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  1. Giants place reliever Jeremy Affeldt on DL with knee injury

    May 1, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    San Francisco’s bullpen took another hit today, as the Giants placed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt on the disabled list with a sprained knee. Affeldt is in the final season of a three-year, $14 million deal and tossed 11 innings with a 4.09 ERA and 10/4 K/BB ratio in a setup role. One-time Mariners top prospect turned…

  2. Rays prospect Tim Beckham suspended for 50 games

    May 1, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Matt Moore, Tim Beckham, Gary Brown

    At one point Rays minor league infielder Tim Beckham was a top prospect. He was the number one overall draft pick in 2008. He played in the Futures Game last year and everything. He’s still a prospect — Keith Law ranked him as the eighth best in the Rays system this year and he has…

  3. UPDATE: Evan Longoria has a hamstring tear, out 6-8 weeks

    May 1, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    UPDATE: It’s official: #Rays say Longoria has partial tear of left hamstring. Out 6-8 weeks. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 1, 2012   11:33 AM: When Evan Longoria went down last night it was thought to be his knee. Which, while potentially bad, could have been fairly minor depending on what exactly he hurt. Knees…

  4. Mets closer Frank Francisco is available to pitch tonight

    May 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    UPDATE: Francisco must be feeling better now, because he’s available out of the bullpen tonight. ========== For now the Mets are sticking with Frank Francisco as closer despite his 7.71 ERA, but the right-hander was unavailable last night due to hamstring tightness that manager Terry Collins believes could be related to the high altitude in…

  5. Yoenis Cespedes has been sued in the Dominican Republic

    May 1, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Geoff James of passes along a report about some folks being unhappy with Yoenis Cespedes: When Yoenis Cespedes signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the A’s in February, his representatives say he agreed to pay 17-percent of his total income to theBorn To Play Academy in the Dominican Republic, and 5-percent more to theWasserman Group, the company which…

  6. Red Sox call up prospect Jose Iglesias for infield depth

    May 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    So far at least Kevin Youkilis has avoided the disabled list despite being out of the lineup tonight for the third straight game with a back injury, but in the meantime the Red Sox have called up shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to provide some infield depth. Youkilis is active but not available, so Boston demoted…

  7. Bud Selig issues a statement about the Dodgers being sold

    May 1, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Bud Selig always says nice things when a team is sold. Remember when Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers?  Selig had this to say then: A day after News Corp. reached an agreement in principle to sell the Dodgers to Boston real estate magnate Frank McCourt for $430 million, MLB commissioner Bud Selig expressed confidence the…

  8. Jason Heyward likely out until at least Thursday with oblique injury

    May 1, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jason Heyward missed last night’s game with an oblique injury and he’s out of the Braves’ lineup again tonight, with David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reporting that the right fielder is “still a little sore.” Heyward told O’Brien that he’s now aiming to return Thursday, but players are often proven to be way,…

  9. The Royals TV ratings are, somewhat surprisingly, up

    May 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    How long does preseason hype last? For TV ratings, longer than you might think. Because despite a dreadful start to the season, a lot more people are watching Royals games this year than last: The Royals’ recent turnaround is providing a ratings boost for Fox Sports Kansas City, which reported a season-high 5.9 rating for its…

  10. Kevin Youkilis out of Red Sox lineup for third straight game

    May 1, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    For the third straight game the Red Sox will be without Kevin Youkilis, as the third baseman is sitting out tonight’s matchup versus the A’s with a sore back. Youkilis was initially in the lineup yesterday before being a late scratch and barring an appearance off the bench tonight he will have played just 18…

  11. The Dodgers deal is done

    May 1, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    And Frank McCourt is gone. Though the Dodgers were diplomatic enough to not mention him in the press release:  The Los Angeles Dodgers, Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) and Frank McCourt today announced the completion of the sale of the Dodgers to GBM for $2 billion. As previously reported, the Dodgers’ new ownership includes Mark…

  12. Allen Craig returns from knee surgery, rejoins Cardinals

    May 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    UPDATE: As expected, the Cardinals activated Craig from the DL. Rule 5 pick Erik Komatsu was designated for assignment to make room on the roster. ========== Allen Craig is slated to return from November knee surgery and rejoin the Cardinals’ lineup tonight, several weeks later than initially hoped. Despite the delay Craig told Derrick Goold…

  13. Are we really doing the “Barry Zito has figured it out” thing again?

    May 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    There’s an article in the San Francisco Chronicle San Jose Mercury News about Barry Zito’s return to fine form. It’s totally encouraging: Zito is off to one of the best starts of a 13-year career that has been mostly downhill since he came to the Giants in 2007. His first four starts have produced a…

  14. Nolan Reimold to see doctor for tingling in fingertips

    May 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Nolan Reimold

    Nolan Reimold has left the Orioles in New York and returned to Baltimore to see team doctors regarding a tingling sensation in his fingertips, according to Roch Kubatko of Reimold recently missed time with a neck injury and the Orioles fear the two issues may be connected, with manager Buck Showalter telling Kubatko that…

  15. Identity fraud in Latin America continues to evolve

    May 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    An interesting story by Ben Badler about identity fraud in Latin America. Specifically, the Dominican Republic. Players used to forge documents, but they started to get caught.  Then they’d lie about their very identity, assuming that of an entirely different person, but then they’d get caught by DNA testing.  Now they’re beating DNA testing by…

  16. Mariners activate Mike Carp from disabled list

    May 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    Miguel Olivo‘s groin injury opens up a roster spot and the timing works for the Mariners to fill it by activating Mike Carp from the disabled list. Carp began the season as Seattle’s starting left fielder, but lasted just one game before suffering a shoulder injury and has been on the DL since. He figures…

  17. It’s not Jack Morris hunting season, but the meat is still tasty

    May 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jack Morris

    Denigrating Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame case is a winter tradition unmatched by anything this side of Christmas. Oh, the warmth I have been provided by hours of “pitching to the score” arguments in those dark late December and early January days! But, surprisingly, it’s just as nice in May too.  Because I got a…

  18. Career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair had big April for Cubs

    May 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    Not much has gone right for the Cubs early on this season, but the decision to give 29-year-old career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair the starting job at first base is looking very good. After knocking around Triple-A pitching for five-and-half seasons LaHair finally got his big break and has taken advantage in a huge way,…

  19. Andy Pettitte to testify today at the Roger Clemens trial

    May 1, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Reuters

    This is a surprise: Andy Pettitte just showed up at the courthouse in Washington and is expected to testify today in the Roger Clemens trial. It was thought that his testimony would come later in the trial. Two thoughts: 1. This will certainly be good for him and the Yankees, as it gets a big distraction…

  20. Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy finally gave up a hit

    May 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    It took until his fifth professional start, but Orioles prospect and 2011 first-round pick Dylan Bundy finally gave up a hit. Prior to yesterday low Single-A hitters were 0-for-39 against Bundy. That ended when he gave up a single to lead off the game, but then Bundy erased him on a double play and went…

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