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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. David Aardsma puts off Tommy John surgery for rehab

    May 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Brandon League‘s three straight losses may have the Mariners thinking about making a change at closer, but they won’t be turning back to David Aardsma in the ninth inning any time soon. Diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral elbow ligament earlier this week, Aardsma will be shut down for a month in an attempt to…

  9. Reds activate third baseman Scott Rolen from disabled list

    May 13, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Out since April 20 with a shoulder injury, Scott Rolen has been activated from the disabled list and will be in the Reds’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Cardinals after skipping a minor-league rehab assignment. Rolen was off to a slow start before landing on the DL, hitting just .217 with two homers and…

  10. Magglio Ordonez takes his .172 batting average to the DL

    May 13, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Magglio Ordonez has struggled mightily coming back from the fractured ankle that ended his 2010 season in July, hitting just .172 with one homer in 26 games, and today the Tigers placed him on the disabled list. Obviously his production at the plate has been non-existent, but the fact that Ordonez has to take his…

  11. Mop-up man no more: Twins move Joe Nathan into setup role

    May 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Joe Nathan was stripped of closing duties and demoted to mop-up man following back-to-back blown saves in mid-April, but with the rest of the Twins’ bullpen struggling and Nathan putting together a string of decent outings Ron Gardenhire has decided to move him into a higher-leverage role. Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that Nathan…

  12. Aaron Cook to make three rehab starts before coming off DL

    May 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook hasn’t started a big-league game since September 9 of last season, the Rockies right-hander is ready to take the next step in his recovery from shoulder and finger injuries. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Cook will make the first of at least three minor-league rehab starts tomorrow at Double-A and…

  13. Andrew McCutchen apologizes for lack of hustle that led to benching

    May 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Rain canceled last night’s Pirates-Dodgers game, so Andrew McCutchen‘s one-game benching for not hustling ends up being a zero-game suspension, as he’ll be back in Pittsburgh’s lineup tonight. However, the Pirates center fielder still took the time to apologize publicly for his not running to first base on a third strike that got away from…

  14. Phillies activate catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list

    May 13, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    Roy Oswalt‘s stay on the disabled list may not be as short as initially hoped and Chase Utley still isn’t ready to return from knee problems, but the Phillies will at least have Carlos Ruiz back in the lineup tonight. Ruiz has been activated from the DL after missing the past 12 games with a…

  15. Harmon Killebrew: “My battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end”

    May 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Hall of Famer and Twins great Harmon Killebrew has entered into hospice care following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and issued a very sad and equally brave statement: It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end. With the continued love and…

  16. Mariners closer Brandon League takes third straight loss

    May 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners

    Brandon League stepped in for the injured David Aardsma and converted each of his first nine save chances as the Mariners’ closer, but all of a sudden he can’t get anyone out. League took his first loss of the season Sunday by allowing three runs, blew a save and took a loss in the 13th…

  17. Brandon Webb tops out at 86 mph in extended spring start

    May 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brandon Webb started an extended spring training game yesterday and finally showed signs of rediscovering his pre-surgery velocity levels. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Webb threw four innings and “hit 86 mph a handful of times with his fastball, likely averaging around 84 mph.” That may not sound very encouraging at first glance, but…

  18. Picture of the Day: Ozzie Guillen, romantic wine connoisseur

    May 12, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    What does Ozzie Guillen do in California when the White Sox have the day off? He goes with his wife to do some wine tasting: And based on this tweet, Ozzie had a good time: “I don’t know much about wine but this is wauoooo.”

  19. Pirates bench Andrew McCutchen for not hustling last night

    May 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Clint Hurdle has benched Andrew McCutchen for tonight’s game after the Pirates center fielder failed to run to first base yesterday when the catcher dropped a third strike, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Hurdle taking that stance isn’t surprising–Dunlap notes that he did the same thing to Ronny Cedeno last month–but…

  20. Must-click link: The evolution of stats on baseball cards

    May 12, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    As a former baseball card fanatic who became a stat-head, this illustrated history of how the statistics displayed on the back of cards have changed over the years is a must-read from Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus: Granillo: Back of Your Baseball Cards You should also follow Granillo on Twitter, because he writes great, unique…

  21. Cubs calling up veteran lefty Doug Davis for Saturday start

    May 12, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Earlier this week the Cubs promoted Doug Davis from Single-A to Triple-A and now Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the veteran left-hander is set to join the Cubs’ rotation Saturday. Davis managed only a minor-league contract coming off a season wrecked by injuries, including elbow surgery, but if healthy the 35-year-old southpaw has typically…

  22. Delmon Young scheduled to return from the DL tomorrow

    May 12, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Assuming he can avoid a setback while playing in an extended spring training game today Delmon Young will come off the disabled list tomorrow and rejoin the Twins’ lineup after missing 19 games with a strained oblique muscle. Young didn’t hit much prior to the injury, but Minnesota’s offense is desperate for help at this…

  23. Mets starter Chris Young opts for season-ending surgery

    May 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury earlier this week, Mets right-hander Chris Young has opted for surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Young’s career has been filled with injuries, which is why he’s never thrown even 180 innings in a season and has logged a total of just 222…

  24. Matt Capps’ saves becoming increasingly expensive for Twins

    May 12, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    When the Twins traded Wilson Ramos to the Nationals for Matt Capps last July 30 they touted Capps’ status as a closer. And not just any closer, they repeatedly said. Capps was a “proven closer” and an “experienced closer” and an “All-Star closer.” Regardless of their wording, the message was clear: They felt that Capps’…

  25. Mets place Ike Davis on DL, call up Fernando Martinez

    May 12, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Ike Davis was hopeful that he could return to the lineup after missing just a few days with his calf injury, but the Mets have placed him on the disabled list … and are now calling it a left ankle sprain and bone bruise. Calf, ankle. Same difference. To replace Davis on the roster Fernando…

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