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  1. Jacoby Ellsbury leaves game after injuring right shoulder

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    ellsbury injury

    Jacoby Ellsbury left today’s game against the Rays in the fourth inning with his right arm dangling at his side after colliding with Reid Brignac while trying to break up a double play. Ellsbury slid into second base, Brignac fell on top of him, and things didn’t look very good as the Red Sox center…

  2. Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time homer list with 630

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    rodriguez and griffey mariners

    Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season off Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers. The homer also snapped a career-long RBI drought for Rodriguez, who failed to drive in a run in any of…

  3. GM: Angels “making progress” on Erick Aybar extension

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    During spring training the Angels signed second baseman Howie Hendick to a four-year, $33.5 million contract, but they couldn’t come to an agreement on a similar long-term deal with shortstop Erick Aybar. However, the two sides didn’t stop talking when Opening Day arrived and general manager Jerry Dipoto told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that they’re…

  4. Brandon Belt on Giants’ bench for fourth straight game

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Apparently the Giants’ commitment to Brandon Belt as a regular lasted all of three games. He went 1-for-10 with five strikeouts and has been on the bench for each of the past four games, including this afternoon’s matchup against the Pirates despite right-hander James McDonald being on the mound. In fact, three of the four…

  5. Carl Crawford diagnosed with strained elbow, setting back recovery from wrist surgery

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford put his rehab from wrist surgery on hold to have his sore left elbow examined by doctors in Boston earlier this week and Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that he’s been diagnosed with a strain that will push back his rehab timetable “for at least a week.” Crawford revealed that he’s…

  6. Carlos Quentin cleared for live batting practice

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Carlos Quentin is far enough along in his recovery from March 19 knee surgery that he’s been cleared for live batting practice. Quentin was initially given a 4-6 week return timetable and won’t be ready to return by the time he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on April 18, but manager Bud Black…

  7. Royals sticking with Jonathan Broxton as closer

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Ned Yost took his time announcing that Jonathan Broxton and not Greg Holland would replace the injured Joakim Soria as closer, but the Royals manager wasted no time making it clear that he’s sticking with Broxton in the ninth-inning role despite an ugly blown save Wednesday. Broxton walked two batters, hit two more, and allowed…

  8. Vin Scully not ready to resume announcing, but feels better

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully isn’t ready to return to the Dodgers’ broadcast booth yet because of a cold, but the 84-year-old announcing legend is feeling better. Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Scully could be back on the air as soon as Saturday and returning tonight may have been an option if the weather wasn’t…

  9. Ubaldo Jimenez to return from suspension Sunday

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    After dropping the appeal of his five-game suspension for plunking ex-teammate Troy Tulowitzki near the end of spring training Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to return to the mound Sunday against the Royals. Jimenez was originally slated to start Saturday, but then Tuesday’s game versus the White Sox was rained out and because his suspension was…

  10. Astros activating shortstop Jed Lowrie from disabled list

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie AP

    Jed Lowrie is once again between disabled list stints, as the oft-injured infielder is back after sitting out the Astros’ first five games with a sprained thumb suffered late in spring training. Lowrie went 3-for-6 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and the switch-hitter acquired from Boston for Mark Melancon will take over as Houston’s…

  11. Jeff Gray and the absurdity of pitcher “wins”

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Twins reliever Jeff Gray is a 30-year-old journeyman who, as of yesterday afternoon, had one career victory as a big leaguer. Now he has three career victories and how he got there is hilarious. Last night Gray entered the game with two outs in the seventh inning and the Twins down 5-3. He retired Peter…

  12. Royals place Lorenzo Cain on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago Cubs

    Lorenzo Cain had a huge spring training, hitting .371 with five homers and a 1.193 OPS in 27 games, but he went just 2-for-15 to begin the season and has now been placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Cain suffered the injury Tuesday and the Royals indicated that he was likely to…

  13. Davey Johnson says Chien-Ming Wang “is doing very well” and could return this month

    Apr 12, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Chien-Ming Wang has looked good enough throwing off a mound in extended spring training that he could be ready to join the Nationals’ rotation later this month, according to manager Davey Johnson. Johnson told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Wang “is doing very well” in his recovery from a hamstring injury and “is…

  14. Behold: 10,000 calories and 59 dollars of The StrasBurger

    Apr 12, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Last month the Nationals announced that they’d be selling a massive eight-pound hamburger called “The StrasBurger” at the ballpark this season. It costs a whopping $59 and checks in around 10,000 calories and 700 grams of fat, which means you’d have to split it about 10 ways to have it qualify as “really bad for…

  15. Lance Berkman hoping to return Tuesday after MRI exam shows “minor” calf tear

    Apr 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Goold reports that an MRI exam revealed a “minor” calf tear and Berkman says it’s “more than reasonable” for him to return on Tuesday. ========= Lance Berkman was able to play through a finger injury, but the Cardinals first baseman called himself “doubtful” to return this week after suffering a calf injury legging out…

  16. Must-click link: Predictions of Mariano Rivera’s demise have been wrong for a decade

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Seemingly every time Mariano Rivera blows an early season save the question of whether he’s finally going to cease being the most dominant pitcher in baseball becomes a discussion topic for a couple days. And then he goes back to shutting everyone down and it’s forgotten. Until now, as Deadspin has gone digging through the…

  17. Phillies close to getting Jose Contreras back from surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras‘ minor-league rehab assignment got off to a rough start last week, but since then he’s made a pair of good appearances and could be on the verge of returning from elbow surgery. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras is scheduled to pitch today and tomorrow, testing his arm with back-to-back…

  18. Brett Anderson on track for possible July return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    In addition to trading away a ton of young talent this offseason the A’s also lost perhaps their best young pitcher, Brett Anderson, to Tommy John elbow surgery in July. That knocked him out for at least 12 months, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Anderson’s recovery is going so well that returning almost…

  19. Fact of the Day: Jamie Moyer is really old and Madison Bumgarner is really young

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    At this point “Jamie Moyer is old” facts are getting a little out of control, but here’s a good one specific to today’s Rockies-Giants game. According to Elias Sports Bureau (via Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts): Moyer at 49 years old and Madison Bumgarner at 22 years old represents the largest age gap for a…

  20. Michael Morse aggravates lat muscle tear, will be in “total shutdown mode” for six weeks

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was on the verge of coming off the disabled list when he experienced pain while throwing on his minor-league rehab assignment and the news on the Nationals left fielder isn’t good. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Morse aggravated his torn lat muscle and will be in “total shutdown mode” for at…

  21. Rangers meet with Josh Hamilton’s agent

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Now that the Rangers have locked up Ian Kinsler to a long-term deal a new contract for Josh Hamilton could be next on the agenda, or at least that’s the speculation after general manager Jon Daniels and owner Bob Simpson met with Hamilton’s agent yesterday. Previous reports have suggested that Hamilton’s injury history and off-field…

  22. Angels reliever Michael Kohn needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Shut down earlier this week following a setback with his forearm injury, Angels reliever Michael Kohn has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Kohn has been dominant at Triple-A with a 3.32 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 76 innings and got his fastball into the…

  23. Scott Baker to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker has battled elbow problems since 2010, throwing just 135 innings last year and beginning this year on the disabled list, and after a recent setback the Twins announced today that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery. It’s not Tommy John surgery, but rather a repair of his flexor pronator tendon, which carries a six-month recovery…

  24. Justin Verlander shut out the Rays for eight innings … and then lost for the first time since July

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander cruised through eight shutout innings this afternoon, toying with the Rays lineup while needing just 81 pitches to record 24 outs. And then everything unraveled in the ninth inning. Verlander allowed three singles and a walk before being removed with one out and a 2-2 tie, but Daniel Schlereth and Jose Valverde turned…

  25. Stephen Strasburg dominates the Mets, tops 100 pitches for the first time

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    This afternoon’s Stephen Strasburg–Johan Santana matchup was every bit as fun to watch as it looked on paper. Santana was very solid, albeit in another short outing, throwing five innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts despite averaging just 88.1 miles per hour with his fastball. Strasburg was very shaky early on, but quickly got…

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