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  1. Jason Bay takes paternity leave from Mets

    May 3, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Jason Bay sliding

    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…

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

    May 3, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    Evan Longoria Rays

    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…

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

    May 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    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…

  4. Twins prospect Paul Bargas diagnosed with brain cancer

    May 3, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

    paul bargas twins

    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”…

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

    May 3, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    James Loney swinging

    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…

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

    May 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    orlando-hudson-padres

    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…

  7. Andrew Bailey scheduled to face live hitters tomorrow

    May 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    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…

  8. 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…

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

    May 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Stewart_Ian

    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…

  10. David Freese likely out until late July following hand surgery

    May 2, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    David Freese

    David Freese exited yesterday’s game with a broken hand thanks to a Scott Linebrink fastball and today general manager John Mozeliak announced that his return timetable is 9-12 weeks. According to Mozeliak he’s unlikely to return until late July, which is a big blow to a Cardinals roster already decimated by injuries. Freese was off…

  11. Homer Bailey to come off DL, rejoin Reds’ rotation Thursday

    May 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    Homer Bailey, Ryan Hanigan

    Out since mid-March with a shoulder injury, Homer Bailey is scheduled to come off the disabled list Thursday and start against the Astros. Bailey also missed a big chunk of last season with shoulder problems, but when healthy posted a 4.46 ERA and 100/46 K/BB ratio in 109 innings to finally show some of the…

  12. Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia has completely torn MCL in elbow

    May 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    Jenrry Mejia was off to a good start at Triple-A, but the 21-year-old top prospect is in danger of missing the rest of the season after the Mets announced today that he has a completely torn MCL in his right elbow. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that Mejia will seek a…

  13. Sammy Sosa enjoyed himself at Heat-Celtics game yesterday

    May 2, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    sammy sosa heat game

    Mocksession.com (via The Big Lead) grabbed a nice screen shot of Sammy Sosa cracking up in the background while ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke was on camera during yesterday’s Heat-Celtics playoff game. The guy in the black shirt must have told a helluva joke. And apparently they didn’t get the memo about the home crowd…

  14. Albert Pujols played third base yesterday for the first time since 2002

    May 2, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    David Freese and Nick Punto leaving yesterday afternoon’s game with injuries put the Cardinals in a tough spot and led to Albert Pujols playing third base for the first time since 2002. He moved from first base to third base for the final 1.1 innings of a 6-5 loss to the Braves and handled his…

  15. Scott Rolen unlikely to return from DL when eligible Friday

    May 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the “odds are slim” he’ll be ready to return from a strained left shoulder by then. Reds trainer Paul Lessard told Groeschen that Rolen is progressing in his recovery, but added: “We don’t have a…

  16. Padres say new television deal will lead to increased payroll

    May 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    television money

    With an Opening Day payroll of just $45 million the Padres rank 27th in player spending, but chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team is negotiating a new local television contract that could increase the payroll by 10-20 percent as soon as 2012. Cox Communications’ current 10-year deal to broadcast Padres games…

  17. Ozzie Guillen calls his two-game suspension for tweeting “a good move” by MLB

    May 2, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    I thought MLB suspending Ozzie Guillen two games for posting on Twitter following his ejection last week was too extreme, but yesterday the White Sox manager told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that the punishment “was a very fair one”: I think it was good for baseball, myself and the integrity of the game. If MLB…

  18. Phillies activate Domonic Brown from DL, send him to Triple-A

    May 2, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Rather than keep him on a minor-league rehab assignment for his fractured hamate bone, the Phillies activated Domonic Brown from the disabled list yesterday and then optioned him to Triple-A. That means he’ll continue to play in the minors, but will do so as a Triple-A player rather than a rehabbing big leaguer. While perhaps…

  19. Carl Pavano loses to Royals, but defeats garbage can

    May 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Carl Pavano

    Francisco Liriano‘s struggles are more extreme and have gotten more attention during the Twins’ awful first month, but Carl Pavano has been plenty terrible himself with a 5.84 ERA through six starts. More worrisome than the bloated ERA is that Pavano’s strikeout rate continues to plummet, dropping from 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2009…

  20. Rays say Alex Cobb was tipping pitches in debut yesterday

    May 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    alex-cobb-rays-debut

    Called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the Rays yesterday, Alex Cobb allowed four runs while failing to make it out of the fifth inning against the Angels and afterward pitching coach Jim Hickey told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the 23-year-old right-hander was tipping his pitches: It was…

  21. Andrew McCutchen talking long-term extension with Pirates

    May 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen declined to give any specifics when asked yesterday, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are discussing a long-term contract extension with the 24-year-old center fielder. McCutchen won’t be arbitration eligible until 2013, so to buy out any of his free agent years a contract extension would have…

  22. Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez to play through dislocated finger, torn ligament

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Rodriguez_Sean

    Sean Rodriguez dislocated his left pinkie finger sliding into second base last night and an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament as well, but the Rays infielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he plans to play through the injury. Actually, his exact words were: “It ain’t broken.” Joe Maddon agreed with Rodriguez’s…

  23. Mike Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge as odd shoplifting case comes to confusing conclusion

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Leake mugshot

    Mike Leake has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “unauthorized use of property” following his shoplifting arrest last week, agreeing to 30 hours of community service after being charged with stealing $60 worth of shirts from Macy’s. In addition to the community service attached to what is now a misdemeanor offense, Leake will enter…

  24. Ozzie Guillen suspended two games for post-ejection tweets

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen

    MLB announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for commenting on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. Within five minutes of his ejection–which came for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko–Guillen hopped on Twitter and posted the…

  25. Yankees activate Francisco Cervelli from disabled list

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the disabled list, returning to the Yankees after being sidelined since March 2 with a fractured foot. Cervelli’s injury looked like a tough break for the Yankees at the time because they were uncertain about how Russell Martin would hold up physically early on, but Martin has been healthy…

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