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

    May 14, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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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…

  2. David Aardsma puts off Tommy John surgery for rehab

    May 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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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…

  3. Reds activate third baseman Scott Rolen from disabled list

    May 13, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 13, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

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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…

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

    May 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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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…

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

    May 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

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    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…

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

    May 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

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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…

  8. Phillies activate catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list

    May 13, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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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…

  10. Mariners closer Brandon League takes third straight loss

    May 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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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…

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

    May 12, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    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.”

  13. Pirates bench Andrew McCutchen for not hustling last night

    May 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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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…

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

    May 12, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

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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…

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

    May 12, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

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    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…

  16. Delmon Young scheduled to return from the DL tomorrow

    May 12, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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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…

  18. Matt Capps’ saves becoming increasingly expensive for Twins

    May 12, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Matt Capps, Joe Mauer

    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’…

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

    May 12, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

  20. Rain washes away Gio Gonzalez’s awful start versus Rangers

    May 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Gio Gonzalez got hit hard yesterday for the first time this season, as the Rangers knocked him out of the game with a seven-run third inning, but then it started raining in Texas and the game was called. In addition to the Rangers having a nearly guaranteed win taken off the books, all individual stats…

  21. B.J. Upton begins serving two-game suspension today

    May 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays coach Foley separates Upton from home plate umpire Fairchild in St. Petersburg

    B.J. Upton will start serving his two-game suspension this afternoon in Cleveland and he’ll also miss tomorrow night’s game in Tampa Bay as punishment for throwing his bat and helmet following a called third strike on May 4. Upton, who will also pay a $1,500 fine, had a big series against the Orioles and a…

  22. Logan Morrison set to return from DL, so “hide ur wives & (hot) daughters”

    May 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Everyone’s favorite tweeting left fielder, Logan Morrison, is expected to come off the disabled list in time for tomorrow’s game, according to Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez. Out since April 20 with a sprained foot, Morrison has made great use of his downtime by furthering his Twitter dominance over other players. For instance, here’s how he…

  23. Adam Lind hoping to avoid DL and rejoin lineup Friday

    May 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Adam Lind played catch prior to yesterday’s game and after receiving acupuncture and anti-inflammatory medication for his injured back the Blue Jays first baseman is hoping to rejoin the lineup Friday. That would mean avoiding the disabled list, which Lind seemed to think was unlikely as recently as Tuesday, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports…

  24. Rafael Soriano is “day-to-day” with elbow inflammation

    May 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

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    Rafael Soriano underwent and MRI exam yesterday after complaining of elbow soreness and the news is positive, as Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that he’s “day-to-day” with elbow inflammation. According to Carig he’s expected to test the injury by playing catch tomorrow and presumably could be cleared for game action as soon…

  25. Phillies minor leaguer Kevin Frandsen suspended 50 games for Ritalin

    May 11, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels Kevin Frandsen slides across home plate to score against Seattle Mariners during American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Journeyman infielder Kevin Frandsen, who’s currently playing for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug policy, according to Michael Lore of the Lehigh Valley Express Times. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Frandsen tested positive for Ritalin. Frandsen signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in late March…

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