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Baseball Insider: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It was 9-0 last night. It's 7-0 tonight, and we end up losing the ballgame. At some point, these guys -- they've got to look in the mirror." -- Indians Manager Eric Wedge on his bullpen that has choked on big leads in the past...

By CJ Holley  |  May 16, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "He's our closer. We had the right guy out there last night, and we had the right guy out there tonight. He's got to forget this, because he'll be out there again." -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy on the struggles of team closer Brian Wilson,...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 16, 2009; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is Frank Francisco MLB's Next Great Closer?

Francisco Rodriguez. Joe Nathan. Jonathan Papelbon. Each young closer has risen from relative anonymity (at least outside of the realm of their respective fandom) to follow the path of the godfather of closers, Mariano Rivera, to national prominence while pitching in the crucible of ninth inning relief. Now there are...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 15, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rangers  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

D.C.'s MAIN MAN, MOVIN' ON UP In case you've missed it, Emmanuel Burriss has spent the past couple of weeks soundly proving some writers' doubts about his longevity null and void. He may not be to .300 yet, but his charge up the batting average charts speaks volumes about...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 15, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Giants  
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Rich Hill Is Ready to Join the Orioles

Well, the headline kind of says it all but after spending the better of the spring injured with a left elbow strain, Rich Hill will more than likely start Saturday night's game for Baltimore. Hill, who was acquired via trade from the Chicago Cubs, has gone 1-2 with a 1.65...

By CJ Holley  |  May 15, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Novel Approach to Cheap Room and Board

The minor leagues are a great feeder system for major league baseball, providing Americana-choked baseball and an outlet for development for players across the country. Yet while the minors are a great system for small towns, small organizations and players on an elevator to the big leagues, it doesn't exactly...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 15, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Orioles  
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When It Clicked: Rays 3B Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria arrived in the majors last April, but he truly arrived in October, when he homered six times in 11 games as the Rays advanced to the World Series. Though he struggled mightly in the Rays' loss to the Phillies in the Series, he is stating his case as...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 15, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I'm acting like a pitching machine out there." -- Mariners closer Brandon Morrow who on back-to-back days has taken the loss after blowing leads in both appearances. Texas Rangers 3, Seattle Mariners 2 For the second straight game, Seattle closer Brandon Morrow took the loss...

By CJ Holley  |  May 15, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "For a month, I'll be running like Geo Soto, just taking my time," -- Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, on how he plans to rehab from a strained left hamstring. Brewers 5, Marlins 3 If Florida keeps up its current skid, the Nationals may have company...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 15, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

FILE UNDER: GUN SHOW, TICKETS TO Clearly, Elijah Dukes is not shy about his biceps or his hair-do. Then again, it would probably be hard to be bashful about either if you'd spent as much time and money on body ink as he has on his arms, or as...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 14, 2009; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nationals  
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Talking Behind Their Back: Rays

Baltimore's split of a two-game series with Tampa Bay offers some good news and some bad news. On the positive side, the reigning AL champs didn't sweep the Orioles. On the negative side, they should've been able to sweep the Rays. If Baltimore was ever going to get the chance...

By CJ Holley  |  May 14, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Rays , Royals  
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Does Northern California Want the A's?

It's a legitimate question, particularly in the wake of this story from MLB.com, in which the mayor of San Jose, Chuck Reed, all but insists that the team would have to pay for its own ball park if it moved to the city. Of course, that being said, that doesn't...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 14, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Athletics , Giants  
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For Yankees, a Different Concept of "Value"

It's well-established that the Yankees operate in a different financial stratosphere than the rest of baseball. No one's ever claimed that New York does anything short of go to the ends of the earth to lock up players they deem essential, often overpaying their own veterans -- or others they...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 14, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "You always remember those..." -- Twins third baseman Joe Crede wistfully reminiscing about his Wednesday night walk-off grand slam. Minnesota Twins 14, Detroit Tigers 10 (13) The Tigers and Twins combined to hit six home runs but none were more important than Joe Crede's walk-off...

By CJ Holley  |  May 14, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I'm glad that game is over. I think both teams were out of pitchers, position players and just about everything else." -- Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox on his team's harrowing 12th-inning escape against the Mets Nationals 6, Giants 3 So, did the Nats win or...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 14, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

IT'S DEFINITELY NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS DARK Milwaukee may be willing to try some innovative tactics to get narrow victories this year, but turning out the lights altogether seems a bridge too far, doesn't it? That's what happened in the Brewers' game against the Cubs on Saturday night,...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 13, 2009; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Brewers , Cubs  
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Did Doctor Tell Red Sox to Just Use Steroids Wisely?

During his relatively brief major league service in Boston, third baseman Lou Merloni was better known for his childhood home -- he was called Framingham Lou in homage to his birthplace just up the Mass Pike from Boston -- and his still ongoing friendship with Nomar Garciaparra than he was...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 13, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Doug Glanville on Tipping Pitches

Buried in the avalanche of news surrounding Manny Ramirez's positive test for performance enhancing drugs last week was a fascinating piece by none other than Doug Glanville, the former Phillies outfielder and Ivy League student (Penn, Class of '92 though he left after his junior season in '91), who has...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 13, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The List: Lesser-Known Nationals Streaks

We all know Ryan Zimmerman's hitting streak stands at 30 games entering today's afternoon tilt in San Francisco. But in the interest of equality - and with a little help from the Play Index at Baseball-Reference.com (subscription required) -- we'd like to highlight several of his Nationals teammates who are...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 13, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I got a bat in my hand. I'm not going to go up there swinging gingerly." -- Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones on hitting two home runs in Tuesday night's game. Baltimore Orioles 7, Tampa Bay Rays 5 Adam Jones had his first multi-home run game...

By CJ Holley  |  May 13, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "We were desperate to get that streak over and start a winning streak. Who knows, maybe a 15-game or 20-game winning streak started tonight." -- An incredibly optimistic victorious Pirates starter Zach Duke Giants 9, Nationals 7 And then it was 30. The one-line story...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 13, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Troy O'Leary Needs a Reality Show?

Former Red Sox outfielder Troy O'Leary was always an interesting character. Often Nearly always overshadowed by the likes of John Valentin, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, O'Leary seemed happy to sit in the shadows and wait to pounce, whether on a pitch or an open situation. Well, he sees the...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 12, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Red Sox  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS Remember that old Sesame Street game, before it was sent to the "defunct" bin for being anti-PC? Well, it clearly applies to Nick Johnson's bats on Sunday. See if you can guess which one it is. Go ahead, take a...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 12, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nationals  
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Matt Wieters > Chuck Norris + Jack Bauer

Even Atheists Believe In Matt Wieters. Ok, maybe that's not true but the downtrodden fans of Baltimore have pinned their hopes of a rebirth on Matt Wieters. Wieters, a switch-hitting catcher that has had scouts salivating the past couple of years had a torrid spring for the Orioles before being...

By CJ Holley  |  May 12, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Ethics of Throwing Inside

It's hard to tell when an inside pitch just got away from the guy tossing it out there, and when it really was lobbed with the intent of sending a message. In fact, it may be so hard that the only way to tell is when a pitcher, or one...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 12, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Rangers , Red Sox , White Sox , Yankees  
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Steroids and Cooperstown

What do you do, when you are both the repository for baseball's vast history and the ultimate arbiter of the relative greatness of individual legacies, and when much of the game's recent history and so many of those recent legacies are tainted by the stain of steroids? When you're the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 12, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "He couldn't throw his curve for strikes because he couldn't throw his fastball for strikes." -- White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen efficiently explaining why starting pitcher Gavin Floyd got lit up. Cleveland Indians 9, Chicago White Sox 4 Cleveland broke out of its scoring slump...

By CJ Holley  |  May 12, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "Hopefully, there will come a point where we will pick him up. I think it's just coincidence, I really do. He's the type of guy that gets everybody up before his game. He might be getting 'em too geeked - that might be it. I...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 12, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Lastings Milledge All-Star Campaign

In case you somehow have found this blog without tripping across any of our site's terrific Nationals coverage here and here, AND you've also been trapped under a rock for the past month, once promising center fielder Lastings Milledge has, in fact, been demoted to AAA Syracuse. A player the...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 11, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Nationals , Red Sox  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

WOULDN'T MOMMA BE PROUD? If she's the Momma of Jose Bautista she sure would! The Blue Jays outfielder and about half of his major league friends went up to the plate with pink bats yesterday, celebrating fund raising efforts for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. Add to...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 11, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Talking Behind Their Back: Yankees

Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Eaton and Koji Uehara were Baltimore's starters in the three-game series and if you had to pick out one guy to get you a win against the Yankees, you probably wouldn't have picked the winner. Eaton got the first win for an Orioles starter since the last...

By CJ Holley  |  May 11, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Rays , Yankees  
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No Surprise: Schilling Piles On Manny Criticism

Curt Schilling was a teammate of Manny Ramirez's in Boston for four years, and he was his most outspoken internal critic over the final campaign. He also now has his own blog, 38 Pitches, which is affiliated with Boston radio powerhouse WEEI, on which he's not shy to express the...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 11, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dodgers , Red Sox  
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Three Up, Three Down

Zimm: Nats' 3B extends hitting streak to 28, halfway to DiMaggio's record. Word is, he also got to second base once in college with a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. Strasburg: College RHP, projected top pick of draft, throws no-hitter in front of three Nats execs. Why so glum, fellas? Is it...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 11, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's a cheap way of me not buying my mom a gift." -- Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. on his game-changing two-run homer in the eighth inning of a Mariners win. Seattle Mariners 5, Minnesota Twins 3 Ken Griffey Jr. went 2 for 5 with a...

By CJ Holley  |  May 11, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "Good luck asking me questions because I don't remember much of anything except a 1-2 slider that Janish popped up. I can't think of anything else that happened, really." -- Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa after St. Louis somehow overcame five home runs from Cincinnati to...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 11, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's kind of disheartening when we basically lose the game in the second inning and it's basically all on me." -- Yankees starter Phil Hughes after giving up eight runs in the second inning. Baltimore Orioles 12, New York Yankees 5 The Orioles torched Phil...

By CJ Holley  |  May 10, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "At least something positive happened today. The first time since '98 I hit one. I was a junior in high school." -- Pirates starter Paul Maholm, who took an ugly loss to the Mets but still managed to hit his first homer since high school....

By Cameron Smith  |  May 10, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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