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  1. Francisco Liriano could be bullpen bound after latest loss

    Apr 22, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

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    While the Twins weren’t ready to reveal their exact plans, they said after Sunday’s loss to the Rays that they’d “take a step back” with Francisco Liriano after he gave up five runs and fell to 0-3 on the season. Liriano, who had an outstanding spring after tuning up in winter ball, is 0-3 with…

  2. Jon Jay returns to St. Louis for tests on shoulder

    Apr 22, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay was said to be day-to-day after running into the Busch Stadium outfield wall on Thursday afternoon. But it is not a certainty that he’s going to avoid the disabled list. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jay was sent back to St. Louis before Sunday’s game in…

  3. Red Sox skip Daniel Bard after rainout

    Apr 22, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

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    Daniel Bard is headed back to the Red Sox bullpen, but only for a couple of days. The Red Sox announced plans to skip Bard after his scheduled start Sunday night against the Yankees was rained out. Jon Lester will stay on schedule and start Monday. The decision isn’t likely to result in any save…

  4. Rangers beat Tigers thanks to blown call

    Apr 22, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

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    Aided by a blown call that gave Texas a run in the top of the 11th, the Rangers edged the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday to claim the four-game series and maintain the game’s best record at 13-3. The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the 11th versus reliever Thad Weber, who was making…

  5. Yankees @ Red Sox, Giants @ Mets, & Marlins @ Nationals called off because of rain

    Apr 22, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

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    There will be no Sunday Night Baseball. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that this evening’s series finale between the Yankees and Red Sox has been postponed due to rainy conditions around Boston’s Fenway Park. The Giants and Mets and the Marlins and Nationals also had the day off as nasty weather set in…

  6. Kyle Blanks needs season-ending shoulder surgery

    Apr 22, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Kyle Blanks‘ 2012 season is already over. According to beat writer Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the 25-year-old corner outfielder needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will not return to action this year. Blanks made just six plate appearances for the Padres this season, tallying one hit,…

  7. A’s claim Luke Hughes off waivers from Twins

    Apr 22, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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    From LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes word that the A’s have claimed infielder Luke Hughes off waivers from the Twins. Hughes — a native of Perth, Australia — was designated for assignment by Minnesota last week after batting just .200/.182/.200 with four strikeouts through his first 11 plate appearances this season.…

  8. Diamondbacks acquire infielder Josh Bell from Orioles

    Apr 22, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles traded third baseman Josh Bell to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Bell was a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2005 and has made it twice into Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospect rankings.…

  9. Red Sox, Cardinals again “reaching out” to Roy Oswalt

    Apr 22, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday in the first part of his weekly “Full Count” video that the Red Sox and Cardinals are among the teams with renewed interest in free agent Roy Oswalt. The 34-year-old righty has been throwing regular bullpen sessions in anticipation of joining a team at some point this summer. Whether…

  10. Matt Kemp’s nine homers in 15 games set Dodgers record

    Apr 22, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Matt Kemp set a franchise record for home runs through 15 games with his ninth of the season to back up a solid outing by Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers got a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. The Dodgers have been around (in…

  11. Adrian Beltre undergoing MRI on hamstring Monday

    Apr 22, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre made an early exit from the first half of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Tigers after suffering a strained left hamstring while running the bases. The Rangers seem confident that Beltre will avoid the disabled list, but the 33-year-old missed five weeks last season because of hamstring issues and so…

  12. Freddy Sanchez to begin playing rehab games Monday

    Apr 22, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Via Spencer Fordin, contributor to MLB.com: The Giants announced Saturday that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment Monday with Class A San Jose in the hope that he will be able to perform defensively by the middle of the week. Sanchez will be limited to DH duties initially as he continues…

  13. Picture of the Day: Philip Humber admires his perfecto

    Apr 22, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

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    From the official Twitter feed of the Chicago White Sox comes this classic shot of right-hander Philip Humber reflecting on his accomplishment in front of the scoreboard at Seattle’s Safeco Field:

  14. Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos placed on disabled list

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Vinnie Duber comes word that the Blue Jays placed closer Sergio Santos on the 15-day disabled list late Saturday night due to inflammation in the right-hander’s throwing shoulder. “He didn’t feel quite right in that save situation last night,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said after Saturday’s 9-5 victory over the Royals. “And…

  15. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 22, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates finally got a look at offseason acquisition A.J. Burnett on Saturday in Pittsburgh. And they had to be pretty pleased with what they saw. Burnett loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning, but he wiggled out of that jam with two strikeouts and a lineout, and wound…

  16. A minor leaguer is about to get hit over the head with MLB’s new social media policy

    Apr 21, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Oops. Seth Stohs informs me that Williams was released by the Twins before the season began. So I guess he can get beat over the head if and when some other team signs him. 11:03 PM: Look, I may want to know “why are there so many gay n***** these days,” and YOU may…

  17. Postgame drama in Boston: Bobby V part of closed-door meeting, players refuse to talk

    Apr 21, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

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    The home clubhouse at Fenway Park was not the most relaxing of places Saturday evening after the Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead to the Yankees in an eventual 15-9 loss, falling to 4-10 on the year. “I think we’ve hit bottom,” first-year Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said in his postgame chat. “That’s what…

  18. D’Backs place Daniel Hudson (shoulder) on disabled list

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee isn’t the only ailing front-line starter. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a shoulder impingement. Jonathan Albaledejo, a right-handed reliever, was recalled from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move. The Snakes recently lost center fielder Chris Young for a…

  19. Cliff Lee lands on disabled list with left oblique strain

    Apr 21, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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    From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Daily News comes word that the Phillies have placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, because of a left oblique strain. Joe Savery, a left-handed reliever, has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Kyle Kendrick will start…

  20. The Mets win a weird one

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

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    The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 this afternoon, but whether anyone actually deserved to win, well, that’s up for debate. The Mets certainly appeared to be in control entering the top of the ninth, as Frank Francisco was handed a 4-1 lead after Mike Pelfrey tossed eight innings of one-run ball. However, Francisco was pulled…

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