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  1. Damon makes early exit from Indians debut Wednesday because of “general cramping”

    May 2, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

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    From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes word that new Indians left fielder Johnny Damon made a premature exit from Wednesday’s game against the White Sox due to what is being described as “general cramping.” Damon officially joined the Indians on Tuesday and was making his Cleveland debut tonight. The 38-year-old finished 0-for-3 with a…

  2. Jeff Suppan goes five scoreless in spot start with Padres

    May 2, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

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    Veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan bounced around between a few different minor league systems in 2011 and had surrendered nine runs (on 17 hits) in 6 2/3 innings through his first two starts this season at Triple-A Tuscon. So it was a shock when the Padres announced Tuesday that they were calling him up for a…

  3. Rockies demote righty Jhoulys Chacin and his 7.30 ERA

    May 2, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

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    Jhoulys Chacin posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 in 333-plus innings between 2010-2011, becoming one of the only reliable members of an ever-fluctuating Colorado starting rotation. But the good times have suddenly come to a screeching halt for the 24-year-old Rockies right-hander. Chacin allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings…

  4. Dodgers “nearing deal” with free agent Bobby Abreu

    May 2, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman brings word on the budding market for Bobby Abreu, who was released by the Angels last week: #dodgers are in serious talks w/ abreu. not done deal, as details need to be worked out. sev other teams showing interest 2 — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 3, 2012 Abreu is still earning…

  5. Diamondbacks unsure on Vladimir Guerrero after tryout

    May 2, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks held a workout for free agent Vladimir Guerrero on Monday in the Dominican. It’s Tuesday night and they haven’t announced a deal, so the safe guess is Arizona isn’t interested. And while GM Kevin Towers didn’t completely rule the whole thing out Wednesday in a conversation with the Arizona Republic‘s Nick Piecoro, he did…

  6. Ryan Zimmerman not expected to return before Tuesday

    May 2, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT

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    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (sore right shoulder) told reporters on Tuesday that he is aiming to return from the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday night’s game against the division rival Phillies. But it’s just not going to happen. According to beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider, manager Davey Johnson…

  7. Clayton Kershaw gives up three homers for first time

    May 2, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

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    It was bombs away off Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday, as the Rockies hit three homers off the Cy Young Award winner on their way to an 8-5 win. The red-hot Carlos Gonzalez hit the first and last of those homers, with Wilin Rosario supplying a shot in the middle. Kershaw had allowed just the two…

  8. Jim Tracy gives Matt Kemp the Barry Bonds treatment

    May 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    And it backfired. Matt Kemp, the NL player of the month for April, hadn’t been intentionally walked all season before Colorado manager Jim Tracy gave him two free passes today. It was the second of those that was truly surprising, though: Kemp was put on as the tying run with a man on first and…

  9. Chris Johnson powers Astros with two homers, six RBI

    May 2, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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    Chris Johnson entered Wednesday without a homer in 86 at-bats, but he took Chris Schwinden deep in each of his first two plate appearances today to lead the Astros to an 8-1 win over the Mets. Johnson drove in five runs with the two homers and later added a sixth RBI on a single on…

  10. Reds sign reliever Michael Wuertz to minor-league deal

    May 2, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Michael Wuertz held a tryout for teams in mid-March, but the consensus at the time was that the right-hander wasn’t fully healthy yet after missing much of last season with a thumb injury. Two months later he finally found a taker, as Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN reports that the Reds have signed Wuertz to a…

  11. Holy neighborhood play, Batman! Tim Welke blows a call badly

    May 2, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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    You often see an umpire call the runner out even though the first baseman steps away from the bag a bit after fielding the throw. Or especially on plays at second base where a middle infielder’s good faith effort to prevent having his legs broken results in an “out” call even if he doesn’t touch…

  12. Mat Gamel diagnosed with torn ACL, season may be over

    May 2, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: General manager Doug Melvin announced that Gamel has a torn ACL, which likely means season-ending surgery. Very tough break for a player who waited to get his shot. ========== Mat Gamel left yesterday’s game after injuring his right knee chasing a foul ball and now Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers first…

  13. Red Sox put Kevin Youkilis on DL, call up Will Middlebrooks

    May 2, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Still no word on the official roster move involved, but manager Bobby Valentine just said on WEEI radio that Middlebrooks will be in the starting lineup tonight. UPDATE #2: Youkilis has been placed on the DL after saying he was at least 3-4 more days from being game ready, leaving Middlebrooks as the new…

  14. The Red Sox sign Mark Prior to a minor league deal

    May 2, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    It’s been nearly six years since Mark Prior threw a pitch in the majors. And since that time a number of teams have kicked the tires on him. He threw 12 minor league innings for the Yankees last year and that was mildly promising.  But really, is anyone expecting him to ever pitch in a…

  15. Padres place Cory Luebke on disabled list with sore elbow

    May 2, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Jeff Suppan (yes, that Jeff Suppan) is filling in for Cory Luebke tonight and the Padres left-hander will miss a total of at least two starts after the team placed him on the disabled list today. Luebke has a sore elbow, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the Padres “are encouraged…

  16. The Royals beat Justin Verlander? Of course they did.

    May 2, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re one of the worst teams in baseball. You are starting a guy with a 6.75 ERA who has walked more dudes than he has struck out.  You’re facing the defending AL Central champs with the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP on the mound.  How’s it gonna turn…

  17. Aaron Cook will start in place of Josh Beckett on Saturday

    May 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Boston had to call up Aaron Cook from Triple-A or risk the veteran right-hander opting out of his minor-league contract and Josh Beckett‘s sore lat muscle provides an easy solution. Beckett has been scratched from his scheduled Saturday start against the Orioles and manager Bobby Valentine announced that Cook will join the team in time…

  18. The Dodgers new owners say hello

    May 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers new owners took out a full page ad/open letter to fans in the L.A. Times today. My favorite part is when they reference the old Dodgers players. Though really, you had best name-check Pedro Guerrero, because he was awesome. Anyway, this is it: Dear Dodger Fans, As the new owners of the Dodgers,…

  19. Willie Mays Aikens: “Every day, every game of the World Series…I snorted cocaine”

    May 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    For those unfamiliar, Willie Mays Aikens used to play first base for the Kansas City Royals.  He first came to most people’s attention when he had a breakout performance in the 1980 World Series. He later came to people’s attention in 1983 when he Willie Wilson, Vida Blue, and Jerry Martin of the Kansas City Royals were convicted…

  20. Mike Trout is really, really fast

    May 2, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Mike Trout isn’t the fastest man in baseball because that honor likely goes to Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, but the Angels phenom is still pretty damn fast. How fast, exactly? Last night Trout beat out a bunt down the third base line despite Twins third baseman Danny Valencia playing him to bunt and did so…

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