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  1. Brian Roberts to begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    May 22, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts hasn’t appeared in a major league game since last May 16. But that may soon change. According to MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, Roberts is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday evening with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. The Orioles want to let the veteran second baseman get through a week or two of games before…

  2. Ryan Zimmerman scratched, a ‘manager’s decision’

    May 22, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was a late scratch Tuesday in what was termed a “manager’s decision” by a team spokesman. The spokesman said Zimmerman might be available to pinch-hit. Chad Tracy is starting at third base in his place. Zimmerman’s absence bodes well for Roy Halladay to continue his dominance of the Nationals. He’s…

  3. Blood clot delays Mariano Rivera’s ACL surgery

    May 22, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera appeared at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and said there’s still no date for his ACL surgery after he was diagnosed with a blood clot earlier this month. Rivera is on blood thinners for the blood clot in his right calf, preventing doctors from repairing his ACL at the moment. It still could be…

  4. Bryan Stow beating suspects face new charges

    May 22, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Marvin Norwood

    Federal weapons charges have been filed against the two men accused of putting Giants fan Bryan Stow in a coma last year. The criminal complaint filed Monday against Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood charges both with being a felon in possession of firearms. If convicted, they each face up to 10 years in federal prison.…

  5. Yoenis Cespedes not ready to return from disabled list

    May 22, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but the A’s center fielder isn’t ready to return from a strained muscle in his left hand. Cespedes was cleared for baseball activities last week and has said his hand feels better, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that he hasn’t been able to…

  6. Carlos Pena is going to hit leadoff tonight

    May 22, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena, Bartolo Colon

    It’s always cute when managers put fast guys with poor on base skills in the leadoff spot. Cute but dumb because, as the saying goes, you can’t steal first base.  Joe Maddon realizes that because he’s putting Carlos Pena in the leadoff spot tonight: Hitting Los leadoff. We’ve tried it with a few other guys…

  7. Paul Konerko rejoins White Sox lineup after beaning

    May 22, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko AP

    Paul Konerko escaped a serious injury after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face Friday and the White Sox first baseman is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Twins. Konerko, who hit .367 with eight homers, nine doubles, and a 1.058 OPS in 39 games before the beaning, missed a total…

  8. Ryan Braun back in Brewers lineup after groin injury

    May 22, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    UPDATE: Good news for the Brewers, as Braun feels healthy enough to be back in the lineup tonight. ========== Ryan Braun had his fourth straight multi-hit game last night, going 2-for-5 with a homer in an extra-inning loss to the Giants, but exited in the 10th inning with a groin injury. Asked afterward about his…

  9. Ryan Raburn takes bereavement leave from Tigers

    May 22, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Detroit will be without Ryan Raburn for at least the next three games, as the utility man is away from the team on bereavement leave. Danny Worth, who was just demoted to Triple-A last week, has been recalled to take Raburn’s spot on the roster. By rule Raburn can stay on the bereavement list for…

  10. The Phillies added security for Bryce Harper at Citizens Bank Park last night

    May 22, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Submitted without comment: A Post reader who requested to be identified by only his first name, Lester, attended last night’s game and noticed an extra security guard standing in front of Section 303 in right field, but only when the Nationals were in the field. He notified Dan Steinberg. This morning, the Phillies confirmed to The Post…

  11. Red Sox lineup: Adrian Gonzalez in RF, Kevin Youkilis at 1B, Will Middlebrooks at 3B

    May 22, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    With six outfielders on the disabled list and Kevin Youkilis coming off the shelf the Red Sox have gotten creative for tonight’s game against the Orioles, shifting Adrian Gonzalez to right field so Youkilis can play first base and Will Middlebrooks can remain at third base. Gonzalez, Youkilis, and Middlebrooks are batting 4-5-6 in Boston’s…

  12. Yep, someone took David Ortiz’s “no respect” comments out of context

    May 22, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    When I was looking at the quotes from that David Ortiz article this morning I just knew someone would take the “I don’t get no respect” part out of context and make it look like Ortiz was going on a “me, me, me” rant.  That someone was Kirk Minihane of WEEI: I sometimes wonder if…

  13. Chris Getz aggravates rib injury, goes on disabled list

    May 22, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Chris Getz aggravated his rib cage injury yesterday, so the Royals have placed the second baseman on the disabled list while calling up left-hander Will Smith from Triple-A to fill a long relief role. Getz’s injury seemingly opens the door for the Royals to actually give 24-year-old prospect Johnny Giavotella regular action at second base,…

  14. Great Moments in Livan Hernandez

    May 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    If you miss a groundball coming your way, Livan Hernandez WILL throw sunflower seeds at you. And he doesn’t care how old you are.   And you know it’s serious if Livan is gonna part with food.

  15. White Sox sign Orlando Hudson, put Brent Morel on DL

    May 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    UPDATE: Chicago just announced the Hudson signing and, as expected, placed Morel on the disabled list. ========== It’s not official yet, but manager Robin Ventura confirmed what Peter Gammons of MLB.com reported over the weekend: Orlando Hudson is signing with the White Sox after being released by the Padres. And not only that, with third…

  16. Must-click link: R.A. Dickey on “Bullseye” with Jesse Thorn

    May 22, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    I subscribe to nearly 50 podcasts (seriously) and Jesse Thorn is personally responsible for two of my favorites and partially responsible for several other must-listen shows on his Maximum Fun network. One of his podcasts is a long-form interview show called “Bullseye” and this week’s guest is none other than Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who…

  17. Nationals activate Chien-Ming Wang, place Ryan Mattheus on disabled list

    May 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    After missing the first six weeks of the season with a hamstring injury Chien-Ming Wang will come off the disabled list tonight, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Wang volunteered for relief duty if the Nationals felt he was a better fit there and indeed they’ve opted to stick with Ross Detwiler as their fifth…

  18. Matt Kemp expects to come off DL when eligible on May 29

    May 22, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp described his injured hamstring as being 85 percent healed and told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he expects to return from the disabled list when eligible on May 29. Before that happens he’ll need to avoid a setback while on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, which likely won’t begin until next weekend. And…

  19. The Tigers and Orioles have women keeping the grounds

    May 22, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

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    I hate that headline for a couple of reasons. “Keeping the grounds” is dumb and clunky, but I can’t get my brain to be OK with the plural of “groundskeeper.”  “Groundskeepers” is probably right, but it really is causing me problems. The other part of that headline I hate is that simply noting the fact…

  20. No team with a top-five payroll has a winning record and four are in last place

    May 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    This obviously isn’t going to last all season, but right now it’s pretty damn startling to look at the standings and see that the five teams with the highest payrolls in MLB are all .500 or worse and four of them are currently in last place. New York leads MLB with a $198 million payroll,…

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