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May 29, 2010

BP Unfiltered

The Paper Trail of May 29

by John Perrotto

--Christian Red of the New York Daily News writes that a wake was held in New York for Jose Lima.

--Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times writes that with baseball's options rule that it's three and you're out.

--Anthony Witrado of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that a pitchers' duel was decided by Corey Hart as the Brewers beat the Mets. Witrado also writes that the Brewers added Chris Capuano back to the roster.

--Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that the Mets' winning streak ended with the walk-off loss. Tim Bontemps of the Post writes that Mets prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis is enjoying minor-league success.

--Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Matt Cain throws a one-hitter in the Giants' win over the Diamondbacks. Andy Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Pat Burrell could sign a minor-league deal with the Giants by today and that Mark DeRosa will have wrist surgery after the season or sooner.

--Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks did little against Cain.

--Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News writes that Robinson Cano moved into the cleanup spot for Alex Rodriguez and helped the Yankees beat the Indians. John Harper of the Daily News wonders if this is the year Cano gets the respect he deserves. Brian Costello and Mark Hale of the New York Post write that Curtis Granderson's return from the disabled list forced out Randy Winn with the Yankees. Larry Brooks of the Post writes that the cellar-dwelling Indians arrive at the right time for the Yankees.

--Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that the Indians saw curtain fall on the grand stage after Cano's grand slam.

--Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that Freddy Garcia did the job for the White Sox in a win over the Rays. Gonzales also writes that Ozzie Guillen, Mark Buehrle and Joe West were fined but not suspended and that Bobby Jenks tweaked his calf and Sergio Santos and Matt Thornton picked up the slack for the White Sox.

--Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times writes that the Rays remained gracious hosts. The Times' Mark Topkin writes that as expected, there were only fines for the Rays' Carl Crawford and Joe Maddon. Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune wonders what David Price will be like when he is really right.

--David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Derek Lowe got plenty of support in a win over the Pirates. The Journal-Constitution's Chris Viviamore writes that the Braves' Jair Jurrjens is to have his hamstring examined and that Matt Diaz is progressing and hopes to return before the All-Star break.

--Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the Zach Duke struggled again in the early innings in the Pirates' loss. Finder also writes that the Pirates put struggling Charlie Morton on the disabled list.

--Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun writes that batting practice was magic for Aaron Hill as he helped the Blue Jays beat the Orioles.

--Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that Kevin Millwood was let down again by his Orioles' teammates. Zrebiec also writes that the Orioles' Adam Jones was detained at the Toronto airport and that Matt Wieters is catching his breath after a fast year.

--Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that the Mariners topped the Angels. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News-Tribune wonders if the Mariners will stay have a heartbeat after playing 20 games in 20 days.

--Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that Scott Kazmir took a step back in the Angels' loss. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that the Angels' Bobby Abreu played in his 2,000thcareer game.

--Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals jumped on the Cubs early for a win at Wrigley Field.

--Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Randy Wells was chased early by the Cardinals. Sullivan also writes that whether or not the Cubs' Ted Lilly was cheating is a good question. Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Jeff Baker, Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez are all OK.

--Joe Stiglich of the Oakland Tribune writes that the scoreboard numbers were the only ones that mattered in the Athletics' win over the Tigers.

--Tom Gage of the Detroit News writes that Miguel Cabrera's three home runs went for naught for the Tigers. John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press writes that Carlos Guillen conquered his first double play at second base for the Tigers.

--Bob Dutton on the Kansas City Star writes that the Royals beaned the Red Sox.

--Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that Tim Wakefield got bashed in the Red Sox's loss. Abraham also writes that Jacoby Ellsburry was bumped back on to the disabled list by the Red Sox.

--Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that the Twins' pitchers stepped up when needed in their win over the Rangers. John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that the Twins lead the majors in fielding and that's not even the whole story.

--Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Justin Smoak left the Rangers feeling stranded.

--John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Reds pounded the Astros.

--Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle writes that the Astros' pitching staff took plenty of abuse. Levine also writes that Bud Norris was placed on the disabled list by the Astros and Gustavo Chacin and Wesley Wright were called up.

--Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes that Manny Ramirez finally aired it out in the Dodgers' win over the Rockies.

--Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post writes that the Rockies blew a four-run lead. The Post's Patrick Saunders writes that he would take Carlos Gonzalez over Matt Holliday.

--Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals made the right one pay on a night when the Padres wrote down the wrong pitcher on the lineup card. Kilgore also writes that the Nationals played the game under protest over a lineup card mix-up.

--Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Padres were held off by the Nationals.

--David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News writes Marlins.html#axzz0pKBsnqgB">that it was finally time for a high-five as the Phillies beat the Marlins.

--Juan C. Rodriguez of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel writes that it was Marlins, rather than the Phillies, who looked offensively challenged.

John Perrotto is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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