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  1. Aaron Cook will start in place of Josh Beckett on Saturday

    May 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook, Andruw Jones

    Boston had to call up Aaron Cook from Triple-A or risk the veteran right-hander opting out of his minor-league contract and Josh Beckett‘s sore lat muscle provides an easy solution. Beckett has been scratched from his scheduled Saturday start against the Orioles and manager Bobby Valentine announced that Cook will join the team in time…

  2. The Dodgers new owners say hello

    May 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    The Dodgers new owners took out a full page ad/open letter to fans in the L.A. Times today. My favorite part is when they reference the old Dodgers players. Though really, you had best name-check Pedro Guerrero, because he was awesome. Anyway, this is it: Dear Dodger Fans, As the new owners of the Dodgers,…

  3. Willie Mays Aikens: “Every day, every game of the World Series…I snorted cocaine”

    May 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Willie Aikens

    For those unfamiliar, Willie Mays Aikens used to play first base for the Kansas City Royals.  He first came to most people’s attention when he had a breakout performance in the 1980 World Series. He later came to people’s attention in 1983 when he Willie Wilson, Vida Blue, and Jerry Martin of the Kansas City Royals were convicted…

  4. Mike Trout is really, really fast

    May 2, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout isn’t the fastest man in baseball because that honor likely goes to Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, but the Angels phenom is still pretty damn fast. How fast, exactly? Last night Trout beat out a bunt down the third base line despite Twins third baseman Danny Valencia playing him to bunt and did so…

  5. Andy Pettitte should NOT get the blame if Clemens walks

    May 2, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte’s testimony this morning in the Roger Clemens case was pretty bad for the prosecution.  He was called to establish one fact — that Clemens once admitted to using PEDs — and he was equivocal on that fact.  Pettitte said he wasn’t sure if Clemens ever said that, actually. That testimony, however, has led…

  6. Albert Pujols is in some pretty rare company

    May 2, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Finding all the ways to express how much Albert Pujols has been sucking eggs recently is getting tiresome, but the Elias people — passed along by Buster Olney — came up with a novel one today: Albert Pujols has now gone 96 at-bats without a home run this season, the second-most in a single season in…

  7. Quit erecting statues of living people

    May 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Statue Planet of the Apes

    This has almost nothing to do with baseball, so spare me the “slow news day?” comments and just move along if you don’t like it. There’s a story in the Arizona Republic about how people want to build a statue of Jerry Colangelo, the original owner of the Diamondbacks and previous owner of the Phoenix…

  8. The Marlins are fixing a hole where the rain gets in. And the grass too.

    May 2, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Marlins Stadium

    Many holes, actually, though they’re expected and fairly common in new retractable roof stadiums: A month in, the Marlins are still trying to figure out how to plug leaks in their 8,000-ton retractable roof and how to stop the grass from dying in the outfield. The grass is dying because the roof has been closed…

  9. Delmon Young returns from suspension Friday, but won’t start for Tigers immediately

    May 2, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Delmon Young AP

    Delmon Young‘s seven-day suspension ends Friday, but manager Jim Leyland doesn’t plan to immediately put Young back in the Tigers’ lineup. Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com that Young “will not play Friday because he needs to get back into a routine a little bit, get out on the field, taking fly balls, BP on…

  10. Tsuyoshi Wada needs Tommy John surgery

    May 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada tries on an Orioles cap after signing with the Orioles in Baltimore

    The Orioles signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a a two-year, $8.15 million contract over the winter. Then he couldn’t make it out of spring training due to elbow soreness, and since then has pitched a grand total of one inning of minor league ball. But now his year — and most of next, I’d wager — is over:…

  11. Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras is crushing Double-A pitching at age 19

    May 2, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    the next big thing

    Oscar Taveras isn’t quite in the same class of prospect as Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, but now that those two are both in the majors the Cardinals outfielder is making his case as one of the minors’ elite young hitters. Taveras won’t be 20 years old for another six weeks, but he’s currently destroying…

  12. Jim Thome is heading to the DL

    May 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    The Phillies beat the Braves without Jim Thome — and without an extra bat on the bench — last night.  But they decided today that they’re not going to keep trying to do that.  Thome was placed on the DL this morning with a bad back, which he tweaked while sliding into second base on…

  13. Johnny Damon will be the Indians’ leadoff man

    May 2, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon wasn’t in the Indians’ lineup yesterday because they were facing a tough left-hander in Chris Sale, but manager Manny Acta revealed that he’ll likely serve as the team’s leadoff man when he does play. That’s certainly nothing new for Damon, who’s batted leadoff in more than 1,500 games during his 17-year career, but…

  14. Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup again

    May 2, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton said, when he first hurt his back over the weekend, that he hoped he wouldn’t miss any time.  Well, he’s missing time: he’s out of the Rangers’ lineup for the third straight day as he sits for today’s daytime tilt with the Blue Jays. This could be a blessing in disguise, of course. The…

  15. Omar Vizquel got ejected while not even playing last night

    May 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    You might think that a 45-year-old in his 24th big-league season would be pretty mellow, but Omar Vizquel got ejected from last night’s game … and he wasn’t even playing. During a Drew Hutchison-Mike Napoli matchup in the fifth inning Vizquel disagreed with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook’s call of a ball and started yelling…

  16. The Red Sox are calling up Aaron Cook

    May 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Aaron Cook, Andruw Jones

    Rob Bradford of WEEI is reporting that the Red Sox are planning on promoting Aaron Cook to the majors. The decision is today, he’d actually arrive in the next few days. The key here is that if he wasn’t on the big league roster today — or if he didn’t have an agreement in place with…

  17. Justin Morneau rejoining Twins after flying home to have wrist injury checked

    May 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau gave Twins fans a scare when the oft-injured former MVP exited Monday’s game with soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist and immediately flew from California to Minnesota to be examined by team doctors. Now he’s on the way back to the West Coast after an MRI exam showed no structural damage, but…

  18. Tim Beckham’s drug: marijuana. Which makes for a really dumb suspension.

    May 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    tim beckham

    Rays prospect Tim Beckham was suspended for 50 games yesterday for a second positive test for a “drug of abuse,” which is baseball’s parlance for a non-PED recreational drug of some kind.  Marc Topkin hears it was marijuana. If so, this suspension — and more generally, the logic behind it — is really dumb. Look,…

  19. Brett Gardner “doubtful” to return from disabled list when eligible Thursday

    May 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    gardner getty

    Brett Gardner is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday after missing two weeks with a strained elbow, but manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that the left fielder is “doubtful” to be ready by then. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees will likely ask Gardner to make at least…

  20. Andy Pettitte’s testimony just became pretty useless to the prosecution in the Clemens case

    May 2, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Former Roger Clemens Teammate Andy Pettitte Appears At His Perjury Trial

    This morning we ran down Andy Pettitte’s testimony on direct examination in the Roger Clemens case. The upshot: (1) Clemens told him he did HGH back in 1999; but (b) Clemens said he did NOT do HGH in 2005, and that Pettitte was wrong about the 1999 conversation. Fine, as far as that goes. The…

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