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  1. Diamondbacks place Jason Kubel on paternity leave list

    May 30, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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    From Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic comes word that the Diamondbacks have placed Jason Kubel on the paternity leave list and called up 24-year-old outfielder A.J. Pollock to take his place. Kubel should be back within three days. The 30-year-old is off to a nice start this season, batting .297/.385/.461 with four home runs…

  2. Brandon McCarthy on track to return to A’s Saturday

    May 29, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Good news here for the 22-27 Athletics. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, right-hander Brandon McCarthy will be cleared to return to the A’s rotation on Saturday against the Royals if he makes it through a bullpen session Wednesday without feeling any abnormal pain or discomfort. McCarthy has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18…

  3. Freddie Freeman getting prescription goggles Wednesday morning, should return to lineup

    May 29, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is not in Atlanta’s starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cardinals and hasn’t played in a game since last Friday. But he should be back in action Wednesday. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Freeman’s prescription goggles — which he ordered Monday after giving up on wearing contacts — are…

  4. Padres sign Jason Marquis, send him to Double-A

    May 29, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Padres have signed right-hander Jason Marquis, who was released by the Twins earlier this week after posting an 8.47 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in seven starts. Marquis will report to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tucson and attempt to prove he’s got something left. The 33-year-old right-hander currently…

  5. David Freese out Monday with mild hand sprain

    May 28, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Another day, another Cardinals injury. As first reported by Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, third baseman David Freese is not in the starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Braves due to discomfort in his right hand and wrist. Freese suffered bruising and a mild sprain Saturday while diving for balls along the third base line.…

  6. Franklin Gutierrez nearing minor league rehab games

    May 28, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez is finally making progress. According to beat writer Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune, the 29-year-old center fielder will head to the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona early this week to being taking at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training games. Gutierrez will eventually progress to a minor…

  7. Matt Kemp homers in first minor league rehab game

    May 28, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

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    From J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News comes word that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI single Sunday in his first rehab game at Triple-A Albuquerque. He struck out in his other at-bat. Kemp is expected to play one final minor league rehab game Monday…

  8. Freddy Sanchez given second epidural, still out indefinitely

    May 27, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

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    The setbacks continue for Freddy Sanchez. According to CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Sunday that the 34-year-old second baseman was given a second epidural in his ailing lower back a few days ago and remains shut down indefinitely. “We’re not giving up on it,” Bochy told reporters on Sunday morning. “But it’s…

  9. Roy Oswalt is now “looking for the biggest payday”

    May 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal received an update Sunday from an executive of a team with ongoing interest in free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt: “I’m not sure it’s the same price for everyone, but I think he is looking for the biggest payday,” said the exec. “In the winter, proximity to home (in Weir, Mississippi) was most…

  10. Aramis Ramirez out again Sunday with bruised elbow

    May 27, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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    From Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel comes word that Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday for a second straight game due to a left elbow contusion. Ramirez suffered the injury on Friday evening when he was struck in the arm by a pitch. It was the 29th time…

  11. Adam Jones: “I’m not from Baltimore, but this is my town”

    May 27, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Good vibes were flowing through Camden Yards this morning during the official press conference for Adam Jones‘ new six-year, $85.5 million contract extension. Via MASN beat reporter Roch Kubatko: “Everybody knows I’m not from Baltimore, but this is now my town,” Jones said. “You see a lot of different guys through free agency and go…

  12. Jon Jay nearing minor league rehab assignment

    May 27, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

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    More positive health news for the Cardinals. According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, center fielder Jon Jay will travel to the team’s spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida on Sunday evening and is scheduled to take live, on-field batting practice Monday. If it goes well, a rehab assignment will soon…

  13. Yoenis Cespedes likely returning to A’s Friday

    May 27, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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    From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes took batting practice on the field Saturday and is on track to return to the Oakland lineup this Friday. Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a strained muscle in his left hand. He’ll take batting…

  14. A.J. Ellis: All-Star?

    May 27, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers picked up their MLB-best 31st victory on Saturday when catcher A.J. Ellis hit a walkoff three-run shot against the Astros’ Wesley Wright. The heroics are nothing new this year for Ellis. A 31-year-old former 18th-round pick, he’s batting .317/.442/.517 with five home runs, seven doubles and 23 RBI through 149 plate appearances. And…

  15. Chris Carpenter cleared to begin throwing program

    May 27, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals were shut out by Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies on Saturday evening at Busch Stadium and have fallen a game-and-a-half behind the Reds in the National League Central standings. But the Budweiser should be flowing as steadily as usual on Memorial Day weekend in the Gateway to the West. According to Joe Strauss…

  16. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 27, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

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    It’s only a four-team division and the Rangers still have a comfortable lead, but the Angels are suddenly in second place in the American League West. Albert Pujols hit his fourth home run in five games and Ernesto Frieri converted his second save in as many chances as the Halos rolled to a 5-3 victory…

  17. Miguel Montero out until Monday with groin strain

    May 26, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero hasn’t appeared in a game in five days because of a left groin strain. And that’s not ready to change. According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Southwest, manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that Montero won’t start a game until Monday, at the earliest, due to ongoing groin discomfort. Konrad Schmidt started…

  18. Brandon League removed from Mariners’ ninth-inning role

    May 26, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Brandon League blew his fourth save of the season on Friday night, allowing three runs in a 6-4 loss to the Angels. Today, he faced the consequences. According to Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners skipper Eric Wedge announced Saturday afternoon that League has been demoted to a setup role. Save chances will be spread…

  19. No warnings issued for Saturday’s Rays vs. Red Sox game

    May 26, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon called the Red Sox coaches “weak” and “cowardly” after Friday’s plunking of Luke Scott, which sure looked intentional and led to both benches clearing. Bobby Valentine fired back Saturday, labelling Maddon and his crew “immature” and “out of control.” With tensions running high, most assumed that Saturday’s home plate umpire Ed Rapuano would…

  20. Orioles to announce Adam Jones extension on Sunday

    May 26, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles have completed a contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones and are planning to announce the deal at a press conference Sunday. Initial reports had the extension reaching over $100 million, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that it’s closer to $85 million. Over six…

  21. Brian Roberts draws two walks in minor league rehab debut

    May 23, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    From Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun comes word that veteran second baseman Brian Roberts collected a pair of walks in two plate appearances Wednesday night for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He also scored a run and recorded two defensive assists at second base in the first chapter of what’s sure to be a long…

  22. Allen Craig expected to take batting practice Thursday

    May 23, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Good news here for the hobbled Cardinals. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Allen Craig tested his strained left hamstring Wednesday with “some running” and is planning to take batting practice on the field before Thursday’s series-opener against the Phillies. Craig has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 17 and is…

  23. Michael Morse will ‘for sure’ return to the Nationals by June 8

    May 23, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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    The Nats are about to get an injection of power. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters Wednesday that rehabbing slugger Michael Morse will “for sure” be ready for activation by June 8. That’s when Washington will kick off a three-game interleague series in Boston, where Morse will…

  24. Nats demote Henry Rodriguez, will go closer-by-committee

    May 22, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are switching things up at closer. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider, manager Davey Johnson announced Tuesday night that right-hander Henry Rodriguez has been demoted back to his old setup role. Johnson will open things up in the ninth inning, giving save chances to a combination of Sean Burnett, Tyler…

  25. Zach Britton could be back with the Orioles next week

    May 22, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts isn’t the only member of the Orioles’ roster nearing a return after an extended absence. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, left-handed starter Zach Britton could be activated from the disabled list after making just one rehab start — scheduled for Saturday at Double-A Bowie. Britton has been out since the end of…

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