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

    May 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

  2. Lance Berkman not ready to return from calf injury

    May 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman tested his strained left calf yesterday, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “he felt some residual tightness and the plan now is for him not to try to run again until Monday.” Hummel notes that Berkman missed 21 days with a similar injury in 2009, so a similar…

  3. Tom Arnold retweeted HardballTalk, made Guy Fieri joke

    May 4, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    If you’re not already following HardballTalk on Twitter you’re missing out, because even celebrities like Tom Arnold use our Twitter feed to keep up to date on baseball news. For example, when the Padres traded reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels last night Arnold retweeted us and added in a joke about one of the…

  4. GM on possibility of Bryce Harper going back to the minors: “We’re not dumb”

    May 4, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper has started his big-league career 6-for-16 (.375) with four doubles and last night became just the fourth 19-year-old since 1980 to bat third in a major-league game. Just in case that wasn’t enough evidence to suggest he’s not going back to the minors, general manager Mike Rizzo basically confirmed that Harper is in…

  5. Delmon Young met with a rabbi in Detroit and had “a really wonderful conversation”

    May 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Delmon Young AP

    While serving his seven-game suspension for, among other things, allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks, Delmon Young met with Detroit-area rabbi Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel. Bennett described the meeting as coming from “a mutual reaching out” initiated in part by the Tigers and Young’s agent, and told Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News that they had…

  6. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  7. Twins claim Erik Komatsu off waivers from Cardinals, designate Clete Thomas for assignment

    May 4, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Komatsu gets ready for batting practice during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers

    Three weeks ago the Twins claimed Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers and gave him the fourth outfielder job, sending Ben Revere back to Triple-A for some additional seasoning. Thomas homered in his second at-bat for Minnesota … and then went 3-for-26 with 16 strikeouts, and today the Twins designated him for assignment while…

  8. Rangers get Ryan Spilborghs from Indians for minors depth

    May 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    Triple-A center field prospect Leonys Martin is out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, so the Rangers have acquired Ryan Spilborghs from the Indians to provide some minor-league outfield depth. Spilborghs spent six seasons with the Rockies as a semi-regular, but was non-tendered in December and then failed to win a spot on the Indians’ bench…

  9. Delmon Young returns from week-long suspension, Tigers drop Brad Eldred

    May 4, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young is back from his seven-day suspension and to make room for his return to the roster the Tigers designated Brad Eldred for assignment. Eldred was called up last week after absolutely destroying Triple-A pitching and manager Jim Leyland talked about “running him out there” to see if he could provide some power, but…

  10. Padres’ veteran double play duo Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett “could be released”

    May 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    In trading standout reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels yesterday the Padres picked up a prospect they hope will be their long-term second baseman in Alexi Amarista. He doesn’t project as a star player and for now Amarista is at Triple-A anyway, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the clock may…

  11. A’s place Coco Crisp on DL, call up prospect Michael Taylor

    May 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    As expected the A’s have placed Coco Crisp on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection, calling up Michael Taylor from Triple-A to replace him on the roster and in the outfield. Taylor was a top prospect when the A’s acquired him from the Blue Jays via the Phillies in mid-2009, ranking No. 29 on…

  12. No, the Mets aren’t calling up their young pitching prospects

    May 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    Mike Pelfrey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery and the Mets’ various options to replace him in the rotation aren’t very appealing, but general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that the team isn’t going to call up any of its top pitching prospects for a short-term fix. Zack Wheeler, who…

  13. Danny Espinosa “nervous” about being demoted to minors

    May 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    Danny Espinosa has been the Nationals’ starting second baseman since late 2010, playing 210 games since then, but a slow start this season has the 25-year-old worried about a demotion to the minors. Espinosa has hit just .182 with a league-leading 32 strikeouts in 24 games, which is abysmal production even for the modest standards…

  14. Sergio Santos aiming to return as Blue Jays closer in two weeks

    May 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Francisco Cordero has struggled as the Blue Jays’ fill-in closer, but he may only have to do the job for another couple weeks. Sergio Santos is scheduled to resume throwing on Tuesday and told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he hopes to return from an inflamed shoulder within 2-3 weeks. Santos has been out since…

  15. Yankees place Eric Chavez on seven-day disabled list for concussion, call up Jayson Nix

    May 3, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez, Joe Girardi

    Eric Chavez suffered whiplash diving for a ball defensively last night, leaving the game with a possible concussion, and the Yankees have now placed him on the seven-day disabled list designed specifically for concussions. Chavez initially remained in the game and came to the plate in the next half-inning, but had to leave in the…

  16. Bryce Harper is batting third for the Nationals tonight

    May 3, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bryce Harper batted seventh in the Nationals’ lineup for each of his first four games, but manager Davey Johnson has decided to promote the 19-year-old to the No. 3 spot tonight. That’s where the best hitter on the team generally bats and obviously in time the Nationals expect Harper to be that guy, but to…

  17. Leonys Martin out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery

    May 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin, Mike Dayly, Jon Daniels

    Leonys Martin got off to a great start at Triple-A after losing the spring training competition for the Rangers’ center field job, hitting .347 in 23 games, but the 24-year-old prospect will miss 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Martin struggled at Triple-A last season after defecting from Cuba…

  18. That was quick: Red Sox send Jose Iglesias back to minors

    May 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Called up Tuesday because the Red Sox needed some infield depth with Kevin Youkilis hurting but still on the active roster, Jose Iglesias is reportedly being sent back to Triple-A without getting into a game. Youkilis was placed on the disabled list yesterday, with prospect Will Middlebrooks coming up from Triple-A to replace him at…

  19. Royals place Yuniesky Betancourt on DL, but don’t call up Johnny Giavotella

    May 3, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    It was odd enough that the Royals chose washed-up veteran Yuniesky Betancourt over promising prospect Johnny Giavotella for the starting second base job this spring, but now Betancourt has been placed on the disabled list with an ankle injury and Giavotella didn’t even get the call to take his spot. And it’s not because Giavotella…

  20. Yankees sign Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000

    May 3, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Baseball America‘s international prospect guru Ben Badler reports that the Yankees have signed 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000. Garcia has consistently posted huge batting averages in Cuba, but Badler notes that his raw tools aren’t considered particularly impressive and he stands just 5-foot-7 “so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in…

  21. A.J. Burnett rocked for 12 runs in this season’s worst pitching performance

    May 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett pitched well in his first two starts after returning from a fractured orbital bone, coming off the disabled list with seven shutout innings on April 21 and then tossing six innings of two-run ball on April 27. Those seven scoreless frames came against St. Louis, but last night that same Cardinals lineup clobbered…

  22. Carlos Beltran homers twice, drives in seven runs

    May 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Albert Pujols remains homerless for the Angels, but the man signed to replace him in the Cardinals’ lineup went deep twice yesterday and drove in seven runs. Carlos Beltran now has seven homers in 23 games for St. Louis, and he’s hitting .279 with a .398 on-base percentage and .535 slugging percentage to essentially match…

  23. Ryan Braun left last night’s game with sore Achilles’ tendon

    May 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun followed up his monster three-homer game Monday by swiping his 100th career base Tuesday, but in doing so he injured his Achilles’ tendon. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that there was some thought given to having Braun sit out last night to rest the injury, but instead he started the game and then…

  24. Cubs activate Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood from DL

    May 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chicago’s pitching staff is getting a big boost today, as the Cubs activated both Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood from the disabled list while sending Randy Wells and Scott Maine back to Triple-A. Dempster has been out since April 18 with a quadriceps injury, while Wood has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since April…

  25. Reds sign reliever Michael Wuertz to minor-league deal

    May 2, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Michael Wuertz held a tryout for teams in mid-March, but the consensus at the time was that the right-hander wasn’t fully healthy yet after missing much of last season with a thumb injury. Two months later he finally found a taker, as Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN reports that the Reds have signed Wuertz to a…

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