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  1. Brad Penny released by Japanese team after one start

    May 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    This offseason Brad Penny signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the SoftBank Hawks in Japan, but the two sides have already parted ways. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker linked to a Japanese report that says Penny complained of shoulder soreness after a poor debut on April 4 and hasn’t pitched since, with team officials saying…

  2. Jim Leyland thinks Cole Hamels’ five-game suspension “is way too light”

    May 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Jim Leyland

    Lost in Cole Hamels saying his decision to intentionally hit Bryce Harper was “old school” is that someone who’s actually old school thinks he should have been suspended for longer than five games. Jim Leyland, who’s 67 years old with 21 years of big-league managing experience and a World Series title, told Jason Beck of…

  3. LaTroy Hawkins out 4-6 weeks with broken finger

    May 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Mike Butcher, LaTroy Hawkins, Chris Iannetta

    Just when the Angels’ bullpen was showing some signs of getting its act together LaTroy Hawkins suffered a broken right pinkie finger closing out Sunday’s win. Hawkins, who was only in the game because closer Scott Downs tweaked his knee earlier in the ninth inning, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. To take his spot…

  4. Guillermo Mota appeals 100-game suspension, blames positive test on children’s cough medicine

    May 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday afternoon MLB suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Clenbuterol, but the Giants reliever is appealing the suspension while blaming the positive result on children’s cough medicine. Mota’s agent, Adam Katz, issued the following statement: Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Guillermo understands…

  5. Brett Gardner’s rehab assignment pushed back due to rainout

    May 7, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out tonight, so Gardner won’t begin his rehab assignment until tomorrow. Gardner is expected to play two rehab games, so he won’t rejoin the Yankees until Thursday at the earliest. 12:48 PM: Brett Gardner wasn’t ready to come off the…

  6. Angels lose Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins to injuries in the same inning

    May 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    mike-scioscia-angels

    UPDATE: Downs remains on the active roster for now, but the Angels put Hawkins on the DL and replaced him with Triple-A reliever David Pauley. ========== Just days after the Angels tried to address their struggling bullpen by acquiring hard-throwing right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the Padres they lost closer Scott Downs and setup man LaTroy…

  7. Cole Hamels suspended five games for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper

    May 7, 2012, 5:15 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cole Hamels admitting that he intentionally plunked Bryce Harper yesterday has earned the Phillies left-hander a five-game suspension from MLB, along with an undisclosed fine. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo should be happy, as he called for Hamels to be suspended along with calling Hamels a whole bunch of names, including “classless” and “gutless” and…

  8. Mets place shortstop Ruben Tejada on disabled list

    May 7, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

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    Ruben Tejada left yesterday’s game after straining his right quadriceps muscle and today the Mets’ starting shortstop was placed on the disabled list. Utility man Ronny Cedeno was already on the DL, so Justin Turner is starting at shortstop tonight despite never starting there previously in the majors and having just 53 total games at…

  9. Giants reliever Guillermo Mota suspended 100 games for second positive PED test

    May 7, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    MLB has suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the San Francisco reliever’s second positive test for a performance enhancing drug. Mota first tested positive for a PED in 2006, receiving a 50-game suspension. This time he was found to be using Clenbuterol, which Kirk Radomski famously admitted to giving numerous big leaguers as part of…

  10. Orioles demote struggling starter Tommy Hunter to Triple-A

    May 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Tommy Hunter is a 25-year-old veteran of five big-league seasons with 61 starts and 372 innings in the majors, but today the Orioles demoted him to Triple-A. Hunter has struggled since Baltimore acquired him from Texas along with Chris Davis in exchange for Koji Uehara last July, throwing 105 innings with a 5.04 ERA and…

  11. Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez diagnosed with torn ACL

    May 7, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Alex Gonzalez

    For the second time in a week the Brewers have lost an everyday player to a torn ACL. First baseman Mat Gamel will miss the remainder of the season after blowing out his knee on May 2 and now shortstop Alex Gonzalez has been diagnosed with a torn ACL suffered Saturday. Season-ending surgery is likely,…

  12. Philip Humber has allowed 20 runs in 13 innings since his perfect game

    May 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    AP Phil Humber

    Whenever a non-ace throws a no-hitter there are always lots of articles wondering if they’ll build off that historic performance and suddenly become a significantly better pitcher. It’s sort of a silly notion to begin with, as if allowing zero hits as opposed to, say, two hits can drastically alter someone’s career. In the case…

  13. Jayson Werth undergoes wrist surgery, expected to miss “at least 12 weeks”

    May 7, 2012, 2:08 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Last night after Jayson Werth broke his wrist attempting a diving catch in right field the Nationals announced that he was expected to miss six weeks. Today he underwent surgery and Bill Ladson of MLB.com talked to a team source who said Werth “will be out for more than six weeks” and guessed that it…

  14. Is there any chance of Mariano Rivera returning this year?

    May 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Now that Mariano Rivera has said he plans to rehab his torn ACL and pitch next season the natural question is whether there’s any chance he could return this year. One recent example of a pitcher coming back from a torn ACL in the same season is Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers, who suffered the…

  15. Omar Vizquel is now the oldest shortstop in MLB history

    May 7, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Omar Vizquel

    Yesterday the Blue Jays gave Yunel Escobar his first day off this season and Omar Vizquel got the start at shortstop, making history by becoming the oldest player to ever appear at the position. Bobby Wallace held the previous mark by appearing in 12 games as a 44-year-old shortstop for the Cardinals in 1918, but…

  16. A’s planning for Manny Ramirez’s return in three weeks

    May 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    manny st pats

    Manny Ramirez has kept a remarkably low profile while serving the first half of his 50-game suspension, but he’s now about three weeks away from being eligible to return and about two weeks from likely beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Ramirez is currently working out at extended spring training and his suspension ends on May…

  17. Doug Fister is rejoining the Tigers’ rotation tonight

    May 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    fister reuters

    Out since April 7 with a strained abdominal muscle, Doug Fister is slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight. And he’ll be facing his former team, the Mariners. The injury forced Fister to exit his season debut in the fourth inning, but after a month off he felt good…

  18. Clay Buchholz and his 9.09 ERA will stay in the Red Sox’s rotation … for now

    May 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Clay Buchholz

    Our own Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about Clay Buchholz‘s struggles and wondered how much longer the Red Sox would leave him in the rotation. Buchholz failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday as his ERA rose to 9.09, but afterward manager Bobby Valentine told reporters: “I have no plans to change him…

  19. Huston Street to go on disabled list with shoulder strain

    May 5, 2012, 5:29 PM EST

    Huston Street

    5:30 p.m. EDT update: Street confirmed Saturday that he would go on the disabled list with his strained lat muscle. Miles Mikolas has joined the Padres and is expected to take Street’s roster spot. /// Huston Street immediately knew something was wrong when he threw ball four to Logan Morrison in the 10th inning last…

  20. Ryan Braun returns to Brewers lineup, but Carlos Gomez likely headed for DL

    May 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    braun reuters

    Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup after leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out last night with a sore Achilles’ tendon, but Carlos Gomez remains sidelined by a hamstring injury. No official move has been made yet, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Gomez is almost surely bound for the disabled list tonight…

  21. Chien-Ming Wang close to rejoining Nationals after strong rehab start

    May 5, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Chien-Ming Wang tossed six innings of two-run ball last night in a minor-league rehab start at Single-A and might be one more solid outing away from rejoining the Nationals. Wang has been out since injuring his calf covering first base on March 15 and has also battled major shoulder problems for the past three seasons,…

  22. Angels demote reliever Kevin Jepsen to Triple-A … again

    May 5, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

    Kevin Jepsen

    Kevin Jepsen spent 2009 and 2010 as a setup man for the Angels, throwing 114 innings with a 4.43 ERA and 109 strikeouts, but last night the 27-year-old right-hander was demoted to Triple-A for the second straight season. This time around Jepsen earned the demotion by coughing up nine runs in seven innings, whereas last…

  23. Marlins worried struggling Josh Johnson isn’t healthy

    May 5, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Josh Johnson AP

    Heath Bell isn’t the only big name pitcher struggling for the Marlins. Josh Johnson missed the final four months of last season with a shoulder injury and has looked nothing like his old self early on this year, leading manager Ozzie Guillen to worry that the Marlins ace is still hurting. Last night Johnson failed…

  24. Matt Garza feeling sick, “iffy” to make Sunday start

    May 5, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

    Matt Garza

    There’s a flu bug going around the Cubs clubhouse and the latest victim is Matt Garza, with manager Dale Sveum saying this morning that the right-hander is “iffy” to make his scheduled Sunday start. Garza was originally supposed to start today before being pushed back in the rotation and Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago…

  25. Ozzie Guillen after another Heath Bell blown save: “We’ve got to do something about it”

    May 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell blew another save last night, coughing up his fourth lead in seven tries, and afterward manager Ozzie Guillen finally seemed ready to make a change at closer after previously saying he’d stick with Bell through the struggles: We’ll check tomorrow about what’s going to be the situation with the closer. We’ve got to…

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