May 2007 - Baseball Wiretap

Beltran Exits After First Inning

May 31, 2007 7:44 PM

Due to a collision at first base with Rich Aurilia, Carlos Beltran was taken out of the game after scoring the Mets' second run. Beltran appeared to have injured his wrist.

RealGM

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Giambi Out At Least Three Weeks

May 31, 2007 5:18 PM

Jason Giambi will be sidelined at least three weeks because of torn tissue in the arch of his left foot. The New York Yankees designated hitter was examined in New York on Thursday by Dr. William Hamilton. Giambi will be placed on the disabled list before Friday's game at Boston, and his foot will be put in a walking boot. "He will be re-evaluated in three weeks," Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said.

USA Today

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Atlanta Working Out Saltalamacchia At First Base With Deadline Looming

May 31, 2007 2:28 PM

In Atlanta, multitalented rookie catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has started taking ground balls at first base as the Braves try to figure out his future with the trading deadline approaching. "We have our franchise catcher [Brian McCann]," GM John Schuerholz said. "So who knows what will happen? We could find another place for Salty to play. Or somebody else could want him and make us an offer where we say to ourselves, 'This is a deal that makes sense for us and for him and for everybody.'"

ESPN

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Phillies Conclude They Need To Deal Rowand?

May 31, 2007 2:25 PM

The Phillies seem to have concluded they'll have no choice but to at least dangle center fielder Aaron Rowand before the trading deadline if they're still looking for late-inning bullpen upgrades. But one NL scout who is a longtime Rowand admirer says that would be a big mistake. "You're talking about a guy who has a Philadelphia-type mentality," the scout said. "And that's hard to find. Plus, this guy is a big force in that clubhouse, and you have to be really careful about trading a player like that. Sometimes, the intangibles that guy offers under the surface don't become apparent until after he's gone."

ESPN

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Scout: You Can Hear Lincecum Curve Spinning

May 31, 2007 2:23 PM

Tim Lincecum is impressing players, scouts and fans with every start. Opponents are hitting .186 against the 2006 draft pick. "He has a radio curveball," quipped Phillies scout Gordon Lakey. "You can hear it spinning. But you can't hit it."

ESPN

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Gibbons On A-Rod: "That's Not Yankee Pride Right There"

May 31, 2007 2:05 PM

The aftermath of the controversial Alex Rodriguez play extended into the locker rooms with interesting quotes being made by both teams. "I've never seen it happen, maybe I'm na?ve but I thought it was a bush-league play," John Gibbons said. "That's not Yankee pride right there." Said Rodriguez: "I get screamed at all the time on the field. That's baseball." Joe Torre seemed embarrassed by the episode. "You know ... I don't know what to feel for it. It's baseball. It's not like he said, 'I got it,' " he said. Damon smirked when asked about the play. "I'm not sure what I should say. I didn't know that was legal," he said. "Maybe we should do that more often."

Journal News

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Pirates Eyeing Vitters With 4th Pick?

May 31, 2007 1:32 PM

There is a palpable sentiment that the Pirates covet Josh Vitters with their fourth overall pick, a third baseman at a California high school who some see as having the best bat. If Vitters is gone with the top three picks and they still seek a position player, Matt Wieters, a hard-hitting catcher at Georgia Tech and Boras client, might be just as good. Or the Pirates could take another pitcher from a deep pool of high school talent.

Post-Gazette

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Mota Says He's Learned His Lesson

May 31, 2007 1:27 PM

Guillermo Mota returned to the Mets yesterday afternoon, having served his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. The 33-year-old called his violation "a mistake" and, when asked if he would ever do it again or if he learned his lesson, answered, "Of course, I've learned my lesson." Mota, who did a pregame interview in the dugout, also tried to lighten the mood. When one reporter said many fans didn't know whether he was a good guy or a bad guy, Mota replied, "I'm a good guy."

New York Post

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Damon Concerned About Possibly Being Dealt

May 31, 2007 1:23 PM

Many of the Yankees have no-trade clauses, but Johnny Damon's contract allows the Yankees to deal him to 12 teams, a list selected by Damon himself. Damon said he is not concerned with that possibility, though a source said that the center fielder has expressed uneasiness over the idea of being traded. "I'm not concerned. Maybe if this was my only team ever, but I've been around," Damon said.

New York Daily News

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Source: "A-Rod Is Known As The King Of The Strip Clubs"

May 31, 2007 1:19 PM

While in Toronto, Alex Rodriguez was spotted at a strip club with a blonde other than his wife, something that is allegedly nothing new for the Yankees slugger. "A-Rod is known as the king of the strip clubs," a source said. "He gives the girls his number to meet somewhere else later on." He also goes to a private social club in Chelsea that fronts as a poker club but also hosts wild, after-hours sex romps, a source said. A petite stripper at the Hustler Club said A-Rod "likes the she-male, muscular type. They brought me up to the champagne room one time. I spun around once and that was it. I'm not his type."

New York Daily News

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Hughes Suffers Setback, Return Appears To Be August
A second magnetic resonance imaging exam on Phil Hughes?s left ankle revealed a Grade III sprain, indicating a torn ligament.

New York Times

A-Rod's 'Hah!' Angers Blue Jays
Alex Rodriguez helped the Yankees end their five-game losing streak with his bat, and his mouth, on Wednesday night.

Yahoo.com

D'Backs Sign 2006 First-Round Pick Max Scherzer

Associated Press

Toronto Activates Halladay, Option Litsch To Double-A

AP

Blue Jays Option Vermilyea To Triple-A Syracuse, Call-Up Clark

AP

Cubs Hold Players-Only Meeting After More Fundamental Breakdowns

AP

Zito Outduels Glavine At Shea

Yahoo.com

Cardinals' Molina Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Wrist

AP

La Russa Getting Close To The End?

Post-Dispatch

A-Rod Photographed With Woman In Toronto
The New York Post has published photos of Alex Rodriguez with a blonde women in Toronto.

New York Post

Mets' Mota Expected Back After 50-Game Suspension

ESPN.com

Is Pierzynski's Welcome In Chicago Wearing Out?
A.J. Pierzynski seems to create controversy on a daily basis.

Yahoo.com

Giants' Benitez: Walk, Balk, Balk, Walk-Off HR, Mets Win In 12

Yahoo.com

Mets' Green Put On DL For First Time Ever

AP

Smoltz Leaves Game With Strained Shoulder

Yahoo.com

Rocket To Make Debut On Monday At Chicago

MLB.com

Bay And Blake Named MLB Players Of The Week

MLB.com

Toronto Has Seven Of The First 88 Draft Picks In MLB Draft
The Blue Jays select 16th and 21st in the first round of the MLB Draft.

Canoe

Boston Remains On Top Of RealGM Rankings

RealGM

Miller's Time In Chicago Appears Over
GM Jim Hendry said if possible he?d like to help Wade Miller catch on with another team.

Daily Herald