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

    May 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Bill Hall designated for assignment by the Orioles

    May 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    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…

  4. The Pirates designate Nate McLouth for assignment

    May 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    When the Pirates signed Nate McLouth to a $1.75 million deal in December, they were hoping he’d at least be a shadow of the productive hitter he once was for them.  Instead, he wasn’t even a shadow of the shadow and now, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, they’ve designated him for assignment.…

  5. Mets release D.J. Carrasco, eat $1.2 million salary

    May 25, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    As expected, D.J. Carrasco and his $1.2 million salary passed through waivers unclaimed after the reliever was designated for assignment by the Mets last week and today they released the veteran right-hander. Carrasco’s solid track record suggested he was a nice bargain signing for two years and $2.4 million last offseason, but he proved to…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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:

  16. 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,…

  17. Josh Hamilton hasn’t homered in two weeks

    May 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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