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  1. Adam Lind outrighted to Las Vegas

    May 31, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Adam Lind has been in triple-A Las Vegas, but he had remained on the 40-man roster, having merely been optioned. Not anymore, though: The Blue Jays announced today that they outrighted him, removing him from the 40-man.  There had been some dispute about that. Lind is currently killing the ball in Las Vegas, but he was doing…

  2. Nick Markakis out at least 3-4 weeks with broken hamate

    May 31, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Nick Markakis got a second opinion from a specialist after the initial X-rays on his injured wrist came back negative and the news isn’t good: Roch Kubatko of reports that Markakis has been diagnosed with a broken hamate bone. According to Kubatko he’s scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow and the Orioles are confident he’ll…

  3. UPDATE: The news on Doug Fister was not as bad as anticipated

    May 31, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Well, it seems the news wasn’t as bad as it could have been: No new injury for Doug Fister, just same costochondral strain. Trainer Kevin Rand said he’s “not anticipating” another month-long absence. — Jason Beck (@beckjason) May 31, 2012   5:00 PM: Doug Fister is back on the DL after having aggravated his…

  4. Dodgers call up hot-hitting Alex Castellanos from Triple-A

    May 31, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Dodgers prospect Alex Castellanos has been making a mockery of Triple-A, hitting .379 with a .476 on-base percentage and .759 slugging percentage in 22 games, and now he’s on his way to the majors. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are calling up Castellanos, who was acquired from the Cardinals…

  5. The Dbacks are willing to give a job to Brian Banks

    May 31, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Brian Banks, Leomia Myers, Jonathan Banks

    Brian Banks was a football player. He may be again if things break just right. But there’s also a chance his athletic career ended before it could even begin because he spent several years in prison serving time on a rape charge he didn’t commit. If the multiple invitations for tryouts with NFL teams he…

  6. Pirates set to release outfielder Nate McLouth

    May 31, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    As expected the Pirates couldn’t find a taker for Nate McLouth and his $1.75 million contract after designating him for assignment last week, so they’ve placed the veteran outfielder on release waivers. That means assuming no team claims him–and that’s highly unlikely–the Pirates will release McLouth and he’ll then be free to sign whatever type…

  7. Phil Garner, former Clemens teammates are testifying for the defense

    May 31, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    As the Roger Clemens case drags on, the defense is trying to dazzle the jury with star power!  Well, Phil Garner, Charlie O’Brien and other Clemens teammates anyway: Roger Clemens lost something off his fastball in his 40s but still succeeded by pitching smarter, his former manager testified today. “He continued to have great success,…

  8. David Robertson is still weeks away from rejoining Yankees

    May 31, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    David Robertson has been out since May 11 with a strained oblique muscle and today general manager Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees reliever is at least two weeks from potentially coming off the disabled list. Robertson was manager Joe Girardi’s initial choice to replace Mariano Rivera as closer,…

  9. Blowout clearance sale at Crazy Theo’s! Everything must go!!!

    May 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have basically put a price tag on everything except Jeff Samardzija and is accepting offers. Yes, even for Starlin Castro: The Cubs are letting teams know that nearly everyone but starter Jeff Samardzija is available, two high-ranking team officials told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because of…

  10. A’s demote struggling starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A

    May 31, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT


    Tyson Ross began the season with back-to-back Quality Starts, but he’s gone just 1-6 with a 7.34 ERA since then and yesterday’s ugly outing versus the last-place Twins was apparently the final straw, as the A’s demoted the 25-year-old right-hander to Triple-A. No corresponding roster move has been announced yet, but Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon…

  11. Hawk Harrelson took 16 Advil after his rant yesterday

    May 31, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Still loving Hawk Harrelson’s freakout following Jose Quintana’s ejection in yesterday’s White Sox-Rays game.  But maybe we should be less amused and have more sympathy, because as he told the hosts on 670 The Score this morning, his ravings left him in dire need of medication: How he feels about the rant now that it…

  12. Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

    May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger. It turns out, the answer was … nothing. Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29…

  13. Your complete 2012 throwback uniform guide

    May 31, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Over at UniWatch, Paul Lukas runs down all of the throwback uniform days from all of the teams this season. And I have to agree that it has been a stellar year for that. And a note: tomorrow the Astros are going with the old rainbow nightmare uniforms.  Don’t let anyone you know get too…

  14. Don’t let 20-year-old Mike Trout be overshadowed by 19-year-old Bryce Harper

    May 31, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout scores on a sacrifice fly with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin getting out of the way during the first inning of their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is getting all sorts of attention for doing things rarely done by 19-year-old hitters, and rightfully so, but Angels outfielder Mike Trout probably deserves a little more attention for doing things rarely done by 20-year-old hitters. Trout doubled and drove in two runs against the Yankees last night and is now…

  15. Oh, Henry! Nats reliever suffers a door injury

    May 31, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    This isn’t ironing a shirt while wearing it bad, but it is pretty random. Henry Rodriguez got an owie: After the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday, Manager Davey Johnson revealed Henry Rodriguez had slammed a bathroom door shut on his right index finger. Rodriguez played catch wearing a protective rubber covering over…

  16. Jason Hammel thinks the Blue Jays were stealing signs

    May 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Jason Hammel came into yesterday’s game with a 2.78 ERA and just three homers allowed in nine starts this season, but the Orioles right-hander served up four homers to the Blue Jays and afterward got about as close to accusing them of stealing signs as he could possibly get without actually doing it. Here’s what…

  17. Former Mets GM Jim Duquette is donating a kidney to his daughter

    May 31, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jim Duquette

    Jim Duquette once gave Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano. But now he’s giving up something even more valuable, and this time not one damn person is going to criticize him for it: Former Mets GM Jim Duquette, who now contributes part time to Mets radio broadcasts, will donate a kidney to his daughter Lindsey in…

  18. Rangers unsure which role Neftali Feliz will fill once healthy

    May 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz is expected to miss the remainder of the first half with a sprained elbow, so whenever Roy Oswalt is ready to join the Rangers there will be an open spot in the rotation waiting for him. As for what happens when Oswalt is starting every fifth day and Feliz is ready to return…

  19. Police question the woman found tied-up in Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room

    May 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The plot thickens in the weird Aroldis Chapman hotel robbery case. The woman who was found tied up in his room was questioned by police yesterday. And then she was released to her husband. Which is all well and good except: Mr. Chapman, a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher, told police that he and Ms. Manrique recently started…

  20. Except for one clunker start A.J. Burnett has been dominant for the Pirates

    May 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett‘s overall numbers are plenty good, as last night’s seven innings of one-run ball versus the Reds lowered his ERA to 3.60 in 50 innings. However, one terrible start against the Cardinals on May 2 accounts for 60 percent of the earned runs Burnett has allowed all season. Seriously. He coughed up 12 runs…

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