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  1. Report: Lance Berkman has a torn ACL, may consider retirement

    May 21, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    This is bad news and, if confirmed today, could spell the end of Lance Berkman‘s career. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals’ “early diagnosis” is that Lance Berkman has suffered a torn ACL.  An MRI will be performed today to confirm. Berkman was injured on Saturday night at Dodger…

  2. Bryce Harper on Phillies fans: “Hopefully they don’t throw batteries at me”

    May 21, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Before we get to Bryce Harper’s quote, something Cole Hamels said to Bob Nightengale of USA Today regarding the Nationals and Harper is wroth some scrutiny: “Yeah, I accidentally stirred the pot,” Hamels told USA TODAY Sports. “It was unintentional. But that’s just the way it happens sometimes.” OK, now it’s unintentional? So … you…

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

    May 21, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    If I missed something important in one of these it’s because I was less plugged-in than usual yesterday. My daughter Mookie had her dance recital. Both ballet and jazz, which required me to sit through two (2)  separate shows. I kid you not: four hours of sitting in an auditorium to watch eight minutes of…

  4. Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy has career day with 7 RBI

    May 20, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Lucroy had never hit cleanup before being penciled in there against the Twins and Jason Marquis on Sunday. The Brewers might want to leave him there for a while. Lucroy hit his third and fourth homers of the season and drove in a career-high seven runs as part of a 16-4 rout of Minnesota.…

  5. Stephen Strasburg homers, leaves with biceps tightness

    May 20, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg had a very eventful day Sunday in the Nationals’ 9-3 win over the Orioles. He hit his first big-league homer off Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen, but he left the game after five innings with some biceps tightness. ”I don’t care who it was, if I find out they have tightness, they’re out”‘ manager Davey…

  6. Vance Worley will likely need offseason elbow surgery

    May 20, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Phillies right-hander Vance Worley was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with what was described as “soreness” in his right elbow. He’s expected to return in a couple weeks, but the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb reports that an ultrasound and MRI taken recently revealed bone chips that could require offseason surgery. “Man up,”…

  7. Max Scherzer fans MLB-season high 15 in victory

    May 20, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    It wasn’t quite a near no-hitter, but Max Scherzer became the first pitcher this season to strike out 15 batters Sunday in a victory over the Pirates. Scherzer allowed two runs in seven innings in the game. Tigers pitchers struck out 17 in all. This year’s previous high strikeout game belonged to Anibal Sanchez, who…

  8. Mark Ellis out at least six weeks after emergency fasciotomy

    May 20, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Mark Ellis had to undergo an emergency fasciotomy Saturday to relieve pressure in his left leg after being upended by the Cardinals’ Tyler Greene while attempting to turn a double play on Friday night. He made it through the procedure fine but will be sidelined “at least six weeks” according to beat man Dylan Hernandez…

  9. Cardinals place Lance Berkman on disabled list, call up first base prospect Matt Adams

    May 20, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Cardinals placed Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon with a right knee injury and purchased the contract of first base prospect Matt Adams from Triple-A Memphis. Berkman was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Dodgers after stretching awkwardly at first base to grab a throw from…

  10. Brandon McCarthy hits disabled list with shoulder strain

    May 20, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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    A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy was scratched from a scheduled outing earlier this month due to right shoulder discomfort. He’s made two starts since then, including a 10-strikeout gem against the Tigers, but that shoulder issue is still barking. The A’s threw McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning, according to the club’s official Twitter…

  11. Jordan Schafer out until Wednesday with leg strain

    May 20, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    Astros manager Brad Mills told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that outfielder Jordan Schafer is out until Wednesday because of a strained leg muscle. Schafer suffered the injury Saturday after running into teammate Justin Maxwell while trying to run down a David Murphy line drive. The ball got past both of them and resulted in an inside-the-park…

  12. Omar Infante flies to Venezuela following grandfather’s death

    May 20, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Marlins second baseman Omar Infante was scratched from the Marlins’ lineup Sunday against the Indians and placed on a flight to Venezuela after recieving news that his grandfather had died. This according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Infante, 30, has posted a .326/.357/.568 batting line, six home runs and 20 RBI in 140 plate…

  13. Indians closer Chris Perez will do his part to improve attendance in Cleveland

    May 20, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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    “Guys don’t want to come over here and people wonder why,” Indians closer Chris Perez told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram after Saturday’s defeat of the Marlins, attended by just over 29,000 fans. “Why doesn’t Carlos Beltran want to come over here? Well, because of that. That’s part of it. It doesn’t go unnoticed—trust us. That’s definitely…

  14. The Reds are making Aroldis Chapman their closer

    May 20, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

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    Sean Marshall has surrendered 22 hits and eight earned runs in 14 1/3 innings this year, struggling to solidify the Reds’ ninth-inning role. So changes are being considered at the end of the Cincinnati ‘pen. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds manager Dusty Baker spoke Saturday “about switching Aroldis Chapman into the…

  15. Chien-Ming Wang will pitch out of the bullpen upon return

    May 20, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang sits in the dugout with teammates during their MLB exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Washington

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson told Amanda Comak of the Washington Times on Saturday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will pitch out of the bullpen when he’s cleared to return (sometime next week) from his badly-strained left hamstring. Wang has been making starts in the minors and has appeared in relief only five times in his MLB…

  16. Marlins lose Emilio Bonifacio to sprained left thumb

    May 20, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Miami Marlins

    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins have placed outfielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19, because of a sprained left thumb. Chris Coghlan was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Bonifacio suffered the injury Friday night while trying to steal…

  17. Lance Berkman leaves game with serious-looking knee injury

    May 20, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    The Cardinals are suddenly taking punches. First baseman Lance Berkman had to be helped off the field Saturday night at Dodger Stadium after losing his balance while stretching for a throw from shortstop Rafael Furcal. It appeared that his right knee buckled under him, and he was clearly in pain as he carefully made his…

  18. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 20, 2012, 8:24 AM EDT

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    The Orioles picked up their fifth consecutive victory on Saturday night, besting the regional-rival Nationals by a score of 6-5 in front of the second-largest crowd in the short history of Nationals Park. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones led the way, blasting his 14th home run of the season while collecting his 28th and 29th…

  19. Chris Perez rips Indians fans for poor attendance and booing

    May 19, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

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    This probably won’t go over too well in Cleveland. According to Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Indians closer Chris Perez went on a bit of a rant after Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the Marlins about the lack of support this year at Progressive Field. And the fact that he’s been booed at home during…

  20. Blue Jays place Adam Lind on outright waivers

    May 19, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Blue Jays placed first baseman Adam Lind on outright waivers Friday, no more than 24 hours after optioning the 28-year-old to Triple-A Las Vegas. Lind is free to be claimed by any other major league team, but that club would have to take on the $8.5…

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