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  1. Cole Hamels suspended five games for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper

    May 7, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cole Hamels admitting that he intentionally plunked Bryce Harper yesterday has earned the Phillies left-hander a five-game suspension from MLB, along with an undisclosed fine. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo should be happy, as he called for Hamels to be suspended along with calling Hamels a whole bunch of names, including “classless” and “gutless” and…

  2. Mets place shortstop Ruben Tejada on disabled list

    May 7, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Tejada_Ruben

    Ruben Tejada left yesterday’s game after straining his right quadriceps muscle and today the Mets’ starting shortstop was placed on the disabled list. Utility man Ronny Cedeno was already on the DL, so Justin Turner is starting at shortstop tonight despite never starting there previously in the majors and having just 53 total games at…

  3. Giants reliever Guillermo Mota suspended 100 games for second positive PED test

    May 7, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    MLB has suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the San Francisco reliever’s second positive test for a performance enhancing drug. Mota first tested positive for a PED in 2006, receiving a 50-game suspension. This time he was found to be using Clenbuterol, which Kirk Radomski famously admitted to giving numerous big leaguers as part of…

  4. Orioles demote struggling starter Tommy Hunter to Triple-A

    May 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Tommy Hunter is a 25-year-old veteran of five big-league seasons with 61 starts and 372 innings in the majors, but today the Orioles demoted him to Triple-A. Hunter has struggled since Baltimore acquired him from Texas along with Chris Davis in exchange for Koji Uehara last July, throwing 105 innings with a 5.04 ERA and…

  5. Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez diagnosed with torn ACL

    May 7, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    For the second time in a week the Brewers have lost an everyday player to a torn ACL. First baseman Mat Gamel will miss the remainder of the season after blowing out his knee on May 2 and now shortstop Alex Gonzalez has been diagnosed with a torn ACL suffered Saturday. Season-ending surgery is likely,…

  6. Philip Humber has allowed 20 runs in 13 innings since his perfect game

    May 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    AP Phil Humber

    Whenever a non-ace throws a no-hitter there are always lots of articles wondering if they’ll build off that historic performance and suddenly become a significantly better pitcher. It’s sort of a silly notion to begin with, as if allowing zero hits as opposed to, say, two hits can drastically alter someone’s career. In the case…

  7. Royals prospect Wil Myers up to nine homers already

    May 7, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    It’s been an entirely disappointing year in Kansas City thus far, but there’s still talent in the system worth getting excited about. For instance, Wil Myers, who just homered in a second straight game for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday and is up to nine homers for the year. Myers is hitting .336/.390/.692 overall. The…

  8. Jayson Werth undergoes wrist surgery, expected to miss “at least 12 weeks”

    May 7, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Last night after Jayson Werth broke his wrist attempting a diving catch in right field the Nationals announced that he was expected to miss six weeks. Today he underwent surgery and Bill Ladson of MLB.com talked to a team source who said Werth “will be out for more than six weeks” and guessed that it…

  9. Is there any chance of Mariano Rivera returning this year?

    May 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Now that Mariano Rivera has said he plans to rehab his torn ACL and pitch next season the natural question is whether there’s any chance he could return this year. One recent example of a pitcher coming back from a torn ACL in the same season is Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers, who suffered the…

  10. Wladimir Balentien, Wily Mo Pena crushing the ball in Japan

    May 7, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    A pair of former major leaguers are topping the Japanese League leaderboards in the early going. Former Mariners and Reds outfielder Wladimir Balentin is hitting .333/.449/.729 with 12 homers and 24 RBI in 96 at-bats for the Yakult Swallows of the Central League. No one else in the six-team circuit has more than four homers…

  11. The man falsely accused of beating Bryan Stow speaks

    May 7, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Parole board mug shot of suspect Giovanni Ramirez

    We’re really good at noticing when someone is accused of something in this country, but we’re pretty bad at noticing when their name is cleared.  Such is the case with Giovanni Ramirez, who was arrested in connection with the beating of Bryan Stow last year but … didn’t do it. He’s a free man now,…

  12. Omar Vizquel is now the oldest shortstop in MLB history

    May 7, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Yesterday the Blue Jays gave Yunel Escobar his first day off this season and Omar Vizquel got the start at shortstop, making history by becoming the oldest player to ever appear at the position. Bobby Wallace held the previous mark by appearing in 12 games as a 44-year-old shortstop for the Cardinals in 1918, but…

  13. Wait, did Jon Heyman just accuse Andy Pettitte of perjury?

    May 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Last week a lot of people got it totally wrong about Andy Pettitte when they said that he changed his testimony on the stand during the Roger Clemens trial.  As I demonstrated with reference to Pettite’s actual 2008 testimony, Andy Pettitte did not change a thing about his testimony.  He was entirely consistent. Jon Heyman…

  14. A’s planning for Manny Ramirez’s return in three weeks

    May 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    manny st pats

    Manny Ramirez has kept a remarkably low profile while serving the first half of his 50-game suspension, but he’s now about three weeks away from being eligible to return and about two weeks from likely beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Ramirez is currently working out at extended spring training and his suspension ends on May…

  15. Doug Fister is rejoining the Tigers’ rotation tonight

    May 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    fister reuters

    Out since April 7 with a strained abdominal muscle, Doug Fister is slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight. And he’ll be facing his former team, the Mariners. The injury forced Fister to exit his season debut in the fourth inning, but after a month off he felt good…

  16. Mike Rizzo calls Cole Hamels “classless,” “gutless,” “chickens**t” and “fake tough”

    May 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post called Nats GM Mike Rizzo this morning. And Rizzo unloaded on Cole Hamels like a freakin’ battleship bombarding the coastline: Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo responded to Cole Hamels’ admission he drilled Bryce Harper on purpose last night in harsh terms, saying MLB should suspend Hamels and calling out Hamels as…

  17. Comment of the Day: If you’re gonna be Old School, be Old School

    May 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    hamels wide ap

    The Hamels stuff has been fun today.  The upshot, based on the comments: I’m a big wimp who never played baseball and I hate the Phillies and I should stop whining and Zimmerman did it too.  Which is what I expected.  I’m a big boy and can handle it.  Of course I still haven’t seen…

  18. Clay Buchholz and his 9.09 ERA will stay in the Red Sox’s rotation … for now

    May 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Our own Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about Clay Buchholz‘s struggles and wondered how much longer the Red Sox would leave him in the rotation. Buchholz failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday as his ERA rose to 9.09, but afterward manager Bobby Valentine told reporters: “I have no plans to change him…

  19. Some folks in Baltimore didn’t get to see the end of yesterday’s game

    May 7, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    old TV

    When you have a six hour ballgame in a three hour television slot, something has to give.  Usually it’s whatever is scheduled for after that slot.  But not in Baltimore yesterday: The Orioles used designated hitter Chris Davis to pitch the 16th and 17th, and he got the win after a 3-run home run by…

  20. UPDATE: I think the comments are fixed

    May 7, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Technical Difficulties

    UPDATE:  We think it’s fixed now. He said. 9:21 AM: Hey all — tons of you have noticed that comments threads that go more than one page are messed up right now, not letting you go back to the first page of comments. This, as they say, is a bug, not a feature.  We are…

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