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  1. Heath Bell blows second save in as many tries with Miami

    Apr 15, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    When the Marlins gave veteran closer Heath Bell a three-year, $27 million free agent contract this winter, most people called it an overpay. Two weeks into the 2012 regular season, it’s looking like an abomination. Bell surrendered four runs — two earned — in the top of the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 5-4 loss…

  2. Picture of the Day: Cardinals get their World Series rings

    Apr 15, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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    From Jon Jay‘s personal Twitter account comes this shot of the 27-year-old center fielder flashing his new “bling” alongside teammates David Freese, Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso: The Cardinals were presented with their 2011 World Series rings before Saturday’s 5-1 defeat of the Cubs. For a closer look at the jewelry, which features an image…

  3. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 15, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Edwin Jackson

    Another day, another impressive Nats victory. Saturday’s starter Edwin Jackson needed only 92 total pitches to get through nine innings of one-run ball as Washington grabbed a 4-1 victory over the visiting Reds at an energized Nationals Park. E-Jax, who was signed to a team-friendly one-year, $11 million free agent contract this winter, struck out…

  4. Benches clear twice in Indians vs. Royals game

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

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    Indians right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, third baseman Jack Hannahan and skipper Manny Acta were all ejected from Saturday night’s game against the Royals after two different (but not unrelated) benches-clearing incidents in the third inning. The Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, has all the details from Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium: Kansas City starter Jonathan Sanchez plunked Cleveland…

  5. David Wright hits solo homer, nets three hits in return from fractured right pinkie

    Apr 14, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    Mets Wright watches his solo home run against the  Phillies during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    So, uh, David Wright is going to be just fine. The 29-year-old third baseman returned to the Mets’ starting lineup on Saturday afternoon for the first time since fracturing his right pinkie finger and broke out for three hits (including a first at-bat homer) in a 5-0 New York victory over the Phillies. When Wright…

  6. Brian Wilson diagnosed with structural damage in elbow, will meet with Dr. James Andrews

    Apr 14, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle shares this bit of troubling news: Brian Wilson structural damage elbow, facing possible surgery, possibly meeting with Dr. Andrews. — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) April 14, 2012 Wilson is expected to be placed on the disabled list Sunday when the Giants activate Ryan Vogelsong and could miss the rest…

  7. Carlos Gonzalez out of Rockies’ lineup with strep throat

    Apr 14, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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    From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from Saturday’s game against Arizona after being diagnosed with strep throat. Tyler Colvin will start in left field and bat sixth. Gonzalez, who is batting .290/.313/.484 through his first 32 plate appearances this year, could need several days of…

  8. Twins option outfielder Ben Revere to Triple-A Rochester

    Apr 14, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Ben Revere AP

    As speculated earlier this afternoon, the Twins just announced that outfielder Ben Revere has been optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Clete Thomas, who was claimed off waivers from the Tigers today, will take his place on the active roster. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as Revere was essentially being wasted on the Twins’ bench. While…

  9. Yu Darvish dances around trouble in second major league start

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

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    The results were better in Yu Darvish‘s second major league start this afternoon against the Twins, but he was still pretty shaky. Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings before being pulled after 102 pitches. Not too bad, right? Well, he also allowed 14 baserunners (nine hits, four walks and a hit…

  10. Nick Blackburn exits start with right posterior shoulder stiffness

    Apr 14, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

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    The Twins were given quite the scare this afternoon when Nick Blackburn exited his start against the Rangers due to injury. Fortunately it doesn’t appear to be serious. According to Tyler Mason of FOX Sports Midwest, Blackburn was diagnosed with right posterior shoulder stiffness and is listed as day-to-day. The 30-year-old right-hander allowed two runs…

  11. Phil Hughes chased early against Angels

    Apr 14, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

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    Hiroki Kuroda was masterful in the Yankees’ home opener yesterday, but Phil Hughes wasn’t anywhere near as efficient this afternoon. Hughes was chased early after the Angels touched him up for six runs on eight hits over just 3 1/3 innings. The big blows came courtesy of a two-run homer by Chris Iannetta in the…

  12. Twins claim Clete Thomas off waivers from Tigers

    Apr 14, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Jason Beck of MLB.com, the Twins have claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers. Scott Baker was transferred the 60-day disabled list in order to clear a spot on the Twins’ 40-man roster, but they still need to make a corresponding roster move to add him to the active…

  13. Jacoby Ellsbury officially placed on disabled list with “subluxed” right shoulder

    Apr 14, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Red Sox have officially placed Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list with a subluxed right shoulder. As expected, Che-Hsuan Lin will replace him on the active roster. 11:02 AM: The Red Sox have yet to make an official announcement, but Jacoby Ellsbury just confirmed on his Twitter account that he has a…

  14. David Wright cleared to return to lineup Saturday

    Apr 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    David Wright appeared bound for the disabled list after saying last night that he couldn’t “functionally” grip a bat or grip a baseball because of the small fracture in his right pinkie finger, but he has apparently made a lot of progress over the past 16 hours or so. The Mets just announced that Wright…

  15. Hot-hitting David Freese scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to finger injury

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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    According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, David Freese was scratched from today’s lineup against the Cubs due to irritation of a finger on his right hand. The full extent of the injury isn’t yet known, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it happened during an at-bat in yesterday’s game. It comes…

  16. Justin Upton’s thumb is still “bothering him considerably”

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Justin Upton has played three straight games since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a jammed left thumb, but Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic last night that the injury is still “bothering him considerably.” Upton hurt the thumb while sliding into second base to break up a double…

  17. Carl Crawford aims to play in extended spring training games next week

    Apr 14, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox might be without Jacoby Ellsbury for at least the next six weeks due to a separated right shoulder, but at least there’s some encouraging news about Carl Crawford to pass along. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford took batting practice on the field before yesterday’s home opener against the…

  18. Josh Thole had a pretty embarrassing brain cramp last night

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    OK, so top of the second inning in last night’s Mets/Phillies game. R.A. Dickey drops down a sacrifice bunt to move Josh Thole over to second base. No big deal, right? Except for some reason, Thole decided to run back to first base. He ended up getting tagged out for the final out of the…

  19. Mike Cameron signs one-day “employment contract” to retire with Mariners

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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    After signing a minor league contract with the Nationals over the winter, Mike Cameron announced in February that he planned to retire. However, he is going out as a Mariner. Cameron, who spent four seasons with the club, signed a one-day employment contract to officially retire with the Mariners. The announcement was made before he…

  20. Jeremy Hellickson officially cleared for start this afternoon

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson Reuters

    After passing multiple concussion tests, Jeremy Hellickson has been officially cleared to start this afternoon against the Red Sox. Hellickson was carted off the field Wednesday after being hit in the head by a fly ball during batting practice. Initial tests came back OK, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the…

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