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  1. Alex Rodriguez aims to return to starting lineup Wednesday

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez was held out of the starting lineup tonight for the second straight day with continued soreness in his oblique/lower back, but told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that he expects to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Blue Jays. “We decided to take one more day and play tomorrow,” Rodriguez said. “I…

  2. Cardinals remove struggling Ryan Franklin from closer role

    Apr 19, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals have finally done the inevitable. While Tony La Russa wouldn’t say the change is permanent, he told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest this afternoon that struggling closer Ryan Franklin will not be used in the ninth inning for the time being. Franklin has allowed six runs on eight hits — including three…

  3. Jake Peavy pulled from rehab start with discomfort

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the White Sox at this hour. According to Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago, Jake Peavy left a minor league rehab start tonight with Double-A Birmingham tonight due to discomfort. Peavy was pulled after throwing just 15 pitches over two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on four hits. He’s scheduled for further evaluation…

  4. Brandon Belt could be headed to the minors tomorrow

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed a short while ago that Brandon Belt could be sent back to the minors if Cody Ross is activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Ross is scheduled to play nine innings in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Fresno tonight,…

  5. The Nationals are sniffing around for center fielders

    Apr 18, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals must have finally realized they are starting Rick Ankiel in center field on most nights, because Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that they are currently searching for an upgrade. Nyjer Morgan wore out his welcome in Washington, so it was hard to blame them for trading him to the Brewers before the start…

  6. Pirates not concerned with Andrew McCutchen’s early struggles

    Apr 16, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen was batting just 9-for-41 (.220) over the first 11 games of the season, all of the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle moved him back to the leadoff spot last night against the Reds in an effort to shake things up, but McCutchen went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Still, Hurdle…

  7. Jason Bay could return from disabled list as soon as Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jason Bay could be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday’s series opener against the Astros at Citi Field. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that Bay would return from the disabled list no sooner than April 26. Bay has been sidelined since the…

  8. Corey Hart scheduled to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    We mentioned yesterday that Zack Greinke is making progress from a fractured rib, but the Brewers are also close to seeing an importance piece of their everyday lineup return. Corey Hart will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Nashville, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Hart has been sidelined since…

  9. Alex Rodriguez leaves game with lower back and oblique stiffness

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Rodriguez felt the tightness before today’s game and it only got worse as the game moved along. Rodriguez remains hopeful to play tomorrow night, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he won’t play if he’s still feeling tightness. 3:24 PM: According to Ben Shipgel…

  10. Indians could activate Grady Sizemore from the disabled list tomorrow

    Apr 16, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore AP

    Get ready, Indians fans. According to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, the Indians could activate Grady Sizemore from the disabled list as soon as tomorrow. Sizemore, who is working his way back from microfracture surgery on his left knee, is batting .353 (6-for-17) over five minor league rehab games. He homered in his first game with…

  11. Mets place Chris Young on disabled list with right biceps tendinitis

    Apr 16, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    UPDATE: Mets manager Terry Collins tells Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Dillon Gee is projected to start Sunday’s game while Pat Misch will back up this afternoon’s starter D.J. Carrasco. 12:50 PM: According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Mets have placed Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list with right…

  12. Dwight Gooden gets probation in child endangerment case

    Apr 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Here’s the latest development in the sad saga of former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden. According to the Associated Press via NBCSports.com, Gooden was sentenced to five years’ probation yesterday after pleading guilty in New Jersey to child endangerment. He was also ordered to undergo outpatient drug treatment. The charges date back to a March 2010…

  13. The Mets aren’t happy about having to play another doubleheader

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Mets Braves Baseball

    Last night’s game between the Mets and Braves was washed out, but the clubs will make up the game as part of a doubleheader this afternoon. The Mets just got their clocks cleaned during a doubleheader against the Rockies on Thursday, so they aren’t thrilled with having to play another doubleheader in the space of…

  14. Franklin Gutierrez scratched from rehab appearance with more stomach problems

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 in Seattle reports that Gutierrez will be sent out for further evaluation, possibly to the Mayo Clinic. 11:15 AM: Things were looking up earlier this week when we heard Franklin Gutierrez was scheduled to work out with the Mariners and possibly head out on a minor league rehab assignment.…

  15. Slumping Carl Crawford benched for today’s game

    Apr 16, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Carl Crawford is on the bench for today’s game against the Blue Jays, one day after going 0-for-5 and seeing his batting average dip to .137 (7-for-51) to begin the season. Crawford heard plenty of boos from the Fenway Park crowd after striking out on three pitches against Jon Rauch in the ninth inning last…

  16. Andres Torres lands on disabled list with strained Achilles tendon

    Apr 16, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

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    According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants placed Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained left Achilles tendon. Torres hasn’t played since suffering the injury last Saturday, so he’s eligible to return as soon as April 26. “He was pretty discouraged,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    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…

  21. 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…

  22. Zack Greinke to begin minor league rehab stint Tuesday

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke throwing AP

    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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