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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    May 28, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Last month Ken Rosenthal of 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…

  4. 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 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,…

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

    May 28, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Marchand of 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…

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

    May 28, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Carrie Muskat of 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. '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…

  17. 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,…

  18. Carlos Zambrano rejoining rotation next week

    May 26, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano prepared for his move back to the rotation with a 73-pitch simulated game Monday and is now scheduled to start against the Pirates during a three-game series that begins Monday. Exactly which game he’ll start and who he’ll bump from the rotation is unclear, and Piniella indicated that Zambrano may still be available…

  19. As expected, Strasburg lined up for June 4 debut

    May 25, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    There’s still no official timetable for Stephen Strasburg’s arrival in Washington, but the Nationals announced today that his next (and presumed final) Triple-A start will come Saturday against the Yankees’ affiliate. That lines up Strasburg to make his major-league debut June 4 against the Reds in Washington, which has been the assumption for a while…

  20. Rockies bringing Chris Iannetta back to majors

    May 25, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last month the Rockies demoted Chris Iannetta to Triple-A after he struggled in 30 at-bats, which seemed very odd given that he’s a 27-year-old three-time Opening Day starter with over 1,100 plate appearances in the majors. Iannetta took the demotion in stride, hitting .349 with five homers and a 1.146 OPS in 17 games at…

  21. Kyle Lohse to see specialist about forearm injury

    May 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    An MRI exam on Kyle Lohse injured forearm revealed only inflammation yesterday, but he’s expected to miss at least one start and is seeking a second opinion from a specialist in Los Angeles. Lohse talked to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch about his status: They saw something in there and now we…

  22. Angels may be giving up on Brandon Wood

    May 25, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Over the weekend Mike Scioscia told the slumping Brandon Wood to avoid even picking up a bat during his time off, and in what seems like an awfully big coincidence Maicer Izturis is now ready to come off the disabled list and Wood has developed a hip injury that figures to put him on the…

  23. Injuries wrecking Orioles' already shaky bullpen

    May 25, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Later today Alfredo Simon will likely become the third Orioles closer to land on the disabled list, joining Mike Gonzalez and Jim Johnson on the shelf after injuring his hamstring covering first base Sunday. Koji Uehara would have gotten the nod to fill in, except he’s also headed to the DL with a strained forearm.…

  24. How much can the Astros get for Roy Oswalt?

    May 24, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt requested a trade from the Astros late last week and rumors are starting to swirl around the potential interested teams, but exactly how good is the 32-year-old right-hander? Oswalt has been one of baseball’s elite pitchers for a decade, yet generally seems underrated for someone who ranks fourth among all active pitchers in…

  25. Cubs give injured and slumping Aramis Ramirez some time off

    May 24, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez’s walk-off homer last Monday provided some reason for optimism in the midst of a season-long slump, but he’s 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts since then and is now dealing with a thumb injury. X-rays and an MRI exam both came back negative, but Ramirez was out of the lineup yesterday and is expected to…

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