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  1. James McDonald is growing into the Pirates’ ace at age 27

    May 30, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    James McDonald pitched well for the Pirates in the one-and-a-half seasons after they acquired him from the Dodgers for Octavio Dotel in mid-2010, but so far this season he’s taken a major step forward at age 27 to emerge as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter. McDonald threw 244 innings with a 4.15 ERA in 2010 and…

  2. Jonathan Lucroy: “My wife has been getting hate mail”

    May 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Lucroy will undergo surgery tomorrow to insert a pin into his fractured right hand, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the operation won’t change the catcher’s expected recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks. Lucroy also revealed during a radio interview with 1250-WSSP that his wife “has been getting hate mail on her Facebook” page…

  3. Roy Oswalt thinks he’ll be ready to join the Rangers within a month

    May 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt held a conference call with Rangers reporters today and said he expects to be ready to join the rotation after just four minor-league starts, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday at Triple-A. While deciding which team to sign with Oswalt was throwing regularly at his home in Mississippi and feels stretched…

  4. Kerry Wood wrote a children’s book

    May 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood has been retired for all of two weeks now and he’s already keeping himself busy promoting a children’s book he co-wrote with MLB.com Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat. Here’s a photo of Muskat holding the book, entitled “All You Can Be: Learning and Growing Through Sports”: Wood describes the book as “a positive…

  5. Juan Rivera nearing return from torn hamstring

    May 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Rivera was initially expected to miss two months with a torn hamstring suffered on May 9, but the Dodgers outfielder/first baseman is so far ahead of schedule in his recovery that he’s hoping to come off the disabled list this weekend. Rivera has already played two games on a minor-league rehab assignment and told…

  6. Hey, look: Alfonso Soriano is hitting again

    May 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Alfonso Soriano‘s huge contract and disappointing production already made him the target of Cubs fans’ scorn, so when he got off to a slow start this season that only increased along with the perception that his presence was playing a part in top prospect Anthony Rizzo remaining in the minors. But a funny thing happened…

  7. Grady Sizemore: “I’m beyond being anxious or frustrated”

    May 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    As recently as three weeks ago Grady Sizemore seemed optimistic about returning from the disabled list in early June, but as has so often been the case with the former star setbacks have squashed those plans. In updating Sizemore’s status yesterday manager Manny Acta admitted that the center fielder is nowhere close to returning from…

  8. Chad Tracy could miss entire season with torn groin muscle

    May 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Chad Tracy pulled up lame while running out a double Saturday, leaving the game in obvious pain, and it turns out the injury was a bad one. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Tracy suffered a torn groin muscle that will require surgery. He’ll miss at least 6-8 weeks and the 32-year-old veteran could be…

  9. Tigers demote longtime regular Ryan Raburn to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Ryan Raburn is 31 years old with 1,632 plate appearances and a .750 OPS in the majors, but a brutal start this season has him back at Triple-A. Detroit decided it had seen enough after Raburn hit just .146 with an ugly 35/8 K/BB ratio in 37 games split between second base and the outfield,…

  10. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper thinks you should shut up about pitch counts

    May 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Chris Sale throwing 115 pitches in his dominant, 15-strikeout start Monday has led to some talk about whether the White Sox were smart to let him stay in the game that long considering it was his ninth career start and came just weeks after temporarily shifting him to the bullpen amid elbow problems. White Sox…

  11. Travis Hafner on DL, out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    May 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Hafner will have his knee scoped tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the Indians announced. ========== Travis Hafner has missed the past six games with a sore right knee and this morning the Indians placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Scott Barnes from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.…

  12. Orioles demote Tommy Hunter back to Triple-A

    May 29, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    For the second time this season the Orioles have optioned Tommy Hunter back to Triple-A, with the latest demotion coming after he failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday versus the Blue Jays. Hunter has a 5.59 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 58 innings, allowing 13 homers and a .300 opponents’…

  13. The rich get richer: AL-leading Rangers sign Roy Oswalt

    May 29, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Reports all day have said Roy Oswalt was close to choosing a new team and the Rangers were heavy favorites, and now Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News writes that Texas has indeed signed the 34-year-old free agent. Fraley quotes “an individual familiar with the process” as saying it’s a done deal. Oswalt has…

  14. Steve Clevenger returns from DL, will be Cubs’ main catcher

    May 29, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Geovany Soto and Welington Castillo are both on the disabled list with knee injuries, so Steve Clevenger will have an opportunity to get most of the playing time behind the plate for the Cubs. Clevenger has been on the DL himself with a strained oblique muscle, but is now healthy and Doug Padilla of ESPN…

  15. Dustin Pedroia out of Red Sox lineup with thumb injury

    May 29, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Dustin Pedroia, who left yesterday’s game after jamming his right thumb, is absent from the Red Sox’s starting lineup tonight. He’s considered day-to-day and it’s possible Pedroia could make an appearance off the bench, but in the meantime Nick Punto is starting at second base and batting ninth against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Pedroia…

  16. Hideki Matsui hits .170 at Triple-A, gets called up by Rays

    May 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    As expected the Rays have called up Hideki Matsui despite the 37-year-old veteran hitting just .170 at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract last month. Matsui went 8-for-47 with zero homers, two doubles, and a 10/4 K/BB ratio in 13 games for Durham, seemingly showing no signs of being ready to make an impact in…

  17. Magglio Ordonez to retire Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day”

    May 29, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Magglio Ordonez was unable to latch on with a new team after rehabbing his second ankle surgery and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the six-time All-Star will make his retirement official Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day” in Detroit. Ordonez spent his first eight seasons with the White Sox and his final seven seasons with…

  18. Brian Roberts is several weeks from returning to the Orioles

    May 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts hasn’t played for the Orioles in more than a year following multiple concussions, but the veteran second baseman started a minor-league rehab assignment last week and is now aiming to be back in the majors at some point next month. Roberts went 2-for-9 with two doubles and two walks in five games at…

  19. Brett Gardner starts another comeback from elbow injury

    May 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner has once again started down the path to coming off the disabled list after numerous setbacks have delayed his return from a strained right elbow. Gardner has been out since April 18, progressing in his recovery several times during that span only to be shut down again. For now he was cleared to…

  20. Rangers considered heavy favorites to sign Roy Oswalt

    May 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt is reportedly close to choosing his new team and returning to the mound, and according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Rangers are heavy favorites to sign the 34-year-old right-hander. In fact, an unnamed “baseball official” told Crasnick that he “would be shocked” if Oswalt doesn’t end up in Texas. Along with the…

  21. Blue Jays demote starting left fielder Eric Thames to minors

    May 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames warms up in left field during an inter-squad game at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Eric Thames had a solid 95-game debut with Toronto last season and then beat out Travis Snider for the starting left field job during spring training, but the Blue Jays have demoted the 25-year-old to Triple-A after he hit just .243 with three homers and a .652 OPS in 46 games. That represents a 137-point…

  22. Torii Hunter returns to Angels two weeks after son’s arrest

    May 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Torii Hunter was back with the Angels yesterday, rejoining the team after more than two weeks away following his 17-year-old son’s arrest on sexual assault charges. Hunter remained on the restricted list for last night’s game, but indicated that he expects to be in the lineup tonight versus the Yankees. Here’s what Hunter said about…

  23. A’s rookie Ryan Cook’s 23-inning scoreless streak snapped

    May 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Coming into yesterday’s game A’s rookie Ryan Cook hadn’t allowed a run in 23 innings this season, but his scoreless streak ended when the Twins got to the 25-year-old right-hander for two runs in an eighth-inning comeback that snapped the streak and handed him a loss. And naturally the runs scored on a bloop double…

  24. Indians transfer reliever Rafael Perez to 60-day disabled list

    May 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Showing decreased velocity led to Rafael Perez being placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder muscle in late April and yesterday the Indians transferred the left-hander to the 60-day DL, which means he’s not eligible to return until the end of June. Perez was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but now he’ll…

  25. Shoulder injury sends Ted Lilly to the disabled list

    May 28, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Through seven starts Ted Lilly was 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA, but he coughed up eight runs in his last outing Wednesday and today the Dodgers placed him on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Double-A starter Nathan Eovaldi was scratched from his scheduled start over the weekend in order to be on call as…

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