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Baseball Insider: May, 2011

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/30/2011

Padres offense is caught in between, but team is still ‘grinding’

With Adrian Gonzalez in Boston and Anthony Rizzo in the minors, San Diego is low on power but still “grinding.”

By Lacy Lusk  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/30/2011

Leading off: Streaking Diamondbacks look to stay hot against Marlins

Arizona has won six straight to take over first place in the National League West

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/28/2011

Leading off: Phillies and Mets face off in National League East battle

Philadelphia has won four straight NL East titles after the Mets won the division in 2006.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/27/2011

From The Farm: George Mason alum Justin Bour is crushing Florida State League pitching

Justin Bour, who played at Westfield High and George Mason University, is powering through the Florida State League.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:38 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Leading off: Giants look to keep winning without Buster Posey

Tim Lincecum will start for San Francisco against the Brewers.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Virginia baseball reloads after losing key players in 2010 draft

Virginia’s the No. 1 seed in the 2011 ACC baseball tournament despite having seven drafted players sign pro contracts last summer.

By Lacy Lusk  |  09:53 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Virginia baseball reloads after losing key players in 2010 draft

Virginia’s the No. 1 seed in the 2011 ACC baseball tournament despite having seven drafted players sign pro contracts last summer.

By Lacy Lusk  |  09:35 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Deck the halls: The Super Two holiday season has arrived

Prepare for an influx of top prospects around the game, as the so-called “Super Two” deadline — a procedural means for teams to suppress the future salaries of young players — is about to pass.

By Dave Sheinin  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Leading off: Rubber match for Indians and Red Sox

The resurgent Red Sox close out a three-game series with the Indians.

By Chris Rukan  |  10:27 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Leading off: Yankees and Blue Jays match aces

CC Sabathia and Ricky Romero will look to quiet the top two home run hitting lineups in the American League.

By Greg Schimmel  |  02:43 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Jose Bautista, through rose-colored glasses

The wise fantasy owner knows not to confuse love of fantasy profile with love of real-life player — like Jose Bautista, for example.

By Keith McMillan  |  01:15 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 05/23/2011

National League holds its own at start of interleague play

After seven straight years of American League supremacy in interleague play, the National League looks like it’s catching up.

By Lacy Lusk  |  11:07 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Leading off: Everyone’s a contender in middling American League West

All four AL West teams are separated by two games.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:05 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 05/21/2011

With Utley’s return approaching, first-place Phillies like their position

Some recent losses and a sputtering offense have obscured the fact that the Phillies, with a 27-17 record entering play Saturdayand Chase Utley on his way back from a knee injury, are exactly where they want to be.

By Dave Sheinin  |  03:14 PM ET, 05/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Leading off: Interleague play begins Friday

Rangers and Phillies will face off in battle of last two World Series runners up.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Hagerstown takes its place among this year’s fastest-starting minor league teams

The Nationals’ low-Class A South Atlantic League team has one of the best records in the minor leagues after four sub-.500 seasons.

By Lacy Lusk  |  04:27 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 05/19/2011

For Orioles’ Snyder, the future starts now

Brandon Snyder, a former All-Met Player of the Year, is back in the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles, and this time he’s hoping it’s to stay.

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:50 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/18/2011

Leading off: Rockies travel to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is leading the NL East, but has been struggling offensively lately, scoring just seven runs and batting .142 during a four-game losing streak.

By Christopher Rukan  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Leading off: Scuffling Phillies will have hands full with Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia

Philadelphia has lost three straight, and Garcia has a 1.89 ERA this year.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Yankees’ problems go beyond Posada

Jorge Posada’s clash with management made for a compelling tabloid drama, but the Yankees’ problems go far beyond their underperforming designated hitter.

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:35 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Leading off: Yankees look to close the gap against Rays

Reeling New York is chasing Tampa Bay atop the American League East

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 05/15/2011

Leading off: Red Sox look to reach .500 against Yankees

Boston (19-20) looks to reach .500 for the first time this season.

By Christopher Rukan  |  08:31 AM ET, 05/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/14/2011

Leading off: Rangers look to regain first place against Angels

Defending AL champion Texas hasn’t led its division since April 30.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/13/2011

No-hit bids are up in the major leagues in 2011

There have been more no-hit bids so far this season than in any year since 1968, the year of the pitcher.

By Christopher Rukan and Jonathan Goldberg  |  10:55 AM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Leading off: Yankees and Red Sox set to continue rivalry in New York

New York is out of first place for the first time since April 10.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Jonathan Schoop is part of talented group of Orioles shortstop prospects

With Manny Machado out because of a knee injury, Jonathan Schoop is proving more than capable of playing shortstop at Delmarva.

By Lacy Lusk  |  01:45 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/12/2011

What’s behind Lackey’s profound struggles?

The mystery surrounding John Lackey’s struggles for the Boston Red Sox deepened on Wednesday night. But there may be a simple answer behind it.

By Dave Sheinin  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Leading off: Cleveland Indians try to extend home winning streak

Cleveland tries to extend its home winning streak to 15 games against the Rays tonight.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:09 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Leading off: Cy Young candidates Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson to meet head-to-head in Florida

The Phillies and Marlins own the two best records in the National League.

By  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Leading off: Oakland and Texas set to match aces in series opener

Trevor Cahill will start Monday for the Athletics against the Rangers’ C.J. Wilson.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:33 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Major league shortstops lose their power

The Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki is the exception as the golden age of slugging shortstops comes to a close.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 05/08/2011

Leading off: Another strong pitching matchup as Braves and Phillies wrap up series

Another strong matchup in a series that’s already had two shutouts as Jair Jurrgens faces Cole Hamels.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:28 AM ET, 05/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 05/07/2011

Leading off: Yankees send resurgent Bartolo Colon to the mound against Rangers

Veteran right-hander has pitched well for New York after missing entire 2010 season.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:17 AM ET, 05/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Leading off: NL East-leading Phillies set to take on Braves

Left-hander Cliff Lee set to start for Philadelphia against Derek Lowe

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Herndon grad Brandon Guyer nears the major leagues

Outfielder Brandon Guyer, who played at Herndon High and the University of Virginia, is one of the top hitters in the Class AAA International League.

By Lacy Lusk  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Leading off: Josh Johnson’s next no-hit bid

Florida’s Josh Johnson, who starts today against the Cardinals, has already taken three no hitters into the sixth inning this season.

By Christopher Rukan  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Aaron Crow (remember him?) re-emerges as a shutdown reliever in K.C.

After spurning the Washington Nationals in 2008, pitcher Aaron Crow has taken a meandering path to the big leagues. But now that he’s there, with the Kansas City Royals, he looks like a budding star.

By Dave Sheinin  |  10:56 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Greinke takes the mound

Zack Greinke gets his first start for the Brewers, after cracking a rib playing pickup basketball during spring training.

By Christopher Rukan  |  01:09 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Leading off: Jon Lester and Dan Haren set to face-off again

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Indians’ trades start paying off

Much of the credit for Cleveland’s hot start should go to former GM Mark Shapiro for the pieces he picked up when he had to trade off proven players.

By Lacy Lusk  |  01:48 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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