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  1. Tim Stauffer out 4-6 weeks after appendectomy

    May 12, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    After years of bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the majors Tim Stauffer looked to be grabbing a permanent spot on the Padres’ pitching staff by posting a 0.39 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio in 23.1 innings. And now he’s out for a month following an emergency appendectomy. Stauffer was sleeping in a hotel…

  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka impressive in win over Jays

    May 12, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    After struggling in his first two outings following a season-opening stay on the disabled list, Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed seven innings of one-run ball last night for his best start since way back in 2008. He held the Blue Jays to just three hits, racked up nine strikeouts for his highest total since April of 2008,…

  3. Wrist injury sends J.J. Hardy to the disabled list

    May 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy injured his left wrist sliding into third base on a triple that proved to be the game-winning run last Tuesday and this afternoon the Twins put him on the disabled list. Rather than replace him with legitimate prospect like Luke Hughes, Danny Valencia, or Trevor Plouffe the Twins have added to their amazing…

  4. Royals manager Trey Hillman isn't long for the job

    May 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star writes that Trey Hillman is basically a dead manager walking, with the only question being whether the Royals will fire him during the season or simply let his contract run out. I’m of the opinion that general manager Dayton Moore deserves a bigger share of the blame than…

  5. Michael Bourn suspended two games for making contact with umpire

    May 11, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    MLB has suspended Astros center fielder Michael Bourn two games for “aggressive actions” that included making physical contact with umpire Alfonso Marquez during the ninth inning of Saturday’s game. Bourn angrily protested a close call at first base and in the process made what he described as “accidental” contact with Marquez, who immediately ejected him.…

  6. Mark DeRosa 'starting to question some things' with lingering wrist injury

    May 11, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa is batting just .194 following offseason wrist surgery and hasn’t been himself since first suffering the injury in the middle of last season, hitting .224 with a .293 on-base percentage and .374 slugging percentage in 83 games. DeRosa is scheduled to be examined by a wrist specialist today after expressing his frustration with…

  7. Brad Lidge's surgically repaired elbow is sore

    May 11, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge moved back into the closer role Sunday and picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, but was unavailable last night because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. Jose Contreras was warming up to attempt a one-run save in Lidge’s place before Ross Gload’s ninth-inning homer extended…

  8. Sore shoulder puts Carlos Gomez on disabled list

    May 11, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez has been out since injuring his shoulder last Wednesday and he finally landed on the disabled list Monday, leaving Jim Edmonds as the Brewers’ primary center fielder and giving Jody Gerut some extra playing time too. Gomez had his usual awful strikeout-to-walk ratio before going down, but was hitting .276 with good power…

  9. Josh Beckett injures back taking batting practice

    May 11, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon the Red Sox announced that they were pushing Josh Beckett’s next start back from Wednesday versus the Blue Jays to Friday versus the Tigers, which also put him in line to miss the Yankees next week after giving up nine runs against them in his last outing. At the time the move was…

  10. Sports Illustrated looks at the Twitter/MLB story

    May 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    As part of his “Media Power Rankings” column at Richard Deitsch followed up on the Twitter/MLB story from last month: baseball blogger Aaron Gleeman reported that Major League Baseball had cracked down on the Twitter usage of its writers, ordering them to stop tweeting non-baseball topics. … confirmed independently that…

  11. Baseball America ranks Stephen Strasburg as the best draft prospect since 1989

    May 10, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis has an interesting article today ranking the 20 best draft prospects since he joined the magazine in 1989. He has Stephen Strasburg as the best at-the-time-of-the-draft prospect during that span, with previous “best college pitcher of all time” Mark Prior at No. 2 and “the Strasburg of the pre-internet…

  12. Royals predictably aren't playing Kila Ka'aihue

    May 10, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When the Royals called up Kila Ka’aihue from Triple-A last week I wondered if they’d actually play him, guessing that the answer would be no because … well, they are the Royals after all. Sure enough, Ka’aihue has started just once in five games since the call-up. Now, in fairness to the Royals they have…

  13. Carlos Zambrano will stay in the bullpen for now

    May 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Now that the Cubs’ starters are struggling as much as their relievers Lou Piniella was asked yesterday whether he’s considered moving Carlos Zambrano back into the rotation: No, right now we need Carlos right where he’s at. We asked Carlos to do something that would help this team, and it’s helped this team. If you…

  14. Alex Rodriguez ties Frank Robinson for seventh on the all-time homer list

    May 10, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    After being dragged into the story about Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez also homered against the Red Sox last night to tie Frank Robinson for seventh place on the all-time list with 586. It was Rodriguez’s first homer in 61 at-bats and just his third of the season, but his next long…

  15. Bobby Jenks is back on the hot seat in Chicago

    May 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks’ blown save Sunday afternoon was his first of the year, but the ugly outing raised his ERA to 6.75 ERA and afterward Ozzie Guillen talked as if switching closers was on his mind. Matt Thornton is among the league’s top setup men and Jenks’ declining raw stuff made him one of my “bust”…

  16. Kershaw and Jimenez duel in Braden's shadow

    May 10, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden’s perfect game obviously overshadowed every other pitching performance Sunday, but Ubaldo Jimenez and Clayton Kershaw hooked up for a great matchup of young flamethrowers. Jimenez allowed just two hits over seven innings of one-run ball, but took his first loss of the season as Kershaw shut out the Rockies for eight innings. Kershaw…

  17. Matt Stairs picked to replace Lawrence Taylor as Nutrisystem spokesperson

    May 7, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Nutrisystem dropped Lawrence Taylor as a spokesperson following yesterday’s rape charge and today they replaced him on the website with … Matt Stairs. After being short and stocky for the first 17 seasons of his career, Stairs dropped 30 pounds during the offseason and claimed a spot on the Padres’ bench at age 42. And…

  18. Indians activate Kerry Wood from the disabled list

    May 7, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood had an ugly first rehab appearance at Double-A, allowing six runs while recording just two outs Monday, but bounced back with a scoreless inning Wednesday to apparently convince the Indians he’s ready to return. Wood has been sidelined since straining his back in the middle of spring training, but the Indians activated him…

  19. Stephen Strasburg drawing a crowd at Triple-A

    May 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his Triple-A debut tonight and after averaging about 2,500 fans per game the Syracuse Chiefs have already sold out their 11,071-seat ballpark with hopes of additional walk-up sales making it the largest crowd in the venue’s 14-year history. Chiefs general manager John Simone told that the Nationals haven’t informed him…

  20. Andre Ethier is undisputed king of walk-off hits

    May 7, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    As Craig noted in his morning roundup, last night Andre Ethier hit a game-winning grand slam against the Brewers for his 11th walk-off hit since 2008. Thanks to’s amazing Play Index, here’s the walk-off leaderboard during that time: Andre Ethier 11 Kurt Suzuki 5 Miguel Tejada 5 Alfonso Soriano 4 Jorge Cantu 4 Jose…

  21. Milton Bradley placed on restricted list, unlikely to rejoin Mariners any time soon

    May 7, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley must sit out five games after the Mariners placed him on the restricted list yesterday, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that “he’ll be gone at least a week and likely longer.” According to Baker, the perpetually disgruntled outfielder “will remain in Seattle and work out on his own, but won’t…

  22. Andy Pettitte expected to miss at least one start

    May 6, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    No official announcement has been made, but Andrew Marchand of reports that Andy Pettitte will miss at least one start and the Yankees are deciding between Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves to replace him in the rotation. Pettitte left yesterday’s game after just five innings with elbow soreness that an MRI exam later revealed…

  23. GM says slumping Drew Stubbs won't be demoted

    May 6, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts yesterday to drop his batting average to .174, but general manager Walt Jocketty said today that the 25-year-old center fielder is in no danger of being sent back to the minors: He needs to works it out on the major league level. You don’t want him to lose…

  24. Lance Berkman says the Astros should trade him

    May 6, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    With the Astros off to a 9-18 start and headed for fewer than 75 wins for the third time in four seasons, Lance Berkman said yesterday that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause if asked. He also said that if he were running the Astros he’d probably be trying to trade himself: If it was…

  25. Pat Neshek's injury was misdiagnosed by Twins

    May 6, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire was described as “steaming” over the weekend when the Twins intended to demote Pat Neshek to Triple-A only to be told that the reliever preferred to be placed on the disabled list because his finger injury was still a problem. Neshek received some subtle jabs from Gardenhire and some not-so-subtle jabs from the…

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