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  1. Ian Kinsler scratched Wednesday due to stomach virus

    May 16, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

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    From Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com comes word that the Rangers have scratched second baseman Ian Kinsler from their starting lineup on Wednesday night because of a stomach virus. Alberto Gonzalez will play second base and Elvis Andrus will fill in at the leadoff spot as Texas opens a two-game series against the visiting Athletics. Kinsler…

  2. Carlos Beltran out third straight game with knee soreness

    May 16, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was named Player of the Week in the National League on Monday after batting .360 with six home runs, 13 RBI and 30 total bases between May 6 and May 13. But he hasn’t started a game since that announcement and is out of the Cardinals’ starting lineup again on Wednesday…

  3. Angels fire hitting coach Mickey Hatcher

    May 15, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels fired longtime hitting coach Mickey Hatcher late Tuesday night. Triple-A Salt Lake hitting instructor Jim Eppard has been promoted to serve as Hatcher’s replacement. The news comes with odd timing considering the Halos beat the A’s 4-0 on Tuesday in Anaheim, but this decision runs…

  4. Marlins don’t plan on moving in fences at new ballpark

    May 15, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Marlins Park features some of the largest outfield dimensions in the major leagues and has already held in a number of shots off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, among other big-league sluggers, that would have been home runs in other stadiums. But the Fish aren’t tempted to make any changes. Here’s Marlins president David Samson,…

  5. Yoenis Cespedes (hand) cleared for most baseball activities

    May 15, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

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    A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is making steady progress from the strained muscle in his left hand. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced on Tuesday evening that Cespedes has been cleared for “all baseball activity” expect hitting. That means he’s playing catch, shagging balls and running. And should…

  6. Troy Tulowitzki in Rockies’ lineup Tuesday despite leaving Monday’s game with leg bruise

    May 15, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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    From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes the photo below of the Rockies’ lineup card for Tuesday’s game against the Giants. It includes shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was pulled in the eighth inning Monday night after getting struck in the leg with a foul ball off the bat of teammate Dexter Fowler. Tulo is…

  7. Daisuke Matsuzaka scheduled for just two more rehab starts

    May 13, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    According to ESPNBoston.com, the Red Sox now have a timetable for Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s return: The right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2011, is scheduled to start for the PawSox on May 17 and May 22 before his rehab assignment expires on May 23. If all goes well in those…

  8. Andy Pettitte allows four runs in return to major leagues

    May 13, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Andy Pettitte took the mound Sunday at Yankee Stadium for the first time since October 18, 2010. What followed was a good but not great reunion. After opening with 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Mariners, Pettitte surrendered a walk to Jesus Montero with two outs in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    May 13, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

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    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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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 —…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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