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This will be a long running Baseball thread with injury news and other various notes.

Mets put LF Jason Bay on DL with broken rib
The Associated Press – 27 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have put left fielder Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he broke a rib while trying to make a diving catch.

The Mets said Tuesday that an MRI exam showed a nondisplaced fracture on Bay's left side. Infielder Zach Lutz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Bay was hurt Monday night during a doubleheader sweep by San Francisco. In the fourth inning of the second game, Bay ran back on a long fly by Gregor Blanco. The ball bounced out of Bay's glove for a two-run double and he landed face-first near the warning track.

Bay left the game a few innings later. The 33-year-old Bay is hitting .240 with three home runs. Lutz was hitting .333 with three homers for Buffalo.

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Braves demote Jair Jurrjens to minors after loss
The Associated Press – 12 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Atlanta Braves have optioned struggling pitcher Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett after the 2011 All-Star lasted only three-plus innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jurrjens, who led the Braves with 13 wins last season despite two trips to the disabled list, is 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts. He retired only seven of the 17 batters he faced Monday night - including opposing pitcher Chris Capuano on a sacrifice bunt - and was charged with five runs on nine hits in a 7-2 loss.

It was the first time Jurrjens failed to record a strikeout in 42 starts since April 29, 2010, at St. Louis, when he departed after one inning with a strained left hamstring.

The team will make a corresponding roster move Tuesday.

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Bay sucks.

Jurrjens is a mystery. He doesn't have wicked stuff but his control is usually excellent. Braves have a deep, deep system so this might not be good for him.

On the plus side, I can now pay $10 for a dugout seat to watch him pitch 12 miles from my house.:)

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Jurrjens hasn't been right since being out with the injury last year. His velocity has been down since coming back and he's had an ERA on the wrong side of 5 since.

Mike Pelfrey of the Mets looks to be headed under the knife for season-ending surgery, believed to be a torn UCL.

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is going to see Dr. James Andrews to have the soreness in his left elbow checked out, a source told ESPN The Magazine senior baseball writer Buster Olney.

Crawford is out indefinitely and not close to returning to action, the source said.

Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Crawford would seek a second opinion on the elbow.

Crawford, who also had offseason wrist surgery, has taken some at-bats but has not played the field in extended spring training games. No timetable has been set for when he can resume throwing.


Crawford had returned to Florida on Tuesday night, where he has been rehabbing, Valentine said, after being examined in Boston earlier in the day.

Valentine said he had no other information on the condition of Crawford's elbow other than it was "sore." He added that the elbow remains a cause for concern.


"Until a guy is 100 percent, you always have concern," Valentine said.


At the start of spring training, before the elbow issue had surfaced, the most conservative estimates for when Crawford would be playing for the Red Sox was May 1.


The Red Sox outfield could use some reinforcement with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury expected to miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury.


Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox before the 2011 season and had one of the worst years of his career, hitting .255 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases.

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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is making progress from an infection after Achilles tendon surgery but will not resume baseball activities for at least a week, the team said Tuesday.

"After seeing the wound specialist in Philadelphia yesterday, Ryan Howard's wound has gotten smaller and is healing," the statement said. "We've been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal."

The Phillies also announced that outfielder Hunter Pence would undergo a precautionary MRI on his left, non-throwing shoulder after injuring trying to make a diving catch Sunday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported later Tuesday the MRI showed no structural damage. Pence was back in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday night. He hit a two-run homer in an 8-5 win over Arizona.

Howard suffered a torn left Achilles in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against St. Louis in October. He left spring camp on Feb. 26 to undergo a procedure to clean up an infection around the sutures from his surgery.

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Jeremy Bonderman, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2010, had reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday, with the intent of working his way back to the big leagues in 2013, a baseball source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Bonderman, 29, is 67-77 in eight seasons, with a 4.89 ERA and 929 career strikeouts.

He last pitched in the majors for the Detroit Tigers, with whom he has spent his entire big league career to date. In 29 starts in 2010, he went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA over 171 innings.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was examined by team physicians after undergoing an MRI on his shoulder Tuesday in New York, but the team did not announce the results because the pitcher's agent requested he get a second opinion on Wednesday.


It was yet another turn in what has become the puzzling saga of the 23-year-old right-hander the Yankees acquired from Seattle in January in exchange for Jesus Montero, the most highly touted hitting prospect in their farm system.

"It's confusing, because he asked for the second opinion before we had the first," conceded manager Joe Girardi, who added he had not been given the results of the exam performed on Pineda on Tuesday by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. Pineda will be examined by Mets team doctor David Altchek in New York on Wednesday.


"I don't know if (Ahmad) will talk to Altchek first and they'll discuss what they see before they put something out; that way there's maybe not a conflicting report," Girardi said.


According to Girardi, the second opinion was requested by Fern Cuza, Pineda's agent, after Pineda was shut down on Saturday after feeling pain and weakness in the back of the right shoulder 15 pitches into an extended spring training game. It was the first time he had thrown to hitters since being placed on the 15-game disabled list on March 31.


"When they found out he was going to New York, his agent requested that whatever happens, we want a second opinion," Girardi said. "Whatever that means, we should know more as time goes on. I don't know why agents and players ask for second opinions. It's not something I ever did. Sometimes guys are just more comfortable with other doctors, but that's okay."
Cuza, who represents Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and represented Pedro Martinez during his time as a Met, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined to comment via text message until he receives the medical report on Wednesday.


Originally, the Yankees listed Pineda's injury as "right shoulder tendinitis." Now it is listed as "right rotator cuff tendinitis."


In any case, it is becoming obvious that Pineda, who the Yankees were counting on to hold down a regular spot in their rotation, is not close to returning to action after what Girardi termed a "significant" setback.


"We thought we were going to get a power pitcher that pitched very well and we believed had a very huge upside," Girardi said. "Right now, we don't have him and right now I can't tell you when we're going to get him back. That part is disappointing."


Pineda was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA for the weak-hitting Mariners in his rookie season, but his effectiveness fell off markedly in the second half of the season, when his ERA rose and his velocity declined after the All-Star break.


The Yankees had attributed his second-half decline to fatigue due to his workload -- Pineda threw 171 innings in 2011 -- but after showing up for spring training some 20 pounds overweight, he continued to have problems with his velocity. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his final preseason game, having allowed six runs and seven hits to the Phillies on March 30.


An examination the next day revealed shoulder tendinitis but no structural damage, and Pineda's prescribed course of treatment was rest, until his abortive attempt to pitch over the weekend.


"Coming out of the game was disturbing to me on Saturday," Girardi said. "How long has it been since he threw in that game in spring training; 3½ weeks? You assume if he was to make it back, it would have to be more time than that, because that amount of time off didn't help. We'll find out what's going on (Wednesday), and hopefully it's good news."

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson will have surgery on the torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder and miss the rest of the season, he said Tuesday.

"I'll be ready for next year," he said before the team's game with the Houston Astros. "It's six to nine months."

He made the decision to have surgery after receiving a second opinion from specialist Lewis Yocum, who confirmed the diagnosis of the team physician.

Narveson's last start was April 15 at Atlanta, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list five days later, retroactive to April 16.

"You know it's going to be strong, and as long as it heals right and it doesn't re-tear during the rehab process, you should be good," Narveson said. "(Yocum) was very optimistic."

Narveson has been the team's fifth starter the past two seasons and was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two games this year. In 2011, he finished 11-8 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 starts and is 26-18 with a 4.67 ERA in five Major League seasons.

Narveson said he was told he could try to rehabilitate the shoulder, but there was a risk of a further tear. He said he preferred surgery "and be 100 percent than to flip a coin."

"It's all about your outlook," Narveson said. "You have to be positive. You know it's going to be long, you know it's going to be grueling. You know there's going to be days where it aches and it hurts. But a lot of times the reward comes later on when you get back on the mound."

Righty Marco Estrada has replaced Narveson in the rotation and started Saturday against the Rockies, striking out nine and giving up two hits in five innings but didn't get a decision.

The Brewers also announced the reinstatement of right-handed reliever Kameron Loe from the bereavement list on Tuesday. Loe was placed on the list Saturday after the death of his grandfather. Righty Wily Peralta, the team's top pitching prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville Monday night.

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Pitcher Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Baltimore Orioles, alleging the club placed him on the restricted list and is preventing him from signing with another organization even though he left the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate with the consent of a team official.


Willis received permission from Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, before leaving the Norfolk Tides last Wednesday, said agent Matt Sosnick.


Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, didn't immediately respond to a phone call or email. But Duquette told CBSSports.com on Monday that Willis left Norfolk without the organization's permission. Duquette added that the Orioles would welcome Willis' return and think he can be a successful reliever in the big leagues.


As long as Willis remains on the restricted list, he can't sign with another club without Baltimore receiving compensation. Sosnick said Duquette has not returned his phone calls, and that the Orioles are holding Willis "hostage" by refusing to discuss the matter.


"Dan has said nobody gave Dontrelle permission," Sosnick told ESPN.com. "Dan knows that's not true. I can't imagine making this kind of deal over something so trivial. We're talking about a minor league player that Baltimore has relatively no financial investment in whatsoever. It's the dumbest thing ever and a waste of everybody's time. Dan has had a thousand chances to ratchet this down a notch, and all he's done is ratchet it up."


Willis, 30, is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in parts of nine major league seasons. After capturing the Rookie of the Year award with Florida in 2003 and winning 22 games in 2005, he went to Detroit with Miguel Cabrera as part of an eight-player trade in December 2007. Willis has since struggled with injuries, anxiety-related issues and a decline in velocity, and he's had limited success in stops with Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.


Willis signed with Baltimore in late March after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies late in spring training. The Orioles said they planned to use Willis out of the bullpen, and the pitcher appeared to be on board with the idea. But Willis later had second thoughts because his arm wasn't responding well to relieving and he did not feel comfortable in the role. He expressed a desire to start in a conversation with Norton last week.


"Tripp told Dontrelle, 'If Dan isn't open to him starting, of course we'll give him his release. We don't want a player doing something he doesn't want to do,' " Sosnick said. "I've known Tripp Norton for 15 years and had good, direct, honest dealings with him time after time. I'm disappointed for Tripp that he's been placed in the middle of this."


Willis went home after meeting with Duquette, Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin and failing to reach agreement with the Orioles over whether he would start or relieve for the Tides. Willis told MASNSports.com that he was "dumbfounded" when the Orioles placed him on the restricted list, because he thought he had clearance to leave Norfolk.


"I thought it was a mutual parting of ways," Willis said. "It's one of those things where, if he had told me he was putting me on the restricted list, I wouldn't have left. I didn't grab my book bag and run out of the class. I'm almost dumbfounded. I'm not even upset. I don't know if it's personal because I don't know Dan."


According to Baseball-reference.com, "A team can request that a player be placed on the restricted list if that player has left the team without a valid reason, or has announced his intention to retire but is still of an age or level of skill that could allow him to return to professional baseball in the future. In effect, the team states that it retains rights to the player if and when he becomes active again."


Several players with legal or off-field issues have been placed on the restricted list in recent months. The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) on the list in January after he was arrested on charges of using a false identity. The Tampa Bay Rays did the same with minor league pitcher Matt Bush after he was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in March.


Sosnick denied speculation that Willis has received interest from a club in Japan or Korea. He said he would be happy to reach a financial accommodation with the Orioles should Willis pursue opportunities in Asia.


"I have not been contacted by any Asian team about Dontrelle," Sosnick said. "But I know that Dan has closer ties to Korea than I do, so maybe he knows something that I don't know."

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Nobody wants Dontrelle. He's done.

Pineda might turn out to be Ken Phelps.

Edit: Pineda IS KEN PHELPS (or maybe Carl Pavano?): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/04/25/yankees-pineda.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a8&eref=sihp

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HBF wrote: Nobody wants Dontrelle. He's done.

Pineda might turn out to be Ken Phelps.

Edit: Pineda IS KEN PHELPS (or maybe Carl Pavano?): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/04/25/yankees-pineda.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a8&eref=sihp

Fuck.  Hadn't even heard this was a possibility before, maybe I just wasn't following it closely enough.  Well this pitching staff isn't good enough to win it all, even if Kuroda pitches more like he did last night and on Opening Day and less like he pitched the other 3 times, so they're going to have to get someone big in July.

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CC-will be fine
Kuroda-will be fine
Nova-solid number 2
Andy-will be fine
5th slot? I'd try Phelps there and put Hughes in the BP. Hughes sucks. I'll admit it. It's funny but the only guy that made it is the guy who got away (Kennedy).

I'm still down on Banuelos and Bettances. They have awful control. Try Phelps and see what happens. And cut Freddy.

Pineda was never 100% coming into camp. I'm starting to think they sold damaged goods.

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Are The Rays now the team to beat in the A.L. East?

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Are The Rays now the team to beat in the A.L. East?


The Yankees offense is much better than TB's and their pitching will get better. However, TB finds a way to win and their pitching is rock solid top-notch. The Yankees could easily win the East, but the Rays at the moment are better constructed for a playoff matchup with those starters, IMO.

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TRENTON, N.J. -- With his importance increasing because Michael Pineda is out for the season, Andy Pettitte moved a little closer to returning to the Yankees by pitching five innings for the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Wednesday night.


After allowing four runs -- three earned -- against the Erie SeaWolves, Pettitte is expected to make at least two more minor league starts before he could be ready for the big leagues, possibly by May 10. Pettitte is returning after sitting out all of last season.

"It was another step in the right direction," Pettitte said of Wednesday's outing.


Yankees GM Brian Cashman said it is possible that Pettitte could have three minor league starts, which would move his major league debut to the middle of next month.


The timing of his first big league outing could also be delayed by Pettitte's anticipated testimony in the Roger Clemens perjury trial.


"That is nothing I even care to talk about," Pettitte said.


Wearing his familiar No. 46, Pettitte mostly had his way with the inferior competition, despite an imperfect line. In what for all intents and purposes was a spring training start, he threw 81 pitches, 59 for strikes, and allowed seven hits. He struck out three and walked one.


"I was a little disappointed with my command a little bit tonight," Pettitte said. "I thought I made a few more mistakes than I had been making."


Pineda will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a labrum tear in his right shoulder and will be out for the rest of the season, but his injury will have no impact on when Pettitte is put into the Yankees' struggling rotation. Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes have not pitched well so far.


"Regardless of what is taking place at the major league level, Andy has got to go through the right motions," Cashman said. "There is a little unknown, given his age and being a full year off. He'll be ready when he is ready. Despite what is happening above, there is not going to be any urgency."


The Yankees have not yet decided when and where Pettitte will make his next minor league start. It will be based on logistics and weather.


"We'll see what and where will make the most sense," Cashman said.


Trenton is on the road in Portland, Maine, at the beginning of next week. Pettitte needs to be at the 100-pitch level before he and the Yankees would consider him ready for the majors.


"We've got to play it safe," Cashman said. "When and if he is ready, it is not going to be something it can sustain and stay healthy. So he is in the position to help."


Pettitte left to a standing ovation in the sixth inning. On his way to the Thunder dugout, he flipped the ball to a fan.


Before the first pitch, the crowd honored Pettitte with his initial standing ovation at the announcement of his name. In the first, Pettitte gave up a run but looked like his old self, throwing 16 pitches, including 11 strikes.


The first two batters he faced hit singles -- one a line drive to center by Michael Rockett and the other a soft grounder off third baseman Addison Maruszak's glove -- to put a runner in scoring position. Rockett would score on a fielder's choice before Pettitte sent two SeaWolves down on strikes. Pettitte retired nine in a row after the initial two hits.


In the fourth, Pettitte gave up his second run on a walk and two hits. The RBI single came on a bloop off the bat of Rob Brantly.


In the fifth, Pettitte allowed his third run but was hurt by an error in the inning. When he left the mound, the crowd thought he would be done for the game and rose for his second ovation.


When Pettitte finally was taken out for good in the sixth, there was a man on first. The runner came around to score.


"He looked good," Cashman said. "I think he is going in the right direction."


Pettitte, who will turn 40 in June, came out of retirement in mid-March. The Yankees signed him to a $2.5 million deal, which seems like even more of a steal with Pineda now out of the season.

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SAN DIEGO -- Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson says an MRI on Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder shows inflammation but no structural damage.

Zimmerman missed his third straight start on Wednesday. Johnson says the plan is to have Zimmerman take some swings on Thursday to see how he feels.

If there's no relief by Thursday, Zimmerman could be sent back to Washington for treatment.

Johnson says Zimmerman had a cortisone shot on Saturday but it's possible the shot might not have had its full effect.

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CINCINNATI -- The San Francisco Giants put Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday while he received treatment for an anxiety attack.

Huff left the team in New York over the weekend after struggling at the plate and in the field. The Giants originally said he had a family emergency.

Manager Bruce Bochy said on Wednesday that Huff is getting treatment for anxiety. He could rejoin the team in San Francisco over the weekend.

"He had an episode of anxiety," Bochy said, before a game against the Cincinnati Reds. "He got some treatment, he'll continue to get treatment. At this time, we thought the best thing was to make this move and put him on the 15-day disabled list."

The Giants called up infielder Joaquin Arias from Triple-A Fresno. He was in Cincinnati in time for the second game of a series against the Reds.

Huff has started four games in left field and six at first base. Huff was moved to second base for the first time in his career on Saturday because the Giants were short-handed, and he failed to cover the base on a potential double play, helping the Mets rally for a 5-4 win.

Huff also has struggled at the plate, going 1 for 15 in his last six games.

Bochy didn't know whether Huff has dealt with anxiety issues before now. When he left the team after Saturday's game, Bochy initially thought he might be experiencing a problem related to his on-field performance.

"I thought that was a possibility, yeah I did," Bochy said. "I didn't have a chance to talk to him, but we did pass some texts."

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CLEVELAND -- Royals pitcher Danny Duffy will miss his scheduled start against Minnesota on Friday because of tightness in his left elbow.

The injury isn't considered serious and the Royals expect Duffy to start next week against Detroit. He's 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts.

It's expected the Royals will announce Friday's starter following Thursday's game against the Indians.

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain will likely be sidelined for a month with a strained left hip flexor. Cain was on a minor league rehab assignment while recovering from a strained left groin.

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CINCINNATI -- The San Francisco Giants put Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday while he received treatment for an anxiety attack.


I think it was because he was served with divorce papers.

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NEW YORK -- New York Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey is "99 percent" certain that he will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, he told reporters Thursday.


An MRI revealed that Pelfrey had a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.


"It's frustrating," Pelfrey said. "I've never been hurt."
Pelfrey will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Friday, according to manager Terry Collins.

"The prognosis was not very good," Collins said.
"[The doctors] came back and said that I have a tear in my UCL and they brought up my options," said Pelfrey, who was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with what was thought to be right elbow inflammation.
"They brought up the PRP, which is an injection. They put it at like 10-20 percent that it works, and so there was an 80 percent chance I was still gonna have surgery. So I thought it was the best case for me that we just go ahead and do it. Obviously, I'm still supposed to go down and visit Andrews personally and we'll go from there, but I think surgery is about 99 percent [that] it's gonna happen."
Pelfrey first began to experience "tightness" and "grabbing" on the first pitch of every inning in his last start on Saturday -- an eight-inning, one-run outing against the San Francisco Giants.
Initially, Pelfrey thought it was just standard tendinitis because he didn't feel any pain.
But after getting a precautionary MRI and a second opinion, it turned out to be much worse.
"I told them I can pitch, because I feel good," Pelfrey said. "But the thing that kind of backed me off was it was brought up to me that I could pitch and alter my mechanics and end up hurting my shoulder. And my shoulder feels great. And I think that's the last thing that I want."
This could mark the end of Pelfrey's career with the Mets. He's arbitration-eligible one more time but is making $5.6875 million this year, making him a definite non-tender candidate in December.


Pelfrey is the second-longest tenured Met behind third baseman David Wright. Pelfrey debuted in July 8, 2006.
Right-hander Chris Schwinden will take Pelfrey's rotation spot on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Left-hander Robert Carson was optioned to Double-A Binghamton.
Long term, the Mets could turn to highly touted Triple-A prospect Matt Harvey to possibly replace Pelfrey in the rotation. The flame-throwing 23-year-old is 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA in five starts for Buffalo.
The 28-year-old Pelfrey had pitched to a 2.29 ERA in his first three starts in 2012.
"I just feel terrible for you, especially right now with what you had to endure last summer, coming off a big year the year before, and right now pitching as good as I've seen you pitch in person," Collins told Pelfrey.
"He has his sinker back, he has command of his curveball. Everything was working. And to have this happen is a true shame, not only for him but for us."
Pelfrey owns a 50-54 record and a 4.36 ERA in 149 career starts, all for the Mets.

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DETROIT -- Slumping third baseman Brandon Inge was released by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

The team announced the move following a 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Inge is batting .100 (2 for 20) with a home run and two RBIs this season.




"It's one of those things you can kind of see how things are going before they come. But it's no hard feelings whatsoever. This is my family, this is where I've been my whole career. I'll miss the guys, I will," Inge said. "But I have a chance to go play maybe somewhere else. It may be a good thing, a good start for me personally, but my heart will always be in Detroit for 100 percent and forever."
The 34-year-old Inge is in his 12th season in the majors, all with Detroit. He played mostly third base for the Tigers, but has also caught, played the outfield and second base.

"He's been a true soldier for a long time, even long before I was here," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's been with me here six-plus years now and like I say, a true solider."

Inge is a .234 career hitter with 140 homers and 589 RBIs. With his release, Ramon Santiago is the lone player remaining from the 2003 Tigers team that lost a near-record 119 games. Inge had been the only player that had remained with the organization uninterrupted since 2003.

Detroit also announced it had called up first baseman Brad Eldred from Triple-A Toledo after the game.

"We had some discussions today and we just feel at this point we're trying to add some offense," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "Eldred's been hot as can be. And it's a situation where we're going to try to make a move to get him on the ballclub and see if he can give us a little offense, primarily from the DH position."

Eldred was hitting .388 at Toledo with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs in 20 games.

Detroit is responsible for the $4,808,743 remaining on Inge's $5.5 million salary this year and the $500,000 buyout of his $6 million option for 2013, a total of $5,308,743. But the Tigers could save up to $417,049 if he were to sign with another team Friday.

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BALTIMORE -- Toronto Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan has experienced shoulder pain while rehabilitating a foot injury and will be shut down for two weeks.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Thursday that the 30-year-old right-hander experienced some soreness in his shoulder during long tossing. McGowan underwent an MRI and has consulted with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

Farrell said the test confirmed there was inflammation but no new damage.

McGowan, Toronto's first round draft pick (33rd overall) in the 2000 draft, has a history of shoulder and knee injuries and spent most of the previous three seasons on the disabled list. He opened this season on the 15-day disabled list after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.

He is 20-24 with 4.80 ERA in 80 games, 60 of them starts, over parts of five seasons.

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will fly to Los Angeles on Sunday for a second opinion on his ailing left elbow and says ligament reconstruction is likely if surgery is recommended.

"If it's going to be surgery, it's probably going to be Tommy John," Wada said Thursday through interpreter Seob Yoon.

The Japanese pitcher was previously diagnosed with ligament damage after a magnetic resonance angiogram. But the 31-year-old wants to consult with orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum before returning to Baltimore to consider his options with Orioles officials.

Wada, who signed an $8.15 million, two-year contract in December, experienced discomfort in his throwing elbow during spring training and was placed on the disabled list before the season.

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The Dodgers are calling up pitching prospect Nathan Eovaldi today.

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have placed reliever Rafael Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained side muscle.

Perez got hurt on Wednesday while pitching one scoreless inning against Kansas City. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in eight appearances. This is the first time in his career he's been on the disabled list. He's eligible to be activated on May 11.

Perez pitched in 71 games for Cleveland last season.

To replace Perez, the Indians recalled lefty Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus.

This is Hagadone's second stint with Cleveland. He was with the Indians from April 17-22 and posted a 2.70 ERA in three outings. In Columbus, Hagadone hasn't allowed a run in 7 1-3 innings.



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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have placed right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland on the 15-day disabled list and infielder Marwin Gonzalez on the paternity list.

Weiland has bursitis in his right shoulder. His stint on the DL is retroactive to Wednesday.

The 25-year-old is 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA in three starts for Houston this season. He joined the Astros in an offseason trade with Boston.

Gonzalez has hit .231 in 16 games this season. He can be on the paternity list for up to three days.

Houston recalled left-hander Fernando Abad and infielder Brian Bixler from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of a weekend series at Cincinnati.

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have placed reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique and recalled right-hander Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox announced the moves before Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

Crain hasn't pitched since April 20, and he wound up on the DL even though manager Robin Ventura had said he didn't expect him to land there. The 30-year-old right-hander is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA and has 10 strikeouts in seven innings over six appearances.

Axelrod is 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts in four starts with Charlotte.

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The Phillies must really suck if their getting their asses kicked by the Cubs!!

Maholm, Castro lead Cubs to 5-1 win over Phillies
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Paul Maholm pitched 6 1-3 solid innings, Starlin Castro had two hits and an RBI, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Friday night.

Maholm (2-2) allowed a run on five hits with a strikeout and no walks, dropping his ERA from 8.36 to 6.20, and Tony Campana had two hits and scored twice for the Cubs.

Ty Wigginton homered for Philadelphia, which has scored two runs or less in 11 of 20 games this season.

Roy Halladay (3-2) was unhittable at the start, retiring 10 straight batters with four strikeouts, but surrendered three runs on six hits in a three-inning stretch to fall to 1-5 lifetime against Chicago. He allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Rafael Dolis pitched two scoreless innings for his first major-league save.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Campana led off and got the Cubs' first hit on a bunt, sliding safely into first and just beating the tag of Wigginton. After stealing second, Campana scored on Castro's bloop single to center.

Castro is 6 for 12 lifetime against Halladay.

The Cubs scored two more runs in the sixth on RBIs by Alfonso Soriano and Ian Stewart. Chicago went ahead 2-0 on Soriano's single to left that scored Campana, who led off the frame with his second straight infield single. Stewart doubled to right to drive home Bryan LaHair, who had singled, for a 3-0 cushion.

The inning ended with a blunder by Soriano, who was caught flat-footed in between third and home on Darwin Barney's groundout that resulted in a rare 1-3-2 double play.

But the three-run lead was more than enough for Maholm.

The Phillies' offense, still missing injured All-Stars Chase Utley (knee) and Ryan Howard (Achilles'), didn't' resemble the unit that tallied 20 runs in its last three games.

After Carlos Ruiz's second-inning double, Maholm retired 15 of the next 16 batters before Wigginton's homer to left with one out in the seventh. That hit ended the night for Maholm.

Philadelphia threatened to score more in the seventh off left-handed reliever James Russell after putting runners on first and second with a pair of infield hits, but Soriano caught Juan Pierre's drive to left after initially misplaying the ball for the final out.

The Cubs tacked on two runs in the ninth off right-handed reliever Michael Schwimmer on Reed Johnson's RBI triple that got past a diving Hunter Pence in right. Johnson scored on David DeJesus' single.

Notes: SS Jimmy Rollins went 0 for 4 for Philadelphia and has three hits in his last 37 at-bats. ... Wigginton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a fourth-inning single. ... Despite many empty seats on a chilly, windy night, the Phillies announced their 211th straight regular-season sellout with a crowd of 45,261. ... Campana has five steals in his last four games. ... Philadelphia RHP Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34) is scheduled to face Cubs RHP Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60) Saturday night in the second game of the four-game series.

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Kershaw wins 10th straight decision, 3-2 over Nats
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LOS ANGELES (AP) The sign of a great pitcher is the ability to win regardless of the circumstances. Clayton Kershaw has been on quite a role in that department, even when he hasn't had his best stuff.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner pitched eight innings to win his 10th straight decision, Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the National League.

''There wasn't anything pretty about it,'' Kershaw said. ''I was a little bit erratic. I didn't have great fastball command, but I was fortunate to battle through eight - which was big. Getting two runs early was huge.''

Kershaw (2-0) allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one. He became the first Dodgers pitcher to win 10 consecutive decisions since Ramon Martinez from August 1995 through May 1996.

''It was a tough ballgame,'' Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. ''Kershaw made a lot of quality pitches. He crowded right-handed hitters all night. We weren't able to hit the ball real hard.''

Kershaw hasn't lost since last Aug. 7 at Arizona, when the Diamondbacks beat him 4-3 with two-run homers by Kelly Johnson and Cody Ransom. The 24-year-old lefty also joined Ed Roebuck and Orel Hershiser as the only Dodgers to win 12 decisions in a row at home since the franchise moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958.

''This is a good place to pitch, so I definitely don't take that for granted,'' said Kershaw, whose home streak has spanned 16 starts with a 1.22 ERA. ''Wins are nothing I can control, so I'm not worried about individual wins. The team had a lot to do with that.''

Kenley Jansen pitched a hitless ninth for his first save of the season, but had to hold his breath until Danny Espinosa's bid for a tying home run landed just foul in right field. Espinosa eventually lined out to center field before Jansen plunked pinch-hitter Chad Tracy with two outs and struck out Jesus Flores to end it.

Ross Detwiler (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits over six innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. The left-hander had allowed only one earned run in 16 innings over his first three starts, a homer by Cincinnati's Ryan Ludwick.

The Nationals, who allowed a major league-low four home runs through their first 19 games - and only one measly run by their starting pitchers in a span of 34 2-3 innings - fell behind 2-0 in the first when Ethier drove his fifth homer into the right-field bullpen following Matt Kemp's single.

''They are on fire. Hitters like that are carrying their ballclub,'' Johnson said. ''We made mistakes to them. It was a curveball on the inside half to Ethier and he jumped all over it. He got ahead of Kemp, but you can't throw him down low. That's where Det kept throwing it.''

Ethier leads the majors with 24 RBIs, one more than Kemp, who stranded two runners in scoring position when he grounded out against Ryan Mattheus to end the seventh.

''I'm going to try to keep pace with Kemp any way I can,'' Ethier said. ''Obviously, that's what's expected of us and what we expect of ourselves. That's why Kemp and I are sitting 3-4 in the middle of the lineup, to be productive and get runs across. Other guys will pick each other up as the season goes on, but I think they're doing a good enough job themselves to get on base and score runs.''

Kemp and Ethier opened the fourth with singles and both runners advanced on Kershaw's sacrifice bunt before Juan Uribe beat out a single to deep shortstop to make it 3-0. But the Nationals broke through against Kershaw in the sixth with a leadoff walk to Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche's home run into the right-field bullpen on an 0-2 pitch.

''They're a little bit depleted in their offense because of injuries, but they put some good at-bats together,'' Kershaw said. ''I just hung a slider to LaRoche and he did what he was supposed to do with it.''

NOTES: A moment of silence was observed in memory of former Dodger Bill ''Moose'' Skowron, who died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 81. ... The Dodgers recalled RHP Nathan Eovaldi from Double-A Chattanooga and optioned LHP Michael Antonini to Triple-A Albuquerque. ... Washington's three starting pitchers in this series - Detwiler, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez - all came in with 2-0 records and ERAs under 1.53. ... Before LaRoche's third homer of the season, no one on the Nationals' roster had hit more than two home runs - making them the only team with that dubious distinction. ... Ethier's homer was his first off a left-handed pitcher in 75 at-bats since his solo shot against San Diego's Josh Spence on July 10, 2011, at Dodger Stadium.

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Jeter scores on passed ball, Yanks beat Tigers 7-6
By HOWIE RUMBERG | The Associated Press – 2 hours 21 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) Tigers manager Jim Leyland waved off the question about Delmon Young with a flick of the hand and a terse response.

Leyland was in no mood to talk about the stunning late-night arrest of his left fielder on a hate crime harassment charge after the Yankees rallied to beat Detroit 7-6 Friday. Derek Jeter scored the winning run on a passed ball with one out in the ninth inning.

''Get lost, get lost, get lost,'' Leyland snapped. ''Do yourself a favor and get lost.''

The Tigers came to New York having lost six of seven at home and a day after they cut popular infielder Brandon Inge, Detroit's longest-tenured player. The arrest of Young early Friday eclipsed those issues.

Young was arrested at 2:30 a.m. - four hours after the team arrived in New York - for a fight at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets. He faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge that entails targeting someone for his or her religious beliefs. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.

His jersey hung in his locker and his batting helmet was in its cubby in the Detroit dugout, but Young was not at the ballpark for the first meeting between the teams since the Tigers won Game 5 of their AL division series last fall in New York. Young hit three home runs in that series.

On a 46-degree night more reminiscent of last October than late April, the Yankees took advantage of Justin Verlander, who was hardly at his best in the frigid conditions despite reaching 98 mph - in the sixth inning. They roughed up Detroit's ace for five runs, four earned, but Verlander said Young's situation was not a distraction.

''I wasn't worried about what was going on,'' Verlander said. ''I had to worry about pitching against the New York Yankees.''

The Tigers failed to hold a 6-4 lead. Don Kelly misplayed a line drive to left for a run-scoring error in the sixth, and Mark Teixeira had a tying sacrifice fly against Joaquin Benoit in the eighth before a wild ninth.

Jeter drew a one-out walk from Brayan Villarreal (0-1) and went to third when Villarreal threw a wild pitch on ball four to Curtis Granderson. With Alex Rodriguez up, Villarreal's 2-0 pitch glanced off catcher Alex Avila's glove and Jeter barely beat Avila's throw to Villarreal at the plate.

''I just missed it,'' Avila said.

Rodriguez hit his 633rd homer in the fourth and had two RBIs, but his biggest play was waving Jeter home.

''I'm at third. When Aviles turns around, I couldn't see it,'' Jeter said. ''You really can't see where the ball is. I saw Alex.''

Mariano Rivera (1-1), the fourth Yankees reliever, worked a perfect ninth for the win. The bullpen pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings.

Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and the Yankees bullpen held steady when Ivan Nova turned in the latest shaky performance by a New York starter.

Martin connected in the fifth to give New York a 4-3 lead. But Prince Fielder had a run-scoring single - one of two RBIs - and Austin Jackson's two-run double in the sixth put Detroit back on top. Jackson had four hits.

Jeter went 0 for 4 to snap his 15-game hitting streak. For Detroit, Miguel Cabrera got his 1,000th career RBI with a single in the third.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected by plate umpire Joe West in the seventh for arguing balls and strikes, his first of the season and 15th of his career as a manager.

Nova was knocked around for 11 hits and six runs in 5 1-3 innings. But he benefited from another strong offensive effort, keeping intact his string of 15 straight wins in the regular season. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach in five of his six innings.

Detroit struggled, though, leaving 10 on base in the first six innings.

A-Rod singled in a run in the first for the early lead, but Nova walked Kelly leading off the second. Brad Eldred then hit a soft liner to left that got past a diving Raul Ibanez for a triple - his first hit in the majors since July 20, 2010, for Colorado.

Verlander struck out four, the first time this season he did not fan at least seven. As dominant as the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has been, he entered 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium in three starts.

The Tigers had four straight singles to start the third, with Cabrera and Fielder driving in runs.

Nick Swisher hit a two-out double in the sixth and scored when Kelly misplayed Ibanez's liner to left field for an error, pulling New York to 6-5. Leyland said Kelly lost the ball in the lights.

''To be able to come back a couple of times on this guy and score some runs is not easy to do,'' Girardi said of facing Verlander.

NOTES: The Yankees held a moment of silence for Moose Skowron, who helped the team win four World Series titles in the 1950s and 1960s. Skowron died Friday of congestive heart failure in Illinois. He was 81. ... Leyland said LHP Duane Below will start Monday and starter Doug Fister (side injury) was feeling good a day after a throwing session. Fister will most likely need some sort of rehabilitation start before returning to the Tigers. ... Cabrera has hits in 29 of 31 games against New York.

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Cabrera's hit in 9th lifts Indians over Angels 3-2
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CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians are at it again, finding ways to win late.

Asdrubal Cabrera's one-out RBI single in the ninth inning gave Cleveland a 3-2 win over the struggling Los Angeles Angels.

Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 as Los Angeles lost its fifth straight. He is homerless in 20 games since signing a $240 million, 10-year contract to join the Angels - his longest drought to start a season.

Looking to shake things up, the Angels released veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu after the game Friday night. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said touted rookie Mike Trout is being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cleveland, which had 36 comeback triumphs, including 12 walkoff wins a year ago, rallied against the Angels' battered bullpen.

''Last year, we had a lot of fun with some walkoffs,'' Indians manager Manny Acta said. ''It's nice to be able to go out and do that again.''

Aaron Cunningham opened the ninth against David Carpenter (0-1) by doubling over leaping left fielder Vernon Wells at the wall. Michael Brantley lined out to center before Jason Kipnis singled. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar got a glove on the line drive, slowing the ball down and preventing Cunningham from scoring.

Cabrera hit a 2-0 pitch to right, making the Indians 6-0 in one-run games and the Angels 0-6. Los Angeles relievers are 1 for 7 in save opportunities. It was the sixth time the Angels lost after leading in the seventh inning.

Vinnie Pestano (1-0) struck out the only two batters he faced for the win. The native of southern California was inundated with tweets and text messages from family and friends afterwards.

''Everybody back home was watching it on TV,'' Pestano said. ''It was a high leverage situation and I'm glad I got it done.''

He replaced Justin Masterson after the Indians starter walked Kendrys Morales and Peter Bourjos in the ninth. Pestano fanned Vernon Wells and Aybar to keep it tied at 2.

''He came in and blew it by some people, just what you want to see,'' Masterson said.

Masterson allowed only four hits over 8 1-3 innings, but remained winless since Sept. 18.

''He was outstanding,'' Acta said, noting that Masterson came up big against Pujols with a runner on second in the eighth. He retired Pujols on a foul popup to end the inning after pitching coach Scott Radinsky visited the mound.

''You go after Pujols in that situation,'' Acta said. ''He's (Masterson) our number one and you go after him.''

Right fielder Torii Hunter drove in two runs and threw out a runner trying to score for the Angels.

Pujols lined a two-out single in the first and scored on a single to right by Hunter, who was out trying for second.

Despite the hit, it extended Pujols' homerless drought to a career-worst 109 at-bats. He has not connected since Sept. 22 last year with St. Louis.

Pujols, who on Thursday snapped his career-worst hitless streak at 21 at-bats with a ground single against Tampa Bay, has not homered in 20 games and 80 at-bats in an Angels uniform. He had a 105-at-bat drought April 23 to May 23 last year - then rebounded to help the Cardinals win the World Series.

The big first baseman made a good play in the field to keep the game tied in the eighth. With runners on first and third, he ranged far to his right to field a bouncer off the bat of Casey Kotchman and threw to second for the inning-ending force play.

The Indians have their own power outage. Cleveland hasn't hit a homer in nine games, their longest drought in 21 years. They also went without a homer for nine games in June 1991.

Cleveland got three hits and a walk in the second inning off Angels starter Jered Weaver and failed to score. Brantley singled and was thrown out trying to steal second as Kipnis struck out. Cabrera then singled and Travis Hafner walked. Carlos Santana singled to right, but Cabrera was easily thrown out at the plate by Hunter to end the inning.

In the first, the Indians got two hits and two walks off Weaver and didn't score. Kipnis grounded into a double play and Jack Hannahan struck out with the bases loaded.

Kotchman broke a 0-for-24 skid with a seventh-inning single off reliever Hisanori Takahashi and scored on a double by Brantley. Kevin Jepsen then yielded an RBI single to Kipnis that tied it at 2.

''The big thing is to get a knock when it means something,'' Kotchman said. ''The important thing is we won.''

Weaver went six scoreless innings, allowing seven hits, walking four and striking out eight.

NOTES: Indians LHP Rafael Perez could be out three to six weeks with a strained muscle in his left side. Cleveland put Perez on the 15-day DL for the first time in his seven-year career and recalled LHP Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. ... Angels manager Mike Scioscia replaced RHP Jordan Walden with LHP Scott Downs as closer. ... Santana hit Cleveland's last homer, in the fifth inning April 17 at Seattle. ... Pestano has stranded all six baserunners he has inherited this season and 23 of 29 (79 percent) in his career. ... According to Stats LLC, the Angels have lost 11 straight one run games.

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Who needs Pujols, LaRussa, Duncan & Carpenter?

Cardinals score 8 in 3rd in 13-1 win over Brewers
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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis hitters gave starting pitcher Jake Westbrook plenty of offensive support this time around.

The Cardinals set season highs for runs in an inning and in a game Friday night in rolling to a 13-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

St. Louis scored eight runs in the third inning to win for the eighth time in its last 12. Milwaukee has lost three of five.

Westbrook (3-1) gave up seven hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter. He has allowed two earned runs or less in all four of his starts this season.

Westbrook, who lowered his ERA to 1.30, was not given much help in a 2-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Cardinals managed just five hits in being shutout for the second time this season. Westbrook gave up two runs on seven hits but suffered his first loss of the season.

The St. Louis hitters made up for that goose-egg in a big way Friday.

''The offense was huge for us, the runs helped a lot,'' Westbrook said. ''I was able to throw strikes, get ahead of guys, keep the pitch count down and get deep in the game.''

Jon Jay had three hits and drove in three runs to pace a 15-hit attack. Skip Schumaker added two hits and three RBIs, and Matt Holliday had three hits and knocked in a pair.

Jay and Matt Carpenter drove in two runs each in the third as the Cardinals sent 12 batters to the plate. They chased Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo, who gave up eight earned runs in two innings. Gallardo (1-2) lost for the ninth time in 10 regular-season starts against St. Louis. He has a 7.05 ERA in 13 starts against the Cardinals and has given up eight earned runs twice.

Carlos Beltran and David Freese drove in Jay and Holliday to start the eight-run outburst. Yadier Molina drew a walk and Carpenter ripped a 3-2 pitch off the center-field wall to push the lead to 6-1. Schumaker followed with a run-scoring hit and Jay added a two-run single. Holliday capped off the frame with a run-scoring single to right.

''We just go out there and have good at-bats,'' Jay said. ''You just try and keep the line moving and that's why we've been able to do some things.''

The eight-run outburst seemed to energize Westbrook. He allowed just three hits over four innings following the explosion.

St. Louis last scored eight runs in the fifth inning of a 13-5 win over Chicago on July 30, 2011.

Schumaker, who has five hits in his last 12 at-bats, was happy to give Westbrook the necessary support.

''Luckily we gave him a little cushion,'' Schumaker said. ''It seems like we're getting seven innings out of him every single time. He's on an incredible run. Hopefully it keeps going.''

St. Louis pounded out 11 hits over the first three innings on the way to a 10-1 lead.

''All the way through the lineup guys really swung the bats well,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''It was just a good offensive day. It was fun to watch.''

Milwaukee jumped to a 1-0 lead on successive singles by Nyjer Morgan, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the first. Westbrook then got Corey Hart to ground into an inning-ending double play.

''He's on a roll,'' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said of Westbrook. ''He's throwing the ball down in the zone real well. He gets ground balls when he needs to.''

St. Louis starting pitchers have recorded 12 wins the season, the highest total in both leagues.

Gallardo allowed just four earned runs in three seven-inning efforts prior to Friday. But he gave up six earned runs in an 11-5 loss to St. Louis on April 6 and continues to struggle mightily against the Cardinals.

''In the two or three starts I had before tonight, I just went out there and pitched my game, I wasn't thinking about too much,'' Gallardo said. ''Today, I tried to do everything. I tried to do a lot more than I am capable of.''

NOTES: Milwaukee had given up the first run in its previous eight games before scoring in the top of the first Friday. ... Molina will be presented with his fourth consecutive Gold Glove award prior to Saturday's game. ... Kyle Lohse (3-0, 0.99 ERA) will face Milwaukee's Marco Estrada (0-0, 2.45) in the second game of the three-game set on Saturday. ... The Cardinals, who began a six-game homestand Friday, played 13 of their first 19 games on the road. ... Carpenter leads the Cardinals with 10 RBI at home. ... Ramirez has hit safely in his last five games.
 

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Off to a brutally slow start, the Los Angeles Angels shook things up Friday night by promoting top prospect Mike Trout and releasing disgruntled veteran Bobby Abreu.


Trout, 20, was batting .403 with five triples and six stolen bases in 77 at-bats for Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Angels, picked by many to reach the World Series after signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, are off to a 6-14 start and dealing with a glut of corner infielders and designated hitters for limited at-bats.


Abreu, 38, had gotten just 24 at-bats in the first three weeks and was batting .208. The Angels thought they had come close to trading Abreu twice, first to the New York Yankees and then to the Cleveland Indians. Abreu grumbled publicly a couple of times about his limited role.


Abreu signed with the Angels before the 2009 season. He appeared in 456 games for them and batted .267 with 43 home runs and 246 RBIs. The two-time All-Star is one of four players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases.


Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters in Cleveland that Trout would play every day -- probably at all three outfield spots -- and that the move was made to "add a little energy, get some spice, shake it up a little bit."


The Angels figure to give Trout a look in the leadoff spot. Their leadoff hitters have batted .195 in the first 20 games with a .250 on-base percentage.

Dipoto flew to Cleveland, arriving at Progressive Field in the fourth inning on Friday, to break the news to Abreu.

Angels owner Arte Moreno will have to swallow the remainder of Abreu's $9 million salary. The team made a similar move last June when it released pitcher Scott Kazmir.


Abreu and Kazmir both were acquired by former general manager Tony Reagins.


Trout reached the majors as a teenager last year and batted .220 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 40 games. He has long been compared to the Washington Nationals top prospect, Bryce Harper, his teammate in the Arizona Fall League.


Now, they will begin their careers somewhat in tandem. Harper, 19, also was promoted and is scheduled to play in his first major league game Saturday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

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Bryce Harper tends to do things ahead of schedule, so it should surprise no one that he's already heading to the major leagues.

The 19-year-old outfielder, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, will be recalled by the Washington Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.

Widely regarded as baseball's top prospect, Harper will meet the Nationals in Los Angeles, where they are playing the Dodgers, and take the roster spot of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is going on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

"Suffice it to say, this isn't the coming-out party for Bryce that we had in mind," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday on a conference call. "This isn't the optimal situation developmentally."

The Nationals also placed reliever Brad Lidge on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal wall strain, the second of the team's three potential closers to go on the shelf. Lidge, whose move is retroactive to April 22, had been sharing closer duties with Henry Rodriguez while Drew Storen recovers from elbow surgery.

Washington also recalled right-hander Ryan Perry from Triple-A Syracuse.

Harper skipped his final year of high school, earned his GED, then played one season of junior college baseball at the College of Southern Nevada to become eligible for the draft and get a head-start on his professional career. He signed a five-year, $9.9 million contract, including $6.5 million in signing bonuses, with the Nationals in August 2010.

"If you develop properly, a by-product of developing properly is winning," said Nats manager Davey Johnson. "Harper has had great springs in spring training. He is a formidable talent, and he has been swinging the bat good down there. We had a need here for a left-handed bat. We're trying to get more of a left-handed presence in our lineup, and he is the guy who fit that role."

Rizzo has stated repeatedly that he thinks all young players should spend time at each level of the minors before moving to the big leagues. So while Johnson wanted Rizzo to consider letting Harper skip Triple-A, the team sent him to Syracuse after he hit .286 in spring training this year.

But with their top two hitters -- Zimmerman and left fielder Michael Morse, who's been out all season with a problematic back muscle -- sidelined by injuries, the team decided to bring up Harper now. He was hitting .250 with a homer and three RBIs in 72 at-bats at Syracuse.

"We still have a very good and committed developmental plan for Bryce in place. I still believe very passionately in the plan, and am committed to it. But it was expedited by the circumstances," Rizzo said. "We felt that we needed to bring in an impactful, left-handed bat that could play the corner outfield."

Rizzo headed to Rochester, N.Y., this week to watch Harper play in three games for Syracuse -- and liked what he saw, including how Harper fared in the field.

Harper played primarily catcher in college, but the Nationals immediately shifted him to right field when they drafted him. They also wanted him to play some center field at Syracuse, because that's a spot where Washington needs help.

"He's swinging the bat extremely well right now, and looked comfortable in left field," Rizzo said.

Asked whether Harper would start for Washington on Saturday, Rizzo wouldn't answer directly, saying that's a question for Johnson.

But Rizzo did say: "We didn't bring Bryce up there to sit on the bench. He's going to get every-day reps and get ample at-bats."

"He will get an opportunity to play," Johnson said. "As far as I'm concerned, he has earned the right to get the opportunity. He is just a good ballplayer coming up to the big leagues, is the way I look at it."

Rizzo wouldn't weigh in on whether Harper necessarily will stay in the majors, even after Zimmerman returns, or is definitely going to go back to the minors.

"This is a very confident person, and we expect him to do well in the major leagues," Rizzo said. "He's the type of guy who will handle anything that is thrown at him and will be the better for it."

The Nationals were an NL-leading 14-5 heading into their game at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. That's thanks mainly to outstanding starting pitching; the offense has been inconsistent.

Morse, the team's cleanup hitter, isn't expected back for weeks. Zimmerman, the No. 3 hitter, could return as soon as May 6, Rizzo said, because his stint on the DL is backdated.

"We don't think it's a debilitating injury," Rizzo said, "but it takes time to heal."

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DENVER — Scott Hairston pulled off one of the great individual feats in baseball Friday night. Unfortunately for the outfielder, his cycle — achieved in his first four at-bats — won’t be as memorable as the 11-run tempest Colorado hit the Mets with in the 18-9 defeat at Coors Field.

“It’s bittersweet,” Hairston said. “It was great while it was happening, but as they kept scoring runs, it wasn’t enjoyable anymore.”

After singling in the second, homering in the fourth and tripling in the fifth, Hairston had to admit that he went to the plate in the sixth with the cycle on his mind. He thought his shot to center field would be caught when it came off his bat. It went off the wall for the double he needed.

Asked whether he’ll be able to feel good about the feat, Hairston said, “It’ll take some time. Maybe if we come back and win the next two games and the series, we’ll have a happy flight to Houston and maybe I can enjoy it. Until then, it’s just bittersweet.”
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A different type of baseball note, but the famed Mickey Mantle's restaurant by Central Park owes $300,000 in back taxes and are holding a fund-raiser to try to save the place.  If they don't raise enough, they will be evicted within the next couple of months.

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If my Tigers were smart, theyd sign Abreau, as hes still got someop on his bat. They probably wont though.

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He's hitting .208/.259/.333. Granted he wasn't getting regular playing time, but the dude looks like toast to me. The Angels were looking to trade him before the season started and even while offering to eat his whole salary, couldn't find any takers. The Indians decided they'd rather pay actual money to Johnny Damon instead.

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies have placed right-hander Jeremy Guthrie on the 15-day disabled list a day after he injured his shoulder in a fall from his bicycle.

The Rockies' Opening Day starter was placed on the DL on Saturday, retroactive to Monday. He'll be eligible for reinstatement on May 8.

Guthrie said he was injured on Friday when the chain on his bike snapped as he was pedaling to the ballpark, causing him to tumble to the ground. He jammed his right shoulder in the fall.

The Rockies scratched Guthrie from his scheduled start on Saturday night against the New York Mets and replaced him with right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, who was recalled prior to the game from the team's Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Guthrie, who threw lightly on the side on Saturday, was 2-1 with a 5.92 ERA in four starts this season.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Third baseman Brandon Inge has agreed to sign with the Oakland Athletics, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Sunday.




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Inge gives Oakland experience at a position that has been mix-and-match so far -- and some versatility considering he can also play several other spots.

The deal was pending a physical and final paperwork, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because nothing had been finalized and the A's were yet to make a formal announcement.

Inge was released by the Tigers on Thursday after batting .100 (2 for 20) with one home run and two RBIs in nine games this season. Inge, who turns 35 on May 19, joins his first new team in his 12th major league season. In Detroit, he played mostly third base, but he has also caught, played the outfield and second base.

He'll try to fill a huge void at third, where the A's lost projected starter Scott Sizemore to a season-ending knee injury in the first full-squad workout of spring training Feb. 27. Oakland manager Bob Melvin has tried Josh Donaldson, Eric Sogard and Luke Hughes in the spot so far. That trio left for the current road trip batting a combined .111 with eight errors.

"We have who we have," Melvin said last week.

It's a far cry from the sure-handed play the A's used to get from six-time Gold Glove winner Eric Chavez at third. Oakland thought it had the answer in Sizemore, who also came from the Tigers in a trade last May.

Inge is a .234 career hitter with 140 homers and 589 RBIs.

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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees have decided to put struggling starter Freddy Garcia in the bullpen with rookie David Phelps assuming the fifth starter role for the moment.

Phelps, who is from St. Louis, will make his first start Thursday against the Royals in Kansas City.

With a day off scheduled for May 7, the Yankees only need one start from the No. 5 spot until veteran Andy Pettitte's possible return around May 10.

Used primarily as the team's long reliever, Phelps has thoroughly outpitched Garcia through the first month of the season. In four starts, Garcia lasted just 13 2/3 innings and his ERA was 12.51. He is 0-2.

 

"Like any of you guys, if you don't do your job, what you are supposed to do, that's what happens," Garcia said Sunday following a Saturday start in which he was lifted in the third inning after allowing six earned runs to Detroit. "I didn't pitch the way I'm supposed to pitch. That's the reality."

Phelps has thrown 17 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and has a 3.57 ERA and a WHIP of 1.08, which is better than any starter on the team.

"I envision him as a starter," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Phelps before Garcia was officially removed from the rotation. "I haven't seen anything that has told me he can't be a starter. Time will tell as we move forward."

Phelps, who pitched three scoreless innings Saturday, has replaced Garcia in three of his four starts. Against those same opponents, Phelps' ERA is 2.89, while Garcia's ERA is 15.75.

Phelps said that despite being a reliever all season his arm is stretched out enough for him to throw 85-100 pitches. He could start Thursday in Kansas City.

"I feel prepared to do it," Phelps, 25, said.

With Phelps and Garcia having pitched on Saturday, the Yankees added rookie D.J. Mitchell to their bullpen. Mitchell, who nearly beat Phelps for the long reliever role in spring training, was 2-1 with a 3.12 in four Triple-A starts. Reliever Cody Eppley was returned to Triple-A.

Meanwhile, Pettitte, who turns 40 in June, will take the mound for Class A Tampa on Monday. If all goes right, Pettitte may only have to make one more minor league start before returning to the Yankees.

Even before Sunday's demotion, Garcia didn't seem long for the rotation with Pettitte looming. In his career, the 35-year-old Garcia has only pitched twice out of the bullpen.

"I'll be a long reliever, whatever," Garcia said. "I'll be ready. Definitely, I'll be ready."

Garcia said he is healthy, despite the fact his fastball has been clocked a few miles per hour lower this season. Garcia threw mostly in the high 80s as he went 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 2011.

Phil Hughes also continues to struggle and could be the next starter to lose his rotation spot. Hughes has a 1-3 record and a 7.88 ERA to start the season.

The struggles of Garcia and Hughes have been highlighted given the recent season-ending injury to right-hander Michael Pineda and the struggles of the team's top pitching prospects.

Pineda, who was pegged for a rotation spot after being acquired in the blockbuster offseason deal that sent Jesus Montero to Seattle, will have shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Manny Banuelos had a 10.13 ERA in two starts before going on the disabled list with a back injury, while Dellin Betances picked up his first win in five starts the other day, lowering his ERA to 7.25.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said he expects to play Monday in Toronto after coming out of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with a stiff back.


Hamilton said he felt a spasm in his back about the third or fourth step out of the batter's box on an RBI single in the first inning of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Rays. He tried to loosen it up, but after playing the field in the second inning, he felt like he couldn't move the way he wanted and told manager Ron Washington, who took him came out of the game. Hamilton said it's happened to him before and that it takes about 12 hours to loosen up.

"I don't expect it to affect anything tomorrow," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said he doesn't sleep on planes anyway, so he'll get up and move around as much as he can during the club's overnight flight to Toronto.

"I'm not worried about it because I didn't feel anything alarming," Hamilton said. "It was a little tight when I woke up this morning, but nothing out of the ordinary -- come in, get loose and get after it. It was just an ordinary day until the spasm wouldn't release on me."

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Hideki Matsui has signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, and the two-time AL All-Star will report Wednesday to extended spring training in Port Charlotte.

Tampa Bay wants to add depth in the outfield and at designated hitter. The 37-year-old has played nine seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the New York Yankees.

Matsui has a .285 career average with 173 home runs and 753 RBIs for the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics. He hit .251 with 12 homers and 72 RBIs for the A's last season.

Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman announced the deal Monday, calling Matsui "one of the most consistently productive hitters in the world" over the past two decades.



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CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Johnny Damon will join the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday for their three-game series in Chicago.

The Indians signed Damon to a minor league deal on April 17 and it will become a one-year, $1.25 million major league contract when he's added to the 40-man roster. The 38-year-old has spent the past two weeks at Cleveland's training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., preparing to play after not being in a training camp.

The Indians will have to clear a roster spot to make room for him.

Damon, who needs 277 hits to reach 3,000 for his career, is expected to split playing time with Shelley Duncan in left field. The Indians are leading the AL Central, but are struggling to score with just 17 runs in the past seven games.

Also, the Indians have not homered in 11 consecutive games. According to STATS LLC, it's the third longest drought in the majors since 2000. The team record is 14 straight games in 1983.

The team originally planned to have Damon play some minor league games before joining them. However, with their offense in a rut, the Indians could be hoping Damon can give their lineup a jolt.

Damon batted .261 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs last season for Tampa Bay.

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NEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher is expected to miss a week because of a strained left hamstring.

New York manager Joe Girardi gave the update on Swisher before Monday night's game against Baltimore. Girardi said the team hoped Swisher would be ready to play a week from Tuesday at home against Tampa Bay, and did not need to put him on the disabled list.

Swisher says he felt a "little pinch" in his hamstring when he took his first swing Sunday against Detroit. He was pulled in the third inning for a pinch runner.

Swisher says an MRI exam did not show any extensive damage. He says he had a similar injury in 2007 that sidelined him for nine or 10 days. He is hitting .284 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

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The Minnesota Twins not only lost Monday's game to the Los Angeles Angels, but they also lost first baseman Justin Morneau to a wrist injury for at least a few games.

Morneau left Monday's game after just two at-bats with a sore left wrist. Sean Burroughs replaced him in the seventh inning as the Twins' designated hitter.

It's the same wrist that gave Morneau problems during the 2011 season. He had surgery on the wrist in late September to stabilize a tendon in the back of the wrist. Morneau had to be in a cast for six weeks following that surgery. Morneau said Monday that the tendon in his wrist didn't feel loose, but did feel sore and painful.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't provide many details to reporters about Morneau's wrist after the game, but said that Morneau will fly back to Minneapolis on Tuesday to see Dr. Thomas Varecka, a hand and wrist specialist in the Twin Cities whom Morneau has seen before.

After the game, Morneau was hoping it wasn't a major issue and said he wasn't sure if he'll get an MRI exam when he sees Dr. Varecka. Morneau added that his wrist has been bothering him since the Twins played in Tampa Bay a week and a half ago.

"It's just sort of one of those things I was able to deal with and then it kind of got worse over the weekend," Morneau told reporters. "There's not really much I can do. Hopefully it's just scar tissue breaking up."

Prior to exiting Monday's game, Morneau was 0 for 2. He grounded out to first base to lead off the second inning and struck out swinging against Angels starter C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning. Burroughs entered the on-deck circle for Morneau in the sixth inning but was left on deck after Josh Willingham popped out for the final out. Burroughs, batting for Morneau, led off the seventh inning with a groundout to first.

Morneau said his wrist hurt more Monday when he swung and missed as opposed to making contact. Morneau swung and missed twice during his second at-bat in the fourth inning, including strike three on a 93 mph fastball.

"It didn't feel very good, that's for sure," Morneau said. "Hopefully we get some answers (Tuesday)."

After appearing in just 69 games during the 2011 seasons with numerous injuries — including his wrist — Morneau had played in all but two of the Twins' games this season, although just four of those games came at first base. Minnesota's lineup Monday was also without catcher Joe Mauer, who had a day off for the first time all season. Mauer took a foul ball off his left knee in Sunday's series finale against Kansas City and did not play Monday in Anaheim.

Through Monday's game, Morneau is batting .230 with nine RBI and four home runs in 74 at-bats. After bouncing back from a concussion that he's dealt with the past two years, Morneau's recent injury is certainly a disappointing setback.

"I'm not going to play worst-case scenario yet. I've got to stay positive and hope for the best," Morneau said. "Hopefully it's just part of the process or something that will just be a couple days. . . . I'll stay optimistic for now until I hear anything different."

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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria could miss six to eight weeks because of a hamstring injury he suffered in Monday’s win over the Seattle Mariners, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Longoria was injured when he was thrown out trying to steal second base in the third inning. He slid awkwardly, was slow to get to his feet and left the game. Following the game, the team referred to the injury as soreness behind his left knee.


Despite the report of an extended layoff for Longoria, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said nothing is official yet.

"We're going to see how he's doing today. It's one of those situations where if there's improvement day after day, we probably will not D.L. him. If there's not improvement and we feel confident that it will take 11 or 12 or more days then we probably will,” Friedman told MLB.com.

"But he's a guy that if he's going to be out a week, we'll just play short for that period of time. But it's really premature to say anything right now until we get a feel for how he feels today when he shows up. We're not anticipating making a move today pregame."

In 23 games this season, Longoria is hitting .329 with four homers, 19 RBIs and a .433 on-base percentage.

The injury is a big blow to the Rays, who are 15-8 and have a one-game lead in the AL East.

Longoria, the 2008 AL rookie of the year, is a three-time All-Star and finished 10th in the AL MVP voting last season. His extra-inning walkoff blast against the New York Yankees in the final game of the 2011 regular season clinched the wild-card berth for the Rays.



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lobo316 wrote: The Minnesota Twins not only lost Monday's game to the Los Angeles Angels, but they also lost first baseman Justin Morneau to a wrist injury for at least a few games.

The M&M Boys just can't stay on the field and the Twins can't recover from those two mega contracts that they handed out to them.  They're in for a rough few years.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Minnesota Twins are recalling catcher Drew Butera from the minors to add some depth behind banged-up Joe Mauer.

The Twins announced plans to recall Butera on Tuesday, a few hours before they were set to play the Los Angeles Angels. The Twins did not immediately announce a corresponding move.

Mauer was injured while catching Sunday when he took a foul ball off his left knee. He did not play in the opener against the Angels on Monday night and is considered day to day. The Twins also had to send Justin Morneau home to get his left wrist examined.

Butera was an offensive liability last season. But he is hitting .279 with one home run and 18 RBIs in 15 games for Triple-A Rochester this season.

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have activated utilityman Allen Craig, one of the stars from their World Series run last fall, from the 15-day disabled list.

The 27-year-old Craig hit three home runs in the Series and four overall in the postseason. He has been rehabbing from right knee surgery with Triple-A Memphis and was activated Tuesday for the start of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Outfielder Erik Komatsu was designated for assignment. The 24-year-old Komatsu was a Rule 5 selection last December.

Craig homered twice Monday night for Memphis while playing first base and completed his rehab assignment with a .353 average (6 for 17) with seven RBIs in four games.

Craig batted .315 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 75 games last season.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has landed on the disabled list for a non-baseball injury for the second time in less than eight months.

The left-hander sprained his right knee Saturday night when he reached out to catch his 4-year-old son, Walker, as the 60-pound boy jumped off the couch to hug his arriving father.

Affeldt said he heard a pop but didn't think there was anything seriously wrong. Then he woke up at 4 a.m. Sunday with throbbing pain and headed to the ballpark a few hours later after icing the knee with a package of frozen vegetables. An MRI exam revealed the sprain for Affeldt, who last Sept. 8 sliced his non-throwing hand nearly to the artery while separating frozen hamburgers.

"There was some light swelling but there wasn't a lot, so I knew it probably wasn't a huge deal or a major tear," Affeldt said Tuesday. "But it was enough pain that I didn't think I could get off the mound if I had to."

He was placed on the DL again Tuesday before San Francisco opened a three-game series with the Marlins. The Giants filled his roster spot Tuesday with lefty Travis Blackley, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Fresno. The Giants also designated outfielder Tyler Graham for assignment.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Affeldt's recovery is typically seven to 10 days, but he could need a short rehab assignment.

"I was actually separating frozen hamburgers and I slipped on the floor," Affeldt joked. "I came home and my sons are usually pretty happy to see me and he jumped off the couch, ran over and I squatted down to give him a hug and when he jumped, I kind of caught him weird and my knee kind of shifted in a bit. I felt some pressure on the knee. It wasn't that sore, it was just a little stiff. I've pitched with a stiff knee before, it happens."

Last year, when the paring knife he was using pushed through a hamburger patty and deep into his hand, Affeldt came within a millimeter of an artery and underwent surgery about eight hours after the injury to repair nerve damage in his pinkie.

Affeldt -- 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 outings this year -- said his 4½ -foot son is exceptionally large for his age, already measuring around the 50th percentile for an 8-year-old on growth charts.

"I don't tell him that it was him," Affeldt said. "He just asked me what I did, I said, 'Picking something up,' he said, 'What?' I said, 'Something.' It's not something I really want my son to know. It just happened."

The pitcher wore a brace Tuesday that he likely will use when he returns to the mound to give him some added support for his lead or plant leg. If he had to go back on the DL, Affeldt is glad it's still early in the season.

"I feel better now than I did two days ago, quite a bit better," he said. "I'll get over it. You go back and I've got a career of fluke injuries. I have all kinds of weird stuff going on. But thankfully it's not any arm injuries. If I can injure everything but my arm I'll be alright."

Those other injuries include tearing his left oblique muscle -- tough to do for a left-hander -- tearing his groin tendon off the bone and a fingernail blister that sidelined him for six weeks and included the removal of half his fingernail for it to go away.

"I've had all kinds of interesting deals," he said. "I think they actually considered that DL a broken fingernail, which I wasn't real happy about. It just seems weird."

The well traveled Blackley was 3-0 with a Pacific Coast League-low 0.39 ERA with 19 strikeouts to only three walks in four appearances and three starts for Fresno. This marks the 29-year-old Blackley's third major league stint after the Australian was with Seattle in 2004 and the Giants in '07.

"I'm not the same guy I was back then," Blackley said. "I have a lot more confidence in myself now. One thing about growing up Australian was to check your ego at the door."

Blackley spent last year pitching in Korea, then back home with the Melbourne Aces earlier this year.

"I haven't been walking people, which obviously has been a factor," Blackley said of his success thus far. "Pitching in front of 45,000 a night in Seoul to 3,000 in Fresno, I'm a lot more calm. Pitching in a big situation isn't as daunting."

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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Josh Hamilton are not in Wednesday's lineup as Texas prepares to take on the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon.

It's the third straight game that Hamilton has missed as he nurses a stiff back and it's the second consecutive game the club will play without Beltre, who has dealt with hamstring issues this season.




Manager Ron Washington said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben & Skin Show" that the turf at Rogers Centre in Toronto is part of the reason for holding both players out.

"Beltre can pinch hit, but I'm trying to keep him off this turf," Washington said. "Hopefully, his body can settle down by the time we get to Cleveland and he can play Friday. But this turf just beat him up so bad that he's so sore. But I do have him to pinch hit for me."

Washington has also made it a habit of resting some regulars on day games before off days to give them additional time off their feet. He said his club isn't used to playing on turf, which is why he takes a cautious approach with players on the turf if they are dealing with some injuries.

"When you play on turf, it's a little different if you're playing on it every day and coming up in here for a series and you haven't been used to it. It shocks your body," he said. "Everybody's dealing with soreness the past three days, but we're not using that as an excuse to not win a ballgame."

Washington also said that catcher Mike Napoli's eye is fine and that he's ready to play. Napoli is in the lineup at first base Wednesday.

Napoli tweeted Wednesday that he had an ocular migraine during Tuesday's game. Washington said the medical staff told him about Napoli's vision issue in the eighth inning and they decided not to play him in the ninth inning.

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ATLANTA — The Philadelphia Phillies have placed first baseman Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley for Wednesday night’s game against Atlanta.

Thome has not played since leaving Saturday night’s game with tightness on the left side of his lower back. The move was made retroactive to Sunday.

The 41-year-old Thome is hitting .111 with no homers or RBIs and 10 strikeouts in 18 at-bats.

Kratz, who hit .294 with three homers and nine RBIs at Lehigh Valley, will fill Thome’s primary role as a pinch-hitter. The 31-year-old Kratz hit a combined .150 in brief appearances with Pittsburgh in 2010 and the Phillies last season.

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lobo316 wrote: The 41-year-old Thome is hitting .111 with no homers or RBIs and 10 strikeouts in 18 at-bats.


I didn't know he was even still playing. Looks like just another guy trying to hang on a bit past his better days.

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Jones' HR in 11th lifts Braves past Phils 15-13
By CHARLES ODUM | The Associated Press – 10 minutes ago

ATLANTA (AP) Chipper Jones' bad left knee has limited his playing time at the start of his final season, so he says it's important to make the most of his chances.

''When I am in there, I want to make a splash,'' Jones said. ''I did it tonight.''

Jones hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves overcame Carlos Ruiz's seven RBIs to outlast the Philadelphia Phillies 15-13 on Wednesday night.

The seesaw game saw the Braves rally from a 6-0 deficit against Roy Halladay, then come back from four runs down in the eighth.

''It was just a weird game all the way around,'' said Brian McCann, who hit a grand slam off Halladay. ''Stuff you've never seen happen.''

Befitting the crazy game, McCann was poked in the eye with an errant high-five from teammate Michael Bourn after the homer.

Dan Uggla led off the Atlanta 11th with a single. Jones just missed a homer on a ball that landed barely foul to right, then connected against Brian Sanches (0-1). He began his path around the bases with a slow journey to first base as he and his teammates savored the dramatic moment and Braves fans stood and cheered.

''What a cool moment that was, not only for Chipper, but for the rest of us out there to enjoy that, to watch that,'' McCann said. ''To see him walk down the first base line like that, that's a treat for all of us.''

Jones' homer ended the Braves' eight-game losing streak to the Phillies, dating back to last season. He said the homer will hold a special place on his career highlights.

''That's right up there just because the team that we're kind of shooting for in the division obviously is the Phillies,'' said Jones, who turned 40 on April 24. ''Until somebody knocks them off, they're the team to beat.''

Jones is third all-time among switch-hitters with 458 homers, trailing only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. Including his time in the minor leagues, Jones said it was his 500th homer as a professional.

''I'm not going to get there at the major league level, but to hit 500 homers as a professional is pretty cool,'' he said.

It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game in the majors since Cleveland beat Kansas City 15-13 in 10 innings in 2006, according to STATS LLC.

Ruiz had three hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh and a three-run double in the eighth. He was the first Phillies hitter to drive in seven runs since Ryan Howard against the Yankees on June 20, 2006.

''He's been awesome for us,'' said Halladay of Ruiz. ''I think that's what hurts most. When you have games like this, your teammates are out there grinding and getting it done and I didn't. And that was the difference, really.

''That's the toughest one, letting those guys down who really got it done today.''

Halladay had his worst start in five years. He gave up 12 hits - one below his career high - and eight runs in 5 1-3 innings.

''Honestly, I felt good,'' Halladay said after seeing his ERA climb from 1.95 to 3.40. ''There were some that I didn't execute. It wasn't anything else.''

Laynce Nix also hit a three-run double for the Phillies.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel couldn't hold a 13-12 lead in the ninth. Shane Victorino's two-out infield hit drove in Juan Pierre, who walked and stole second and took third on a grounder.

Halladay was tagged by McCann's fifth career slam in the fifth. The former Cy Young winner had not allowed as many earned runs since May 5, 2007, when he gave up nine runs in 5 1-3 innings at Texas.

Martin Prado had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the Atlanta eighth.

Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty blew an 8-6 lead before recording an out in the seventh. Ty Wigginton walked, pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. singled and Ruiz followed with his fourth homer to left for a 9-8 edge.

Atlanta's Tommy Hanson gave up eight hits and four runs in 3 2-3 innings. It was his shortest start since he pitched 3 1-3 innings against the Mets on Aug. 6, 2011, in his last outing before he was placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season with right shoulder tendinitis.

NOTES: Phillies LHP Cliff Lee, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, threw in the bullpen before the game. If he has no discomfort, he plans another bullpen session on Saturday. If all goes well on Saturday, Lee is expected to come off the disabled list. ... Atlanta's Jason Heyward missed his third straight start with soreness around his right oblique muscle before entering the game as a pinch-hitter and remaining in right field. ... The Phillies placed 1B Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his lower back and recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The move was made retroactive to Sunday. ... The three-game series ends on Thursday when Braves RHP Randall Delgado (2-2) starts against RHP Joe Blanton (2-3).

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox have placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list because of what manager Bobby Valentine called a lower-back strain, and promoted Will Middlebrooks from Pawtucket to take his place.



Valetine also announced that Josh Beckett will miss his next scheduled start, Saturday against Baltimore, because of stiffness in his right lat muscle and that PawSox pitcher Aaron Cook will take the mound instead. Cook, whose contract called for him to have the chance to leave the organization as a free agent if Boston didn't promote him from Pawtucket by May 1, has remained with the team and will be added to the major league roster on Saturday, according to Valentine. A corresponding move will have to be made to make room for him on the roster.

Valentine said Beckett will be able to start again when his turn in the rotation comes up the next time through. He also mentioned another possibility for Boston's rotation.

"I'm not opposed to a having more than five starters during long stretches depending on how the pitchers are pitching," he said. "There's no need to project anything further (regarding Cook's status) than Saturday."

Middlebrooks, a hot prospect who was hitting .333 with a team-leading nine homers and 27 RBIs for the PawSox, was in Wednesday night's lineup against Oakland, batting eighth and playing third base.

"He's been hot in Triple-A and played very well in spring training," Valentine said. "I told him to have fun, enjoy it, get into the moment. He's good at that from what I saw in spring training."



Middlebrooks, 23, a fifth-round draft pick in 2007, was excited to get the call.

"It's unbelievable, something you work toward your whole life," he said. "I worked to be here. I'm ready to go. I'm feeling really comfortable at the plate and the same way on defense."

Youkilis, meanwhile, had kind words for his temporary replacement.

"It's a great opportunity for him to come up and play at this level. It's an exciting time for him. He'll remember this night for the rest of his life. I hope he does well. It's another level, but he can play at this level. He's a great guy and a great player. I'm hoping he can help the team win," Youkilis said.

Youkilis played last Saturday in Chicago, but was unable to get loose during batting practice on Sunday, so he had missed three straight games before being disabled. He said Wednesday the source of his troubles has been identified, and that he felt much better Wednesday than he had on Tuesday.



Youkilis, 33, has been bothered by various nagging injuries this year, beginning in spring training. He had played in 18 of Boston's 23 games this season, and was batting only .219 with two homers and nine RBI. Injuries limited him to only 102 games in 2010 and to 120 last year.

"It definitely stinks. It's frustrating. I don't want to be injured. I want to play. There's nothing I can do but get healthy and help the team win," said Youkilis, an eight-year veteran in the final year of his contract.



In another Red Sox move, right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen was promoted from Pawtucket to give Valentine another arm in the bullpen. He replaced first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson, who was sent back to Pawtucket after Tuesday night's game.



Mortensen, who was obtained from Colorado in exchange for Marco Scutaro over the winter, will provide depth out of the bullpen. He was 2-2 with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings over six games.

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SAN DIEGO -- Milwaukee media outlets are reporting that Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel needs surgery for a torn ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss a significant amount of the season.

Gamel was hurt chasing a foul popup in Tuesday's loss to the Padres and underwent an MRI exam after the game.

According to the reports, general manager Doug Melvin stopped short of declaring Gamel out for the season.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are in talks with veteran Bobby Abreu regarding a role as pinch hitter and part-time outfielder, sources confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.




The Angels released Abreu on Friday after the 38-year-old journeyman got off to a painfully slow start in limited at-bats.

Because the Angels cut him, the Dodgers would only have to pay Abreu a prorated version of the veteran's minimum.

Abreu had gotten just 24 at-bats in the first three weeks and was batting .208. The Angels thought they had come close to trading Abreu twice, first to the New York Yankees and then to the Cleveland Indians. Abreu grumbled publicly a couple of times about his limited role.

Abreu signed with the Angels before the 2009 season. He appeared in 456 games for them and batted .267 with 43 home runs and 246 RBIs. The two-time All-Star is one of four players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases.

The Dodgers have gotten off to a surprising 17-8 start that has them in first place in the NL West. The team's new owners, led by Magic Johnson, officially took hold of the organization Wednesday.

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox have signed former star pitcher Mark Prior to a minor league deal.






Prior was the second overall pick in the 2001 draft by the Chicago Cubs, for whom he had some shining moments, but arm injuries curtailed his career. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2006, and has thrown only two innings as high as Triple-A since then.
He has tried to come back with the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees without success. Prior, 31, will report to the Red Sox's extended spring program.

"He looked good, the velocity's been good," Boston GM Ben Cherington told reporters Wednesday."We're going to leave him down there for a while just to build strength before we send him out to a minor league club. He signed a minor league deal and will keep pitching in extended for a while."

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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees reserve infielder Eric Chavez left Wednesday night's 5-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles with a whiplash injury and a possible concussion.

Chavez exited the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, and will undergo head and spine scans at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The injury occurred in the top of the fifth, when Chavez dove to try to snare a line drive down the left-field line off the bat of the Orioles' J.J. Hardy. Chavez was playing third base in place of Alex Rodriguez, who was the Yankees' designated hitter.

Chavez came up for his at-bat in the bottom of the frame, but facing a 1-2 count, Chavez had to call for time. Manager Joe Girardi came out to check on Chavez, and eventually helped him back to the dugout and toward the clubhouse.

"He came off the field and said he got a little dizzy, but he was all right," Girardi said. "And then when he was going through his at-bat, he got dizzy (again), and when he stepped out, I noticed."

The Yankees were already playing with a short bench on Wednesday night, with outfielder Nick Swisher out because of a strained left hamstring. Swisher is not expected to return to the lineup until early next week, meaning the Yankees will likely have to make a roster move before Thursday's game in Kansas City against the Royals.

"It does limit us," Girardi said about the rash of injuries. "So that's why I feel that at some point we're gonna have to make a move here. I can't tell you exactly what it is, but we're gonna have to do something."

Chavez, 34, was batting .290 with three home runs and five RBIs on the season, his second with the Yankees. He played in just 58 games in 2011, missing almost two months of the season with a broken bone in his left foot that he suffered while running the bases. He hasn't played in more than 90 games in a season since 2006.

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LOL. Dodger runner was called out on this play last nite



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CINCINNATI -- The return of Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster on Thursday cost Randy Wells and Scott Maine their spots on the Chicago Cubs' roster.


Wells' demotion made sense because he had his issues in two outings as Dempster's rotation replacement. He will go back to Triple-A Iowa.




Maine, on the other hand, got caught up in a numbers game. The left-hander had been effective since he was called up to the Cubs on April 20, posting a 1.59 ERA in five outings. He also gave the bullpen a second left-hander to go along with James Russell.


But right-hander Michael Bowden, recently acquired from the Boston Red Sox for Marlon Byrd, does not have any minor league options remaining. Right-hander Lendy Castillo, as a Rule 5 selection this winter, can't be sent down without being offered back to his former team, the Phillies, for half of his $50,000 selection fee.


Maine took his demotion in stride, while Wells struggled with his.


"No, I kind of hate it actually; I'm not happy," Wells said. "I didn't pitch well so there is nobody really to blame but yourself. It still sucks. You obviously want to pitch well and put yourself in a good position, but the numbers just don't stack up. It is what it is."


In his first outing after being recalled, Wells walked five batters against the Reds. Last weekend at Philadelphia, he opened with three hitless innings before falling apart in the fourth, with walks again being an issue.

"The walks are the only thing really that spoils this whole thing," Wells said. "I thought I pitched pretty good against the Reds, just the five walks look (terrible). Obviously the fourth inning at Philly unraveled, and I let it get away from me. But I'm no different than I have been the last three years. I just had a bad inning. Whatever. Chalk it up as a bad day and go back to work."

Dempster, who had been out with a strained right quadriceps muscle, will see action right away, getting the start Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds on his 35th birthday. Homer Bailey, who is celebrating his 26th birthday, is starting for the Reds.


Wood, who was out with what was officially being called "right shoulder fatigue," will return to a less-high profile role in the bullpen. The setup man when the season started now will work in the sixth and seventh innings until he finds his stride and is effective enough to get his old job back.


"We'll monitor him," manager Dale Sveum said. "It will be every other day and when you get him up you get him in the game. Early on here we'll probably use him in less stressful situations."

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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has fractured the hamate bone in his left hand, according to multiple Bay Area media reports.




Sandoval was injured while swinging the bat in the Giants' 3-2 loss to Miami on Wednesday. He left the game in the seventh inning.
"He took a swing and had quite a bit of pain and had to come out," manager Bruce Bochy said after Wednesday's game. "There's a lot of concern here. We know what this guy means to our club and our offense."

Sandoval is hitting .316 and his five home runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored are all team highs.

The injury comes almost exactly a year afrer Sandoval fractured the hamate bone in his right hand. That injury resulted in surgery and he missed 41 games.

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lobo316 wrote: San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has fractured the hamate bone in his left hand, according to multiple Bay Area media reports.




Sandoval was injured while swinging the bat in the Giants' 3-2 loss to Miami on Wednesday. He left the game in the seventh inning.
"He took a swing and had quite a bit of pain and had to come out," manager Bruce Bochy said after Wednesday's game. "There's a lot of concern here. We know what this guy means to our club and our offense."

Sandoval is hitting .316 and his five home runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored are all team highs.

The injury comes almost exactly a year afrer Sandoval fractured the hamate bone in his right hand. That injury resulted in surgery and he missed 41 games.

 

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has a broken bone in his left hand and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Sandoval believes he actually hurt the wrist Sunday, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. He returned to work Tuesday after a day off and reported soreness in the hand.

"Tough news for us and Pablo," Bochy said. "I feel for him, particularly the way he has been playing and swinging the bat.

"You just don't replace a bat like Pablo's. There are few guys in Major League Baseball who can do the things he can do with the bat."

An X-ray on Tuesday did not reveal the break of the hamate bone, but Sandoval, who came out of Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins in the seventh inning, then underwent an MRI exam and CT scan that showed the fracture. He will have surgery on Friday at Stanford and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

"He doesn't remember doing it on one swing," Giants athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said. "He was hitting right-handed Sunday and the off day Monday, then Tuesday afterward he said it was sore. X-rays are tough on that area. It's not a good way to view it."

In entries Thursday on his Twitter account, Sandoval thanked his fans for their support in what he said was a tough time.

The three entries, when strung together, read: "To all my fans ; I will like to thank you guys for all the good wishes , this is a hard moment in my career , but I know that with God blessing this will benefit me , to perform better for you guys . Thanks for all the support I will be back soon and the #PANDAMODE WILL ALWAYS BE ON NO MATTER WHAT. Thanks --- Support the team everyone"

Conor Gillaspie was called up from Triple-A Fresno to replace Sandoval on the Giants' roster. He was added to the starting lineup and was due to bat second and play third base Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

Sandoval is hitting .316, and his five home runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored are all team highs.

The injury comes almost exactly a year afrer Sandoval fractured the hamate bone in his right hand. That injury resulted in surgery, and he missed 41 games.

The Giants expect Aubrey Huff to come off the DL on Monday after his battle with anxiety disorder. Huff has been working out and taking batting practice, while giving Bochy indications he is ready both physically and mentally to get back on the field.


 

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CINCINNATI -- The return of Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster on Thursday cost Randy Wells and Scott Maine their spots on the Chicago Cubs' roster.


Wells' demotion made sense because he had his issues in two outings as Dempster's rotation replacement. He will go back to Triple-A Iowa.




Maine, on the other hand, got caught up in a numbers game. The left-hander had been effective since he was called up to the Cubs on April 20, posting a 1.59 ERA in five outings. He also gave the bullpen a second left-hander to go along with James Russell.


But right-hander Michael Bowden, recently acquired from the Boston Red Sox for Marlon Byrd, does not have any minor league options remaining. Right-hander Lendy Castillo, as a Rule 5 selection this winter, can't be sent down without being offered back to his former team, the Phillies, for half of his $50,000 selection fee.


Maine took his demotion in stride, while Wells struggled with his.


"No, I kind of hate it actually; I'm not happy," Wells said. "I didn't pitch well so there is nobody really to blame but yourself. It still sucks. You obviously want to pitch well and put yourself in a good position, but the numbers just don't stack up. It is what it is."


In his first outing after being recalled, Wells walked five batters against the Reds. Last weekend at Philadelphia, he opened with three hitless innings before falling apart in the fourth, with walks again being an issue.

"The walks are the only thing really that spoils this whole thing," Wells said. "I thought I pitched pretty good against the Reds, just the five walks look (terrible). Obviously the fourth inning at Philly unraveled, and I let it get away from me. But I'm no different than I have been the last three years. I just had a bad inning. Whatever. Chalk it up as a bad day and go back to work."

Dempster, who had been out with a strained right quadriceps muscle, will see action right away, getting the start Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds on his 35th birthday. Homer Bailey, who is celebrating his 26th birthday, is starting for the Reds.


Wood, who was out with what was officially being called "right shoulder fatigue," will return to a less-high profile role in the bullpen. The setup man when the season started now will work in the sixth and seventh innings until he finds his stride and is effective enough to get his old job back.


"We'll monitor him," manager Dale Sveum said. "It will be every other day and when you get him up you get him in the game. Early on here we'll probably use him in less stressful situations."


Wood is just garbage, can that guy ever stay healthy? just hang it up Kerry.

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so they send down a pitcher who is doing good, to keep a couple shitty pitchers in the majors.  And people wonder why the Cubs have not won a WS in 103 yrs

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Yanks' manager says Rivera has torn knee ligament
By DAVE SKRETTA | The Associated Press – 18 minutes ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says closer Mariano Rivera has a torn right knee ligament, an injury that could potentially end his career.

The 42-year-old right-hander was carted off the field after twisting his right knee shagging flyballs during batting practice Thursday night before the Yankees played the Kansas City Royals.

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Benlen wrote: LOL. Dodger runner was called out on this play last nite





Absoluely horrible call. Here's the video:


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ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels acquired reliever Ernesto Frieri from the San Diego Padres on Thursday in exchange for minor leaguers Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach.

Frieri will join the Angels before their game on Friday, and the team will announce a corresponding roster move at that time.


Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been looking to add bullpen depth since he got the job in November, but his search was intensified when the Angels' bullpen blew six of its first seven save opportunities in April.


"He misses bats," Dipoto said. "He's got a history of missing bats, he's very good at it. He's been in a middle role for the Padres, who've had deep bullpens. It's the opportunity to go find a cost-effective, effective-on-the-field part of a solution."


Frieri, 26, is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and leads the Padres bullpen with 18 strikeouts in 11 appearances. A Colombian right-hander, Frieri broke into the big leagues in 2009 and is 3-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 105 major league games.


Amarista, 23, is a speedy, switch-hitting utility guy who had two stints with the Angels, batting .154 in 23 games. Roach, 22, has compiled a 14-6 record and 3.97 ERA in the minor leagues, recently for Class-A Inland Empire.

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum informed Carlos Marmol Friday that he is out as the closer, a day after the struggling reliever blew a 3-0 ninth-inning lead in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.


Sveum said he will use a combination of left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis to close games for now.

Marmol walked three of the five batters he faced in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Reds, wasting eight shutout innings by Ryan Dempster.


Marmol said after the game that he hoped to remain the closer, but knows the manager makes the final choice.


"You lose a game like that, I'm embarrassed right now," Marmol said.


The coaching staff has been trying to get Marmol to throw strikes with his fastball. But his wildness with his slider is what has made things the most troubling.


"It's the same story again," Sveum said Thursday. "Throwing 3-0 sliders when you have three-run leads is just not acceptable. Nothing else can happen except a two-run homer and nobody is on base. Somehow we have to make adjustments there to throw fastball in these situations."


Marmol has converted just two of five save chances this season and has a 6.23 ERA with 12 walks in 8 2/3 innings. He got the save with a perfect inning in a 3-1 victory over the Reds Wednesday, but he went to a full count on the first batter, while the second batter flew out to the base of the left-field wall.


Russell, who has no career saves, hasn't given up an earned run in nine appearances, spanning 7 2/3 innings. Dolis, who took the blown save and then the loss Thursday, has a 3.52 ERA and one save in 13 games this season.

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lobo316 wrote: The Los Angeles Dodgers are in talks with veteran Bobby Abreu regarding a role as pinch hitter and part-time outfielder, sources confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.




The Angels released Abreu on Friday after the 38-year-old journeyman got off to a painfully slow start in limited at-bats.

Because the Angels cut him, the Dodgers would only have to pay Abreu a prorated version of the veteran's minimum.

Abreu had gotten just 24 at-bats in the first three weeks and was batting .208. The Angels thought they had come close to trading Abreu twice, first to the New York Yankees and then to the Cleveland Indians. Abreu grumbled publicly a couple of times about his limited role.

Abreu signed with the Angels before the 2009 season. He appeared in 456 games for them and batted .267 with 43 home runs and 246 RBIs. The two-time All-Star is one of four players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases.

The Dodgers have gotten off to a surprising 17-8 start that has them in first place in the NL West. The team's new owners, led by Magic Johnson, officially took hold of the organization Wednesday.


 

 

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Bobby Abreu, one week after the Angels cut the slumping outfielder.

Abreu hit .208 in 24 at-bats before the last-place Angels let him go last Friday. He didn't have to go very far to find another job, opting for a reserve role with the NL West-leading Dodgers.

The 38-year-old Abreu is in the last season of a $27 million, three-year contract and is due $9 million this year. He is a career .293 hitter with 284 homers, 1,330 RBIs and 393 stolen bases. He previously played for Houston, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees.

Infielder Justin Sellers was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster.








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Abreu (I'm convinced he's Steroid Sammy's cousin if you look at them facially)is so done.

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Nationals beat the Phillies 4-3 in 11 Inning. I said National would sweep the phillies. However the phillies should had won this game, the umps blew two calls that would had given the Philles at least two runs. The Umps were really bad tonight blowing at least 4 calls tonight.

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The Chicago White Sox are moving Chris Sale, who's been one of the more effective starters in the American League, from the rotation to the closer role, the team announced on Friday.



Sale reportedly has left elbow tenderness and was not happy with the switch.

"Chris is going to be fine," pitching coach Don Cooper told reporters. "He was upset. He wanted to continue to (start).

"But again, sometimes we have to make decisions based on what we feel is best for that individual, and that's what we did."

Sale is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

"We're going to be trying to make him one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball, not only the American League," Cooper said. "That's where we're at with it."

Sale will replace Hector Santiago, who will become a set-up man. Dylan Axelrod will get the first crack at taking Sale's place in the rotation.

"This gives Hector a chance to pitch and go out there and develop," Cooper said. "But this is a decision based solely on Chris."

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SAN DIEGO -- Padres closer Huston Street left San Diego's game against the Miami Marlins with a strain near his pitching shoulder Friday night after issuing a walk in the 10th inning.

The right-hander will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury.

"I don't think it's major," Street said. "It's not in my shoulder. It's more in my lat, up in the armpit. I think that's a positive sign."

Street entered at the start of the 10th inning and retired his first two batters before walking pinch-hitter Logan Morrison. Padres manager Bud Black and assistant trainer Paul Navarro went out to the mound and, after a brief discussion, Street left the game. He was replaced by Brad Brach.

Miami won 9-8 in 12 innings.

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clawmaster wrote: Yanks' manager says Rivera has torn knee ligament
By DAVE SKRETTA | The Associated Press – 18 minutes ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says closer Mariano Rivera has a torn right knee ligament, an injury that could potentially end his career.

The 42-year-old right-hander was carted off the field after twisting his right knee shagging flyballs during batting practice Thursday night before the Yankees played the Kansas City Royals.



 

There aren’t many teams that could withstand losing a sure-fire future Hall of Famer. But the New York Yankees can.

While much of Gotham was trying to figure out who the Yankees should target in trades, the fact is the Yankees own significant bullpen depth that might make a trade unnecessary.

For instance, when Mariano Rivera went down in a heap after tearing his ACL shagging fly balls in Kansas City on Thursday, it already was a natural assumption that setup man David Robertson would slide into the closer’s role. Similar to how Rivera served as understudy to John Wetteland in the late-1990s, Robertson has cut his teeth under Rivera to become one of baseball’s top five closers-in-waiting.

The Yankees also boast bullpen depth with right-hander Rafael Soriano, who was the AL’s second best closer to Rivera when the Yankees signed him two years ago. He provides a solid backup plan if Robertson struggles. Cory Wade also is ready to step up after starting the year with a 1.46 ERA, with 15 strikeouts and just two walks in 12 1/3 innings pitched. Further, lefty Boone Logan has posted an impressive 0.96 ERA in 12 appearances.

On top of that, Phil Hughes or David Phelps remain candidates to be moved back to the bullpen when Andy Pettitte makes his first start in the next 10 days.

Despite losing his all-world closer, Yankees president Hal Steinbrenner must be quietly pleased with himself, as he pushed to sign Soriano, going against general manager Brian Cashman’s advice a couple years back. Now that signing looks critical. Because of that depth, the Yankees don’t necessarily have to make a trade for more relief help. In fact, the Yankees’ bigger need is starting pitching, but they are who they are and they’ll take the temperature of the relief market anyway.

In fact, they match up extremely well with the Houston Astros. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and closer Brett Myers are easily their most tradable pieces, and both would solidify the Yankees bullpen and rotation. To obtain both Rodriguez and Myers, however, it will be expensive, probably costing a couple of top prospects.

Myers has successfully made the transition back to the bullpen after four years of starting with a 1.17 ERA and six saves in his first eight appearances. Remember, the last time he closed games on a regular basis was with the Phillies in 2007, when he had 21 saves in 48 relief appearances. Along with Wade, Myers could serve as the Yankees’ seventh-inning bridge to Soriano and then Robertson.

Of course, a trade for Myers and Rodriguez would cost the Yankees some farm system depth, and that might not be something they are willing to do. If the Yankees decide to go outside the organization, here are six other relief pitchers who could be available at a lower cost.


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From Friday's game in Boston:

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I"m surprised Reynolds didn't swing and miss with the high five.

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WASHINGTON -- Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth broke his left wrist Sunday night trying to make a sliding catch against the Philadelphia Phillies.

"It's a clean break," Washington manager Davey Johnson said after the Nationals' 9-3 loss. "He's going to be out for a while."

Johnson said Werth will see a specialist to evaluate the injury.




Werth was injured in the sixth inning. The right fielder's glove got caught underneath him and he bent his wrist backward trying to grab Placido Polanco's sinking liner. Werth stayed on the ground briefly before throwing the ball back to the infield. He walked off holding his left wrist.
Werth wasn't available to speak to the media after the game.

This is only the latest in a string of injuries that have already hit the Nationals this season. Michael Morse, slated to be the team's cleanup hitter, hasn't played because of an injured back muscle. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and fill-in cleanup hitter Adam LaRoche has missed the past four games because of a sore right side muscle. Zimmerman and LaRoche are hoping to return for Washington's next game, Tuesday night at Pittsburgh.

"All of a sudden we seem to be getting a little more healthy and then boom, another one of our main guys goes down," Johnson said. "We've dealt with it before we'll deal with it again. We're not alone. It seems like it's rampant right now. It's a tough blow."

Werth missed the entire 2006 season after an injury to his left wrist which placed his career in jeopardy. He broke the wrist in spring training 2005 with the Dodgers and played 102 games that season before undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in the wrist.

He joined Philadelphia in 2007 and became an All-Star outfielder in his four seasons there before signing a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Nationals before the 2011 season.

The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

"That's really bad," Harper said. "That's a big loss for us."

Zimmerman took batting practice on the field before Sunday's game and said he felt good. Now, instead of building toward a full lineup, Zimmerman's return will just plug the hole left by Werth's injury.

"We're a resilient team," Zimmerman said. "It's frustrating. Anytime anyone gets hurt it's tough, but it's part of the deal. It's a long season and we're going to have to go through adversity this team has the talent and the capability to do that."

LaRoche was also looking forward to joining a near-full strength lineup until Werth's injury.

"Never a good time to lose anybody, especially a guy in the heart of your lineup," LaRoche said. "We were looking forward to this next series, this next week, being together again. Now we're obviously short another big bat and a big part of this team. So, time for everybody to step up and make up for it as much as we can.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (1-3) took the loss Sunday for the NL East-leading Nationals, giving up three runs and seven hits. His disappointment over his night was matched by his concern for his latest injured teammate.

"It's a sad thing for him," Zimmermann said. "He's one of our leaders and he's going to be gone for a few months. We'll have to just battle until he gets back."

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The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

You know, I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harper.  To some analysts, the Nationals are where they are now only because of him it seems. 

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Hamels should have hit him harder

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mike3775 wrote: The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

You know, I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harper.  To some analysts, the Nationals are where they are now only because of him it seems. 

Too bad, because like him or not the kid is incredible. Stole home off Hamels after getting hit, then later ran a blooper into LF into a double.

And every bit of analysis I've seen has the Nats where they are because of their ridiculous over-their-heads starting pitching.

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PeteF3 wrote: mike3775 wrote: The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

You know, I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harper.  To some analysts, the Nationals are where they are now only because of him it seems. 

Too bad, because like him or not the kid is incredible. Stole home off Hamels after getting hit, then later ran a blooper into LF into a double.

And every bit of analysis I've seen has the Nats where they are because of their ridiculous over-their-heads starting pitching.
Yes the kid is good.  But he is not the "savior" that many analysts would have you believe.  I about gagged when the other day he went 0-3 and the analyst on MLB Tonight(I wish I could remember who it was) said "even though he went 0-3, it was a great 0-3 because he never gave up on the at bats".  Uh sorry, to me, going 0-3 is not good regardless of whether or not he never gave up during the at bats, he did not produce much that day.  

I give the Nationals credit, they have great pitching, and have some good bats now and they will be a great team someday if the entire starting line up can all stay healthy. 

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lobo316 wrote: WASHINGTON -- Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth broke his left wrist Sunday night trying to make a sliding catch against the Philadelphia Phillies.

"It's a clean break," Washington manager Davey Johnson said after the Nationals' 9-3 loss. "He's going to be out for a while."

Johnson said Werth will see a specialist to evaluate the injury.




Werth was injured in the sixth inning. The right fielder's glove got caught underneath him and he bent his wrist backward trying to grab Placido Polanco's sinking liner. Werth stayed on the ground briefly before throwing the ball back to the infield. He walked off holding his left wrist.
Werth wasn't available to speak to the media after the game.

This is only the latest in a string of injuries that have already hit the Nationals this season. Michael Morse, slated to be the team's cleanup hitter, hasn't played because of an injured back muscle. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and fill-in cleanup hitter Adam LaRoche has missed the past four games because of a sore right side muscle. Zimmerman and LaRoche are hoping to return for Washington's next game, Tuesday night at Pittsburgh.

"All of a sudden we seem to be getting a little more healthy and then boom, another one of our main guys goes down," Johnson said. "We've dealt with it before we'll deal with it again. We're not alone. It seems like it's rampant right now. It's a tough blow."

Werth missed the entire 2006 season after an injury to his left wrist which placed his career in jeopardy. He broke the wrist in spring training 2005 with the Dodgers and played 102 games that season before undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in the wrist.

He joined Philadelphia in 2007 and became an All-Star outfielder in his four seasons there before signing a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Nationals before the 2011 season.

The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

"That's really bad," Harper said. "That's a big loss for us."

Zimmerman took batting practice on the field before Sunday's game and said he felt good. Now, instead of building toward a full lineup, Zimmerman's return will just plug the hole left by Werth's injury.

"We're a resilient team," Zimmerman said. "It's frustrating. Anytime anyone gets hurt it's tough, but it's part of the deal. It's a long season and we're going to have to go through adversity this team has the talent and the capability to do that."

LaRoche was also looking forward to joining a near-full strength lineup until Werth's injury.

"Never a good time to lose anybody, especially a guy in the heart of your lineup," LaRoche said. "We were looking forward to this next series, this next week, being together again. Now we're obviously short another big bat and a big part of this team. So, time for everybody to step up and make up for it as much as we can.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (1-3) took the loss Sunday for the NL East-leading Nationals, giving up three runs and seven hits. His disappointment over his night was matched by his concern for his latest injured teammate.

"It's a sad thing for him," Zimmermann said. "He's one of our leaders and he's going to be gone for a few months. We'll have to just battle until he gets back."



 

 

 

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth will be sidelined for 12 weeks after having surgery on his broken left wrist, MLB.com reported Monday, citing a baseball source.

Werth was injured while trying to catch a blooper off the bat of Placido Polanco in the sixth inning of the Philadelphia Phillies' 9-3 win on Sunday.


Werth's glove got caught underneath him and he bent his wrist backward trying to grab Polanco's sinking liner. Werth stayed on the ground briefly before throwing the ball back to the infield. He walked off holding his left wrist.

Werth missed the entire 2006 season after an injury to his left wrist which placed his career in jeopardy. He broke the wrist in spring training 2005 with the Dodgers and played 102 games that season before undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in the wrist.

He joined Philadelphia in 2007 and became an All-Star outfielder in his four seasons there before signing a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Nationals before the 2011 season.

Werth's injury is the latest in a string of injuries that have already hit the Nationals.

Michael Morse, slated to be the team's cleanup hitter, hasn't played because of an injured back muscle. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and fill-in cleanup hitter Adam LaRoche has missed the past four games because of a sore right side muscle.

Zimmerman and LaRoche are hoping to return for Washington's next game, Tuesday night at Pittsburgh.

Zimmerman took batting practice on the field before Sunday's game and said he felt good. Now, instead of building toward a full lineup, Zimmerman's return will just plug the hole left by Werth's injury.

"We're a resilient team," Zimmerman said. "It's frustrating. Anytime anyone gets hurt it's tough, but it's part of the deal. It's a long season and we're going to have to go through adversity. This team has the talent and the capability to do that."

LaRoche was also looking forward to joining a near-full strength lineup until Werth's injury.

"Never a good time to lose anybody, especially a guy in the heart of your lineup," LaRoche said. "We were looking forward to this next series, this next week, being together again. Now we're obviously short another big bat and a big part of this team. So, time for everybody to step up and make up for it as much as we can."

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Washington needs to scrap the idea of shutting down Strasburg if he reaches his limit and they are still in contention.  It would be stupid to shut down someone who will definitely help them get into the playoffs, especially with the new playoff format, where he wouldn't even need to pitch the lone wildcard game, and no way will the NAts go anywhere in the divisional series if they do not have him.

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PeteF3 wrote: mike3775 wrote: The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

You know, I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harper.  To some analysts, the Nationals are where they are now only because of him it seems. 

Too bad, because like him or not the kid is incredible. Stole home off Hamels after getting hit, then later ran a blooper into LF into a double.

And every bit of analysis I've seen has the Nats where they are because of their ridiculous over-their-heads starting pitching.
Yes the kid is good.  But he is not the "savior" that many analysts would have you believe.  I about gagged when the other day he went 0-3 and the analyst on MLB Tonight(I wish I could remember who it was) said "even though he went 0-3, it was a great 0-3 because he never gave up on the at bats".  Uh sorry, to me, going 0-3 is not good regardless of whether or not he never gave up during the at bats, he did not produce much that day.  

I give the Nationals credit, they have great pitching, and have some good bats now and they will be a great team someday if the entire starting line up can all stay healthy. 


He's supposed to be the biggest douche in baseball since Barry Bonds.

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Washington needs to scrap the idea of shutting down Strasburg if he reaches his limit and they are still in contention.  It would be stupid to shut down someone who will definitely help them get into the playoffs, especially with the new playoff format, where he wouldn't even need to pitch the lone wildcard game, and no way will the NAts go anywhere in the divisional series if they do not have him.


You are correct. The Nats would be wise to follow the Texas way of letting their pitchers pitch and not the Yankees "fuck up the minds and arms" method.

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NEW YORK -- San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota has been given a 100-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday.

The 38-year-old right-hander drew a 50-game suspension after the 2006 season for a performance-enhancing substance violation.

Mota was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games for the Giants this year. This is his 14th season in the majors.

The commissioner's office said Mota tested positive for Clenbuterol.

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NEW YORK -- San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota has been given a 100-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday.

The 38-year-old right-hander drew a 50-game suspension after the 2006 season for a performance-enhancing substance violation.

Mota was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games for the Giants this year. This is his 14th season in the majors.

The commissioner's office said Mota tested positive for Clenbuterol.


Good.He wasn't helping the team anyway.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota has been given a 100-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday.

The 38-year-old right-hander drew a 50-game suspension after the 2006 season for a performance-enhancing substance violation.

Mota was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games for the Giants this year. This is his 14th season in the majors.

The commissioner's office said Mota tested positive for Clenbuterol.
Clenbuterol is in my kids asthma inhaler. 

But its doubtful Mota has asthma, considering this is his second suspension for PED's

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Benlen wrote:
lobo316 wrote:
NEW YORK -- San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota has been given a 100-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday.

The 38-year-old right-hander drew a 50-game suspension after the 2006 season for a performance-enhancing substance violation.

Mota was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games for the Giants this year. This is his 14th season in the majors.

The commissioner's office said Mota tested positive for Clenbuterol.


Good.He wasn't helping the team anyway.
Maybe he can retire and get the sentence halfed

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HBF wrote:
mike3775 wrote:
PeteF3 wrote: mike3775 wrote: The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

You know, I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harper.  To some analysts, the Nationals are where they are now only because of him it seems. 

Too bad, because like him or not the kid is incredible. Stole home off Hamels after getting hit, then later ran a blooper into LF into a double.

And every bit of analysis I've seen has the Nats where they are because of their ridiculous over-their-heads starting pitching.
Yes the kid is good.  But he is not the "savior" that many analysts would have you believe.  I about gagged when the other day he went 0-3 and the analyst on MLB Tonight(I wish I could remember who it was) said "even though he went 0-3, it was a great 0-3 because he never gave up on the at bats".  Uh sorry, to me, going 0-3 is not good regardless of whether or not he never gave up during the at bats, he did not produce much that day.  

I give the Nationals credit, they have great pitching, and have some good bats now and they will be a great team someday if the entire starting line up can all stay healthy. 


He's supposed to be the biggest douche in baseball since Barry Bonds.


Doesn't matter. Some of the biggest stars are always the biggest douches. If they help you win games, you live with it.

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TerryWWWF wrote:
HBF wrote:
mike3775 wrote:
PeteF3 wrote: mike3775 wrote: The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

You know, I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harper.  To some analysts, the Nationals are where they are now only because of him it seems. 

Too bad, because like him or not the kid is incredible. Stole home off Hamels after getting hit, then later ran a blooper into LF into a double.

And every bit of analysis I've seen has the Nats where they are because of their ridiculous over-their-heads starting pitching.
Yes the kid is good.  But he is not the "savior" that many analysts would have you believe.  I about gagged when the other day he went 0-3 and the analyst on MLB Tonight(I wish I could remember who it was) said "even though he went 0-3, it was a great 0-3 because he never gave up on the at bats".  Uh sorry, to me, going 0-3 is not good regardless of whether or not he never gave up during the at bats, he did not produce much that day.  

I give the Nationals credit, they have great pitching, and have some good bats now and they will be a great team someday if the entire starting line up can all stay healthy. 


He's supposed to be the biggest douche in baseball since Barry Bonds.


Doesn't matter. Some of the biggest stars are always the biggest douches. If they help you win games, you live with it.


Well, he's not my team's douche so if he is actually that big of a douche, fuck him.

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HBF wrote: TerryWWWF wrote:
HBF wrote:
mike3775 wrote:
PeteF3 wrote: mike3775 wrote: The injury took some of the luster off another spectacular performance by 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home in the first inning.

You know, I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harper.  To some analysts, the Nationals are where they are now only because of him it seems. 

Too bad, because like him or not the kid is incredible. Stole home off Hamels after getting hit, then later ran a blooper into LF into a double.

And every bit of analysis I've seen has the Nats where they are because of their ridiculous over-their-heads starting pitching.
Yes the kid is good.  But he is not the "savior" that many analysts would have you believe.  I about gagged when the other day he went 0-3 and the analyst on MLB Tonight(I wish I could remember who it was) said "even though he went 0-3, it was a great 0-3 because he never gave up on the at bats".  Uh sorry, to me, going 0-3 is not good regardless of whether or not he never gave up during the at bats, he did not produce much that day.  

I give the Nationals credit, they have great pitching, and have some good bats now and they will be a great team someday if the entire starting line up can all stay healthy. 


He's supposed to be the biggest douche in baseball since Barry Bonds.


Doesn't matter. Some of the biggest stars are always the biggest douches. If they help you win games, you live with it.


Well, he's not my team's douche so if he is actually that big of a douche, fuck him.

So exactly why is he a huge douche already?

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Everything I've heard indicates he's had the MLB superstar attitude ever since college, and getting picked #1 overall only made it worse. He seems to rub everyone else around him the wrong way at every level, and the baseball media slobbing his knob just irritates people even more. He might be THE MAN one day, but now he's a rookie who's looking at the moment like a serviceable injury replacement. It was even mentioned he probably wouldn't even stay in the majors if it wasn't for the Nats have been hit by the injury bug at the moment.

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Everything I've heard indicates he's had the MLB superstar attitude ever since college, and getting picked #1 overall only made it worse. He seems to rub everyone else around him the wrong way at every level, and the baseball media slobbing his knob just irritates people even more. He might be THE MAN one day, but now he's a rookie who's looking at the moment like a serviceable injury replacement. It was even mentioned he probably wouldn't even stay in the majors if it wasn't for the Nats have been hit by the injury bug at the moment.


For this reason Steve. If you read about this kid, I can't find one reporter that likes him. The Bonds reference has come up way too early. Might be jealousy from jock-sniffers, but it seems to be a very universal feeling. And I said "If he is....."

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Jayson Werth said he was taunted by Phillies fans as he came off the field Sunday night, clutching his broken wrist.

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By Greg Fiume, Getty ImagesJayson Werth said Philadelphia Phillies fans added insult to his very significant injury.


Werth suffered a broken left wrist while attempting a sliding catch of a fly ball in Sunday night's 9-3 loss to the Phillies at Nationals Park.

He had surgery Monday and is expected to miss at least 12 weeks, a key blow to a Nationals team that remains atop the National League East.

As Werth came off the field, a trainer helping him clutch his injured wrist, a gaggle of Phillies fans taunted him, he tells the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore in an e-mail.

The weekend series was touted as "Take Back the Park" by the Nationals, who for years have seen Phillies fans infiltrate their yard en masse.

But according to Werth, those that came brought plenty of Philly 'tude with them; 76ers fans recently cheered an ankle injury suffered by Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah.

As Werth wrote to Kilgore:

"After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling 'You deserve it,' and, 'That's what u get,' I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again."
We'll repeat it one more time: The I-95 corridor has suddenly become the passageway to baseball's most interesting, and potentially most contentious, rivalry

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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels earned a five-game suspension for the way he welcomed Bryce Harper to the big leagues.

The 2008 World Series MVP was suspended for intentionally throwing at the Washington rookie in the Philadelphia Phillies' 9-3 win over the Nationals on Sunday night.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday. Hamels also was fined.

Hamels wasn't available to reporters before the Phillies opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. But he already admitted that he deliberately threw at Harper.



"I was trying to hit him," the two-time All-Star lefty said Sunday night. "I'm not going to deny it. I'm not trying to injure the guy. They're probably not going to like me for it, but I'm not going to say I wasn't trying to do it. I think they understood the message, and they threw it right back. That's the way, and I respect it."

Hamels began serving his suspension Monday night. With Cliff Lee expected to come off the disabled list and start Wednesday, coupled with Thursday's day off, Hamels really won't miss a turn in the rotation.

Roy Halladay will likely pitch on regular rest Saturday and Hamels would then start Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was disappointed the incident occurred.




"Obviously that's not what we're about," Amaro said. "We're not about trying to injure people. Things that happen in the game happen in the game. Those are parts of the game. But as far as how the Phillies want to conduct themselves, we try to take the high road on things. By no means are we condoning this. We fully support what the commissioner's office has decided to do."
Hamels plunked Harper in the small of the back with a fastball in the first inning. He said the purpose pitch was his old-school way of welcoming the 19-year-old Nationals phenom to the big leagues.

"That's something I grew up watching, that's kind of what happened. So I'm just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it," Hamels said. "I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn't say anything because that's the way baseball is.

"But I think unfortunately the league's protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, prestigious way of baseball," Hamels added.

Harper got the last word, though. When Hamels made a pickoff to first, Harper stole home for the first swipe of his eight-game big league career.

In the third inning, Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann hit Hamels in the left leg with one out and a runner on first when the Phillies pitcher squared to bunt. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher warned both dugouts.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told The Washington Post that Hamels hitting Harper with a pitch was "classless" and "gutless."

According to the newspaper's website, Rizzo also said: "Cole Hamels says he's old school? He's the polar opposite of old school. He's fake tough. He thinks he's going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who's eight games into the big leagues? He doesn't know who he's dealing with."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he wished Hamels wouldn't have been so forthcoming with his comments.

"He could have been a little more discreet or less honest," Manuel said. "The way I look at it, baseball is going to take care of it between the two teams on the field. To me, that's the issue. When they hit Cole, it set it even. At the same time, the best way to handle the Nationals is to beat them on the field."

As for Rizzo's reaction, Manuel brushed it off.

"I think that if we beat them on the field, that will take care of our business and that takes care of it," Manuel said. "When they hit Hamels, that takes care of it and we're back on even ground. There was no warning or nothing. They had a chance to get even. That even made it a wash. What Rizzo says is no concerns to me."

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Looks like you can forget Mets vs Phillies

Nationals vs Philles is the new baseball war

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NEW YORK -- The agent for Mariano Rivera said that the evaluation of the 42-year-old Yankees reliever's injured knee did not go smoothly on Monday.

"We ran into complications," agent Fernando Cuza told the New York Post. "I am referring to Dr. (Christopher) Ahmad and (Yankees general manager) Brian Cashman for further information."

Ahmad is the Yankees' team physician.

Tuesday morning, a high-ranking team official told ESPNNewYork.com that he didn't believe the complications were serious, but he said the team was still gathering information.

A source told ESPN the Magazine's Buster Olney the complications will have no bearing on Rivera's ability to have surgery and return from the injury.

Cashman declined to comment in detail when asked specifically about Cuza's comments, the Post reported.

On Monday, Ahmad, of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Russell Warren, a knee specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Dr. David Altchek, the New York Mets' team physician, all examined Rivera's knee.

After his fall on the warning track while shagging fly balls in Kansas City last Thursday, the Royals' doctors diagnosed Rivera with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a damaged meniscus in his right knee. Rivera is expected to have surgery and has vowed that he will pitch again.

Most estimates have Rivera missing this year and returning in 2013. But Rivera hasn't ruled out a return this year.



In 2008, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo returned from a similar injury in five months. Gallardo was 22 at the time, but there is not necessarily a link between age and recovery.

Prior to the injury, Rivera had hinted that this could be his final season. After the diagnosis, though, Rivera defiantly said he will return.

"I can't go out like this," Rivera said.

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"I can't go out like this," Rivera said.

I agree, that is not the way his career should end.

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Former major league right-hander Brad Penny has been released from his contract with Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League, the team announced on Tuesday.


Penny has offers to pitch both as a starter and a reliever in the major leagues and expects to make a decision soon on where he will sign, a baseball source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.


The Hawks cut Penny after he had made just one start, granting Penny's request to be released. Penny reportedly had a hard time adjusting to living and playing in Japan, according to the Asahi Shimbun, a newspaper in Japan.

Penny reportedly suffered a shoulder injury after his only start and had been sidelined for the last month.

"It is unfortunate," Koji Akiyama, the Hawks' manager, told Nikkan Sports. "But part of it is his feelings and then there is also his shoulder. It cannot be helped."

Penny went 11-11 last season for the Detroit Tigers with a 5.30 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 31 games.


He has a 119-99 record and a 4.23 ERA in a 12-year major league career that includes stints with the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

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HBF wrote: sek69 wrote:
Everything I've heard indicates he's had the MLB superstar attitude ever since college, and getting picked #1 overall only made it worse. He seems to rub everyone else around him the wrong way at every level, and the baseball media slobbing his knob just irritates people even more. He might be THE MAN one day, but now he's a rookie who's looking at the moment like a serviceable injury replacement. It was even mentioned he probably wouldn't even stay in the majors if it wasn't for the Nats have been hit by the injury bug at the moment.


For this reason Steve. If you read about this kid, I can't find one reporter that likes him. The Bonds reference has come up way too early. Might be jealousy from jock-sniffers, but it seems to be a very universal feeling. And I said "If he is....."
Jealous of what?

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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a torn ligament in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery, the third Milwaukee player to sustain a serious injury since opening day.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Monday that Gonzalez had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Gonzalez was injured Saturday, sliding into second base during a 5-2 loss at San Francisco.

Last week, Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel also tore the ACL in his right knee chasing a foul popup. Last month, left-hander Chris Narveson underwent surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez also went to the disabled list last week with a strained left hamstring.

Signed to a one-year deal before the season with the hopes of shoring up the Brewers' defense, Gonzalez had performed well at shortstop and at the plate, where he was hitting .259 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

For the time-being, veteran infielder Cesar Izturis will be the Brewers' starting shortstop. The 32-year-old spent the last three seasons with Baltimore and has played for six teams during his 12-year career, hitting .255 with 15 home runs and 291 RBIs.

Izturis is hitting .208 with one RBI in 14 games this season, five of them starts.

"I like Izzy," Roenicke said. "I like what he's been doing in the couple days that Alex has been out. He's a veteran who's played every day before."

A Gold Glove winner with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004, Izturis underwent elbow surgery last season, repairing his right ulnar nerve. He signed with the Brewers over the winter as a non-roster player with an invitation to major league camp.

"Now my job is to go out there and try to help the team win," Izturis said. "We'll see what happens."

To provide Izturis with an occasional day off, the team summoned Edwin Maysonet from Triple-A Nashville, where he was hitting .214 in 25 games. Maysonet impressed Roenicke during spring training, where he hit .296 and played at several infield positions.

"He's got a very good arm, good hands, very smooth fielder," Roenicke said. "In spring training both years I saw pretty good at-bats from him. So I'm OK with him."

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NEW YORK -- After retiring and being away from the major leagues for more than a year, Andy Pettitte will make his return to the New York Yankees on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, the team announced.

"I'm excited," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think it will be a great day at the stadium."




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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman nor Girardi would say whose spot in the rotation Pettitte will take. Rookie David Phelps, who will make his second career start in the majors on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, is the most likely candidate. Phelps is 0-1 with a 3.74 ERA. Phil Hughes, who is 2-4 with a 6.67, is another possibility.

In four games in the minor leagues, Pettitte was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA.

"The reports I've gotten have been pretty good," Girardi said.

After consulting with Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and his evaluators, Cashman felt Pettitte was ready to go. Girardi and Rothschild decided Sunday would be the best day to slot Pettitte in.

"We feel that he's physically ready," Girardi said. "He feels he's physically ready."

Girardi said the bullpen would be better set up with Pettite going Sunday. Pettitte will follow Hiroki Kuroda on Friday and Hughes on Saturday against Seattle.

By Sunday, Phelps could be rested enough to resume as the team's long reliever. It will depend on how many pitches he throws in Wednesday's start. If he throws well enough, Phelps could cause the Yankees to change their minds on if he is the odd man out.

Pettitte, 39, will train near his home in Westchester, N.Y., in anticipation for his start. He threw at his home in Houston the other day, Cashman said. Cashman said that Pettitte could throw his bullpens at Yankee Stadium, but can't be with the team during games.

"He is a jack of all trades," Cashman added. "He knows exactly what he needs in order to get it done. That's not an issue."

When the Yankees signed Pettitte in the middle of March, it appeared he was the team's seventh legitimate starter. However, the Yankees' starting pitching has performed below expectations while dealing with injuries. Michael Pineda, the main prize of the Jesus Montero winter blockbuster trade, is out for the season after shoulder surgery.

"We are looking forward to adding another healthy arm to the mix," Cashman said. "Because, yes, our depth has been challenged and some of our healthy starters have been inconsistent."

Pettitte, who will turn 40 in a month, came out of retirement in mid-March. The Yankees signed Pettitte to a $2.5 million deal. He last started a major league game on Oct. 18, 2010. He went seven innings in a Game 3 loss to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS. Texas starter Cliff Lee outpitched Pettitte in the Rangers' 8-0 win over the Yankees. Pettitte threw seven innings of two-run ball.

In 2010, he went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He made the All-Star team, but missed much of the second half due to injuries.

"I think all of us expect to see Andy Pettitte," Girardi said. "I think you can only go back to what you've seen. ... Will I be right? I hope so."

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LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Los Angeles Dodgers closer immediately, manager Don Mattingly announced before Monday night's game with the San Francisco Giants.


The decision by Mattingly comes on the heels of Guerra's third blown save of the season on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.



 



Mattingly informed Guerra of the decision several hours before the game. He later hinted to reporters that Guerra won't necessarily take over the eighth-inning setup role that Jansen is vacating because he wants to ease Guerra back into situations in which he can hopefully regain his flagging confidence.


"I have said all along I didn't want to have to do this," Mattingly said. "But really, it's one of those things where I don't want to be hard-headed, either. ... The game will tell you when to do it. With Javy, the game made the decision. I didn't have to make it. The game made it for me."


Although Mattingly didn't identify a primary setup man, the most likely candidate for the eighth-inning role probably is right-hander Josh Lindblom, who arguably has been the Dodgers' best reliever this season, posting a 2.35 ERA in 13 appearances -- his ERA would be even more impressive if not for a lone bad outing in which the Colorado Rockies tagged him for three runs in two-thirds of an inning.


Jansen has a 2.70 ERA and is averaging 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings after setting a major league record with 16.2 per nine innings last year, but he also has been inconsistent -- he has two saves and one blown save, and his career ninth-inning ERA is 5.59 compared to 0.70 in the eighth -- and he is getting the job on a trial basis.


He is going to get the first shot at it,'' Mattingly said. "Kenley, with all the strikeouts, really profiles more as that guy, but the ninth inning is a different animal.''


Mattingly also declined to assign a specific role to Guerra, who took over the closer's role midway through last season and saved 21 games as a rookie.


"I will use Javy all over," Mattingly said. "We're going to try to get (his confidence) back as much as anything else because he is going to be a valuable guy. We are going to need big outs from all our guys no matter how you define their roles."

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PHILADELPHIA -- New York Mets catcher Josh Thole landed on the seven-day disabled list Tuesday with a concussion, a day after receiving a blow to the head from the Philadelphia Phillies' Ty Wigginton on a play at the home plate.

Manager Terry Collins said Thole still was experiencing headaches Tuesday.




Thole also suffered a concussion when he was struck with a backswing two years ago while catching for Triple-A Buffalo.

The Mets promoted former Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres catcher Rob Johnson from Buffalo to share catching duties with Mike Nickeas. Right-hander Pedro Beato (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Johnson.

Neither Collins nor Nickeas said he found anything dirty about the hard-nosed Wigginton's collision with Thole. Wigginton's left shoulder struck Thole in the right side of the face and knocked the catcher from the game.

"That's your buddy and your teammate," Nickeas said. "You get hit like that, it's never a good thing. But it is part of the game. I think he was just trying to kind of dislodge the ball and go in there hard. Wigginton was just playing hard and unfortunately caught Josh in a vulnerable spot.

"We've all been crushed," Nickeas continued. "I haven't ever been hit in the face, in the head, that it's jarred me like it looks like it got Josh. You get good ones. You get guys coming into you hard. Hopefully it just hits you in the right spot and you're able to absorb the impact. Josh kind of got clocked."

The seven-day DL for concussions was added last year. Brian Roberts, Al Alburquerque, Denard Span, Matt Treanor, Ronny Cedeno, Craig Gentry, Erick Almonte and Eli Whiteside all used it in 2011. Eric Chavez is the only other active player on the list.

General manager Sandy Alderson said shortstop Ruben Tejada also was evaluated Tuesday in New York for a concussion but was cleared. Tejada landed on the disabled list Monday with a right quadriceps strain.

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Yoenis Cespedes: Hurts Hand
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Update: Cespedes injured his hand during batting practice before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Recommendation: Cespedes's injury allowed Josh Reddick to shift to center field and Michael Taylor to start in right field. Manager Bob Melvin stated the Cespedes will have an X-ray and MRI on Wednesday. Cespedes is leading the A's with 21 RBI, this injury could result in a stronger need for Manny Ramirez's return from a 50 game suspension. Ramirez is expected to return on May 30th.

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lobo316 wrote: Pitcher Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Baltimore Orioles, alleging the club placed him on the restricted list and is preventing him from signing with another organization even though he left the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate with the consent of a team official.


Willis received permission from Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, before leaving the Norfolk Tides last Wednesday, said agent Matt Sosnick.


Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, didn't immediately respond to a phone call or email. But Duquette told CBSSports.com on Monday that Willis left Norfolk without the organization's permission. Duquette added that the Orioles would welcome Willis' return and think he can be a successful reliever in the big leagues.


As long as Willis remains on the restricted list, he can't sign with another club without Baltimore receiving compensation. Sosnick said Duquette has not returned his phone calls, and that the Orioles are holding Willis "hostage" by refusing to discuss the matter.


"Dan has said nobody gave Dontrelle permission," Sosnick told ESPN.com. "Dan knows that's not true. I can't imagine making this kind of deal over something so trivial. We're talking about a minor league player that Baltimore has relatively no financial investment in whatsoever. It's the dumbest thing ever and a waste of everybody's time. Dan has had a thousand chances to ratchet this down a notch, and all he's done is ratchet it up."


Willis, 30, is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in parts of nine major league seasons. After capturing the Rookie of the Year award with Florida in 2003 and winning 22 games in 2005, he went to Detroit with Miguel Cabrera as part of an eight-player trade in December 2007. Willis has since struggled with injuries, anxiety-related issues and a decline in velocity, and he's had limited success in stops with Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.


Willis signed with Baltimore in late March after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies late in spring training. The Orioles said they planned to use Willis out of the bullpen, and the pitcher appeared to be on board with the idea. But Willis later had second thoughts because his arm wasn't responding well to relieving and he did not feel comfortable in the role. He expressed a desire to start in a conversation with Norton last week.


"Tripp told Dontrelle, 'If Dan isn't open to him starting, of course we'll give him his release. We don't want a player doing something he doesn't want to do,' " Sosnick said. "I've known Tripp Norton for 15 years and had good, direct, honest dealings with him time after time. I'm disappointed for Tripp that he's been placed in the middle of this."


Willis went home after meeting with Duquette, Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin and failing to reach agreement with the Orioles over whether he would start or relieve for the Tides. Willis told MASNSports.com that he was "dumbfounded" when the Orioles placed him on the restricted list, because he thought he had clearance to leave Norfolk.


"I thought it was a mutual parting of ways," Willis said. "It's one of those things where, if he had told me he was putting me on the restricted list, I wouldn't have left. I didn't grab my book bag and run out of the class. I'm almost dumbfounded. I'm not even upset. I don't know if it's personal because I don't know Dan."


According to Baseball-reference.com, "A team can request that a player be placed on the restricted list if that player has left the team without a valid reason, or has announced his intention to retire but is still of an age or level of skill that could allow him to return to professional baseball in the future. In effect, the team states that it retains rights to the player if and when he becomes active again."


Several players with legal or off-field issues have been placed on the restricted list in recent months. The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) on the list in January after he was arrested on charges of using a false identity. The Tampa Bay Rays did the same with minor league pitcher Matt Bush after he was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in March.


Sosnick denied speculation that Willis has received interest from a club in Japan or Korea. He said he would be happy to reach a financial accommodation with the Orioles should Willis pursue opportunities in Asia.


"I have not been contacted by any Asian team about Dontrelle," Sosnick said. "But I know that Dan has closer ties to Korea than I do, so maybe he knows something that I don't know."


 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis has agreed to drop his grievance against the Baltimore Orioles after the team granted his request to pitch as a starter in the minor leagues, his agent told ESPN.com.

Willis, 30, will report to extended spring training in Florida this week and try to build up his innings and work his way to Baltimore, agent Matt Sosnick said. The Orioles signed Willis in late March after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies late in spring training.

Willis left Baltimore's Triple-A Norfolk affiliate two weeks ago after a disagreement over whether he should start or relieve. Willis said he received permission to go home, but the Orioles maintained that he left the Tides without management's consent. They placed him on the restricted list, which prevented him from trying to find a job with another club. Willis responded by filing a grievance with the union.

Sosnick said the issue was settled after Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, intervened in the dispute.

"This is what we suggested to the Orioles in the first place,'' Sosnick said. "I have no idea why it became so acrimonious. Cooler heads finally prevailed.''

Willis is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in parts of nine major league seasons. After capturing the National League Rookie of the Year award with Florida in 2003 and winning 22 games in 2005, he was dealt to Detroit with Miguel Cabrera as part of an eight-player trade in December 2007. Willis has since struggled with injuries, anxiety-related issues and a decline in velocity, and he's had limited success in stops with Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.

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CHICAGO -- One day after Chicago Cubs reliever Kerry Wood tossed his glove and his cap into the crowd after a rough outing, manager Dale Sveum said it was not ideal behavior.


Sveum did understand where Wood was coming from, though.


"I don't condone it or wish it to happen all the time but we all know in this game there is frustration that happens," Sveum said. "Sometimes we regret things we do, that's for sure. We're not perfect human beings. But I missed the whole thing so I didn't see any of that."

What Sveum did see was Wood giving up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory. Wood walked two batters in his inning of work.


As Wood got to the Cubs' dugout he started to launch his equipment into the paying customers. Asked about it by a reporter afterward, Wood barked, "Irrelevant, dude." He followed that with an expletive and walked away from his postgame interview.


It has been a rough season already for the 34-year-old right-hander. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He had a rough start to the season, walking three batters on Opening Day, blowing a save in the process. Two days later he took the loss by giving up three runs.


He had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April and received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.


"It's a matter of getting comfortable and getting into a rhythm," Sveum said of Wood. "Bottom line, it's throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts. You still have to be able to use that breaking ball so there are a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times out on the mound."


Sveum is still determined to have Wood play a major role at the back end of the bullpen.


"We have to get him out there, we have to get him built up and get him comfortable on the mound in game situations, (even if) it's every other day for a little while," Sveum said.

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lobo316 wrote: CHICAGO -- One day after Chicago Cubs reliever Kerry Wood tossed his glove and his cap into the crowd after a rough outing, manager Dale Sveum said it was not ideal behavior.


Sveum did understand where Wood was coming from, though.


"I don't condone it or wish it to happen all the time but we all know in this game there is frustration that happens," Sveum said. "Sometimes we regret things we do, that's for sure. We're not perfect human beings. But I missed the whole thing so I didn't see any of that."

What Sveum did see was Wood giving up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory. Wood walked two batters in his inning of work.


As Wood got to the Cubs' dugout he started to launch his equipment into the paying customers. Asked about it by a reporter afterward, Wood barked, "Irrelevant, dude." He followed that with an expletive and walked away from his postgame interview.


It has been a rough season already for the 34-year-old right-hander. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He had a rough start to the season, walking three batters on Opening Day, blowing a save in the process. Two days later he took the loss by giving up three runs.


He had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April and received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.


"It's a matter of getting comfortable and getting into a rhythm," Sveum said of Wood. "Bottom line, it's throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts. You still have to be able to use that breaking ball so there are a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times out on the mound."


Sveum is still determined to have Wood play a major role at the back end of the bullpen.


"We have to get him out there, we have to get him built up and get him comfortable on the mound in game situations, (even if) it's every other day for a little while," Sveum said.
And yet they sent Scott Maine back to the minors to make room for this washed up over paid piece of shit.

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his left elbow, Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio show Wednesday.


"It's scheduled right now to be done," Cooper said. "I'm not sure what day it is, but we're going to be looking at it real fast, because obviously he's a big part of the now, as well as the future. And he's kind of a special guy, he has a chance to be very good. And we want to make sure that we're doing everything in our power to make that happen.

"If you look at our track record, I bet if we're not the top in baseball, we're close to that in keeping guys healthy."

Sale was one of the American League's more effective starters with a 3-1 record and 2.81 ERA before elbow tenderness led to the team moving him to the closer's role on Friday.

His first stint out of the bullpen was Tuesday, when he gave up an unearned run and blew the save in a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. A source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine that the MRI was scheduled before that outing.

Cooper told Bowden that Sale has soreness and stiffness and the team is going to continue to discuss his role in a couple of days.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Marooned at the bottom of the AL Central division with an MLB-worst 8-22 record, the Minnesota Twins couldn't wait any longer for Francisco Liriano and Danny Valencia to get going.

The Twins moved Liriano from the rotation to the bullpen and sent Valencia, once a promising third base prospect, to Triple-A Rochester as part of a major shakeup to try and instill some energy and life into a team that has shown very little of either through the first 30 games.




The moves were made after another lackluster performance in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
"We need to make some changes," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We need some hits. We need some new life in here, the whole package."

Josh Willingham hit his sixth homer of the season, but Carl Pavano (2-3) was knocked out of the game before there was an out in the fifth inning. He gave up five runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in his shortest outing of the season.

Ervin Santana (1-6) gave up two runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings for the Angels, getting some run support for the first time in six starts.

The Twins entered the season desperately needing Liriano to assert himself at the top of the rotation and Valencia to give them some power at third base.

But Liriano is 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts in the final season before he is set to become a free agent. Gardenhire said the team still wants him in the starting rotation, and hopes that the move to the pen will help him regain some of his lost confidence.

"Maybe a couple innings here, a couple innings there, he blows some people away and gets some kind of mojo going," Gardenhire said. "Then we see if we can get him back in there. We need him as a starter. We told him that. He has the best arm on this team and we need to get him some confidence going, get some quality innings out of him, maybe help us win a few ballgames out of the bullpen right now. Eventually we're going to need him as a starter."

Liriano left the clubhouse before the Twins announced the news, but Gardenhire said the lefty took the move in stride.

"Frankie said, `Whatever you need me to do," Gardenhire said. "He made sure that he told Andy and I that he understood, and that he's not upset about it, and he wants to help the baseball team any way he can."

In the meantime, the Twins selected the contract of right-hander P.J. Walters from Rochester. Walters is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts for the Red Wings this season. He will start on Saturday against Toronto.

Valencia is hitting .190 with one homer and 11 RBIs. He went 0 for 4 on Wednesday night and said the news didn't come as a surprise. The 27-year-old Valencia has improved defensively this season, but is slugging just .290 with a .204 on-base percentage.

"Obviously nobody wants to get sent down, but it's hard not to say I didn't see it coming because I haven't been hitting very well," Valencia said. "I've been inconsistent. My defense has been good, but I'm a guy that needs to contribute offensively. He's right, they're right. I just have to go down there and work hard."

The Twins also recalled outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who has played a little second base as well, and designated left-hander Matt Maloney for assignment.

Mastroianni hit just .143 at Double-A New Britain before being promoted to Triple-A, but he hit .346 with two doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 19 games for the Red Wings.

"Mastroianni's been playing the living fire out of the game down there," Gardenhire said. "They told me he's the most exciting player down there."



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lobo316 wrote: Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his left elbow, Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio show Wednesday.
First, I'll respect the point that the White Sox have a very good track record of pitcher health the past 10 years or so. That's absolutely true.

But with so many closers going on the shelf this season, what exactly made them think that Sale's elbow would be better off in the bullpen?

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Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league deal.

Guerrero, who began his career as a member of the Montreal Expos, hit .290 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI with the Baltimore Orioles last season.

According to the report, the 37-year-old veteran will be placed in extended spring training.

The report also indicates that the deal will be worth $1.3M, prorated for the time spent on the major league roster over the course of the season.

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PeteF3 wrote: lobo316 wrote: Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his left elbow, Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio show Wednesday.
But with so many closers going on the shelf this season, what exactly made them think that Sale's elbow would be better off in the bullpen?
probably because it would be used way less than the amount per start.  If he only pitches 1 inning every day, that may be anywhere from 3-20 pitches a game

Pitching has gone wacky this year for sure though. 

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BALTIMORE -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis took peaks and valleys to a new extreme in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Lewis gave up five hits -- all home runs -- yet he also had a career-high 12 strikeouts. That made him the first pitcher since 1918 to give up five home runs and have at least 10 strikeouts in the same game.

"It was a freakin' weird game," Lewis said. "I don't know how to justify that game."




Lewis gave up home runs to the first three batters, falling behind 3-0 after just eight pitches as Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis all hit home runs. It was the first time in American League history that a team started a game with three straight homers (fourth time overall).

Lewis then retired the next 18 batters -- 11 of them on strikeouts. It was an impressive run and unlikely, given his start.

But in the seventh, he lost his form and gave up two more home runs -- a solo shot to Adam Jones and a two-run homer to Wilson Betemit, allowing six runs in seven innings.

"It seemed like one of those days where you have really good stuff and if you miss your spot and it's not just a hit, it's a homer," Lewis said. "It was weird. You can't really look at it any other way. It was a weird game."

Lewis, now second in the AL in homers allowed with 11 on the year, said he felt he threw good pitches on three of the homers. He threw a slider to Markakis in the first, who hit it off the foul pole in right. And he threw a 2-0 fastball too high to Hardy, who was looking for a fastball on that count.

"He kept us in the game," manager Ron Washington said. "He settled down and made some adjustments. It was just two innings. It just so happened it was the first and the seventh."

Lewis was still shaking his head after the game. He said he felt great, had good stuff and thought he had the energy to even pitch longer. He said the three straight homers in the first didn't rattle him.

"I'm not worried about it," Lewis said. "Somebody's going to get out. The best hitters get out seven out of 10 times. Eventually, something is going to happen."

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It is amazing how normally good pitchers are just getting shelled this year. 

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According to Ken Rosenthal.....(he makes it clear no trade will likely happen).
Still, an interesting read for Philly fans

 

 

I don’t care what Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says — I’ll believe his team is a seller when I see it.

But know this:

According to major league sources, at least one club — the Toronto Blue Jays — already has engaged in dialogue with the Phils about their top potential free agents, left-hander Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino.

Now hold your tweeting fingers and continue reading. No trade is close. No trade is even likely. And context is important:
  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos routinely inquires on star players, just as he did last offseason when he talked to the Seattle Mariners about right-handers Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda.
  • The Phillies are not going to quit on the season easily, not when they already have sold more than 3 million tickets and assembled a $175 million payroll, second only to the New York Yankees.
  • The Phillies can’t give up on the season easily, not until they get a better sense of how second baseman Chase Utley (knee) and first baseman Ryan Howard (Achilles) will contribute when healthy.
But Amaro, while not specifically addressing the Blue Jays as a potential trade partner, told FOXSports.com on Thursday night that he is not ruling out any possibilities.

“My job is to keep all lines of communication open, for the good of the club today and tomorrow,” Amaro said. “I can’t shut any doors down. You try to be creative. And there are a lot of creative GMs out there who have different goals.”

Amaro first mentioned the possibility of the Phillies as sellers to CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury earlier Thursday. It sounded as if he was speaking out of frustration or trying to send a message to his players. But Amaro said he was only being realistic.

“If we continue to play like this and keep dropping out of the race, it’s going to be tough to be buyers,” he said. “The one way we can be buyers is by keeping our heads above water — if we’re five games out, seven games out, within striking distance, then yeah.

“But if a couple of teams pull away, run away with this thing and we’re not up to the task, then you never know. Sometimes you can be buyers and sellers at the same time. That situation might present itself, too.

“I don’t expect us to be in a seller’s mode. But I also have to be realistic. If the team decides it doesn’t want to play the way we expect to play or play the caliber of baseball necessary to win, you can’t squeeze blood from a stone.”

True, but the Phillies still boast three of the best pitchers in the game — Hamels, right-hander Roy Halladay and lefty Cliff Lee. And the team, for all its troubles, is just 5 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East and just 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card.

I know that the Phillies, after winning five straight division titles, are not accustomed to such relative mediocrity. I know they’ve depleted their farm system in recent years by trading for Halladay, Lee and outfielder Hunter Pence. But my advice to Amaro would be to take a deep breath — several deep breaths, actually.

Of course, now that Amaro has uttered the “S” word, the mere idea of the Phillies trading Hamels and Victorino is certain to spark the imaginations not just of media members and fans, but also the GMs who actually make deals.

The Jays, for one, would be downright formidable with Hamels, left-hander Ricky Romero and righty Brandon Morrow fronting their rotation — and/or with Victorino replacing the yawn-inducing Colby Rasmus in center field.

Other teams, though, would harbor similar notions if the Phillies actually got serious about selling.

The Los Angeles Dodgers could get an early jump on the Hamels sweepstakes by acquiring him at midseason. The Yankees surely would slobber over the prized lefty. The Detroit Tigers could pair him with righty Justin Verlander.

Then there are the Texas Rangers, who were No. 1 in Baseball America’s most recent organizational talent rankings and are deep enough in prospects to make practically any move they want.

How about Victorino, a switch-hitting center fielder who would enable them to move Josh Hamilton to left for the rest of the season?

We could play this game forever, but regardless of what the Phillies do, the Blue Jays are in a fascinating spot.

The changing dynamics of the AL East — specifically, the struggles of the Yankees and Boston Red Sox — could create a rare opening for the Jays, who have not made the postseason since 1993.

The Jays, at their best, might not be good enough to claim even the second wild card — their rotation features three young starters, their bullpen without injured closer Sergio Santos is a mess and Anthopoulos was concerned enough about his offense Thursday to sign free agent Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract.

On the other hand, the Jays can reasonably expect to improve. Santos, recovering from a shoulder issue, has resumed throwing. Right fielder Jose Bautista is far better than his current slash line of .182/.316/.345. And the team, No. 5 in Baseball America’s talent rankings, is well-positioned to trade for the right veteran, or two.

In fact, Anthopoulos told FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi last November that he would be more comfortable making major moves once he had a chance to assess his team and its postseason chances.

“In season, when you know who’s healthy, when you know who’s having a good year, when you know what your competition is doing, that’s when you potentially look to go big,” Anthopoulos said. “You have a much better understanding of the current landscape.”

Actually, the landscape has changed since Anthopoulos made those comments — the new collective-bargaining agreement not only created the second wild card, but also changed the rules for draft-pick compensation.

Anthopoulos no longer can apply his strategy of acquiring potential free agents and collecting draft picks after they depart; only players who remain with their teams for the entire season are eligible for compensation.

The second wild card, intended to boost pennant-race drama, also might inhibit some teams from buying. Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane famously called the playoffs a crapshoot. He might need to invent a new phrase for the one-game wild-card round.

Seriously, how motivated will a team such as the Jays be to sacrifice long-term goals if the short-term prize is an elimination game against a pitcher such as the AngelsJered Weaver?

All of these questions will be addressed in the weeks and months ahead — it’s not even mid-May, and the non-waiver deadline is July 31. But already we’ve got one potentially surprising seller and one potentially surprising buyer.

Let the twists and turns begin.

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The Baltimore Orioles have placed reliever Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger injury.

The team also purchased the contract of left-hander Dana Eveland from AAA Norfolk. Eveland started for Baltimore against Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Lindstrom has a 1.29 earned-run average with 14 strikeouts in 13 appearances.

Eveland came to the Orioles last December in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts for Norfolk.

To make room for Eveland on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Zelous Wheeler for assignment.

In other news, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery Friday in Los Angeles.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yoenis Cespedes returned to the batting cage Saturday, then the bench.

This time, he'll stay there a little longer.

The Oakland Athletics placed the powerful Cuban defector on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left hand that has bothered the center fielder for days. An MRI exam earlier this week revealed the strain and no further tests are scheduled.

"Anytime it's a hand for a hitter, you want to make sure he's 100 percent before he goes out there," assistant general manager David Forst said. "We tried to treat it and have him play at the same time. Clearly, he wasn't feeling 100 percent, so we're going to be cautious at this point and have him do nothing until he can tell us there is absolutely zero pain there."

The roster move followed a bizarre afternoon.

Cespedes had declared himself "100 percent" healthy and ready to return earlier in the clubhouse. Instead, Cespedes complained of discomfort in his hand and cut his batting practice short.

The center fielder mostly hit a few grounders and line drives. He sent one ball into the left-field seats, however, the towering 500-foot home runs he often smacks disappeared.

"I feel so happy. I was here doing nothing. I was bored," Cespedes said about returning to the lineup before batting practice, speaking through Ariel Prieto, the former A's pitcher who was called off his minor league coaching assignment this year to be the Cuban's interpreter and mentor as he adjusts to life in the United States.

Now he'll have to find something to do again.

In another odd twist, the A's originally announced they recalled Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Cespedes. But because Taylor had been assigned to Sacramento a day earlier, the club couldn't make Cespedes' DL retroactive to Tuesday, so Oakland instead recalled Josh Donaldson.

Cespedes is eligible to come off the disabled list May 22.

Also, slugger [url=http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/29248/kila-ka'aihue]Kila Ka'aihue[/url] was a late scratch from the lineup. He strained a hamstring sliding into second Friday night, Forst said, but is not expected to land on the disabled list.

Of far bigger concern in Cespedes' status.

Cespedes signed a $36 million, four-year deal this spring after defecting from Cuba. He is batting .245 with five homers and 21 RBIs this season, mostly in the cleanup spot, and has shown promising power.

Collin Cowgill replaced Cespedes and batted ninth.

A's manager Bob Melvin called placing Cespedes on the DL a "precautionary" move. Earlier in the afternoon, he had talked about how fortunate the low-budget club was to land such a prospect this offseason.

"We're not going to be able to sign the $15 million, $20 million (a year) free agent, so this is our best shot to get that type of talent," Melvin said. "It was a number that's manageable for us. I have to really give our scouting staff and our front office credit for taking the chance on a player like that, because he is a terrific talent, no doubt about that. He's just going to get better and better."

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MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs put Carlos Marmol on the disabled list Saturday with a strained right hamstring and recalled right-hander Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa.



Marmol was injured in the seventh inning of Friday night's 13-inning marathon when he delivered a pitch to the Brewers' Corey Hart. Entering the game with a three-run lead, Marmol already had given up a run on an Aramis Ramirez double.



"Marmol's going on the DL and Casey Coleman will be here sometime during the game," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Coleman was en route to Milwaukee from Fresno, Calif., where the Iowa Cubs had just wrapped up a series. His flight was not expected to land in Milwaukee until 1:20 p.m. CST Saturday, nearly 1½ hours after the first pitch.

There is a good chance Coleman could be pressed into action not long after he arrives. The Cubs used every member of the bullpen Friday night, and Kerry Wood and Rafael Dolis (two innings each) were considered off-limits by Sveum.

Six of Coleman's seven appearances at Iowa were starts. He posted a 2-3 record with a 3.48 ERA in 33 2/3 innings and had 30 strikeouts and 16 walks. He is expected to be used as a long man out of the bullpen.

"He's a kind of guy you can use in different roles depending on what's going on that day," Sveum said. "He has the slider, he has different arm angles. He's a guy you can use if right-handers are coming up. But he's definitely a guy you will want to use two innings whenever you use him."

Marmol was expected to undergo an MRI Saturday in Chicago.

"We'll find out how bad it is but he got really sore when he was walking out last night," Sveum said. "It seemed to actually get worse. We'll just have to see."

Sveum added that it would be an option to send Marmol to Iowa for a rehab stint before he returns to the active roster. Marmol has struggled all season, posting a 6.35 ERA in 15 appearances, with a loss and two blown saves.

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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball dropped its 100-game suspension of Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case.

Alfonzo is eligible to play immediately, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because no announcement had been made.

Mostly a backup during six major league seasons, Alfonzo became the first player suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under the MLB testing program when the commissioner's office announced a 100-game penalty last September.

Alfonzo appealed and was notified within the past week that MLB had lifted the ban. The reason: a dispute over the storage and shipment of his urine sample similar to the one that led to Braun's 50-game drug penalty getting overturned by an arbitrator in February, the person said.

The person was not familiar with specific details regarding the chain of custody of Alfonzo's specimen.

Alfonzo's contract was renewed by the Rockies in March, but he was not paid while he was on the restricted list during the suspension. He is currently assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Pacific Coast League, but the 33-year-old catcher has been at home in Venezuela, the person said.

Alfonzo gets the minimum $480,000 salary in the majors and $86,473 in the minors.

A message left for Rockies spokesman Jay Alves late Sunday night was not immediately returned.

Braun, last year's NL MVP, tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, which was revealed by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" in December. His sample was collected on Oct. 1, a Saturday and the day he and the Milwaukee Brewers opened the NL playoffs. The collector did not send the sample to the laboratory until Monday, thinking it would be more secure at home than at a Federal Express office during the weekend.

Baseball's drug agreement states that "absent unusual circumstances, the specimens should be sent by FedEx to the laboratory on the same day they are collected."

Braun appealed and when his ban was thrown out by arbitrator Shyam Das, MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred said management "vehemently" disagreed with the decision, which made the Milwaukee slugger the first major league player to successfully challenge a drug-related penalty in a grievance.

During the hearing, Braun's side challenged the chain of custody from the time the urine sample was collected by Comprehensive Drug Testing Inc. to when it was sent, nearly 48 hours later, to a World Anti-Doping Agency-certified laboratory outside Montreal, two people familiar with the case said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because what took place in the hearing is supposed to be confidential.

Since then, MLB and the players' union have made some changes to collection procedures as a result of Das' decision.

Employees of Comprehensive Drug Testing, who take the specimens from players, are now required to drop the samples off at a Federal Express office on the same day they are collected, provided an office is open in the vicinity. If not, collectors should take the specimens home rather than leave them in a drop box. The prohibition against using drop boxes already was in the drug agreement between players and owners.

Alfonzo's penalty was dropped without a hearing before an arbitrator, the person said Sunday. The catcher missed the final 15 games of last season and Colorado has already played 33 games this year.

Under the major league drug agreement, first offenses are arbitrated before any public announcement -- but additional offenses are litigated after a suspension is announced.

Alfonzo also was suspended for 50 games in April 2008 while a member of the San Francisco Giants.

"I am surprised by this positive test," he said last September in a statement released by the Major League Baseball Players Association. "I learned my lesson in 2008 and have not taken any prohibited substances since then. With the union's help, I intend to fight this suspension and look forward to appearing before the arbitrator in the near future."

After the suspension four years ago, Alfonzo said he never knowingly took steroids but did take medicine for bronchitis while home in Venezuela.

Manny Ramirez and Guillermo Mota are the only other major league players to be penalized twice for positive drug tests.

Baseball began testing with penalties in 2004. Under the current rules, a third violation would carry a lifetime ban.

Alfonzo is a .240 career hitter with 17 homers and 67 RBIs in 591 at-bats over 193 major league games. He has also played for San Diego and Seattle.

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CHICAGO -- Left-hander Danny Duffy is scheduled for an MRI on Monday after he left the Kansas City Royals' 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox with elbow tightness.

Duffy faced three batters in the first inning and recorded two outs before catcher Humberto Quintero saw him shake out his arm at the end of a throw, prompting a mound visit from manager Ned Yost and a trainer.

"As soon as he said 'It's in my elbow,' I said 'That's it,'" Yost said. "We need to get that checked, see what's going on there, and go from there."

The 23-year-old Duffy was headed back to Kansas City on Sunday night. He also experienced tightness in his elbow last month.

"I think Q did the right thing. I felt a little tightness on the inner part of my elbow," he said. "You know, get an MRI tomorrow, check it out and see what it is. You can't worry about things like this until you know what it is."

Duffy is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts this season.

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CINCINNATI -- Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the latest major setback for the NL East leaders.

Ramos' knee buckled as he chased a passed ball during the seventh inning of a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. He fell on his back in pain and had to be helped off the field, putting little weight on the knee.




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The Nationals feared that he'd torn the ligament, which was confirmed overnight by an MRI. The young catcher is the 11th Nationals player to go on the disabled list this season and the latest of several major leaguers to tear an ACL this month.

"We're going to have to start eating bananas or something to change our luck," manager Davey Johnson said before a rain-delayed game Sunday. "We've had more than our fair share of key players go down."

The Nationals called up catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg to back up Jesus Flores. The 23-year-old Leon was batting .319 with a homer and 12 RBIs in 27 games at Harrisburg.

It's been a rough seven months for Ramos, who had one of the best seasons by a major league rookie last year. He went home to Venezuela to play winter ball and was abducted at gunpoint in front of his parents' home in Valencia.

Police commandos freed him two days later and arrested suspects who were trying to demand ransom. Ramos got 11/11/11 -- the date he was freed -- tattooed on his arm.

He tore up his knee Saturday when his spikes caught in the grass as he planted his foot to pick up the ball, forcing his knee to buckle. He fell to the ground in severe pain.

The Nationals have managed to stay in first place in the NL East despite a series of injuries that sapped every part of the team. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman recently returned from a sore right shoulder that forced him to miss 13 games. Relief pitchers Drew Storen and Brad Lidge, left fielder Mike Morse and utility man Mark DeRosa were among those who went on the disabled list in the opening month.

The past week has been especially tough. Right fielder Jayson Werth had surgery Monday to repair a broken left wrist that's expected to sideline him for at least three months. On Friday night, rookie outfielder Bryce Harper needed 10 stitches to close a gash above his left eye, caused by slamming a bat against a wall near the dugout.

Harper was back in the lineup Saturday. Seven innings later, Ramos got hurt.

There's been a rash of knee injuries in the major leagues already this month.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tore the ACL in his right knee while chasing a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3. Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, hopes to return next season.

The Brewers lost two infielders to the same injury. First baseman Mat Gamel tore his right ACL while chasing a foul pop on May 1 and hitting the wall at Petco Park in San Diego. Four days later, shortstop Alex Gonzalez tore his right ACL while sliding into second base.



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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was placed on the 15-day disabled list following the team's 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night, a move club officials had decided to make before the game.

Kemp underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day that showed a strain in his left hamstring, which had been bothering him for more than a week.



The club recalled outfielder-first baseman Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill Kemp's roster spot.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the media before the game that Kemp was available to pinch hit, but Mattingly said after the game that Kemp wasn't, in fact, available, meaning the Dodgers simply had been hoping to keep the Diamondbacks in the dark about Kemp's status. By not appearing in the game, Kemp ended his consecutive-games streak, which had been the longest in the majors, at 399 games.

For now, the injury isn't expected to sideline Kemp longer than 15 days. He will be eligible to return on May 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"They had to talk me into it a little bit,'' said Kemp, whose only previous DL stint came in April 2007. "It's hard to sit out 15 days. I was going crazy watching (this game). But we have a bunch of good guys on this team. They will continue to play well. When I come back, I will help them any way I can to help us win.''

Kemp had said publicly following Sunday's game, which he left after the third inning when the hamstring flared up, that he "definitely'' wasn't going on the DL. But after meeting with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache following the MRI, Kemp eventually became convinced that this was the right course of action.



"It's a mild strain," Mattingly said. "But Doc told him if he did it again, it would go from a Grade 1 to a Grade 2. ... That was the thing Doc said to Matt before the game, that we need to get this healthy and let it heal up and not let it be a problem all year.''

The development came at the end of a day in which the Dodgers already had lost their primary third baseman, Juan Uribe, to the disabled list with continued soreness in his left wrist, meaning Mattingly will have to do a lot of mixing and matching over the next couple of weeks with what is undeniably a depleted roster.

Mattingly said Tony Gwynn Jr. will get the bulk of the starts in center field, but that right fielder Andre Ethier, who has never played center during the regular season in the majors but did play there at Arizona State University and also started there for the National League in the 2010 All-Star Game -- also could get a couple of starts there if Mattingly wants to insert Sands into right field.

Elian Herrera, who was promoted from Albuquerque earlier in the day to take Uribe's spot, also could see time in center.


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    TORONTO -- Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing his right leg during Monday night's 7-1 win over Toronto.

    Niemann was struck on the ankle by Adam Lind's drive with runners at first and second in the first inning. He recovered to make the out, but walked gingerly around the mound and was checked by the trainer before finishing the inning.

    Niemann came out and warmed up to start the second, but was removed after a conference on the mound with the trainer and manager Joe Maddon. Left-hander Cesar Ramos came on and earned the win while Niemann went to the hospital for X-rays.

    "It's not easy to lose a pitcher of his caliber," Maddon said.

    The Rays did not put a timetable on Niemann's return, but the fracture will likely take four to six weeks to heal.

    Maddon said the Rays will call up a reliever Tuesday to help out until Niemann's spot in the rotation comes up again, adding that he'd prefer not to move Wade Davis back to the rotation.

    Niemann missed more than six weeks last season with a sore lower back, going 11-4 after his return in late June.

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    TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12, and recalled utilityman Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Durham.



    Vogt was expected to join the Rays in time for Monday night's game at Toronto.

    Jennings left a May 6 game against Oakland with a sprained left knee, but has made two pinch-hit appearances since. He grounded out in the ninth inning of Friday's loss at Baltimore.

    Jennings is one of seven Rays players currently on the DL, a list that also includes third baseman Evan Longoria (torn left hamstring), closer Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow), catcher Robinson Chirinos (concussion) and outfielder Sam Fuld (right wrist).

    Vogt, who can catch and play in the outfield, made Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster but was optioned to Durham on April 20 when the Rays activated B.J. Upton off the DL. The rookie was hitless in 13 at-bats over seven games, the worst start to a career by any player in Rays history.



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    BALTIMORE -- New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova left Monday's 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles with a contusion and sprains of his right foot and ankle.

    The Yankees announced that X-rays were negative.

    Nova left after fielding a high-hopping ground ball off the bat of Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit in the sixth inning.



    Three innings earlier, Nova had taken a hard smash off the bat of Nick Markakis off his right ankle, but remained in the game despite hobbling around for a while after the play.

    It was unclear whether the second injury was related to the first, but it was obvious that Nova was in pain as he came down after snagging Betemit's ball and flipping to first baseman Mark Teixeira to complete the out at first.

    Manager Joe Girardi and a team trainer went out to the mound to examine Nova, who was removed from the game and replaced by left-hander Clay Rapada. Nova walked from the field without assistance but appeared to be limping slightly.

    Nova allowed seven hits, including a long home run by J.J. Hardy, and five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, but left with the game tied, 5-5.

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    CHICAGO -- The White Sox reinstated relief pitcher Jesse Crain from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and designated pitcher Eric Stults for assignment.

    Crain was placed on the DL April 27 (retroactive to April 21) due to a strained left oblique. He threw a scoreless inning in each of his two rehab appearances for Triple-A Charlotte Friday and Sunday.

    Crain last pitched for the White Sox on April 20, and has made six appearances with a 2.57 ERA this season.

    Stults was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two games, including one start, since being called up from Charlotte.

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    BOSTON -- When the Red Sox took an early round of infield practice Monday afternoon, they did so with a familiar cast: Adrian Gonzalez at first, Dustin Pedroia at second, Mike Aviles at short, and yes, Kevin Youkilis at third.

    "He looked pretty good taking ground balls today," manager Bobby Valentine said. "I wouldn't think he's very far away. ... He looked really good moving around.





    "Yesterday, he took 10 swings on a soft toss, 30 dry swings. He'll hit some balls today."
    But it won't be in a game. Youkilis (back strain) was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, but that did not happen. Asked by ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald when he expected to be activated, Youkilis answered with a shrug.

    The Sox will head out on an eight-game trip starting Wednesday at Tampa Bay but Valentine was noncommittal when asked if Youkilis would be activated then.

    "I have no idea," the manager said. "Whenever the medical (staff) and Kevin say he's ready. All I'm saying, my eyes saw him taking ground balls. He looked good throwing and fielding."

    The Red Sox have a decision to make once they do activate Youkilis: what to do with rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who since his May 2 callup has put up some history-bending numbers. He is just the third player in major league history to hit at least four home runs and drive in at least 13 runs in his first 10 games in the big leagues, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also has five doubles, his nine extra-base hits the most by a Sox player in his first nine games since at least 1918.

    Going back to the Great War, only two other Red Sox players hit at least four home runs in his first 10 games: Sam Horn (5 in 1987) and Billy Conigliaro (4 in 1969). So, as a predictor of future big-league stardom, that is clearly an unreliable barometer.

    Still, Middlebrooks has made a significant impact on the Sox offense since being promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket, raising the question of how the Red Sox can justify sending him back.

    "I think that's a little premature," Valentine said when asked how the Red Sox plan to address the issue. "We'll do exactly what's right. Those things usually play themselves out. No need to make a decision until it's time to make a decision."

    Youkilis was batting .219 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 18 games before he went on the DL. The three-time All-Star is in the last year of a contract paying him $12 million this year ($13 million club option for 2013), and Middlebrooks, the team's fifth-round draft choice in 2007, projected to be in line to succeed him.

    But his auspicious debut has raised the question of whether the Sox would accelerate that timetable. Talent evaluators for four major league clubs said last week they believe there would be a strong market for Youkilis, especially if the Sox ate a significant portion of his salary, but that teams would need to see whether the 33-year-old veteran was healthy. Youkilis has played fewer than 140 games in each of the last three seasons, and his injury history diminishes his value to some degree.

    On the other hand, Youkilis when healthy has remained a highly productive hitter, though his career-low .258 average in 2011, when he battled back, hernia and hip injuries, threw up a definite red flag. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said last week Youkilis would not lose his starting position because of an injury.

    Valentine was asked about the relative merits of keeping Middlebrooks on the bench here as opposed to returning him to Pawtucket.

    "Sitting on the bench is not a place for very many players, especially good young talented players," he said. "What would be the purpose of having someone sit on the bench, unless there was a useful purpose for him not being in a starting role but able to contribute to a team's wins? Is there a place for him to do that? I'm not sure."

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    CHICAGO -- White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn will play left field for the first time since 2010 when they visit the Chicago Cubs this weekend, manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday.



    "I have been taking some fly balls in left, but you can't simulate how it will go in a game," Dunn said. "I anticipate it will go good; once I get out there I am sure it will all come back."

    Dunn is tied for second in the American League with 12 home runs and third with 28 RBIs as he comes back from a dreadful season, during which he hit .159 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 122 games. Before joining the White Sox two seasons ago, Dunn had seasons of 40, 40 and 38 home runs.

    "You look at the lineup and how important he is for us," Ventura said. "He has been hitting third for us most of the time, so that becomes a factor getting him in there."

    Dunn has 25 home runs at Wrigley Field, which ties him with Albert Pujols for most by an active opposing player.

    Dunn has played 1,099 games in the outfield. He spent his entire career in the National League before signing a four-year, $56 million contract with the White Sox on Dec. 9, 2010.

    Ventura will sit regular left fielder Dayan Viciedo, who had his best game of the season Monday, hitting a home run and driving in a career-high four runs.

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    MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau remains on track to be reinstated from the disabled list.




    Morneau took another round of early batting practice on Tuesday, his 31st birthday, to test his sore left wrist and told team trainers he's feeling fine. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau could come off the DL after the game against Cleveland to join the team's upcoming road trip. The trip includes a three-game interleague series this weekend at Milwaukee, so the Twins want him to be comfortable enough to play the field as well as hit.
    Center fielder Denard Span wasn't in the lineup on Tuesday because of a sore right hamstring. Gardenhire said Span is day to day.



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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.




    Ramirez


    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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    lobo316 wrote:
    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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    lobo316 wrote:
    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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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose minor league rehab assignment for Tommy John surgery expires May 23, isn't close to being ready to be promoted to the major leagues, manager Bobby Valentine said Wednesday.


    Matsuzaka is set to make a minor league start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday in Durham, N.C., and another on May 22.


    During Boston's last homestand, Matsuzaka spent some time around his teammates at Fenway and spoke at length with Valentine about his progress. It's been less than a year since Matsuzaka had Tommy John reconstructive surgery last June on his right elbow, and even though he's nearly a month into a minor league rehab stint, both pitcher and manager apparently agree it could be a while before he's ready for a major league mound.



    "I don't think he's all that close to be pitching in the major leagues," Valentine said. "He might take a big step, but not until he's ready. It's not the calendar that will dictate when he pitches in the major leagues."


    If Matsuzaka is not added to the major league roster when his rehab assignment expires, the Red Sox could place him back on the DL and start the process all over again.
    "We can't say when the 30-day clock's done; now the guy has to get into a major league game and get whacked," Valentine said. "It doesn't sound right to me."
    After his most recent outing, Matsuzaka said he's not happy with his mechanics. That has been his focus with Pawtucket.
    "I'm not sure he's put his elbow situation behind him yet," Valentine said. "I don't think he understands where he is with his elbow, which is very important."
    Based on their conversations, Valentine said, he doesn't think Matsuzaka will come to him soon and say, "Bring on the Yankees."
    The confidence issue Matsuzaka must deal with is whether he will change his delivery or revert back to how he was throwing when he first suffered the elbow injury.
    "It's a very confusing state," Valentine said. "Until he figures that out totally in his mind, he won't be in competition. We want him to be here, and not only healthy here, we want him to be able to be in the competition here."
    At this point, it seems unlikely Matsuzaka will be ready to be promoted May 23.
    "The conversations I've had with him, he's been honest and as straightforward as he can possibly be," Valentine said.

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    SAN FRANCISCO -- Ever the optimist with his bold personality and bushy black beard, Giants closer Brian Wilson deemed himself ahead of schedule in his recovery from a second Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery and insists he plans to be ready for Opening Day next season.

    That would be defying the odds for an operation that typically has a recovery time of 18 months to two years -- and can be a much more difficult or longer process when it's done twice on the same arm. Still, Wilson is trying to be patient. He planned to ride a stationary bike Wednesday for the first time since his April 19 surgery, performed in Florida by Dr. James Andrews.



    A ligament from his leg was used in his elbow, so Wilson has to be careful with any exercise at this stage. He spoke for the first time since his procedure in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday at his locker before San Francisco opened a quick two-game series against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

    "I've had it done before; I know what to expect," Wilson said, noting he is staying upbeat. "I don't really have room for negativity in my life. Early on you could think of all the negative things that hinder you, but if you keep focusing on negativity, then that's exactly what you'll produce. So I try to think more positively, and surround myself with teammates like I have that are very positive and are going to help me heal well. And I think I've got an entire city behind my back."

    Wilson is charting pitches to help out his teammates and learn tendencies himself. He is learning to use his left hand to do jobs such as lay carpet and hang televisions, challenging himself with 2,000-piece puzzles. He'd rather be pitching, of course, but knows that time will come -- and, he points out, "I'm 30 and I've got a new arm. That's pretty awesome." He even believes he might throw harder now.

    "I've had to find some hobbies, that's for sure. I've had a lot of time on my hands," Wilson said. "I've just done everything, pretty much. Can't play video games 'cause I don't want to mess up my forearm, but I've done a lot of puzzles."

    What kind?

    "Anywhere from like crosswords, riddles, and mostly just puzzle pieces," he said. "Start off with a nice 500 piece and go from there. Did the Taj Mahal. It was 2,000 pieces, pretty excited about that."

    The hard-throwing right-hander also had the surgery, done by Andrews, while in college at LSU in 2003. On Sunday, he plans to get in the broadcast booth with Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. Also Sunday, 25,000 fans will receive a Wilson garden gnome.

    "I don't gnome what you're talking about," Wilson quipped. "I kind of like it. He's pretty tan. Not really in shape. We wear the same hats, obviously. It'll be pretty fun. Hopefully I can get one. I think I'm on the list."

    The 30-year-old closer led the majors with 48 saves in 2010, and recorded the final out in Game 5 of the World Series at Texas to clinch the franchise's first championship since moving West in 1958.

    The three-time All-Star complained of discomfort in the elbow on April 13. That was a day after Wilson threw 32 pitches at Colorado while working on back-to-back days.

    Wilson finished 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 36 saves in 57 appearances last season, held out down the stretch as a precaution. He had taken all of the important steps in his rehab this spring, so the injury caught everybody by surprise.

    He now hopes to surprise everyone with a speedy return -- and Wilson isn't afraid to make lofty projections.

    "No, it's not too early for that -- Opening Day," he said. "I'll be closing it out. Unless someone throws a complete game, which would be pretty sweet, too. I don't imagine doing any rehab starts. I'll be here for spring training. Throw my 12, 13 innings probably. I'll be here day one. That's my choice, obviously. I don't know what they want. I'm sure they'd like that. I would definitely argue for that, provided I prove all the necessary progressions. Of course."

    While the Giants would be surprised to see Wilson ready by Opening Day next spring, they know he might just be the guy to pull it off.

    "I wouldn't rule it out with Willie and his work ethic," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's going to be religious with the rehab. I can't say it's not going to happen. It's not something I thought would happen on Opening Day, but hopefully it does happen."

    For now, he will keep on his rigorous rehab program and occupy himself with the other activities he has found to take his mind off missing the mound.

    "The biggest puzzle I'm currently doing is my life, which isn't over yet," Wilson said.

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    DENVER -- Jamie Moyer handcuffed the Arizona Diamondbacks at the plate and in the field.

    The 49-year-old lefty pitched neatly into the seventh and drove in two runs with an infield single in Colorado's 6-1 win Wednesday night.

    In the fourth inning, he dribbled a 2-2 fastball in between lefty Patrick Corbin and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who fielded the ball and futilely lunged at the old-timer lumbering down the line.

    That scored Jordan Pacheco from third, and he was quickly followed by Dexter Fowler, scoring all the way from second base on the 85-foot single and giving the Rockies a 5-0 lead.

    "The guy has his back turned, he's not expecting that," Fowler said. "I always run hard, especially with two outs."

    The two RBIs tied Moyer's career high set against Pittsburgh in June 2004 when he was with the Seattle Mariners.

    After working the count to 2-2, Moyer squirted the ball off the end of his bat.

    "I thought it was going to roll foul," Moyer said. "And I feel like I hesitated just a little bit, and then ... as I was running down the line, I saw the pitcher stop and the first baseman, I think he picked it up and he was going to throw it to the pitcher and then he realized the pitcher wasn't (covering the bag).

    "So, then it became, I guess, a slow crawl to first base."

    The D-backs said they were caught in no-man's land.

    "At first, I thought I could get to it," Corbin said. "He called me off, thought he could get to it."

    Still, it was close and from some angles on TV, it looked like Goldschmidt might have made the tag.

    "I didn't feel him tag me," Moyer said with a shrug.

    "I thought I got a piece of him," Goldschmidt said. "It wasn't one of those plays where I crushed his leg or anything like that. But that's how it goes sometimes."

    Moyer said he never considered just jogging out the dribbler.

    "I feel like when you're on the field, if you can't give your best effort, then you shouldn't be out there," he said. "That's how I was taught the game of baseball and I'm not one of the overly-talented guys in the league, so I always feel I have to try to be on top of things all the time."

    Moyer couldn't recall ever witnessing a two-run infield single in his nearly quarter-century in the majors.

    In fact, he still hasn't.

    "I didn't see it," Moyer said of Fowler's hustling home on the play. "Actually, I didn't realize it until I came back to the bag and I stood on the bag and I looked up and I just assumed he would be on the base. And my gosh, that's (third base coach) Rich Dauer. Then, I looked at the scoreboard and I realized what had happened. It was great hustle."

    Fowler said Moyer's the one who should be commended.

    "I was more shocked that Moyer beat it out," Fowler said. "The guy was hustling. He was hustling, himself. ... He's a bulldog. The guy never quits."

    Moyer (2-3) also drew a walk in the sixth, but he was even more impressive on the rubber. He allowed one earned run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out five in winning for the first time since April 17, when he broke Jack Quinn's mark to become the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball to win a game.

    He outpitched Corbin (2-2), who gave up six runs on nine hits in six innings, in improving to 5-1 lifetime against the Diamondbacks.

    Corbin is the second 22-year-old pitcher Moyer has faced this season. The 26-year, 243-day difference in their age marked the fourth-largest differential for starting pitchers in major league history, according to the Rockies' pregame notes, which cited the Elias Sports Bureau.

    "I haven't really seen him too much," Corbin said. "Big age difference, obviously, that people were saying. He's still going out there and look what he did today, still keeping our hitters off balance. That's why he's been around so long."

    The D-backs finally got to Moyer in the seventh when John McDonald led off with a double and scored one out later on pinch hitter Cody Ransom's double. That brought in Josh Roenicke, who threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before Esmil Rogers pitched a perfect ninth.

    Fowler, who was recently dropped to eighth in the batting order, went 3 for 3 with a single, double and triple but didn't get a shot at becoming the seventh Rockies hitter to hit for the cycle. He was on deck when Pacheco made the last out in the bottom of the eighth.


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    The press box grease board where other games are charted at Coors Field was blank Wednesday night in memory of Robert Storey, 67, an usher at Rockies and Broncos games who was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin said he still hasn't started throwing yet. He's dealing with shoulder inflammation and biceps tendinitis, which he said started to bother him in spring training: "I didn't feel good at all in spring training," he said Wednesday night.

     

    Also from our friends at Elias, Jamie Moyer became the oldest player to drive in a run in a game. Julio Franco was nearly six months younger when he drove in his final run in 2007.

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    I was watching MLB Tonight when he made that hit and the 3 people covering the games all were shocked that he managed to get the hit, and it did look like he was tagged out, but the camera position makes it hard to really tell, since its only 1 angle it appears he got tagged.

    I give Moyer credit, he can still go. 

    I just wonder if they had a pop up oxygen machine near first base after that hit  lol

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    The Toronto Blue Jays have sent struggling first baseman Adam Lind to the minors.

    The Jays demoted Lind to triple-A Las Vegas and promoted catcher Yan Gomes.

    Lind is batting just .186 with six doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in 34 games.

    The six-foot-two, 212-pounder has just six hits in 13 games this month.

    Gomes meanwhile is batting .359 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI in Las Vegas.

    Gomes, who is set to become the first Brazilian born player to appear in a major league game, has also played at first and third base this season.

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    TORONTO -- Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie has dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension by Major League Baseball for throwing a batting helmet that bounced and hit an umpire.

    The Blue Jays made the announcement during a conference call Thursday. The teams said the 22-year-old Lawrie has apologized to home plate umpire Bill Miller.

    Lawrie was suspended and fined for his "aggressive actions" Tuesday night. He initially appealed and played in Toronto's 8-1 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

    Lawrie was tossed by Miller in the ninth inning Tuesday after complaining about strike calls. When he threw his helmet on the ground, it bounced up and hit Miller in the hip.



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    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Oakland Athletics have placed third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin and recalled infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento.

    The move was retroactive to Sunday and landed Inge on the DL for the second time. He started the season on the DL with Detroit with a strained left groin. He signed with the A's as a free agent after the Tigers released him.

    Inge is hitting .227 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 11 starts at third for Oakland. Overall, he's hitting .188 in 20 games.

    Rosales was on the opening day roster for Oakland and appeared in one game without an at-bat. He was hitting .277 with two homers and 19 RBIs with Sacramento.



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    The Chicago Cubs will call up reliever Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the situation.

    It's not certain who will be sent down, but candidates include Casey Coleman and Scott Maine, who both have minor league options.



    Rafael Dolis was dealing with a tight back recently in Milwaukee, and Michael Bowden has struggled, but he would have to be designated for assignment and clear waivers.

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    DETROIT -- Minnesota Twins catcher Ryan Doumit is not on the disabled list, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says the team's announcement that he had been put there was incorrect.

    Instead, Gardenhire said Thursday that right-hander Nick Blackburn was going on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps. Blackburn was pulled after two innings in his start Wednesday night at Detroit.

    After that game, the Twins announced that Doumit had been put on the DL with a strained right calf. But Gardenhire now says he's day to day after an MRI revealed encouraging results.

    "The announcement that he was on the DL was just a little early. We kind of got ahead of ourselves," Gardenhire said.

    Minnesota recalled outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester to replace Blackburn.

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    NEW YORK -- Baseball's owners have approved changing the format of this year's AL and NL Division Series from a 2-2-1 format to a 2-3 format, giving the team with home-field advantage the last three games of the five-game series.

    The change, approved by owners on Thursday, was made to accommodate baseball's new one-game wild-card playoff round. The new round of playoffs was added after schedules were set with the regular season ending Oct. 3 and the World Series starting Oct. 24.

    Teams with home-field advantage will host Games 3, 4, and 5, eliminating one travel day, and the wild-card playoff winners will start the Division Series at home.

    Baseball could revert back to a 2-2-1 format in 2013, when the regular season is tentatively set to start on April 1, with a Sunday night game possible the previous day. Baseball is shifting from the midweek start it used in 2011 and 2012.

    The 2-2-1 format has been used in the divisional round since 1998.

    Baseball also announced its new wild-card playoff round will be televised Oct. 5 by TBS and that two Division Series games will shift from TBS to the MLB Network under a deal running through 2013. TBS Sports president David Levy said a rights fee was involved.

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    NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says it's up to Oakland owner Lew Wolff to decide whether to consider additional sites for a new ballpark for the Athletics, leaving open the possibility of a move outside the Bay Area.

    Speaking Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting, Selig said there's no timetable for resolving Oakland's dispute with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are preventing the A's from building a ballpark in San Jose, which is part of the Giants' territory.

    Baseball has been reluctant to approve relocations. When the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals after the 2004 season, it was the first shift since the expansion Washington Senators transformed into the Texas Rangers in 1972.



    Asked whether the A's would consider other relocation possibilities, Selig responded: "You'd have to ask Lew Wolff. That's really his decision to make."

    Twenty-three teams have opened ballparks since 1989, and the A's and Tampa Bay are the only two teams still seeking new stadiums. Wolff would be allowed to consider other sites within the A's territory -- such as downtown Oakland -- but approval from MLB would be needed for a move outside the territory.

    "It depends where they'd be. They could be all over the world, for that matter," Selig said. "They need approval. We have to go through an approval process. It just depends on where they're moving to."

    Selig said last month he hoped the A's and Giants would resolve the matter themselves, but there's no indication that will happen.

    "Both clubs yesterday made a presentation to the executive council, but there's nothing new other than that," Selig said.

    He added that he can't provide a timetable and responded "no" when asked whether some kind of decision was approaching.

    With the Houston Astros switching to the American League next year, MLB also is working on a new schedule format that provides season-long interleague play. Selig said it's possible baseball could retain six interleague games between rivals, such as the New York Yankees and Mets, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, the A's and the Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels.

    "The fans like it," Selig said. "When your fans like something, you have to be responsive to that and sensitive to it."

    Baseball hopes to complete its new collective bargaining agreement with players within a few weeks. A memorandum of understanding on the five-year deal was signed Nov. 22.

    Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of labor relations, also gave MLB's first explanation for last week's decision to fire Shyam Das, the arbitrator who in February overturned a 50-game suspension for NL MVP Ryan Braun following a positive drug test. Braun's lawyers argued his urine sample wasn't handled as specified in baseball's drug agreement.

    "Shyam served for 13 years. That's a very long time," Manfred said. "He's a very high-quality arbitrator. We made a decision to exercise our contractual right to make a change. There's nothing more to that."

    Management and the union are to talk next week about selecting a new arbitrator, who would hear the union's grievance to overturn a 100-game suspension for Giants reliever Guillermo Mota.

    Mark Walter and Stan Kasten, the Dodgers' new chairman and president, attended their first owners' meeting since buying the team from Frank McCourt on May 1 in a record $2 billion deal. Owners approved a six-year extension of the major league constitution and Baseball Advanced Media, the sport's Internet division.

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson has been designated for assignment, a major league source told ESPN Insider Keith Law.

    Hudson has one home run and 11 RBIs on the season, and is hitting .211.

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    MLB needs to retain the 6 game series between the Cubs and White Sox.  Those are the only guaranteed sell outs besides opening day either team gets these days.

    I am surprised Lawrie dropped his appeal.  I really expected him to fight it to the bitter end and still sit the 4 games.  I would assume Toronto higher ups told him its best to get the suspension over with

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    mike3775 wrote: MLB needs to retain the 6 game series between the Cubs and White Sox.  Those are the only guaranteed sell outs besides opening day either team gets these days.

    I am surprised Lawrie dropped his appeal.  I really expected him to fight it to the bitter end and still sit the 4 games.  I would assume Toronto higher ups told him its best to get the suspension over with



     

    The Jays have a 4 game series with the Rays coming up & they wanted him available
    for those games.

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    lobo316 wrote: mike3775 wrote: MLB needs to retain the 6 game series between the Cubs and White Sox.  Those are the only guaranteed sell outs besides opening day either team gets these days.

    I am surprised Lawrie dropped his appeal.  I really expected him to fight it to the bitter end and still sit the 4 games.  I would assume Toronto higher ups told him its best to get the suspension over with



     

    The Jays have a 4 game series with the Rays coming up & they wanted him available
    for those games.

    So I was right, they wanted to get it over with.  I wonder if he threw his helmet at the GM when he was told they wanted him to drop the appeal  lol

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    mike3775 wrote: lobo316 wrote: mike3775 wrote: MLB needs to retain the 6 game series between the Cubs and White Sox.  Those are the only guaranteed sell outs besides opening day either team gets these days.

    I am surprised Lawrie dropped his appeal.  I really expected him to fight it to the bitter end and still sit the 4 games.  I would assume Toronto higher ups told him its best to get the suspension over with



     

    The Jays have a 4 game series with the Rays coming up & they wanted him available
    for those games.

    So I was right, they wanted to get it over with.  I wonder if he threw his helmet at the GM when he was told they wanted him to drop the appeal  lol


     

    Likely. He's an immature jerk.

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    Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will retire on Friday, a source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.



    Wood, 34, is 0-2 with a 8.64 ERA and has been battling health issues all season.

    Wood is best-known for his 20-strikeout game during his rookie of the year campaign in 1998, earning him the nickname "Kid K."

    He was a driving force behind four playoff teams -- 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2008. He won two games against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS in 2003, pushing the Cubs into the NLCS.

    Unable to stay healthy as a starter, Wood remade himself into an effective closer. He saved 34 games for the Cubs in 2007 and priced himself out of the Cubs' plans. He signed a two-year, $20.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. He spent 1½ seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the New York Yankees in 2010, and was part of their bullpen as they advanced to the ALCS.

    Wood returned to the Cubs in 2011 at a bargain price, $1.5 million for one year. He had maintained a residence in Chicago and is considered one of the most popular Cubs in recent history.

    Wood's final season was a rough one. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He walked three batters on Opening Day and blew a save. Two days later, he took the loss by giving up three runs.

    The low point came on May 8 when a frustrated Wood tossed his cap and glove into the stands as he was walking to the dugout after being pulled by Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Wood walked two batters and gave up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory.

    The normally accommodating Wood cut his postgame interview short and walked away when a reporter asked him about the incident after the game.

    Wood had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April, and he received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.

    The two-time All-Star finished with an 86-75 record and 3.67 ERA. He also had 63 saves.

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    Bob Davidson, the umpire with the absolute worst temperament in the game of baseball, has been suspended for a game by Major League Baseball. Why? For poor “situation handling.”

    Umpire Bob Davidson has received a one-game suspension for his repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling, Major League Baseball announced today.
    This is clearly the result of his run-in with Charlie Manuel the other day when, after Manuel barked something from the dugout, Davidson made a point to unleash an obnoxious and defensive expletive-filled rant at Manuel.  Which is nothing new for Davidson. He has repeatedly picked fights with players and managers over the years, escalating situations that should have been innocuous and otherwise not acting like the voice of reason and authority that an official in any capacity — be they umpire, referee, judge, cop, teacher or parent — should be.

    In case you haven’t guessed, I am pleased at the suspension. I am even more pleased at the fact that MLB has announced this discipline to the world rather than keep it quiet.  The best way to improve officiating is to impose such discipline and to do so in a transparent manner.

    Now: if only it was for more than one game …

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    lobo316 wrote:
    Bob Davidson, the umpire with the absolute worst temperament in the game of baseball, has been suspended for a game by Major League Baseball. Why? For poor “situation handling.”

    Umpire Bob Davidson has received a one-game suspension for his repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling, Major League Baseball announced today.
    This is clearly the result of his run-in with Charlie Manuel the other day when, after Manuel barked something from the dugout, Davidson made a point to unleash an obnoxious and defensive expletive-filled rant at Manuel.  Which is nothing new for Davidson. He has repeatedly picked fights with players and managers over the years, escalating situations that should have been innocuous and otherwise not acting like the voice of reason and authority that an official in any capacity — be they umpire, referee, judge, cop, teacher or parent — should be.

    In case you haven’t guessed, I am pleased at the suspension. I am even more pleased at the fact that MLB has announced this discipline to the world rather than keep it quiet.  The best way to improve officiating is to impose such discipline and to do so in a transparent manner.

    Now: if only it was for more than one game …


    I can't remember the last time an umpire was suspended.  Maybe they just never publicized it.  So many umps bait managers and players that I hope this curbs the trend a bit.  Davidson's always been one of the worst, but he's hardly the only one.

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    CHICAGO -- An MRI revealed a slight tear in the meniscus in the left knee of Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, and a trip to the disabled list is likely, manager Dale Sveum said Friday.




    With Steve Clevenger still working his way back from an oblique strain, infielder Darwin Barney will be the emergency backup catcher behind starter Welington Castillo against the Chicago White Sox Friday.

    The Cubs are expected to recall a catcher for Saturday's game.


    Soto is batting .161 with three home runs and six RBIs this season.


    Clevenger is expected to go for a rehab assignment in the minor leagues next week.

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    lobo316 wrote: Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will retire on Friday, a source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.



    Wood, 34, is 0-2 with a 8.64 ERA and has been battling health issues all season.

    Wood is best-known for his 20-strikeout game during his rookie of the year campaign in 1998, earning him the nickname "Kid K."

    He was a driving force behind four playoff teams -- 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2008. He won two games against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS in 2003, pushing the Cubs into the NLCS.

    Unable to stay healthy as a starter, Wood remade himself into an effective closer. He saved 34 games for the Cubs in 2007 and priced himself out of the Cubs' plans. He signed a two-year, $20.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. He spent 1½ seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the New York Yankees in 2010, and was part of their bullpen as they advanced to the ALCS.

    Wood returned to the Cubs in 2011 at a bargain price, $1.5 million for one year. He had maintained a residence in Chicago and is considered one of the most popular Cubs in recent history.

    Wood's final season was a rough one. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He walked three batters on Opening Day and blew a save. Two days later, he took the loss by giving up three runs.

    The low point came on May 8 when a frustrated Wood tossed his cap and glove into the stands as he was walking to the dugout after being pulled by Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Wood walked two batters and gave up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory.

    The normally accommodating Wood cut his postgame interview short and walked away when a reporter asked him about the incident after the game.

    Wood had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April, and he received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.

    The two-time All-Star finished with an 86-75 record and 3.67 ERA. He also had 63 saves.


     

     

     

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will retire after his next outing, which could come as soon as Friday, a source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.



    The Cubs won't force him into a game, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. The announcement will come after his next appearance. The team has said Wood is available to pitch Friday afternoon in the first game of the city series against the Chicago White Sox.

    Initially, it was reported that Wood would retire Friday, but the plan to let him pitch once more before the announcement was revealed by sources.

    "Yeah, we talked about it (Wood's retirement)," manager Dale Sveum said. "If you can appreciate me not talking about it until it gets out from Kerry Wood, I don't think it's appropriate for me to talk about it right now. He's available to pitch according to whatever happens in the game. But he's ready to pitch today."

    Sveum added that the bullpen was shorthanded after Thursday night's 8-7 loss to the Phillies in which three relievers were used.

    "However the game pans out, we'll see," he said of using Wood Friday. "But we'll just use him when he's been available."

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    lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will retire on Friday, a source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.



    Wood, 34, is 0-2 with a 8.64 ERA and has been battling health issues all season.

    Wood is best-known for his 20-strikeout game during his rookie of the year campaign in 1998, earning him the nickname "Kid K."

    He was a driving force behind four playoff teams -- 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2008. He won two games against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS in 2003, pushing the Cubs into the NLCS.

    Unable to stay healthy as a starter, Wood remade himself into an effective closer. He saved 34 games for the Cubs in 2007 and priced himself out of the Cubs' plans. He signed a two-year, $20.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. He spent 1½ seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the New York Yankees in 2010, and was part of their bullpen as they advanced to the ALCS.

    Wood returned to the Cubs in 2011 at a bargain price, $1.5 million for one year. He had maintained a residence in Chicago and is considered one of the most popular Cubs in recent history.

    Wood's final season was a rough one. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He walked three batters on Opening Day and blew a save. Two days later, he took the loss by giving up three runs.

    The low point came on May 8 when a frustrated Wood tossed his cap and glove into the stands as he was walking to the dugout after being pulled by Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Wood walked two batters and gave up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory.

    The normally accommodating Wood cut his postgame interview short and walked away when a reporter asked him about the incident after the game.

    Wood had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April, and he received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.

    The two-time All-Star finished with an 86-75 record and 3.67 ERA. He also had 63 saves.


     

     

     

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will retire after his next outing, which could come as soon as Friday, a source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.



    The Cubs won't force him into a game, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. The announcement will come after his next appearance. The team has said Wood is available to pitch Friday afternoon in the first game of the city series against the Chicago White Sox.

    Initially, it was reported that Wood would retire Friday, but the plan to let him pitch once more before the announcement was revealed by sources.

    "Yeah, we talked about it (Wood's retirement)," manager Dale Sveum said. "If you can appreciate me not talking about it until it gets out from Kerry Wood, I don't think it's appropriate for me to talk about it right now. He's available to pitch according to whatever happens in the game. But he's ready to pitch today."

    Sveum added that the bullpen was shorthanded after Thursday night's 8-7 loss to the Phillies in which three relievers were used.

    "However the game pans out, we'll see," he said of using Wood Friday. "But we'll just use him when he's been available."
    Fuck that, force him out before his next apparance.  This is exactly what is wrong with the Cubs, coddling overpaid pieces of shit.  To bad the jackass fans at Wrigley won't boo him out of the building like they should.

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    lobo316 wrote: CHICAGO -- An MRI revealed a slight tear in the meniscus in the left knee of Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, and a trip to the disabled list is likely, manager Dale Sveum said Friday.




    With Steve Clevenger still working his way back from an oblique strain, infielder Darwin Barney will be the emergency backup catcher behind starter Welington Castillo against the Chicago White Sox Friday.

    The Cubs are expected to recall a catcher for Saturday's game.


    Soto is batting .161 with three home runs and six RBIs this season.


    Clevenger is expected to go for a rehab assignment in the minor leagues next week.


     

     

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' roster shuffling continued Friday when struggling pitcher Chris Volstad was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and catcher Blake Lalli was recalled, perhaps just in time for Geovany Soto to go on the disabled list.



    An MRI revealed a slight tear in the meniscus in Soto's left knee.




    "It seems to be (a DL situation) but we'll evaluate here sometime after the game," Sveum said before the Cubs played the Chicago White Sox Friday.


    Officially, Volstad was replaced on the active roster by Lalli, but Travis Wood is expected to assume Volstad's spot in the rotation next week at Houston.


    Lalli has played in just 20 games above the Double-A level, all this season at Iowa. He was batting .178 (13-for-73) with three home runs and 11 RBIs.


    With Steve Clevenger still working his way back from an oblique strain, infielder Darwin Barney will be the emergency backup catcher behind starter Welington Castillo against the White Sox.


    Barney said the last time he was a catcher was in a youth league as a teenager, and even then it was for only two weeks.


    Volstad, acquired from the Miami Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano trade, fell to 0-6 after Thursday's 8-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in which he lasted just two innings. He has a 7.46 ERA, and the Cubs have been defeated in all eight of his starts.


    Despite shuttling back and forth between the Marlins and the minor leagues for the past four seasons, Volstad still had a minor league option remaining.


    Clevenger is expected to go for a rehab assignment in the minor leagues next week.

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    CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko left Friday afternoon's game in the third inning after getting hit in the head with a pitch by Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.


    Konerko left the game under his own power holding a towel to his head.


    Konerko gave the White Sox an early lead with a two-run home run in the first inning. He was replaced at first base by Adam Dunn.

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    2-1 White Sox in the 6th inning BTW

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    lobo316 wrote: CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko left Friday afternoon's game in the third inning after getting hit in the head with a pitch by Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.


    Konerko left the game under his own power holding a towel to his head.


    Konerko gave the White Sox an early lead with a two-run home run in the first inning. He was replaced at first base by Adam Dunn.

    It's interleague play time already?  Seems to come earlier and earlier every year.

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    CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner is in the Cleveland Indians' lineup, though for the fifth straight game, Jack Hannahan is not due to a sore back.

    Right-hander Josh Tomlin also initiated a throwing program Friday before the AL Central-leading Indians began interleague play with the opener of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins. Tomlin is eligible to come off the disabled list May 23.

    Hafner left Thursday's game against Seattle after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter during Cleveland's game-winning rally in the 11th inning, but manager Manny Acta put the designated hitter in the lineup against Miami, with Jose Lopez again starting at third base in place of Hannahan.



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    srossi wrote: lobo316 wrote: CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko left Friday afternoon's game in the third inning after getting hit in the head with a pitch by Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.


    Konerko left the game under his own power holding a towel to his head.


    Konerko gave the White Sox an early lead with a two-run home run in the first inning. He was replaced at first base by Adam Dunn.

    It's interleague play time already?  Seems to come earlier and earlier every year.
    Going to be year long starting next year


    I hope Paulie is ok, the guy has been a beast for the Sox this year

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    clawmaster wrote: 2-1 White Sox in the 6th inning BTW

    Sox win 3-2 on a homer by Gordon Beckham.

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    I used to like Jeff Samardzija because he is a diehard White Sox fan. Today I hate him. Hopefully Paulie will be okay.

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    BruiserBrodyMania wrote: I used to like Jeff Samardzija because he is a diehard White Sox fan. Today I hate him. Hopefully Paulie will be okay.I've always liked him, even after the local press practically annointed him a saint when he went to the Cubs(he is from my area).  Today, I hope someone beans him in his next at bat in the head.

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chipper Jones is pretty sure his last trip to Tropicana Field has ended early.

    Jones left after seven innings of the Atlanta Braves' 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night because of a bruised left calf.

    The third baseman stayed in the game after B.J. Upton's hard one-hop infield single hit his leg in the third. Juan Francisco pinch hit for Jones in the eighth.

    "My career in Tampa is over," said Jones, who showed reporters a nasty, ball-size bruise just above the ankle while sitting at his locker. "That really hurt. If you're standing 85 feet from home plate and somebody hits a rocket at you, you better get a glove on it. I didn't."

    Jones, who is retiring after this season, is day to day.

    "We'll check it, but he'll have a tough time playing (Saturday)," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

    Jones received a partial standing ovation before his first at-bat leading off the second. After he tipped his helmet to the crowd, Jones singled to center. The Florida native later scored from third to make it 2-0 on a wild pitch by James Shields.

    Tommy Hanson pitched seven effective innings, and Freddie Freeman drove in two runs as the Braves won for the sixth time in the past eight games.

    Hanson (5-3) allowed two runs and six hits. Freeman had a run-scoring double and Brian McCann hit an RBI single that put the Braves up 4-2 in the fifth.

    "I feel real good," Hanson said. "I think the biggest thing right now is my fastball command. When it's there, I'm throwing really well and everything else kind of follows that."

    Shields (6-2) gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings for Tampa Bay. Luke Scott had two RBIs.

    "I definitely put that loss on me," Shields said. "They have good hitters one through nine. Hanson pitched a good game. You definitely know why they are at the top of their division."

    Jonny Venters gave up Scott's RBI single in the eighth before Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 12th save.

    Martin Prado doubled and scored on Freeman's single as the Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first. Prado extended Atlanta's advantage to 5-2 on a solo homer off J.P. Howell in the seventh.

    Tampa Bay got within 2-1 on Elliot Johnson's RBI bunt single in the second. Scott tied it 2-all on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the third, when right fielder Jason Heyward made a nice running catch.

    "That ball kept hooking towards the line," Gonzalez said. "We had a perfect angle in the dugout and at first (we thought) it was going to drop. He really narrowed the ground there."


    Game notesJones, who went 1 for 3, enjoys playing in domed stadiums such as Tropicana Field. "You don't have wind, you don't have rain," Jones said. "Most baseball players like the conditions perfect." ... The Rays recalled RHP Alex Cobb from Triple-A Durham to start Saturday's game. He is taking the spot of RHP Jeff Niemann, who is on the 60-day DL with a right leg injury. To make room for Cobb, Tampa Bay optioned RHP Josh Lueke to Durham. ... Hanson struck out Rays 1B Carlos Pena on a 14-pitch at-bat in the sixth. "It was a battle between me and him, and I just kept pumping strikes in there and it turned out I got the strikeout," Hanson said.

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    HOUSTON -- Texas Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan said Friday afternoon he expects the club won't provide slugger Josh Hamilton with a new contract during the season. The Rangers traditionally don't negotiate new contracts with players during the year.

    However, second baseman Ian Kinsler signed a new contract during the first week of the season, only because talks were serious during the late stages of spring training.




    That hasn't occurred with Hamilton.
    "We haven't carried on the negotiations during the season because we don't feel like it's fair to Josh," said Ryan, who pointed out general manager Jon Daniels spoke briefly with Hamilton's agent during spring training. "And we don't want to do something that will be a distraction."

    Hamilton is off to a fantastic start, one that Ryan says he hasn't seen in years.



    Heading into the weekend, Hamilton leads the majors in home runs (18), RBIs (45) and slugging percentage (.826). He also leads the AL in batting average (.399) and is second in the AL in hits (55).




    "It's hard to predict what's going to happen with Josh," Ryan said prior to Game 1 of a three-game series with the Houston Astros. "Things will have to play out. I truly think he would like to stay in Arlington, the Metroplex and be a member of the Texas Rangers. I think he's very comfortable and his family is very comfortable. We are certainly in hopes that we'll able to work a deal out with him. But I think [Hamilton and his agent] had the mindset they'll go through the season and see what happens and see what the market is for Josh Hamilton. It's hard to make any kind of prediction where that will go. I think it's probably pretty much where we are."

    Hamilton said he didn't have any goals set for the season and is not worried about any possible Triple Crown run because it's a long season. He did say he's enjoying his time with the Rangers.

    "I wouldn't be worried about free agency [because] I'm going to concentrate on the Rangers and play baseball for this year and that's what I'm doing," he said. "I'm praying a lot about it; God will show up whether I'll be here or somewhere else. It's not about where I want to be -- it's where he wants me to be."

    Ryan expects that something will be decided in late November or early December. He said he couldn't predict what the Rangers' chances are of keeping Hamilton, who turns 31 on Monday.

    Hamilton, who is making $13.75 million this season, said the process isn't difficult for him because of his faith. Ryan believes that Hamilton wants to remain with the Rangers, but the left fielder said the decision is out of his hands.

    "I've got faith in God and I trust God and I want to do his will more than mine," Hamilton said. "I don't necessarily want to do what's comfortable for me or my family. If he asks us to leave and go somewhere else, it might not be comfortable. But you know what? That's going to bring me closer to him and make me have a better relationship with him."

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    lobo316 wrote: "I've got faith in God and I trust God and I want to do his will more than mine," Hamilton said. "I don't necessarily want to do what's comfortable for me or my family. If he asks us to leave and go somewhere else, it might not be comfortable. But you know what? That's going to bring me closer to him and make me have a better relationship with him."
    Yeah yeah, spare me the God bullshit, we all heard that last year from Pujols and his wife.

    We all know you are going to go where the bigger $$$$ per season offer is at, regardless of what God tells you to do

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    mike3775 wrote:
    lobo316 wrote: "I've got faith in God and I trust God and I want to do his will more than mine," Hamilton said. "I don't necessarily want to do what's comfortable for me or my family. If he asks us to leave and go somewhere else, it might not be comfortable. But you know what? That's going to bring me closer to him and make me have a better relationship with him."
    Yeah yeah, spare me the God bullshit, we all heard that last year from Pujols and his wife.

    We all know you are going to go where the bigger $$$$ per season offer is at, regardless of what God tells you to do


    At least one night this off-season, God was adamant that he go the bar. And after a few shots of Jäger, God becomes easier to understand too.

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    Giants sign pitcher Brad Penny. Will be used out of bullpen after a few minor league appearances.

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    lobo316 wrote: The Toronto Blue Jays have sent struggling first baseman Adam Lind to the minors.

    The Jays demoted Lind to triple-A Las Vegas and promoted catcher Yan Gomes.

    Lind is batting just .186 with six doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in 34 games.

    The six-foot-two, 212-pounder has just six hits in 13 games this month.

    Gomes meanwhile is batting .359 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI in Las Vegas.

    Gomes, who is set to become the first Brazilian born player to appear in a major league game, has also played at first and third base this season.


     

     

    Can you say Alex Rios ?

     

     

    TORONTO - How far has Adam Lind’s star fallen?

    The Blue Jays placed the first baseman on outright waivers Friday afternoon, one day after demoting him to triple-A Las Vegas.

    Another club can obtain Lind and what remains on his contract for $20,000 US.

    The San Francisco Giants are one team looking for help at first base.

    However, it’s doubtful a club will pick up Lind’s contract. He is schedule to earn $5 million this season, plus $5 million for 2013. He had a $7-million contract for 2014, of which $2 million is guaranteed.

    The Jays could remove him from the 40-man roster as early as Sunday.

    Lind is scheduled to make his debut at Vegas on Sunday. The first baseman could refuse to play for Vegas but then he would not be paid.

    Both general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager John Farrell hinted on Thursday, when Brett Lawrie dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension there would be more than one move when Lawrie returns to action Monday.

    The Jays said when Lind was demoted that they hoped it was a 10-day tune up as Edwin Encarnacion’s quick trip to triple-A in 2010.

    Lind was hitting .186 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 34 games with a .586 OPS.

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    There was some mild worrying around here when Andrew McCutchen didn't hit any home runs in April that it would be Yet Another Example of the Pirates wasting money (he signed a $51 million deal before the season). All he's done in May so far was have multiple multi-home run games.

    You know, after a tough early schedule and the drama of AJ bunting a ball off his eyeball, the Pirates are 19-21 and only 3 1/2 out. It's been kind of weird as a fan getting used to the idea that this team has good enough pitching to have at least a chance in nearly every game so far this season.

    I know I sound like the stereotypically eternally hopeful fan of a losing team, but with how weakened the division is this season they might have a chance. Even if the pitching starts to fall off a cliff like it did last year, there are a few guys in AAA who are more than ready to step in. If anyone on the team beside Cutch could hit the goddamn ball, they could seriously be contenders.

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    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday following emergency surgery to remove pressure on his left leg that will keep him hospitalized until the middle of next week. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks.




    Ellis initially stayed in Friday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after being taken out of a double play by a hard -- but, by all accounts, clean -- slide by the Cardinals' Tyler Greene in the seventh inning. Ellis finished that inning, then led off the bottom half, but was removed at the start of the eighth and sent for X-rays, which were negative, and Ellis said after the game he was fine.


    But by the time Ellis arrived at the ballpark on Saturday, he was in extreme discomfort and had noticeable swelling in the lower leg.


    "He was sent to the hospital, and testing showed elevated pressure in several compartments of the lower leg," Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said. "There was trauma to the area where everything kind of swells up, so you have to open up the fascia and basically release that pressure. They will keep an eye on it and most likely close that wound up on Tuesday."


    Only after the wound is closed will Ellis be allowed to leave the hospital, and his leg then must completely heal from the surgery before he is even allowed to engage in any strenuous activity, much less baseball activity.


    To fill Ellis' roster spot, the Dodgers recalled infielder Ivan De Jesus from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was hitting .275 with a .328 OBP. That means every infielder on the Dodgers 40-man roster is now either in the majors or on the major league disabled list, a fact that probably saved struggling shortstop Dee Gordon from a minor league option.


    As it is, Gordon, who is mired in a 2-for-31 slump with 10 strikeouts, is going to ride the bench for the next few days. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly cited the fact the Dodgers are facing two lefties during their upcoming series in Arizona, which probably was an indication the left-handed-hitting Gordon won't return to the starting lineup until at least Friday.


    "I think it's going to be a few days, really," Mattingly said. "This will give Dee a chance to calm down a little bit. I watched video of his swing last night, and really, there is no difference from when he was rolling last year to right now. It is more about what he is feeling than what is going on with his swing. I think that is where the pressure comes from."


    Asked whether Gordon would have gone to Triple-A to get playing time and at-bats if not for the Ellis injury, Mattingly didn't confirm or deny.


    "We talked about a number of options with Dee," Mattingly said. "What we want for Dee is what is best for him, what is best for the team and what is best for his future. Everything is on the table."


    That means things could get interesting when infielder Jerry Hairston (left hamstring) becomes eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Tuesday. Hairston says he is feeling great and is scheduled to play either in minor league games or in extended spring training for two days next week, possibly Monday and Tuesday with his return pushed to Wednesday.


    At that point, the Dodgers could simply option De Jesus back to Albuquerque or option Gordon there so that he can get regular playing time. The Dodgers were planning to take their time with Aaron Miles, the veteran infielder they signed last week to a minor league deal, by sending him first to extended spring training and then to Triple-A Albuquerque, but that process also could be expedited.

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    CLEVELAND -- Miami first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been sent to the minors, a year after he was on the NL All-Star team.

    The Marlins announced Sanchez had been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after their 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Sanchez went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .197. He has one homer and 11 RBIs.

    The Marlins were counting on Sanchez, who hit .266 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs last season, to be a force in the middle of their lineup.

    The 28-year-old Sanchez batted .273 with 19 homers and 85 RBIs in 2010, his first full season in the majors.

    Miami will make a move to fill Sanchez's roster spot before Sunday's game at Cleveland.

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Manny Ramirez felt pretty good -- despite all the boos and the three strikeouts.


    The 12-time All-Star went 0 for 4 for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Saturday night as he began a 10-game minor league stint to prepare to be activated by the Oakland Athletics from his 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test.

    "I'm ready to go," said Ramirez, who signed with the A's in February. "I haven't played. The last time I played was last year. I have to go out there, take a lot of pitches, you know, get my rhythm, feel good."


    Ramirez stepped to the plate for the first time at Isotopes Park to loud boos from the Albuquerque fans, but he was cheered as he strolled back to the dugout after being called out on strikes without his bat leaving his shoulder.


    He hit a weak, broken-bat liner to second on the first pitch of his second at-bat and worked the count full during his third at-bat before striking out swinging. He went down swinging on three pitches in his final at-bat.


    Jeff Fiorentino walked as a pinch hitter for Ramirez in the ninth and scored the go-ahead run in Sacramento's 7-6 victory.


    Ramirez, who has 555 career homers and 1,831 RBIs, retired last season rather than serve a 100-game suspension for failing a second drug test. But commissioner Bud Selig cut the suspension in half after Ramirez sat out the balance of the season. He served a 50-game suspension in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, playing parts of three games in Albuquerque during his rehabilitation assignment.


    He's eligible to return to the majors on May 30, his 40th birthday.


    Despite the crowd's reaction, Ramirez said it was the fans that convinced him to return.


    "When I retired, I was all over the place," he said. "And I went to the fans and they told, me, 'We miss you. The game is not the same without you.' They can't wait for me to do what I do, playing the game."


    He had been in extended spring training in Arizona before heading to Albuquerque.


    "I was working out every day," Ramirez said. "It's about getting the time in and seeing the pitches. I got it now. It's just a matter of timing."


    Now his goal is to return to the majors as quickly as possible and make an impact with the A's.


    "I am going to go do what I do," he said. "When you're playing this game, anybody can be a leader, you know. But your actions are going to speak louder than your words. I just have to play hard and move on."


     



    AP Photo/Jake SchoellkopfManny Ramirez walks back to the dugout after striking out to end the top of the fifth inning on Saturday. He finished his Triple-A debut 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

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    lobo316 wrote:

    The San Francisco Giants are one team looking for help at first base.



    Giants don't want a piece of shit like him.

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    PHILADELPHIA -- After dropping a number of hints that Daisuke Matsuzaka might need more time before coming back from Tommy John surgery, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced after Sunday's game that the Japanese right-hander had received an injection for a strained right trapezius muscle and would not make his last rehab start.


    The start had been scheduled for Tuesday.




    The Red Sox have recalled Matsuzaka from his rehab assignment, and he remains on the 15-day disabled list. But he cannot begin a new rehab assignment until seven days after he was "returned from rehab," which the Red Sox did on Saturday.

    Major League Baseball must approve any new rehab assignment, which is expected to be a formality, given the injury. As with any rehab assignment, Matsuzaka must give his approval, another expected formality.


    The trapezius muscle is in the upper back and makes it possible to move your neck, shoulder and back.


    Matsuzaka made no mention of discomfort following his last start Thursday night for Triple-A Pawtucket, in which he gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings to Durham.


    "I feel fine right now," Matsuzaka said through interpreter Jeff Cutler. "Nothing awkward. No pain. I feel good."


    Matsuzaka said in his previous start, he had experimented with his arm angle and delivery. That was not the case Thursday night, he said.


    "Yesterday I was able to figure out my mechanics to a point where I felt very comfortable out there," he said. "I'm in a really good place right now.


    "During (Thursday's) start I felt very confident out there. I felt I was able to grasp something I was missing in previous starts. I definitely am feeling closer to making it back to the majors."






     



    But there were indications that Matsuzaka still had some work to do before being ready to pitch after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery last June 10. Customarily, it takes a year to 15 months to recover from the surgery.


    While Matsuzaka has appeared to be ahead of schedule for much of his rehab this spring, his velocity averaged around 91 in his last start, according to one observer, and he showed a lack of confidence in both his changeup and curveball.


    Valentine has been sending precautionary notes throughout the process.


    "I still haven't wrapped my head around that whole thing," he said on Friday. "I really dislike calendars dictating when good health has returned."


    On Sunday, he revealed that Matsuzaka had undergone an injection to reduce inflammation.


    "That's been nagging him for quite a while," Valentine said Sunday. "We've got to make sure that's 100 percent before he goes out there again.


    "I think he'll be with us (in Baltimore). We'll monitor how that works in the next few days. He said maybe he could pitch through it, but they (the medical staff) didn't think it was wise."

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    PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro defended the club's treatment of Ryan Howard in response to a newspaper report that questioned the use of cortisone on the star slugger last season.




     


    The Phillies treated an injury to Howard's left foot last Sept. 18 with a cortisone shot, an ailment the club termed as bursitis. Less than three weeks later, Howard tore his left Achilles tendon while running to first base after his final at-bat of the season.

    That injury has kept the three-time All-Star and former MVP, who signed a five-year, $125 million extension in 2010, out all season.

    "I wanted to clear up some of the insinuations regarding a cortisone shot," Amaro said Sunday during Philadelphia's game against Boston. "The cortisone shot was treated for some (other) issue he had. It was not part of the Achilles injury. We didn't feel it was an issue. That was resolved by the time he had his injury. One thing had nothing to do with the other."

    Amaro was responding to a story in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer suggesting that the cortisone shot may have contributed to the Achilles injury.

    A doctor in the Inquirer report was quoted as saying, "When it comes to the risk of an Achilles tendon tear, I'm concerned about cortisone."

    Amaro said the Phillies always put their players first.

    "We're probably one of the most conservative clubs in baseball in administering treatment, and we always want to make sure we have the player's best interest," Amaro said.



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    BALTIMORE -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a nondisplaced fractured bone in his left foot, general manager Ben Cherington said Monday night.


    The injury, which occurred when Ross fouled a pitch off the foot Friday night in Philadelphia, was revealed in an MRI taken in Boston on Monday after initial X-rays were negative.


    With the loss of the right-handed hitting Ross, Cherington said the Red Sox are discussing keeping rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks when Kevin Youkilis rejoins the team, which is expected to happen Tuesday. Youkilis was in Norfolk, Va., Monday night, making his fourth rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket.


    "We have talked about it," Cherington said. "We lost a good right-handed hitter today for a while. It's hard to lose more right-handed hitters, so it's a consideration in light of that."





    The fracture is in the navicular bone, which is the same bone in which Dustin Pedroia sustained a nondisplaced fracture on June 25, 2010. Pedroia eventually required surgery after an aborted comeback effort and missed a total of 85 games.


    Cherington said that the Red Sox medical staff is confident that Ross will be able to avoid surgery, but that the outfielder, who was returning to Baltimore Monday night, was planning to seek a second opinion.


    "It's the same bone" as Pedroia's break, Cherington said, "but it's a different (injury) from what I gather from our medical staff. It's in a slightly different spot, a slightly smaller line, so our medical staff is confident it will heal without surgery."


    Asked to estimate how long Ross would be out, Cherington said, "It's hard to say, but six to eight weeks is a general framework. Let him heal, see how he does. He'll be checked again in two weeks. We'll see where he is and go from there."


    Ross will be placed on the disabled list Tuesday, opening a roster spot for Youkilis, who is scheduled to be evaluated Tuesday before being activated. Ross will become the sixth Red Sox outfielder on the DL, joining Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald, Ryan Kalish and Jason Repko.


    Ross will become the 15th Red Sox player to be placed on the DL this season. Entering Monday night's game, the Sox had lost a combined 438 games to players on the DL.


    With Ryan Sweeney also unavailable Monday night while the Red Sox awaited results from an MLB-mandated concussion exam, manager Bobby Valentine's outfield consisted of three players who were not on the Opening Day roster: Daniel Nava, Marlon Byrd and Che-Hsuan Lin.


    They hit at the bottom of the Red Sox order, the first time since Aug. 20, 2010 (J.D. Drew, Bill Hall and McDonald) that Boston outfielders had batted 7-8-9.


    Cherington said that both Ellsbury (partially dislocated shoulder) and Crawford (wrist surgery, sprained elbow) are progressing well in their rehabs, but mentioned early July as a rough timetable for Ellsbury to return, with "early to mid-July" for Crawford. Neither player has begun baseball-specific activity.


    Valentine said he elected to keep Sweeney out Monday night after trainers told him the outfielder felt some fatigue after taking swings in the batting cage. Sweeney was diagnosed with what he called a mild concussion after making a diving catch Saturday night in Philadelphia. Afterward, he said he experienced a whiplash-like jolt to his neck.


    Valentine said after the game that Sweeney did not pass the concussion tests administered Monday, and said that there was a chance he would have to go on the seven-day disabled list MLB has created for players with concussions.
    "I don't know how bad it is,'' Sweeney said after the game. "I did some of the tests on the computer and did OK on the reaction stuff, but I guess they said when you have something like this and you over-exert yourself and try to do too much, you've got to let your head heal.
    "I did some hitting and some bike, and just felt a little tired. I have to come in tomorrow and see how I feel.''


    "It feels like a lot of guys are banged up at once," Cherington said. "Our options are to keep playing. Our guys in the lineup are our guys in the lineup tonight. We've got to keep looking for reinforcements. We'll likely have a move, if not more, for tomorrow. We've got to keep looking, but guys have already persevered through some tough times and played through injuries. We've got to keep playing and hang in tough."


    Ross was batting .271 with eight home runs, second on the team to David Ortiz's 10, and his 28 RBIs also ranked second to Ortiz's 30. Friday night against the Phillies, Ross doubled and homered before fouling a pitch off the foot during his eighth-inning at-bat, which ended with a strikeout.


    He was struck by the foul ball even though he wears a shin guard that covers the top of his foot. The foul ball struck him at the top of his instep, according to Valentine.


    Scouts from the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves were all in Norfolk on Saturday night to watch Youkilis play, and were expected to be in attendance Monday. Youkilis was 3 for 9 with a double in Pawtucket entering Monday night.


    Rookie Middlebrooks, meanwhile, has hit safely in 14 of 18 games since his call-up on May 2, entering Monday night's game with a .275 average, five home runs, 15 RBIs and .886 OPS. Valentine has entrusted him with the fifth spot in the batting order, where he has been batting behind Adrian Gonzalez and Ortiz. He also has shown outstanding skills at third base.


    Even before Ross' injury, the decision on what to do with Middlebrooks upon Youkilis' return was not an easy one. Without Ross, it seems a virtual certainty that the Sox will keep Middlebrooks, although Cherington said no final decision has been made.


    "We're still talking about it to make sure we see how it would work," he said. "At a time like this, it's important to kind of slow things down and try to make decisions for the right reasons. We want to do what's best for the team, but also best for the players. It is something we discussed. We've talked about what it would look like if we did.
    "At a time when you have a lot of injuries in one spot, sometimes you've got to come up with solutions you might not have thought of two months ago. We're talking about all sorts of things."


    One scenario under consideration is playing Gonzalez in right field, which would free up first base for Youkilis while keeping Middlebrooks at third. Gonzalez, who has played the outfield in winter league ball and made a good accounting of himself in right field in weekend games in Philly, said he is comfortable in the outfield and willing to play there. His lack of speed, however, would make that problematic in a large right field, like the one in Fenway.


    "If Ben and I decided that was something we should pursue I think there is a way of trying to make it work,'' Valentine said of retaining Middlebrooks.


    "It's all a balancing thing. What's right for (Middlebrooks), what's right for us, what's right for Youk, what's right for the rest of the guys. It's a tough situation, a lot of these things have a way of working their way out."


    Valentine said that playing third base is more demanding than first base, especially for a player as oft-injured as Youkilis.
    "That would be up to Youk," he said when asked how much he thinks Youkilis can play. "If he says he's comfortable, I'd be comfortable. There's no way I can put a number of ground balls, at-bats, innings. I have no idea."

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    ST. LOUIS -- The best-case scenario for Lance Berkman is that he returns to the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup after the All-Star break.

    But the 36-year-old first baseman is prepared for news on his injured right knee that's not so rosy.



    General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Berkman will be sidelined at least six to eight weeks with significant cartilage damage on both sides of the knee, but an MRI did not appear to show ligament damage. Because he was hurt making a routine play, Berkman suspects a ligament injury that would require more significant surgery and end his season -- and perhaps his career.

    Berkman will undergo an arthroscopic procedure later this week in Vail, Colo.

    "At a minimum, it's a scope to repair it," Mozeliak said. "We're hopeful, we're optimistic that's what it is. But we'll need a few days before we determine anything. Certainly, he knows there are uncertain times ahead of him."

    Berkman spoke with reporters after crossing the clubhouse on crutches.

    "We can all agree you shouldn't get hurt just stretching for a ball at first base," he said. "Fearful is the wrong word, but I'm certainly concerned -- not just what the injury is but why did it happen?

    "It's pretty simple: Best-case scenario, it's probably after the All-Star break, worst-case scenario is I'm done for the year."

    Berkman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. The NL comeback player of the year in 2011 realizes he may have to make another comeback, or call it a career.

    "You certainly think, if I have to get my ACL repaired, I might be done playing," he said. "And the doctor kind of said that. He's like, 'Well, you're not a young man anymore.'

    "You just don't know where you're going to be mentally. Am I willing to make the commitment? Those are questions I'm trying not to speculate on too much."

    Even if the ligament is not torn, Berkman believes there's damage given he felt a sliding sensation when he was injured.

    "They could see it on the MRI -- it's not gone. But its effectiveness is debatable considering the way I got hurt. They're not going to know about that until I go under the knife," he said.

    Berkman said he had the sensation of the joint slipping during the playoffs last season but had no pain.

    "It never was to the point where I felt, oh man, I'm about to blow out here," Berkman said. "It was just a weird little sensation that you could play with and it wasn't a problem."

    The fact that the ligament appears to be intact, Berkman said, does give a "glimmer of hope."

    Berkman has played just 13 games this season, also missing significant time with a pulled left calf muscle. He said he's had torn cartilage in the knee since spring training but it wasn't enough to affect his play.

    He was batting .333 with a home run and four RBIs.

    Last season, Berkman hit .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBIs in 145 games to help the Cardinals win the World Series. He had a .412 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage, both of which ranked among the NL leaders.

    His injury is a major blow to the middle of the lineup for the slumping Cardinals, who had dropped four straight and eight of 10. St. Louis also lost longtime slugger Albert Pujols in the offseason when he signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

    Still, the Cardinals began the day with a half-game lead in the NL Central.

    Rookie Matt Adams, the franchise's minor league player of the year in 2011, and Matt Carpenter will see time at first base for now and utility man Allen Craig could also man that position when he returns from a hamstring injury sustained last week that landed him on the disabled list. Adams, recalled from Triple-A Memphis when Berkman was hurt, started for the second straight game Monday after getting two hits in his major league debut.

    Carpenter was batting .280 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 37 games.

    "We'll be feeling our way through it. We brought Matt Adams here to play, so we'll get a good look at him," manager Mike Matheny said.

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    CINCINNATI -- Aroldis Chapman was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license early Monday, a few hours after it appeared he was in line to become the Cincinnati Reds' next closer.

    General manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker met with Chapman following a 4-1 win over Atlanta on Monday night to get details of the pitcher's arrest, which they didn't know about before the game.




    Police in the Columbus suburb of Grove City emailed The Associated Press a copy of an arrest report showing the 24-year-old reliever was stopped after radar clocked him going 93 mph on northbound Interstate 71 shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday.
    That was a few hours after Chapman moved to the front of the competition for the closer's job by finishing a 5-2 win over the Yankees in New York on Sunday for his first save of the season and the second of his career.

    "I don't know what happened," Baker said after the meeting with Chapman. "He got a speeding ticket. It can happen to anybody. His people are taking care of it, and we're helping."

    The arrest report said Chapman was seen speeding at 12:40 a.m. When police stopped him, they found he had a suspended Kentucky driver's license. He was arrested and photographed, then released on bond. He has a court appearance scheduled for June 6.

    Chapman, who speaks to the media with a trainer serving as translator, wasn't available for comment after the meeting.

    His arrest is the latest twist in the Reds' attempt to find someone to take the spot of closer Ryan Madson, out for the season with a torn elbow ligament. They gave left-hander Sean Marshall the first chance, but he struggled, prompting Baker to try the hard-throwing Cuban with a 0.00 ERA.

    Marshall got the final out in the 4-1 win over the Braves on Monday. Baker wasn't going to use Chapman because he had pitched four of the previous five days.

    "It's going to be a situation where we're going to have to use who we think is best on that day, and hopefully he's rested and the best guy for that day," Baker said before the game. "It could be a number of guys.

    "This is what happens when you lose your closer, you know what I mean?"

    The Reds signed Chapman to a six-year, $30.25 million deal in 2010, expecting him to develop into a dominant starter. With the rotation set and the team on its way to the NL Central title that year, they moved him into the bullpen for the first time.

    He did so well that they kept him there for 2011 in a setup role, but he struggled with his control and developed a sore pitching shoulder. He finished 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 54 appearances that season.

    Cincinnati planned to move him back into a starting spot during spring training until injuries decimated the back end of the bullpen. Madson had reconstructive elbow surgery, and setup men Bill Bray and Nick Masset got hurt.

    So Chapman went back into a setup role and has dazzled, giving up only seven hits and one unearned run in 22 1-3 innings while striking out 39. He has been so dominant that Baker decided he might be ready to try closing games.

    "He graduated to the setup role," Baker said. "Now, hopefully, he's graduated -- which we think he might have -- to the closer's role. It just depends on how often you can use him."

    Given Chapman's shoulder problems last season, the Reds have been careful about pitching him too many days in a row. He pitched in four of five games in New York last week against the Mets and Yankees, but hasn't gone three days in a row -- typical for a closer.

    "We didn't want to go four out of five," Baker said. "We hoped not to use him (that much). But we're on an honor basis -- he said he felt fine. I just tell him to make sure you're telling the truth. Right now it's not hero time. It's May, not September."

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    Fondly referred to as Big Papi, David Ortiz became a beloved figure in Boston for his prodigious power during the Boston Red Sox's two World Series runs. However, in the past couple of years, Ortiz and Boston have been a lightning rod for criticism due to some slow starts.


    That criticism has taken a toll on Ortiz, as the team has often been cited as a squad without a true clubhouse leader. Following Boston's Monday night win, which got the team to .500 for the first time this month, Ortiz took umbrage with that assertion.



    "I'm the kind of [expletive] who worries about winning games," Ortiz told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes after Monday's 8-6 win in Baltimore. "I'm a winner. I hate losing. But what I do, I don't do for everybody to know. I do it for us to get better and the trash talking out there to stop."


    Ortiz was set off by a question about a team meeting he called May 11 in the wake of a golf outing pitcher Josh Beckett took while nursing an injured shoulder.


    "Who told you about that meeting?" Ortiz asked reporters Monday night.


    "Somebody wrote, 'Why didn't he do it earlier?' Earlier? When am I going to do it, in spring training? What did I do wrong? Seriously, what did I do wrong?


    "You hit 54 home runs, then hit 35, it's not good enough. How many people hit 35? Never good enough, bro. That's why I don't care."


    With the retirements of Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek, the Red Sox have been viewed as devoid of any leadership presence. Ortiz hasn't attempted to be a public leader but claims everything he does is for his team.


    "Well, let me tell you, I was reading an article [that] talked about the leaders people call 'leaders' in this town," he said following a night in which he hit his 10th homer of the season. "Basically, it seems like no matter what you do, it's not good enough.


    "And you can only call leaders the guys who are out diving for balls on the field or calling pitches behind the plate?"


    Ortiz also turned his ire on his own front office, claiming he's not respected by the team's executives.


    "I don't get no respect," he said. "Not from the media. Not from the front office. What I do is never the right thing. It's always hiding, for somebody to find out."


    Leader or not, Ortiz said he thinks his meeting has had a positive effect on the team.


    "We're playing better, we're winning, everybody is going about their business. And it's still May. Not late, like [some critics] want to say."

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    SAN DIEGO -- Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is joining with movie producer Thomas Tull in an attempt to buy the San Diego Padres.

    Gwynn said Monday that it's too early to say what his role will be, beyond offering advice and insight, while stressing that he's still the coach at his alma mater, San Diego State.

    Gwynn met with Tull in San Diego last week and said he's spoken with him several times since.

    "I'm throwing my hat in with Thomas. I think he's the right guy," Gwynn said after his Aztecs practiced on Monday. "I'm the coach at San Diego State and plan on continuing doing that. But I really liked what he had to say. I'm excited. And believe me, it takes a lot to get me excited. He definitely has some ideas about what he wants to do and how he wants to do it. The biggest thing is, he wants to win. He ain't getting this to say he has the club. He wants to win."

    Tull, the chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment, is among at least five people interested in buying the Padres from majority owner John Moores.

    When the Padres went back on the market, Gwynn sensed somebody was going to call and ask if he'd be interested. "I went back and forth with that, and said, 'OK, I'll keep an open mind and talk to people.'" Gwynn said Tull called his agent, John Boggs, who relayed the producer's interest. Tull and Boggs met, and then Tull and Gwynn met.

    "I think he just wanted to test the waters and see how interested I was in it and wanted me to share some of my thoughts of what had happened in the past, what happened when we were good, what happened when we weren't so good," Gwynn said. "He picked my brain and I picked his. We both came away encouraged about where each other was. He definitely knows a lot about baseball."

    Gwynn said the situation is different than former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson's involvement with the group that bought the Dodgers, for whom Gwynn's son, Tony Gwynn Jr., plays.

    "What's different is, I played baseball," Gwynn said. "Magic's a businessman and a very good one at that. He brings in a factor of being a winner and I bring to the table the fact that I played in this organization for 20 years. I'm the only guy that played in this organization for 20 years; the only one that started here and finished here."

    Gwynn had 3,141 hits, was a career .338 hitter and won eight NL batting titles. He played on San Diego's only two World Series teams, in 1984 and 1998. The Padres retired Gwynn's No. 19 in 2004 and erected a bronze statue of Gwynn in the grassy park just beyond Petco Park's outfield in 2007. Petco Park's address is 19 Tony Gwynn Drive.

    Gwynn had surgery in February to remove a cancerous tumor from inside his right cheek.

    Paul Pflug, a spokesman for Tull, declined comment on the producer's interest in the Padres.

    Legendary Entertainment has produced hits including "The Dark Knight," "Inception," "Clash of the Titans," the two "Hangover" movies and "300."

    Gwynn said Tull attended two games during the Padres' recent homestand, one against the Dodgers and one against the Los Angeles Angels. The Padres had their first winning homestand of the season, going 3-2.

    Tull is a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a charter member of the foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

    Moores' proposed sale of the team to Jeff Moorad collapsed in March after baseball owners refused to approve Moorad as controlling owner. Moorad headed a group that in March 2009 agreed to a gradual takeover of the Padres. At the time, the deal was estimated to be worth around $500 million.

    The Padres could be worth a few hundred million more this time, thanks to the Dodgers selling for a record $2 billion and the Padres' new TV deal with Fox.

    Moores owns 51 percent while Moorad's group owns 49 percent.

    Boggs said the opportunity for Gwynn to work with Tull came out of the blue.

    "I was very impressed with his vision and his passion and where he wants to take this organization," Boggs said. "Hopefully he'll be the one who ultimately will win the bidding and become the new Padres owner. There's a long road before that time and nobody is being presumptuous."

    Gwynn said he doesn't know how the sale process works, only that he's encouraged with what Tull had to say.

    "I hope we get the chance to do this stuff," Gwynn said. "Right now, we're waiting for the process to take care of itself and hopefully we'll get it."

    The Padres won the NL West in 2005-06 before losing a wild-card tiebreaker game at Colorado in 2007.

    Since then, they've been mostly dismal, losing 99 games in 2008, 87 games in '09 and 91 games last year. The Padres were surprise contenders in 2010 before collapsing down the stretch.

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    Drew Sutton had a whirlwind couple days that ended up with a trip back to the big leagues.

    The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Sutton from Pittsburgh, just one day after the Pirates made a trade to get him.

    The Rays got the switch-hitter infielder on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

    “In about seven hours I was on three different clubs,” Sutton said. “For four or five hours I was with the Pirates and now I'm in St. Petersburg.”

    Tampa Bay announced the deal before their game against Toronto.

    Pittsburgh sent cash to Atlanta on Sunday for Sutton. He had been at Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .270 and mostly playing third base.

    Sutton was pulled early from Sunday's International League game at Rochester. After the game Sutton was told that he would be joining the Pirates' Triple-A team in Indianapolis.

    Then came another phone call, and an unexpected promotion to the majors.

    “When you're taken out in the fourth inning and you have five innings to sit there and think about the possibility of where you could go, I didn't think (Indianapolis) was one of them,” Sutton said. “I was hoping I was going to get to go to the big leagues, and it was definitely a much better reaction when they told me it was here.”

    Sutton has spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds (2009-10), Cleveland Indians (2010) and Boston Red Sox (2011).

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    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch's shoulder injury has gone from potentially season-ending to career-threatening.

    According to Sportsnet's Barry Davis, who talked to Litsch Monday, the infection he developed in his right shoulder, which required emergency surgery in March, has gotten worse. Now the 27-year-old says he might never play again.

    Litsch was shut down early in training camp due to shoulder inflammation in his shoulder. An injection of platelet-rich plasma, which should have helped heal the injury, led to an infection, which in turn resulted in Litsch having emergency arthroscopic surgery to clean it out.

    Originally expected to miss six weeks after having surgery but the infection has gotten worse. Litsch told Sportsnet he's been wearing an "IV going to my heart" for six weeks, which "is not fun."

    Litsch, who has pitched in 88 games with the Blue Jays, has a record of 27-27 with a career earned-run average of 4.16.

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    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are barely one-fourth of the way through the season and they are about to use their ninth starting pitcher.

    This certainly wasn't part of their plan when they left spring training. The Twins are hoping that the latest rookie reinforcement for their depleted rotation will mimic the recent call-ups and help stabilize the struggling group.

    Right-hander Jason Marquis was removed from the roster on Tuesday, ending his stint with the Twins after just seven starts. General manager Terry Ryan said he is trying to trade Marquis, but he is unlikely to be sent to Triple-A Rochester, an assignment the 13-year veteran has the right to refuse. If no deal is reached in 10 days, Marquis would be released. The Twins signed him for $3 million this season.

    "You try to give everybody due respect, and he's been around a long time. It just wasn't working out here, so we decided to make a move," Ryan said.

    So who's up next? The answer is right-hander Cole DeVries, whose contract was selected from Rochester. The Minnesota native went 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA for the Red Wings, allowing 47 hits in 46 2-3 innings with seven walks and 37 strikeouts.

    Undrafted out of the University of Minnesota in 2006, DeVries breezed through Class A but struggled in 2010 between Double-A New Britain and Rochester, mostly out of the bullpen. Last year, he was much better, posting a combined 3.40 ERA with 23 walks and 75 strikeouts in 90 innings for the Rock Cats and the Red Wings. Then he impressed the Twins more with a strong performance in the Arizona Fall League.

    "Ever since he signed here, he's been fairly consistent. He can pitch out of the pen. He can start. He's got four pitches. He's athletic," Ryan said. "We're just going to give him the ball and see how he does."

    The 27-year-old DeVries, once a standout at Eden Prairie High School, will start on Thursday for his major league debut. The Twins are in Chicago to play the White Sox.

    Carl Pavano is the only one still in the rotation who was supposed to be there from the start. Scott Baker's elbow trouble led to Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. Francisco Liriano was demoted to the bullpen. Nick Blackburn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained thigh muscle, making him ineligible to return until June 1. Now Marquis has been yanked, too.

    Though the top of the farm system has been thin on top prospects the last few years, particularly with recent first-round draft picks Kyle Gibson and Alex Wimmers recovering from elbow injuries, the Twins have found at least some short-term satisfaction with the job Scott Diamond and P.J. Walters have done since their promotions from Triple-A.

    Diamond still leads Rochester with a 4-1 record, and he's 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in three starts for the Twins. Walters has won once and lost once, with a 3.65 ERA in two appearances entering Tuesday's start against the White Sox. Even Liam Hendriks, the first fill-in after Baker was deemed unable to pitch, threw well in his first two appearances before being hit hard in his last two starts and sent back to Triple-A.

    The Twins chose DeVries this time to give Hendriks more time to find a rhythm.

    "It seems like we're headed in the right direction here a little bit. I'm not going to tell you that everything has calmed down. It hasn't. But they've given us a chance to win," Ryan said.

    Marquis was 2-4 with an abysmal 8.47 ERA. The veteran gave up 52 hits with 14 walks and only 12 strikeouts in 34 innings, his first foray into the American League.

    Marquis was having one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 with the Washington Nationals, going 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 20 starts, but he was traded at the end of July and struggled in three appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks before his leg was broken by a line drive back to the mound.

    His young daughter was seriously hurt in a bicycle accident in March, pulling Marquis to his home in New York, and he was late to join the Twins for the regular season after taking extra time in spring training to try to get back in a groove. The 33-year-old is 106-106 for his career with a 4.63 ERA.

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    lobo316 wrote: Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch's shoulder injury has gone from potentially season-ending to career-threatening.

    According to Sportsnet's Barry Davis, who talked to Litsch Monday, the infection he developed in his right shoulder, which required emergency surgery in March, has gotten worse. Now the 27-year-old says he might never play again.

    Litsch was shut down early in training camp due to shoulder inflammation in his shoulder. An injection of platelet-rich plasma, which should have helped heal the injury, led to an infection, which in turn resulted in Litsch having emergency arthroscopic surgery to clean it out.

    Originally expected to miss six weeks after having surgery but the infection has gotten worse. Litsch told Sportsnet he's been wearing an "IV going to my heart" for six weeks, which "is not fun."

    Litsch, who has pitched in 88 games with the Blue Jays, has a record of 27-27 with a career earned-run average of 4.16.
    That is a major lawsuit waiting to be filed if his career is over.

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    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday following emergency surgery to remove pressure on his left leg that will keep him hospitalized until the middle of next week. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks.




    He was within hours of having his leg amputated.

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    Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote:
    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday following emergency surgery to remove pressure on his left leg that will keep him hospitalized until the middle of next week. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks.




    He was within hours of having his leg amputated.

    On the upside, if that had happened, John Laurinaitis might have mistakenly offered him a WWE contract.

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    PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Nationals activated right-hander Chien-Ming Wang from the disabled list on Tuesday.




    A left hamstring injury in spring training has kept Wang out all season. He is expected to pitch out of the bullpen.
    The right-hander went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA last season after needing almost two years to come back from shoulder surgery.

    Wang has started 115 of his 120 games in five seasons with the Yankees and last season with Washington, going 59-29 with a 4.15 ERA. He has a 2.70 ERA with one save in five career relief appearances.

    To make room for Wang, the Nationals placed right-hander Ryan Mattheus on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 21 with a strained left foot.



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    BALTIMORE -- The Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Cody Ross on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a broken bone in his left foot and put outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the seven-day DL for players suffering from concussion symptoms.


    The team also activated Kevin Youkilis (back strain) from the DL and added recently acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik to the roster before Tuesday's game with the Baltimore Orioles.


    The Red Sox said a second opinion confirmed the finding of a displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his Ross' foot.





    His place on the roster was taken by the 36-year-old Podsednik, a star of the 2005 World Series for the Chicago White Sox who had been acquired 11 days ago from the Philadelphia Phillies in a minor league deal.


    Podsednik, who hit .323 (10-for-31) in nine games with Triple-A Pawtucket with a .371 on-base percentage and .855 OPS, last played in the big leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals in 2010.


    The Ross move was expected, though manager Bobby Valentine earlier Tuesday said Ross told the club he was "feeling really good," leading to some hope that the crack in the bone shown by the MRI taken Monday had detected an old injury.


    But Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that a second opinion rendered by Dr. Lew C. Schon, director of foot and ankle services at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital, confirmed the diagnosis made by the Red Sox medical staff of a displaced fracture occurring when Ross fouled a ball off his foot Friday night in Philadelphia.


    "There was a reason for optimism today just because Cody felt better, and has felt better each day. That's a good sign," Cherington said. "It makes us hopeful that his recovery will be smooth and on the short end of the time frame. Got to let it heal."
    Sweeney was placed on the special seven-day disabled list Major League Baseball has created for players with concussions or concussive symptoms. He cannot be activated until he passes the tests administered by MLB. Youkilis missed 22 games with a lower back strain.


    To create a spot on the 40-man roster spot for Podsednik, the Red Sox placed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 60-day disabled list, which makes him ineligible to come off for 60 days from Opening Day.


    With the additions of Ross and Sweeney, the Red Sox have seven outfielders on the DL, and have disabled 16 players so far this season, with a combined total of 450 games missed entering Tuesday night's game.


    Cherington said the team cannot make an accurate determination of how long Ross will be out until after he comes out of the protective left boot he has been placed in. The typical estimate for such an injury is six to eight weeks.


    Ross will remain in the boot for "at least a few days," Cherington said.


    Youkilis's return led to another lineup shuffle. He will play first base, a position he played regularly for 4½ seasons, the last time in 2010, when the Red Sox had Adrian Beltre at third. Youkilis became the full-time third baseman last season after Boston traded for Adrian Gonzalez.


    Youkilis was batting fifth behind Gonzalez, who moved to right field. Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who had been batting fifth, dropped a spot to sixth.


    "I think I'm capable of playing every day," said Youkilis, adding that a shift back to first base was not an issue. "I feel real good, ready to go out there and play a game today. I feel good. We'll see tomorrow.


    "There's not a story here. Just go out and play."
    Podsednik began the game on the bench, with Marlon Byrd in center flanked by Daniel Nava in left and Gonzalez in right. Of the 852 games started by Podsednik in the course of a 10-year big-league career, only 11 came in right field. Byrd has played right field, however, which means he could slide over if Podsednik entered as a defensive replacement.


    Both Valentine and Cherington indicated that they would prefer to limit Gonzalez's playing time in the outfield, but for now it's the optimal way of getting both Middlebrooks and Youkilis in the lineup. Gonzalez has played the outfield in winter leagues and made three good catches over the weekend in Philadelphia, but his lack of speed is problematic.


    "Even in a small outfield, we'll have to appraise the situation a little more as we see it," Valentine said. "I would say that probably less is better than more.


    "I don't think he'll mess up anything, but there may be a few he doesn't get to. If it comes to the point that outs were given away, we'll probably scratch the idea. If it's obvious a ball should be caught and it's not caught, we'll have a different appraisal."


    Gonzalez said this weekend that he was willing to play wherever asked and dismissed the risk of injury playing the outfield, saying a chance of injury was dependent more on instincts than familiarity with a position, and that his instincts were sufficient to play the outfield.


    "I think Bobby has a good feel for Adrian playing the outfield position," Cherington said. "It's not going to be an everyday thing, probably not a long-term thing. ''


    Cherington said there has been no discussion of having Middlebrooks take fly balls in the outfield. Middlebrooks has been exclusively a third baseman since being converted from shortstop in his first extended spring training.


    One additional Red Sox health note: Pitcher Aaron Cook, who was set to be sent out for a rehab assignment, has not fully healed from the spike wound to the knee he incurred May 5 that required 11 stitches. The stitches have been taken out, but until the knee fully heals Cook will be kept from pitching.

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    BALTIMORE -- Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday, a significant step in his bid to return from a concussion that has kept him sidelined for more than a year.

    Roberts, 34, last played in a baseball game on May 16, 2011. Since that time, the two-time All-Star has languished on the disabled list.

    Although he's taken batting practice and fielded grounders with the Orioles, playing in a game -- albeit one with Double-A Bowie -- is a far more legitimate test of his readiness to return to the big leagues.

    Asked to describe his emotions, Roberts said Tuesday, "Excited. Scared. A little bit of everything. It's been a long time coming, for sure."

    Roberts will travel to nearby Bowie for a game against Richmond on Wednesday night. His minor league rehabilitation assignment can last no longer than 20 days.

    "I'm pretty sure we'll use the 20," he said. "It's been over a year and I need to get some at-bats."

    The plan is take it slowly at first and gradually pick up the pace.

    "I need to get in there and see some pitches," he said. "The first few days, the first week, it's going to be two at-bats a day. It's going to take a little while to get built up to play every day on a back-to-back situation."

    Roberts played in only 59 games in 2010 before going on the DL with a concussion. He returned last year, but was shelved after participating in only 39 games.

    He compared this comeback to 2006, when he returned from elbow surgery to play in 138 games.

    "Seven years ago, I had apprehension that, even though the doctors and everyone told me I was ready, that I was OK, that it wasn't going to happen," he said. "You're still scared. That's just the nature of going back out to a competitive environment when you've been hurt. Hopefully, once I get on the field and the first pitch is thrown, I'll just be playing baseball again."

    There were times over the past year when Roberts wondered if he would ever feel right again, let alone play baseball.

    "When there's days you are laying on the couch and can barely function, you're not even thinking about baseball," he said. "There were days that (baseball) never even crossed my mind, I was just trying to get back to a normal life. And then, as we continued to progress, I still had doubts about playing baseball. I had more confidence in being able to live a productive and enjoyable life. Now I'm beginning to think that playing baseball at a high level is a reality."

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    DE PERE, Wis. -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he doesn't think more TV replay is needed, at least not right now.

    Selig spoke to a small group Wednesday at a sport and society conference at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.

    Previously reluctant to add replay, Selig instituted it during the 2008 season for home run calls. Last fall, he told a Dallas radio station that Major League Baseball was planning to expand its use of replay but that didn't happen.

    Expanded replay to cover fair-or-foul calls, trapped balls and fan interference instead might be instituted in 2013. Additional replay requires the approval of MLB and the unions representing the umpires and the players.

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    CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers will call up outfielder Quintin Berry from Triple-A Toledo to play center field while Austin Jackson is hurting.

    Right-hander Collin Balester will be designated for assignment Wednesday to make roster room for Berry, manager Jim Leyland announced after Detroit's 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

    Before the game, Detroit placed infielder-outfielder Ryan Raburn on the bereavement list and called up Danny Worth from Toledo. The team disclosed no further information on Raburn's family situation. The earliest he can return is Friday against Minnesota.

    Jackson has not played since leaving last Wednesday's game.

    "He's still not available," Leyland said. "He tried to take some swings, but I could see right away he was doing it gingerly. Right now, it doesn't look particularly good. He's not ready.

    "We need somebody to play center and Berry will give us a little more speed."

    In 35 games at Toledo, Berry hit .270 with 19 steals in 22 attempts. The 27-year-old will be making his major-league debut.

    Raburn was hitting only .144 with one homer and six RBIs in 34 games.

    Worth hit .306 with three homers and seven RBIs at Toledo.

    Right-hander Luis Marte is making progress. He pitched three scoreless innings Monday for Toledo on a rehab assignment. He has been out since April 4 with a strained left hamstring.



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    NEW YORK -- The Kansas City Royals placed second baseman Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list with a ribcage injury Tuesday and called up left-hander Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha.

    Smith has been a starter in the minors, but Royals manager Ned Yost said he would provide protection as a long man out of the bullpen Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.

    Getz has a bruised left ribcage and strained cartilage between his ribs, making it uncomfortable to breathe at times. He is batting .277 with no homers, eight RBIs and six stolen bases.

    "It's just unfortunate. I felt pretty good at the plate and was helping the team," Getz said. "It's a good thing it's not too serious of an injury."

    Yost said he would be very surprised if Getz is out any longer than 15 days.

    Irving Falu was set to start at second base Tuesday against right-hander Phil Hughes. Yost said he plans to platoon Falu with Johnny Giavotella while Getz is sidelined.

    Getz aggravated the injury Monday night when he slid into second base and was tagged out trying to stretch a single. He left the game an inning later.

    Tests showed no fractures or tears, an encouraging sign. Getz originally got hurt in a collision at first base with Baltimore's Chris Davis last week.

    "He won that battle, unfortunately," Getz said.

    To make room for Smith on the 40-man roster, the Royals transferred right-hander Blake Wood from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

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    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Torii Hunter is expected to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels when they return from their current trip, yet manager Mike Scioscia says he still isn't sure when during the homestand that might be.

    The outfielder has been on the Angels' restricted list since May 14 after Hunter's teenage son was arrested in Texas. Darius McClinton-Hunter, 17, is one of five youths arrested in a sexual assault case, which police said followed a monthlong investigation.

    Scioscia initially thought Hunter would be back during this swing at AL West rivals Oakland and Seattle, where Los Angeles begins a four-game weekend series Thursday night. Hunter has been working out and has a batting cage at his house in the Dallas area, so Scioscia believes he will be able to work back quickly.

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    Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, received a pardon from the U.S. State Department, a mandatory requirement for eligibility for a visa to travel to the United States and continue his career with the Miami Marlins, a source told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.

    Oviedo is "eager" to put the legal matters behind him, the source said.

    Oviedo had to leave the country last September when U.S. authorities found that he had faked his identity as a professional baseball player to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000. After receiving a pardon from the U.S. State Department, Oviedo only needs the U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic to issue the appropriate visa to join the Marlins.

    "It is unclear when he could get his visa," the source said, adding it "could be in two days, could be in two weeks."

    Nunez, 30, saved 92 games as the Marlins' closer in the last three seasons. His salary for 2012 would be $6 million. His presence could help stabilize a bullpen that has turned only 9 of 18 save opportunities.

    Another Dominican pitcher, Roberto Hernandez Heredia (formerly known as Fausto Carmona), of Cleveland, faces the same situation as Oviedo. Calls to Heredia's agent by ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com went unanswered.



     

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    lobo316 wrote: Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, received a pardon from the U.S. State Department, a mandatory requirement for eligibility for a visa to travel to the United States and continue his career with the Miami Marlins, a source told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.

    Oviedo is "eager" to put the legal matters behind him, the source said.

    Oviedo had to leave the country last September when U.S. authorities found that he had faked his identity as a professional baseball player to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000. After receiving a pardon from the U.S. State Department, Oviedo only needs the U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic to issue the appropriate visa to join the Marlins.

    "It is unclear when he could get his visa," the source said, adding it "could be in two days, could be in two weeks."

    Nunez, 30, saved 92 games as the Marlins' closer in the last three seasons. His salary for 2012 would be $6 million. His presence could help stabilize a bullpen that has turned only 9 of 18 save opportunities.

    Another Dominican pitcher, Roberto Hernandez Heredia (formerly known as Fausto Carmona), of Cleveland, faces the same situation as Oviedo. Calls to Heredia's agent by ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com went unanswered.

    If I was named after Roberto Hernandez and Felix Heredia, I'd change my name to Fausto Carmona too.

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    The Texas Rangers' interest in Roy Oswalt continues to gain support, with manager Ron Washington saying Wednesday he'd be interested in adding the veteran right-hander to the rotation if the free agent was healthy and ready to go.

    Washington, appearing on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben & Skin Show," was asked if he wanted Oswalt to join the club, assuming the scouting reports were good, now that Neftali Feliz might be out until the All-Star break with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

    Oswalt, whose bothersome lower back landed him on the disabled list twice in 2011, has been looking for a home after the Philadelphia Phillies declined to pick up his option after last season.

    "If you put it like that, I would say yes, but I think (general manager) Jon Daniels and them will decide," Washington said. "Oswalt has to want to come to Texas and we have to get him ready. The guy is a quality pitcher. But I'm more than certain there are other teams trying to do the same things.



    "When you put it the way you put it and I had to give you a yes or no, I'd say yes."

    Daniels acknowledged Monday that Oswalt is an option for the Rangers, albeit not an immediate one.

    "He's not ready to go," Daniels said in Seattle. "He hasn't thrown to hitters yet. It'll definitely take him some time. I don't know how much time, but he's not an immediate option."

    Oswalt, 34, hasn't pitched in a major league game since Game 4 of last season's NLDS for the Phillies. He had a 3.69 ERA in 23 regular-season starts last year.

    "We're going to consider all our options," Daniels said. "We'll look internally and externally. Everything is on the table."

    The Rangers, because of the pitcher's long relationships with CEO Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Mike Maddux, were one of the clubs that had been linked to Oswalt since spring training, but Texas was unable to find a spot for him in its rotation.

    The Rangers, citing due diligence, went to watch Oswalt throw Friday. At that point, however, they didn't need another starter.





     


    That changed when Feliz went on the disabled list Monday. Scott Feldman was taking Feliz's place in the rotation Wednesday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.

    "We have many things to talk about, but that will be one thing we'll discuss, is about how we'll fill that rotation spot," Ryan said Monday. "Feldman is scheduled to do it right now, and we have (Alexi) Ogando in the bullpen.

    "... If Roy is a possibility, I want to visit with JD and see what the scouts told him that they had seen. I really think that Roy wants to come back. He has indicated prior that he would like to play with us. We'll take a look at that and see what happens."

    Ryan said the preliminary stuff he heard on Oswalt was that he threw well and was in good shape. Ryan said Oswalt would need to stretch out and get some innings in the minor leagues before he could pitch with any major league club.

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    lobo316 wrote: Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, received a pardon from the U.S. State Department, a mandatory requirement for eligibility for a visa to travel to the United States and continue his career with the Miami Marlins, a source told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.

    Oviedo is "eager" to put the legal matters behind him, the source said.

    Oviedo had to leave the country last September when U.S. authorities found that he had faked his identity as a professional baseball player to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000. After receiving a pardon from the U.S. State Department, Oviedo only needs the U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic to issue the appropriate visa to join the Marlins.

    "It is unclear when he could get his visa," the source said, adding it "could be in two days, could be in two weeks."

    Nunez, 30, saved 92 games as the Marlins' closer in the last three seasons. His salary for 2012 would be $6 million. His presence could help stabilize a bullpen that has turned only 9 of 18 save opportunities.

    Another Dominican pitcher, Roberto Hernandez Heredia (formerly known as Fausto Carmona), of Cleveland, faces the same situation as Oviedo. Calls to Heredia's agent by ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com went unanswered.
    whats the point of all these laws to keep illegals out, if they give a pardon to people when they get busted?

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    Stephen Strasburg may have been lifted from his last start after only five innings because of tightness in his arm, but the Washington Nationals ace threw his typical between-starts bullpen session Wednesday and insisted his arm was fine.

    "Felt great," Strasburg told the Washington Post.




    Manager Davey Johnson pulled Strasburg after 90 pitches Sunday, as the Nationals are still prone to take caution with the 23-year-old, who is returning this season from Tommy John surgery.
    Strasburg felt the issue was blown out of proportion.

    "I'd say so," Strasburg told the Post. "I mean, if I wasn't coming off of Tommy John, I think I would have stayed in there. But it is what it is."

    The young pitcher also has accepted that the team is still putting limits on him.

    "I try not to think about too much out there," Strasburg said, according to the Post. "I just pitch. But they feel like there's times when they feel like it's better to take me out a little bit earlier than a little bit later. It's a long season, so I guess they're trying to maximize my innings this year."

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    MIAMI -- Major league stolen base leader Emilio Bonifacio was safe on his first 20 attempts this season. Now he'll be out for a while.




     


    The Miami Marlins center fielder will have surgery on his injured left thumb Friday and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. Bonifacio already was on the disabled list after he jammed his hand on a dive into first base last Friday at Cleveland.

    Joining Bonifacio on the DL Thursday was reserve outfielder Austin Kearns, sidelined since Tuesday with a sore right hamstring. Outfielder Kevin Mattison was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Bonifacio's injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain. Further examination determined he needed surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb.

    Manager Ozzie Guillen's team had been relatively injury-free until recently.

    "It's a long season," Guillen said. "Nobody goes through with the same 25 guys all season. The team that covers those holes is the team that is going to have a better chance to win."

    Bonifacio was batting .268 with three triples, and he was 20 for 21 in steal attempts. Kearns was batting .375 with three homers in 48 at-bats.

    Their absence likely means more playing time for 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan and Bryan Petersen, both batting under .200 and battling to stay on the roster.

    "They have the opportunity now," Guillen said. "They can show us how good they are. Whenever those (injured) guys come back, whoever plays the worst is going to go down."

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    Looking to add depth to their pitching options, the Yankees have signed former Mets right-hander John Maine to a minor league contract, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed.



    Maine, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2010, is expected to be insurance if he can make the contributions that saw him win as many as 15 games with the Mets five years ago.

    Since 2008, Maine has struggled with shoulder injuries. Last year, after posting a 7.43 ERA in 45 innings with the Colorado Rockies' Triple-A team, he left the organization June.

    "He's interested in trying to get back to the big leagues, so we will see," Cashman said Friday.

    Maine, 31, will go to work for the Yankees in Tampa, Fla., at extended spring training. The Yankees have been a haven for such reclamation projects. Some pitchers have made it all the way back, like Bartolo Colon last year, and some have not, like former Cubs phenom Mark Prior.

    The Yankees also recently looked at Armando Galarraga, formerly of the Detroit Tigers. Galarraga, who came up one out short of a perfect game two years ago Detroit, ended up signing with the Houston Astros.

    The Yankees were expected to be very deep with starting pitchers this year. However, Michael Pineda was declared out for the season with his own shoulder problems and Freddy Garcia struggled to the point that he was removed from the rotation.

    After left-handers CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte, other current starters Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova have all had their highs and lows this season.

    To find his way all the way to the major league rotation, Maine will have to be better than not just one of the current five starters, but also Triple-A pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Adam Warren. The Yankees' top two pitching prospects, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, are also at Triple-A, but neither is considered a major league option right now. Banuelos is on the disabled list with a sore elbow.

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    CLEVELAND -- Detroit placed center fielder and leadoff hitter Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain.

    The move, retroactive to May 17, was made Thursday following a 2-1 loss to Cleveland that completed a three-game sweep.

    Batting .331 and setting the table for Detroit's power hitters, Jackson has been out since he got hurt on a swing May 16. He was in the lineup Tuesday, but aggravated the injury during batting practice.

    While the Tigers travel to Minnesota on Friday, Jackson will return to Detroit for tests.

    Infielder Ryan Raburn will return from the bereavement list and take Jackson's roster spot.

    Detroit optioned right-hander Luke Putkonen to Triple-A Toledo to make room for right-hander Luis Marte, who had been on the DL with a hamstring strain.

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    TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed outfielder Ben Francisco on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain while optioning left-hander Evan Crawford to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    The Jays also recalled first baseman David Cooper from Las Vegas on Friday and selected the contract of right-hander Ryota Igarashi from the Triple-A club.

    To make room for Igarashi, oft-injured pitcher Dustin McGowan has been transferred to the 60-day DL.

    Igarashi (1-1) has four saves and a 1.29 ERA in 19 games this season in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old Chiba, Japan, native went 5-2 in 79 games over two seasons with the New York Mets (2010-11).

    Cooper is batting .298 in 42 games with Las Vegas. He has 12 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 34 RBIs during that span.

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    ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks following surgery Friday on his injured right knee.



    The team said the arthroscopic surgery found a partial tear in the medial meniscus, which was removed. Doctors also found cartilage tear, which was debrided.

    Berkman had feared possible damage to the anterior cruciate ligament.

    Berkman has played just 13 games this season, also missing significant time with a pulled left calf muscle. The knee injury occurred on May 19.

    He was a key part of the team's championship run in 2011, hitting .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBIs in 145 games.

    Berkman will begin his recovery and rehabilitation in Houston, where he spent most of his career and where he had the surgery.

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    Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will start Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket, a little more than a week after a sore neck cut short his previous rehab stint.



    This will kick off Matsuzaka's second rehab assignment as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He had a 4.62 ERA in five starts on his previous assignment, and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hinted that the Japanese right-hander wasn't ready for the majors.

    Just days before his MLB-limit 30-day assignment was set to end, the Red Sox announced Matsuzaka had received an injection for a strained right trapezius muscle and would not make his last rehab start.

    That new injury reset the clock on a new 30-day rehab assignment for Matsuzaka, who last pitched in the majors on May 16, 2011. Technically, the Red Sox could activate him at any time during the new 30-day window, which begins Saturday with his start against the Toledo Mud Hens at McCoy Stadium.

    Matsuzaka made no mention of discomfort May 17 following his last start for Pawtucket, in which he gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings to Durham.

    "I feel fine right now," Matsuzaka said through interpreter Jeff Cutler. "Nothing awkward. No pain. I feel good."

    During his rehab, there have been indications Matsuzaka still had some work to do after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery June 10. Customarily, it takes a year to 15 months to recover from the surgery.

    Although Matsuzaka has appeared to be ahead of schedule for much of his rehab this spring, his velocity averaged about 91 mph in his last start, according to one observer, and he showed a lack of confidence in both his changeup and curveball.

    Valentine has been cautious throughout the process.

    "I still haven't wrapped my head around that whole thing," he said May 18. "I really dislike calendars dictating when good health has returned."

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    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp will begin what is expected to be a two-game rehabilitation stint at Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.


    Kemp is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday night when the Dodgers face the Milwaukee Brewers.


    Kemp was sidelined May 14 with a left-hamstring strain, at a point when he was hitting .359 with 12 home runs, 28 RBI and a .446 on-base percentage.


    Kemp will be joined at Albuquerque by outfielder Juan Rivera (left hamstring), who isn't eligible to be activated until Thursday night against the Brewers. But with the Isotopes leaving for New Orleans after Monday's game, Rivera is expected at that point to transfer the remainder of his rehab assignment to advanced Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.


    Meanwhile, second baseman Mark Ellis finally underwent an MRI to determine the extent of the damage to his left knee after leaving the hospital, where he had been treated for an infection that might have cost him his leg if he had waited much longer to receive that treatment. He was found to have a sprain of the medial collateral ligament on the inside of the knee and a bone bruise on the outside of it.


    Trainer Sue Falsone said Ellis will miss at least eight weeks.

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    BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles and the agent for center fielder Adam Jones are nearing agreement on a contract extension for the one-time All-Star.

    Jones' deal is expected to be for six years and in the $85 million range, according to FoxSports.com."I don't have a real timeline," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Friday night. "We've had some productive discussions and hopefully it will lead to a long-term deal."

    Jones' current contract expires after this season, although he will still be under club control in 2013. Jones would then become a free agent, but the Orioles want to lock him up before that happens.

    "Hopefully, we can get this done. It would be good for the team, good for the fans," Duquette said. "Adam Jones is a good player. We like Adam Jones, like what he does for our team. He is a great defensive center fielder and hits in the middle of our lineup."

    Jones made the AL All-Star team in 2009. He entered play Friday leading the first-place Orioles in batting average (.311), homers (14) and RBIs (29) among players with at least 17 games.

    Baltimore's cleanup hitter was also on a career-high 15-game hitting streak.

    Jones confirmed Friday that his representative, Nez Balelo, was in Baltimore. Jones also said he's taken a physical, a prerequisite to a long-term contract extension.

    Speaking before the Orioles faced the Kansas City Royals, Jones said of Balelo: "He's in town now. Hopefully I'll have some good news for you, but right now I don't. I'm sorry."

    Reached by telephone, Balelo told The Associated Press, "It is our policy not to comment on any contract negotiations."

    Jones has been a starter since coming to the Orioles in the February 2008 trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners.

    Duquette said earlier this month that he prefers to put off contract talks until the offseason, but Jones' value has never been higher.

    "My choice is to not talk about contracts during the season," Duquette said, adding, "We've been working on it a while."

    Asked who initiated the talks, Jones said, "Probably both sides. I'm not in their offices. It's an exciting thing, it's a humbling thing, just even the thought of it. But it's not complete. Trust me, my phone has been blowing up. It's exciting, but I'd rather wait until something is imminent. Then I could have good news for you guys."

    The reported deal would surpass the largest deal in franchise history -- Miguel Tejada's six-year, $72 million contract signed in 2003.

    "It's not about the money," he said. "You can get money anywhere."

    For Jones, it's about being on a winning team. The Orioles have endured 14 straight losing seasons, but Jones sees the potential for that to change.

    "Look at the players I have around me," he said. "The core is 25, 26. I'm 26 myself. It's something we can build up until we're in our 30s. That would be a strong thing, to have a strong core that can work together similar to what New York has with (Derek) Jeter, Mariano (Rivera), (Jorge) Posada, (Andy) Pettitte. We have a good team and I've enjoyed it since I've been here, but winning has made it more enjoyable."

    Catcher Matt Wieters would love to see Jones stick around for a long time.

    "Everybody would be very happy for Adam and very happy for the Orioles," Wieters said. "It would be a great deal for both parties."

    Also Friday, the Orioles designated veteran outfielder Bill Hall for assignment and recalled pitcher Stu Pomeranz from Triple-A Norfolk.

    The Orioles also recalled catcher Ronny Paulino from Norfolk on Friday and optioned Luis Exposito to the same minor league club.

    Hall was batting .286 with one homer since joining the team on May 12. He had seven at-bats in six games.

    Manager Buck Showalter expressed hope that Hall would pass through waivers and accept an assignment to Norfolk.

    Showalter said the Orioles wanted to add Pomeranz to "keep the integrity of the bullpen." The right-hander made two scoreless appearances with Baltimore earlier this season.

    Paulino hit .300 (9 for 30) with three RBIs in nine games for the Orioles earlier this season. Exposito was batting .059 in eight games with Baltimore.

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    All-Star catcher Miguel Montero has agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to sources.

    Sources said the extension does not include no-trade protection.

    The 28-year-old Venezuelan is a clubhouse leader and outstanding defensive catcher. He has thrown out a National League-leading 47.6 percent of runners trying to steal (28 of 60). He led the league in that category in 2011 at 47.7 percent, a franchise record.




    The left-handed batter is hitting .252 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 38 games for the struggling Diamondbacks. He was out of the lineup for the third straight game Friday night because of a groin strain sustained while chasing a foul ball to the screen against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
    Montero, who came up through Arizona's system, was a significant contributor to the team's surprise run to the NL West title last season. He hit .282 with 36 doubles, 18 home runs and a team-high 86 RBIs and was named to the All-Star team, a game played at Arizona's Chase Field. In 2011, Montero ranked first in the NL in slugging percentage (.471), doubles, extra-base hits (55), RBIs, hits and total bases.

    Arizona has no standout catching prospects in its minor league system, but the talks this spring to extend Montero's stay in Arizona were unproductive. He wound up with a deal that more than doubles his salary next season.

    "This is a business," Montero said when talks were called off in spring training. "If this is my last year, I've got to move on and it's just part of the game."

    General manager Kevin Towers said at the time that talks were being suspended to avoid the issue becoming a distraction.

    Montero had no comment on the contract reports before Friday night's game against Milwaukee.

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    MINNEAPOLIS -- Francisco Liriano is getting another shot in the Minnesota Twins' muddled starting rotation.




    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that the left-hander is moving out of the bullpen and will start Wednesday against Oakland. Liriano was demoted to the bullpen May 9 after going 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts.
    The Twins are hoping Liriano's time in the bullpen helped him to clear his head. They need the lefty in the rotation to take the place of Anthony Swarzak, who gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings Friday night against Detroit.

    Liriano says he feels good mentally and physically and is eager to be a starter again. He allowed four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings during five relief appearances.



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    ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals optioned struggling reliever Fernando Salas, their closer much of last season, to Triple-A Memphis, and called up right-hander Chuckie Fick.

    The 26-year-old Salas, also a right-hander, had a team-leading 24 saves and a 2.28 ERA last year. This year, he's 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 18 appearances.

    Fick was expected to be in uniform Saturday night against the Phillies, making his major league debut.

    Fick, 26, was a 15th-round draft pick in 2007 out of Cal State-Northridge, and was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves in a team-leading 21 appearances in Memphis.

    His 2.30 ERA last year with Memphis was the fourth-best among Triple-A relievers with 50 or more appearances.

    Fick is the son of Chuck Fick, a longtime Cardinals scout, and the nephew of former major league infielder Robert Fick.

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    ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left leg and recalled catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Boscan is starting Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals.

    Jones has missed seven straight starts. He still isn't ready to play after hurting his leg May 18.

    The Braves have a pressing need at catcher after backup David Ross left Friday night's game with a right groin strain. Brian McCann took over for Ross after missing the previous three games with an illness.

    The 40-year-old Jones, in his final season, is hitting .307 with five homers and 24 RBIs.

    The 32-year-old Boscan was hitting .192 with two homers at Gwinnett. He made brief appearances with Atlanta in 2010 and 2011.

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    lobo316 wrote: BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles and the agent for center fielder Adam Jones are nearing agreement on a contract extension for the one-time All-Star.

    Jones' deal is expected to be for six years and in the $85 million range, according to FoxSports.com."I don't have a real timeline," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Friday night. "We've had some productive discussions and hopefully it will lead to a long-term deal."

    Jones' current contract expires after this season, although he will still be under club control in 2013. Jones would then become a free agent, but the Orioles want to lock him up before that happens.

    "Hopefully, we can get this done. It would be good for the team, good for the fans," Duquette said. "Adam Jones is a good player. We like Adam Jones, like what he does for our team. He is a great defensive center fielder and hits in the middle of our lineup."

    Jones made the AL All-Star team in 2009. He entered play Friday leading the first-place Orioles in batting average (.311), homers (14) and RBIs (29) among players with at least 17 games.

    Baltimore's cleanup hitter was also on a career-high 15-game hitting streak.

    Jones confirmed Friday that his representative, Nez Balelo, was in Baltimore. Jones also said he's taken a physical, a prerequisite to a long-term contract extension.

    Speaking before the Orioles faced the Kansas City Royals, Jones said of Balelo: "He's in town now. Hopefully I'll have some good news for you, but right now I don't. I'm sorry."

    Reached by telephone, Balelo told The Associated Press, "It is our policy not to comment on any contract negotiations."

    Jones has been a starter since coming to the Orioles in the February 2008 trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners.

    Duquette said earlier this month that he prefers to put off contract talks until the offseason, but Jones' value has never been higher.

    "My choice is to not talk about contracts during the season," Duquette said, adding, "We've been working on it a while."

    Asked who initiated the talks, Jones said, "Probably both sides. I'm not in their offices. It's an exciting thing, it's a humbling thing, just even the thought of it. But it's not complete. Trust me, my phone has been blowing up. It's exciting, but I'd rather wait until something is imminent. Then I could have good news for you guys."

    The reported deal would surpass the largest deal in franchise history -- Miguel Tejada's six-year, $72 million contract signed in 2003.

    "It's not about the money," he said. "You can get money anywhere."

    For Jones, it's about being on a winning team. The Orioles have endured 14 straight losing seasons, but Jones sees the potential for that to change.

    "Look at the players I have around me," he said. "The core is 25, 26. I'm 26 myself. It's something we can build up until we're in our 30s. That would be a strong thing, to have a strong core that can work together similar to what New York has with (Derek) Jeter, Mariano (Rivera), (Jorge) Posada, (Andy) Pettitte. We have a good team and I've enjoyed it since I've been here, but winning has made it more enjoyable."

    Catcher Matt Wieters would love to see Jones stick around for a long time.

    "Everybody would be very happy for Adam and very happy for the Orioles," Wieters said. "It would be a great deal for both parties."

    Also Friday, the Orioles designated veteran outfielder Bill Hall for assignment and recalled pitcher Stu Pomeranz from Triple-A Norfolk.

    The Orioles also recalled catcher Ronny Paulino from Norfolk on Friday and optioned Luis Exposito to the same minor league club.

    Hall was batting .286 with one homer since joining the team on May 12. He had seven at-bats in six games.

    Manager Buck Showalter expressed hope that Hall would pass through waivers and accept an assignment to Norfolk.

    Showalter said the Orioles wanted to add Pomeranz to "keep the integrity of the bullpen." The right-hander made two scoreless appearances with Baltimore earlier this season.

    Paulino hit .300 (9 for 30) with three RBIs in nine games for the Orioles earlier this season. Exposito was batting .059 in eight games with Baltimore.


     

     

    The Baltimore Orioles have scheduled a Sunday news conference to announce a new six-year contract extension for center fielder Adam Jones, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.


    Jones' deal is for about $85.5 million, with escalators that could bring the maximum value to $91.5 million, according to the source.

    The new contract, the largest in Orioles history, passing Miguel Tejada ($72 million, 2004-09) and Nick Markakis ($66.1 million, 2009-14), buys out Jones' final year of salary arbitration and five years of free agency. The extension also includes a no-trade provision.

    Jones is now the second highest-paid center fielder in the majors behind the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, whose contract averages $20 million per season.
    Jones, 26, has hit .310 with 14 homers and 31 RBIs in Baltimore's first 46 games. The Seattle Mariners selected him in the first round of the 2003 draft, and the Orioles acquired him as part of a multiplayer deal for pitcher Erik Bedard in 2008.

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    Looks like Roy Halladay will be going on the DL he left the game today with a sore
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    bpickering wrote: Looks like Roy Halladay will be going on the DL he left the game today with a sore
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    ST. LOUIS -- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay left his start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday after two innings because of shoulder soreness.






    Halladay surrendered the fifth grand slam of his career to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the first inning, but worked a perfect second getting groundouts from pitcher Adam Wainwright, Rafael Furcal and Skip Schumaker.

    The two-time Cy Young winner pitched with the injury the last few innings of his last start, and cutting back on throwing between outings didn't help.


    "Worried? Yeah, definitely, I'm concerned," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the Phillies fell 8-3 in their bid for their first four-game sweep in St. Louis in 99 years. "Pitching is one of the big things on our club and when guys miss a turn, it concerns me."


    The Phillies have already been without stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley all year.


    Manuel declined to lay out a scenario if Halladay can't make his next start or worse, saying only: "If we have to fill a rotation spot, we'll get somebody and fill it. The games will go on."


    Asked about his level of concern, pitching coach Rich Dubee said: "I don't know. I'm not a doctor."


    Dubee told Halladay (4-5) that his day was done in the dugout after chatting with the pitcher.


    "I know he's had a cranky shoulder and he hasn't looked right, and didn't look right today," Dubee said. "And I knew he wasn't going to come out of the game, so I basically said 'That's enough.' "


    Halladay said the soreness comes from the back of the shoulder. He anticipates an examination on Tuesday.


    "I'm hoping it's something we can just calm down quickly and get back out there," the pitcher said. "It's not the point where I'm in agony throwing pitches."


    Halladay departed with a 3.98 ERA after an outing that matched the second-shortest outing of his career.


    Halladay was 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA last year, and allowed 10 homers in 32 starts. Since winning his first three starts, Halladay is 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA in eight games, and the Phillies have lost seven of his last eight starts.


    He's absorbed the last two losses for the Phillies, who entered the series finale on a four-game winning streak.


    Molina's third career grand slam was the fifth allowed by Halladay, two of them this year after the Braves' Brian McCann connected May 2 at Atlanta. Halladay has allowed six homers this season, all this month.


    Unlike 2004, when Halladay had two stints on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, he wasn't able to pinpoint a particular pitch with which the pain began. The biggest problem is the time between innings when the shoulder tightens.


    "It's kind of that down time when it seemed to come up," Halladay said. "I think if I just went out and threw 100 straight pitches without taking a break it might be all right."


    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny caught Halladay as a rookie in 1999 in Toronto, and knew the pitcher was off his game.


    "You just didn't know if it was physical or if it was just one of those things where he couldn't get anything positive going," Matheny said. "But usually you can tell if something isn't completely right.


    "Those guys aren't squaring him up like they have been lately."

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    PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed reliever Juan Cruz on the restricted list and called up left-handed reliever Doug Slaten from Triple-A Indianapolis.




     


    The team says Cruz will return to his home in the Dominican Republic to take care of personal business.

    The veteran right-hander has been a key part of a bullpen that leads the National League in ERA. Cruz is 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 20 appearances this season for Pittsburgh after signing a one-year deal with the team in the offseason.

    Slaten is 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.36 ERA in 20 minor-league games this spring.

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    MIAMI -- While the home fans are down on struggling Miami Marlins closer Heath Bell, he still has the support of manager Ozzie Guillen.

    Bell sat and watched the ninth inning Sunday, but only because his team trailed. Before the game, Guillen said Bell was still his closer, even after the three-time All-Star had to be yanked in the ninth inning from consecutive games.




    "It's going to be very hard for us to win if Heath Bell is not our closer," Guillen said. "It's easier for everyone if this kid comes out and does what he has been doing in the past. We have to get him back on track, and we have to give him the confidence."
    Bell has been a target of jeers from Miami fans much of this season, thanks to an ERA of 8.47. The Marlins newcomer began Sunday tied for the major league lead with four blown saves in 11 chances, and he failed to make it through the ninth inning Friday or Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

    In each game, a teammate replaced Bell to earn a harrowing save.

    But Guillen's not ready to demote Bell, who signed a $27 million, three-year contract during the Marlins' offseason spending spree.

    "My job is to put him out there and create more confidence," Guillen said. "It's easy to criticize, but I think my job and my coaches' job is to continue to believe in him. I hope he can finally go out there and do what he's supposed to do."

    Guillen added: "I wish he would throw more strikes."

    Bell says he's healthy, and his fastball has been clocked at 95 mph. But he has given up 14 walks in 17 innings, and opponents are batting .333 against him.

    "I'm sure it's surprising everybody, considering how good he has been," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

    The Marlins had no call for their closer Sunday, when they trailed from the first inning and lost to the Giants 3-2.

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    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers pulled starter Yu Darvish after five innings Sunday afternoon because the rookie pitcher said he felt some discomfort in his lower back.


    Darvish, who improved to 7-2 with the Rangers' 12-6 victory over the Blue Jays, allowed seven hits and three runs before leaving. He struck out three and walked three.


    Darvish did not have a 1-2-3 inning, and if Toronto hadn't started the game 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, he might not have lasted those five innings.




    "You know he came up with a stiff back and it could've been some of the reason he was erratic," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I didn't find out about it until after the fifth inning was over and he was in the dugout.


    "He stood out there and gave us five. If he didn't have the stiff back he would've went out for the sixth. At some point I felt he was going to have a quick inning. We weren't taking a chance once he said his back was stiff, so we took him out."


    After using a double play to work out of yet another jam in the fifth inning, Darvish said he told the coaching staff he didn't feel good.


    "Obviously, I could've gone six and maybe seven, but it's a long season," Darvish said through his interpreter. "I felt that it was the right choice to tell them. In the end the manager made a decision to stop me there."


    Darvish said he hasn't felt good physically since his previous start in Seattle, where he lasted just four innings.


    He said he's not sure what's wrong with him. It could be a cold. Or the virus that has affected outfielder Josh Hamilton and catcher Mike Napoli this week.


    "It's more internal, and it has kind of affected my lower back," Darvish said. "I can't say that it's a cold. It's more the stomach area. It kind of affected the outing today.


    "I don't know if it's from travel or going to different climates. If we knew why we got sick we'd never get sick. It's not like I was in pain every pitch I threw. Some of the other non-baseball moves -- bending forward and sitting up there was some uncomfortableness."


    Considering their investment in the 25-year-old pitcher, the Rangers intend to be cautious with him.


    "I don't want to label it a sore back like I did something to do it," Darvish said. "Like I said, if you have an internal disturbance in the stomach area it tends to affect the body and muscles around it.


    "It's not like I'm dealing with an injury. I feel very comfortable saying I should be able to treat this, nurse it and be strong for my next start."


    As he left the interview room, Darvish hardly seemed concerned about his back or his stomach.


    "We have a dinner event tonight, and as a rookie I'm supposed to wear a wig and sing a song and do certain things that make people laugh," he said. "Maybe my mind was more focused on that than the game."


    Texas reliever Alexi Ogando came out of the game in the eight inning after being struck on the right (pitching) hand by a line drive from Brett Lawrie's bat. He's listed as day to day after X-rays were negative.

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    With their bullpen blasted apart the past two games and running on fumes, the Blue Jays called up two fresh arms for Sunday’s game in the form of RHP Jesse Chavez, who has been a starter at triple-A Las Vegas, and RHP Chad Beck, a reliever.

    Chavez took over for Kyle Drabek in the fourth on Sunday and over the final five innings allowed three runs on four hits and saved more wear and tear on the bullpen.

    RHP Ryota Igarashi, who was simply terrible in two relief appearances after being called up from Las Vegas Friday, was designated for assignment. Heading back to Vegas was INF Yan Gomes, which was a surprise since he was well regarded by manager John Farrell. Why Gomes and not David Cooper?

    “It was difficult,” Farrell said of shipping out Gomes. “The fact is that Cooper’s left-handed bat gives us a little more balance.”

    The Jays bullpen is simply gassed after Brandon Morrow was taken out in the first inning of Friday’s game followed by a 13-inning game on Saturday.

    The only members of the bullpen other than the newcomers that were eligible for duty Sunday were lefty Luis Perez and Francisco Cordero, who was the closer for the day.

    “Given the number of innings and pitches thrown by our bullpen the last two days, we needed to get two fresh arms in here,” Farrell said.

    SHORT BENCH

    The roster moves bumped the bullpen corp to eight members for the short haul. The Jays should drop back to seven by the time the Jays open their three-game series against Baltimore on Monday. Sanchez, called up in case Drabek was shelled early, will likely move back to Las Vegas and be kept in a starting role. Expect Beck to stay for a while.

    All the moves, coupled with Kelly Johnson’s hamstring/ligament issues reduced the Jays bench to just two players — backup catcher Jeff Mathis and OF Rajai Davis.

    When SS Yunel Escobar left the game in the bottom of the fifth due to left groin tightness, Farrell had to bring Jose Bautista in from right to play third, bump Brett Lawrie from third to short and have Davis come on to play in right.

    KELLY’S CONUNDRUM

    Johnson has been operating pretty efficiently at second base for about a month with a left hamstring issue but the problem has worsened of late. Johnson played Friday but following that game he received a cortisone shot, or “a trigger-point injection” as Farrell likes to call it, to the ligament in back of his knee.

    He didn’t play Saturday and was out of the lineup again Sunday.

    “He has soreness from the injection,” Farrell said. The overall condition of the hamstring is roughly the same. He was managing the pain through some treatments and the discomfort but the inflammation was localized and that’s why he received the trigger-point injection.”

    How many days Johnson will be out is up in the air and depends on a number of factors.

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    CHICAGO, IL - The Cleveland Indians placed catcher Carlos Santana on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion Saturday, hours after he took a foul ball off his mask in a game against the White Sox.

    The Indians called up catcher Luke Carlin from Triple-A Columbus and moved reliever Rafael Perez from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

    Santana came out of Friday’s 9-3 loss to Chicago after he was hit square on the mask with a foul tip in the eighth inning.

    Perez went on the DL last month with a strained left lat, while Carlin hasn’t played in the majors since 2010 with the Indians.

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    MIAMI -- Washington Nationals infielder Chad Tracy, who leads the major leagues with nine pinch-hit RBIs, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury.

    The Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Corey Brown from Triple-A Syracuse, and he joined them for Monday's game at Miami.

    Tracy was hurt Saturday against Atlanta, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, with surgery a possibility. He was 6 for 18 (.333) as a pinch hitter and batting .265 overall.

    Brown, whose only previous major league experience was three games with the Nationals last year, hit .297 with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs in 48 games this season for Syracuse.

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    ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman wasn't in the starting lineup Monday for the third straight day as he sought the reason for his dry eyes and blurry vision.

    Freeman said he can't wear contacts because his tear ducts aren't producing. He can't wear normal glasses when playing because he can't see when hitting from his closed stance.

    "I've got a weird stance, and to be able to see out of glasses is hard," he said. "I'm out with contacts. Can't do it."

    Freeman said his eyes are too dry with contacts "and it burns my eyes."

    He said he hopes prescription sports goggles will arrive by Tuesday and they will have lenses that curve around the corners of his eyes, making it possible for him to see when batting.

    The problems began during a three-game series in Colorado on May 4-6.

    "I had no depth perception," Freeman said. "Balls were getting blurry."

    Since then, Freeman's batting average has plummeted from .298 to .247, including a current 1-for17 slide.

    He must solve the problem with his tear ducts before he can consider Lasik surgery. He has another appointment scheduled with his eye specialist on Tuesday.

    "Lasik has crossed my mind because this is a nightmare," Freeman said. He said he previously was reluctant to consider surgery because teammate Brian McCann and others needed more than one Lasik procedure.

    Freeman has been taking prescription eye drops designed to help him produce tears naturally.

    Eric Hinske is starting at first base against St. Louis.

    The Braves, who took a seven-game losing streak into Monday's game against the Cardinals, have been missing three bats from the middle of their lineup. The team put third baseman Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a bruised left leg. McCann missed most of the last week with an illness but was starting Monday.

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    lobo316 wrote: bpickering wrote: Looks like Roy Halladay will be going on the DL he left the game today with a sore
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    ST. LOUIS -- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay left his start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday after two innings because of shoulder soreness.






    Halladay surrendered the fifth grand slam of his career to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the first inning, but worked a perfect second getting groundouts from pitcher Adam Wainwright, Rafael Furcal and Skip Schumaker.

    The two-time Cy Young winner pitched with the injury the last few innings of his last start, and cutting back on throwing between outings didn't help.


    "Worried? Yeah, definitely, I'm concerned," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the Phillies fell 8-3 in their bid for their first four-game sweep in St. Louis in 99 years. "Pitching is one of the big things on our club and when guys miss a turn, it concerns me."


    The Phillies have already been without stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley all year.


    Manuel declined to lay out a scenario if Halladay can't make his next start or worse, saying only: "If we have to fill a rotation spot, we'll get somebody and fill it. The games will go on."


    Asked about his level of concern, pitching coach Rich Dubee said: "I don't know. I'm not a doctor."


    Dubee told Halladay (4-5) that his day was done in the dugout after chatting with the pitcher.


    "I know he's had a cranky shoulder and he hasn't looked right, and didn't look right today," Dubee said. "And I knew he wasn't going to come out of the game, so I basically said 'That's enough.' "


    Halladay said the soreness comes from the back of the shoulder. He anticipates an examination on Tuesday.


    "I'm hoping it's something we can just calm down quickly and get back out there," the pitcher said. "It's not the point where I'm in agony throwing pitches."


    Halladay departed with a 3.98 ERA after an outing that matched the second-shortest outing of his career.


    Halladay was 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA last year, and allowed 10 homers in 32 starts. Since winning his first three starts, Halladay is 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA in eight games, and the Phillies have lost seven of his last eight starts.


    He's absorbed the last two losses for the Phillies, who entered the series finale on a four-game winning streak.


    Molina's third career grand slam was the fifth allowed by Halladay, two of them this year after the Braves' Brian McCann connected May 2 at Atlanta. Halladay has allowed six homers this season, all this month.


    Unlike 2004, when Halladay had two stints on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, he wasn't able to pinpoint a particular pitch with which the pain began. The biggest problem is the time between innings when the shoulder tightens.


    "It's kind of that down time when it seemed to come up," Halladay said. "I think if I just went out and threw 100 straight pitches without taking a break it might be all right."


    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny caught Halladay as a rookie in 1999 in Toronto, and knew the pitcher was off his game.


    "You just didn't know if it was physical or if it was just one of those things where he couldn't get anything positive going," Matheny said. "But usually you can tell if something isn't completely right.


    "Those guys aren't squaring him up like they have been lately."


     

     

    NEW YORK -- Now all the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans can do is wait. For another day, at least.

    The Phillies say they will send Roy Halladay to see a doctor on Tuesday, two days after he came out of a start due to a sore right shoulder. On Monday, the team was still determining where and when, exactly, their star right-hander will be examined.

    Halladay first started to feel discomfort in Tuesday's start against Washington, but pitched through it. He cut back on throwing between starts, but it didn't help and he left after two innings against St. Louis that included Yadier Molina's grand slam.



    Halladay started the season in his usual overpowering way, holding the Pittsburgh Pirates to two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 win. Everything seemed pretty much normal until he blew a 6-0 lead and was pulled after eight earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against Atlanta on May 2.

    Since then, he's 1-3, and the Phillies have lost four of his five starts. The one win came in an ordinary effort against the Cubs, during Chicago's longest losing streak in at least 15 years.

    Halladay went on the disabled list in 2004 because of a shoulder injury, but rebounded with six All-Star appearances and won the 2010 NL Cy Young Award in his first year with Philadelphia.

    As good as he was in most of his 12 seasons in Toronto, he has been even better since coming to Philadelphia. In 2010 and 2011, he topped 200 strikeouts both seasons and struck out more than six batters for every one he walked.

    Philadelphia's other ace, Cliff Lee, has had his own issues. The Phillies are 2-5 in games the left-hander started, and he got into a dugout argument with outfielder Shane Victorino after Lee and Hunter Pence both misplayed balls Saturday, allowing the Cardinals to take the lead. Lee got his fifth no-decision in Philadelphia's 5-3 win.

    The Phillies have struggled since they were eliminated from the playoffs last October. Ryan Howard grounded out to end that series and ruptured his Achilles tendon while coming out of the batter's box. Howard is still recovering, and Chase Utley hasn't played this year, either.

    The five-time All-Star second baseman began the season in Arizona, rehabilitating his chronically sore knees, and has been doing so with the Phillies lately, taking infield and trying to reach a point where he can contribute.

    Absent Halladay, the Phillies' rotation probably would be Lee and fellow left-hander Cole Hamels, along with Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick.

    Vance Worley's absence due to elbow pain necessitated bringing in Kendrick, but Worley was checked out by Dr. James Andrews, who said the righty did not need surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Worley has pitched well this season -- 45 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 3.07 ERA -- though when he might make his first start since May 11 is not yet known.

    Kendrick has probably shown enough to stick, with an ERA of 1.64 in his last five starts, and the Phillies have an off day Thursday, so they probably would not need a fifth starter immediately.

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    MINNEAPOLIS -- Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin says there is a "50-50" chance suspended slugger Manny Ramirez will join the team when his 50-game drug ban expires Wednesday.

    Ramirez was scheduled to play Monday for Triple-A Sacramento, but the Tuesday plan was yet to be determined.

    The afternoon start in Minnesota on Wednesday would likely require Ramirez to travel Tuesday rather than squeeze another minor league game in.

    The A's want Ramirez to get his swing in better shape before he's brought up, but Melvin said Monday his struggling offense might prompt Ramirez's immediate arrival.

    The A's reinstated third baseman Brandon Inge from the 15-day disabled list Monday and optioned catcher Anthony Recker to Sacramento.

    Inge had a strained right groin. Jason Donaldson will be the primary backup to catcher Kurt Suzuki.

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    CHICAGO -- Outfielder Carlos Quentin has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres ahead of Monday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs.

    Quentin, acquired from the Chicago White Sox in December, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in March.

    He was slated to bat cleanup in his Padres' debut.

    To open a roster spot, the Padres optioned outfielder Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Tucson. The 25-year-old was 2 for 15 (.133) in 11 games with San Diego.

    Cameron Maybin was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day. He left in the sixth inning of Saturday's 9-0 loss to the New York Mets with a sprained right wrist.



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    The Chicago Cubs activated reliever Carlos Marmol from the disabled list on Monday and sent Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa.

    Marmol, who went on the DL with a right hamstring strain on May 12, finished a rehab assignment at Iowa on Sunday with one scoreless inning, walking one batter while striking out three.



    "I feel great and I'm ready to pitch," Marmol said. "I was able to find my arm slot again where I can get my slider back to breaking the right way." For now Marmol returns to a setup role and with Dolis' demotion the closer's role will be shared by lefty James Russell and righty Shawn Camp.

    Dolis had four saves in six attempts but recently struggled with his control, walking six batters over his last 1 2/3 innings and allowing six earned runs in a three-game period.

    "We told (Dolis) it's not so much a demotion as it is to go down there and get it right," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He has to be able to throw strikes. It is hard for me to use him right now because he has lost his fastball command. Hopefully he gains some confidence real quick and he won't be down there too long."

    The bullpen has only six saves in 14 opportunities, although the Cubs' latest losing streak -- 12 games going into Monday's game against the San Diego Padres -- has had more to do with a lack of offense (33 runs scored in 12 games) than with pitching.

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    CLEVELAND -- Starter Josh Tomlin has been activated from the disabled list by the Cleveland Indians, who made a series of roster moves before opening a three-game home series against the Kansas City Royals.

    Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was recalled Monday from Triple-A Columbus and third baseman Jack Hannahan put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. Right-hander Jairo Asencio was designated for assignment to clear room for Tomlin, who had been sidelined since May 8 by right wrist tendinitis.

    Chisenhall was in manager Manny Acta's lineup as the designated hitter as Travis Hafner sat out a fifth straight game with a sore right knee. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera sat out with a tight left hamstring and catcher Carlos Santana is on the 7-day DL with a concussion.



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    LOS ANGELES -- The Milwaukee Brewers put catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand after their 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

    Lucroy had a major league-leading .514 batting average with runners in scoring position.

    He said he hurt his hand while reaching under the bed in his hotel room Sunday night for a lost sock as his wife moved a suitcase that fell on Lucroy's hand. He took some swings at Dodger Stadium before the game to test his hand, and it became clear he couldn't play. X-rays revealed the break.

    Lucroy's injury is the latest setback for the Brewers this month. He's their seventh player to go on the DL.

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    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed veteran left-hander Ted Lilly on the 15-day disabled list before Monday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with shoulder inflammation.

    Lilly last pitched on Wednesday night, so the move was made retroactive to Thursday, meaning Lilly will be eligible to return on June 8 at Seattle, with the tentative goal of having him start that game.



    To fill Lilly's roster spot, the Dodgers recalled left-hander Michael Antonini from Triple-A Albuquerque to add an extra arm to the bullpen, but after the game, a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Antonini was sent right back to the Isotopes. That is a clear indication the team will recall right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from Double-A Chattanooga and start him against the Brewers on Tuesday night, when Lilly had been scheduled to pitch, although that move won't be announced until Eovaldi arrives.

    "I don't know if I should really be talking about tomorrow's starter because he's not in the building," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game when pressed on whether Eovaldi would start Tuesday.

    Lilly said he began to feel discomfort in his shoulder after his May 18 start against the St. Louis Cardinals and has felt it ever since. Through that game, Lilly was 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA. He then was bombed in his only subsequent start against the Diamondbacks, when he gave up eight earned runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.

    "I felt it (during that game), but it wasn't too bad,'' Lilly said. "When I felt it the most was when I actually came out of the game and the adrenaline wore off. That was when I knew something was wrong with it. We had an off-day the next day, and it was bothering me then, so I'm going to take a little bit of time out, and hopefully, it will get better.''

    Lilly said the inflammation is being treated with medication, both oral and injections of cortisone and anti-inflammatories. After beginning the season on the DL while recovering from neck stiffness that sidelined him for a time during spring training -- he didn't make his first start until April 14 -- Lilly said this setback was especially disappointing.

    "For sure,'' he said. "You get off to a good start and you have the expectation of trying to make the All-Star team, and this development is going to make that a very difficult thing to do. I am going to miss some time. I already missed one start early in the year.''

    Antonini, who is 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA, has been starting for the Isotopes, but his longest outing this season has been six innings, which he has done only twice. This was his second major league callup this year, but he never got into a game either on Monday night or during a two-day stint with the Dodgers last month, so he still is waiting to make his big league debut.

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    BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he didn't expect second baseman Dustin Pedroia to play Tuesday after the club said he jammed his right thumb in Monday's 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

    "Right now, I don't think he'll play tomorrow," Valentine said. "You could tell there's something there."



     


    Pedroia had X-rays and is scheduled to be checked again by the Sox medical staff Tuesday after the swelling goes down. A Sox source said Monday night that it was unclear when the injury occurred. The team is attempting to schedule an MRI for Pedroia on Tuesday.

    His teammates said they wouldn't be surprised if he was in the lineup.

    "I'm pretty sure he'll be back in there tomorrow," shortstop Mike Aviles said. "It's not going to stop him from getting back in the lineup."

    Outfielder Daniel Nava echoed the sentiment. "Those are the type of things, especially with that guy, he's fine, he comes back and plays. You know he's a grinder, he'll want to play tomorrow. I won't be surprised if he wants to be back in the lineup."

    Pedroia has started at second base in all 48 of the Sox games this season.

    "He plays every single day," outfielder Ryan Sweeney said. "I think he'll be back."

    Adrian Gonzalez acted surprised even to be asked if he was concerned about Pedroia.

    "Why?" he said.

    "It's hurting him, but it's not something that's going to affect him playing. As hitters, we get those all the time. It hurts like heck when you get jammed."

    Pedroia came out an inning after making a diving stop in the top of the fifth, ranging far to his left to take a hit away from Detroit second baseman Danny Worth. He did not come out for the sixth, but it was not clear afterward whether he had hurt the thumb on that play or on a previous at-bat. He appeared to grimace after popping out in the fourth.




    Aviles suggested that Pedroia's thumb was already hurting when he made the play, one in which he pushed off on his bare hand when he scrambled to his feet to make the throw.

    "I was wondering what happened," Aviles said. "I was going to wear him out -- 'You just dove and came out of the game.' I thought he came out of the game with a dive. In all honesty, it was jammed pretty good. It worked out well. He got a couple innings off."

    Aviles joked when asked to rate the play's degree of difficulty.

    "I'm going to give it a 1," he said. "I just like messing with Pedey. He gives me a lot of crap.

    "In all honesty I'd say it was an 8 or 9 at least, at least. That ball where he started, he plays a little toward the middle against righties, and for where he had to go to stop that ball and make a good throw -- and he was dealing with his jammed thumb before that."

    So he was hurt before?

    "I have no idea," Aviles said. "I just knew he was out of the game. It definitely was a very sick play. He was impressive to me. I try not to tell him that, so don't write that part."

    Pedroia left before reporters entered the clubhouse after the game.

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    The Blue Jays promoted Aaron Laffey from Las Vegas on Monday as insurance against a continuation of short outings by their starting rotation. In his first appearance after being recalled on the weekend, Jesse Chavez pitched five innings Sunday so he is unavailable at least until Wednesday, maybe longer. Chad Beck was sent back to Vegas without making an appearance to make room for Laffey.

    “In a worst-case scenario, we needed a guy who can go anywhere from four to six innings,” manager John Farrell said. “We’re just trying to protect ourselves with additional length. We’re a day away from catching back up with our bullpen but that’s where the need for additional length comes from.”

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    TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays recalled infield Mike McCoy from triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday and optioned outfielder Eric Thames to the Pacific Coast League club.

    McCoy, 31, hit .238 and drove in 14 runs in 44 games with Las Vegas.

    The 25-year-old Thames appeared in 46 games for Toronto this season, hitting .243 with seven doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI. Thames played in 95 games for Toronto last season and has a career batting average of .257 in 141 games with 31 doubles, 15 homers and 48 RBI.

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers watched pitcher Roy Oswalt throw last week in Starkville, Miss., but team officials are convinced that Oswalt is going to sign with the Texas Rangers -- possibly as early as this week.



    Oswalt, who had previously auditioned for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and the Rangers, has given teams indications that Texas is his destination of choice. He has a close relationship with club president Nolan Ryan, and he apparently likes the thought of pitching for a contending team that's close to his Mississippi home.


    "I would be shocked if he doesn't go to Texas," a baseball official said. "A team is going to have to greatly outbid Texas to keep him from going there."

    Oswalt, 34, has a career record of 159-93 in 11 seasons with Houston and Philadelphia. He is a three-time All-Star who has finished among the top five in National League Cy Young Award balloting five times in his career.


    After waiting until spring training and failing to land a job to his satisfaction, Oswalt told major league clubs in late February that he planned to wait until midseason to return.


    Several contending clubs recently have incurred injuries that could heighten the interest in Oswalt.



    Texas lost pitcher Neftali Feliz to the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and the Rangers have filled his spot in the rotation with Scott Feldman. But general manager Jon Daniels recently told reporters that "everything is on the table" when it comes to strengthening the pitching staff, and manager Ron Washington said he would be on board with bringing in Oswalt.


    The Phillies are waiting for an update on Roy Halladay, who was to visit a doctor Tuesday to have his sore right shoulder examined.


    The Dodgers have a void in their rotation now that Ted Lilly has gone on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. But they expect Lilly to return by late June, and the current plan calls for Nathan Eovaldi to assume his spot in the rotation.

    Eovaldi, 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in nine appearances with Double-A Chattanooga this season, is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Milwaukee.

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    JUPITER, Fla. -- Reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo stood outside the Miami Marlins' spring training clubhouse Tuesday, eager to resume his career under a new name.

    He last pitched as Leo Nunez. His 2011 season ended abruptly in September after officials discovered he had been playing under a fake name since he turned professional in 2000.

    Oviedo was issued a new visa last week after clearing up his immigration status in the Dominican Republic, and now that he's back in the United States, he can begin serving an eight-week suspension from Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud.

    He'll be eligible to rejoin the Marlins on July 23 and expects to be ready.

    "With my name Juan Carlos Oviedo, I'm the same guy," he said in Spanish through a translator. "It's the same arm."

    Oviedo will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment two weeks before he's eligible to join the Marlins.

    "It's good to have closure. Now it's time for him to get ready to hopefully help us later this summer," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "His name has changed. I'm hoping the stuff is the same, and we think it is. That's an awful big arm with a lot of experience to add at the end of July."

    Oviedo saved 92 games for the Marlins in 2009-11, including 36 last year, and the Marlins gave him a $6 million, one-year contract this offseason. But with his availability uncertain, they also signed All-Star closer Heath Bell, and Oviedo will have a setup role when he returns.

    During spring training, manager Ozzie Guillen joked that Nunez would pitch the seventh inning and Oviedo the eighth.

    Oviedo said he'll be happy with any role.

    "If they put me in in the seventh or the first inning, it doesn't matter," he said. "All I want to do is play."

    Oviedo has said he began using a fake name as a youth so he could say he was old enough to sign a pro contract. When the fraud was finally discovered, he feared his career might be finished.

    "I was scared," he said. "There are no words to explain how happy I am now that I have my name. My dad's name, who died, which is what he wanted for me."

    Major League Baseball, the players' association and several lawyers were involved in clearing up the situation. Oviedo's status was still in doubt when the Marlins began the season in their new ballpark amid considerable hoopla.

    "I had the Marlins channel in my house. I was watching them," Oviedo said. "Many times I would turn the channel off because I would feel a little sad.

    "I feel very happy that I am here. That's all that I wanted to do -- be in the United States to return to my team and help."



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    The pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez must have watched Bull Durham recently. He had his cliches down pat.

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    DETROIT -- Magglio Ordonez has decided to call it a career.

    The 38-year-old former Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox outfielder plans to announce his retirement Sunday before Detroit plays the New York Yankees.

    The six-time All-Star struggled through 92 games last season with a surgically repaired right ankle, hitting a career-low .255 with five homers and 32 RBIs.

    Ordonez was a career .309 hitter with 294 home runs and 1,236 RBIs over 15 seasons. He lifted Detroit into the 2006 World Series -- the franchise's first since 1984 -- with a series-winning home run against Oakland.



    The native of Venezuela hit .363 the next season, becoming the first Tiger to win the American League batting title since Norm Cash in 1961, and finished second in league MVP voting.

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have purchased the contract of designated hitter Hideki Matsui from Triple-A Durham.

    The team announced the move before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

    Matsui, who turns 38 on June 12, played 13 games with Durham after signing a minor league contract with Tampa Bay on April 30. He has played nine seasons in the major leagues with the New York Yankees (2003-09), Los Angeles Angels (2010) and Oakland Athletics (2011) following a 10-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

    To make room for Matsui on the roster, the Rays optioned outfielder-designated hitter Stephen Vogt to Durham and transferred outfielder Brandon Guyer from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

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    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have no timetable for calling up Manny Ramirez, who becomes eligible this week.

    When the suspended slugger is deemed major league ready, the A's plan to promote him from Triple-A Sacramento. Oakland assistant general manager David Forst said Tuesday that team brass will receive updates each night from the Triple-A staff to determine when the 12-time All-Star might join Oakland.

    "We want to make sure Manny feels he is 100 percent ready when we pull the trigger on this move," Forst said. "I don't have any time frame other than we're watching it every day."

    Ramirez is scheduled to be reinstated by Major League Baseball after the A's 50th game at Minnesota on Wednesday, also his 40th birthday.

    After playing the Twins, the A's have a weekend series at Kansas City. So, the club could decide to wait it out for Ramirez through the road trip and keep him playing home games for Sacramento through Friday before the River Cats travel to Tacoma. The A's host the two-time reigning AL champion Texas Rangers beginning Monday night.

    Forst said when Ramirez does return, the A's want him to stay in the big leagues for the remainder of the season and that is why it is best to wait for now despite the A's offensive struggles.

    Ramirez is batting .250 (8 for 32) with no home runs or extra-base hits and four RBIs with seven strikeouts and three walks in nine games with Sacramento.

    "He had a good game yesterday, hit the ball hard a couple times," Forst said. "I don't think we have any goal in terms of performance or at-bats. I think we have seen him make progress but we have to make sure everybody feels he's major league ready. Once we make the move we want him to be here to stay and to be able to contribute every day."

    Ramirez was scheduled to work out with the River Cats on Tuesday, but he can't play again until he's added to their 25-man roster Wednesday. His permitted 10-day rehab assignment ended Monday.

    Ramirez, who had to serve a 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test, believes he is making progress each day he faces live pitching.

    "Like I said, I haven't played in a year," he said Monday in Sacramento. "You miss a year, it's going to take a lot. You see a lot of guys in the big leagues and here, they play the whole year and they're still trying to get it. Imagine when you miss a year."

    Ramirez is hoping for a comeback in what would be his 20th major league season. He is 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.

    The A's -- also missing injured slugger Yoenis Cespedes -- could use a productive Ramirez. Oakland is batting a majors-low .211 as a team with 42 homers and 162 runs and 384 strikeouts to 159 walks.

    "I think we're trying not to make a short-term decision here," Forst said. "Obviously, we'd like to improve the major league offense. We're not even 50 games in yet. There are still four months to play. We're trying to make a long-term decision."

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    NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a right latissimus dorsi strain, the latest major setback for the five-time NL East champions.

    Halladay was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, two days after he was hit hard and pulled from a start in St. Louis after just two innings because of shoulder soreness.



    The two-time Cy Young winner will be shut down for a minimum of three weeks, then work toward rejoining the rotation, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

    Proefrock said tests done in Philadelphia indicated Halladay doesn't need surgery to recover and that the injury doesn't affect his rotator cuff.

    "We hate to have him down, but it's nothing that requires anything other than rest," Proefrock said.

    Halladay is 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 11 starts. He has pitched at least 220 innings in each of the past six seasons, and four times led the league in innings. His 72 1/3 innings this year tied Houston's Wandy Rodriguez for the NL lead.

    The move with Halladay, which came two years to the day since he pitched a perfect game in Florida, was made retroactive to Monday. Catcher Erik Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Minutes before the injury was announced as a Grade I/Grade II strain of the latissimus dorsi, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he thought Halladay needed a break.

    Halladay has "thrown a lot of bullets over his career," Manuel said, suggesting the 35-year-old pitcher could step back for a bit and still be dominant. The durable Halladay had not been on the DL because of shoulder trouble since 2004.

    "He's got to get well," Manuel said.

    The injury came with the Phillies at 26-24 and tied with Atlanta for last in the division, four games behind Washington.

    Philadelphia has managed to stay close minus All-Star hitters Ryan Howard (Achilles tendon) and Chase Utley (knee), who haven't played at all this season. Manuel said he harbored hope that his slugging first baseman and smooth-fielding second baseman would be back at some point this year.

    As for Halladay's absence, "it would hurt us," Manuel said. "How much, I really don't know."

    The Phillies have relied on their pitching, particularly their rotation, to stick solidly in contention. Vance Worley, who is on the DL and hasn't started since May 11 because of elbow trouble, threw his first bullpen session since the injury before Tuesday's game.

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick remain in the rotation, and there are a few potential replacements at Triple-A, including former big leaguers Dave Bush and Scott Elarton.

    Any chance for Philadelphia to sign former Phillies star Roy Oswalt as a possible addition ended when the free agent reached a deal with Texas later Tuesday.

    "Yeah, we can always use pitching," Manuel said, while adding, "I'm not telling (GM) Ruben Amaro to get another."

    Halladay initially felt discomfort in his shoulder last Tuesday in a start against Washington but worked through it. He cut back on his throwing regimen before his next outing, but was tagged by Yadier Molina's grand slam in St. Louis.

    Halladay began the season by throwing eight strong innings in a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh on Opening Day and seemed fine until blowing a 6-0 lead against Atlanta on May 2. He's 1-3 since then and the Phillies have lost four of his five starts.

    The eight-time All-Star came to the Phillies in a trade with Toronto before the 2010 season and received a three-year, $60 million contract. Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins in that first season with Philadelphia, and later that year threw a no-hitter against Cincinnati in his first career postseason outing.

    The Phillies won the 2008 World Series and hoped to capture another crown after adding Halladay. But Philadelphia lost to the eventual champion San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NL Championship Series, then Halladay lost to Chris Carpenter and St. Louis 1-0 in the deciding Game 5 of the 2011 division series.

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    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Roy Oswalt has officially agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.


    The deal is pending a physical, which Oswalt will have on Thursday.


    The club announced the acquisition of the 34-year-old free agent pitcher during Tuesday night's game with the Seattle Mariners. He is expected to join Triple-A Round Rock this weekend, and general manager Jon Daniels said Oswalt will make his first minor league start on Saturday.





    "He's been throwing for quite a while now; he feels good about where he is," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "I think he's been away long enough that he's excited about coming to the Rangers and getting back to pitching on a regular basis."


    Sources said the contract for Oswalt assumes that if he's called up by July 1, he'll make $4 million and can make another $1 million in incentives based on the number of starts he makes.


    A source said Oswalt could be ready to join the Rangers' rotation by June 20, meaning he'll need at least three weeks in the minors to build up his arm strength and to get used to pitching to live hitters.


    "The bottom line is I think we're better today with Roy in the fold," Daniels said. "Ownership stepped out. This wasn't something we contemplated in the budget."


    Several teams had interest in Oswalt during the winter and in recent weeks. He had decided to wait until the right situation for him.


    Oswalt threw for the Rangers in Mississippi on May 18 and that same night, Neftali Feliz had command problems, walked five Houston Astros and wasn't able to throw a full five innings. It was discovered shortly thereafter that he had a sprained ligament in his right elbow. Feliz isn't likely to return to the rotation before the All-Star break.


    The St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers all were interested in Oswalt and made various offers, some exceeding that of the Rangers, sources told ESPN's Karl Ravech. However, Oswalt's relationship with Ryan when both were with the Astros organization, the proximity to Oswalt's home and that the Rangers are in contention helped the club land him.


    "Once he gets some innings in, he'll fit in the rotation and pitch us deep into games," Ryan said.


    Oswalt had two stints on the disabled list last season because of lower-back inflammation. Daniels said the club is familiar with Oswalt's back issues because his doctor is local and deals with the Rangers. They'll learn even more after the physical, but after seeing a long-toss session and 50 pitches in a bullpen and talking with Oswalt were convinced he's healthy and ready to go.


    Daniels said the basic terms of the agreement were settled two days ago, so any interest from other teams in the past few days didn't impact the negotiations. Things weren't finalized until Tuesday.


    Scott Feldman, who was on the mound while the Rangers made the announcement, has been taking Feliz's spot the past two turns. He won 17 games as a starter in 2009, but was moved to the bullpen in 2010 and then had knee surgery, missing half of 2011. Feldman likely will hold down the spot until Oswalt is ready.


    Oswalt has spent his entire career in the National League, going 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA in 339 games (326 starts) for Houston (2001-10) and Philadelphia (2010-11). He has not pitched for any club since 2011, when he was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 223 starts. He was on the disabled list twice last year with lower-back issues.


    "I think he's motivated," Daniels said. "He's in good shape. I think he's got something to prove. The bigger thing is he wants to win. I think Nolan undersold his relationship and how important that was and I think the way our roster is constructed and a chance to win in Texas helped get him here."


    Daniels did not want to speculate on what the move may mean for Feliz when he's healthy. He's been shut down for four weeks and will be re-examined at that time before he can even start a throwing program.


    "We're focused on getting Neftali healthy," Daniels said. "In reality, you don't know what could happen not just with Neftali, but anyone else. You need a lot of depth and talent to win."


    In eight career starts at Rangers Ballpark, Oswalt is 2-5 with a 4.78 ERA. He has lost his last five starts there, but those were against the power-packed Texas lineup that will now be playing behind him.


    Oswalt last pitched against the Rangers on June 27, 2010, a night when slugger Josh Hamilton hit a homer several rows into the upper deck in right-center field way above the Texas bullpen. The drive was measured at 490 feet, the longest home run hit at Rangers Ballpark.


    Hamilton, talking before the team had confirmed the deal, said Oswalt is a good pitcher that would be a good mix with the Rangers.


    "He's been around a long time, he's had a good career and obviously it's still going on," Hamilton said. "I'm sure just like anybody else, he'll come into the clubhouse and fit right in just like anybody else would. We'll make sure he does. It should be exciting."


    The deal with Oswalt came on the same day the Phillies and AL West rival Los Angeles Angels put their ace pitchers on the disabled list.


    "It was a complete coincidence," said Daniels, adding the Rangers and Oswalt had reached an agreement on basic terms of his deal two days earlier.


    The Phillies put two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay on the disabled list and he'll be out of the rotation for six to eight weeks because of a strained right shoulder. Angels starter Jered Weaver was put on the DL with a lower-back injury, likely forcing last season's AL Cy Young runner-up to miss at least two starts.

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    ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a lower-back injury.


    Weaver said he's hopeful he can return shortly after he's eligible to return on June 12. It is Weaver's second trip to the DL. He missed three weeks at the start of the 2007 season recovering from right biceps tendinitis.

    "It's always disappointing knowing you're not going to be out there pitching two or three times," Weaver said. "I'm a competitor when I get out there, but I'm going to work my butt off in between here to do whatever it takes to get back on that mound."


    The Angels recalled 24-year old Garrett Richards to take Weaver's spot in the rotation. Richards said he was informed Monday night that he was headed to Anaheim.


    Weaver threw just 12 pitches and faced four batters Monday night against the Yankees before pulling up awkwardly after a pitch to Robinson Cano. He was diagnosed with lower-back spasms and a strained muscle around a disk in his lower spine.


    Earlier Tuesday, the Angels announced Weaver was being put on the disabled list before sending a second email asking reporters to "disregard the previous email." In the original announcement, the team said it had recalled Richards from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Weaver's spot in the rotation. Later, a team spokesman, Ryan Cavinder, sent an email saying, "Jered Weaver has not officially been placed on the disabled list."


    Weaver is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA this season, tied for second in the AL in victories. The lanky 6-foot-7 right-hander threw a no-hitter against Minnesota on May 2, and had given up just three runs and six hits over 15 innings in his two previous starts before facing New York.


    "If we were pushing for a playoff spot, I don't think we would have gone the disabled list route," Weaver said. "But we're early enough in the season that we can rest it and let it get back to 100 percent."




    The Angels are taking no chances with Weaver, who has made at least 28 starts in each of the past five seasons. He led the majors in strikeouts in 2010 before making his second straight All-Star team and going 18-8 last season.


    "It's disappointing when a guy of that caliber has to be on the DL," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully it won't be too long before he's out there pitching, but we don't know what the timetable is going to be. ... I think everyone believes it's going to be manageable, and hopefully it won't be too long, but we have to give him enough time."


    Scioscia said Weaver likely will be able to throw again "in very short order" if he responds well to rest in the next few days. Weaver is hoping he'll miss only his next scheduled start Sunday against Texas, but Scioscia is more cautious.


    "It's significant enough where it's going to take a couple of weeks," Scioscia said. "When he's back in the rotation is when he's healthy, and when that time frame comes isn't certain."


    Weaver is particularly frustrated because the injury prevents him from making starts against the Yankees and the defending AL champion Rangers this week. After a rough start to the season, Los Angeles won its seventh straight Monday night on Mark Trumbo's game-ending homer, evening its record at 25-25.


    "It couldn't have come at a worse time [in the schedule]," Weaver said. "But it's early enough in the season where we can take care of it."


    Scioscia hasn't decided whether Richards will take Weaver's turn against the Rangers on Sunday, or whether the Angels will take advantage of a day off Thursday to keep the other four starters on normal rest. Dan Haren was scheduled to pitch Tuesday night against the Yankees.


    Richards nearly won the fifth rotation spot in spring training, losing the competition to rejuvenated veteran Jerome Williams. Richards is 5-2 with a 4.31 ERA for the Triple-A Bees, excelling despite a recent bout of control problems.


    "The game up here moves a lot faster than it does in the minor leagues," Richards said. "You've got to pitch your game. I learned a lot last year, and I just feel like this season I'm a lot more prepared."


    The Angels also reinstated outfielder Torii Hunter from the restricted list. Hunter was in the lineup in right field Tuesday night. The team optioned Andrew Romine to Salt Lake. Hunter missed a little over two weeks while he dealt with sexual assault charges in Texas against his 17-year-old son, Darius.

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    The Chicago Cubs will work out potential number No. 1 draft pick Carlos Correa at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the workout.





    Correa, a 6-4 shortstop from Puerto Rico, is 17 years old and projects near the top of major league depth charts for this year's June draft, which takes place on Monday.
    The Cubs have the No. 6 pick. The latest mock draft by ESPN baseball insider Keith Law has Correa going No. 4 to the Baltimore Orioles.

    Some baseball scouts who have watched Correa develop believe he shows the same tool set and aptitude that Alex Rodriguez had in 1993, when he was the No. 1 overall pick of the Seattle Mariners.

    Correa has a 4.0 grade point average and a full ride to the University of Miami. But it's not likely that he will decide to go to college, rather than take the slotted millions that will automatically be his if he is drafted in the top 10.

    Correa's advisor is Paul Kinzer, who also represents four players on the Cubs' 25-man roster, including All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro. Until a player is drafted he cannot officially hire an agent to represent him, but the advisor title is a mere formality before becoming a potential draftee's agent. This is the first year where the first round of the draft, which began in 1965, has slotted money for each player drafted.

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    CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will have surgery on his right knee Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

    Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Wednesday that Hafner would have an arthroscopic procedure to repair fraying and irritation in his right meniscus. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday's game against Kansas City.

    Hafner hasn't played since May 23. He is hitting .242 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 39 games.

    Left-hander Scott Barnes has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus and will be used out of the bullpen. He was 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 11 games at Columbus.

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    lobo316 wrote: ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a lower-back injury.


    Weaver said he's hopeful he can return shortly after he's eligible to return on June 12. It is Weaver's second trip to the DL. He missed three weeks at the start of the 2007 season recovering from right biceps tendinitis.

    "It's always disappointing knowing you're not going to be out there pitching two or three times," Weaver said. "I'm a competitor when I get out there, but I'm going to work my butt off in between here to do whatever it takes to get back on that mound."


    The Angels recalled 24-year old Garrett Richards to take Weaver's spot in the rotation. Richards said he was informed Monday night that he was headed to Anaheim.


    Weaver threw just 12 pitches and faced four batters Monday night against the Yankees before pulling up awkwardly after a pitch to Robinson Cano. He was diagnosed with lower-back spasms and a strained muscle around a disk in his lower spine.


    Earlier Tuesday, the Angels announced Weaver was being put on the disabled list before sending a second email asking reporters to "disregard the previous email." In the original announcement, the team said it had recalled Richards from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Weaver's spot in the rotation. Later, a team spokesman, Ryan Cavinder, sent an email saying, "Jered Weaver has not officially been placed on the disabled list."


    Weaver is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA this season, tied for second in the AL in victories. The lanky 6-foot-7 right-hander threw a no-hitter against Minnesota on May 2, and had given up just three runs and six hits over 15 innings in his two previous starts before facing New York.


    "If we were pushing for a playoff spot, I don't think we would have gone the disabled list route," Weaver said. "But we're early enough in the season that we can rest it and let it get back to 100 percent."




    The Angels are taking no chances with Weaver, who has made at least 28 starts in each of the past five seasons. He led the majors in strikeouts in 2010 before making his second straight All-Star team and going 18-8 last season.


    "It's disappointing when a guy of that caliber has to be on the DL," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully it won't be too long before he's out there pitching, but we don't know what the timetable is going to be. ... I think everyone believes it's going to be manageable, and hopefully it won't be too long, but we have to give him enough time."


    Scioscia said Weaver likely will be able to throw again "in very short order" if he responds well to rest in the next few days. Weaver is hoping he'll miss only his next scheduled start Sunday against Texas, but Scioscia is more cautious.


    "It's significant enough where it's going to take a couple of weeks," Scioscia said. "When he's back in the rotation is when he's healthy, and when that time frame comes isn't certain."


    Weaver is particularly frustrated because the injury prevents him from making starts against the Yankees and the defending AL champion Rangers this week. After a rough start to the season, Los Angeles won its seventh straight Monday night on Mark Trumbo's game-ending homer, evening its record at 25-25.


    "It couldn't have come at a worse time [in the schedule]," Weaver said. "But it's early enough in the season where we can take care of it."


    Scioscia hasn't decided whether Richards will take Weaver's turn against the Rangers on Sunday, or whether the Angels will take advantage of a day off Thursday to keep the other four starters on normal rest. Dan Haren was scheduled to pitch Tuesday night against the Yankees.


    Richards nearly won the fifth rotation spot in spring training, losing the competition to rejuvenated veteran Jerome Williams. Richards is 5-2 with a 4.31 ERA for the Triple-A Bees, excelling despite a recent bout of control problems.


    "The game up here moves a lot faster than it does in the minor leagues," Richards said. "You've got to pitch your game. I learned a lot last year, and I just feel like this season I'm a lot more prepared."


    The Angels also reinstated outfielder Torii Hunter from the restricted list. Hunter was in the lineup in right field Tuesday night. The team optioned Andrew Romine to Salt Lake. Hunter missed a little over two weeks while he dealt with sexual assault charges in Texas against his 17-year-old son, Darius.


     

     

     

     

    New Texas Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt said he's thrown bullpen sessions every other day for the past six weeks and believes he can be ready to join the big league rotation after about four starts.

    Oswalt's first start at Triple-A Round Rock, a place he knows well from his days in the Houston Astros minor league system, is slated for Saturday.



    "My arm feels great, my body feels great," said Oswalt, on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. "I think we'll go out and try to have a 50- or 60-pitch count that first game and I'm hoping after about four starts to be ready to join the team."

    Oswalt, 34, said his back feels good and that others "have worse cases than I have."

    "I know my body. I know where I'm at," Oswalt said. "I feel as healthy as ever."

    Oswalt said his relationship with Rangers CEO and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Mike Maddux and bench coach Jackie Moore, who were with Oswalt in Double-A and helped mold him into a big league pitcher, were a big reason he wanted to play in Texas.

    "A lot of it was Nolan," Oswalt said. "I have a lot of respect for Nolan and watched him growing up. He was an idol of mine. To get a guy like that to stand behind you and put a stamp on you means a lot as a player."

    Oswalt mentioned the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the picture along with some other teams, but that he wanted to pitch in the Lone Star State.

    "I love Texas," Oswalt said. "I got to play there for 9½ years with the Astros. I love the state of Texas. It reminds me of Mississippi. It's a great place."

    Oswalt said the biggest thing that stood out about the Rangers was the deep lineup.

    "A lot of times you have a lot of the same hitters in a lineup, but the Rangers have great power from one to nine and guys that can put a bat on the ball," Oswalt said. "There's not a lot of striking out. They get it done. They move guys over and can go the other way."

    Oswalt is not concerned about making the adjustment to the American League, where he's never pitched. He doesn't plan on altering his approach just because the pitcher isn't hitting anymore.

    "It's not like you change pitchers because that one batter comes up more," Oswalt said. "You're still going to pitch your ball game and pitch to your strengths. If you've got your stuff, he's got to hit you."

    Oswalt said he talked to former Ranger Cliff Lee about the Texas clubhouse and the camaraderie on the team. And Oswalt feels comfortable with the coaching staff, saying Maddux and Moore made him better.

    "I give Mike Maddux credit for getting me deeper into games," Oswalt said. "I was striking out 12 and going six innings to prove a point rather than throwing nine innings. Jackie Moore was the manager (in Double-A). He always handed me the ball. It didn't matter the situation."

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    The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left side strain.

    The move is retroactive to Tuesday.

    Fister is 0-3 with a 3.15 ERA in six starts this season for the Tigers. He allowed season-highs of six runs and 11 hits in five innings of a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

    Fister missed most of April after leaving his first start of the season, also against the Red Sox, with a left side strain. He returned to the Tigers on May 7.

    Detroit will recall left-hander Casey Crosby from Triple-A Toledo on Friday. Crosby will start against the Yankees that night.

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    DENVER (AP) Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the move being made about six weeks after he became the oldest starting pitcher to win a game in major league history.

    The 49-year-old Moyer said in a news conference Wednesday that he still had hopes of continuing his career elsewhere but his immediate plan was to return home and attend a son's high school graduation.

    ''It's a tough pill to swallow but it's part of the business,'' Moyer said.

    Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Moyer of the team's decision in a meeting earlier Wednesday. The Rockies recalled Carlos Torres from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Moyers' roster spot.

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    lobo316 wrote: LOS ANGELES -- The Milwaukee Brewers put catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand after their 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

    Lucroy had a major league-leading .514 batting average with runners in scoring position.

    He said he hurt his hand while reaching under the bed in his hotel room Sunday night for a lost sock as his wife moved a suitcase that fell on Lucroy's hand. He took some swings at Dodger Stadium before the game to test his hand, and it became clear he couldn't play. X-rays revealed the break.

    Lucroy's injury is the latest setback for the Brewers this month. He's their seventh player to go on the DL.


     

     

     

    Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy told Milwaukee radio station WSSP-AM 1250 on Wednesday that his wife has received hateful messages on Facebook since he broke his hand in a hotel room accident Sunday night.

    Lucroy said he was hurt while reaching under the bed for a sock while his wife, Sarah, shifted a suitcase that fell and struck his right hand, fracturing the fifth metacarpal.


    In the WSSP interview, the catcher said he was upset at both the injury and the treatment of his wife on Facebook since it happened.
    "It's tough for me, because this is already a freak thing as it is," Lucroy told the radio station. "My wife has been getting hate mail on her Facebook, like, messages and stuff. It's really sad that these kinds of things happen from a freak thing. I mean, she didn't do it on purpose. It was an accident. Stranger things have happened.

    "It's been a battle for me, personally, because there's no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this. It's not like she's not hurt enough already, not feeling guilty enough already. I really wish people would just leave her alone, leave us alone, just let us try to move forward, and get this behind us, because this has been a brutal couple of days."

    Lucroy was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

    The Brewers initially thought the injury would heal on its own, but Lucroy told WSSP on Wednesday he will have surgery on it Thursday. Lucroy said doctors will insert a pin into his hand that will hold two segments of bone together.

    "The more correctly aligned they are, the better my grip strength will be whenever they heal up," Lucroy told the station.

    The timetable for Lucroy's return remains six weeks. He had a major league-leading .514 batting average with runners in scoring position.

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    LOS ANGELES -- One day after coming off the 15-day disabled list, Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp aggravated his left hamstring while scoring from first base on a first-inning double by teammate Andre Ethier on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Kemp's stride slowed noticeably as he came around third base. He left the game immediately and was replaced in center field by Tony Gwynn.

    "I don't know what happened," Kemp said. "It's just kind of gave out. It's definitely frustrating, having just come back, and now I will be sitting out a while. ... I tried to hide it, but there really was no hiding this."

    Kemp, who broke a bat over his knee in the dugout before heading to the clubhouse, will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. Both Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Kemp said they believe Kemp will take another stint on the DL.

    "It wasn't [Mattingly's] fault my hamstring flared up," Kemp said. "I was frustrated because I love to play the game. I can't be mad at Donnie B. It was just the frustration of being out."

    Kemp spent 15 days on the DL with a left hamstring strain he originally suffered May 13 against the Colorado Rockies. He appeared to be fine during a two-game rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Albuquerque earlier this week and during his first game back from the DL on Tuesday night against the Brewers.

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin said plate umpire Laz Diaz decided on an unusual way to punish him for arguing balls and strikes.

    Martin said Diaz wouldn't allow him to throw new baseballs back to his pitchers after fouls during New York's 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

    Martin and Diaz got into it early in the game, and Martin said Diaz "was punishing me" by making all the throws himself. Martin prefers to make the throws to keep his arm loose for base stealers.

    Martin said Diaz told him that throwing the balls was "a privilege I had to earn."

    Martin was mystified by Diaz's treatment. He is a three-time All-Star selection and a Gold Glove winner with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007.

    Diaz was unavailable for comment because Martin spoke nearly an hour after the game.

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    lobo316 wrote: ANAHEIM, Calif. -- New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin said plate umpire Laz Diaz decided on an unusual way to punish him for arguing balls and strikes.

    Martin said Diaz wouldn't allow him to throw new baseballs back to his pitchers after fouls during New York's 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

    Martin and Diaz got into it early in the game, and Martin said Diaz "was punishing me" by making all the throws himself. Martin prefers to make the throws to keep his arm loose for base stealers.

    Martin said Diaz told him that throwing the balls was "a privilege I had to earn."

    Martin was mystified by Diaz's treatment. He is a three-time All-Star selection and a Gold Glove winner with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007.

    Diaz was unavailable for comment because Martin spoke nearly an hour after the game.

    If this is true, Diaz needs to be suspended and publicly reprimanded just like that umpire a few weeks back.

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    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow had to be helped off the field after he was struck on the lower right leg by Wilson Betemit's line drive in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game against Baltimore.

    X-rays were negative, and Morrow was diagnosed with a bruised right shin. He is day to day.

    Morrow was hit between the knee and ankle on Betemit's infield single and hopped around the mound in obvious pain.

    Manager John Farrell and a Blue Jays trainer came to the mound to check on Morrow and, following a brief discussion, supported him on either side as he limped off the field and into the dugout, disappearing down the steps to the clubhouse.

    Carlos Villanueva came on to replace Morrow, who allowed one run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings.

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    lobo316 wrote: CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will have surgery on his right knee Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

    Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Wednesday that Hafner would have an arthroscopic procedure to repair fraying and irritation in his right meniscus. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday's game against Kansas City.

    Hafner hasn't played since May 23. He is hitting .242 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 39 games.

    Left-hander Scott Barnes has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus and will be used out of the bullpen. He was 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 11 games at Columbus.


     

     

    CLEVELAND -- A bad week on the injury front just got worse for the Cleveland Indians.

    Designated hitter Travis Hafner had surgery on his right knee Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

    The club says the 30-minute operation to clean up frayed cartilage was done at the Cleveland Clinic.

    Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Wednesday the arthroscopic procedure was being performed to repair fraying and irritation in Hafner's right meniscus. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday's game against Kansas City.

    "Despite feeling very good while he was hitting, it was causing him symptoms when he was running," Soloff said. "His feedback was if he altered how he ran he would feel better, but at this point we don't want Travis to compensate and end up in a worse spot. This is the prudent thing to do for him."

    Hafner, who will turn 35 on June 3, is making $13 million in the final season of a four-year, $57 million contract. The Indians hold a club option for next season worth $13 million and a $2.75 million buyout. This is the sixth trip to the DL in five seasons for Hafner. Three of the DL stints have been because of a right shoulder injury, which he had surgery on following the 2008 season.

    Hafner hasn't played since May 23. He is hitting .242 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 39 games.

    The loss of their cleanup hitter is more bad news for the Indians, who fell out of first place in the AL Central for the first time since April 22 after losing to Kansas City on Tuesday night. Catcher Carlos Santana is on the seven-day DL with a concussion and Asdrubal Cabrera returned Tuesday after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Cabrera was the DH on Wednesday, but was back at his regular shortstop position on Thursday.

    Third baseman Jack Hannahan, who missed 11 games with a back injury, returned for one game but strained his calf and is on the 15-day DL. Catcher Lou Marson, who serves as Santana's backup, hasn't played since Sunday when he was hit in the face by a pitch in Chicago. Marson has a gash on the inside of his mouth that required three stitches to close.

    Hafner ran in the outfield and took batting practice before Tuesday night's game and manager Manny Acta said he would be available to pinch-hit.

    "It's wear and tear," Soloff said. "He doesn't recall any one instance that flared it up. We were hopeful that rest and medication would resolve his symptoms."

    Left-hander Scott Barnes has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus and will be used out of the bullpen. He is 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 11 games at Columbus.

    He pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday in his major league debut but the Indians lost again, 6-3 to the Royals.

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    The Blue Jays returned left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey to AAA Las Vegas after Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

    The club said a corresponding move would be made Friday.

    Laffey was recalled from AAA Las Vegas on Monday but did not see action in a game. It's the second time he has been called up as bullpen insurance without being used in a game.

    He is 2-5 with a 4.88 earned-run average in nine starts at Las Vegas.

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    NEW YORK -- New York Yankees reliever David Robertson is expected to be out at least another two weeks because of his rib-cage injury, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com.

    "Robertson, I would shoot for not earlier than mid-June," Cashman said Thursday.




    Robertson currently is working out at the Yankees' training complex in Tampa. Cashman said Robertson still needs to do bullpens, batting practices and then rehab games.

    "None of that has happened yet," said Cashman, who typically is cautious with injuries. "He didn't think this was a serious issue and then the next thing you know, it turned into a DL and it has turned into something that is longer than 15 days."

    Cashman said Robertson hasn't had any setbacks in the last couple of days.

    "They are all guessing games," Cashman said. "If it is sooner, great. If it is later, then it is later.



    "If you are trying to iron me down right now, I would say mid-June. He hasn't had any setbacks in the last 48 hours."

    Robertson, who has been out since May 11, initially was given the opportunity to replace injured closer Mariano Rivera, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on May 4. Robertson went 1-for-2 in save opportunities before injuring his rib cage.

    Robertson's extended stay on the disabled list has opened the door for Rafael Soriano, who has converted all six save opportunities this season and finished with an American League-leading 45 saves for Tampa Bay in 2010.

    Both Cashman and manager Joe Girardi have raised the possibility that Soriano could keep the closer job when Robertson returns. Robertson would return to an eighth-inning setup job, a role he thrived in during his 2011 All-Star campaign.

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    Rumors are the Phils are trying to find a taker for Hamels and Victorino(the Detroit News was mentioning the Tigers trying to trade for s second baseman):

    PLACIDO POLANCO, PHILLIES (bats right)

    Not sure the Tigers would be up for a reunion, but keep an eye on Polanco. The Phillies already were rumored to be shopping starter Cole Hamels and outfielder Shane Victorino, both free agents-to-be. And with the Phillies floundering in the NL East and ace Roy Halladay (shoulder) out for six-eight weeks, they might be inclined to shop another player set to hit the open market. Polanco, 36, isn't the player he was in Detroit (average down 19 points, on-base percentage 11) and he's played mostly third since he left, but he's still a significant upgrade.


    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120531/OPINION03/205310318#ixzz1wU3zweem

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    I call bullshit, they are 3 games out.

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    BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has a hamate fracture of his right wrist and will undergo surgery Friday in Sarasota, Fla.

    The procedure will be performed by Dr. Brian Schofield, a hand specialist.




    The injury is believed to have occurred more than a week ago when Markakis slid into a base. He then aggravated it during his final at-bat Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
    The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that Markakis is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

    The Orioles had feared worse.

    "If you had told me that was what it was going to be, I would have signed up for it in blood," manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com on Thursday. "It's not that bad."

    This will be the first trip to the disabled list for the 28-year-old Markakis, one of Baltimore's most durable players. He played in at least 160 games in each of the previous three seasons and never has participated in fewer than 147 in a single season since coming into the league in 2006.

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    CHICAGO -- Despite a published report Thursday that might have suggested otherwise, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said star shortstop Starlin Castro isn't expected to be going anywhere in the near future.


    A USA Today report sourced two unnamed high-ranking Cubs officials with the idea that "everyone but Jeff Samardzija" can be acquired via trade. The trade deadline is July 31.





    Better add Castro to the list of players the Cubs won't be shopping on the open market.

    "Starlin Castro is the type of player we're looking to build around," Epstein said Thursday. "There has been no trade consideration with him, whatsoever."


    Despite a low walk total, Castro has been a force on offense for the Cubs and has shown improvement defensively. He is batting .317 and has 32 RBIs, tied for the lead among shortstops in all of baseball with the Red Sox's Mike Aviles.


    Does it mean Castro won't be traded? Not exactly. Technically, even Samardzija can be had.


    Epstein already said this week that anybody can be acquired if a team wants to approach the Cubs and offer a mind-boggling return package.


    "I never understood why there would ever be an untouchable," Epstein said Monday. "All you're doing is limiting your opportunity. That said, there are core pieces that it's almost impossible to foresee moving. You would have to be completely blown away to even contemplate it.


    "I think everybody knows what we're trying to do. We're trying to build a nucleus of talented young players who can form a core of being an annual contender. If you have a piece like that, the only way you contemplate ever moving him would be to get multiple back of that same caliber and those deals are hard to make. I think we're looking to identify the core, continue to add to it and build around it."


    At the very least, Castro appears to be a part of that core.

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    DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies placed All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list Thursday because of a strained left groin.

    Tulowitzki felt pain after running out of the batter's box when he grounded out to second base during the Rockies' six-run sixth inning against the Houston Astros on Wednesday. He left the game after that, and the Rockies placed him in the 15-day DL on Thursday.



    "This is the right thing to do, this is the right move to make," manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't think it's anything structurally bad. However, he's very sore and very tender."
    Tulowitzki underwent an MRI on Thursday, and the team was awaiting the results.

    Tulowitzki said after Wednesday's game he had hoped to avoid going on the disabled list, but the team decided to be cautious and make the move before Thursday's series finale against the Astros.

    "In a best-case scenario, if we were to try and milk this we're probably looking at 5-6 days. I don't like the idea of that at all, especially because of the type of injury it is we're dealing with," Tracy said. "A complete tear of either a hamstring or a groin is pretty much two, two-and-a-half months. I don't want to visit that."

    The Rockies have struggled in May, going 6-18 before winning their last three against Houston. Tulowitzki has been instrumental in those three wins, going 4 for 8 with a home run in a doubleheader sweep Monday. He had a double in Wednesday's game to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

    He is hitting .388 during the streak and has raised his average to .287 in his last 24 at-bats.

    His teammates hope he can make a quick recovery.

    "I just want him to be healthy and get right and we all believe he's going to be even better," outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said after Wednesday's game. "He's showing signs that he's going to contribute a lot to this team, and I know he's going to do a lot of damage and help the team when he gets back."

    The Rockies activated infielder Chris Nelson from the 15-day DL to take Tulowitzki's spot on the active roster.



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    lobo316 wrote: CHICAGO -- Despite a published report Thursday that might have suggested otherwise, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said star shortstop Starlin Castro isn't expected to be going anywhere in the near future.


    A USA Today report sourced two unnamed high-ranking Cubs officials with the idea that "everyone but Jeff Samardzija" can be acquired via trade. The trade deadline is July 31.





    Better add Castro to the list of players the Cubs won't be shopping on the open market.

    "Starlin Castro is the type of player we're looking to build around," Epstein said Thursday. "There has been no trade consideration with him, whatsoever."


    Despite a low walk total, Castro has been a force on offense for the Cubs and has shown improvement defensively. He is batting .317 and has 32 RBIs, tied for the lead among shortstops in all of baseball with the Red Sox's Mike Aviles.


    Does it mean Castro won't be traded? Not exactly. Technically, even Samardzija can be had.


    Epstein already said this week that anybody can be acquired if a team wants to approach the Cubs and offer a mind-boggling return package.


    "I never understood why there would ever be an untouchable," Epstein said Monday. "All you're doing is limiting your opportunity. That said, there are core pieces that it's almost impossible to foresee moving. You would have to be completely blown away to even contemplate it.


    "I think everybody knows what we're trying to do. We're trying to build a nucleus of talented young players who can form a core of being an annual contender. If you have a piece like that, the only way you contemplate ever moving him would be to get multiple back of that same caliber and those deals are hard to make. I think we're looking to identify the core, continue to add to it and build around it."


    At the very least, Castro appears to be a part of that core.
    In other words, Castro will not be on the team after July.

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    lobo316 wrote: LOS ANGELES -- One day after coming off the 15-day disabled list, Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp aggravated his left hamstring while scoring from first base on a first-inning double by teammate Andre Ethier on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Kemp's stride slowed noticeably as he came around third base. He left the game immediately and was replaced in center field by Tony Gwynn.

    "I don't know what happened," Kemp said. "It's just kind of gave out. It's definitely frustrating, having just come back, and now I will be sitting out a while. ... I tried to hide it, but there really was no hiding this."

    Kemp, who broke a bat over his knee in the dugout before heading to the clubhouse, will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. Both Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Kemp said they believe Kemp will take another stint on the DL.

    "It wasn't [Mattingly's] fault my hamstring flared up," Kemp said. "I was frustrated because I love to play the game. I can't be mad at Donnie B. It was just the frustration of being out."

    Kemp spent 15 days on the DL with a left hamstring strain he originally suffered May 13 against the Colorado Rockies. He appeared to be fine during a two-game rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Albuquerque earlier this week and during his first game back from the DL on Tuesday night against the Brewers.


     

     

     

    LOS ANGELES -- As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers placed Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and the All-Star outfielder is expected to miss at least four weeks, according to team trainer Sue Falsone.

    Kemp aggravated his left hamstring Wednesday night, just two days after he came off the DL following a two-week stint there with a strain of the same muscle.

    To fill Kemp's roster spot, the Dodgers called up infielder-outfielder Alex Castellanos -- whom they acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in last year's trade-deadline deal for shortstop Rafael Furcal -- from Triple-A Albuquerque.





    Kemp aggravated the hamstring rounding third base as he scored from first on a first-inning double by teammate Andre Ethier on Wednesday.
    "He has a little bit of swelling in the same area as well as a new strain in a different (higher) part of the hamstring," Falsone said. "They are both Grade 1 strains, but having two strains in the same muscle obviously means it's going to be a little bit longer from a rehabilitation standpoint. We're just going to take it day by day."

    The injury happened again despite what appeared to be every possible precaution by the Dodgers' medical staff, including a two-game rehabilitation stint for Kemp at Albuquerque in which he went 5 for 7 with a double and two home runs and ran without discomfort in his left leg.

    He also ran without discomfort during his first game back from the DL on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, sprinting to first on a tapper back to the mound and also running out a double to the wall in the ninth inning.

    "We have benchmarks and milestones in place,'' Falsone said of Kemp's previous rehab. "He achieved all those benchmarks and milestones, or he wouldn't have been out there playing. We will put him through the same repetition as before ... but we have to take a little longer to do it this time."



    Asked the best-case scenario for Kemp's return, Falsone put it at four weeks, which means Kemp wouldn't return until late June. She also said Kemp could deal with hamstring issues for the rest of his career.

    "There will always be scarring," Falsone said. "The only tissue we have that is as strong after healing as it was before is bone. Any other tissue heals with scarring, and scar tissue is inherently weaker than original tissue. So there is a little bit of susceptibility."

    Castellanos, 25, was hitting .379 with 10 doubles, four triples, five homers and 14 RBIs with a .476 on-base percentage in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He played seven different positions there, but he also missed a month with a left hamstring injury.

    Castellanos was expected to arrive around game time Thursday night against the Brewers. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Castellanos will be used primarily in the outfield and that he likely will be in the starting lineup on Friday night at the Colorado Rockies because left-hander Josh Outman is scheduled to pitch for the Rockies.

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    The Toronto Blue Jays have outrighted first baseman Adam Lind to the minors and selected the con-tract of pitcher Robert Coello.

    Lind was optioned to triple-A Las Vegas on May 17 after bat-ting .186 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 34 games for the Jays.

    The move takes Lind off the 40-man roster to make room for Coello.

    "We needed a spot on the [rotation], so we put [Lind] on waivers a few days ago and he cleared," Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said on a conference call Thursday. "Whenever he finds his way back here we'll just clear a spot again."

    Coello, a 27-year-old righty, is 3-1 with a 3.22 earned-run average in 17 games with Las Vegas.

    Toronto had a spot to fill after left-hander Aaron Laffey was optioned to Las Vegas following Wednesday's 4-1 win over Baltimore.

    Laffey, 27, has yet to make an appearance with the Jays this season despite call-ups in April and May. He is 2-5 with a 4.88 ERA in nine starts for Las Vegas.

    "Aaron and Robert, either one could have been up here," Anthopoulos said. "It just got to the point where we needed to get Aaron back into the rotation otherwise it didn't make any sense. The longer he sat here, the further behind he would have been to continue to be a starter option for us down the road."

    Anthopoulos said Lind was responding well to being sent Las Vegas.

    "He thinks his timing is a lot better and he thinks so far it's going very, very well for him," Anthopoulos said.

    "His confidence is definitely in the right place, and he feels he's made a lot of changes and adjustments and he's on the right path."

    Anthopoulos also said he didn't put much stock into Baltimore pitcher Jason Hammel's assertion that the Blue Jays were stealing signs. Hammel gave up four solo homers in the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Jays on Wednesday.

    "Our players, when they have a bad game, they choose to answer the questions and they blame themselves," he said. "They take accountability and that ends up being the end of it.

    "How other players want to handle things is their choice."

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    Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington on Friday denied a report the Red Sox were telling other teams they were "definitely" trading infielder Kevin Youkilis, calling it "inaccurate" in an email to WEEI.com.




    "Some teams have checked in on him," Cherington wrote to WEEI.com. "We haven't told any teams we plan to trade him. It's our job to listen if teams have interest. He's swinging the bat well since coming off the DL and (is) a big part of our team and lineup."


    CBSSports.com baseball writer Danny Knobler tweeted Friday morning that "the Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis."


    One baseball talent evaluator told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes on Friday he was "certain" the Red Sox would love to move Youkilis (and especially his $12 million contract), but hadn't heard of any concrete trade discussions with a specific team. Youkilis has a $13 million team option for 2013.


    The impetus to deal Youkilis comes from the development of rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has six homers, 21 RBIs and is hitting .316 in 24 games since being promoted to the majors when Youkilis went on the disabled list with a back injury.


    There are a number of teams that would have obvious interest in Youkilis, including the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. From the time Youkilis went out on a rehab assignment, several teams are known to have already scouted him and continue to do so.


    Since being activated May 22, Youkilis has a .313 average with two homers and a .903 OPS.


    Scouts are expected to be in Toronto this weekend to continue to monitor his health and production. Manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday he did not expect to play Youkilis in all three games against the Blue Jays because of the artificial surface in the Rogers Centre.

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    WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals have activated outfielder Michael Morse from the 15-day disabled list.

    Morse began the season on the disabled list with a strained back muscle. He missed Washington's first 50 games before coming off the DL on Friday.

    To make room for Morse, the Nationals optioned outfielder Corey Brown to Triple-A Syracuse. Brown played in three games with Washington after having his contract purchased from Syracuse on May 26.

    The 30-year-old Morse batted .381 in seven rehabilitation games in the minor leagues. He hit .303 with 31 homers and 95 RBIs in 146 games with the Nationals last year.

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    NEW YORK -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright will not discuss his contract with the team during this season or next, and will engage in contract talks only during the offseason, he told WFAN radio Friday. Wright has a $16 million team option for the 2013 season.



    "I think that there's too much good going on right now with this team and so many positive vibes with this team right now that it wouldn't be fair to my teammates; it wouldn't be fair to this team to do something as selfish as talk about a contract for me," Wright said. "It doesn't just affect me, it affects the guys in the clubhouse and it affects the vibe that's in the clubhouse.

    "Like I said, it's part of the business but in the same hand, it's selfish when I feel I'm discussing me when we should be discussing we as a team, especially the good start we've gotten off to."

    Wright said his previous experience signing a deal in 2006 helped lead him to this decision. He understands the difficulty of having to prepare for a game while dealing with contract talks. He stressed winning and his love for the organization, and added that the Mets did not come to him regarding putting off the talks.

    "I want to win and I want to win badly and this takes away from the way we prepare every day. Having other guys in this clubhouse have to answer about me, I was in this situation last year," Wright told the radio station. "I had to answer about Jose Reyes and I know the last thing I want to do some days is talk about another guy's contract. I don't want those guys to continue to have to talk about this. We have a good thing and I don't want to selfishly put me ahead of the rest of the guys in this clubhouse."



    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he planned to talk to Wright's agents during the season, although he didn't specifically say an offer would be made. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said the team will let it play out and "there's no gun to anybody's head," meaning there's no rush to complete a deal.

    When asked about Wilpon's comments, Wright said he considers Wilpon a close friend, and that the right time will have to be the offseason to have these talks. The 29-year-old third baseman, who entered Friday night's game with a .365 average, second highest in the National League, wants to be able to help the Mets become a contender.

    "I've said it once, said it a million times, I love it here," Wright said. "I want to be a big reason why we get this thing turned around and headed in the right direction and, of course, I want to be a part of it. Those discussions, we'll wait into the offseason when we can kind of delve into that headfirst and not have to worry about Adam Wainwright's curveball and what's going on behind doors with the contract talk."

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) Already dealing with lingering tightness in his right Achilles tendon, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun left Friday night's game after aggravating the injury and straining his right hip.

    Braun was replaced in left field in the top of the eighth inning. He was walking with a limp after legging out a hit and stealing second base in the sixth, but didn't come out of the game against Pittsburgh right away. The Brewers lost 8-2.

    ''The danger in trying to play through an injury constantly is it's easy to re-irritate it,'' Braun said. ''Your body also compensates so it's easy to hurt something else. I don't think it's too bad, but it doesn't feel too good right now.''

    Braun sat out Thursday night's game in Los Angeles with tightness in his Achilles and returned to the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    ''Pretty much any injury you have during the year doesn't go away when you play every day,'' Braun said. ''The only way to get healthy is to take time off and it's not something I'm really interested in doing.''

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said it wasn't clear if Braun would be able to play Saturday.

    ''We need to have him in the lineup,'' Roenicke said. ''We need that bat there.''

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    Carlos Lee won't play Saturday after leaving Friday's game with a strained left hamstring.

    Lee suffered the injury when he hit into a double-play in the eighth inning of Friday's game. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated Saturday.

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    Jose Contreras has been diagnosed with a UCL and flexor tear in his right elbow.

    He's officially out for the season, and this has the potential to be a career-ending injury. Contreras underwent a similar surgery to his elbow last season, and struggled to regain his form since being activated from the disabled list. The Phillies are almost certain to decline his $2.5 million option for 2013.

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    Blue Jays claimed RHP Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Mets; assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Schwinden was designated for assignment on Friday after posting a 12.46 ERA and 2.08 WHIP in three appearances (two starts) with the Mets. Toronto has designated Daniel Farquhar for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster in a corresponding move.

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    Phillies recalled RHP Michael Schwimer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    He'll take the place of Jose Contreras (elbow) on the active roster. Contreras is likely dealing with a major injury and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. Schwimer has an 8.53 ERA in six appearances with the Phillies this season and will be used in middle relief.

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    Athletics optioned 1B Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Barton was hitting just .198/.325/.283 in 126 plate appearances since returning from the disabled list, and was expendable with Kila Ka'aihue on the active roster. He'll need to prove he's fully healthy before being considered for a promotion.

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    Tigers purchased the contract of INF/OF Matt Young from Triple-A Toledo.

    Young will presumably take the roster spot of Andy Dirks (Achilles) or the struggling Don Kelly. He'll give the Tigers some defensive versatility in the short-term.

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    Rockies optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Torres has been surprisingly effective in four relief appearances, and figures to be up and down all season. He'll return to a 2.45 ERA and 32/13 K/BB ratio in the minors.

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    Orioles designated INF/OF Bill Hall for assignment.

    Hall was recently called up to replace Nick Markakis (hamate bone surgery), but will be sent down after going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts Friday. The Orioles have acquired Steve Pearce from the Yankees in a related move and figure to add him to the active roster.

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    lobo316 wrote:
    Orioles designated INF/OF Bill Hall for assignment.

    Hall was recently called up to replace Nick Markakis (hamate bone surgery), but will be sent down after going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts Friday. The Orioles have acquired Steve Pearce from the Yankees in a related move and figure to add him to the active roster.


     


    Orioles acquired INF/OF Steven Pearce from the Yankees for cash considerations.

    He'll take the place of Bill Hall on the active roster. A former top prospect, Pearce was hitting .321/.422/.574 in 53 games this season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll serve in a utility role with the Orioles while Nick Markakis (hamate bone surgery) is on the disabled list.

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    After being promoted to triple-A Las Vegas, speculation is growing that Vladimir Guerrero is on the verge of joining the Blue Jays.

    The veteran could join the big club as early as Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, though manager John Farrell isn’t ready to give the OK just yet.

    “I can’t say fully but everything has been extremely positive so far,” he said before Friday’s game against the Red Sox.

    The 37-year-old was signed to a minor-league contract on May 10 and joined the Dundein Blue Jays following extended spring training. In four games with Dunedin, he went 9-for-20 (.450) with four home runs and eight RBI. He’ll join the Las Vegas 51s on Saturday when they host the Reno Aces.

    “That was his next step in the progression. Obviously, his timing has become more consistent. He’s hit the ball with a lot of hard contact and that’s not just because of the four home runs in a short period of time there,” Farrell said. “Talking with Mike Redmond (Dunedin manager), his bat speed is good and his batting practice and everything about his game has been pretty impressive.”

    Guerrero’s promotion to Las Vegas will also allow the Jays to see how he matches up against Pacific Coast League pitching.

    “A little bit more of a veteran approach where breaking balls are going to be maybe a little bit more regular for him. But the one thing that we all know, this is a hall of fame-type hitter so I think it’s a matter of seeing a different type of pitching in the progression he’s going through,” Farrell said.

    In 16 years in the major leagues, Guerrero has a batting average of .318 with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBI. The Nizao, Dominican Republic, native is a nine-time all-star, 2004 American League MVP and is tied with Jeff Bagwell for 36th on the career home runs list.

    He appeared in 145 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, batting .290 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI.

    Primarily known as a designated hitter, Guerrero is expected to spend more time in the outfield in Las Vegas — a position he hasn’t played much since 2008.

    “We’re going to take a look at it again in triple A. I think until maybe we see some bigger outfields, we’ll get a better read on the range. At the same time, we know over the last four or five years it’s been pretty much exclusively the DH,” Farrell said, adding that Guerrero isn’t guaranteed the DH spot if he joins Toronto.

    “The way Edwin (Encarnacion) has taken to the DH role and to be able to free up some at-bats along the way, this isn’t hinged on interleague play. It’s just in terms of if and when he arrives here, how do we best get everyone back in the lineup and create some flexibility in other ways.”

     

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    lobo316 wrote: After being promoted to triple-A Las Vegas, speculation is growing that Vladimir Guerrero is on the verge of joining the Blue Jays.

    Why did no one sign him again in the off-season?  Obviously he's on the decline but he can still be productive.  Was he hurt?

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    srossi wrote:
    lobo316 wrote: After being promoted to triple-A Las Vegas, speculation is growing that Vladimir Guerrero is on the verge of joining the Blue Jays.

    Why did no one sign him again in the off-season?  Obviously he's on the decline but he can still be productive.  Was he hurt?


    If you watched him in the playoffs, he looked retarded. I couldn't believe it was him. He was always unconventional (I'd compare him to Yogi Berra in terms of unorthodox batting methods) but always had the talent to pull it off. He looked ridiculously bad.

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    NEW YORK -- Mets left-hander Johan Santana said he "feels fine" on Saturday, a day after throwing a 134-pitch no-hitter, a first in the history of the franchise in its 8,020th game.


    But the Mets, wanting to be cautious with Santana, who missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery, have a plan in place where the 33-year-old would be pushed back a day or two, according to manager Terry Collins.


    Santana's next start is scheduled for Wednesday. But he said he'd have no problem with starting on Thursday in Washington or on Friday in the Bronx against the Yankees.


    "Definitely, the next couple days are going to be important to see how I recover," said Santana, who now has thrown back-to-back complete games. "To see when I'm gonna throw my bullpen, and if we have to take an extra day, there's nothing wrong with that."



    Collins struggled with his decision to keep Santana, who was supposed to be on a pitch count of 115, in the game. But given that Santana was on the verge of making history, Collins said he wasn't going to pull him.


    "My heart told me to take him out due to the fact that I'm playing with a huge piece of the organization. If this guy goes down, it'd be pretty drastic for us," Collins said. "But also, there was history in the making, and in the moment, he wasn't coming out. I wasn't gonna take him out."


    Part of Collins was wishing Santana would give up a hit so he could take him out and wouldn't have to worry.


    But after the game, owner Jeff Wilpon and general manager Sandy Alderson told their manager he'd made the right decision to leave him in.


    "They told me, 'Don't beat yourself down over this. You made the right move,' " Collins said. "I appreciated their confidence in the move."


    Collins also got a call from former St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa on Saturday.


    "He said, 'Look, you did the right thing,' " Collins said. "When it comes from those people, I feel a lot better about it."


    After accomplishing the rare feat, Santana said he'd never thrown a no-hitter at any level -- even in a video game. So he wasn't about to take himself out.


    "I never give up. I've been through a lot," Santana said. "And to have an opportunity like (Friday night), it was unbelievable. It might be once in a lifetime. You may spend your entire career and never have a chance to do it. And right when I had that opportunity, I was like there's no way that I'll come out."


    Santana, one of three pitchers to throw a no-hitter this season along with Phil Humber and Jered Weaver, approached Collins after the game and gave him a hug.


    "He said, 'I told you to trust me,' " Collins said. "And I said, 'Yeah, you did.' "



    Collins joked that Saturday's starter, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, would be on a pitch count of 130 against the Cardinals. Dickey needed only 100 pitches in a complete game 5-0 win, giving up seven hits with nine strikeouts.


    Collins said that outfielder Mike Baxter, who slammed up against the wall after making a tremendous catch in left in the seventh inning Friday, suffered a displaced right collarbone next to his sternum and fractured rib cartilage, and is expected to miss up to six weeks


    Fortunately, tests revealed that Baxter did not sustain a concussion.


    "My left arm went numb, and they thought (my shoulder) was dislocated on the field," Baxter said. "And as the night progressed, the wall kind of pushed up against the right side of my chest, and that's where there was some compression."


    "That tells you just how hard he hit the wall," Collins added.


    Baxter, 27, who grew up a Mets fan in Queens, had been playing extremely well. He was batting .323 with 10 RBIs.


    "We gotta take our time and let it heal itself, and hopefully it'll respond quickly," Baxter said.


    "It's always tough to get hurt, especially with the way this team's playing. It's so fun to be a part of what's going on here."


    Reliever Ramon Ramirez suffered a strained right hamstring diving into the celebration pile after Santana finished off his no-hitter.


    Ramirez, 30, who is 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA in 22 appearances, is headed to the disabled list as well, Collins said.


    No corresponding roster moves were announced.


    Right-hander Chris Schwinden, who was designated for assignment by the Mets, was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced.


    Shortstop Ruben Tejada, on the DL with a quad strain, will run on Saturday and run the bases on Sunday, Collins said.

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    PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, out all season with an injured left knee, will begin a rehabilitation assignment Monday at extended spring training in Clearwater, Fla.

    The five-time All-Star gave no timetable Sunday for a possible return to the Philadelphia lineup.

    Utley's career has been sidetracked the last 2½ seasons because of injuries to his hip and knees. He has been working on strengthening the area around his left knee to take away the pain he experienced during spring training.

    Utley says he excited about progress he's made during the last few months and is ready to take the next step.

    "Right now, I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "Still not perfect yet, but we're getting there and we're on the verge of getting a lot better."



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    CLEVELAND -- Indians catcher Carlos Santana will get at-bats in a minor league game, the next step in his return from a concussion.

    Santana has not played since May 25, when he was struck in the mask by a foul tip during a game in Chicago. Santana was placed on Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list last week. He will serve as a designated hitter for Lake County (A) on Monday night against Fort Wayne.

    Santana caught a bullpen session and took batting practice on Sunday. Indians manager Manny Acta is optimistic Santana will be able to play Tuesday night when the Indians open a three-game series in Detroit. Santana must pass mandatory MLB tests before he can be cleared to play.

    Santana is batting .245 with five homers and 24 RBIs.

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    NEW YORK -- New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese was pulled from Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after tossing six scoreless innings as a precaution because he experienced a rapid heartbeat during the game. It was the same issue that forced Niese from a game last season at Texas as well.

    Niese said the issue arose during the fourth inning, which coincided with him running the bases. His heartbeat had normalized by the completion of the Mets' 6-1 win, he added.

    Manager Terry Collins said Niese will undergo medical testing Monday.

    "It's just one of those things where the heart starts racing and things get excited -- and exciting -- and it just won't slow down," Niese said. "I feel good now. I'm sure with a good night's rest I'll be ready."



    Niese also was pulled from a June 25, 2011 game in Arlington, Texas, with the same symptoms, which he described as comparable to feeling an adrenaline rush.

    He wore a Holter monitor for 24 hours after that episode and an echocardiogram and an EKG were performed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit -- the Mets' next stop on that road trip. Doctors did not detect anything alarming at the time, Niese said, and the issue largely was dropped.

    "I did tests last time and everything came up normal," Niese said. "I'm sure that's how this is going to end up. ... I never had an issue with it afterwards, and I'm sure I won't this time."

    Niese said last June that he had experienced similar rapid heartbeats on the mound "on occasion" in the past. There was curiosity in Arlington about whether the extreme heat contributed, but on this occasion the temperature was a comfortable 69 degrees at first pitch at Citi Field.

    Niese said he has not undergone any special heart testing between the Texas episode and Sunday's recurrence -- except for the EKG that is generally performed on all players during spring training. Niese said there was no further testing required when he signed a five-year, $25.5 million extension on the eve of Opening Day.



    He added that the issue is not scary for him.

    "Not really, just because I've felt it before, and I know it's not an issue," Niese said. "It's not something that hinders my performance. I don't feel any pain. It's just one of those things, it's kind of like a huge adrenaline rush. It's one of things where your heart just races."

    Although Niese's pitch count was at 96 after six scoreless innings, Collins acknowledged he specifically removed the southpaw from Sunday's game as a precaution because of the heart issue. Collins had visited Niese at the mound with two outs and none on in the fifth inning before Matt Holliday batted, which raised suspicions something might be amiss.

    "Just as a precaution we're going to have him checked," Collins said. "He's had it before, so he knows what it feels like. When he sat down on the bench, he said he felt better. He went back out on the mound, started the inning, and we were watching him real close. I'm sure you guys saw he started walking around the mound a couple of times, and I said, 'Uhh, I don't like the looks of that,' so I went out to just see if he was OK. And he was."

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    NEW YORK -- Left fielder Jason Bay is expected to rejoin the New York Mets on Tuesday, for the series opener against the Washington Nationals in D.C., manager Terry Collins said.

    Bay landed on the disabled list April 24 with a fractured rib on his left side, which he suffered on an attempted catch of Gregor Blanco's fly ball the previous day, in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants.

    Bay served as a designated hitter the past two days for Class A St. Lucie. He is due to play the outfield for the Florida State League club on Monday night to complete a rehab assignment.



    With rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis' success in Bay's absence, the Mets have a logjam in the outfield.

    Collins acknowledged it will be a challenge finding playing time for five outfielders.

    Andres Torres, Bay and Nieuwenhuis likely will form some type of rotation between left and center field. Lucas Duda will remain the primary right fielder, with Scott Hairston chipping away at the playing time by starting against left-handed pitching.

    Collins will get a brief reprieve beginning next weekend. The Mets will play six straight games in American League ballparks starting Friday, against the Yankees and then the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Bay can be used as the designated hitter during interleague play, Collins said.

    The Mets also are expected to get shortstop Ruben Tejada back for Friday's series opener at Yankee Stadium. Tejada, on the DL with a right quadriceps strain, is due to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Buffalo.

    Right-hander Chris Young will return from May 16, 2011 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder for Tuesday's start in Washington.

    Fellow right-hander Miguel Batista (back/oblique strain) also is scheduled to be activated from the DL that day.

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    Giants scored 11 total runs this weekend and beat the Cubs 4 straight. I thought the Giants offense was bad but the Cubs:D

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    Benlen wrote: Giants scored 11 total runs this weekend and beat the Cubs 4 straight. I thought the Giants offense was bad but the Cubs:DThe Cubs want to lose though.  They are not happy being out of the top 5 in this years draft(#6 pick this year) and they took Albert Almora(OF) this year. 

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    mike3775 wrote:
    Benlen wrote: Giants scored 11 total runs this weekend and beat the Cubs 4 straight. I thought the Giants offense was bad but the Cubs:DThe Cubs want to lose though.  They are not happy being out of the top 5 in this years draft(#6 pick this year) and they took Albert Almora(OF) this year. 

    I would believe that except that they swept the Padres last week...their number one competitors for the bottom rung.

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    Benlen wrote: mike3775 wrote:
    Benlen wrote: Giants scored 11 total runs this weekend and beat the Cubs 4 straight. I thought the Giants offense was bad but the Cubs:DThe Cubs want to lose though.  They are not happy being out of the top 5 in this years draft(#6 pick this year) and they took Albert Almora(OF) this year. 

    I would believe that except that they swept the Padres last week...their number one competitors for the bottom rung.
    still plenty of time to overtake the Padres

    Its gonna be hard to accomplish because the Padres are legit shitty, unlike the Cubs who have some talent

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    PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew will join Triple-A Reno this week for what could be the last rehabilitation stop in his comeback from a brutal ankle injury nearly 11 months ago.

    Manager Kirk Gibson says Drew will join the Aces for their game Thursday night at Tucson. Gibson says how long Drew will be with Reno will be determined by what progress he makes there.

    Drew broke his right ankle and tore apart the surrounding tendons during a slide into home plate against Milwaukee last July 20. Drew played seven innings in each of two extended spring training games at the Diamondbacks' spring training facility in Scottsdale on Friday and Saturday. He was a combined 3 for 6 with two walks.

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Minnesota Twins placed Carl Pavano on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain before Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.




    The Twins reinstated right-hander Nick Blackburn to start Wednesday's series finale.
    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Pavano would be "getting away from throwing a baseball" while on the disabled list. He didn't provide a timetable for when Pavano might return to the rotation, only saying multiple times that those decisions are left to the doctors and trainers.

    "He's not going to pitch for us," Gardenhire said.

    The 36-year-old Pavano is 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts this season.

    He hinted that a trip to the disabled list could be in store when he struggled mightily last Friday against Cleveland. Pavano allowed six runs and nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

    The timing worked out well for Blackburn to slide back into the rotation.

    He's been on a rehab assignment after dealing with a strained left quad and is coming off a start Sunday at Triple-A Rochester that was cut short by rain. He allowed four runs on four hits his first time out and one run in 2 1/3 innings for the Red Wings.

    "I was watching him. I actually watched him throw an inning or two," Gardenhire said. "His ball was sinking, really diving. He got some quick outs, he definitely located. He pounded the inside corner. He's healthy -- that's the big thing."

    Blackburn went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA last year to give the Twins hope he could be counted on in the rotation this season. But he got off to a 1-4 start with a ghastly 8.37 ERA in his first seven games, and eventually landed on the DL with the quad injury.

    "It just fit. We wanted him to throw some more innings down there, but this is the right thing to do," Gardenhire said. "We'll just go ahead and bring Blackburn up here. He had two starts, plus he threw a 90-pitch bullpen in Minnesota. His legs are great. His arm feels great."

    In other news, Joe Mauer was out of the lineup for Minnesota because of a sprained right thumb. Mauer had started 51 of the team's first 53 games after missing much of last season, and is hitting .298 with a .407 on-base percentage that ranked among the league leaders.

    "He's day to day. I don't know," Gardenhire said. "We'll just go day-to-day with it. He came in today, he's a little sore. We'll see how he is tomorrow, and we'll just work through it. I have no timeframe. Just day to day is what they told me."

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    BOSTON -- Second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be in the Red Sox's lineup against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night after missing six games with a torn muscle in his right thumb, according to a source close to the player. He will bat second.

    Pedroia took swings while wearing a protective brace Saturday in Toronto and did not experience any setbacks.

    On Sunday, he predicted he'd be ready to play Tuesday as the Red Sox kick off a six-game homestand against the Orioles.

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    It could be interesting to see the Chicago Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday when they open a three-game series in Milwaukee, because there could be a different name at shortstop for the first time this season.





    Starlin Castro, who has played in all 54 games, was put on notice after a mental error Monday in San Francisco drew the wrath of manager Dale Sveum.
    With the bases loaded, one out and the Cubs leading 2-1 in the fifth, Brandon Crawford hit a bouncer to Darwin Barney, who threw to Castro to start a possible double play. But Castro thought the out at second was the third and just hung onto the ball while the tying run scored. Replays showed it would have been a difficult double play to turn even if Castro had fired to first, but Sveum wasn't considering that possibility after the 3-2 loss.

    "It's something that's obviously unacceptable at any time," Sveum said Monday.

    "Whether we could have turned the double play or not is irrelevant to not knowing how many outs there are in the most important part of the game. These things have got to stop happening or he's going to stop playing.

    "These kind of things are things that my son does in high school, maybe."

    Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who escaped further damage by retiring the next batter, was seen putting his arm around Castro after the inning.

    "It's very embarrassing," Castro told reporters afterward. "It can't happen. I apologize to my team. I have to pay attention a little bit more. That kind of thing can't happen, because it's very embarrassing for me and my teammates."

    It's not the first mental lapse for the 22-year-old Castro, who pulled up on a steal attempt Friday because he thought Joe Mather fouled off the ball. After that game, Sveum said: "I wasn't too happy about that one for many reasons."

    Castro drew the criticism of former ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine last season when cameras showed him unprepared during play and turning his back when the pitcher was delivering the ball.

    His focus at the plate, however, continues to be strong as he's hitting .305 with four home runs and 32 RBIs. Castro last season became the youngest player in history to lead the NL in hits with 207.

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    PHILADELPHIA -- Juan Uribe and Javy Guerra took steps Tuesday to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' active roster from the DL.

    Third baseman Uribe is set to start a rehab stint in the minors this week, while Guerra underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his left knee.

    "Tomorrow or the day after, I'm off to rehab," Uribe said Tuesday in front of his locker in the visitor's clubhouse in Philadelphia. 



    Uribe traveled with the team even though he wasn't able to play because of discomfort in his left wrist, which forced him on the DL on May 14. He hopes to rejoin the team Monday for the interleague series against the neighboring Los Angeles Angels in Dodger Stadium.

    "I'll play one, two, three games at rehab and from there start playing (in the majors), God willing," Uribe said. "I think I will be ready. Let's see how we do at rehab and how I feel in those games.

    "Practice and games are two different things. Sometimes you feel well at practice and in games [it's] not the same. You know you will not be at a 100 percent when coming back from injury, but playing is the only way you know how you are," he said.

    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is anxious to have Uribe in his lineup and promised that if he joins the team on Monday, it's to come back and play.

    "If Juan comes back [it's] because he's ready to play," Mattingly said.

    While Uribe is close to returning to the active roster, former closer Guerra took his first step to coming back when doctors repaired the torn meniscus on his right leg.

    "The doctor was very happy with how surgery went. There was no other damage in there," Mattingly said. "We hope he returns in the standard four to six week period."

    Guerra injured his knee on April 28 when Braves catcher Brian McCann's line drive hit hit him in the face, and in the motion to avoid being hit, Guerra twisted his knee. This had an effect on his pitching mechanics, which eventually led to him losing the closer position to Kenley Jansen.

    "We hope he starts throwing in a couple of days," said Mattingly, who hopes the surgery helps Guerra regain the form that helped the right-handed reliever to notch five saves before losing his closer job.

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    NEW YORK -- Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has been named captain of the American League Home Run Derby team, and he says he will go for his second straight title with his dad again throwing the pitches.


    Los Angeles Dodgers injured outfielder Matt Kemp is leading the NL team for the derby at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on July 9 as part of the All-Star weekend festivities. Kemp is on the disabled list with an injured left hamstring.


    With his dad, Jose Cano, pitching, Cano beat Adrian Gonzalez for the derby championship at Arizona last year.


    Cano said he hasn't contacted anyone yet but the first person he would go to is teammate Curtis Granderson, who has 17 homers this year.


    The All-Star game is July 10.


    While Cano is in for the AL, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, who had one of the most memorable Home Run Derby performances in the history of the event, will be passing again on the chance at an encore.
    Hamilton said on Tuesday that he has was offered the opportunity to be the captain for the American League team, but he declined and won't participate at all. Hamilton has not been a part of the event since 2008, when he hit a record 28 homers in the first round.
    "It's just not the right time," Hamilton said of passing on this year's event. "I haven't done it in the last couple years. I want to be healthy and be the best I can be for the team. I don't want to take a chance of going out and hurting anything trying to entertain folks in the (Home Run Derby). That's why I declined again."

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    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Holland, whose velocity dropped as he got deeper into Tuesday's game, could at least take some solace in the fact that it wasn't because of a problem with his elbow or shoulder.

    He knows what the problem is, and it's nothing a few extra pounds won't fix.

    After Holland weaved his way through 5 1/3 innings in the Texas Rangers' 6-3 victory over the Oakland A's, the left-hander said that he's lost 10 to 15 pounds in the past 2½ weeks because of a stomach virus.

    "I'm kinda puzzled by it," said Holland, who added that he's had no further tests to determine if he has anything more serious than a simple digestive issue. "I've just got to keep plugging away and get that weight back and I'll be all right. I'm not freaking out."



    Holland said he's now on medication that has helped. He also has eliminated some foods, including dairy and eggs, from his diet.

    "It was my job to go out there as long as I could despite the fatigue," said Holland, whose velocity has dropped several miles per hour as well.

    Holland struck out two, walked two and allowed three runs on seven hits -- much better than his previous outing, when he gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Seattle Mariners.

    He said he'd had stomach problems since the Rangers were in Seattle May 21-23.

    "It feels fine when I'm out (on the mound)," he said. "I don't feel anything stomach-wise. It's just more a weakness kind of thing."

    Holland started Tuesday night looking strong. He gave up just three hits in four scoreless innings, with his fastball hitting 93 mph. In the fifth, after the Rangers had staked him to a 5-0 lead, he began to falter. He gave up a two-run homer to Collin Cowgill.

    Yoenis Cespedes led off the sixth with a homer. Holland then walked Brandon Inge. One out later, he gave up a single to [url=http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/29248/kila-ka'aihue]Kila Ka'aihue[/url].

    Holland's fastballs were mostly 88 mph to 89 mph in the sixth. That's when manager Ron Washington yanked him.

    "He got a little weak toward the end there," Washington said. "He started getting the ball up. Once you start raising the baseball after keeping it down all day, it becomes easy for hitters."

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    The much-anticipated arrival of Vladimir Guerrero in Toronto remains on hold as the Blue Jays have summoned Yan Gomes.

    The versatile infielder was recalled from AAA Las Vegas, with right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez returned to the 51s to make room on the 25-man roster.

    Gomes hit .227 with two home runs, five runs batted in and .296 on-base percentage during a 22 at-bat stint with the Jays earlier this season.

    He will provide manager John Farrell with some versatility on the bench as Gomes can play catcher, third base, first and potentially left field.

    Gomes’s arrival allows the Blue Jays to return to a seven-man bullpen the team employed the past two weeks.

    "I think our ability to go back to seven relievers is key for us," Farrell said. "It gives us another potent right-handed bat to go up against a left-hander. There's a good chance he'll [Gomes] be on the field [Wednesday] against [White Sox left-hander Jose] Quintana.

    “His versatility, his right-handed bat and he showed very well in the time he was here previously."

    In 41 games this season with Las Vegas, Gomes hit .349 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

    Chavez made just one appearance for Toronto and allowed three earned runs in five innings during a relief outing against the Texas Rangers.

    He will return to the starting rotation in Las Vegas.

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    lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- Left fielder Jason Bay is expected to rejoin the New York Mets on Tuesday, for the series opener against the Washington Nationals in D.C., manager Terry Collins said.

    Bay landed on the disabled list April 24 with a fractured rib on his left side, which he suffered on an attempted catch of Gregor Blanco's fly ball the previous day, in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants.

    Bay served as a designated hitter the past two days for Class A St. Lucie. He is due to play the outfield for the Florida State League club on Monday night to complete a rehab assignment.



    With rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis' success in Bay's absence, the Mets have a logjam in the outfield.

    Collins acknowledged it will be a challenge finding playing time for five outfielders.

    Andres Torres, Bay and Nieuwenhuis likely will form some type of rotation between left and center field. Lucas Duda will remain the primary right fielder, with Scott Hairston chipping away at the playing time by starting against left-handed pitching.

    Collins will get a brief reprieve beginning next weekend. The Mets will play six straight games in American League ballparks starting Friday, against the Yankees and then the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Bay can be used as the designated hitter during interleague play, Collins said.

    The Mets also are expected to get shortstop Ruben Tejada back for Friday's series opener at Yankee Stadium. Tejada, on the DL with a right quadriceps strain, is due to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Buffalo.

    Right-hander Chris Young will return from May 16, 2011 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder for Tuesday's start in Washington.

    Fellow right-hander Miguel Batista (back/oblique strain) also is scheduled to be activated from the DL that day.


     

     

     

    WASHINGTON -- New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay was activated Wednesday and will be with the team for the first time since fracturing a rib on an attempted catch April 23.


    The news for another starter was not positive, though. Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who was expected to rejoin the Mets on Friday at Yankee Stadium, pulled himself from a rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday with right quadriceps tightness.



    Manager Terry Collins said Tejada will be taken off the rehab assignment and redirected to the team's Port St. Lucie, Fla., complex. Tejada landed on the DL on May 7 with a strain of that quadriceps.


    "I just know his leg tightened up on him. He was afraid to run. So he took himself out of the game," Collins said. "So he's probably headed back to Florida."

    Collins said there are no external remedies available to fill the shortstop void with Tejada and Ronny Cedeno (strained left calf) both on the DL. Interim starter Omar Quintanilla and backup Jordany Valdespin combined for three errors at shortstop in the Mets' 7-6, 12-inning loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.


    Bay, meanwhile, completed a three-game rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie by going 0-for-3 with a walk and playing a full game in left field Tuesday. In Bay's two previous rehab games with the Florida State League club, he served as the DH.


    With the Mets playing at Yankee Stadium and then at Tampa Bay after this midweek series against the Nats, Bay is expected to see significant action at DH in the interim, Collins has said.


    In other moves Wednesday, right-handed reliever Pedro Beato (shoulder) was activated from the DL. Chris Young was placed on paternity leave, which does not impact his next start Sunday at Yankee Stadium. And infielder Josh Satin was designated for assignment.

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    Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster is all for a trade if that's what is best for the rebuilding organization, but he said Wednesday he will leave that decision up to the front office.


    Dempster, who is in the final season of a four-year contract that pays him $14 million in 2012, is trying just to focus on what he can control: his performance on the mound.




    "I think I would be doing everybody in that locker room and anybody who is a Cubs fan and most importantly the Cubs organization a huge disservice if I didn't put all my focus and attention on trying to make my start and do the best I can to help us win," Dempster said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "You're in a situation where if it does happen, they are going to do what's best for the Chicago Cubs, and I'm all for that."


    The 35-year-old Dempster has full no-trade rights as a player with at least 10 years of major league experience and five with the same team. He might be a luxury for the 19-36 Cubs, who are rebuilding under new team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, and likely would not be in their future next season as a free agent, anyway.


    If the Cubs are planning on dealing Dempster, he certainly is helping to drive up the price. He ended an improbable run of 19 starts without a victory Tuesday with seven shutout innings in the Cubs' 10-0 victory over the Brewers. A lack of run support from the Cubs, who rank 14th in the NL in runs scored, has played a big role in his 1-3 record. But Dempster's 2.59 ERA ranks 10th in the National League.


    "I've been playing long enough now that those kind of things don't bother me as much maybe like they would when you were younger," Dempster said. "You kind of get a lot of emotions going, but I've been playing in Chicago for a long time. It's a weird thought to be playing somewhere else, but it's also a possible reality. Whatever ends up being I'm just focused on going out there on Sunday and beat the Minnesota Twins."


    With Epstein and Hoyer focused on this week's draft, their attention likely will shift to potential deals for Dempster, pitcher Matt Garza and others on the roster before the July 31 trade deadline."We always just talk. It's been more, 'Hey, maybe we'll have some talks about what's going on,' " Dempster said of Epstein and Hoyer. "They've put a lot of hard work into it, hitting it head on and have been determined to do what they have to do there. I'm sure that those conversations might come up down the road, they might not. I'm not quite sure."


    In his ninth season with the Cubs, Dempster had some fun when asked if he would consider a trade to the White Sox, who are in first place in the American League Central.


    "I don't know, was there a team 10 miles south of us?" Dempster joked. "That's a question I can't answer. I don't know what direction they want to go, I don't know any of those answers. Whatever it ends up being, I'll have to take a look at it and see what's the best for me, best for the Cubs and I respect that and I understand that.


    "Hopefully I'm here, but if not it's somewhere that can ultimately give them the best opportunity to improve the Cubs for the future. I believe I'm a part of that and trying to help us for the future and help us for the present as well."

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    Hearing set for ex-MLB player Curtis in sex case

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    HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis will face a key court hearing in two weeks on charges he touched two female students at a Michigan high school where he was in line to become football coach.

    Curtis is charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct. He appeared Wednesday in Barry County District Court for a preliminary hearing.

    A judge set aside June 22 as the date for the probable cause hearing that will determine whether the 43-year-old defendant is ordered to stand trial.

    Defense lawyer David Dodge Sr. says Curtis denies any criminal wrongdoing.

    Between 1992 and 2001, Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won two World Series rings with the Yankees.

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    ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels are planning to use Albert Pujols at third base occasionally to accommodate cleanup hitter Kendrys Morales in upcoming interleague games.

    Starting Friday, the Angels play consecutive series at National League ballparks.

    Morales hasn't played first base since May 29, 2010, the day he fractured his left ankle while leaping onto home plate, an injury that cost him nearly two full seasons.



    Morales has been taking ground balls for the past four weeks in anticipation of the Angels' upcoming series at the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers.

    "I still have to wait for the games to start because practices are different," Morales said. "In games, that's when I'll know if I'm ready or not."

    Pujols has played 104 games at third base in his career, including seven games last year and one inning in San Diego last month when the teams went into extra innings. He has a .953 lifetime fielding percentage at third base.

    Angels manager Mike Scioscia approached him a few weeks ago to find out how comfortable he was playing there.

    Pujols said he always travels with a third base glove in case he's called upon.

    "It doesn't make any difference, man. You know, I was a shortstop. My dad and everybody's always saying, 'If you can play shortstop, you can play any position,' " Pujols said. "I don't have a problem playing that. He asked me and I said, 'Wherever you put me -- the outfield, third base -- I know how to handle myself.'"

    The Angels have the best record in the majors in interleague play since 2007, going 63-30. They have won nine of their last 10 series against National League teams.

    Pujols' signing in December pushed both Morales and slugger Mark Trumbo off first base, their natural position. Trumbo has played first base, third base, designated hitter, left field and right field this season, while Morales will be making his debut in the field.

    "I don't think it's something we really want to overplay right now, but you don't want Kendrys sitting for six days," Scioscia said. "We'll certainly get him two starts out of six and then see where it goes."

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    BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start Saturday for the Boston Red Sox against the Washington Nationals, one day short of a year since he underwent Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.



    Manager Bobby Valentine made the announcement before Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

    "[Matsuzaka] was in today,'' Valentine said. "He feels fine. Unless something changes, we'll try to activate him and pitch him on Saturday. Obviously, he won't be activated until then.''




    Matsuzaka made his eighth rehab start -- sixth for Pawtucket -- on Tuesday night, pitching 1 1/3 innings and throwing 50 pitches in what was intended to be an abbreviated tuneup for Saturday's game. He touched 94 mph and said afterward that he probably was guilty of overthrowing in a 31-pitch first inning, knowing it was a short outing.

    He had an 0-2 record and 3.37 ERA (11 earned runs in 29 1/3 innings) in his six rehab starts for Pawtucket. His last start in the major leagues came on May 16, 2011, when he allowed five hits and walked seven in 4 1/3 innings against Baltimore. Overall, he had a 3-3 record and 5.30 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) for the Sox last season.



    Matsuzaka takes the place of Daniel Bard, who was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. Bard was here Wednesday and threw a bullpen, which would have been customary for him to do on his third day after his most recent start -- Sunday in Toronto. Valentine said that Bard met with GM Ben Cherington and a plan has been mapped out for the pitcher, but offered no details.

    Matsuzaka underwent surgery on his elbow June 10, 2011.

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    NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera will have surgery on his injured right knee June 12, the New York Yankees' closer said Wednesday.




    The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek, the New York Mets' team physician, and Rivera expects to be ready to pitch again by the start of next season.
    "Oh yeah, there's no doubt about that, God willing," Rivera said Wednesday afternoon before the Yankees' game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The 42-year-old Rivera tore the anterior cruciate ligament and damaged the meniscus in his right knee while shagging fly balls in the outfield May 3 before a game in Kansas City. He would have had the surgery sooner, but doctors discovered a blood clot in his right calf after the knee injury.



    Rivera was told by doctors last week the blood clot is now gone.

    When asked what it's been like not playing the past month, Rivera said, "I've been so busy with therapy that I don't even think about it. When I come home I'm tired, and then [I'm] watching the game."

    Rivera was walking normally, without a noticeable limp. The doctors have not given him a timetable in terms of his rehabilitation and eventual return to the mound.

    When asked if he still thinks about potentially coming back this season, Rivera said, "I can't. I don't wanna think about it. ... I just have to be able to do what I was doing before. That's what I want.

    "I always believe in miracles," Rivera added. "You have to get it fixed first."

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    PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Halladay is continuing his recovery from a shoulder injury as planned after a second opinion confirmed the original diagnosis for the Philadelphia Phillies' ace right-hander.

    The two-time Cy Young Award winner is still expected to miss between six to eight weeks because of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle on the right side of his back. Halladay will be shut down for three weeks before he begins a throwing program. He went on the disabled list May 29.




    "The important thing is just knowing that a week could save me a month," Halladay said Wednesday. "As much as I want to be back, I want to make sure that when I am back, it's not something I have to address later on, that it's a hurdle that's been passed and doesn't need to be something that reoccurs down the road. I understand that and I'm going to be very cautious of that."
    Halladay was first evaluated by Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti. He also sought a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek, the New York Mets' team physician who specializes in shoulder injuries.

    "It's a matter of calming it down and strengthening everything around it," Halladay said. "From my understanding, I was never asked to see him at a later point. Once we calmed it down and got things comfortable, it wouldn't be something we'd have to evaluate later."

    Halladay is 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 11 starts. He has pitched at least 220 innings in each of the past six seasons, and four times led the league in innings. He was tied for the NL lead with 72 1/3 innings this year before he went on the DL.

    There were reports in spring training that Halladay's velocity was down, but the 35-year-old eight-time All-Star downplayed it.

    "I think at times it was pretty similar. At times there was probably a few miles per hour difference," Halladay said. "I'm aware that the older you get you're going to have to be a little better at spotting the ball and changing speeds. I think that's part of the aging process. I felt at times it was good. I felt at other times it wasn't as good. I've felt like it's still there.

    "I can tell when it doesn't feel like it's coming out the right way. There were plenty of times this year when it felt like it was. There were also other times I felt like everything I had it just wasn't coming out the way it should. I feel like it's there. It's such a matter of timing and all that."

    Another pair of injured Phillies, Ryan Howard and