, and one that could have serious repercussions, writes Jay Jaffe.Share Tweet
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson gets engaged to supermodel Lisalla MontenegroWhile the 2013 baseball season hasn't been too kind to the Los Angeles Angels, pitcher C.J. Wilson seems to be doing pretty all right lately. He's in a shampoo commercial, made that cooler-than-everything foul ball catch on Sunday and he won his first r…Share TweetThe Blue Jays have optioned left-hander Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-hander Edgar Gonzalez for assignment.Share Tweet
There's no simple solution for protecting pitchersThe scary incident involving J.A. Happ being struck in the head by a line drive once again has many in the game looking for answers to better protect pitchers without adversely impacting their ability to do their job.Share TweetRangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a Grade 1 right oblique strain.Share TweetI don't know how much of this was Girardi and how much was The Binder, but somehow, for some reason, Joe Girardi managed a May game against the Rockies like it was an 18-inning World Series Game 7. And it...worked?Read more...Share Tweet
Cy (Young) vs. Cy (Young): David Price faces R.A. Dickey in rare meeting of reigning award winnersOK, so the illustration sort of looks like the Wicked Witch of the West tangling with Don Fanucci in "Godfather Part II." It's a much better pitching matchup than that, however, at least in theory. And much more rare, too. Not in 14 years have…Share TweetHave a baseball road trip coming up? Well, in a bid to help you with your upcoming journeys, Big League Stew has solicited the help of the locals. Over the next month or so, we'll be hitting up our usual guest blogger crew to feature 10 tips for enjoyin…Share Tweet
Rangers' Baker salutes Wounded WarriorsJeff Baker, son of an Army colonel, has great admiration for military members and has become involved in the Wounded Warrior Project.Share Tweet
With first-pitch strikes, pitchers gain key edgeAfter almost 15,000 total plate appearances in this season, hitters who take a first-pitch ball have a slash line of .269/.383/.442. Hitters who fall behind at 0-1 are flailing away to the tune of .221/.261/.341. Evidentally the best pitch of all is str…Share Tweet
Padres fans latest to vie for cash on 'Bucks'Kristen Arena and her boyfriend, Daniel Vinton, of San Diego were each doing their best to answer trivia questions before a recent Padres game at Petco Park, the 15th of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums now featured in the MLB.com game show "B…Share TweetEvery lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.Share TweetThe people have spoken and the Washington Nationals have listened to their dissatisfied cries regarding he team's new rainout ticket policy. As we learned following Tuesday night's rainout against the Detroit Tigers, the team had originally reaffirmed i…Share TweetThe Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. runs in his three previous outings. Before fans could settle into their seats at…Share TweetPaul Goldschmidt once again feasted on Dodgers pitching as he homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the D-backs to a 3-2 win Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.Share Tweet
Mets should consider chasing White Sox outfielder Alex Rios at trade deadlinenydailynews.com May 9, 2013For a couple of reasons, the arrival of the underachieving, hitting-challenged Chicago White Sox at Citi Field served as an enlightenment for the Mets.Share Tweet
Yanks snap Coors hex with infield hit in 9thBrennan Boesch hit a tiebreaking infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth off closer Rafael Betancourt and the New York Yankees snapped a five-game skid at Coors Field with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.Share TweetThe odd part of David Ortiz's 27-game hitting streak coming to an end Wednesday night wasn't that the slugger didn't get a hit during an 0-for-5 night at the plate. It was that 14 of the 18 players who started in the game did. Ortiz was the only player …Share Tweet
Mo makes latest farewell pitch where he'd never pitchedMariano Rivera continued his farewell tour in a ballpark he had never pitched in before Wednesday night, meeting with longtime Rockies employees who cherished the opportunity to chat with the future Hall of Famer.Share TweetHere we go again. Even with the aid of instant replay, Angel Hernandez and his crew of umpires managed to botch the most important call in the A's-Indians game at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, which ultimately resulted in the Indians holding on …Share Tweet
Derek Jeter's Diary: Ducks Have No Place in Baseballgrantland.com May 9, 2013The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captai...Share Tweet
Twins Take Advantage Of Red Sox ErrorsMay 9John Lackey made a costly throwing error, and the Twins answered with four unearned runs to beat the Red Sox 5-3.
Long Ball Lifts Royals Past OriolesMay 9Alex Gordon homered in his third straight game to help the Royals beat the Orioles 6-2.
Yankees Win After Rain Delay At Coors FieldMay 9Robinson Cano hit an infield single in the third for his 1,500th hit and homered to lead the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Rockies.
Nationals Hang On To Edge TigersMay 9The Nationals jumped on the scoreboard early and hung on to beat the Tigers 5-4.