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  1. Expert: DNA on the syringes, cotton balls match Clemens

    May 25, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    After several weeks of what often sounded like pointless, boring testimony, things are finally heating up for the prosecutors in the Clemens case: A forensic scientist testified that two cotton balls and a syringe needle allegedly saved after a steroids injection tested positive for Roger Clemens’ DNA, a key moment on Friday as the government…

  2. David Segui backs up Brian McNamee in the Clemens trial

    May 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    David Segui

    David Segui hit pretty well off Roger Clemens in his career, going 14 for 38, walking six times and driving in six in 44 plate appearances.  yesterday, he hit Clemens again: Former Major Leaguer David Segui testified at the federal perjury trial of Roger Clemens on Thursday, backing up Brian McNamee’s claim that the strength…

  3. Tim Stauffer gets second opinion on lingering elbow injury

    May 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Tim Stauffer is on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a sprained right elbow and was able to make just one start in between DL stints, so not surprisingly he sought a second opinion on the injury. Rob Terrnova of the North County Times reports that Stauffer was examined recently…

  4. John Maine to sign with the Yankees

    May 25, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    John Maine

    And with this, John Maine will have completed most of his East Coast Bias career tour. All he needs now is a stop in Philly: The Yankees will be signing former Mets/Red Sox righty John Maine to a Minor League deal, source says. Maine’s been working out with Yanks — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 25,…

  5. Brewers may turn to Manny Parra as rotation replacement

    May 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Milwaukee will be without Marco Estrada for at least 3-4 starts because a quadriceps strain and he was only in the rotation to begin with as an injury replacement for Chris Narveson, so the Brewers are running short on starters. Instead of dipping down into the minors for help manager Ron Roenicke indicated that he’ll…

  6. Lance Berkman out at least 8-10 weeks after knee surgery

    May 25, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    The total extent of Lance Berkman‘s knee injury was unclear until he underwent surgery this morning and now the verdict is in, as the Cardinals announced that he’ll miss “approximately 8-10 weeks.” According to the team the surgery repaired Berkman’s torn meniscus, but there was no mention of his ACL after the veteran switch-hitter and…

  7. The Adam Jones extension reported to be six years and “in the $85 million range”

    May 25, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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    There have been conflicting reports all morning about where the Adam Jones deal is going to come down. Some people have pegged at as north of $100 million. Ken Rosenthal says, however, that he’s hearing it will be six years and “in the $85 million range.” If so, this seems like a pretty good deal…

  8. Eric Wedge says cutting Chone Figgins “is not even an option for us”

    May 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Many people were surprised–or perhaps more accurately disappointed–that the Mariners chose not to drop Chone Figgins when they needed a roster spot for Miguel Olivo‘s return yesterday. And for those same people manager Eric Wedge has some bad news. Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that dropping Figgins “is not even an option…

  9. Yankees COO Lonn Trost is crazy

    May 25, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Lonn Trost

    Everyone in YankeeLand denied the Yankees are for sale story, but Lonn Trost is not satisfied with denials. He wants action! Trost was on the Boomer and Carton Show yesterday. When the topic came up, Trost said: “With respect to Major League Baseball, we (the Yankees) will ask the commissioner (Bud Selig) to undertake an…

  10. Snoop Dogg threw a pretty good first pitch last night

    May 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Snoop Dogg

    Snoop Dogg threw out the ceremonial first pitch at last night’s White Sox-Twins game in Chicago and actually showed off a pretty decent arm once he was done mugging for the cameras:

  11. The Dodgers are upping their profile in international signings

    May 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Under Frank McCourt, the Dodgers spent the least amount of money of all 30 teams on international signings last year. Indeed, over McCourt’s entire tenure, international signings were all put kicked to the curb in terms of priority. That was something the new Dodgers owners said they’d change. And, according to the Los Angeles Times,…

  12. Josh Hamilton hasn’t homered in two weeks

    May 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton got off to amazing home run pace, going deep 18 times in his first 31 games. However, since homering nine times in a six-game stretch from May 7 to May 12–including his four-homer game on May 8–he’s yet to leave the ballpark. Hamilton is homerless since May 12, which is a span of…

  13. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley take live batting practice

    May 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley continue to inch their way back to playing shape. Yesterday Utley took batting practice and then some grounders.  According to the report by Bob Brookover, however, the infield practice was limited and, given that playing second is what gives his knee the most trouble, there’s a lot of reason for…

  14. Hideki Matsui is struggling at Triple-A for the Rays

    May 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Because the Rays don’t have a pressing need for a designated hitter Hideki Matsui likely needs to put up some impressive numbers at Triple-A to turn his minor-league contract into a return to the majors. So far at least it isn’t happening, as the 38-year-old Matsui has hit just .121 with zero homers in nine…

  15. Fake buyers for fake Yankees sale identified

    May 25, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tony Stark

    Look, if the New York Daily News can report a Yankees sale that everyone else is calling “complete fiction,” why can’t the people who are interested in buying the Yankees be completely fictional? That’s the question Larry Granillo asks at Wezen-Ball today, and he profiles the potential suitors. While I’d love to see Bruce Wayne buy…

  16. Haren and Pujols come up big: are the Angels finally turning the corner?

    May 25, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Dan Haren

    At some point you have to hit rock bottom. It’s just that, if you can’t hit anything, even rock bottom looks hard.  But maybe last night the Angels finally turned things around, putting together a game that went the way they hoped things would go often this year. The Pujols signing aside, the team’s strength…

  17. Beer-fueled naked man streaks the Phillies Cardinals game

    May 25, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Don’t look Ethel! We mentioned the streaker from last night’s Phillies-Cardinals fan in the recaps this morning, but Jeff Passan has his story.  His name is Collin J. Grundstrom. And you will be shocked to learn that alcohol was involved. Also, will someone please think of the children? One row in front of Grundstrom sat…

  18. The Orioles are on the verge of signing Adam Jones to a long term deal

    May 25, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the Orioles and Adam Jones are on the verge of signing a long term contract extension. The terms are not known but Rosenthal says that the numbers are “well north” of M. Tejada’s six-year, $72 million deal and Nick Markakis‘ six-year, $66.1 million extension. Jones is currently…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 25, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

    Angel Pagan

    Giants 14, Marlins 7: There have been times over the past couple of years when the Giants wouldn’t score 14 in a week. And when he played in New York and Atlanta, there were weeks when Melky Cabrera wouldn’t drive in four, but here we are. Angel Pagan did the same. The Marlins bullpen gave…

  20. Carlos Quentin to resume rehab assignment Friday

    May 24, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Carlos Quentin embarked on a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month, but he was shut down after experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee. Now he’s ready to give it another shot. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Padres manager Bud Black said that Quentin will join High-A Lake Elsinore tomorrow. He got the…

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