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  1. Yoenis Cespedes likely returning to A’s Friday

    May 27, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

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    From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes took batting practice on the field Saturday and is on track to return to the Oakland lineup this Friday. Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a strained muscle in his left hand. He’ll take batting…

  2. A.J. Ellis: All-Star?

    May 27, 2012, 10:48 AM EST

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    The Dodgers picked up their MLB-best 31st victory on Saturday when catcher A.J. Ellis hit a walkoff three-run shot against the Astros’ Wesley Wright. The heroics are nothing new this year for Ellis. A 31-year-old former 18th-round pick, he’s batting .317/.442/.517 with five home runs, seven doubles and 23 RBI through 149 plate appearances. And…

  3. Chris Carpenter cleared to begin throwing program

    May 27, 2012, 9:35 AM EST

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    The Cardinals were shut out by Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies on Saturday evening at Busch Stadium and have fallen a game-and-a-half behind the Reds in the National League Central standings. But the Budweiser should be flowing as steadily as usual on Memorial Day weekend in the Gateway to the West. According to Joe Strauss…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 27, 2012, 8:29 AM EST

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    It’s only a four-team division and the Rangers still have a comfortable lead, but the Angels are suddenly in second place in the American League West. Albert Pujols hit his fourth home run in five games and Ernesto Frieri converted his second save in as many chances as the Halos rolled to a 5-3 victory…

  5. Josh Hamilton gets IV, oxygen after walkoff homer

    May 27, 2012, 1:44 AM EST

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    Josh Hamilton hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning to give the Rangers an 8-7 win over the  Blue Jays on Saturday and then received IV fluids and oxygen after the game to treat an upper respiratory infection he’s been fighting. “I’ve been seeing stars since the fifth inning,” he said afterwards. “I hit…

  6. Miguel Montero out until Monday with groin strain

    May 26, 2012, 10:37 PM EST

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    Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero hasn’t appeared in a game in five days because of a left groin strain. And that’s not ready to change. According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Southwest, manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that Montero won’t start a game until Monday, at the earliest, due to ongoing groin discomfort. Konrad Schmidt started…

  7. Brandon League removed from Mariners’ ninth-inning role

    May 26, 2012, 9:20 PM EST

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    Brandon League blew his fourth save of the season on Friday night, allowing three runs in a 6-4 loss to the Angels. Today, he faced the consequences. According to Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners skipper Eric Wedge announced Saturday afternoon that League has been demoted to a setup role. Save chances will be spread…

  8. No warnings issued for Saturday’s Rays vs. Red Sox game

    May 26, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon called the Red Sox coaches “weak” and “cowardly” after Friday’s plunking of Luke Scott, which sure looked intentional and led to both benches clearing. Bobby Valentine fired back Saturday, labelling Maddon and his crew “immature” and “out of control.” With tensions running high, most assumed that Saturday’s home plate umpire Ed Rapuano would…

  9. Orioles to announce Adam Jones extension on Sunday

    May 26, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles have completed a contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones and are planning to announce the deal at a press conference Sunday. Initial reports had the extension reaching over $100 million, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that it’s closer to $85 million. Over six…

  10. Cameron Maybin diagnosed with sprained right wrist

    May 26, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

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    According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Cameron Maybin is currently dealing with a sprained right wrist. Maybin was sent for X-rays after leaving this afternoon’s game against the Mets in the sixth inning. Maybin acknowledged that his wrist has been bothering him for a few days now. It doesn’t sound like the disabled list is…

  11. Johan Santana dominates Padres for first shutout since 2010

    May 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    It’s safe to say that Johan Santana is back. In an effort which was both dominant and efficient, Santana tossed a four hit-shutout this afternoon at Citi Field as part of a 9-0 victory over the light-hitting Padres. All four hits he gave up were singles and he threw 74 out of 96 pitches for…

  12. Indians to place Carlos Santana on 7-day concussion disabled list

    May 26, 2012, 2:34 PM EST

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    The first-place Indians will have to get by without another important piece of their lineup. Nick Camino of WTAM in Cleveland reports that the Indians will place Carlos Santana on MLB’s seven-day disabled list for concussions. The 26-year-old backstop left last night’s game in the eighth inning after a foul ball off Alex Rios‘ bat…

  13. Francisco Liriano moving back into Twins’ rotation Wednesday

    May 26, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

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    It turns out that Francisco Liriano‘s stint as a reliever won’t even last three weeks. On the heels of Anthony Swarzak being knocked around for six runs over just 3 1/3 innings last night against the Tigers, the Twins will move Liriano back into the starting rotation Wednesday against the Athletics. Liriano was removed from…

  14. The craziest catch you’ll see this year

    May 26, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

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    Austin Wates‘ over-the-wall catch earlier this month was pretty incredible, but this one may have topped it. That’s Derrick Salberg of Lower Columbia College. While the catch is impressive enough on its own, it’s even more remarkable given the context. Salsberg’s grab was with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and prevented…

  15. Things got a little tense between Cliff Lee and Shane Victorino last night

    May 26, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

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    The Phillies defeated the Cardinals 5-3 in 10 innings last night thanks to a go-ahead two-run homer by Hunter Pence. The big takeaway is that the Phillies have won three in a row and now sit one game over .500 (24-23) on the year, but the game featured an interesting moment after Shane Victorino was…

  16. Matt Kemp to begin brief minor league rehab assignment tomorrow

    May 26, 2012, 11:02 AM EST

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    Matt Kemp remains on track to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible Tuesday, but he’ll have to make it through a brief minor league rehab assignment first. Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp is scheduled to play rehab games with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and Monday. The 27-year-old…

  17. Chipper Jones lands on disabled list with bruised left calf

    May 26, 2012, 10:23 AM EST

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    Chipper Jones‘ left calf injury hasn’t gotten any better over the past couple of days, so the Braves have decided to place him on the disabled list. The team has yet to make a corresponding roster move, but they are likely to call up a catcher after David Ross left last night’s game against the…

  18. Joe Maddon calls throwing at Luke Scott “a weak, cowardly effort”

    May 26, 2012, 9:47 AM EST

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    Benches cleared in the top of the ninth inning of last night’s Rays-Red Sox game after Franklin Morales hit Luke Scott in the leg. No punches were thrown and no players were ejected, but Rays manager Joe Maddon was pretty incensed after his team went on to win the game 7-4. According to Marc Topkin…

  19. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    May 26, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

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    Another night, another disappointing performance for Tim Lincecum. The two-time Cy Young Award failed to get back on track last night against the Marlins, giving up six runs over 5 2/3 innings as part of a 7-6 loss. Lincecum allowed just one run over the first five innings — a long solo blast by Giancarlo…

  20. Cubs get 10 hits, lose to Pirates 1-0 anyway

    May 25, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

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    It’s just Ryan Dempster‘s luck: he allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings versus Pittsburgh on Friday and then fell to 0-3 anyway. The Cubs racked up 10 hits tonight, yet lost 1-0 to drop their 10th straight game and fall to 15-30 on the season. They were the first team since the Dodgers last…

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