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  1. Vicente Padilla likely sidelined until at least June

    May 3, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Surprisingly picked by Joe Torre as the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter, Vicente Padilla not so surprisingly allowed 18 runs in 21.2 innings before landing on the disabled list with a nerve problem in his forearm. Torre indicated yesterday that Padilla is unlikely to rejoin the rotation before June: He is feeling better, but I don’t…

  2. White Sox pitching coach: 'I don't give a [bleep] what our pitch count is right now'

    May 3, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Just in case you thought Ozzie Guillen was the only member of the White Sox’s coaching staff who likes giving expletive-filled quotes, here’s pitching coach Don Cooper on Jake Peavy and the rest of his staff struggling: You can talk about a whole lot of stuff–mechanics, this and that, and the other things–but it’s time…

  3. How bad is the Astros' offense? Really, really bad.

    May 3, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    With the Astros in the midst of their second six-game losing streak of the young season, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart has some details on just how horrendous Houston’s lineup has been so far. Some of my favorite tidbits … * Houston has scored 72 runs in 24 games, which is 13 fewer runs than the second-worst…

  4. Wilson Ramos replaces Joe Mauer and makes some history with four-hit debut

    May 3, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer is out for at least a few days with a heel injury, so the Twins called up 22-year-old prospect Wilson Ramos from Triple-A and he went 4-for-5 against the Indians yesterday in his big-league debut. Ramos ranked No. 3 on my list of the Twins’ top prospects heading into the season, but was…

  5. Jim Tracy eschews save-based managing in win

    May 3, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Last night Jim Tracy did something I’ve been begging managers to do for years, which is use his best reliever in most important spot regardless of whether it involved a so-called “save situation.” Tracy brought in closer Franklin Morales with a four-run lead, one out, and runners on the corners in the eighth inning, in…

  6. Jimmy Rollins still several weeks from returning

    May 3, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins began a running program last week, but said Sunday that his strained calf remains sore and speculated that he won’t be ready to come off the disabled list for at least two more weeks. I’ve had pulled muscles, strained my groin and missed a game. Something like this where it felt like somebody…

  7. Ben Sheets looks like waste of $10 million for A's

    May 3, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets was awful again Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays, allowing nine runs while failing to make it out of the fourth inning. Here’s what he said afterward: My breaking ball is absolutely getting walloped every time I throw it. I wouldn’t say my location has been this bad maybe since my rookie year.…

  8. UPDATE: Agent 'wouldn't anticipate' Cliff Lee re-signing with Mariners

    May 1, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Lee tried to soften the situation in a chat with reporters after Saturday’s game: “Basically during the season I want to focus on pitching and not worry about that stuff. That’s more spring training and offseason type of stuff,” Lee said. “During the season I want to worry about pitching and focus on getting…

  9. UPDATE: Granderson to DL with left groin strain

    May 1, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Further tests revealed a Grade 2 strain of Granderson’s left groin, according to the Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera. He has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list and could miss up to four weeks. 4:18pm: Curtis Granderson pulled up lame while running from first to third against the White Sox and has been…

  10. Nationals set to promote Stephen Strasburg from Double-A to Triple-A

    May 1, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his final Double-A start tomorrow, with a Nationals source telling MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the 21-year-old phenom will be promoted to Triple-A following the game. Strasburg has more than earned the promotion by absolutely toying with Double-A hitters, going 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA, .115 opponents’ batting average, and 23/3 K/BB…

  11. Chris Dickerson out indefinitely following surgery

    May 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Chris Dickerson “will have surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand along with arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right wrist.” No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but Dickerson is scheduled to go under the knife Monday and will obviously be…

  12. Rangers promote prospect Tanner Scheppers to Triple-A

    Apr 30, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Earlier this week I wondered if Tanner Scheppers could be close to joining Neftali Feliz and Frank Francisco as late-inning options in Texas’ bullpen. He’s one step closer this afternoon, as the Rangers promoted him from Double-A to Triple-A after the 23-year-old right-hander posted a 0.82 ERA, .079 opponents’ batting average, and 19/0 K/BB ratio…

  13. Quote of the Day: GM on criticism of Howard deal

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., on criticism of the Ryan Howard contract extension: The sabermetricians are welcome to have their opinions about our business. However, I choose to ignore their opinions. Fair enough. However, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com notes: “Amaro is getting criticized for the Howard deal not just by sabermetricians, but also…

  14. Ryan Zimmerman back in the Nationals' starting lineup after seven games

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    After missing seven straight starts with a strained hamstring Ryan Zimmerman is back in Washington’s lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman stayed off the disabled list while making two pinch-hitting appearances since his last start on April 21, which is the same approach the Nationals took when he initially missed time with a…

  15. Did you know? Barry Zito has a 2.46 ERA since last season's All-Star break

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Barry Zito is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a lengthy article about the oft-criticized southpaw’s resurgence, noting that he’s gone from “the most sunken of sunk costs” to thinking about pitching until he’s Jamie Moyer’s age. One great month after multiple hugely disappointing seasons obviously…

  16. Red Sox coach blames 'bad habits' from Indians on Victor Martinez's throwing struggles

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Victor Martinez has tried to improve his woeful throwing numbers by participating in twice-daily workout sessions with catching instructor Gary Tuck. Tuck praised Martinez’s work ethic while adding that “he came over here with some really bad habits” and “you can’t break them overnight.” I’d be interested to hear…

  17. Rick Ankiel likely sidelined through the weekend

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Rick Ankiel got off to a great start with the Royals, hitting .308 with three homers and three doubles through 11 games, but then went into a 1-for-21 slump that dropped his OPS nearly 250 points and suffered a strained right quadriceps muscle while running out a ground ball Saturday. Ankiel hasn’t played since the…

  18. Brad Lidge returning tomorrow, but will he close?

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    After back-to-back scoreless outings on his minor-league rehab assignment, Brad Lidge is scheduled to return from the disabled list tomorrow. Two weeks ago Charlie Manuel said Lidge may not immediately reclaim ninth-inning duties, but fill-in closer Ryan Madson blowing two of his last three save opportunities may have changed the manager’s mind. Even setting aside…

  19. Diamondbacks put Kris Benson on disabled list, call up Kevin Mulvey

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    In the least shocking news of the week, Arizona has placed Kris Benson on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. When the Diamondbacks added him to the rotation two weeks ago I wrote that choosing the oft-injured, rarely effective, 35-year-old Benson over various minor-league options made little sense. He was actually better than I…

  20. Ian Kinsler set to come off disabled list tomorrow

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Out since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the middle of spring training, Ian Kinsler is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Rangers’ lineup tomorrow. Ron Washington has said that Kinsler will move from his customary leadoff spot to fifth in Texas’ batting order, which along with the tender ankle should mean…

  21. Jair Jurrjens leaves start with strained hamstring

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens left this afternoon’s start against the Cardinals after just one inning because of a strained hamstring. Jurrjens allowed three runs in the opening frame, at which point reliever Kris Medlen got loose in a hurry out in the bullpen and replaced him to begin the second inning. Off to a rough start even…

  22. MLB, Twitter, and 'strongly worded suggestions'

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    As a follow-up to my MLB/Twitter report from earlier this week, I’m told that what I called a “ban” on MLB.com writers using their Twitter accounts for non-baseball topics was really more like “a strongly worded suggestion” (that every writer followed, since that’s what happens when your employer makes a strong suggestion). To me that…

  23. Twins without Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and J.J. Hardy against Dontrelle Willis

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Minnesota allowed 10 unanswered runs to Detroit last night to turn a 6-1 lead into an 11-6 loss and now the Twins are without Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and J.J. Hardy for this afternoon’s series finale. Morneau is out indefinitely after leaving Tuesday’s game with back soreness. Hardy has a case of turf toe that…

  24. Carlos Beltran fitted for custom knee brace and 'not close to returning'

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Initial timetables for Carlos Beltran’s recovery from knee surgery had him back in the Mets’ lineup by early May, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the All-Star center fielder is still “not close to returning” and “was fitted for a custom knee brace” after meeting with doctors in Colorado last…

  25. Blown save keeps Tim Lincecum from 5-0

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum was brilliant Wednesday afternoon, racking up 11 strikeouts while holding the Phillies to one run through eight innings. He stayed in to start the ninth inning, but was yanked at 106 pitches after walking Shane Victorino with one out and watched closer Brian Wilson cough up a 4-1 lead. Wilson came into the…

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