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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Aaron talks Twins, Red Sox, Moneyball, and waitresses on the Red Sox Beacon podcast

    May 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    One of the reasons why I was up late last night watching the Fenway Park crowd sing Kevin Youkilis-inspired Biz Markie songs at 2:00 am is that I taped a late-night podcast with Marc Normandin and Matt Kory of Red Sox Beacon. We discussed my beloved Twins to preview the Red Sox-Twins four-game series that…

  2. Fenway Park crowd serenaded Kevin Youkilis with Biz Markie song at 2:00 am

    May 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Craig recapped last night’s epic seven-hour, rain-delayed Red Sox-Angels game, but he left out my favorite part: At around 2:00 a.m. Boston time the crowd of about 500 or so fans at Fenway Park started singing “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie during Kevin Youkilis‘ at-bat, substituting “Youk” for “you” in the lyrics. Oh baby…

  3. A’s closer Andrew Bailey throws first round of batting practice

    May 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Andrew Bailey successfully faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since injuring his forearm in mid-March, throwing live batting practice. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Bailey threw 25 pitches, all of them fastballs, and afterward manager Bob Geren said the A’s closer “looked real good” and “felt good.” He’s expected to throw another…

  4. Phil Hughes at least 6-8 weeks from coming off disabled list

    May 4, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

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    General manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Phil Hughes‘ status, revealing that the right-hander got a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder last week and is likely at least 6-8 weeks from potentially rejoining the Yankees’ rotation. According to Cashman he “feels significantly better” but will remain shut down for two more weeks, at…

  5. Johnny Cueto rejoining Reds’ rotation will bump Mike Leake to bullpen

    May 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto is scheduled to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Reds’ rotation Saturday after being sidelined since mid-March with a triceps injury and to make room for his return Mike Leake is heading to the bullpen. Leake pitched well in his first two starts after being charged with shoplifting $60 worth of…

  6. No more running for O-Dog: Padres place Hudson on DL

    May 4, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

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    It took only 28 games for Orlando Hudson to tie his career-high with 10 steals at age 33, but he won’t be doing any more running for a while after the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Hudson, who tweaked his hamstring in yesterday’s game, has scored just nine…

  7. Dodgers struggling “to find an MRI tube large enough” for Jonathan Broxton

    May 4, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

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    As a fellow fatso I can definitely sympathize with Jonathan Broxton, but this note about the closer’s elbow injury from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com is still amusing: Mattingly said one of the immediate issues was to find an MRI tube large enough for Broxton to get his 300-pound frame into. “I’m serious,” said Mattingly. Broxton…

  8. More elbow problems for Dodgers: Andre Ethier scratched from today’s lineup

    May 4, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

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    Casey Blake is on the disabled list with an infected elbow, Jonathan Broxton was shut down with elbow pain earlier this afternoon, and now Andre Ethier has been scratched from today’s lineup with elbow inflammation. Ethier played through the injury yesterday, going 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, and was initially in…

  9. Joel Zumaya is having another arm surgery

    May 4, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

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    Two weeks ago the Tigers announced that Joel Zumaya was opting for rehab rather than surgery, but unfortunately those plans have changed. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Zumaya will undergo “exploratory” elbow surgery next week and while there won’t be a timetable for his recovery until after he’s under the knife the assumption is…

  10. Sure enough, he’s hurt: Jonathan Broxton shut down with elbow pain

    May 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Just as we suspected, the Dodgers announced that Broxton has been shut down with elbow pain. Not that an elbow injury qualifies as good news, but at least it potentially explains his struggles beyond “Broxton just stinks now.” ========== Jonathan Broxton‘s latest ugly outing last night has Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts wondering if…

  11. Twins place Jim Thome on DL, call up Trevor Plouffe and Ben Revere

    May 4, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

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    Francisco Liriano‘s no-hitter snapped Minnesota’s losing streak last night, but it didn’t put a stop to the Twins’ never-ending string of injuries. Jim Thome has been placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and backup outfielder Jason Repko joins him on the shelf with a sore quadriceps. To replace them on the…

  12. Rangers finalize $15.5 million MLB deal with Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin

    May 4, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    Leonys Martin and the Rangers have finally made official the deal they agreed to last month, with the Cuban outfielder receiving a $15.5 million major-league contract that includes a $5 million signing bonus. Martin will start out in the minors, but giving him a big-league contract means the Rangers will immediately place the 23-year-old center…

  13. Tigers activate Victor Martinez from disabled list

    May 4, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

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    Victor Martinez is back from the disabled list after missing the past 13 games with a groin injury. Martinez went 3-for-6 with a double in a two-game rehab assignment at Triple-A and is expected to resume batting fifth in the Tigers’ order. Prior to the injury he hit just .250 with a .709 OPS in…

  14. Rangers starter Scott Feldman nearing rehab assignment

    May 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Scott Feldman has become sort of a forgotten man in Texas and missing part of the regular season and the Rangers’ entire playoff run with a knee injury and beginning this year on the disabled list. However, he was their Opening Day starter last season after going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009 and…

  15. Brian Roberts misses game following root canal

    May 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Brian Roberts has been playing through a hamstring injury, but yesterday he was scratched from the Orioles’ lineup following a root canal. Robert Falkoff of MLB.com reports that Roberts initially felt mouth pain Sunday, but thought little of it until things got much worse during the team flight to Kansas City on Monday night. Or…

  16. Jose Bautista undergoing MRI exam on injured neck, likely out until weekend

    May 3, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Jose Bautista‘s sore neck has gotten worse and the Blue Jays slugger is headed for an MRI exam, according to John Lott of the National Post. Even if the MRI exam reveals nothing serious manager John Farrell said that he expects Bautista to remain out of the lineup until at least the weekend. Bautista got…

  17. Jason Bay takes paternity leave from Mets

    May 3, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Jason Bay is the latest player to take advantage of the new paternity leave roster exemption. He’ll be away from the Mets for 1-3 days to be with his wife for the birth of their third child and Lucas Duda has been called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Duda began the season…

  18. Rays activate Evan Longoria from DL, designate Felipe Lopez for assignment

    May 3, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

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    As expected, the Rays have activated Evan Longoria from the disabled list and he’s in the starting lineup for tonight’s game, playing third base and batting third. Longoria has been sidelined since injuring his oblique muscle in the second game of the season and Tampa Bay got off to a 1-8 start, but the Rays…

  19. Bryce Harper is hitting .355 with a 1.153 OPS at Single-A

    May 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

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    Bryce Harper is on fire at low Single-A, going 15-for-33 (.455) with four homers and six doubles in his last 10 games. Harper is hitting .355 with a .456 on-base percentage and .697 slugging percentage in 23 games overall, including six homers and eight doubles in 76 at-bats and a 20/18 K/BB ratio. He’s even…

  20. Twins prospect Paul Bargas diagnosed with brain cancer

    May 3, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

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    Back in December the Twins traded backup catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for 21-year-old reliever Paul Bargas, who was a 13th-round pick in 2009 and pitched at low Single-A last season. Soon after reporting to spring training Bargas was sent home to California to be examined for what the Twins called a “neurological condition”…

  21. Don Mattingly will fine James Loney for fly outs to left field

    May 3, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    James Loney is off to a terrible start and was benched against a left-handed pitcher yesterday, so in an effort to snap the first baseman out of his slump manager Don Mattingly has decided to fine him $1 each time he flies out to left field. According to the Dodgers manager Loney will “take a…

  22. Orlando Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals

    May 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Orlando Hudson is a 33-year-old who’s never stolen more than 10 bases in a season and the Twins let him walk as a free agent while talking about wanting to add more speed to the lineup at his position. All of which makes this pretty remarkable: Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals…

  23. Andrew Bailey scheduled to face live hitters tomorrow

    May 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Andrew Bailey is expected to take a big step in his recovery from a strained forearm when he faces live hitters for the first time tomorrow. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s closer has completed “a large handful of successful bullpen sessions” and will be asked to face live hitters twice before potentially…

  24. Skip Schumaker expected to miss 2-4 more weeks

    May 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    As if losing third baseman David Freese for 8-12 weeks with a broken hand wasn’t enough bad news for St. Louis’ infield, the Cardinals announced that second baseman Skip Scumaker will be out 2-4 more weeks with his elbow injury. Schumaker, who has already been on the disabled list for two weeks, took a cortisone…

  25. Rockies recall Ian Stewart after two-week stay at Triple-A

    May 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Colorado demoting Ian Stewart to the minors after the 26-year-old veteran of 1,300 plate appearances got off to a slow start seemed odd to me and the Rockies have now called him back up from Triple-A just two weeks later. Stewart predictably knocked around Triple-A pitching, hitting .361 with three homers and a 1.250 OPS…

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