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  1. Nick Johnson homers, steals base, retains limbs

    May 11, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    I’m really pretty happy to see Nick Johnson back in the majors. The 33-year-old Johnson had his best game of the season Friday in a win over the Rays, going 2-for-2 with a homer, a walk and a stolen base as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 4-3. It was his first homer of the season. Credit…

  2. Red Sox acquire Scott Podsednik from the Phillies

    May 11, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik Getty

    As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Red Sox have acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Phillies for cash considerations. Podsednik will report to Triple-A Pawtucket and Rosenthal notes that he retains the right to opt out of his contract if he’s not in the majors by June 1. Podsednik, 36, didn’t…

  3. Adam Dunn has already equaled his home run total from last season

    May 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    Adam Dunn just did it again. The resurgent slugger connected for a solo blast off right-hander Felipe Paulino in the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Royals. With that, he already has 11 home runs through 139 plate appearances this year after hitting just 11 over 496 plate appearances during his miserable first…

  4. Kendrys Morales sidelined with sore left Achilles’ tendon

    May 11, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales Getty

    According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Kendrys Morales is not in Angels’ starting lineup tonight due to soreness in his left Achilles’ tendon. Morales, who missed a year and a half with a broken left ankle, said his Achilles has bothered him for the past three or four days. He was concerned…

  5. Ozzie Guillen is ready to give the Marlins’ closer job back to Heath Bell

    May 11, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Heath Bell Getty

    The Marlins removed Heath Bell from the closer role last week after he blew his fourth save in seven chances, but Ozzie Guillen already appears ready to give him another shot. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, after Guillen was asked this afternoon whether the next save chance would go to Steve…

  6. Marlins catcher Brett Hayes gets scare from gunman

    May 11, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Brett Hayes

    Driving in South Florida with his wife on the Marlins’ off day Thursday, catcher Brett Hayes got one of the scares of his life, as a man with a handgun approached his car from the median. Traffic had stopped because of an incident further up the road. Unbeknownst to Hayes at the time, the man…

  7. Angels and Nationals should consider a smaller trade

    May 11, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Alberto Callaspo

    Many are trying to set the Nationals up with Peter Bourjos after they lost another starting outfielder to injury in Jayson Werth over the weekend. That’d be nice and all, but the artillery is lacking to pull it off. Instead, I’m thinking about a smaller deal here, if the two teams have in fact talked:…

  8. Chris Sale moving back into rotation, will start Saturday

    May 11, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Seven days after announcing that they were shifting him from the rotation into the closer’s role, the White Sox revealed today that Chris Sale will start Saturday’s game against the Royals. The original move was made by the White Sox field staff, but Sale lobbied GM Ken Williams to remain in the rotation and will…

  9. The New York Times is out of the Red Sox business

    May 11, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    New York Times

    The struggling New York Times Co. netted itself $63 million this week by selling its remaining shares of Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns the Red Sox, most of NESN and Liverpool in the English Premier League. A Times spokesman was unwilling to comment on the buyer. The New York Times also owns the…

  10. Josh Beckett: “I don’t want to be part of a reality show”

    May 11, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Josh Beckett spoke to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com and responded to the recent groundswell of criticism from fans and media members regarding his performance and golfing habits. The full interview is definitely worth reading, but here’s a particularly interesting excerpt about all the drama: I don’t want to be part of a reality show. If…

  11. Yankees activate Eric Chavez from DL, send Eduardo Nunez to minors

    May 11, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Eduardo Nunez has struggled defensively at every position he’s tried for the Yankees, which recently includes starts in left field for the first time in his professional career. That has limited his playing time despite a decent .728 OPS and today the Yankees decided he’d be better off starting regularly at Triple-A, demoting him to…

  12. David Ortiz uninjured in multicar accident

    May 11, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz was unharmed after being involved in a mulitcar accident on Boylston Street while traveling to Friday’s game at Fenway Park. He remains in the lineup at designated hitter. An eyewitness told Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston that Ortiz suffered some damage to the left side of his Audi R8 and that the car…

  13. Lance Berkman not ready to return from disabled list

    May 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    Lance Berkman had hoped to return from his calf injury today, but general manager John Mozeliak just announced that the Cardinals first baseman is not ready to come off the disabled list. Berkman got off to a great start this season, but has been dealing with the injury since April 10. He played through it…

  14. Ronny Cedeno is off the DL and in the Mets’ lineup

    May 11, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno

    When the Mets lost Ruben Tejada to a quadriceps strain earlier this week they had to turn to Justin Turner and Jordany Valdespin at shortstop because utility man Ronny Cedeno was on the disabled list with an intercostal strain of his own. Cedeno is now off the DL and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York…

  15. Everth Cabrera was arrested for alleged domestic violence

    May 11, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Everth Cabrera is hitting .325 with 13 steals at Triple-A, so what’s keeping the Padres from calling up the 25-year-old former big leaguer for some middle infield help? Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that Cabrera was arrested during spring training and charged with misdemeanor assault for an alleged domestic violence incident. According…

  16. Twins prospect Miguel Sano started near-brawl by ‘pimping’ his game-winning homer

    May 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    pimpin aint easy

    Happy birthday to Twins top prospect Miguel Sano, who turned 19 years old today and is hitting .303 with 10 homers, 20 walks, and a 1.072 OPS in 33 games at low Single-A. One of those homers was a game-winner last week against the Angels’ affiliate in the Midwest League and the benches cleared because,…

  17. Marlins Park has sorta gotten into Giancarlo Stanton’s head

    May 11, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    At least it sounds like it based on his conversation with Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel: “Subconsciously, you see that big ballpark, you swing and try to put a little more into it. That’s what you’ve got to stay away from,” Stanton said this week in Houston.  “Guys like me and Gaby [Sanchez] and [John Buck],…

  18. Mark DeRosa aggravated his oblique injury high-fiving Bryce Harper

    May 11, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Mark DeRosa is on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and manager Davey Johnson revealed that he may have aggravated the injury high-fiving Bryce Harper. Seriously. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details: DeRosa’s progress returning from a strained left oblique muscle was stunted in an odd way, Johnson said. As…

  19. Agent “extremely concerned” with how the White Sox are handling Chris Sale

    May 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    First the White Sox moved Chris Sale from the bullpen to the rotation, then they moved him back to the bullpen after five starts, and most recently they allowed him to pitch with a sore elbow that eventually led to an MRI exam. Meanwhile, Sale has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to…

  20. Robbie Ross doesn’t read the Rangers’ memos

    May 11, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Or: great moments in sartorial splendor: Left-hander Robbie Ross initially had no idea that he was wearing a gray Rangers jersey in Game 2 of the doubleheader Thursday night when he started to warm up in the Rangers’ bullpen during the eighth inning. But his fellow relievers, the TV broadcast crews from both teams and…

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