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  1. Yankees sticking with Rafael Soriano in eighth inning setup role despite 7.84 ERA

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano had another ugly outing last night, blowing an eighth-inning lead and taking a loss while allowing two runs against the White Sox. He now has a 7.84 ERA on the season, allowing nine runs in 10.1 innings, and has already walked eight batters after issuing a grand total of just 14 free passes…

  2. Marlins “keeping an eye on” Giants infielder Mark DeRosa

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Mark DeRosa has just 20 plate appearances through 22 games for the Giants after missing most of last season following wrist surgery, so it makes sense that he could be on the trading block and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins are “keeping an eye on” him. Florida is…

  3. Talking about Don Mattingly’s goatee is no longer any fun

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Don Mattingly’s goatee was amusing for a brief moment earlier this week, but now the topic is just kind of sad. Mattingly said initially that he planned to keep the goatee until the Dodgers stopped winning most of their games and later reiterated that plan, saying he’d keep it against his wife’s wishes. And then…

  4. Must-click link: Save statistic silliness

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    I’m constantly railing against managers relying on the save statistic rather than logic to determine their bullpen usage, but the issue is rarely discussed as well or as thoroughly as it is in Matthew Leach’s new MLB.com column: Leach: Save rule has skewed skippers’ thinking It’s nice to see a mainstream writer with a big…

  5. Casey Blake hospitalized with infected elbow, could miss four weeks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Casey Blake “appears to be headed back to the 15-day disabled list” after being hospitalized yesterday in Florida for a fever that the Dodgers believe stems from a swollen, infected elbow. Dodgers trainer Stan Conte believes that Blake could be sidelined for a month and Don…

  6. Astros announcer criticizes Lance Berkman in Houston return

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman returned to Houston yesterday for the first time since being traded by the Astros last season and was met with some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Appearing on a radio show, Hamilton rhetorically asked of Berkman: Why did you think it wasn’t necessary to get in shape your last couple…

  7. Hong-Chih Kuo struggles in rehab appearance at Single-A

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Pitching in back-to-back games for the first time since being placed on the disabled list two weeks ago with a strained back, Hong-Chih Kuo allowed hits to four of the five batters he faced last night at Single-A. Kuo had been slated to be activated Friday, but now Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that his…

  8. Domonic Brown set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Domonic Brown was on the verge of replacing Jayson Werth as the Phillies’ starting right fielder when the 23-year-old top prospect suffered a broken hamate bone in mid-March. His comeback took a big step yesterday as Brown homered twice in an extended spring training game and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’s scheduled to…

  9. Joe Mauer not ready to return from DL when eligible Thursday

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Joe Mauer is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, but general manager Bill Smith confirmed today that he won’t be ready to return then. In fact, there’s no official timetable for Mauer’s return and his status continues to be somewhat mysterious between the initial diagnosis of bilateral leg weakness and a subsequent…

  10. 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…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. 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…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    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…

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