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  1. Line drive to head miraculously won't keep David Huff from making next start

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Not only has David Huff somehow avoided a serious injury after taking an Alex Rodriguez line drive off his head Saturday, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that he’s not even expected to miss a start. Huff threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems afterward, saying he hasn’t had dizziness or headaches despite the…

  2. Derek Holland diagnosed with strained shoulder

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Derek Holland’s fastball is typically 92-93 miles per hour, but he was throwing just 86-88 mph in the first inning of Sunday night’s start against the Twins. His velocity eventually rose to 90-91 mph, but after several mound visits from the manager, pitching coach, and trainer the Rangers pulled the 23-year-old southpaw from the game…

  3. Cardinals hoping to have Brad Penny back in the rotation by mid-June

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse was back in the Cardinals’ clubhouse yesterday following forearm surgery that’s expected to sideline him for at least two months, but general manager John Mozeliak said the team is unlikely to pursue a veteran replacement for the rotation in part because they expect Brad Penny to return soon. Penny is on the disabled…

  4. Alex Rodriguez climbs to third place all time with 20th career grand slam

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez delivered his 20th career grand slam yesterday after Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked in front of him, moving past Eddie Murray into third place all time behind only Manny Ramirez with 21 and Lou Gehrig with 23. Rodriguez has come to the plate with the bases loaded 243 times during his career, hitting…

  5. Ubaldo Jimenez beats struggling Tim Lincecum

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez lived up to his end of the bargain and then some Monday afternoon, but instead of a dream pitcher’s duel Tim Lincecum continued to struggle. Jimenez hurled his second complete-game shutout of the season (with the first being his no-hitter against Braves), striking out nine while holding the Giants to four hits and…

  6. X-rays inconclusive, so Orlando Hudson headed for CT scan on injured wrist

    May 31, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Last night’s game-ending collision with Denard Span left Orlando Hudson with an injured wrist and X-rays taken afterward were inconclusive, so the veteran second baseman is now headed for a CT scan. Hudson didn’t travel with the team to Seattle, so at the very least he seems unlikely to play in the four-game series against…

  7. Roberto Alomar wants a front-office job with the Blue Jays

    May 31, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar will probably be elected into the Hall of Fame this year after coming up eight votes short in his first time on the ballot, but as James Hall of MLB.com reports the 12-time All-Star also has his eye on a front-office job: I’m almost ready. I think after this year I’m going to…

  8. Pirates bench Akinori Iwamura, move ex-catcher Neil Walker to second base

    May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Back in November the Pirates traded reliever Jesse Chavez to the Rays for Akinori Iwamura and then picked up his $4.85 million option for 2010, but manager John Russell announced today that they’re already cutting bait on the struggling second baseman. Iwamura has batted just .173 in 44 games while showing decreased range defensively following…

  9. Who needs the minors? Mike Leake thriving in Cincinnati

    May 31, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    I criticized the Reds for having 2009 first-round pick Mike Leake completely skip the minors to join the Opening Day rotation, but so far the decision certainly looks like a good one. Cincinnati is in first place and Leake became the latest pitcher to shut down the Astros with six scoreless innings yesterday, cutting his…

  10. Carlos Guillen back from disabled list and moving to second base

    May 28, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Guillen is back from the disabled list after going 6-for-18 (.333) with one homer and three doubles during a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A. Guillen hit .311 with an .834 OPS before landing on the DL with a strained hamstring on April 23, so the Tigers’ lineup will get a nice boost from his…

  11. Lou Piniella not a big fan of his 'little buddy' Ken Rosenthal

    May 28, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Last month Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote a column suggesting the Cubs should fire Lou Piniella if they didn’t turn things around. This afternoon Rosenthal visited the Cubs’ clubhouse before their game against the Cardinals and … well, Piniella wasn’t exactly thrilled to see him. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune notes that “Piniella told…

  12. Marlins close to calling up 20-year-old slugging phenom Mike Stanton

    May 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    While the baseball world tries to pin down Stephen Strasburg’s debut, another elite prospect could be on the verge of the majors. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins may call up 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton as soon as June 5. Picked in the second round of the 2007 draft out of high school,…

  13. Yankees making plans for the 'Phil Hughes Rules'

    May 28, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Yankees are making plans to implement the “Phil Hughes Rules” to limit the 24-year-old right-hander’s workload in his first full season as a starter. Hughes has been fantastic, going 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts, but according to Marchand the Yankees will likely take advantage of…

  14. Carlos Zambrano and Jeff Baker both 'fine' after hospital visits

    May 28, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com passes along word that Carlos Zambrano and Jeff Baker are both fine following health scares yesterday. Zambrano was rushed to the hospital with what the Cubs initially feared was appendicitis, but “is fine and taking grounders at shortstop now” after being diagnosed with simple abdominal pain. Baker left yesterday’s game with…

  15. Dan Haren's struggles continue against Rockies

    May 28, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Dan Haren recovered from a three-run first inning last night to hold the Rockies scoreless for the next four frames, but then back-to-back-to-back homers by Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs knocked him out of the game. Haren has a great 76/15 K/BB ratio in 74 innings overall this season, including six strikeouts and…

  16. Jake Peavy has a 6.05 ERA and a 'tired arm'

    May 27, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    After his latest ugly outing Jake Peavy has a 6.05 ERA in 10 starts for the White Sox, and pitching coach Don Cooper admitted during a radio interview this morning that he’s been dealing with a “tired arm.” We need better out of him. We got him for better than this and he hasn’t been…

  17. Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 50 games

    May 27, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Florida International sophomore Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 50 games this afternoon, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987. Wittels has a hit in every game this year, but with FIU playing in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and one loss from their…

  18. Tim Lincecum's rare struggles bring up questions about blisters and cracked nails

    May 27, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    After struggling in a no-decision last week Tim Lincecum took his first loss of the season last night, giving up five or more runs in back-to-back starts for just the second time in his career. He’d gone 88 starts since those consecutive clunkers in mid-2007 and the loss last night was also the first of…

  19. Kyle Lohse reportedly needs forearm surgery or a move to the bullpen

    May 27, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Kyle Lohse met yesterday with a hand and wrist specialist in California and has been diagnosed with “extreme compartment syndrome,” which according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch “is a condition in which the sheath covering a muscle in the pitcher’s forearm fails to allow it to expand.” Strauss notes that “the…

  20. Roy Oswalt shines in first start after trade request

    May 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt started yesterday for the first time since requesting a trade last week and shut out the Brewers for eight innings while matching his season-high with nine strikeouts. Better yet the Astros actually gave him some rare run support in a 5-0 win. Oswalt’s record is just 3-6 because Houston’s offense is terrible, but…

  21. Ubaldo Jimenez improves to 9-1 with a 0.88 ERA

    May 27, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Last night the Diamondbacks became the latest lineup to get shut down by Ubaldo Jimenez, who tossed eight scoreless innings to improve to 9-1 with a 0.88 ERA through 10 starts. “It’s not easy to have an ERA like that young man has this late into the season,” manager Jim Tracy said afterward. “I’ve heard…

  22. UPDATE: Yanks bring back Gaudin as reliever

    May 26, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig has confirmed that the deal is done.  Boone Logan has been optioned to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster and Australian Shane Lindsay was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster. 2:45pm: Released by the Yankees after losing the fifth-starter battle to Phil Hughes…

  23. White Sox beat Indians, Ozzie Guillen writes "Bye Bye LeBron!" on autograph

    May 26, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Prior to getting thrown out of this afternoon’s game, Ozzie Guillen autographed a baseball for one of the fans in Cleveland and added a little personalized touch: Incidentally, the White Sox recovered from Guillen and Mark Buehrle being tossed by umpire Joe West to take a 5-1 lead. Bobby Jenks did his best to blow…

  24. 'Cowboy' Joe West goes looking for trouble again, ejects Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle

    May 26, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Joe West made headlines last month for complaining about the pace of Yankees-Red Sox games and this afternoon the veteran umpire once again made himself the story by ejecting Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle. Guillen’s ejection came in the second inning, when he argued West’s balk call against Buehrle. An inning later West called another…

  25. Brewers manager Ken Macha tired of 'negativism' and 'poppycock'

    May 26, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Asked yesterday about Brewers owner Mark Attanasio giving him a vote of confidence following the team’s poor start, manager Ken Macha showed a rare bit of emotion while scolding reporters: Sunday was an exceptional day and to have any negative questions in this meeting today is poppycock. Because we had a tough game on Friday,…

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