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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.”

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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’…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    May 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Logan Morrison

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Peter Moylan expects to miss 8-12 weeks after back surgery

    May 11, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan feared the worst with his back injury and the Braves reliever was right, as the team announced today that he’ll undergo surgery next week. Moylan told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he hopes to return in 8-12 weeks, which in theory could give him enough time to pitch again this season, but that…

  18. Cubs place catcher Geovany Soto on DL with groin injury

    May 11, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto left last night’s game with a strained groin and the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Soto was off to a slow start before the injury, hitting just .226 with three homers and a .709 OPS through 31 games, but that’s still above-average production for…

  19. Rehabbing in the 209: Dallas Braden set for shoulder surgery

    May 11, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

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    After getting second and third opinions on his injury, including a trip to see Dr. James Andrews, the A’s announced today that Dallas Braden will undergo surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but a torn shoulder capsule is the same injury that wrecked…

  20. Albert Pujols explains hug with Cubs general manager

    May 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

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    Yesterday his pregame hug with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry made headlines, so today Albert Pujols explained the embrace to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Pujols told Strauss that he’s been friends with Hendry for a while now through former Cardinals GM and current Reds GM Walt Jocketty. As an impending free…

  21. Ike Davis flies back to New York to have MRI on calf injury

    May 11, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    After exiting last night’s game in Colorado with a strained calf Mets first baseman Ike Davis has flown back to New York to have the injury examined by team doctors. Davis expressed optimism that he won’t need a stint on the disabled list, but Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam.…

  22. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen on Mike Scioscia

    May 11, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Mike Scioscia surpassed 1,000 career victories this week and Ozzie Guillen was asked to describe the differences between him and the Angels manager: He weighs 200 pounds more than me. He’s bald, I’m not. He reads the scouting report, I not. He has his own way. Among active managers Scioscia trails only Joe Girardi and…

  23. Joe Mauer: “I wish I knew when I would be back”

    May 11, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Mauer took batting practice prior to last night’s game, but told reporters that there’s still no timetable for his return despite “feeling a lot better.” Here’s more from Mauer on his status: Today was kind of my first day getting on the field a little bit, moving around, and it was a good day.…

  24. Dusty Baker says struggling Aroldis Chapman won’t be sent to the minors

    May 11, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Aroldis Chapman failed to record an out last night for the second straight appearance, issuing three walks and hitting a batter before being yanked by manager Dusty Baker. Chapman had tons of success in April despite frequently displaying diminished (for him, at least) velocity, allowing zero earned runs through his first 12 games. However, he’s…

  25. Andrew Bailey reports elbow discomfort after simulated game

    May 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Andrew Bailey threw a 25-pitch simulated game yesterday, but afterward the A’s closer reported discomfort in the “elbow area.” Bailey has been out since March 14 with a strained forearm and has made enough progress in his recovery to potentially begin a minor-league rehab assignment within the week, but Joe Stiglich of the San Jose…

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