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

    May 26, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

    Cliff Lee Shane Victorino AP

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    May 25, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    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…

  7. Benches clear in Rays-Red Sox game

    May 25, 2012, 10:34 PM EST

    Luke Scott, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    After Franklin Morales drilled Luke Scott in the top of the ninth — apparent retaliation for a plunking of Dustin Pedroia earlier — benches cleared in Friday’s game between the Rays and Red Sox at Fenway Park, which Tampa Bay went on to win 7-4. Some bad blood likely carried over from last week’s series…

  8. Josh Hamilton homers for first time since May 12

    May 25, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton‘s home run drought is finally over. And yes, I write that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. After Aaron mentioned this morning that Hamilton hadn’t homered in nearly two weeks, the Rangers’ slugger went deep in the bottom of the second inning tonight against the Blue Jays. His solo shot off right-hander Carlos…

  9. Eric Wedge sits Dustin Ackley on his bobblehead day

    May 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley

    Tonight is Dustin Ackley bobblehead night at Safeco Field. However, Ackley isn’t playing. Manager Eric Wedge said he’s resting his second baseman, even though the Angels are throwing a right-hander. Which is just plain stupid. Ackley should be playing tonight regardless of the bobblehead matter. He’s a left-handed hitter who has hit righties far better…

  10. Jhoulys Chacin diagnosed with pectoral injury after getting second opinion

    May 25, 2012, 8:55 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Chacin was diagnosed with an injury to his pectoral minor muscle involving a nerve entrapment. This rules out an injury to his biceps, shoulder or elbow. The injury can be treated through rest and exercise, but Chacin isn’t expected to resume throwing for at least another…

  11. Yoenis Cespedes could rejoin the Athletics next week

    May 25, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

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    Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t ready to return from the disabled list when he was first eligible on Tuesday, but he could rejoin the Athletics’ lineup next week. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Cespedes took 28 swings in the batting cage today without pain and is scheduled to take full batting practice tomorrow. He hopes to…

  12. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero agree to five-year, $60 million extension

    May 25, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero have agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract extension. The deal is expected to be officially announced at a press conference tomorrow. Montero was due to hit free agency this offseason, but he’ll now be signed through the 2017 season. The new…

  13. Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer out for season

    May 25, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

    Brandon Guyer

    It just hasn’t been Brandon Guyer‘s year. He’s still facing a $5 million lawsuit because a drunk Matt Bush was driving his vehicle at the time he nearly killed a guy, and now he’s going to require shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. Guyer, a 26-year-old outfielder, had been in the majors…

  14. East > West > Central

    May 25, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Joe Maddon, Buck Showalter

    That’s the way it’s working in both the American and National Leagues to date this year: AL East vs. AL Central: 37-20 – .649 AL East vs. AL West: 29-22 – .568 AL West vs. AL Central: 33-29 – .532 NL East vs. NL Central: 45-33 – .577 NL East vs. NL West: 34-25 –…

  15. Chipper Jones is very impressed with Stephen Strasburg

    May 25, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Chipper Jones has been teammates with future Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz and he got to see plenty of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Kevin Brown during their heydays. Stephen Strasburg, though, might outclass them all: “He has the best stuff, the best repertoire of pitches that I’ve seen on…

  16. Rockies place Ramon Hernandez on DL with hand injury

    May 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Ramon Hernandez

    After watching Ramon Hernandez perform poorly while playing through tendinitis in his left hand for most of the season the Rockies have placed the veteran catcher on the disabled list. Hernandez played well enough for the Reds in 2010 and 2011 that the Rockies gave him a two-year, $6.4 million contract at age 37, but he’s…

  17. Curt Schilling’s company told employees it was selling their homes; didn’t

    May 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Curt Schilling

    Not only did Curt Schilling’s company go belly-up and lay everyone off, it allegedly boned some of them via a relocation program that apparently didn’t do what it was supposed to do: Some of the hundreds of 38 Studios employees laid off yesterday were hit with a second round of bad news this week when…

  18. Juan Carlos Oviedo gets visa, arrives in Florida next week

    May 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Earlier this week Juan Carlos Oviedo reportedly received his work visa, but then it turned out he received a pardon from the U.S. State Department that’s necessary before getting a visa but hadn’t gotten the actual visa yet. Now he has both, with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reporting that Oviedo has finally been…

  19. Bill Hall designated for assignment by the Orioles

    May 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Bill Hall

    Baseball seems to have come to a complete stop, news-wise, in the past couple of hours. That’s OK. It’s a holiday weekend. Everyone is firing up the grill and cracking coldies I guess. Of course teams are releasing guys. Our third one of the day is Bill Hall, who was just DFA’d by the Orioles. Hall…

  20. Blue Jays place Ben Francisco on DL, call up David Cooper

    May 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Blue Jays rightfielder Ben Francisco dives for and misses a fly ball during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Ben Francisco exited yesterday’s game with a strained hamstring and today the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list while recalling first baseman David Cooper from Triple-A. Francisco has played sparingly for the Blue Jays, getting most of his starts versus left-handed pitching and hitting just .206 with a .535 OPS in 37 plate…

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