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  1. Troy Tulowitzki likely headed for the DL

    May 31, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Troy Tulowitzki left last night’s game against the Astros after suffering a strained left groin in the sixth inning. He apparently did it while running to first on a ground ball. The lesson here, kids: never run out ground balls. It’s totally bad for you. Tulo seemed destined for the 15-day disabled list. Not anything…

  2. HBT Extra: Are the Phillies or the Angels more screwed by their missing ace?

    May 31, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

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    Tiffany and I discuss the absences of Messers Halladay and Weaver.

  3. Great Moments in Statistics: Hisashi Iwakuma gets a save in a 21-8 game

    May 31, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    The outcome of last night’s Mariners-Rangers game was never in doubt. After posting 16 runs between the send and third innings, it was all over put the paperwork. Yet, because a pitcher finished the game with three full innings, we get this in the box score: Yep, Hisashi Iwakuma gets the save. In a game in…

  4. Umpire tells Russell Martin he has to “earn the privilege” to throw new balls back to the pitcher

    May 31, 2012, 7:57 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Baltimore Orioles

    Weirdness in Anaheim. Last night Russell Martin and home plate umpire Laz Diaz got into it over balls and strikes early in the game, but no one lost their head and Martin was not ejected. Later, however, Martin said Diaz began to mess with him: Martin says Diaz wouldn’t allow him to throw new baseballs…

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

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

  6. Matt Kemp leaves game after aggravating hamstring strain

    May 30, 2012, 11:10 PM EST

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    Matt Kemp may be headed back to the 15-day DL. According to David Vessagh, Dodgers reporter for sports radio station 570 AM in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old center fielder was lifted from Wednesday night’s game against the Brewers after appearing to aggravate his left hamstring strain while scoring from first base on a first-inning Andre…

  7. Braves demote shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 10:44 PM EST

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    From MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman comes word that the Braves have optioned struggling shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett. Pastornicky did not start in Wednesday night’s 10-7 victory over the Cardinals and has posted a brutal .248/.281/.324 batting line with one home run and 12 RBI in 157 total plate appearances this season. The…

  8. Jaime Garcia to be skipped in rotation due to elbow soreness

    May 30, 2012, 10:17 PM EST

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    The injury bug is still biting away in St. Louis. It was reported earlier that Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is experiencing ongoing discomfort in his right shoulder and is scheduled to pay a visit to a specialist in Florida on Thursday. And now the bad luck has settled over the starting rotation. According to FOX…

  9. Brandon Morrow removed from game after getting struck in his right shin by a line drive

    May 30, 2012, 9:32 PM EST

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    Potential danger was avoided tonight in Toronto. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow left the field in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles after taking a line drive off his right leg. He hobbled around before getting carried to the dugout while putting no weight on his right foot. The good news is X-rays have…

  10. Jon Jay experiencing ongoing discomfort in right shoulder

    May 30, 2012, 8:54 PM EST

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    The Cardinals have been battered by injuries. And the troublesome news continues to flow. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, center fielder Jon Jay is still feeling discomfort in his right shoulder and will pay a visit to a doctor Thursday in Florida in a search for answers. Jay has been on…

  11. Freddie Freeman homers in first at-bat with “sports glasses”

    May 30, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

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    I worry about Craig’s health after this one. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman launched a home run in his first plate appearance of Wednesday evening’s game against the Cardinals. He hadn’t played since last Friday because of comfort issues with his contacts — brought on by eye dryness. Freeman recieved custom-made glasses Wednesday morning and…

  12. Diamondbacks place Jason Kubel on paternity leave list

    May 30, 2012, 7:25 PM EST

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    From Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic comes word that the Diamondbacks have placed Jason Kubel on the paternity leave list and called up 24-year-old outfielder A.J. Pollock to take his place. Kubel should be back within three days. The 30-year-old is off to a nice start this season, batting .297/.385/.461 with four home runs…

  13. Marlins get drenched, then close roof

    May 30, 2012, 6:58 PM EST

    Marlins Park

    Rainstorms tend to come and leave quick in Florida. The Marlins were caught unaware Wednesday when it started pouring at the team’s new ballpark. Despite the presence of a retractable roof, the Marlins were forced to turn to the old school tarp and squeegees following a mid-afternoon storm. Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post captured some of…

  14. Carlos Quentin is going to be great trade bait

    May 30, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Carlos Quentin

    Despite his best efforts, Carlos Quentin couldn’t stop the Padres from getting swept by the lowly Cubs, who entered the series losers of 12 in a row. Quentin, though, did put on a show at Wrigley Field, collecting three homers and four doubles in his first three games back from the disabled list. Two of…

  15. This is the end? The Rockies designate Jamie Moyer for assignment

    May 30, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Miami Marlins

    We’ve had all kinds of fun with the story of the 49 year-old Jamie Moyer coming back from Tommy John surgery and actually landing a job in the major leagues. But now it seems that fun is over: Rockies designate Jamie Moyer for assignment. — Tracy Ringolsby (@ROOTSPORTS_TR) May 30, 2012 Sad jams. Moyer made…

  16. Nick Markakis to see specialist for wrist injury

    May 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    X-rays on Nick Markakis‘ injured wrist came back negative, but he’s out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight and Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the right fielder will be examined by a specialist during tomorrow’s scheduled off day. Markakis, who hasn’t missed more than five games in a season since his rookie…

  17. One of the Bryan Stow beating defendants: not smart

    May 30, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Marvin Norwood, Louie Sanchez

    A preliminary hearing is taking place this afternoon in order to determine if there is enough evidence to hold the defendants in the Bryan Stow beating over for trial.  I’m gonna go out on a limb and say, yeah, there’s enough evidence: One of the men charged in a Dodger Stadium parking lot assault on…

  18. Phillies don’t expect Ryan Howard back before July

    May 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    There’s been a lot more secrecy than firm timetables when it comes to Ryan Howard‘s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon, but today Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally offered some news on the first baseman’s status. Asked by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com if Howard would be able to return at some point in…

  19. Hawk Harrelson goes crazy

    May 30, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

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    In today’s Rays-White Sox game, A.J. Pierzynski got plunked. Later, be it by coincidence or not, Jose Quintana threw one at Ben Zobrist and was immediately ejected by umpire Mark Wegner. Then White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson went crazy: UPDATE: MLB pulled the You Tube video, but they have it over at MLB.com, with complete Hawk…

  20. Roy Halladay gets second opinion on shoulder from Mets doctor, will address media Friday

    May 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Roy Halladay will miss 6-8 weeks with a strained shoulder, but today the team revealed that Halladay got a second opinion on the injury from Dr. David Altchek in New York. While not as well known as Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum, Altchek is the Mets team doctor…

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