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  1. Dodgers call up Dee Gordon

    May 4, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    dee gordon getty

    As a response to Hanley Ramirez‘s unfortunate hamstring injury suffered last night, the Dodgers have recalled Dee Gordon from Triple-A Albuquerque. As Craig noted, the Dodgers are a mess right now with a seemingly neverending rash of injuries. Adrian Gonzalez sat out last night with a neck injury, and Mark Ellis hasn’t played in a…

  2. Chris Carpenter could return as a reliever

    May 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    The Cardinals’ starting rotation is doing quite well thus far, leading baseball with an aggregate 2.07 ERA. Their bullpen, on the other hand, brings up the rear at 5.67. They have lost Jason Motte for the season as the right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery. Mitchell Boggs‘ stint at closer was short-lived as his 12.66…

  3. Aaron Hill healing slower than expected

    May 3, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill

    Diamondback second baseman Aaron Hill is progressing slower than many, including GM Kevin Towers, expected, tweets Nick Piecoro. Hill suffered a fractured left hand on April 9 against the Pirates. Initial estimates had Hill missing 4-6 weeks which put him on track for a mid-May return, but Towers says even a late May return would…

  4. Tim Hudson has really added some tools to his arsenal

    May 3, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    If you’ve been following baseball news over the past few days, you know Clay Buchholz is in the crosshairs for allegedly doctoring baseballs. Cliff Lee was even accused of putting illegal substances on his hat. Now, it looks like, Tim Hudson is the latest to be embroiled in controversy. From Kris Medlen’s Twitter: .@intentionaltalk Huddy…

  5. Juan Francisco leaves game with ankle injury

    May 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Royals Braves Basaeball

    Braves third baseman Juan Francisco left tonight’s game against the Mets in the third inning due to an ankle injury. Francisco appeared to turn his right ankle when he attempted to go back to second base on a pick-off attempt. He was out on the play. Ramiro Pena took Francisco’s spot at third at the…

  6. Sandy Alderson says Terry Collins has job security

    May 3, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the New York Mets. They ended a six-game losing skid on Wednesday with a 7-6 victory over the Marlins, and are 4-11 over their last 15 games. As is customary, speculation pertaining to the Mets manager’s eventual ouster began to circulate through the media. GM Sandy Alderson…

  7. Adrian Gonzalez out of lineup due to neck pain

    May 3, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez is not in tonight’s lineup for their match-up against the Giants tonight due to neck pain. Neck pain caused by an umpire, according to Ken Gurnick. Gonzalez’s absence forces Jerry Hairston to move from left field to first base, and Skip Schumaker from the bench to left. They will play tonight’s game with…

  8. Cliff Lee rebuts Dirk Hayhurst’s cheating accusation

    May 3, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Amidst all the clamor of Clay Buchholz‘s alleged indiscretion, former pitcher and current Toronto radio host Dirk Hayhurst accused Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee of using his hat to gain an unfair advantage: Now I’m getting lambasted for calling this cheating; cheating when there is solid video evidence to support it. Pitchers break the law, folks.…

  9. Troy Tulowitzki out tonight due to “heavy legs”

    May 3, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki Getty

    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is sitting out tonight’s game against the Rays due to “heavy legs” — his terminology. Weiss described Tulowitzki’s night off as “precautionary”. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post has more: Tulowitzki was running the bases and doing outfield sprints with Rockies trainer Keith Dugger on Friday afternoon. Tulowitzki, who has a…

  10. Jayson Werth to sit out weekend in Pittsburgh

    May 3, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, dealing with a tweaked hamstring, will watch this weekend’s series against the Pirates from the bench at PNC Park. Via Mark Zuckerman: “Hopefully it’s going to come along, and he’ll be ready when we get home,” [manager Davey] Johnson said, speculating Werth could return Tuesday for the start of a home…

  11. Roy Halladay is not happy with Mitch Williams

    May 3, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    roy halladay long getty

    Since Roy Halladay started the 2012 season off with a whimper, he has heard theories on quick fixes from all corners of the globe. Bloggers (present company included), talk radio hosts, Internet commenters, and TV pundits have all speculated as to what went wrong with the two-time Cy Young award winner and how he can…

  12. Evan Gattis could stay with Braves when Brian McCann returns

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is leaning towards carrying three catchers when Brian McCann is set to return to the Braves’ 25-man roster in a little over a week, according to David O’Brien. Gonzalez says Gattis “hasn’t given us any reason [to send him down]“, and also shockingly suggested he may use Gattis in the outfield…

  13. Troy Tulowitzki suffers shoulder injury

    Apr 28, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    tulowitzki getty

    The Rockies, flying high atop the NL West with a 15-9 record, were deflated in this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks as their star shortstop left this afternoon’s game due to a left shoulder strain. Tulowitzki slid into home plate awkwardly in the top of the first inning and made contact with Diamondbacks catcher Miguel…

  14. Glen Perkins comes through for Twins fan on Twitter

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Most athletes are a bore to follow on Twitter. Their feeds usually consist of motivational quotes, inside jokes with other teammates on Twitter, and banal comments about a recently-completed game. Twins reliever Glen Perkins is not among them. @AlexBerg22 asked Perkins if he could provide any assistance since Berg had been “screwed over” ordering tickets…

  15. Watch Tony Campana steal second, third, and home

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Tony Campana

    You may remember Tony Campana as the speedy outfielder used infrequently by the Cubs between 2011 and ’12. Over those two seasons, Campana stole 54 bases (including 15 steals of third base) in 59 attempts and was on base 106 times, 96 of which were via single, walk, or hit by pitch. In other words,…

  16. John Lackey earns first win since 2011

    Apr 28, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    John Lackey AP

    Making his first start since April 6, Red Sox starter John Lackey limited the Astros to one run over six innings, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out four. The outing gave Lackey his first win since August 23, 2011 against the Rangers. Lackey had been on the disabled list with a right…

  17. Didi Gregorius placed on 7-day DL

    Apr 28, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Didi Gregorius was hit in the head with a Josh Outman fastball on Friday and told the media yesterday that his CT scan looked good. However, after meeting with team doctors today, he has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list retroactive to April 27, per the team’s official Twitter. The Diamondbacks’ prospect was…

  18. David Price is not happy with umpire Tom Hallion

    Apr 28, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    David Price

    Rays lefty David Price held the White Sox to three runs over seven innings en route to an 8-3 victory, his first of the season, but Price was furious thanks to umpire Tom Hallion. Walking towards the dugout after the seventh, Price said a few choice words to Hallion before leaving. Shortly thereafter, Hallion appeared…

  19. Tony Cingrani achieves rare four-strikeout inning

    Apr 28, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    Reds rookie Tony Cingrani was electric in his third career start this afternoon against the Nationals. The 23-year-old lefty held the Nats to two hits, walking one and striking out 11 over six innings, lowering his ERA to 1.50 in the process. Cingrani struck out four Nationals in the bottom of the fourth, a rare…

  20. Kevin Correia continues April magic

    Apr 28, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Kevin Correia

    Twins right-hander Kevin Correia shut out the Rangers over eight innings this afternoon, scattering six hits (all singles) and one walk while striking out two. His ERA after five starts rests at 2.23, a stunning statistic for the veteran with a career 4.50 ERA. Correia has gone at least seven innings in all five of…

  21. Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig arrested in Tennessee

    Apr 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    puig getty

    Kevin Baxter of the L.A. Times has the details: Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested by police in Chattanooga, Tenn., early Sunday and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance. A spokesman for the Hamilton County jail confirmed that Puig was booked Sunday morning and released a short time later. He…

  22. Attendance at Citizens Bank Park is way down

    Apr 27, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Between 2008-12, the Phillies were among baseball’s best when it came to filling seats on their home turf. Citizens Bank Park seats about 43,650 and officially sold out 257 consecutive games dating back to July 2009. The Phillies missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006 last year and GM Ruben Amaro’s tepid off-season…

  23. Gavin Floyd leaves game early with elbow injury

    Apr 27, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    White Sox starter Gavin Floyd left tonight’s start against the Rays in the third inning with a flexor strain in his right elbow. It is the same injury that caused Floyd to go on the disabled list two separate times last year. The right-hander retired the first two hitters he faced in the third before…

  24. Orioles will be forced to make decision on Freddy Garcia soon

    Apr 27, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Padres-Angels Spring Baseball

    MASN’s Roch Kubatko notes that Freddy Garcia may opt out of his contract with the Orioles after he makes his next start with Triple-A Norfolk, meaning the team will soon be forced to make a decision about the right-hander. The 36-year-old currently has a 2.61 ERA in 25.2 innings with a cool 16-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.…

  25. Taylor Teagarden to miss time with fractured thumb

    Apr 27, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Taylor Teagarden

    Orioles backup catcher Taylor Teagarden left today’s game against the Athletics with a dislocated thumb caused by a foul tip. He will be reevaluated tomorrow, but he is expected to miss three to four weeks, tweets Dan Connolly. In his absence, the Orioles will likely call up Luis Exposito from Triple-A Norfolk. Teagarden had yet…

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