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  1. Roy Halladay leaves the Phillies to attend to a personal matter

    May 3, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    This is one of those deals where the headline has all of the information we know, but whatever. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com: One day after failing to protect a six-run lead, Phillies ace Roy Halladay is not with the club for Thursday’s game against Atlanta. According to sources, Halladay is tending to a personal family issue.…

  2. A.J. Burnett rocked for 12 runs in this season’s worst pitching performance

    May 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett pitched well in his first two starts after returning from a fractured orbital bone, coming off the disabled list with seven shutout innings on April 21 and then tossing six innings of two-run ball on April 27. Those seven scoreless frames came against St. Louis, but last night that same Cardinals lineup clobbered…

  3. Ozzie Guillen doesn’t sound married to keeping Heath Bell as the closer

    May 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    More Marlins stuff because, well, why not. When asked about Heath Bell‘s performance last night and his prospects of remaining the Marlins’ closer, Ozzie Guillen sounded pretty non-committal: “My job is to win games. I’m going to put the best guy we think is doing the job there. This is a tough call to any position because…

  4. Carlos Beltran homers twice, drives in seven runs

    May 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Albert Pujols remains homerless for the Angels, but the man signed to replace him in the Cardinals’ lineup went deep twice yesterday and drove in seven runs. Carlos Beltran now has seven homers in 23 games for St. Louis, and he’s hitting .279 with a .398 on-base percentage and .535 slugging percentage to essentially match…

  5. We now know for certain that Carlos Zambrano has changed

    May 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    When considering Heath Bell‘s non-blown-save-blown-save, this part hadn’t occurred to me:  Carlos Zambrano was the pitcher of record and stood to get the win if Bell had managed to lock the game down in the ninth.  Yet, despite this, there was no violence, mayhem, sturm nor drang. Clark Spencer from the Miami Herald:  “I feel…

  6. Ryan Braun left last night’s game with sore Achilles’ tendon

    May 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun followed up his monster three-homer game Monday by swiping his 100th career base Tuesday, but in doing so he injured his Achilles’ tendon. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that there was some thought given to having Braun sit out last night to rest the injury, but instead he started the game and then…

  7. Coco Crisp can’t shake what ailing him, likely DL-bound

    May 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Coco Crisp has had a hell of a couple of weeks. He missed missed seven games because of a virus, came back last night, went 0 for 4 and then had to leave the game early because of head congestion and dizziness and stuff. The A’s have been hoping they don’t have to DL him, but…

  8. Cubs activate Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood from DL

    May 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Chicago’s pitching staff is getting a big boost today, as the Cubs activated both Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood from the disabled list while sending Randy Wells and Scott Maine back to Triple-A. Dempster has been out since April 18 with a quadriceps injury, while Wood has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since April…

  9. Pablo Sandoval leaves game with injured hand

    May 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    UPDATE: The worst fears are realized: broken hamate bone. He’s likely to miss several weeks. 10:00 AM: This could be bad news for the Giants: a team that already struggles to score runs could be without their biggest offensive threat for a while. Pablo Sandoval left in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game after injuring…

  10. Quote of the Day: Jered Weaver on the disruption of his no-hitter routine

    May 3, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    When someone is throwing a no-hitter, every little thing matters. Routine. Habit. Superstition. A guy throwing a no-no is not going to move from the spot on the bench he’s been sitting in all game long because that might mess with his flow. But Jered Weaver bolted from his spot on the bench between the…

  11. Heath Bell continues to struggle

    May 3, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Last night was a good night to stink because so much other stuff was happening. This is especially true if your team won.  And it’s especially true if the stat that says you stink — blown save — was given to another guy.  But don’t think you got away with this, Heath Bell, we were…

  12. Eric Chavez leaves game with whiplash, possible concussion

    May 3, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Eric Chavez, Joe Girardi

    Eric Chavez has a pretty rich injury history, but this one is a lot different than a bum shoulder or knee or something.  He left last night’s Yankees-Orioles game in the middle of an at bat due to what is being called whiplash and concussion symptoms. He likely sustained the injury in the top of the…

  13. The Daily News, Yahoo! not letting the facts get in the way of sensationalism

    May 3, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    I predicted this yesterday, but I awake this morning to find two outlets — the New York Daily News and Yahoo! — each going with completely inaccurate takes on the Andy Pettitte testimony today.  First the Daily News: Then Yahoo! He neither backpedaled on nor backed off his prior testimony.  He was entirely consistent.  The Daily News…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

    May 3, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Three walkoff homers and a no-hitter? Holy moley, that was a great night of baseball guys.

  15. Will Jered Weaver’s no-hitter help Angels turn things around?

    May 3, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

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    Jered Weaver couldn’t hold back the tears in the aftermath of his first career no-hitter on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. After an emotional celebration with his Angels teammates, he hugged his parents and his wife before taking the microphone to address the crowd. “My mom, my dad, my wife, I mean this is…

  16. Fun facts from the Braves’ 15-13 win over the Phillies

    May 3, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    To put it mildly, the Braves and Phillies played a wild one on Wednesday, with Atlanta winning 15-13 on Chipper Jones‘ walkoff homer in the 11th. It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game since 2006. Here are a few things one doesn’t see everyday: – Roy Halladay gave up eight runs, the most he had allowed…

  17. Twins offense finds a new low in Jered Weaver’s no-hitter

    May 3, 2012, 1:07 AM EDT

    The Twins' previous low - Joe Mauer, wax Troy Polamalu

    Jerome Williams hadn’t pitched a complete game since 2003 before shutting out the Twins on Tuesday. That was humiliating. What followed Wednesday was even more distressing. Jered Weaver pitched his first no-hitter as the Angels routed the Twins 9-0. It gave the struggling Halos a three-game sweep at home and dropped the Twins to an…

  18. Jered Weaver stymies Twins for first career no-hitter

    May 3, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

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    We’ve got a big no-no alert tonight out in Anaheim. Angels starter Jered Weaver is just three outs away from completing a no-hitter against the Twins. He’s fanned eight batters and walked just one in a dominant showing against a punchless Minnesota lineup, and is sitting on 111 pitches as the game moves to the…

  19. Damon makes early exit from Indians debut Wednesday because of “general cramping”

    May 2, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

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    From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes word that new Indians left fielder Johnny Damon made a premature exit from Wednesday’s game against the White Sox due to what is being described as “general cramping.” Damon officially joined the Indians on Tuesday and was making his Cleveland debut tonight. The 38-year-old finished 0-for-3 with a…

  20. Jeff Suppan goes five scoreless in spot start with Padres

    May 2, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

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    Veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan bounced around between a few different minor league systems in 2011 and had surrendered nine runs (on 17 hits) in 6 2/3 innings through his first two starts this season at Triple-A Tuscon. So it was a shock when the Padres announced Tuesday that they were calling him up for a…

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