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  1. Brian Fuentes taking over A’s ninth-inning role

    May 13, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Another day, another new closer in MLB. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s manager Bob Melvin announced late Saturday night that veteran lefty Brian Fuentes will take over as the team’s new ninth-inning man. Grant Balfour, who is sporting a 4.41 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio through 16 1/3 innings this…

  2. Picture of the Day: Ian Stewart honors the moms in his life

    May 13, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart will pay tribute to his mom, wife and mother-in-law during Sunday’s game against the Brewers with this pink wrist band. You’ll see all sorts of pink bats, cleats and gloves around the majors today as part of MLB’s Going To Bat program, which raises money for breast cancer research.

  3. Yankees call up Andy Pettitte for first start since 2010

    May 13, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

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    It’s Mother’s Day, sure. But it’s also Andy Pettitte Day. As expected, the Bombers have promoted the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will start him on Sunday afternoon in their series-finale with the Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Cody Eppley was optioned to the minor leagues on Sunday morning to open a 25-man roster spot…

  4. Cardinals activate Lance Berkman from disabled list

    May 13, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

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    From B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest comes word that the Cardinals have activated first baseman Lance Berkman from the 15-day DL and are hitting him fifth in Sunday’s series-finale against the Braves. Diminutive outfielder Shane Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding roster move. Berkman, who was sidelined for around three weeks…

  5. Chris Carpenter could begin throwing program in mid-June

    May 13, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak provided an update on the status of Chris Carpenter on Saturday. B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest has the goods: “If I had to guess, sometime in mid-June hopefully we’ll be ready to start thinking about a throwing program,” said the general manager. “His strength is getting stronger and that’s measurable,…

  6. Wilson Ramos needs surgery to repair torn ACL in right knee

    May 13, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

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    The MRI results are in for Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who was removed from Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Reds after twisting his right knee while fielding a passed ball. And it’s not good news. According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, a spokeswoman for Ramos revealed Sunday morning that the 24-year-old backstop needs…

  7. Braves sign Felix Pie to minor league contract

    May 13, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    From the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Dave O’Brien comes word that the Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Felix Pie. The 27-year-old spent spring training with the Indians but got cut just before the start of the regular season. He was batting .353/.386/.608 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 57 plate appearances…

  8. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 13, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    Brian McCann, Adam Wainwright, Martin Prado

    The Braves spoiled Friday night’s Tony La Russa number-retirement ceremony at Busch Stadium by snatching a 9-7 extra-innings win over the Cardinals. On Saturday evening, they were at it again. With 25-year-old righty Brandon Beachy holding the defending World Series champions to two hits over six innings and the Atlanta offense attacking St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright…

  9. Wilson Ramos exits game with serious-looking knee injury

    May 12, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

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    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos got a cleat caught in the ground while attempting to field a passed ball in the seventh inning Saturday against the Reds, causing his right knee to twist in an unnatural way. Ramos kept all weight off the knee as he was carried — by a trainer on each side —…

  10. Scott Rolen: “I’m hurting, I’m in pain”

    May 12, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Reds third baseman Scott Rolen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with pain in his chronically-troublesome left shoulder. And it sure sounds like this is going to be an extended absence: Rolen: ‘I’m hurting, I’m in pain. I’m not healthy right now. As much as I want to help the team, I’m hurting…

  11. Royals sign lefty Doug Davis to minor league deal

    May 12, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Doug Davis. Davis will report to extended spring training in Arizona and spend a few weeks working out there before joining the rotation at Triple-A Omaha. A 36-year-old former 10th-round pick,…

  12. A’s place Yoenis Cespedes on disabled list with hand injury

    May 12, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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    A’s center fielder Yoenis Cespedes was penciled into the Oakland starting lineup on Saturday evening against the Tigers for the first time in five games. But he had to be scratched after experiencing renewed discomfort in his left hand following a pregame workout and has now been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Michael Taylor was brought…

  13. Mark Reynolds injures oblique during pregame BP, lands on the 15-day disabled list

    May 12, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

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    Orioles third baseman (and part-time first baseman and designated hitter) Mark Reynolds is having a nightmarish 2012. And it just got a little worse. According to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, the struggling 28-year-old suffered an oblique injury while making a throw during batting practice Saturday and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for…

  14. Yadier Molina expects to return to Cardinals’ lineup Friday

    May 9, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

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    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was removed in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks after getting crossed up with reliever Mitchell Boggs and taking a pitch off his left hand. Molina is not in Wednesday’s lineup, but X-rays taken late Tuesday night ruled out a fracture and MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch says the 29-year-old…

  15. Yoenis Cespedes day-to-day with strained left hand

    May 9, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

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    A’s center fielder Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t played since Sunday, isn’t in the lineup Wednesday night, and might be out for a couple more games. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the 26-year-old Cuban has been diagnosed with a strained muscle in the back of his left hand. X-rays and an MRI taken Wednesday morning ruled…

  16. Jason Hammel scratched Thursday with sore right knee

    May 9, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli comes word that the Orioles have scratched Jason Hammel from his scheduled Thursday start against the Rangers with what is being termed “right knee soreness.” An MRI taken Wednesday on Hammel’s knee revealed only inflammation and fluid buildup — with no structural damage. So the Orioles are confident that he’ll be…

  17. Josh Hamilton registers 16th four-homer game in MLB history

    May 8, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is historically hot. The 30-year-old impending free agent outfielder hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, a double in the fifth, a two-run homer in the seventh and yet another two-run blast in the eighth as Texas rolled to a 10-3 victory over the…

  18. Will Middlebrooks pulled from game with hamstring tightness

    May 8, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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    From Tim Britton of the Providence Journal comes word that Red Sox rookie Will Middlebrooks had to be lifted from Tuesday’s game against the Royals after experiencing left hamstring tightness while running the bases in the second inning. Middlebrooks finished the evening 1-for-1 with a double and is now batting .409 with a 1.435 OPS…

  19. Mets place Josh Thole on 7-day concussion disabled list

    May 8, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Mets placed catcher Josh Thole on MLB’s new 7-day disabled list Tuesday evening following his collision at home plate Monday with the Phillies’ Ty Wigginton. Thole must either return in seven days or be disabled for an additional week. Veteran Rob Johnson was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding roster move to provide…

  20. Alex Avila out “at least” two games with knee soreness

    May 8, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

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    Tigers catcher Alex Avila limped through last year’s postseason, batting just .073/.116/.146 in 44 plate appearances while dealing with left patella tendinitis. He got over the issue this winter and has enjoyed a decent start (.250/.333/.463 in 23 games) to the 2012 campaign. But that knee tendinitis is back. According to Tom Gage of the…

  21. Orioles finalize minor league contract with Miguel Tejada

    May 8, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    It was reported late last week that the Orioles and veteran infielder Miguel Tejada had agreed to a minor league contract. Now that deal is official. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Tejada passed his pre-signing physical on Monday and appeared in his first extended spring training game at the O’s complex in Sarasota, Florida on…

  22. Brewers nearing contract extensions with GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke

    May 6, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brings the developing news: #Brewers owner Mark Attanasio indicated he is close to wrapping up GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke with extensions. — Tom (@Haudricourt) May 6, 2012 Melvin has been the Brewers’ general manager since 2002 and has helped pilot a baseball revolution in the…

  23. Ruben Tejada pulled from game after suffering quad strain

    May 6, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada strained his right quadriceps muscle Sunday after stumbling near the first base bag following a successful bunt. He was replaced on the base paths and at the shortstop position by Justin Turner. This according to ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Tejada was 2-for-2 before exiting Sunday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and…

  24. Nick Swisher (hamstring) back in Yankees’ lineup Sunday

    May 6, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

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    From beat reporter Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record comes word that Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher is back in the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Royals. (Though the forecast looks nasty in Kansas City). Swisher had missed six straight games because of a tweaked left hamstring. He is slated to serve…

  25. Matt Kemp scratched Sunday with left hamstring tightness

    May 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Despite piles of evidence to the contrary, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is apparently human. According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, the 27-year-old has been scratched from Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs because of a tight left hamstring. There are rainy conditions at and around Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and the Dodgers don’t want to risk…

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