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  1. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

  2. George Sherrill scheduled for Tommy John elbow surgery

    Apr 29, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Mariners left-hander George Sherrill was shut down after the team’s season-opening trip to Tokyo, Japan because of lingering discomfort in his throwing elbow. Now he can be ruled out for the rest of 2012. According to beat reporter Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s 710 AM ESPN, the veteran lefty relief specialist is scheduled to undergo Tommy…

  3. Nationals place Mark DeRosa on the disabled list, promote outfield prospect Tyler Moore

    Apr 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have placed utilityman Mark DeRosa on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and have recalled outfield prospect Tyler Moore in a corresponding 25-man roster move. “My body won’t give me a break,” the oft-injured DeRosa told reporters Sunday morning at Dodger Stadium.…

  4. A’s agree to contract with recently-released Brandon Inge

    Apr 29, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal brings the heat on Brandon Inge, who was cut loose by the Tigers on Thursday: Source: Inge to #Athletics. #Tigers — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 29, 2012 With so many teams expressing interest — the Orioles, Twins and Diamondbacks among them — it seemed likely that Inge would take his time and carefully…

  5. Paul Konerko sidelined Sunday because of stiff neck

    Apr 29, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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    White Sox slugger Paul Konerko hit his 400th career homer last week and holds a .383/.444/.679 batting line in 90 plate appearances this season. So we’ll call Sunday a well-earned day of rest. According to Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago, the first baseman was scratched from the lineup this afternoon due to neck stiffness. It’s…

  6. Yankees shift veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia to bullpen

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch, the Yankees announced early Sunday morning that right-hander Freddy Garcia has been removed from the starting rotation and will operate as the long man in the bullpen going forward. David Phelps, who has posted a 3.57 ERA through 17 2/3 innings of relief this season, is…

  7. Angels trying to trade for a new closer?

    Apr 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Angels have “inquired” about A’s closer Grant Balfour, Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan and Mariners closer Brandon League, with Cafardo calling Balfour the “most logical” fit because Oakland’s asking price should be the lowest. Jordan Walden earned Rookie of the Year votes in the American…

  8. Daisuke Matsuzaka goes four-plus in second rehab start

    Apr 29, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

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    More progress for Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka. According to Dan Hickling of the Boston Globe, the Japanese right-hander allowed just one earned run over 4 2/3 innings Saturday for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. It was his second minor league rehab start, and he reported no issues whatsoever with his surgically-repaired right elbow. Matsuzaka is throwing…

  9. Mozeliak says Cardinals haven’t re-ignited Oswalt talks

    Apr 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported last Saturday in his weekly “Full Count” video that the Cardinals and Red Sox had begun showing renewed interest in free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt. But one part of that appears to be off: “I think when you look at our club and how things are going, there is no…

  10. Doug Fister slated to make first rehab start Wednesday

    Apr 29, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that Tigers right-hander Doug Fister has been cleared to make his first minor league rehab start Wednesday evening with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. Fister has been on the disabled list since the first week of the regular season due to a costochondral (rib cage) strain that he…

  11. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all. Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames. Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile…

  12. Tracking Bryce Harper’s major league debut

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    We’ll provide updates throughout the night as baseball’s top prospect, 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, makes his MLB debut against the Dodgers. Here’s the lineup, via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: As promised, Harper bats 7th: Desmond, ss; Lombardozzi, 3b Werth, rf LaRoche, 1b; Ankiel, cf Espinosa, 2b; Harper, lf Ramos, c Strasburg — Adam…

  13. Ryan Howard cleared for baseball activities, heading to Phillies’ spring training complex

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Hey, it’s positive Ryan Howard health news! According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the 32-year-old first baseman has been cleared for baseball activities and will report to the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida on Monday morning to begin daily workouts. He will begin by fielding ground balls and playing catch before progressing to…

  14. D’Backs turn to left-hander Patrick Corbin for Monday start

    Apr 28, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

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    Many assumed that a well-known prospect like Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs would be promoted when the Diamondbacks finally removed soft-tossing righty Josh Collmenter from their starting rotation. Well, Collmenter was pushed to the bullpen on Saturday. But Bauer and Skaggs will stay put. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the D’Backs have announced that…

  15. Mike Trout goes 0-for-4 with a strikeout in 2012 debut

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper isn’t the only youngster drawing attention this weekend. Mike Trout, who was brought up by the Angels in 2011 but appeared in only 40 games, made his 2012 major league debut in the Angels’ 2-1 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Trout finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but…

  16. Marlins drop struggling Jose Reyes out of the leadoff spot

    Apr 28, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is shaking up his lineup in an effort to jump-start an offense which has scored only six runs during their current six-game losing streak. After getting the day off yesterday, Jose Reyes has been dropped down to second in the order tonight against the Diamondbacks. He’ll be flip-flopped with center fielder…

  17. Astros to call up Jordan Lyles for Sunday start

    Apr 28, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Astros have a vacancy in their rotation now that Kyle Weiland is on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, so manager Brad Mills told MLB.com’s Jeff Wallner last night that Jordan Lyles will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Sunday against the Reds. Lyles lost out on a rotation spot after…

  18. Delmon Young could be back with the Tigers as soon as Tuesday

    Apr 28, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young‘s stint on the restricted list could be a brief one. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said this afternoon that Young could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday if he is cleared following an evaluation by MLB. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that doctors…

  19. Shin-Soo Choo out through at least Tuesday with hamstring injury

    Apr 28, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Shin-Soo Choo is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game this afternoon as he continues to nurse left hamstring tightness. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he won’t return until at least Tuesday when the Indians open a series against the White Sox. Choo was originally scheduled to test…

  20. Mike Trout is in the Angels’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Apr 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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    The Angels have dropped five straight games and currently sit in last place in the American League West with a 6-14 record, so they are hoping the newly-promoted Mike Trout can provide a much-needed spark for their lineup. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Trout will bat leadoff and play left field this afternoon…

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