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Baseball Insider: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It was just nice to get to the ballpark, give the guys a hug and do what I do best." -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on making (and homering in) his season debut after being sidelined with a hip injury. New York Yankees 4,...

By CJ Holley  |  May 9, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I'm glad nothing came down and hit me. It was almost abnormal, being out there in the sixth inning." -- Phillies starter Cole Hamels on actually making it into the sixth inning for the first time this year. Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 4 Of course the...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 9, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arizona's Opportunistic Firing

Make no mistake, the fact that Arizona manager Bob Melvin was fired yesterday, with fierce winds of discontent and media scorn swirling around divisional rival Los Angeles, is no coincidence. That he was fired on a day the Dodgers lost their leader, the most important part of their lineup and...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 8, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Diamondbacks  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

JASON GIAMBI BELONGS IN 1939 How good does Jason Giambi look in this uniform? Seriously, he looks like he's directly out of 1939, complete with the high stirrups and striped socks of the throwback Oakland Oaks jerseys. In case you didn't get a chance to check them out, here...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 8, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletics , Mariners  
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Talking Behind Their Backs: Twins

The Orioles completed their first sweep since last June by taking care of the Minnesota Twins in a two-game set. Baltimore got an assist from Mother Nature in the first game as four rain delays ultimately forced the game to be called after 5 2/3 innings with the Orioles up...

By CJ Holley  |  May 8, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Orioles , Twins , Yankees  
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When It Clicked: Rangers 3B Michael Young

It is baseball's daily repetition that sets it apart from other sports, and what makes it conducive to routine-freaks, who internalize that daily rhythm until it became an essential part of them. Michael Young, the Texas Rangers' five-time all-star and perennial hit-machine, counts himself among them, and he says it...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 8, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I think Mike Lowell got mad because he was the first one who made an out." -- Red Sox designated hitter Julio Lugo describing the scene in the dugout as Boston scored 12 runs before recording an out in the sixth inning. Boston Red Sox...

By CJ Holley  |  May 8, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "It's a dark day for baseball and certainly for this organization. This organization will never condone anything that isn't clean." -- Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti on Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs Braves 4, Marlins 2 Believe it or not, some baseball...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 8, 2009; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Conflicting Conceptions of Manny's Positive Test

Now we all know: Manny Ramirez definitely tested positive for a banned substance. The question is whether that banned substance was a masking agent for steroids, or whether it could have actually been a drug used for a health problem ... or some misguided attempt at sexual enhancement. According first...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 7, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Dodgers  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

PONCHO FAIL Here's your weekly baseball entry to the FAIL blog: A security officer at Nationals Park trying to put on a clear poncho during last Sunday's rain delay, before it became a rain-out. Did he really need the poncho that badly, considering the fact he was already wearing...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 7, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Manny Tests Positive; Now What?

Today's news that Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez will be suspended for 50 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs has come as a shock to just about everyone, or at least to me. Ramirez always came through in the clutch while with the Red Sox and did his best...

By CJ Holley  |  May 7, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Dodgers , Red Sox  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "The game should have never started in the first place." -- Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire airing his grievances after Minnesota lost a six-inning game due to rain in Baltimore. Baltimore Orioles 4, Minnesota Twins 1 (6) The Orioles and Twins played for only 1 hour,...

By CJ Holley  |  May 7, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "That's the first time I've done that in my career. It was a process of elimination. It was almost like Little League - 'Who wants to pitch?'" -- Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, on trying to find someone to pitch the final stages of the Reds'...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 7, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

GREG MADDUX IS ENJOYING THE CHEESEBURGERS OF RETIREMENT The man on the left is Ferguson Jenkins. The original No. 31 for the Cubs has been retired since 1983. The man on the right is Greg Maddux. He's been retired since 2008. Which one looks more game ready to you?...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 6, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cubs  
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Talking Behind Their Back: Rays

The Orioles closed out a five-game road trip with a surprising two-game split against the Tampa Bay Rays. In the first game, (an 8-4 Orioles victory) Baltimore tagged Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir for six runs in 6 1/3 innings, dropping Kazmir to 7-9 all-time against the Orioles. The key...

By CJ Holley  |  May 6, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Rays , Twins  
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One Man Believes in the Mariners

Before you ask, no, I'm not that man. Instead, the writer in question is Larry Stone, the baseball writer for the Seattle Times. He can't put his finger on why the Mariners are coming through with wins, but he seems awfully over-reliant on the team's je ne sais quoi to...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 6, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mets Won't Allow NYC Tabloids in Clubhouse

It's no secret that the New York Post and New York Daily News have spent much of the past two Septembers ripping apart the Mets for their unique concoction of maladies, be they bullpen meltdowns or the exquisite failure of a future Hall of Famer. Well, the Mets decided all...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 6, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The List: Best-Pitched Games in Nationals History

On Saturday, Nationals rookie Shairon Martis tossed such a gem of a complete game, it had folks wondering where it ranked among the best pitching performances in the franchise's history. But that's a subjective thing, no? To most fans, the best pitching performance by a Nats pitcher in memory was...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 6, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "You're the best. You're damn good." -- Blue Jays rookie left-handed pitcher Ricky Romero to fellow rookie lefty Brett Cecil in a pep talk before Cecil's major league debut Tuesday. Daniel Larusso may respectfully disagree, however. Toronto Blue Jays 10, Cleveland Indians 6 The Blue...

By CJ Holley  |  May 6, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I don't know how long I'm going to be here, so go ahead and get one mark on the board." -- Cubs infielder Bobby Scales, who made his major league debut after 11 years in the minor leagues and who works as a substitute teacher...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 6, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

AIR FIVE Scott Downs is celebrating a recent Blue Jays win in Toronto, but who is he celebrating with? Catcher Rod Barajas? Casper the friendly ghost? His imaginary friend Farnley (Oh wait, that's Ryan Freel. Nevermind.)? (Frank Gunn/AP/Canadian Press)...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 5, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zack Greinke: The Royals' Once and Future King

The Royals sold 6,500 walk-up tickets for Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox. A staggering sum for a franchise that has fielded just one winning team since 1993 but clearly fans in the Show Me State sense that things are starting to turn and a major reason for...

By CJ Holley  |  May 5, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Plasma Injection: Blood Doping by Another Name?

While the Yankees were hosting the Red Sox for the first time at the new Yankee Stadium last night, a man they expected to be in their starting outfield, Xavier Nady, was preparing to undergo a new procedure that could rapidly speed his recovery from a torn ulnar collateral ligament....

By Cameron Smith  |  May 5, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It was time for us to get one on our side." -- Orioles Manager Dave Trembley on the team's win over the Rays. Baltimore had lost 14 of its last 17 games. Baltimore Orioles 8, Tampa Bay Rays 4 Brian Roberts turned into a one-man...

By CJ Holley  |  May 5, 2009; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "That's a pretty good feeling when you're doing something like that. Anytime you can be mentioned in the same sentence with a guy like Mike Schmidt, it's always a great feeling and an honor." -- Phillies slugger Ryan Howard on tying Mike Schmidt on the...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 5, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

DELAYED STAR SPANGLED REACTION No, this wasn't Mike Cameron's reaction to a particularly stirring rendition of the national anthem. Instead, it was his way of celebrating a solo homer off Arizona's Yusmiero Petit. The response sure does look similar though, doesn't it? (Darren Hauck/AP)...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 4, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Brewers  
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Talking Behind Their Back: Blue Jays

The Orioles got swept for the second straight time as the Blue Jays won all three games of the weekend series in Toronto. Baltimore had its chances in each game, tallying runs in the first inning of the first two games and twice tying the game in Sunday's finale. To...

By CJ Holley  |  May 4, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Orioles , Rays  
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Questioning Selena Roberts' A-Rod Reporting

As more and more of Selena Roberts' forthcoming Alex Rodriguez tome gets leaked out and discussed, two distinct schools of thought are emerging about the work: Analysts seem to either A) Give Roberts a huge benefit of the doubt or B) Doubt every claim she makes in the book. Interestingly,...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 4, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Three Up, Three Down

L. Kensing: New Nats reliever, avid hunter, reportedly delights in gunning down wild boar from helicopter. Officials from CDC award him medal for helping eradicate swine flu. Natinals: Infamous misspelled jersey nets $8,000 at charity auction. Winning bidder later reneged, saying he misplaced some 0's and only meant to bid...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 4, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "Sit down. Forget it. Nobody is like him." -- The Rays' B.J. Upton on teammate Carl Crawford who swiped six bases in a Tampa Bay win over Boston. Tampa Bay Rays 5, Boston Red Sox 3 Tampa Bay won its first series in nearly a...

By CJ Holley  |  May 4, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I was getting ground balls, but they weren't going to anybody." -- Atlanta starter Jo-Jo Reyes searches for the epistomological origins of base hits, particularly those against him. Nationals vs. Cardinals -- PPD By now, you know the rainy, rainy drill. In case you've forgotten,...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 4, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's either going to tailspin or get better. Hopefully it gets better." -- Orioles closer George Sherrill who hopes a winning streak is around the corner for a Baltimore team that has lost 13 of its last 16 games. Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles...

By CJ Holley  |  May 3, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I feel embarrassed." Mets pitcher Oliver Perez after yet another lackluster start led to another Mets loss, this time to the division rival Phillies in 10 innings. Nationals 6, Cardinals 1 Shairon Martis is only 22 years old, but for the woeful Nats, the future...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 3, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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