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  1. Evan Longoria to begin rehab assignment Thursday, aiming to come off DL early next week

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria has been out since straining his oblique muscle in the second game of the season, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he’s scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. Assuming he can avoid a setback while playing at Double-A, Longoria is aiming to come off the disabled…

  2. Josh Hamilton “still more than a month away from returning”

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    It’s been exactly two weeks since Josh Hamilton fractured his shoulder and was given a 6-8 week timetable, so T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reporting that he’s “still more than a month away from returning” makes sense. Sullivan notes that Hamilton has started “working out in left field” and is making some throws to second base,…

  3. Ian Desmond takes paternity leave from Nationals

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    As expected, Ian Desmond has taken a paternity leave from the Nationals. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that outfielder Roger Bernadina has been called up from Triple-A to replace Desmond on the roster for what will likely be just a day or two. Desmond joins Colby Lewis as the first players to take advantage of…

  4. Pirates claim outfielder Xavier Paul off waivers from Dodgers

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh is making good use of the No. 1 waiver position, claiming Brandon Wood from the Angels last week and now snagging Xavier Paul off waivers from the Dodgers today. I’m sure the Pirates will be mocked in some quarters for picking up other teams’ scraps and certainly neither waiver claim is going to be…

  5. Brandon Webb tops out at 84 mph in extended spring training

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb rangers

    Jason Grey of ESPN.com was on hand for Brandon Webb‘s extended spring training start yesterday and filed a report that suggests the former Cy Young winner is still nowhere near full strength more than two years after shoulder problems first surfaced. Webb threw two scoreless innings against the Mariners’ extended spring squad, but Grey notes…

  6. UPDATE: Corey Hart to return from disabled list Wednesday

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Corey Hart

    UPDATE: Now the Brewers are saying Hart will come off the disabled list tomorrow. ========== Corey Hart went just 2-for-15 with three strikeouts during a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A, but he’s rejoined the Brewers in Milwaukee and is expected to come off the disabled list in time for tonight’s game. Hart has been sidelined…

  7. Converted shortstop Sergio Santos is White Sox’s new closer

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Chicago White Sox

    Ozzie Guillen has been playing musical relievers after Opening Day closer Matt Thornton blew all four of his early save chances (with the help of some shoddy defense). Sergio Santos was the latest White Sox reliever to be handed a late-inning lead last night and the converted shortstop closed out a 2-0 win with 1.1…

  8. Charlie Manuel: “No way in hell we overused Jose Contreras”

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Jose Contreras was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a right flexor pronator strain and manager Charlie Manuel was questioned about whether the reliever’s recent heavy workload led to the elbow problems. Not only did Manuel deny that premise, he did so very strongly. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com has the details: I feel like,…

  9. What fluke? Jose Bautista hitting .364 with AL-high 8 homers

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Last night Jose Bautista homered for the fourth time in four games, giving him a league-leading eight homers on the season despite missing three games due to the birth of his daughter. Bautista, whose monster 2010 was deemed a fluke by nearly everyone because it came at age 29 and after six totally unremarkable seasons,…

  10. Against wife’s wishes, Don Mattingly is keeping his goatee

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Don Mattingly has decided to take the biggest risk of his young managerial career by going against his wife’s wishes and keeping his new goatee. Of course, he told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the goatee will stay only as long as the Dodgers keep winning, so Jonathan Broxton, James Loney, and…

  11. Giants “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Giants are “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available.” Crasnick writes that Schierholtz “could be the odd man out” once Andres Torres returns from the disabled list and the Giants’ outfield situation will get even more crowded once they deem Brandon Belt ready to return from a demotion…

  12. Dodgers activate Dioner Navarro from DL, option A.J. Ellis to Triple-A

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Out since mid-March with a strained oblique muscle, Dioner Navarro has returned from the disabled list and the Dodgers made room for him on the roster by optioning A.J. Ellis to Triple-A. That means Navarro will replace Ellis as Rod Barajas‘ backup behind the plate and … well, it sure seems like the Dodgers just…

  13. Brandon Belt homers in first at-bat after demotion to Triple-A

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt hit just .192 with one homer in 17 games before the Giants demoted him to the minors last week, but he wasted no time resuming his destruction of minor-league pitching by homering in his first Triple-A at-bat. Belt went deep against former big leaguer Micah Owings and played left field, with the Giants…

  14. Michael Cuddyer is now the Twins’ starting second baseman

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    In the wake of Tsuyoshi Nishioka‘s fractured fibula the Twins have occasionally moved Michael Cuddyer from right field to second base, where he hadn’t played regularly since 2005. Cuddyer hasn’t exactly thrived there, looking passable at best defensively while hitting just .160 in six games, but yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Cuddyer will be…

  15. Pittsburgh media already turning on first-year Pirates manager Clint Hurdle?

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Clint Hurdle had to know what a tough job he was taking when he agreed to manage the Pirates. They’d had 18 straight losing seasons and during that time six other managers had tried and failed to turn things around. Hurdle probably thought he could do what the six before him couldn’t and if not…

  16. Zack Greinke makes second rehab start, eyes mid-May return

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke made his second minor-league rehab start yesterday at Triple-A, allowing two runs in 3.2 innings while throwing 54 pitches, and afterward said: “Maybe the velocity was still there, but the control wasn’t that sharp.” He’s scheduled to make a third rehab start Friday, at which point the Brewers may decide that he’s ready…

  17. Mariners plan to limit 22-year-old Michael Pineda’s workload

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Michael Pineda has been fantastic through four starts with a 1.78 ERA, .202 opponents’ batting average, and 21/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, but pitching coach Carl Willis indicated yesterday that the Mariners plan to limit the 22-year-old’s workload. Doug Miller of MLB.com notes that in 2006 the Mariners capped a 20-year-old Felix Hernandez‘s innings…

  18. Tony La Russa’s daughter is an Oakland Raiders cheerleader

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    bianca la russa raiders

    Our blogmate Rick Chandler at Off The Bench passes along word that Tony La Russa’s daughter is now an Oakland Raiders cheerleader. Or more specifically, Bianca La Russa is a Raiderette. She tweeted the news: A goal and a dream come true- I’m a 2011 Raiderette! I’m so excited to rep an organization that does…

  19. Cardinals admit obvious, name Mitchell Boggs closer (sort of)

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    For whatever reason manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan have been reluctant to actually name a replacement for Ryan Franklin, who was stripped of closing duties last week. However, after giving Mitchell Boggs three straight save opportunities and watching him handle them successfully while looking very good in the process Duncan finally…

  20. Don Mattingly’s wife joins Mr. Burns in telling him to shave

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    don mattingly simpsons

    First it was George Steinbrenner telling him to cut his long hair. Then it was Mr. Burns telling him to shave his sideburns. And now his wife is telling him to get rid of the goatee. Don Mattingly can’t seem to catch a hair-related break. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times describes how the…

  21. Everyone else is injured, so Ryan Madson finally gets a shot to be Phillies’ closer

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Ryan Madson has been one of the best, most underrated relievers in baseball since moving to the bullpen full time in 2007, but because he didn’t thrive in a few brief opportunities to close games in previous seasons the Phillies have avoided giving him another chance as closer. Philadelphia wasted no time choosing Jose Contreras…

  22. Maicer Izturis rips “ignorant people” for questioning durability, then sits out game with injury

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Maicer Izturis called the fans who question his durability “ignorant people” who “don’t know the game.” I suggested at the time that it probably wasn’t a great idea, since a) he played only 254 of 486 games the previous three seasons, and b) fans tend not to see a comment like that and…

  23. Johnny Damon playing through hairline fracture in finger tip

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Johnny Damon missed three games after being hit on the hand by a pitch Sunday and revealed today that he has a hairline fracture in the tip of his left ring finger. Damon played last night, going 1-for-4 with a single, and is back in the lineup tonight against the Blue Jays, telling Roger Mooney…

  24. Mets to place Angel Pagan on DL, call up Jason Pridie

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    Angel Pagan left Tuesday’s game after pulling a muscle in his side and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will place him on the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks. Pagan had hoped to return in a few days, but clearly the Mets didn’t want to play short-handed in center…

  25. Derek Jeter leads MLB in ground ball percentage, ranks 188th in slugging percentage

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    Derek Jeter quickly ditching the “new swing” he worked on with hitting coach Kevin Long hasn’t helped his production, as the Yankees shortstop is batting just .219 with a .282 on-base percentage and .234 slugging percentage in 16 games. Jeter is still doing a fine job controlling the strike zone, drawing six walks compared to…

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