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  1. Indians minor leaguer, former first-round pick John Drennen suspended for fertility drug

    May 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Indians minor leaguer John Drennen has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the banned substance Clomphene, which according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer “is a female fertility drug used to start ovulation.” Drennen, who was the 33rd overall pick in the 2005 draft, is hitting .267 with three homers and…

  2. Jorge Posada is back in the Yankees’ lineup … hitting seventh

    May 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if all the drama was worth it for Jorge Posada, but at the very least he got his wish. Posada is back in the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays and he’s hitting seventh, rather than the ninth spot that bothered him so much over the weekend. He’s started as…

  3. Yankees place Rafael Soriano on DL with elbow injury

    May 17, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: No word yet on a return timetable, but as expected the Yankees have placed Soriano on the disabled list. ========== Already ruled out for the two-game series against the Rays that began last night, Rafael Soriano had to cut short his bullpen session due to elbow soreness and has flown back to New York…

  4. Mike Quade after blown lead, loss: “That was embarrassing”

    May 17, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Cubs manager Mike Quade wasn’t very happy in the clubhouse after his team turned a four-run lead after six innings into a 7-4 loss to the Reds. Here’s some of what he said: That was embarrassing.That [stuff] has got to stop. And it’s everybody that was in that room for that meeting. Myself, the players…

  5. White Sox put Mark Teahen on DL, call up Dallas McPherson

    May 17, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Mark Teahen had hoped to avoid the disabled list after straining his oblique muscle last Wednesday, but after leaving him on the active roster as long as possible the White Sox have put him on the shelf and called up Dallas McPherson from Triple-A. McPherson was once a top prospect with the Angels, but injuries…

  6. Former manager Bob Melvin rejoins the Diamondbacks as a “special baseball advisor”

    May 17, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Bob Melvin was fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager in mid-2009 after compiling a 337-340 (.498) record in four-plus seasons on the job, but he’s rejoined the organization as a “special baseball advisor” to team president Derrick Hall. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Melvin “will assist not just the baseball operations department, but also other…

  7. Joe Mauer’s rehab progresses to extended spring training

    May 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    There’s still no timetable for his return from bilateral leg weakness, but Joe Mauer is taking a significant step in his recovery by reporting to extended spring training in Florida. For now he’ll merely work out in Fort Myers alongside Jim Thome and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, building up strength in his surgically repaired knee after admitting…

  8. Orlando Hudson expected to rejoin Padres on Thursday

    May 17, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Orlando Hudson completed a brief minor-league rehab assignment last night and is expected to return from the disabled list when eligible Thursday, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. Hudson has been out since May 4 with a strained hamstring and didn’t hit much prior to the injury, but had already matched his career-high with 10…

  9. Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew dies after battle with cancer

    May 17, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Harmon Killebrew entered into hospice care last week following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and the Twins just announced that the Hall of Famer passed away this morning at age 74. Killebrew is arguably the greatest player in Twins history and one of the greatest power hitters in MLB history, ranking fifth all time in…

  10. Franklin Gutierrez on verge of return from stomach problems

    May 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez has yet to play this season due to ongoing stomach problems that date back to last year, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Gold Glove center fielder “will rejoin the team as early as Wednesday” barring a setback. Gutierrez has been playing at Triple-A and Eric Wedge told Baker…

  11. Royals calling up prospect Danny Duffy for Wednesday start

    May 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kyle Davies leaving last night’s start after just one inning with a shoulder injury was terrible news for Vin Mazzaro, who took one for the team while allowing a remarkable 14 runs in 2.1 innings of relief. However, it ultimately may be good news for the Royals. Davies has long been one of the worst…

  12. Rafael Soriano unavailable for two-game series against Rays

    May 16, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano won’t be facing his old teammates in a two-game series that begins tonight, as the reliever’s elbow soreness will keep him unavailable against the Rays. Soriano walked two in a scoreless inning Friday for his only action since May 8, but told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he’s hoping to throw a problem-free…

  13. Roy Oswalt activated from DL in preparation for Tuesday start

    May 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Carlos Ruiz caught Roy Oswalt‘s rehab start Thursday at Single-A and said his fastball “had no life,” but the Phillies have activated Oswalt from the disabled list anyway and he’ll face the Cardinals tomorrow. Oswalt hasn’t pitched for the Phillies since struggling against the Diamondbacks on April 26, taking a leave of absence from the…

  14. Tony La Russa returns to Cardinals after six-game absence

    May 16, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: As expected, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Tony La Russa has rejoined the Cardinals and will manage tonight’s game. ========== Drew wrote yesterday about how Tony La Russa is feeling better after leaving the Cardinals to have his shingles treated and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post…

  15. Control problems and shoulder inflammation send Aroldis Chapman to DL

    May 16, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman was unable to throw strikes again yesterday, allowing four runs in his fourth straight ugly outing, and rather than let him travel deeper down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path the Reds have placed him on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Chapman’s velocity has been inconsistent and mostly down all season, so it’s…

  16. Jorge Posada out of Yankees’ lineup for third straight game

    May 16, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    After all the drama over the weekend Jorge Posada is absent from the Yankees’ lineup for a third straight game tonight. Alex Rodriguez is starting in his place at designated hitter, with Eduardo Nunez coming off the bench to play third base against Rays left-hander David Price. However, there was a good chance Posada would…

  17. Giants reliever Santiago Casilla not close to returning from DL

    May 16, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Santiago Casilla was nearly unhittable out of the Giants’ bullpen last season, posting a 1.95 ERA with 56 strikeouts and a .208 opponents’ batting average in 55 innings, but he appeared in just one game this season before landing on the disabled list with an elbow injury. And now manager Bruce Bochy told Chris Haft…

  18. Unable to dump him via trade, Mariners release Milton Bradley

    May 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    As expected, the Mariners were unable to find a team interested in trading for Milton Bradley after they designated him for assignment last week, so they’ve outright released the veteran outfielder. The fact that no team was willing to take on what’s left of the $12 million Bradley is owed for this season is no…

  19. Twins likely sellers at trade deadline for first time in a decade

    May 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    In the decade since Ron Gardenhire took over as manager the Twins have won six division titles, compiled an 815-682 (.544) record, and finished below .500 just once, when they were 79-83. And they’ve never been sellers at the trade deadline. There’s still a chance to avoid that fate again this season, but time is…

  20. Grady Sizemore’s “other” knee sends him back to the DL

    May 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    After missing most of last season and the first two weeks of this year following left knee surgery Grady Sizemore came off the disabled list on April 17 with a hot bat, hitting hit .282 with six homers and a .974 OPS in 18 games. Unfortunately his comeback was been halted by a bruised right…

  21. Casey Blake “close” to beginning rehab assignment in minors

    May 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Casey Blake has been out since April 25 with an elbow infection that was expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks, but yesterday manager Don Mattingly revealed that “Casey is close” to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Mattingly told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times that Blake “went the fully Monty” yesterday, which means…

  22. Jose Bautista has 64 homers in his last 162 games and no one else has more than 42

    May 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    After destroying the Twins over the weekend Jose Bautista has an MLB-high 16 homers this season and also leads the AL in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, runs, total bases, and walks. People keep expecting him to turn back into a pumpkin and Bautista keeps performing even better. In fact, dating back to…

  23. Brewers think Zack Greinke was tipping his pitches yesterday

    May 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Zack Greinke began yesterday’s start against the Pirates with four no-hit innings, but Neil Walker led off the fifth frame with a homer and he allowed a total of five runs and five extra-base hits in what proved to be his final inning. He still ended up with a win because the lineup scored a…

  24. Rockies tell Ian Stewart “we’re not going to trade you”

    May 14, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Last week manager Jim Tracy told reporters that Ian Stewart was “either going to play his way in or play his way off the team” and then yesterday, after benching him for two of the four games since, the Rockies demoted Stewart back to Triple-A. Even before the latest demotion to the minors I wrote…

  25. Leonys Martin debuts at Double-A after signing with Rangers for $15.5 million

    May 14, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Leonys Martin finalized a $15.5 million major-league contract with the Rangers last week and the 23-year-old Cuban center fielder made his American debut at Double-A, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a steal. Martin’s contract includes an immediate spot on the 40-man roster and most pre-signing scouting reports suggested he was pretty close to being…

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