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  1. Red Sox re-acquire Jonathan Van Every

    Apr 24, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    Here’s a minor deal, as the Red Sox have re-acquired outfielder Jonathan Van Every from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Van Every, 30, had spent the previous two seasons in the Red Sox organization before signing a minor league deal with…

  2. Andruw Jones says he can play for five more years

    Apr 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Andruw Jones celebrated his 33rd birthday in style on Friday night, slugging two solo home runs, including a walk-off shot in a 7-6 win over the Mariners. Jones, who reportedly lost 15 to 20 pounds over the winter, is off to a fantastic start in Chicago, batting .293/.408/.756 with six home runs and nine RBI…

  3. Don't freak out about Cole Hamels

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    UPDATE: Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley comes to a similar conclusion, if you are looking for a more in-depth analysis. 1:45 PM: Facts are facts. Cole Hamels was knocked around pretty good by the Diamondbacks on Friday night, giving up a career-high four home runs, including three in the fourth inning. Hamels has allowed seven…

  4. Dioner Navarro ejected on Friday; suspension looming?

    Apr 24, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    Dioner Navarro was ejected during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Dan Bellino. After Bellino gave him the ol’ heave-ho, Navarro gave him a nice little bump with his chest protector. MLB won’t like that. After the game, Navarro told Bill Chastain…

  5. Mark Teixeira destroys Bobby Wilson

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    Angels catcher Bobby Wilson, who was making his first major league start on Friday, was forced to leave the game after being barreled over by Mark Teixeira while trying to block the plate in the third inning. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Wilson was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and…

  6. Jeff Francoeur drives Atlanta's new "Golden Boy" to the ballpark

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    Don’t tell Craig, but according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jeff Francoeur drove 20-year-old phenom Jason Heyward to Citi Field on Friday night. As O’Brien relays, Francoeur originally intended to pick up old chum Brian McCann, but when he arrived at the Manhattan hotel where the Braves were staying, Chipper Jones and…

  7. Mark McGwire takes "high road" on question about Canseco

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

    Mark McGwire and the Cardinals made a stop in the Bay Area for this weekend’s series against the Giants, prompting the obvious rehashing of steroids and timelines, all of which he side-stepped for the most part. Feel free to read all of John Shea’s article from the San Francisco Chronicle if you are truly interested.…

  8. John Maine leaves game after injuring his left (non-throwing) arm

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    John Maine was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Braves in the fourth inning due to muscle spasms and pain in his left (non-throwing) elbow. It’s odd, but certainly nothing new for Maine, who left a a start against the Phillies on July 5, 2008 with a cramp in his left forearm. According to…

  9. Milton Bradley returns to Chicago, says things

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:01 AM EST

    Naturally, reporters and columnists were licking their chops for Milton Bradley’s return to Chicago this weekend, so even though he didn’t play on Friday due to a sore left calf, it was awful nice of him to throw everyone a bone by continuing to say some rather silly things. Here’s a sample, via Scot Gregor…

  10. Kevin Kennedy helps thwart hijacking on flight

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:07 PM EST

    Yes, you read that correctly. Former major league manager and current Rays color analyst Kevin Kennedy was one of eight passengers who helped subdue a man who threatened to blow up an airplane druing a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Florida early Friday morning. Kennedy described the experience to Marc Topkin of the St.…

  11. David Ortiz: being pinch-hit for was "embarrassing"

    Apr 23, 2010, 7:48 PM EST

    UPDATE: Talk about great timing. Ortiz just slugged his first home run of the season to the “Monster Seats” in center field. 7:11 PM: Prior to Friday’s game against the Orioles, David Ortiz told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he was embarrassed when Mike Lowell pinch-hit for him against left-hander Darren Oliver on Tuesday: “It…

  12. Not so fast. Dice-K isn't in the rotation quite yet

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    As Drew detailed on Thursday, Daisuke Matsuzaka is set to replace Tim Wakefield in the starting rotation, but it turns out that won’t happen until next weekend in Baltimore, according to Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal. Wakefield will make one more start this Sunday against the Orioles, meanwhile, Matsuzaka will stay fresh with a…

  13. UPDATE: Jeff Mathis to miss at least six weeks with fractured wrist

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:19 AM EST

    UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Mathis is expected to miss at least six weeks with the injury. Tuesday, 9:19 PM: The Angels have placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register. Mathis suffered the injury…

  14. Ted Lilly on track to return from disabled list this weekend

    Apr 20, 2010, 7:52 PM EST

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed that Ted Lilly will return from the disabled list this weekend in Milwaukee, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Lilly made his final tuneup start on Monday night, tossing 88 pitches over seven innings for Single-A Peoria. Piniella indicated that Lilly could make his season debut on either Saturday or…

  15. Report: O's Felix Pie could miss three months

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:26 PM EST

    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Felix Pie could miss up to three months with an injury to his latissimus dorsi muscle. Pie was placed on the disabled list on Friday with a strained muscle in his upper back, but further examination on Monday revealed a more serious injury. Orioles president Andy MacPhail told the…

  16. Kelly Shoppach out four to six weeks after knee surgery

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:41 PM EST

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that catcher Kelly Shoppach will miss at least four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday. Shoppach suffered the injury while trying to block Curtis Granderson from home plate during last Saturday’s game against the Yankees. He was placed on the…

  17. A-Rod passes Mark McGwire on all-time home run list

    Apr 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez connected for his 584th career home run during the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday afternoon against the Rangers, passing Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time home run list. Rodriguez, who turns 35 in July, was homerless in his first 41 at-bats to begin the year, his…

  18. Jeff Francoeur says Mets are "110 percent" behind Jerry Manuel

    Apr 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    According to MetsBlog, last night on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, host Seth Everett said Jeff Francoeur, John Maine, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana were unhappy with manager Jerry Manuel. This forced Francoeur to issue a denial before Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “We’re 10 games into the season. We’ve lost a…

  19. Could the Angels trade one of their catchers?

    Apr 17, 2010, 3:44 PM EST

    Angels general manager Tony Reagins was asked about his catching surplus by Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com and he didn’t shoot down the possibility of making a trade: “You never close your mind to any potential deal that will make you better,” Angels general manager Tony Reagins said. Though Mike Napoli started behind the dish on…

  20. UPDATE: Angelos willing to talk if Ripken wants job with O's

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    UPDATE: Angelos says Ripken has not offered himself to the team as a prospective employee, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com. “Quite simply, Cal Ripken did not offer to become part of the Oriole organization in any secondary position, such as manager or as an assistant to [team president] Andy MacPhail, or in some kind of…

  21. Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Holliday return to action

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Ryan Zimmerman returned to the starting lineup for the Nationals on Saturday afternoon against the Brewers, batting third against left-hander Randy Wolf. Zimmerman had been sidelined since last Saturday due to a tight left hamstring, though he did have two pinch-hit appearances this week, including a home run against the Phillies on Thursday. As of…

  22. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez out of Saturday's lineup

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:40 PM EST

    UPDATE: Ramirez is not in Saturday’s starting lineup, according to Jon Weisman of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Garret Anderson will start in left field. 11:23 AM: Manny Ramirez exited Friday’s game against the Giants after three innings due to tightness in his right calf, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Joe Torre acknowledged that he was removed simply for…

  23. What's up with Zack Greinke?

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    It’s the obvious storyline after Friday’s 10-3 loss to the Twins. Greinke allowed four runs — two earned — over five innings while walking five and striking out five. The five walks were the most Greinke had allowed in a start since June 13, 2008. Through his first three starts this season, Greinke has allowed…

  24. Royals activate Alex Gordon from the disabled list

    Apr 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

    The Royals made a pair of roster moves early Saturday, placing Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique and activating Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Gordon began the season on the DL because of a broken right thumb…

  25. Roy Halladay wins home debut, improves to 3-0 with Phils

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:08 AM EST

    Roy Halladay tossed eight innings of two-run ball in a rain-soaked 8-6 win over the Marlins on Friday night. Halladay threw exactly 100 pitches, striking out four without issuing a walk. The Marlins scored four in the ninth off David Herndon to cut it close, but Ryan Madson was able to come in and secure…

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