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ST. LOUIS -- Center fielder Jon Jay was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the St. Louis Cardinals because of shoulder soreness.

St. Louis played the finale of a five-game homestand with only one regular outfielder, left fielder Matt Holliday. Right fielder Carlos Beltran missed his second straight start due to a minor knee injury but was available to pinch hit, and first baseman Lance Berkman was a late lineup scratch.

"We decided to stay cautious with Carlos and give him another day," manager Mike Matheny said. "His knee has been barking."

The team gave no reason for scratching Berkman, who had played two games since coming off the disabled list from a left calf injury.

Jay injured his right shoulder when he banged into an outfield wall last month. He's 3-for-18 on the homestand with one hit, a bunt single, in his last 15 at-bats.

Jay is hitting .343 in 26 games and went 1 for 4 in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Outfielder Shane Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis after one day in the minors. Robinson was 3 for 4 with a triple Monday, and arrived minus his equipment.

Robinson planned on asking utilityman Skip Schumaker, who started in center field, for a few items of equipment to tide him over.

"I didn't think anything would happen this soon. But it did," Robinson said. "It's been pretty chaotic."

Third baseman David Freese, in an 0-for-11 slump, also was not in the lineup.

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BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (back strain) will begin a minor league rehab stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday at Durham, N.C., the team announced.

Youkilis will serve as the PawSox's designated hitter and get three at-bats. He then will play the field on Thursday for Pawtucket before a final decision is made whether he will rejoin the Red Sox in Philadelphia on Friday.



Youkilis was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 2 (retroactive to April 29) and was eligible to be activated on Monday.

On Sunday, Youkilis began taking ground balls and was able to swing the bat and continue that routine for the past three days.

"He looked really good taking his ground balls," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He was moving around today with a bounce in his step. He'll start tomorrow and get him enough, whatever it's going to take to have him say that he feels good."

Since Youkilis has been sidelined, rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called up from Pawtucket and has hit .304 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 11 games for the Red Sox.

The rehab assignment is crucial because rival officials feel that if the Red Sox are going to recoup some trade return for Youkilis, he needs to get back on the field for an extended period of time and demonstrate he's healthy.

Youkilis' contract runs through the end of this season, and he could have trade value to a team such as the Dodgers or Reds -- if he can show he's healthy enough to be productive, baseball sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.



"Right now, I can't see another team giving them anything for him," a GM told Olney on Tuesday morning. "There are too many questions about what he's got left in his body."

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ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has a minor scratch on his right eye and is not starting in Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.

Freeman says he hopes to play on Wednesday. He says he went through seven pairs of contact lenses on Monday night but had to leave the game after the seventh inning because the scratch on his cornea affected his field of vision.

He says he thinks the dry, windy conditions in Colorado last week led to the problem.

Eric Hinske is starting at first base against the Reds.



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Phillies Vance Worley will miss His next start on Wednesday against the Cubs.



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Kerry Wood still sucks.



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clawmaster wrote: Kerry Wood still sucks.
But the Cubs are a well run organization.  They even sent a great pitcher down to the minors to keep Wood in the big leagues, only geniuses do that

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Sacramento River Cats' latest post on Facebook: "It's Manny Time."

Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez is scheduled to begin a 10-game minor league stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., and the club is already preparing special ticket packages for his home games in Northern California.

Barring rainouts, the dreadlocked designated hitter and outfielder is eligible to be activated by the Oakland Athletics from his 50-game suspension on May 30 -- his 40th birthday -- for the finale of a three-game series at Minnesota.




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The A's announced his schedule Tuesday, and the River Cats have already been busy planning for his much-anticipated arrival in the state capital.

The limited edition "Manny Pack" ticket packages in Sacramento will include 20 or 40 ticket vouchers good for any game this season along with a Ramirez River Cats T-shirt, while supplies last, of course.

"Manny's name is getting thrown around quite a bit," said A's outfielder Collin Cowgill, recently promoted from Sacramento. "It'll be good for the fans in Sacramento to see a guy like him come through. Obviously, he's going to fill the seats there, as he should. He deserves it. He's one heck of a player."

While the A's could have sent Ramirez to Class-A Stockton this weekend and guaranteed themselves a big draw at the gates, general manager Billy Beane wanted to get Ramirez prepared against the best competition and pitching possible before his return.

The 12-time All-Star had to serve a 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test.

This will be the 20th major league season for Ramirez, a career .312 hitter with 1,831 RBIs.

The A's signed Ramirez to a one-year minor league contract on Feb. 20 that is worth approximately $500,000 if he's added to the big league roster.

Ramirez retired from the Tampa Bay Rays last season rather than serve a 100-game suspension for a second failed drug test. The penalty was cut to 50 games because he sat out nearly all of last season.

He ranks 14th on the career list with 555 home runs. Ramirez went 1 for 17 (.059) in five games last season for Tampa Bay.

This spring, Ramirez vowed to be ready to make a comeback with the A's.

"It's going to take time. I haven't played in a whole year, so it's like starting to walk again, getting into that feel," he said.

Also Tuesday, the A's claimed Australian lefty reliever Travis Blackley off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's transferred right-handed reliever Joey Devine to the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from his second Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery in three years.

A move on the 25-man roster will be made when Blackley joins the A's, who were set to play the second game of a two-game series against the Angels in Anaheim.

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BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees have placed closer David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list after tests revealed the right-hander suffered a strained left oblique while pitching against the Seattle Mariners on May 11.

The Yankees announced the move roughly three hours before Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, but did not reveal how much time Robertson will miss.



"We don't think it's too severe but it's hard to tell. Obliques can be tricky," manager Joe Girardi said. "We expect him not to pick up a baseball for probably seven to 10 days and then we'll see where we are after that." Robertson suffered the injury in his first appearance after that loss, when he pitched in a non-save situation against the Mariners on Friday. He felt pain the next day and was unavailable to the Yankees over the next three games, including Monday night's 8-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Robertson was sent back to New York on Monday night and underwent tests Tuesday morning. The Yankees said he'll rejoin the team in Baltimore and accompany it to Toronto, where he'll begin to receive treatment.

Rafael Soriano, who came on to close on Monday and earned his second save of the year, will likely handle the majority of the save opportunities in Robertson's absence.

"Everybody I think knows what I can do in the ninth," Soriano said Tuesday. "I know what I got, and everybody knows what I have, what I can do. And I'm looking forward to it."

Robertson's injury comes only eight days after he was handed the closer role after Mariano Rivera's season-ending torn ACL on May 3 in Kansas City. In Rivera's absence, Robertson had been brought in to close two games. He saved the first one, on May 8 against the Tampa Bay Rays, but took the loss the following night when he allowed four ninth-inning runs in a 4-1 Tampa Bay victory.

"We lost Mariano first. The bullpen will do whatever we have to do," Soriano said. "Now with two guys down, it's not easy for us."

Robertson finished five games this season and was 0-1 with a 2.51 ERA and one save. To take his place on the roster, the Yankees recalled right-handed reliever Cody Eppley from their Triple-A farm club at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Despite losing Rivera and Robertson, Girardi was confident the Yankees' bullpen would be effective.

"They have been used a lot lately, but we think we have the guys that can get it done," the manager said. "Guys' roles have just increased a little bit, but we're not going to abuse them and ask too much."

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels, off to a disappointing start due in large part to a sputtering offense, fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher Tuesday night and promoted Jim Eppard from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace him.

Newly-acquired superstar Albert Pujols is off to the worst start of his career and the Angels rank 13th in the American League in runs, seventh in batting average (.247) and 12th in on-base percentage. The Angels have been shut out eight times this season, the most in the majors.



After Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletics, the Angels -- picked by many to reach the World Series -- are 16-21 and seven games behind the first-place Texas Rangers.

Hatcher, 57, joined the Angels in 2000, shortly after they hired manager Mike Scioscia, a former Los Angeles Dodgers teammate and a close friend.

"Mickey is a terrific guy, well-liked, very energetic and hard-working. This is about providing a different voice for our offensive players," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "It's a results-oriented business we're in and we need to find a way to string together something better than what we are right now. It's a decision to find a different voice."

Tuesday's move reflects a difference of philosophy between previous regimes in Anaheim and Dipoto's increased emphasis on on-base percentage and the incorporation of advanced analytics into the team's approach. Hatcher emphasized an aggressive approach at the plate.

"We've struggled with situational hitting, we've struggled to get on base in ways other than the safely hit ball," Dipoto said. "Good hitters are also patient hitters. This is not necessarily about the individual message as much as the team-wide message we need to stress with our players."

Pujols, a three-time MVP in the National League, had three infield hits Tuesday to raise his average to .212. He has hit one home run in 146 at-bats.

Hatcher had grown unpopular with Angels fans as the team struggled to score runs in 2010 and 2011. Then, with expectations sky high for 2012, the season began in a similar pattern, with the Angels struggling to get on base and often stranding runners in scoring position.

In 2009, the Angels set franchise records for batting average (.285), hits, runs and RBIs.

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Also Tuesday, the A's claimed Australian lefty reliever Travis Blackley off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's transferred right-handed reliever Joey Devine to the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from his second Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery in three years.



Bad move by the A's. Blackley stinks.



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MIAMI -- The hard-to-reach outfield fences at the Miami Marlins' new ballpark will remain that way.

Some have argued the fences should be moved in because home runs are too difficult to hit, but Marlins president David Samson says the ballpark plays the way it was designed.

"We have no reason to think about doing anything with the fences," Samson said Tuesday. "The park is playing fair. It's a pitcher-friendly park, but there's an ability to hit home runs."

The outfield is substantially bigger than at the Marlins' former home, with power alleys of 386 feet in left-center field and 392 in right-center. In the first 15 games at the ballpark, more than a dozen flyballs were caught on the warning track.

"Here's how we built it: We want it to be pitcher-friendly, but fair to hitters who get all of it," Samson said. "No cheapies. If you get it, we want it to go."

Frustrated hitters and Arizona manager Kirk Gibson have said the park is too big. Going into Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh, there had been 20 homers by both teams in the Marlins' 15 home games, and 33 homers in their 20 road games.

Marlins pitchers had given up 14 homers on the road and only seven at home.

"We're very happy with how the ballpark is playing," Samson said.

The Marlins are also happy with attendance in their 36,000-seat home. Through Monday they were averaging 30,180 fans per game, which ranks 15th in the majors. The Marlins averaged 19,007 per game last year, and ranked last in the NL in attendance each of the past seven seasons.

Samson said crowds have been even better than it might appear when looking at the stands, because of the wide, inviting concourses.

"There are more people milling than we even expected -- thousands of people at any time," he said. The nightclub beyond the left-field fence is selling out, he said.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made his first visit to the Marlins' new home this week and was delighted by the big, noisy crowds.

"I love the park," he said. "Compared to where they were, this is a great upgrade. There's great electricity."

There are a few flaws, however. The turf in center and right field has gone brown because of insufficient sunlight, and workers continue experimenting with possible solutions. They re-sodded once, and a different kind of grass may be installed for next season, but artificial turf isn't being considered, Samson said.

The biggest challenge has been to regulate the air-conditioning throughout the ballpark. Because of unusually warm spring weather, the retractable roof has been open for only four games and will likely be closed the rest of the season -- or until October, at least.

The Marlins lifted their no-umbrella policy, Samson said, after a fan pointed out an umbrella can come in handy in South Florida on the walk from the car to the ballpark.



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The Marlins are also happy with attendance in their 36,000-seat home. Through Monday they were averaging 30,180 fans per game, which ranks 15th in the majors. The Marlins averaged 19,007 per game last year, and ranked last in the NL in attendance each of the past seven seasons.


The increase in attendance is impressive. Will it be a one year wonder because of the new ball park? Or will the Marlins continue to draw fans over the next several seasons?



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I just noticed this after tonights Jays-Yankees game. Every team in the AL east is in the top 7 in HR within MLB.

Baltimore has 59, Yanks have 56, Jays have 49, TB has 45, Boston has 41. Only teams outside the AL east are Texas with 56 and STL with 48.

This also tells you how bad SD's HR power is. Edwin Encarnacion only has 1 less HR than all of SD, at 13 to their 14 total.

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Phillies Vance Worley will miss His next start on Wednesday against the Cubs.
He's on the DL now.



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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A scary moment occurred Wednesday night at Tropicana Field when Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Will Rhymes collapsed and passed out on the field in the bottom of the eighth inning because of what the Rays called an adrenaline rush after he was hit in the elbow by a pitch thrown by Boston Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales.


Rhymes clearly was in pain after he was hit and was immediately tended to by a Tampa team trainer and manager Joe Maddon. After a few minutes, Rhymes trotted to first base while the Red Sox made a pitching change.

Rhymes then began to motion toward the Tampa dugout that he could not continue when he collapsed.


Rays first-base coach George Hendrick was nearby and was able to catch Rhymes before he hit the ground. EMTs came out and after approximately 10 minutes, Rhymes was alert and taken off the field on a golf cart.


"That stuff hurts," Maddon said. "It'll knock the wind out of you and take your breath away. When you get hit that well on the arm, it makes you want to throw up."


Rhymes said after Tampa's 2-1 win that he was fine and described what happened.


"I didn't think I'd be able to throw the ball but I thought I'd be able to run," Rhymes said after the game. "When I got to first, I started to get really dizzy and nauseous and that's when I started walking off. Apparently I didn't get very far.


"I was totally fine until I got to first. I assured Joe I was good to go. I don't know if the adrenaline wore off or what, but I started to get dizzy and nauseous and that's when I started walking off."


Morales was clearly bothered by the incident and was concerned for Rhymes' health after the game.


"That scared me too," Morales said. "I tried to go in with my fastball. I hit him and I feel bad for him. I'm going to call him and talk to him. I want to know that he's going to be fine. I feel sorry for him. I missed it and I'm sorry."


"That was an ugly sight," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "It was scary."


Rhymes had X-rays taken on his arm at Tropicana Field and the results came back negative.


"I'm shocked," Rhymes said of the results. "Morales throws 95-96 and that one was pretty firm and it hit me right on the bone because I kind of turned into it. It literally hit me square on the bone. They say it's one of the strongest bones in the body, so thank God for that."


Rhymes said it was the first time he has passed out.


"Hopefully it's my last," he said. "I told them I was Batman, just to mess with them."

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