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  1. Brian Matusz to make 2011 debut Wednesday vs. Mariners

    May 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    From Baltimore Sun beat writer Jeff Zrebiec comes word that left-handed starter Brian Matusz has joined up with the Orioles and is likely to be activated for his 2011 regular season debut on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners. Matusz allowed just one run over five-plus innings Friday in his final rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk.…

  2. Andrew Bailey likely to return to A’s on Sunday or Monday

    May 28, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    bailey delivery

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle brings word that A’s closer Andrew Bailey has arrived in Oakland and is likely to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on either Sunday or Monday. Bailey threw 13 pitches in a one-inning rehab appearance Friday evening at Triple-A Sacramento. He allowed two hits but zero runs.…

  3. Peter Bourjos ends Anthony Swarzak’s no-hitter in eighth

    May 28, 2011, 9:14 PM EST

    swarzak getty

    UPDATE, 9:14 PM: Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos just ended the no-hit bid with a double in the eighth inning. Swarzak threw 7 1/3 no-hit frames. ******* 9:03 PM: We’ve got a no-hitter alert in Minnesota. Twins right-hander Anthony Swarzak has not allowed a hit through seven innings this evening against the Angels. He has walked…

  4. Brad Lidge throws 24 pitches in extended spring game

    May 28, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Phillies reliever Brad Lidge hasn’t pitched in a game this season because of a right posterior rotator cuff strain that he suffered near the end of March. The right-hander took a big step forward Saturday, tossing 24 pitches in a game at extended spring training and reporting no issues with his shoulder. This according to…

  5. Royals acquire Felipe Paulino, dump Robinson Tejeda

    May 26, 2011, 11:11 PM EST

    royals gate

    The Royals made a couple of roster moves after Thursday’s 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Orioles. First, Kansas City gave cash to the Rockies for veteran right-hander Felipe Paulino, who’ll operate in middle relief for the Royals beginning Friday. Then, to clear a roster spot, setup man Robinson Tejeda was designated for assignment. The 29-year-old…

  6. Aroldis Chapman rocked in rehab outing Thursday at Triple-A

    May 26, 2011, 10:28 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Reds placed prized left-hander Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day disabled list last week with shoulder inflammation and, probably more to the point, a worsening control problem. Chapman took a week off from throwing before beginning a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday evening at Triple-A Louisville. He allowed no hits and needed just eight…

  7. Brett Favre spotted throwing baseballs in Mississippi town

    May 26, 2011, 9:15 PM EST

    favre wide

    Yeah, that headline is a bit misleading. But only slightly. Brian Hickey of Deadspin passes along this video of former NFL quarterback Brett Favre throwing out the first pitch at a college baseball game Wednesday evening between the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and the Tulane Green Wave. Even our good friends at ProFootballTalk are sick…

  8. Buster Posey has fractured fibula, strained ankle ligaments

    May 26, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    posey catching

    The Giants provided an update on the status of catcher Buster Posey on Thursday evening. In this kind of situation, the news is always going to be troubling. But there are some positives to be taken from Posey’s early test results. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Posey underwent three different MRI…

  9. Joe Blanton has elbow inflammation, shut down 3-4 weeks

    May 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EST

    blanton wide

    The Phillies sent starter Joe Blanton to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in the hope of getting some answers about what is continuing to cause discomfort in the right-hander’s throwing elbow. Those visits can sometimes lead to a recommendation of Tommy John surgery. This one did not. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Blanton…

  10. Rockies’ Ian Stewart pulls hamstring while playing at Triple-A

    May 25, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    ian stewart rockies

    Another big blow for Ian Stewart. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the talented 26-year-old third baseman pulled a hamstring Wednesday while playing for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s likely to be sidelined for the next two weeks, and maybe longer. Stewart has been demoted to the minors twice this season because of his…

  11. Orlando Hudson leaves game with strained left groin

    May 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson removed himself from Wednesday’s series finale against the Cardinals moments ago after appearing to aggravate his once-strained right hamstring. Hudson managed an infield single on a hot shot to third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but he tweaked something just before landing safely on the…

  12. Brandon Webb could make rehab start Monday at Double-A

    May 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    webb poses

    Veteran pitcher Brandon Webb will throw a bullpen session Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to test the strength of his right shoulder. If it goes well, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Webb will be sent to Double-A Frisco to make a rehab start on Monday evening. The 32-year-old threw six solid innings…

  13. What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?

    May 23, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    The 2011 Cardinals are off to a fine start. They’ve scored more runs than any other team in baseball and feature an 11th-ranked 3.52 staff ERA, which has been inflated all year by poor bullpen work. Matt Holliday is putting together an MVP-like season with a .996 OPS, seven home runs and 31 RBI in…

  14. Aroldis Chapman to begin pitching at Triple-A this week

    May 22, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Reds placed Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list last week after the Cuban setup man opened the season with 20 walks in his first 13 innings and then began developing left shoulder inflammation. He’s already ready to begin pitching again. According to beat writer Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Chapman has been sent to Triple-A…

  15. Dodgers welcome back Rafael Furcal, but lose Juan Uribe

    May 22, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The Dodgers made a couple of major 25-man roster moves before their Sunday afternoon interleague series finale against the White Sox, according to MLB.com beat writer Ken Gurnick. Rafael Furcal, who has been sidelined since fracturing his left thumb on April 11 against the Giants, was activated from the disabled list. Juan Uribe, who strained…

  16. Rays place Reid Brignac on bereavement, add Felipe Lopez

    May 22, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    brignac rays

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that the Rays have placed shortstop Reid Brignac on the bereavement list and selected the contract of Felipe Lopez from Triple-A Durham. Brignac lost his grandfather Saturday and is expected to miss four games to attend the funeral. Lopez was designated for assignment in early…

  17. Lance Berkman back in Cardinals’ lineup Sunday vs. Royals

    May 22, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    berkman homer

    Big Puma’s sprained right wrist is all better. According to the official Twitter feed of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman is back in the St. Louis starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Royals. Berkman sat out Friday and Saturday in Kansas City after departing Thursday’s game against the Astros…

  18. L.A. Times: Suspect arrested in Bryan Stow beating case

    May 22, 2011, 12:13 PM EST

    LAPD Give Update On Giants Fan Beating Investigation

    Joel Rubin of the Los Angeles Times brings some uplifting news in the still-unsolved Opening Day beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow: At about 7 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team descended on an East Hollywood apartment building with a warrant in hand. According to apartment building manager Maritza Camacho, police, using loudspeakers…

  19. Phillies likely to activate Chase Utley before Monday’s game

    May 22, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    He’s back. Well, almost. According to Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, second baseman Chase Utley has packed up his things at Single-A Clearwater and is headed back to Philly in anticipation of a Monday activation from the disabled list. Utley has not played in a major league game this season due to right…

  20. Pirates, nearly .500, seeing boost in attendance at PNC Park

    May 22, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Attendance is down, in general, around most of Major League Baseball. The weather has played a part in that and so has the poor state of the economy. But at least one unexpected team has seen a rise in support, a rise that is only gaining more momentum: the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Rob Biertempfel…

  21. Javier Vazquez wows with seven shutout innings vs. Rays

    May 22, 2011, 9:56 AM EST

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins signed veteran right-hander Javier Vazquez to a one-year, $7 million contract this winter, hoping that he might be able to return to form back in the National League. Vazquez posted a frightening 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP last season for the Yankees, but he earned NL Cy Young Award votes in 2009 with…

  22. Twins place Glen Perkins on DL, recall Dusty Hughes

    May 22, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    perkins gardy

    According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins made a couple of roster moves early this morning. Glen Perkins, a successful left-handed reliever, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He will leave behind a 1.59 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a dominant .171/.256/.200 slash…

  23. Rockies designate righty Felipe Paulino for assignment

    May 21, 2011, 10:44 PM EST

    paulino wide

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post brings word that right-handed reliever Felipe Paulino was designated for assignment on Saturday evening after the Rockies’ 3-2 loss to the Brewers. Paulino allowed 23 hits and 12 earned runs in just 14 2/3 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen. He was forced into a save situation…

  24. Brian Matusz throws six scoreless at Double-A Bowie

    May 21, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    matusz pose

    Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took a big step toward returning to a major league mound on Saturday evening at the Double-A level. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, the promising young southpaw hurled six scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie, surrendering just three hits and one walk in an impressive rehab start. The Orioles will either…

  25. Marlon Byrd struck in left eye with pitch, leaves game

    May 21, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    byrd head

    Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was struck on the side of the head by an Alfredo Aceves pitch in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. The Aceves breaking ball rose quickly on Byrd, who attempted to dip his head back at the last second. That motion exposed his left eye from the…

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