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  1. Partying like 1999: Get ready for a Royals-Pirates World Series

    May 10, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    prince 1999

    David Schoenfield of ESPN.com just tweeted this note and I had to share it: First time both the Pirates and Royals have been over .500 on the same day 30 games into a season since May 16, 1999. How long ago was that? Well, that day the Pirates were playing the Expos and Vladimir Guerrero…

  2. Amid the boos Carl Crawford starting to heat up for Red Sox

    May 10, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    carl-crawford-and-kevin-youkilis-red-sox

    Carl Crawford was booed at Fenway Park last night before becoming the game’s hero with a Green Monster double that gave the Red Sox a walk-off win in the 11th inning. Even before the game-winning hit Crawford was quietly getting back on track following a terrible start to the season. Since his batting average dropped…

  3. Max Ramirez signs with Astros after being let go by Rangers, Red Sox, and Cubs

    May 10, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    max-ramirez-rangers

    Not so long ago Max Ramirez was headed to the Red Sox for Mike Lowell, but Lowell’s injuries squashed that trade and Ramirez’s stock has been in a free fall ever since. This winter the Red Sox claimed him off waivers from the Rangers only to lose him on waivers to the Cubs a couple…

  4. Chase Utley to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    May 10, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley reported no problems after playing extended spring training games Saturday and Monday, so he’ll begin a minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A tonight, according to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News. That the Phillies are allowing Utley to play on back-to-back days suggests he’s relatively far along in his recovery from knee…

  5. Javier Vazquez: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing”

    May 10, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Back in December the Marlins were hoping a physical therapist could help Javier Vazquez rediscover his fastball velocity after they signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $7 million deal. Normally moving from the AL and hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to the NL and Florida’s pitcher-friendly ballpark would have made Vazquez a strong bounceback candidate, but…

  6. Rafael Furcal “just not ready” for minor league rehab stint

    May 10, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Giants third baseman Sandoval is unable to tag out Dodgers baserunner Furcal during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco

    Rafael Furcal is four weeks into what was supposed to be a 4-6 week recovery from a broken left thumb, but manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he “won’t be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment until he’s able to swing right-handed without discomfort.” According to Mattingly that means the earliest…

  7. Joe Blanton’s elbow “is still a little cranky” and “definitely not 100 percent”

    May 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton returned from the disabled list last night with a win, allowing three runs in five innings against the Marlins in his first start since April 26, but said afterward that his elbow still isn’t totally healthy. Pitching coach Rich Dubee agreed, telling Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Blanton’s elbow “is still a little…

  8. J.J. Hardy due back from the disabled list tonight

    May 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    J.J. Hardy has been out since April 10 with a strained oblique muscle, but Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles’ shortstop is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the lineup for tonight’s game. Hardy went 2-for-9 with three walks in three games rehabbing at Triple-A and the Orioles…

  9. Adam Lind may be DL bound after MRI exam on injured back

    May 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adam Lind remained out of the Blue Jays’ lineup Monday and underwent an MRI exam on his lower back injury. For now the Blue Jays are awaiting the MRI results, but Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun reports that a stint on the disabled list is likely and manager John Farrell described Lind’s back spasms…

  10. Roy Oswalt now aiming to come off disabled list next Tuesday

    May 9, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Along with activating Joe Blanton from the disabled list for tonight’s start the Phillies have also juggled their rotation, lining up Cole Hamels to pitch Friday because Roy Oswalt is now aiming to return next Tuesday. Oswalt was initially penciled in to pitch this Friday, with Vance Worley waiting in the wings as the fill-in…

  11. Phillies activate Joe Blanton from DL for tonight’s start

    May 9, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    After missing the minimum 15 days with an elbow injury Joe Blanton has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Marlins. Blanton had a 5.91 ERA in four starts prior to going on the DL and Vance Worley did a nice job filling in for him, going 2-0 with a…

  12. Jonathan Broxton “could be out for another six weeks”

    May 9, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    When the Dodgers placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list Friday the initial word was that he’d be shut down for a couple weeks, but the latest from manager Don Mattingly is that he could miss six weeks. Beyond that, Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Vicente Padilla may keep the…

  13. Enough is enough: Milton Bradley designated for assignment by Mariners

    May 9, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    UPDATE: Turns out, it was just a temporary stay of execution for Bradley, as the Mariners have now designated him for assignment while recalling prospect Carlos Peguero from Triple-A. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for Bradley as a free agent given that he hasn’t hit well in several years…

  14. Cubs promote Doug Davis to Triple-A as opt-out date looms

    May 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow. The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors…

  15. Opening Day shortstop Alexi Casilla moves closer to the exit in Minnesota

    May 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    alexi-casilla-twins

    Alexi Casilla‘s ill-conceived reign as the Twins’ starting shortstop lasted all of a month, as he played his way out of the job by hitting .190 with predictably spotty defense at a position where he lacked both the skills and experience to succeed. Trevor Plouffe has now taken over at shortstop, earning a call-up by…

  16. Jim Tracy on Ian Stewart: “He’s either going to play his way in or play his way off the team”

    May 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    ian-stewart-rockies

    Demoting their starting third baseman of the past two seasons to Triple-A because of a bad first two weeks was a pretty strong indication that the Rockies have soured on Ian Stewart and yesterday manager Jim Tracy made that even more obvious. When asked why Stewart batted eighth in the Rockies’ lineup, Tracy told Troy…

  17. Prince Fielder thinks Albert Pujols “should command it all”

    May 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    albert-pujols-and-prince-fielder

    This weekend the Brewers were in St. Louis to play the Cardinals, so the local writers asked Prince Fielder what he thinks about fellow impending free agent first baseman Albert Pujols. Fielder naturally is in favor of Pujols breaking the bank, telling Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he “should command it…

  18. Rays close to adding J.P. Howell to league’s best bullpen

    May 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    JP Howell

    Despite losing closer Rafael Soriano and setup men Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheeler to free agency the Rays’ bullpen leads the league with a 2.82 ERA and they’re close to adding left-hander J.P. Howell to the relief mix. After struggling as a starter Howell moved to the bullpen full time in 2008 and…

  19. Neftali Feliz returns from the disabled list “good to go”

    May 6, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    As expected, the Rangers activated Neftali Feliz from the disabled list and the closer told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com that he’s “good to go” after being out since April 21 with shoulder inflammation. Feliz struck out the side in a one-inning rehab appearance Wednesday at Double-A and his fastball was in the high-90s. Prior to…

  20. Angel Pagan suffers setback on verge of returning from DL

    May 6, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    Earlier this week Angel Pagan played in an extended spring training game and was hoping to return from the disabled list when eligible Saturday, but those plans have been squashed. Terry Collins said that Pagan suffered a setback yesterday in his recovery from a strained oblique muscle and will travel to New York to be…

  21. Roy Oswalt scratched from Saturday start with back soreness

    May 6, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt rejoined the Phillies yesterday after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following last week’s tornadoes and was expected to start Saturday, but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’s been scratched from the start. Oswalt is apparently still dealing with back soreness and could be headed for the disabled…

  22. Braves reliever Peter Moylan: “Looks like surgery is imminent”

    May 6, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan‘s back pain hasn’t subsided after taking two weeks to rest, so the Braves reliever told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he expects to undergo season-ending surgery. Moylan was examined yesterday by a surgeon in Atlanta and will travel to Los Angeles early next week to get a second opinion before…

  23. Travis Snider is hitting .524 with a 1.249 OPS since demotion to Triple-A

    May 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Last week the Blue Jays demoted Travis Snider to Triple-A after he hit just .184 in 25 games, with general manager Alex Anthopoulos explaining that they wanted the 23-year-old outfielder to work on his swing mechanics “and get back to what made him successful.” Not that a week’s worth of action proves anything either way,…

  24. Dodgers place Jonathan Broxton on DL, recall Kenley Jansen

    May 6, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton won’t need surgery after no structural damage was found in his elbow, but the Dodgers have placed him on the disabled list with a bone spur. Shutting him down for a while certainly makes sense even if the Dodgers are convinced there’s nothing significantly wrong with Broxton’s elbow. His velocity has been down,…

  25. Forced into retirement by hip problems, Mike Lowell needs another surgery

    May 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell

    A few months ago Mike Lowell ruled out returning to baseball because his surgically repaired hip was getting worse, admitting that he’d probably need hip replacement surgery eventually. That time hasn’t come yet, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Lowell is going under the knife again to have a hip “resurfacing.” Lowell tore his…

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