The National League The Kevin Towers Dan Strittmatter of AZ Snake Pit: "Right-hander Trevor Bauer had an outing that I can only describe as oddly very encouraging, with a somewhat underwhelming 5:5 K:BB ratio across seven innings of work, but just one hit allowed, no runs surrendered, and an impressive 9:4 groundout:flyout ratio." The Frank Wren David O'Brien of Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The Braves have scored more runs than any other team in the majors this season, but their pitching had faltered a few too many times lately for anyone to feel entirely comfortable about the way things were headed." The Jed Hoyer Phil Rogers of Chicago Tribune: "To win two of three from the Dodgers while dealing with Matt Garza's illness and a bullpen being rebuilt on the fly was impressive." The Walt Jocketty George Von Benko of MLB.com: "Infielder Miguel Cairo, who is rehabbing his strained left hamstring, is 0-for-10 through three games for Class A Dayton. Cairo was the designated hitter on Thursday and played third base on Friday and Saturday." The Dan O'Dowd Andrew Martin of Purple Row: "If we're going to pin the problems of 2012 on any one entity, I'll put the blame where blame is deserved: The rotation is simply not pulling its weight. This isn't exactly news to anyone, either." The Michael Hill Juan C. Rodriguez of South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Greg Dobbs' run-scoring single in the eighth inning Saturday proved to be the game-winner in the Marlins' 4-1 victory over the Padres. It was the 77th pinch hit of Dobbs' career, tying him with Carlos Baerga and Harry Spilman for 41st all-time." The Jeff Luhnow Nick Mathews of Houston Chronicle: "Astros prospect Austin Wates of Class AA Corpus Christi had the No. 2 play on SportsCenter with this catch over the wall. A must see." The Ned Colletti Jim Peltz of Los Angeles Times: "So it's fair to say that by the time Jamey Wright walked David DeJesus with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to give Chicago the winning run, the Cubs' 4-3 victory was not the most pressing matter on the Dodgers' mind." The Doug Melvin Tom Haudricourt of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "Despite a discouraging spate of major injuries, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio made it clear Sunday he is not giving up on the 2012 season." The Sandy Alderson Stephen Schmidt of Amazin Avenue: "Binghamton used a strong pitching performance from Greg Peavey and Armando Rodriguez to grind out the win last night. There wasn't much to be had in the way of offense, but Pedro Zapata scored the winner on a Josh Rodriguez walk off single in the ninth inning to help the B-Mets inch back towards .500." The Ruben Amaro Jr. Pat Gallen of Phillies Nation: "Oh, baby. Things just got real in regards to the Phillies and Nationals budding rivalry. After admitting last night that he intentionally plunked Bryce Harper in the back, Cole Hamels was lambasted in the media by Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo." The Neal Huntington Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout: "Just purely on the numbers, [Charlie] Morton is right, and it's not just the homers. In his two best starts of the year, against the Cardinals April 20 and the Rockies April 25, Morton had a total of 28 grounders and nine fly balls. In his two starts since then, he has 14 grounders and 17 fly balls. That probably isn't a ratio that will work for him." The John Mozeliak Viva El Birdos: "Whether we slice and dice the baseball season into weeks, months, or games played, the start and ends points are arbitrary. The completion of yesterday's game marked the end of 26 consecutive games against National League Central opponents for the Cardinals." The Josh Byrnes Gaslamp Ball: "Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett might be nearing the end of their stay with the San Diego Padres, according to team sources speaking with Dan Hayes of the North County Times." The Brian Sabean Steve Kroner of San Francisco Chronicle: "Bruce Bochy turned 57 on April 16. After the Giants' 4-5 homestand ended with a 4-3, 11-inning victory over Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon, Bochy must feel not a day over 75." The Mike Rizzo James Wagner of Washington Post: "In the eight games Nationals fans have gotten to see Bryce Harper, they've seen an array of plays. And before a national audience on Sunday night against a division rival, he added more." The American League The Dan Duquette Peter Schmuck of Baltimore Sun: "Sure, it's way too early to speculate on what this team will do over the course of a long season, but when stuff starts happening that you almost cannot explain, you have to allow the possibility that something special might be happening." The Ben Cherington Alex Speier of WEEI.com: "While the Red Sox might not make a move, they do have a pitcher in the minors who is performing at a level that suggests he is capable of helping. While Mark Melancon endured historic struggles in his first four outings with the Red Sox, he has been overpowering since heading to Triple-A Pawtucket." The Kenny Williams South Side Sox: "The White Sox signed LHP Jose Quintana as a minor league free agent this offseason ... Quintana's fastball is usually between 88-91 MPH and tends to be straight. He relies on a solid curveball and also throws a decent changeup. Though not overpowering, he has good command of his pitches and throws strikes from his somewhat deceptive three-quarters delivery. Per usual, the lefty is tougher on left-handed hitting." The Chris Antonetti Lets Go Tribe: "A slightly different take on the age-related controversies in the Dominican Republic. Records-keeping in the DR isn't good enough to authenticate both identity and age, so clubs are going so far as to use DNA testing to prevent another Fausto Carmona/Roberto Hernandez situation. But there's no accurate way to confirm the actual age of a human." The Dave Dombrowski Bob Wojnowski of Detroit News: "In fits and starts, it's coming around. Not quickly, not easily, not the way most people expected. But the Tigers can survive the hitting fits if their pitching starts turn out like this." The Dayton Moore Royals Review: "The struggles continued for Eric Hosmer over the weekend, and his season line is now down to .185/.261/.370. At what point do the Royals consider sending him down to AAA?" The Jerry DiPoto Bill Shaikin of Los Angeles Times: "[Cole] Hamels, headed for free agency this fall, is expected to sign for at least $20 million per year. [Jered] Weaver would have been headed for free agency this fall had he not extended his contract with the Angels for five years, at $17 million per year. If Hamels gets six years at $20 million each, Weaver could have left $35 million on the table - maybe more, given that he has not been on the disabled list in five years." The Terry Ryan Twinkie Town: "I am in no way stating that the Twins could have done something to avoid these players needing to under go Tommy John surgery. Some of them may have waited longer than we would have liked them to, if only because in some of the situations the surgery seemed inevitable, but avoiding the injury altogether seems impossible." The Brian Cashman Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues: "Obviously [Nick] Swisher's presence alone did not account for the offensive outburst, but it didn't hurt. He'd hit six homers with a .408 wOBA in 93 plate appearances before the injury, joining Curtis Granderson as the club's second best bat behind the resurgent Derek Jeter in the early going." The Billy Beane Athletics Nation: "While perpetual prospect Michael Taylor finally got the call from the big club last week, the recently demoted Josh Donaldson, Graham Godfrey and Andrew Carignan have all been tearing it up at Sacramento." The Jack Zduriencik Geoff Baker of Seattle Times: "Once again, this up-and-down Mariners season is back on a bit of an upswing. But rather than continue getting too high or two low with each flurry of wins and losses, we'll try to look at the bigger picture." The Andrew Friedman Martin Fennelly of Tampa Tribune: "When it comes to Matt Moore, when it comes to Moore or less, it's been less. He has been a disappointment this season, partly because there was no way for him to live up to last season's opening act, when he streaked across baseball's sky with an electric fastball and electric everything else." The Jon Daniels Dallas Morning News: "In striking out 11 batters, RHP Yu Darvish became the 15th pitcher since 1918 to have a pair of double-digit strikeout performances among his first six career outings. Darvish also struck out 10 against the New York Yankees. The last pitcher to do it was Washington's Stephen Strasburg." The Alex Anthopoulos Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com: "Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel became the oldest player in Major League history to take the field at shortstop on Sunday afternoon against the Angels. The 45-year-old Vizquel broke a record that has stood since 1918."
30-Team MLB Scoop, May 7th Edition