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  1. Royals place Lorenzo Cain on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago Cubs

    Lorenzo Cain had a huge spring training, hitting .371 with five homers and a 1.193 OPS in 27 games, but he went just 2-for-15 to begin the season and has now been placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Cain suffered the injury Tuesday and the Royals indicated that he was likely to…

  2. Davey Johnson says Chien-Ming Wang “is doing very well” and could return this month

    Apr 12, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Chien-Ming Wang has looked good enough throwing off a mound in extended spring training that he could be ready to join the Nationals’ rotation later this month, according to manager Davey Johnson. Johnson told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Wang “is doing very well” in his recovery from a hamstring injury and “is…

  3. Behold: 10,000 calories and 59 dollars of The StrasBurger

    Apr 12, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    strasburger

    Last month the Nationals announced that they’d be selling a massive eight-pound hamburger called “The StrasBurger” at the ballpark this season. It costs a whopping $59 and checks in around 10,000 calories and 700 grams of fat, which means you’d have to split it about 10 ways to have it qualify as “really bad for…

  4. Lance Berkman hoping to return Tuesday after MRI exam shows “minor” calf tear

    Apr 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Goold reports that an MRI exam revealed a “minor” calf tear and Berkman says it’s “more than reasonable” for him to return on Tuesday. ========= Lance Berkman was able to play through a finger injury, but the Cardinals first baseman called himself “doubtful” to return this week after suffering a calf injury legging out…

  5. Must-click link: Predictions of Mariano Rivera’s demise have been wrong for a decade

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Seemingly every time Mariano Rivera blows an early season save the question of whether he’s finally going to cease being the most dominant pitcher in baseball becomes a discussion topic for a couple days. And then he goes back to shutting everyone down and it’s forgotten. Until now, as Deadspin has gone digging through the…

  6. Phillies close to getting Jose Contreras back from surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras‘ minor-league rehab assignment got off to a rough start last week, but since then he’s made a pair of good appearances and could be on the verge of returning from elbow surgery. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras is scheduled to pitch today and tomorrow, testing his arm with back-to-back…

  7. Pat Burrell to retire as a Philadelphia Phillie

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell

    The Phillies announced a few minutes ago that Pat Burrell will sign a one-day minor league contract so that he can retire as a Phillie. There’s going to be a retirement ceremony on May 19th. That’s cool.  My only concern here is that a perfectly good retirement ceremony will be messed up if, between now…

  8. Brett Anderson on track for possible July return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    In addition to trading away a ton of young talent this offseason the A’s also lost perhaps their best young pitcher, Brett Anderson, to Tommy John elbow surgery in July. That knocked him out for at least 12 months, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Anderson’s recovery is going so well that returning almost…

  9. Fact of the Day: Jamie Moyer is really old and Madison Bumgarner is really young

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    At this point “Jamie Moyer is old” facts are getting a little out of control, but here’s a good one specific to today’s Rockies-Giants game. According to Elias Sports Bureau (via Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts): Moyer at 49 years old and Madison Bumgarner at 22 years old represents the largest age gap for a…

  10. Michael Morse aggravates lat muscle tear, will be in “total shutdown mode” for six weeks

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was on the verge of coming off the disabled list when he experienced pain while throwing on his minor-league rehab assignment and the news on the Nationals left fielder isn’t good. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Morse aggravated his torn lat muscle and will be in “total shutdown mode” for at…

  11. Photo of the Day: Plenty of good seats available in Cleveland

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and … I hate cold, early April weekday games. I think a lot of people in Cleveland felt that way yesterday too.  Please summer, hurry fast.

  12. Rangers meet with Josh Hamilton’s agent

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Now that the Rangers have locked up Ian Kinsler to a long-term deal a new contract for Josh Hamilton could be next on the agenda, or at least that’s the speculation after general manager Jon Daniels and owner Bob Simpson met with Hamilton’s agent yesterday. Previous reports have suggested that Hamilton’s injury history and off-field…

  13. So far, offense is offensive

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Limp Bat

    This post from High Heat Stas came out yesterday so it doesn’t account for the Rockies’ little conga line around the basepaths against the Giants last night. But at least through Tuesday night the offense has been putrid across the league. And while this requires a giant, flashing neon sign reading “Small Sample Size,” HHS…

  14. Angels reliever Michael Kohn needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Shut down earlier this week following a setback with his forearm injury, Angels reliever Michael Kohn has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Kohn has been dominant at Triple-A with a 3.32 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 76 innings and got his fastball into the…

  15. Dr. Collins weighs in on David Wright’s finger

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Terry Collins, M.D., talking about David Wright‘s broken pinky finger after yesterday’s game: “I’m not a doctor, and I don’t mean to step on their toes . . . but when they give us a final diagnosis of the whole thing, my gut is you’ll see him (play) Friday.” Could be. But man, after a…

  16. Giancarlo Stanton is gonna have to play with pain all year

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from the lineup the other day due to some soreness in his left knee. He’s back — got a couple of hits yesterday — but he’s still aching. And it seems like that’s not going to go away any time soon, reports Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: But the…

  17. UPDATE: Talks still ongoing between the Indians and Johnny Damon

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE: There’s no deal yet.  This morning Jim Bowden says that the sides are still talking, and Ken Rosenthal — who had the original report — notes the same thing, though adds that he believes a deal will be done shortly. 12:06 AM:  From Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes this rather surprising late-night free agent…

  18. Ryan Howard begins construction on a $23 million house with a “lazy river”

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Via Crossing Broad we learn that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is set to begin construction on a $23 million gulf coast home. And it has fun stuff like this: Special features include “a Venice-style lazy river running from the swimming pool underneath a series of bridges” and a bowling alley on the ground level…

  19. Jeff Francouer delivers pizza to an entire section at the Oakland Coliseum

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Last year, you’ll recall, Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur gave some A’s fans who sit in right field a $100 bill and an autographed baseball with explicit instructions that they use the money to purchase bacon dogs and beer. Well, he’s still making friends with those guys: Yesteraday he had 20 pizzas delivered to their section 149.  This…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Royals 4: Jonathan Broxton walked two batters and hit two batters to blow the game in the 12th inning. That, my friends, is how you blow a save. Without doubt and with authority. None of this pussyfooting around with grounders that just get past an infielder. Decisive action brings order to a world full…

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