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  1. Vance Worley scratched due to sore elbow

    May 15, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Vance Worley

    The Phillies will have to find themselves a new starter for Wednesday’s game. Vance Worley was scratched because of a sore right elbow, it was revealed Tuesday afternoon. A replacement wasn’t announced, but Kyle Kendrick is expected to get the ball. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that Joe Savery is likely to join the Phillies and…

  2. Jose Valverde exits Tigers game with lower back tightness

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers asked Jose Valverde to finish a 10-6 game against the White Sox on Thursday, but he was forced to leave with two outs due to lower back tightness. Valverde retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to Paul Konerko and a double to A.J. Pierzynski. He left mid-at-bat…

  3. Sounds like someone put Icy-Hot in Stephen Strasburg’s jock

    May 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    No, that’s not some metaphor. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com tweets from Davey Johnson’s postgame presser: As if 1st inn wasn’t strange enough for Strasburg, Davey also said he got “hot stuff in the wrong place.” Strasburg wouldn’t talk about it. — Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 15, 2012 The insinuation from Davey: Somebody put something like…

  4. Kevin Youkilis to begin rehab stint tomorrow at Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Kevin Youkilis‘ minor-league rehab assignment will start tomorrow at Triple-A, according to Joseph McDonald of ESPN Boston. Youkilis, who’s been out since April 27 with a back injury and struggled before being shut down, is scheduled to be in Pawtucket’s lineup at designated hitter and get three at-bats. Barring a setback he’ll then play defense…

  5. The Athletics announce Manny Ramirez will debut on May 30

    May 15, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    We talked about his return this morning, but this afternoon the A’s put an exact date on it: Manny Ramirez will debut on May 30 against the Twins in Minnesota. That’s the first day he’s eligible to come back, so the A’s obviously think he’s ready. Word is that he’ll hit either fourth or fifth…

  6. Twins activating Justin Morneau from DL, demote Chris Parmelee to Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau‘s injured wrist must have felt pretty good after his batting practice session, because the Twins announced that he’ll be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow night’s game. To clear room on the roster Minnesota demoted Chris Parmelee to Triple-A after the 24-year-old first baseman struggled when asked to jump from Double-A to…

  7. And no closer was ever used in a tie game on the road again

    May 15, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brad Mills

    I, and many others, chided Charlie Manuel last week over his decision to not use Jonathan Papelbon in tie games on the road. And not just Manuel. Most managers refuse to do it, elevating the save statistic above smart personnel deployment and causing their teams to lose games they didn’t have to lose by putting…

  8. Yankees place new closer David Robertson on disabled list with strained oblique

    May 15, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: After keeping Robertson active but unavailable for several days New York placed him on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, leaving Soriano to close for the near future. ========== David Robertson‘s attempt to replace Mariano Rivera as Yankees closer isn’t off to a great start. Robertson narrowly escaped a jam to record…

  9. The player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal is named

    May 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    mystery man

    And now your entry for “least interesting news of the day: The Cubs have acquire lefty Hunter Cervenka from Boston as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal. I’ve never heard of Cervenka. Guessing most people not related to him haven’t either. Heck, there are probably even some Cervenka cousins who are…

  10. Derek Lowe becomes first pitcher to throw a shutout without a strikeout since 2002

    May 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    Derek Lowe came into today’s start with a 5-1 record and 2.47 ERA despite totaling just 13 strikeouts in 44 innings, but what he did this afternoon is even more remarkable. Lowe tossed a complete-game shutout against the punchless Twins and did so without recording a strikeout. The last pitcher to throw a shutout without…

  11. Quote of the Day: An absolute sick burn on the Braves and MLB

    May 15, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Burn

    You may have seen a month or two ago that someone started selling red and blue t-shirts with the word “Barves” instead of “Braves.”  As most of those kinds of things go, it was kind of clever and it became fun to call the Braves the Barves on Twitter and stuff. And, as most of…

  12. Bryce Harper hit his first homer last night … and his second homer this afternoon

    May 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    It took 15 games for Bryce Harper to hit his first homer and less than 24 hours to go deep again, as the 19-year-old phenom homered off Padres starter Anthony Bass this afternoon. Harper now has two homers and six doubles in 58 at-bats, which is a pretty remarkable pace for extra-base hits. That works…

  13. MLB to announce tomorrow that the Mets are getting the 2013 All-Star Game

    May 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The worst-kept secret in baseball each year is where the following year’s All-Star Game will be held. People start reporting on it the year before that, for cryin’ out loud, and they’re always right. This year’s poorly-kept secret: that the 2013 All-Star Game will be at Citi Field. The official announcement comes tomorrow. It will…

  14. Jason Bay cleared for baseball activities, but not close to return from fractured rib

    May 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Three weeks ago Jason Bay suffered a non-displaced rib fracture that came with a 3-6 week recovery timetable and the Mets left fielder has now been cleared to resume baseball activities after being examined by team doctors yesterday. There’s still no specific timetable for his return and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Bay will…

  15. Because you need to read a short story about baseball in the year 2044

    May 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    In the year 2000

    What will baseball be like in the year 2044?  If you said “umpires will use jet-packs, there will be minor league teams in Siberia, third basemen will be left-handed, female spectators will wear witches hats, and ‘The Detroit Bengals’ will be the most powerful team in baseball,” then get out of Jim Moore’s head, because…

  16. Chien-Ming Wang to make at least one more rehab start

    May 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    I watched Chien-Ming Wang‘s latest minor-league rehab start yesterday on MLB Network and thought he looked pretty good in throwing eight innings at Triple-A, but not surprisingly the Nationals aren’t ready to welcome him back from the disabled list yet. For one thing Wang allowed four runs on 11 hits, which isn’t great even if…

  17. Great Moments in Prognosticating

    May 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    crystal ball

    Tweet from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, just before the Padres-Nationals game got underway: I have a feeling this is the day Stephen Strasburg will pitch a no-hitter. #Nats #Padres — William Ladson (@washingnats) May 15, 2012 Tweet from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, just after the top half of the first ended: #Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg threw 39…

  18. White Sox activate reliever Jesse Crain from disabled list

    May 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Crain_Jesse

    Chicago’s bullpen is in flux after the White Sox reversed their decision to make Chris Sale a closer, but the relief corps gets a boost today with Jesse Crain coming off the disabled list. Crain has been out since April 21 with a strained oblique muscle, but was pitching well before getting hurt and made…

  19. Manny Ramirez will be back soon. Gentlemen: start your narratives

    May 15, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Remember the first time Manny Ramirez got a drug suspension and then got all kinds of crap because he was allowed to go on a triple-A rehab assignment before the 50 games was up?  Yeah, it seems like a long time ago that people cared that much about what Manny did. He’s doing it again.…

  20. Cubs sign Dodgers castoff Mike MacDougal to minors deal

    May 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mike MacDougal has found a new team after being released by the Dodgers, signing a minor-league contract with the Cubs. MacDougal’s shiny 2.05 ERA last season masked unimpressive secondary numbers and he’s always struggled to consistently throw strikes, but for a minor-league deal he’s still worth a flier at age 35. He allowed five runs…

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