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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Daniel Hudson returning to Arizona’s rotation Sunday

    May 22, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

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    Great news this evening out of the desert. Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson has been cleared to return to the major leagues and will start Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers. Hudson has been sidelined since April 19 — just over a month — because of an impingement…

  17. Brian Roberts to begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    May 22, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts hasn’t appeared in a major league game since last May 16. But that may soon change. According to MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, Roberts is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday evening with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. The Orioles want to let the veteran second baseman get through a week or two of games before…

  18. Vance Worley will likely need offseason elbow surgery

    May 20, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Phillies right-hander Vance Worley was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with what was described as “soreness” in his right elbow. He’s expected to return in a couple weeks, but the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb reports that an ultrasound and MRI taken recently revealed bone chips that could require offseason surgery. “Man up,”…

  19. Mark Ellis out at least six weeks after emergency fasciotomy

    May 20, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Mark Ellis had to undergo an emergency fasciotomy Saturday to relieve pressure in his left leg after being upended by the Cardinals’ Tyler Greene while attempting to turn a double play on Friday night. He made it through the procedure fine but will be sidelined “at least six weeks” according to beat man Dylan Hernandez…

  20. Cardinals place Lance Berkman on disabled list, call up first base prospect Matt Adams

    May 20, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Cardinals placed Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon with a right knee injury and purchased the contract of first base prospect Matt Adams from Triple-A Memphis. Berkman was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Dodgers after stretching awkwardly at first base to grab a throw from…

  21. Brandon McCarthy hits disabled list with shoulder strain

    May 20, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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    A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy was scratched from a scheduled outing earlier this month due to right shoulder discomfort. He’s made two starts since then, including a 10-strikeout gem against the Tigers, but that shoulder issue is still barking. The A’s threw McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning, according to the club’s official Twitter…

  22. Jordan Schafer out until Wednesday with leg strain

    May 20, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

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    Astros manager Brad Mills told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that outfielder Jordan Schafer is out until Wednesday because of a strained leg muscle. Schafer suffered the injury Saturday after running into teammate Justin Maxwell while trying to run down a David Murphy line drive. The ball got past both of them and resulted in an inside-the-park…

  23. Omar Infante flies to Venezuela following grandfather’s death

    May 20, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Marlins second baseman Omar Infante was scratched from the Marlins’ lineup Sunday against the Indians and placed on a flight to Venezuela after recieving news that his grandfather had died. This according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Infante, 30, has posted a .326/.357/.568 batting line, six home runs and 20 RBI in 140 plate…

  24. Indians closer Chris Perez will do his part to improve attendance in Cleveland

    May 20, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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    “Guys don’t want to come over here and people wonder why,” Indians closer Chris Perez told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram after Saturday’s defeat of the Marlins, attended by just over 29,000 fans. “Why doesn’t Carlos Beltran want to come over here? Well, because of that. That’s part of it. It doesn’t go unnoticed—trust us. That’s definitely…

  25. The Reds are making Aroldis Chapman their closer

    May 20, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

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    Sean Marshall has surrendered 22 hits and eight earned runs in 14 1/3 innings this year, struggling to solidify the Reds’ ninth-inning role. So changes are being considered at the end of the Cincinnati ‘pen. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds manager Dusty Baker spoke Saturday “about switching Aroldis Chapman into the…

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