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  1. Matt Kemp: “I’m definitely not going on the DL”

    May 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp aggravated his troublesome hamstring yesterday and he was frustrated about it.  He’s going to have an MRI today to see how bad it is.  While Don Mattingly says that the DL is a possibility, Kemp doesn’t seem to think it’s that bad: “I’m definitely not going on the DL; that’s not going to…

  2. The Mets are poised to offer David Wright a long term deal

    May 14, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal says that the Mets are planning on offering David Wright a long term deal this summer. There have been some rumblings of contract talks between Wright and the Mets, but nothing concrete has been reported. Lots of “the Mets really like, Wright and want him to be the…

  3. Holy Ryan Braun precedent, Batman! Another PED suspension is overturned

    May 14, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    As I said several times, Ryan Braun didn’t get off on a “technicality.” The arbitrator felt that the flaw in his testing procedure was significant. So significant that a positive test result could not be trusted and his suspension had to be thrown out. But can we say that Eliezer Alfonso got off on a…

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

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

  5. Dale Sveum wants Alfonso Soriano to use a smaller bat

    May 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano‘s bat isn’t in the best shape of its life. Manager Dale Sveum thinks it needs to lose a few ounces. “The fact of the matter is fastballs are getting too deep,” manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. “Whatever it is, it’s just a strange phenomenon right now that Edwin Maysonet has more home runs…

  6. Johnny Damon makes his Hall of Fame case

    May 13, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    There aren’t many players who would willingly cite their own statistics in advocating their Hall of Fame case. But there aren’t many players like Johnny Damon. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times asked Damon whether he feels he’s worthy of Cooperstown prior to Friday’s game: “Yeah,” he responded. “I think even if you look…

  7. Joey Votto: solo homer, solo homer, walkoff grand slam

    May 13, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

    Joey Votto, Jesus Flores

    Let’s see Josh Hamilton match this one. Already with two solo homers on the day, Joey Votto hit a walkoff grand slam off Henry Rodriguez to give the Reds a 9-6 win over the Nationals on Sunday. It was just the second homer to a left-handed batter allowed by Rodriguez in 112 2/3 career innings.…

  8. Red Sox replace Derek Lowe’s stolen World Series ring

    May 13, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    With the Cleveland Indians in town for a series at Fenway Park, Red Sox owners John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner presented Derek Lowe with a new 2004 World Series ring Saturday to replace the one he had stolen from his Fort Myers home last month. “You know me, I can talk,” Lowe said.…

  9. Matt Kemp aggravates hammy, Andre Ethier gets ejected

    May 13, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers’ big guns left it to Bobby Abreu and A.J. Ellis to do the damage in an 11-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday. Matt Kemp left prior to the fourth inning after tweaking his sore left hamstring, and Andre Ethier was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a called strike three. Kemp…

  10. Braves sweep away Lance Lynn’s winning streak

    May 13, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    Cardinals starter Lance Lynn is unbeaten no longer. He gave up three runs in six innings to take a loss Sunday as the Braves completed a three-game sweep in St. Louis. Tommy Hanson was the winner today in a 7-4 game. Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig homered for the Cardinals. Lynn had been 6-0 with…

  11. Jeff Francoeur is on the board!

    May 13, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson, Jeff Francoeur

    And Robin Ventura still seems out of his element. Jeff Francoeur finally hit his first homer Sunday, taking Nate Jones deep in the eighth inning as part of the Royals’ 9-1 win over the White Sox. The homer came in his 124th at-bat of the season. Francoeur last year hit 20 homers in 601 at-bats.…

  12. Daisuke Matsuzaka scheduled for just two more rehab starts

    May 13, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    matsuzaka getty

    According to ESPNBoston.com, the Red Sox now have a timetable for Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s return: The right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2011, is scheduled to start for the PawSox on May 17 and May 22 before his rehab assignment expires on May 23. If all goes well in those…

  13. Dan Wheeler gets quick boot after giving up six runs on Sunday

    May 13, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Dan Wheeler

    Sunday’s game was barely in the books when the Indians gave Dan Wheeler the old heave-ho this afternoon, designating the 34-year-old right-hander for assignment. Of course, the team did have some time to think about it down 12-1 to the Red Sox in the eighth and ninth innings today. Wheeler took over with the Indians…

  14. Giancarlo Stanton hits walkoff grand slam versus Mets

    May 13, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    The Marlins have had some big ninth-inning struggles this season. Today, they turned the tables on the Mets. Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff grand slam as part of a six-run bottom of the ninth as the Marlins topped the Mets 8-4. The game was tied 2-2 entering the ninth when the Mets rallied for two…

  15. Kevin Millwood notches 2,000th strikeout in beating Yankees

    May 13, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    One could stump a lot of people with this question: who is the active leader in strikeouts among right-handed pitchers? It will soon by Roy Halladay, who stands at 1,980, but for now, Kevin Millwood is tops. The Mariners veteran fanned six Yankees in a 6-2 win Sunday, upping his career total from 1,998 to…

  16. Andy Pettitte allows four runs in return to major leagues

    May 13, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Andy Pettitte took the mound Sunday at Yankee Stadium for the first time since October 18, 2010. What followed was a good but not great reunion. After opening with 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Mariners, Pettitte surrendered a walk to Jesus Montero with two outs in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak…

  17. Brian Fuentes taking over A’s ninth-inning role

    May 13, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    brian fuentes getty

    Another day, another new closer in MLB. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s manager Bob Melvin announced late Saturday night that veteran lefty Brian Fuentes will take over as the team’s new ninth-inning man. Grant Balfour, who is sporting a 4.41 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio through 16 1/3 innings this…

  18. Picture of the Day: Ian Stewart honors the moms in his life

    May 13, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    ian stewart mothers day

    Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart will pay tribute to his mom, wife and mother-in-law during Sunday’s game against the Brewers with this pink wrist band. You’ll see all sorts of pink bats, cleats and gloves around the majors today as part of MLB’s Going To Bat program, which raises money for breast cancer research.

  19. Yankees call up Andy Pettitte for first start since 2010

    May 13, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    pettitte getty

    It’s Mother’s Day, sure. But it’s also Andy Pettitte Day. As expected, the Bombers have promoted the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will start him on Sunday afternoon in their series-finale with the Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Cody Eppley was optioned to the minor leagues on Sunday morning to open a 25-man roster spot…

  20. Cardinals activate Lance Berkman from disabled list

    May 13, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    berkman getty

    From B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest comes word that the Cardinals have activated first baseman Lance Berkman from the 15-day DL and are hitting him fifth in Sunday’s series-finale against the Braves. Diminutive outfielder Shane Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding roster move. Berkman, who was sidelined for around three weeks…

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