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  1. Mariano Rivera becomes 15th pitcher in MLB history to make 1,000 appearances

    May 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hadn’t pitched in a week, so manager Joe Girardi used him in a non-save situation this afternoon to close out a 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays, and the appearance was the 1,000th of Rivera’s amazing career. He becomes the 15th pitcher in baseball history with at least 1,000 appearances (the first to…

  2. Red Sox crush Indians, improve to 25-12 since 2-10 start

    May 25, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox 's Jarrod Saltalamacchia is congratulated by teammates in Cleveland

    Cleveland came into today’s game against Boston with the majors’ best run differential at plus-65, but that number took a beating at Progressive Field as the Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first six innings and coasted to a 14-2 victory. Mitch Talbot took the brunt of the damage in his first start since…

  3. Dodgers’ patience with prospect Jerry Sands paying off

    May 25, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Jerry Sands got off to a rough start after the Dodgers called him up from Triple-A in mid-April, going 8-for-47 (.190) with 13 strikeouts through 11 games. They stuck with the 23-year-old top prospect, trusting that he’d eventually get on track and live up to the promise he showed while destroying minor-league pitching, and Sands…

  4. Joakim Soria’s struggles should have Royals worried

    May 25, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    For a long time Joakim Soria was a rare bright spot on terrible Royals teams, closing out their few late-inning leads with dominance, but now that the Royals are playing a little better and the influx of young talent has started migrating to Kansas City he’s struggling. Soria blew a save and took a loss…

  5. Barry Zito throws 50 pitches in simulated game

    May 25, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Barry Zito faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a sprained foot in mid-April, throwing 50 pitches against teammates Emmanuel Burriss and Eli Whiteside in a simulated game. Ron Kroichick¬†of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Whiteside hit a homer, which is never a good sign…

  6. John Lackey slated for June 5 return from elbow injury

    May 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    John Lackey threw a 40-pitch bullpen session yesterday and said afterward that his injured elbow “felt pretty good” and “definitely a lot better than I’ve been feeling.” According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal he’ll throw another bullpen session Friday and then head out on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, which barring a setback…

  7. Mike Rizzo has odd ideas about why the Nationals are losing

    May 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote a column yesterday about how the Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo are “not looking for scapegoats” following a 21-27 start. Much of the article is about how they’ve dealt with lots of injuries to key players and about how Rizzo is “satisfied” with the performance of manager Jim Riggleman…

  8. Injury puts Kevin Slowey’s demotion to Triple-A on hold

    May 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Kevin Slowey seems unlikely to pitch for the Twins again, as basically the entire organization has been criticizing him publicly all week and both sides seem to agree that a trade is best for everyone involved. Minnesota had planned to send him to Triple-A, where Slowey could resume starting while showcasing himself for a trade,…

  9. Phil Hughes throws from 100 feet, but “trying not to get caught up in the scheduling of everything”

    May 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes threw from 100 feet for about 10 minutes yesterday in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild and reported no problems afterward. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that there’s still no timetable for Hughes’ return from the “dead arm” that sent him to the disabled list in mid-April and he hasn’t even been cleared…

  10. Jeff Keppinger aiming for Friday return to Astros

    May 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Jeff Keppinger has yet to play this season after undergoing foot surgery in January, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the veteran infielder is slated to come off the disabled list Friday. Keppinger has spent the past couple weeks rehabbing in the minors, going 14-for-44 (.318) with one homer and just one strikeout in…

  11. Cubs place Matt Garza on DL with bone bruise in elbow

    May 24, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Garza missed his scheduled Sunday start with a bone bruise in his elbow and today the Cubs placed him on the disabled list. However, because the DL stint is backdated to May 18 the Cubs are hoping that Garza may only have to miss one more start, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago…

  12. Josh Hamilton was disliked by “pretty much everyone” while playing for the Reds

    May 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    josh hamilton reds

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is one of the best beat reporters to follow on Twitter because he frequently answers questions from followers and provides information and context that otherwise might not appear in his articles. Today is no exception, as he responded to a question about Josh Hamilton‘s one-season stay in Cincinnati by…

  13. UPDATE: Rafael Soriano to see Dr. James Andrews after MRI on elbow

    May 24, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    UPDATE:¬†According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rafael Soriano is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. 4:52 PM: The decision to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract keeps looking worse and worse for the Yankees. First he struggled out of the gates, then he was sidelined by elbow soreness, and…

  14. Hideki Okajima clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima began the season at Triple-A, got called up to rejoin the Red Sox’s bullpen in mid-April, was designated for assignment last week, and now has accepted an assignment back to Triple-A after passing through waivers unclaimed. And all that has happened after he re-signed with the Red Sox this offseason for $1.75 million.…

  15. That was quick: Reds send Todd Frazier back to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    todd-frazier-reds

    Yesterday the Reds called up prospect Todd Frazier from the Triple-A and there was speculation about how much playing time he’d get and who he’d replace in the lineup. So much for all that. Frazier appeared in last night’s game, striking out as a pinch-hitter, and was sent back to Triple-A this afternoon. Mark Sheldon…

  16. Bobby Jenks could be activated from DL this weekend

    May 24, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jenks_Bobby

    Out since May 5 with a strained triceps, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw a problem-free bullpen session yesterday and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend. After throwing a 25-pitch session Jenks said: Everything felt great today. Biceps is back to where…

  17. Terry Francona on Daisuke Matsuzaka: “He’s not going to have surgery”

    May 24, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka injured

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, which is often a precursor to Tommy John elbow surgery, but manager Terry Francona made it very clear that he doesn’t think Matsuzaka will need to go under the knife: He’s not going to have surgery. He’s not going…

  18. Injured fielding a bunt, Tigers starter Phil Coke placed on DL

    May 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Coke_Phil

    Phil Coke left yesterday’s start after injuring his foot fielding a Ben Zobrist bunt and today the Tigers left-hander was placed on the disabled list. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Detroit will call up prospect Andy Oliver to take Coke’s turn in the rotation Saturday, but in the meantime they’ve added left-hander Adam Wilk…

  19. Jose Contreras ready to rejoin Phillies as a setup man

    May 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras made his final minor-league rehab appearance this morning at Triple-A, throwing two scoreless innings, and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he’ll likely be activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Contreras was filling in for Brad Lidge as the Phillies’ closer when an elbow injury shut him down in mid-April, but…

  20. Brian Fuentes on pace to shatter record for relief losses

    May 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Somewhat obscured by Brian Fuentes ripping his manager after last night’s game is that the whole thing transpired because he was stripped of closing duties and then took his seventh loss of the season while pitching in a non-save situation. Fuentes is now 1-7 with a 5.06 ERA through the A’s first 48 games, which…

  21. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo “disciplined” after incident with umpire

    May 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    Last week umpire Phil Cuzzi incorrectly called out Jayson Werth on a play at first base in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Mets, at which point Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo allegedly sought out the crew as they were leaving the field and had a verbal altercation. Cuzzi filed a complaint…

  22. Jim Thome smacks homers 592 and 593 in return from DL

    May 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    jim-thome-twins-592-and-593

    On a night when the Twins honored the greatest slugger in team history, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Thome returned from the disabled list after missing three weeks with an oblique injury and hit the 592nd and 593rd homers of his career. Throughout his 21 seasons Thome has homered once every 21 at-bats versus left-handed pitchers compared…

  23. Cardinals send Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A to work as a starter

    May 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    I wondered yesterday why the Cardinals would demote Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A after he had one bad week following 95 innings of solid relief work, but now we know: He’s going to work as a starter. Tony La Russa told Tom Krasovic of MLB.com that the idea is for Boggs to develop his secondary pitches…

  24. Mitchell Boggs goes from closer to Triple-A in three weeks

    May 23, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    When the Cardinals bumped Ryan Franklin from the closer role last month they turned to Mitchell Boggs as his replacement and the 27-year-old right-hander responded by converting his first three save chances. Boggs blew his fourth save chance on April 26 and hasn’t been given another ninth-inning lead since. And today the Cardinals demoted him…

  25. Joe Blanton taking injured elbow to Dr. James Andrews

    May 23, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Scratched from his Thursday start and placed on the disabled list with the same elbow problems that shelved him earlier this season, Joe Blanton will now get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Meeting with Dr. Andrews is never a good thing for a pitcher and beyond that Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer…

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