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  1. Nationals prospect shortstop Yewri Guillen dies of bacterial meningitis

    Apr 16, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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    Sad news out of the Dominican Republic. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals prospect shortstop Yewri Guillen, who played and lived at the team’s baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, died yesterday morning of bacterial meningitis. He was just 18 years old. According to Nationals’ academy administrator Fausto Severino, Guillen started feeling ill…

  2. Hot-hitting Cardinals demolish Dodgers, find way to .500 mark

    Apr 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Rod Barajas, Chad Fairchild

    The Cardinals’ offense was sputtering in a big way last week, with some asking if impending free agent Albert Pujols was pressing after getting off to the worst start of his career. What a difference a week makes. Pujols and Lance Berkman both homered twice in last night’s 11-2 drubbing of the Dodgers. Pujols has…

  3. UPDATE: Roy Oswalt leaves start with lower back strain

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal reports that Oswalt is confident he’ll be able to make his next start. While it was initially announced that he left the game with a lower back strain, Oswalt told reporters that it’s mid-back spasms that aren’t related to his past back issue. 9:57 PM: According to…

  4. Viral infection the likely cause of Joe Mauer’s leg weakness

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

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    There was plenty of uncertainty and concern last night when it was announced that Joe Mauer was going on the disabled list with bilateral leg weakness, but there’s at least some room for optimism at this hour. According to Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Joe Mauer was taken to the hospital with…

  5. Nationals drop struggling Ian Desmond from the leadoff spot

    Apr 15, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    After going hitless in 12 at-bats during this week’s series against the Phillies, Ian Desmond has been dropped from first to seventh in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Brewers. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman changed his mind about dropping Desmond in the lineup early last week, but tells Paul Tenorio of the Washington Post…

  6. Zack Greinke to begin minor league rehab stint Tuesday

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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    The Brewers are finally close to getting a look at their new ace. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Zack Greinke threw two simulated innings this afternoon, after which he said he’s ready to go out on a minor league rehab assignment. Greinke will make his first rehab appearance Tuesday for High-A Brevard…

  7. Mike Scioscia benches slumping Vernon Wells

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels manager Mike Scioscia has benched the struggling Vernon Wells for tonight’s game against the Indians, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Wells, who was acquired from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January, is batting just .091 (4-for-44) over his first 10 games this season and currently…

  8. Adam Moore likely done for the season after knee surgery

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

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    According to Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners catcher Adam Moore will be sidelined for 4-6 months after undergoing “major” surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. Moore suffered the injury in the eighth inning of last Wednesday’s game against the Rangers while trying to chase after a ball in the…

  9. Pedro Feliciano to undergo another MRI on his left shoulder

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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    The Yankees signed left-hander Pedro Feliciano to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2013 over the winter, but their new investment was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff. And it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing him anytime soon. According to Andrew…

  10. Jason Bay unlikely to return for at least another two weeks

    Apr 12, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Bad news for the middle of the Mets’ projected lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this afternoon that Jason Bay is unlikely to return from the disabled list until at least April 26 against the Nationals. “I think it’s unrealistic to expect him before then,” Alderson…

  11. Adam Dunn may be sidelined until the weekend

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn continues to take batting practice following his emergency appendectomy, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com hears that it’s increasingly possible that he’ll be sidelined until the weekend. “Yeah, when he tells me he’s ready to go, I am going to give him an extra day,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He talked to…

  12. Jack Wilson is out of Eric Wedge’s doghouse

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

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    Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Jack Wilson have apparently put their differences behind them. Wedge didn’t hide his frustration after Wilson pulled himself from a game last Wednesday against the Rangers. He called Wilson’s decision “unspeakable,” among other things, and held him out of the lineup over the weekend. However, following a conversation yesterday, Wedge…

  13. Manny Ramirez spoke with Joe Maddon on Friday

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times earlier today that Manny Ramirez called him following his shocking retirement announcement Friday afternoon. “He expressed disappointment in himself to me,” Maddon said, “but also had really high praise for us as an organization, as a group, so I felt pretty good about that.” Asked if…

  14. Zack Greinke could be back before the end of the month

    Apr 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers

    Good news for the Brewers. Zack Greinke threw another bullpen session this afternoon, his second since being shut down with a fractured rib in early-March. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the right-hander felt so good during the session that the Brewers are now considering moving up his timetable so that he’ll return…

  15. Report: Athletics and Trevor Cahill agree to multi-year contract

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Athletics and Trevor Cahill have agreed to a multi-year contract, pending a physical. Crasnick reported last month that the Athletics were interested in exploring a multi-year contract with the 23-year-old right-hander. Specific terms of the contract aren’t yet available, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it was similar…

  16. We have a war of words between Stan Kasten and Rob Dibble

    Apr 9, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    As Craig told us earlier this week, Rob Dibble said in an interview with FOXSports.com that he was fired from his broadcasting gig with MASN because Stephen Strasburg‘s father sent an angry email to the Lerners. Strasburg has since denied that claim while former Nationals president Stan Kasten went a step further in his comments…

  17. Report: Yankees sign Carlos Silva

    Apr 9, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees have signed Carlos Silva. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms Heyman’s report and adds that it is a minor league deal. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 4.22 ERA and an 80/24 K/BB ratio over 21 starts last season, but posted an ugly 10.90 ERA over 17…

  18. Kevin Slowey placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

    Apr 9, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have placed Kevin Slowey on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. The 26-year-old right-hander was shut down after an appearance Monday with what Twins manager Ron Gardenhire initially called “biceps discomfort.” Slowey was moved to the bullpen at the end of spring training after the…

  19. What they’re saying about Manny Ramirez’s retirement

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    You’ve already heard what we had to say about Manny Ramirez‘s shocking retirement, but what about the rest of the baseball world? From baseball writers to current players and former teammates and managers, here’s a quick sampling. Bobby Jenks (via WEEI.com): “I look at it as this. You do it, you get caught, you’re an idiot.…

  20. UPDATE: Brian Roberts cleared to play following hospital visit for stomach issue

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    UPDATE: According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Roberts is in the starting lineup for the first game of today’s doubleheader. 11:03 AM: According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, tests on Roberts’ stomach issue came back negative and he has been cleared to play. However, his availability for today’s doubleheader against the Rangers is not yet…

  21. Ian Snell is already considering a comeback

    Apr 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Ian Snell announced last month that he was retiring rather than accept a minor league assignment from the Cardinals, but Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that he is already considering a comeback. “He told the world he’s retiring, and that’s what we thought was going to happen,” Snell’s agent Joe Sroba said Friday. Snell posted…

  22. Mixed results for Jake Peavy in first minor league rehab start

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Jake Peavy allowed two unearned runs on five hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings last night in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Birmingham. Peavy also struck out four and threw a wild pitch. He was originally expected to throw approximately 75 pitches over five innings, but was pulled once he…

  23. What should the Yankees do with Phil Hughes?

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Phil Hughes was flat-out awful against the Red Sox yesterday, giving up six runs on seven hits — including a home run — and two walks over just two innings. He now has an ugly 16.50 ERA through his first two turns in the starting rotation, but more alarming is that the velocity on his…

  24. Struggling Scott Kazmir is going on the disabled list with a “back injury”

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir may have just reached Oliver Perez territory. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Angels have placed former phenom left-hander Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with lower back stiffness. Matt Palmer was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and will replace him in the starting rotation, at least in…

  25. The Dodgers and Padres are still playing!

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley

    Well, sort of. The Dodgers and Padres trudged through four rain delays before last night’s game was suspended at 1:40 am local time with a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning. That’s right. Four rain delays in San Diego. Padres manager Bud Black put it best in his comments to Bill Center of the San Diego…

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