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  1. Omar Vizquel got ejected while not even playing last night

    May 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    You might think that a 45-year-old in his 24th big-league season would be pretty mellow, but Omar Vizquel got ejected from last night’s game … and he wasn’t even playing. During a Drew Hutchison–Mike Napoli matchup in the fifth inning Vizquel disagreed with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook’s call of a ball and started yelling…

  2. The Red Sox are calling up Aaron Cook

    May 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Aaron Cook, Andruw Jones

    Rob Bradford of WEEI is reporting that the Red Sox are planning on promoting Aaron Cook to the majors. The decision is today, he’d actually arrive in the next few days. The key here is that if he wasn’t on the big league roster today — or if he didn’t have an agreement in place with…

  3. Justin Morneau rejoining Twins after flying home to have wrist injury checked

    May 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau gave Twins fans a scare when the oft-injured former MVP exited Monday’s game with soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist and immediately flew from California to Minnesota to be examined by team doctors. Now he’s on the way back to the West Coast after an MRI exam showed no structural damage, but…

  4. Tim Beckham’s drug: marijuana. Which makes for a really dumb suspension.

    May 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    tim beckham

    Rays prospect Tim Beckham was suspended for 50 games yesterday for a second positive test for a “drug of abuse,” which is baseball’s parlance for a non-PED recreational drug of some kind.  Marc Topkin hears it was marijuana. If so, this suspension — and more generally, the logic behind it — is really dumb. Look,…

  5. Brett Gardner “doubtful” to return from disabled list when eligible Thursday

    May 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    gardner getty

    Brett Gardner is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday after missing two weeks with a strained elbow, but manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that the left fielder is “doubtful” to be ready by then. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees will likely ask Gardner to make at least…

  6. Andy Pettitte’s testimony just became pretty useless to the prosecution in the Clemens case

    May 2, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Former Roger Clemens Teammate Andy Pettitte Appears At His Perjury Trial

    This morning we ran down Andy Pettitte’s testimony on direct examination in the Roger Clemens case. The upshot: (1) Clemens told him he did HGH back in 1999; but (b) Clemens said he did NOT do HGH in 2005, and that Pettitte was wrong about the 1999 conversation. Fine, as far as that goes. The…

  7. Twins recall Drew Butera, drop Sean Burroughs

    May 2, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Drew Butera

    After playing every inning of the first 21 games Joe Mauer took a foul ball off his knee and sat out Monday. He returned last night as designated hitter, but the Twins felt the need to add Drew Butera as a third catcher while designating Sean Burroughs for assignment to make room on the roster.…

  8. Daniel Schlereth was hurt? That’s news to Jim Leyland

    May 2, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Schlereth_Daniel

    Tigers reliever Daniel Schlereth was pretty damn ineffective in the early going, so the Tigers sent him down.  Then when he got down to Toledo, lo and behold, he had to go to the disabled list.  This was news to Jim Leyland, who sounds a bit miffed: “Did I have any suspicion? Absolutely none. To my…

  9. Jeremy Affeldt’s injury was caused by his son

    May 2, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    We mentioned last night that Jeremy Affeldt was hitting the DL due to a sprained knee.  Here’s how he sprained it: Affeldt sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday night when his son Walker, a 4-year-old who already stands 4-foot-6 and weighs 60 pounds, leaped off the sofa and ran into Affeldt’s…

  10. Andy Pettitte testifies that Clemens spoke of his drug use

    May 2, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Former Roger Clemens Teammate Andy Pettitte Appears At His Perjury Trial

    UPDATE:  Well, it was nice while it lasted, but Pettitte’s testimony just became pretty useless. 9:12 AM: There were no surprises in Andy Pettitte’s testimony at the Roger Clemens trial yesterday. Now it’s just a matter of whether the jury believes the 1999 Roger Clemens or the 2005 Roger Clemens to whom Pettitte spoke: Without…

  11. Justin Upton rips ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

    May 2, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton was watching baseball on Sunday night, took to Twitter and unloaded some on ESPN’s broadcast: Amazing that my brother has made two good baseball plays tonight and the #ESPN so called analysts have bashed him for both of them. —Justin Upton (@JUS10UP10) April 30, 2012 I’m laughing to myself that nobody else notices…

  12. Oil Can Boyd used crack every day of the 1986 season, not that thankful for Jackie Robinson

    May 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Oil Can Boyd

    Earlier in the year Oil Can Boyd came out with a tell-all book and one of the things he told-all about was his cocaine use. At the time he said he used cocaine before two-thirds of his starts in the majors. He was on ESPN’s E:60 last night, however, and he told Buster Olney that…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7:  We hear a lot about Bryce Harper, but Brett Lawrie is a more fully formed version of “young, confident dude who can be a difference maker.”  Toronto fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, took the lead, then blew the lead before Lawrie hit a leadoff homer that just barely cleared…

  14. Nolan Reimold to be sidelined a few days with bulging disk

    May 1, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    reimold getty

    Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is off to a scorching start this season, batting .313 with a .627 slugging percentage, five home runs and 10 RBI through his first 69 plate appearances. But all of those good vibes are going to have to be put on hold. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Reimold…

  15. Rays transfer Kyle Farnsworth to the 60-day disabled list

    May 1, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

    kyle farnsworth getty

    As first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays transferred right-hander Kyle Farnsworth to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday to open a 40-man roster spot for infielder Will Rhymes. The move means that Farnsworth, who was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list April 5, won’t be eligible to return to…

  16. Cardinals to retire Tony La Russa’s No. 10 this month

    May 1, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    tony la russa getty

    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Cardinals tonight will announce their intention to honor the future Hall of Fame manager by retiring his No. 10 prior to a May 11 game against the Atlanta Braves. La Russa, now serving for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, has accepted the club’s invitation to attend…

  17. Ryan Zimmerman hoping to be activated Sunday night

    May 1, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    ryan zimmerman getty

    Good news on the Ryan Zimmerman front. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the injured third baseman reported feeling “great” after playing catch Tuesday afternoon at Nationals Park and is aiming to return to the starting lineup for Sunday night game’s against the division rival Phillies (which is going to be broadcast on…

  18. Padres call on Jeff Suppan with Cory Luebke hurting

    May 1, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Jeff Suppan

    Soup’s on in San Diego. The Padres announced Tuesday that Cory Luebke would miss his start Wednesday with elbow tightness and that Jeff Suppan would be called up to pitch in his place against the Brewers. Suppan, 37, was picked even though he had allowed nine runs and 17 hits in his 6 2/3 innings…

  19. Evan Longoria’s injury a crushing blow to Rays

    May 1, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Rays' Longoria holds his left knee and grimaces after he was tagged out byMariners shortstop Ryan trying to steal second base, during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Evan Longoria might be the American League’s most indispensable player. We’re certainly about to find out now that he’s due to miss 6-8 weeks with a hamstring tear. Longoria, the owner of a .329/.433/.561 line and 19 RBI in 23 games to start the season, was injured on a steal attempt during Monday’s game against the…

  20. Giants place reliever Jeremy Affeldt on DL with knee injury

    May 1, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    San Francisco’s bullpen took another hit today, as the Giants placed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt on the disabled list with a sprained knee. Affeldt is in the final season of a three-year, $14 million deal and tossed 11 innings with a 4.09 ERA and 10/4 K/BB ratio in a setup role. One-time Mariners top prospect turned…

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