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  1. Athletics present Dallas Braden with a diamond ring

    May 22, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    The Athletics celebrated “Dallas Braden Day” on Friday to commemorate the pitcher’s perfect game against the Rays on May 9, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. As part of the celebration, the team presented him with a diamond ring, complete with 51 diamonds on the front — for his uniform number — and…

  2. Red Sox activate Jacoby Ellsbury from disabled list

    May 22, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    After an absence of nearly six weeks, the Red Sox have activated Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list for Saturday’s game against the Phillies. He was 4-for-10 with a stolen base during a three-game minor league rehab stint between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. According to Joe McDonald of, he is expected to play…

  3. Rangers still interested in Rod Barajas

    May 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    According to T.R. Sullivan and Chris Cox of, the Rangers would be interested in trading for Rod Barajas if and when the Mets become sellers. The Rangers had interest in Barajas as a contingency plan before he signed an incentive-laden one-year, $500,000 contract with the Mets during spring training. It was a pretty easy…

  4. Bryce Harper hits for the cycle

    May 22, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Yeah, this kid could be pretty good. According to Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 17-year-old sensation Bryce Harper hit for the cycle on Friday. He went 6-for-7 with five RBI and three runs scored as the College of Southern Nevada smoked Lamar Community College 22-8 in the semifinals of the NJCAA Western District…

  5. Javier Vazquez dominates Mets before leaving with finger injury

    May 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez looked brilliant with the switch back to National League rules on Friday night, holding the Mets to just one hit — a fifth inning single by Angel Pagan — over six shutout innings, while striking out six and walking two. Mariano Rivera made things interesting in the ninth, but the Yankees held on…

  6. Mets place John Maine on the DL with shoulder weakness

    May 21, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    John Maine still hadn’t seen a doctor as of Friday afternoon, but the Mets were concerned enough about the situation to place him on the disabled list with “right shoulder weakness,” according to Kevin Burkhardt of He is scheduled to undergo tests at the Hospital for Special Surgery next week, reports Kieran Darcy of…

  7. Mike Lowell has considered asking for his release

    May 18, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

    Piggybacking on Aaron’s entry from earlier, a ‘frustrated’ Mike Lowell elaborated before Tuesday’s game against the Yankees, telling reporters that he has considered asking the Red Sox for his release (via Rob Bradford of “Have I given it thought, sure. I think that’s a normal train of thought to go through,” he said. “Is…

  8. Forbes says Yanks are most valuable brand in sports

    May 18, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Fresh off their 27th World Series championship, Forbes magazine named the Yankees as the most valuable team brand in sports on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. According to Forbes, the Yankees brand is now worth $328 million (21 percent of their $1.6 billion total team value), supplanting English soccer team Manchester United’s value of…

  9. UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez benched for poor effort

    May 17, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to a tweet by Frisaro, it turns out Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez did bench Ramirez because of his poor effort on the field: “He got smoked w’ the ball in the ankle. But whether he’s hurt or not hurt, we felt like the effort wasn’t there.” 9:35 PM: Joe Frisaro of reports…

  10. UPDATE: Asdrubal Cabrera leaves game with arm injury

    May 17, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Anthony Castrovince of reports that Cabrera injured his left forearm. The team is expected to update his condition after the game. 8:14 AM: Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday’s game against the Rays with an injury to his left arm, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cabrera suffered the injury during a collision…

  11. Nick Johnson may need wrist surgery

    May 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    According to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Nick Johnson may need surgery to remove inflamed tissue from his right wrist. Johnson was already expected to miss four weeks, but if the injury requires surgery, he would likely miss an additional four to six weeks, placing his return somewhere around…

  12. UPDATE: Oliver Perez moved to the bullpen

    May 15, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Perez has been moved to the bullpen, according to Adam Rubin of Kevin Burkhardt of reports that Manuel has yet to name a replacement, but logic dictates that it would be left-hander Hisanori Takahashi. If not, the Mets would need to make a roster move should they choose to pluck R.A. Dickey…

  13. Don't hold your breath on Aroldis Chapman

    May 15, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg were often mentioned in the same breath this spring, but it’s become pretty clear that the Cuban left-hander isn’t anywhere near as polished as last year’s No 1 pick. Chapman was hammered for a career-high eight runs over just 3 1/3 innings in an outing for Triple-A Louisville on Friday…

  14. Jose Reyes moved back to the leadoff spot

    May 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel’s grand experiment is over. Jose Reyes will bat leadoff against the Marlins on Saturday night, according to David Lennon of New York Newsday. It was a worthwhile idea at the time, but Reyes batted just .207/.253/.280 with zero homers, six RBI and a 533 OPS over 82 at-bats as the No. 3 hitter.…

  15. UPDATE: Pablo Sandoval (foot) out of Saturday's lineup

    May 15, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    UPDATE: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sandoval is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season on Saturday. 1:58 PM: Pablo Sandoval exited Friday’s game against the Astros after he was plunked on the left foot by right-hander Jeff Fulchino in the eighth inning. Henry Schulman of the…

  16. Rays designate Pat Burrell for assignment; promote Hank Blalock

    May 15, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    The Rays have designated designated hitter Pat Burrell for assignment in order to make room for Hank Blalock, according to the Tampa Tribune. Burrell, 33, has been a tremendous failure since signing a two-year, $16 million contract with the club in January of 2009, posting a pathetic .218/.311/.361 batting line and just 16 homers over…

  17. Jason Marquis out eight weeks after elbow surgery

    May 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis will miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow on Friday, reports Bill Ladson of Marquis, who signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals in December, posted a disastrous 20.52 ERA and 2.88 WHIP over his first three starts before going on the disabled…

  18. Rafael Furcal unlikely to return this weekend

    May 15, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    The Dodgers have decided to delay Rafael Furcal’s return from the disabled list after he felt some tightness in his right hamstring during two rehab games with Class A Inland Empire this week. Furcal was originally expected to be activated on Friday, however Dodgers manager Joe Torre told Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times…

  19. Ron Gardenhire tells Pat Neshek to stay off the "Tweeter"

    May 15, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Last week, Aaron outlined how Pat Neshek expressed his frustration over the misdiagnosis of his injury via Facebook and Twitter. Well, on Friday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Kelly Thesier of that he recently met with Neshek to tell him that he was “not very happy” with the way he handled the situation. “‘Our…

  20. Athletics bring back Jack Cust

    May 15, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Searching for more production from a designated hitter spot that has combined for just two home runs (tied for lowest in the league) and a .291 on-base percentage (tied for third lowest), the Athletics have called up Jack Cust from Triple-A Sacramento, reports Mychael Urban of He’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s game against…

  21. Is it time to eat some crow about David Ortiz?

    May 15, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    David Ortiz continued his recent hot-hitting on Friday night, slugging two mammoth home runs and driving in four runs in a 7-2 win over the Tigers. The first home run, a three-run shot off the struggling Max Scherzer in the first inning, traveled an estimated distance of 459 feet to right-center field, according to HitTracker,…

  22. UPDATE: Nick Swisher day to day with biceps strain

    May 15, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Swisher is listed as day-to-day with a slight strain of the left biceps, according to Tim Britton of Friday’s MRI came back negative. Friday, 9:33 PM: Nick Swisher exited Friday’s game against the Twins with a sore left biceps, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. He was taken to the hospital for…

  23. Charlie Manuel regrets comments about stealing signs

    May 14, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Martin Frank of the News Journal has some quotes from the Phillies’ skipper: “I shouldn’t have said a word, but I didn’t say anything about Colorado or anything about them crying,” Manuel said. “If I did something, I’ll definitely talk to [Tracy]. I didn’t say anything about that particular game. “Usually, I say we’ll…

  24. Brad Lidge unhappy with throwing session on Tuesday

    May 11, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge, who was unavailable Monday due to soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow, was unhappy with the way he felt during a throwing session in Colorado on Tuesday, according to Todd Zolecki of It’s discouraging news for a short-handed pen, but as of now, the Phillies don’t believe the stiffness is anything out…

  25. Jimmy Rollins could be back from DL next week

    May 11, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said that Jimmy Rollins should be activated from the disabled list during the team’s next homestand, which begins next Monday against the Pirates. Rollins has been on the disabled list since April 14 due to a right calf strain. He began…

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