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Baseball Insider: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's better than not being in first place." -- Yankees Manager Joe Girardi on the existential joy of the team being alone in first place in the American League East for the first time since the final day of the 2006 season. New York Yankees...

By CJ Holley  |  May 30, 2009; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rockies Fire Manager Clint Hurdle

Clint Hurdle, just two years removed from a trip to the World Series has been fired by Colorado. The Rockies have promoted bench coach Jim Tracy to be the team's manager. Hurdle took the helm in Colorado early in the 2002 season after Buddy Bell was fired and compiled a...

By CJ Holley  |  May 29, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rockies  
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How Much is a Buscone Worth? $20 Million

Earlier this year we were all educated on the finer points of Domican buscones, the talent scouts/agents who tout young baseball players at the cost of a percentage of their future earnings. It's a seedy business that falls somewhere between outright pimping and legitimate championing. Well, in the case of...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 29, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  White Sox  | Tags: Alexei Ramirez, Buscone, Dominican Republic, White Sox, lawsuit  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

WAIT ... WHERE'S THE BALL? Astros catcher Humberto Quintero seems a bit confused in this frame, but wouldn't you be, too? Hey, he's the catcher! If he doesn't get the ball to the pitcher, who will? A dog? Oh, right. Forgot about that one. (Al Behrman/Associated Press)...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 29, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Astros  | Tags: Astros, Humberto Quintero, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture  
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Myers Surgery Would Put Phillies Under the Gun

A full two months into the season, we can take this much away from the performance of the Philadelphia Phillies: They're really, really good on the road For some reason, they're incredibly susceptible at home The can hit a ton They have shaky starting pitching, at best All of those...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 29, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Phillies  | Tags: Brett Myers, Cole Hamels, Phillies, Ruben Amaro Jr., pitchers  
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When It Clicked: Rays RHP James Shields

Nearly six years passed from the time James Shields was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 16th round in 2000 until he made his major league debut in 2006. But by 2007, he had established himself as one of the top young pitchers in the game, and...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 29, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Wrap: AL

With only three games and good quotes from each, I'm busting out the first ever "Quote of the Game." Enjoy your bonus baseball utterances. Baltimore Orioles 5, Detroit Tigers 1 "I guess Wieters will be here tomorrow, so hopefully we can pie him." -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones....

By CJ Holley  |  May 29, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "He's either scared or in control. I'm not worried about him anymore in those situations." -- Dodgers Manager Joe Torre on reliever Ramon Troncoso, who wriggled out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning against the Cubs. Dodgers 2, Cubs 1 A day after...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 29, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cutting Back on Signing Bonuses

MLB may not be hurt as badly as some other industries -- cough, automakers, cough -- during the economic recession, but that isn't stopping Commissioner Bud Selig from making moves aimed at decreasing the economic blow that comes from signing top prospects. According to former New York Times' baseball columnist...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 28, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

STILL ... STUCK ... ON ... 299 ... ARRGGHH! Anyone else get the feeling that Randy Johnson is getting a little antsy in his pursuit of career win No. 300? He's still looking for it, which means the Nationals may actually sell some decent glory hunting tickets next Wednesday,...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 28, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Giants  
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Talking Behind Their Back: Blue Jays

Update: The Orioles have in fact optioned reliever Chris Ray to Class AAA Norfolk to make way for David Hernandez. You may proceed... It's amazing how one series and a series of announced roster moves can change your whole perspective about a team, isn't it? The Orioles finally got their...

By CJ Holley  |  May 28, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Orioles , Tigers  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "Been a long time since we had a lot of fun like that." -- Orioles Manager Dave Trembley following the team's improbable victory (and sweep) of Toronto. Baltimore Orioles 12, Toronto Blue Jays 10 (11) The Orioles picked up their first three-game sweep of the...

By CJ Holley  |  May 28, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I'm definitely not your typical cleanup hitter, that's for sure." -- Cardinals rookie outfielder Nick Stavinoha, on hitting in the cleanup spot despite only two career RBI before Wednesday. Cardinals 3, Brewers 2 Talk about the right gut move. Despite just 90 career at-bats for...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 28, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

WHERE'S 44? Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand, left, and Tim Lincecum cut a picture of number repetition after scoring against the Braves on Tuesday. Also absent: Eli Whiteside (he's no. 22)....

By Cameron Smith  |  May 27, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Giants  
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Wieters Gets the Call

All the speculation about when and where Matt Wieters might finally make his major league debut is now over, now it's time to see what the kid has to offer. Team president Andy MacPhail made the surprise announcement during last night's Orioles telecast (see video below, and the stunned reactions...

By CJ Holley  |  May 27, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Orioles  
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The List: Best Catchers in Orioles History

When uber-prospect Matt Wieters makes his big league debut on Friday for the Baltimore Orioles, will he automatically rank as the best catcher in franchise history? OK, perhaps it's a bit hyperbolic -- in the vein of this Web site -- to even ask such a question. But the question...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 27, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Orioles  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It was one of those days where almost everything was working and they put up a run, so I was like, `Just keep it right there. They can't do too much with you if you keep doing that.'" -- Royals pitcher Zack Greinke who gave...

By CJ Holley  |  May 27, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "It was a long time coming. I always had confidence. I just told myself, 'This is where I belonged, in the big leagues,' and I was going to do everything I could to get back here. Hopefully, I can stick around." -- Dodgers starter Eric...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 27, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

WE'RE CLAIMING THIS IS A BASEBALL PHOTO Yes, we've resorted to that level of gossip mongering, folks. This shot of former slugger Jose Canseco wielding a bat after being belted into blubberation in his first Mixed Martial Arts photo is indeed a baseball shot. See, he's got a bat...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 26, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Three Up, Three Down

Battle of the Beltways: O's/Nats series sees three compelling games, though attendance averages only 28,000. Apparently, the O's also get the attendance they deserve when in D.C. SDSU: Nats' least favorite college team makes NCAA field, ensuring at least one more start for projected No. 1 pick S. Strasburg. Nats'...

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 26, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I'd rather give up home runs than walk guys." -- Tampa Bay reliever Jason Isringhausen, who walked three batters, gave up two runs and took the loss but managed to not give up the long ball. Which I guess is the opposite of what he...

By CJ Holley  |  May 26, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "It wasn't a tough play. It just didn't go in my glove. That's all I can say." -- St. Louis third baseman Brian Barden on his error which set the stage for Milwaukee's walk-off win the 10th inning. Mets 5, Nationals 2 In the last...

By Cameron Smith  |  May 26, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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