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  1. The Kaufmann Stadium warning track is now a “No Mo Zone”

    May 10, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera tore the ACL in his right knee shagging fly balls at Kaufmann Stadium last year, forcing him onto the DL for the rest of the season and putting his future in doubt. Now back in action and as strong as ever — the right-hander has a 1.88 ERA and 13 saves in as…

  2. Alex Cobb had an interesting third inning tonight

    May 10, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    The Rays are playing host to the San Diego Padres in an inter-league three-game series this weekend, leading off with an Alex Cobb/Edinson Volquez starting pitching match-up tonight. After allowing two runs in the first on solo home runs by Will Venable and Carlos Quentin, Cobb had an interesting third inning. Venable struck out to…

  3. Should Derek Jeter think about retiring?

    May 10, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    New York Yankees infielder Jeter walks to the dugout after stretching during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

    No, Derek Jeter should not think about retiring. Just so we’re clear on that. Jason Keidel, though, argues that the Yankee shortstop is at the end of the line: Father Time is finally throwing Jeter some serious chin music, snapping his ankle in October, and then taunting him back to practice before chipping it again.…

  4. Jack Morris apologizes to Clay Buchholz

    May 10, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Hall of Fame hopeful and current Blue Jays broadcaster Jack Morris thrust Clay Buchholz into the spotlight recently when he accused the Red Sox hurler of using a spitball. The controversy became a national spectacle as Dirk Hayhurst and others joined the chorus of finger-waggers. With the Jays in Boston to begin a three-game series,…

  5. Jayson Werth to DL; Bryce Harper out of lineup

    May 10, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth AP

    After more than a week riding the pine, Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth will be placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The move will be retroactive to May 3, making Werth eligible to return on May 18. GM Mike Rizzo called the strain “very slight” and is confident Werth will be…

  6. Phil Humber could lose spot in Astros rotation

    May 6, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox

    Phil Humber the 21st perfect game in baseball history on April 21 against the Seattle Mariners last year, and it’s been all downhill ever since. The once-prized prospect in the New York Mets system has logged a 7.79 ERA since the perfecto over 121.1 innings. At 8.82, his 2013 ERA is the worst in the…

  7. Joel Hanrahan exits game with injury

    May 6, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan Getty

    The Red Sox have already lost one closer to the disabled list. They lost another tonight as Joel Hanrahan exited tonight’s game against the Twins after allowing a game-tying solo home run to Brian Dozier that reset the game at five apiece. Hanrahan got to 1-1 against his final batter, Josh Willingham, before throwing three straight…

  8. Mark Reynolds hit a home run a long way

    May 6, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    The Indians are pretty happy with their off-season signing of Mark Reynolds. The right-hander hit his 10th home run of the season tonight against Athletics starter Jarrod Parker, a solo shot well beyond the fence in left at Progressive Field. The homer was estimated at 460 feet. Reynolds entered the night hitting .296/.363/.622, turning out…

  9. Martin Perez begins rehab, is guaranteed nothing

    May 6, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    martin perez getty

    With the startling production from Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm, both on the outside looking in as spring training began, Rangers lefty Martin Perez isn’t guaranteed a spot in the rotation when he is fully recovered from a fractured forearm suffered in March. Tepesch has a 3.54 ERA in 28 innings and Grimm 2.28 in…

  10. Ruben Amaro: Phillies offense “not good enough”

    May 6, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Water is also wet. The Phillies are tied with the Nationals for the third-worst runs per game average in the National League at 3.53. They’re fourth-worst in batting average (.237) and third-worst in on-base percentage (.296) and slugging percentage (.374). Phillies outfielders have the worst combined OPS in the league at .608, well below the…

  11. Dodgers to activate Chris Capuano, DL Mark Ellis

    May 6, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Chris Capuano

    The Dodgers will activate starter Chris Capuano from the disabled list before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, as Capuano opposes Trevor Cahill. In a related move, the Dodgers will place Mark Ellis on the disabled list retroactive to April 27 with a strained right quad, reports Dylan Hernandez. Capuano went on the DL with a…

  12. Steve Carlton is a few cards short of a deck

    May 6, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Steve Carlton

    Steve Carlton had a 24-year career in Major League Baseball, 15 of which came with the Phillies between 1972 and 1986. He won four Cy Young awards in 1972, ’77, ’80, and ’82, and led the Phillies to their first ever championship in 1980. He also helped the Phillies back to the World Series in…

  13. Baseball’s next commissioner: Davey Johnson?

    May 6, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    In a column for the Orlando Sentinel, Shannon Owens goes over some of the available options to replace Bud Selig as commissioner of baseball. Former President George W. Bush and NBC’s Dick Ebersol are cited, but Owens cites Nationals manager Davey Johnson as another candidate who could fit the billing. Johnson is 70 years old…

  14. Alex Rodriguez joins rehabbing Yankees in Tampa

    May 6, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    Third baseman Alex Rodriguez joined his injured Yankees brethren at a rehab facility in Tampa, Florida as the 37-year-old works his way back from off-season hip surgery. MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports that Rodriguez ran, played catch, and hit off a tee, great news for Yankees fans who have seen their team decimated — but not…

  15. Astros designate Rick Ankiel for assignment

    May 6, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    The Astros, sitting at 8-24 in last place in the AL West, have designated outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment, tweets Houston Chronicle beat writer Brian T. Smith. It was one of a handful of moves the Astros made day, also designating Fernando Martinez for assignment, calling up Jimmy Paredes and Trevor Crowe, demoting Brandon Laird…

  16. Johnny Cueto makes progress, will begin rehab soon

    May 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    cueto getty

    Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a 25-pitch bullpen session today with no ill effect. The right-hander is recovering from a right lat strain and has been sidelined since mid-April. Cueto hit a bump in the road when he felt soreness before a rehab start with Double-A Pensacola a few days ago. C. Trent Rosecrans reports…

  17. Tyler Moore hits unlucky fan with homer

    May 5, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    tyler moore getty

    Tyler Moore blasted a three-run home run to left field in the eighth inning of today’s series finale in Pittsburgh. The homer gave his team a 6-2 lead. As the ball descended beyond the left field fence, a fan got up and turned his back to the action. The ball struck him in the back,…

  18. Cubs standing pat with Carlos Marmol

    May 5, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol imploded yesterday, walking two batters and hitting another to load the bases with no outs in the eighth inning attempting to hold on to a 4-2 lead. Manager Dale Sveum replaced Marmol with Hector Rondon, who allowed all three of Marmol’s runners to score and the Reds eventually went on to…

  19. Should the Angels trade Mike Scioscia?

    May 5, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    mike-scioscia-angels

    With an 8-4 loss to the Orioles this afternoon, the Angels dropped to 11-20 on the season, ahead of only the lowly Astros in the AL West. What was thought to be a promising season for the win-now Angels has become a nightmare due to injuries, a putrid starting rotation, and an ineffective start to…

  20. Yu Darvish is striking out a lot of hitters

    May 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    yu darvish reuters

    Underwhelming title? Rangers starter Yu Darvish‘s strikeout rate will overwhelm you. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out 14 Red Sox over seven innings today, lowering his ERA to 2.56. The 14 K’s bring his total to 72 on the season in 45 and one-third innings, a rate of 14.3 per nine innings. On a batters-faced basis,…

  21. Billy Butler, Alex Gordon power Royals to victory in dramatic fashion

    May 5, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    The American League's best left fielder?

    The Royals won their fourth consecutive game this afternoon thanks to clutch hitting from Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. Trailing the White Sox 5-3 going into the ninth, the Royals were 18% to win according to FanGraphs win expectancy. It fell as low as 9% when Alcides Escobar flied out to center with runners on…

  22. David Ortiz extends hitting streak to 25 games with homer

    May 5, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    david ortiz getty

    If one were to only look at his stats, one would never guess that David Ortiz has been suffering from an Achilles injury on his right foot. The injury knocked Ortiz out of 70 games last season and knocked him out of the first three weeks of the 2013 season. Since returning on April 20,…

  23. Didi Gregorius announces his return with homer in first at-bat

    May 5, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius homered on the first pitch he saw this season, a Phil Hughes fastball that went into the Yankee Stadium stands in left-center. A week later Gregorius was hit in the head with a Josh Outman fastball and had to go on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Gregorius was activated for today’s…

  24. Umpire John Hirschbeck goes looking for trouble, finds it

    May 5, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    bryce harper getty

    I have long believed that an umpire is best seen and not heard, a line often used to describe children. Like children, some umpires tend to think they are the center of attention and their offenses are of the utmost importance. John Hirschbeck was among them this afternoon, when he went looking for a confrontation…

  25. Roy Halladay likely headed to the DL

    May 5, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay Getty

    After getting rocked by the Marlins this afternoon, many speculated that Halladay was hiding an injury. Turns out they were right. Halladay finally confessed to having felt some shoulder pain after his April 24 start against the Pirates. GM Ruben Amaro says his right-hander is “likely” headed to the disabled list. “He’s experiencing some shoulder…

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