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May 30, 2010

BP Unfiltered

The Paper Trail of May 30

by John Perrotto

--Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Roy Halladay was picture perfect in throwing the 20th perfect game in major-league history as the Phillies beat the Marlins. Gelb also writes that Placido Polanco is to undergo an MRI exam on his elbow. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover wonders if this slump is different. The Inquirer's Stephen A. Smith thinks that for the Phillies, October will be the time to worry. The Camden Courier-Post's Martin Frank thinks a slump by the Phillies was inevitable.

--Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that the Marlins were no-hit for the second time in franchise history.

--Sam Miller and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register write that Kendry Morales broke his leg celebrating a game-winning grand slam in the Angels' victory over the Mariners. Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times writes that Torii Hunter is also injured.

--Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that Morales' slam broke the Mariners' three-game winning streak.

--Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that David Huff and the Indians were comeback kids in the Bronx in their victory over the Yankees. Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal thinks that the Indians need to take a swing at the roster.

--Ben Shpigel of the New York Times writes that it was a horror show for the Yankees as they blew a big lead. Brian Costello of the New York Post writes that David Robertson exits with back pain. The Post's Larry Brooks thinks that ex-phenom Joba Chamberlain must regain his lost way. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News thinks that comic relief by Chamberlain is no joke for Joe Girardi.

--Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune writes that Carlos Silva goes to 7-0 as he was superb in seven innings of a shutout victory over the Cardinals. van Dyck also writes that Carlos Zambrano is expected to start Wednesday for the Pirates for the first time since being dropped from the rotation. van Dyck also writes that a sprained thumb still vexes Aramis Ramirez, who says going on the disabled list is a last resort. Bruce Miles of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald writes that for the Cubs to rise, their on base percentage must rise.

--Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Silva baffled the Cardinals. The Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss writes that ailments may be playing a role in Albert Pujols' production decline.

--Joe Stiglich of the Oakland Tribune writes that Brett Anderson sparkling for the Athletics in his return from the disabled list in a victory over the Tigers. Stiglich also writes that Justin Duchscherer is unable to delay hip surgery.

--Tom Gage of the Detroit News writes that the powerless Tigers lost their fourth straight game. Gage also writes that the Tigers gave up on Dontrelle Willis by designating him for assignment. Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press thinks that Roy Oswalt is worth the risk for the Tigers.

--Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Corey Hart's two home runs and six RBIs keyed the Brewers to their fifth win in six games as they beat the Mets. Haudricourt also writes that injuries to catchers hit teams.

--Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that Hart led to more heartbreak for the Mets, particularly Fernando Nieve and Oliver Perez. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News thinks that on the early scoreboard, the edge goes to Omar Minaya over Brian Cashman on player moves. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News writes that an amazin' week produces business as usual for the Mets.

--Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post writes that the Rockies hit parade buried the Dodgers as Jim Tracy earned his 100th win as the Rockies' manager. The Post's Mark Kiszla thinks the Rockies need Aaron Cook to produce on the mound. The Post's Irv Moss writes that big stats make for good reading material.

--Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes that the Dodgers and Hiroki Kuroda experienced a night of mile-high misery. Shaikin also writes that Vicente Padilla will not be charged in a domestic violence case.

--La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Orlando Hudson's home run got the Twins' quiet bats roaring in their victory over the Rangers. Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press thinks that workmanlike Carl Pavano has a little Brad Radke in him. The Pioneer Press' Kelsie Smith writes that baseball puts itself on the clock.

--Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that a seventh-inning meltdown doomed the Rangers. Wilson also writes that Nelson Cruz is healing and set for a return. Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News writes that the Rangers have clout with Vladimir Guerrero.

--Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Nick Hundley and Mat Latos led the Padres over the Nationals.

--Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals lost in J.D. Martin's return to the major leagues. Kilgore also writes that Drew Storen is still settling in. Phil Wood of the Washington Examiner  thinks that you shouldn't be upset if Stephen Strasburg's debut doesn't go the way you planned.

--Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe writes that Clay Buchholz proved to be a Royal pain as he pitched seven shutout inning to outduel Zack Greinke in a victory over Kansas City. John Tomase of the Boston Herald writes that Josh Beckett is going to slow down in his recovery from a back injury.

--Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that the Royals again offered scant support for Greinke. Dutton also writes that the Royals put Gil Meche on the disabled list because of a shoulder injury.

--Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times writes that slumping Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton got big hits in the Rays' victory over the White Sox. The Times' Joe Smith writes that Jason Bartlett is day-to-day with a right hamstring strain.

--Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that John Danks was rocked as the pressure continues to mount on the White Sox to make a move. Gonzales also writes that Ozzie Guillen pokes fun at a $7,000 fine from Major League Baseball.

--Tom Ramstetter of the Cincinnati Post writes that the Reds bombed the Astros with six home runs, Jay Bruce and Carlos Hernandez hitting two apiece in the victory. Ramstetter also writes that Ryan Hanigan was placed on the disabled list with a fractured thumb.

--Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle writes that Astros pitchers got pounded again.

--Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Buster Posey was an instant hit as his three RBI singles led the Giants over the Diamondbacks. Gary Peterson of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Matt Williams was once in Posey's shoes.

--Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks got clobbered as their season continues to slip away.

--Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun writes that the Blue Jays hit new heights in their victory over the Orioles.

--Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles' bullpen was overpowered by a pair of eighth-inning home runs. The Sun's Peter Schmuck thinks that the Orioles make moves but can't get lucky.

--David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Martin Prado's three RBIs lifted the Braves past the Pirates.

--Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Brian Burres' contributions weren't enough for the Pirates.

--Tony Sauro of the Stockton Record writes that the Stockton Ports salute The Beatles by wearing psychedelic jerseys.

John Perrotto is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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