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  1. Chad Tracy could miss entire season with torn groin muscle

    May 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Chad Tracy pulled up lame while running out a double Saturday, leaving the game in obvious pain, and it turns out the injury was a bad one. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Tracy suffered a torn groin muscle that will require surgery. He’ll miss at least 6-8 weeks and the 32-year-old veteran could be…

  2. Tigers demote longtime regular Ryan Raburn to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Ryan Raburn is 31 years old with 1,632 plate appearances and a .750 OPS in the majors, but a brutal start this season has him back at Triple-A. Detroit decided it had seen enough after Raburn hit just .146 with an ugly 35/8 K/BB ratio in 37 games split between second base and the outfield,…

  3. Terry Francona: master of seduction

    May 30, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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    This is a pretty darn Deadspin story, but since it comes from Deadspin, I suppose it’s understandable. If it’s not your bag, move along. Upshot: the separated Terry Francona has been sending “sexy” texts to a much younger woman. “Sexy” is in quotes because most people really wouldn’t consider a pic of Terry Francona with…

  4. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper thinks you should shut up about pitch counts

    May 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Chris Sale throwing 115 pitches in his dominant, 15-strikeout start Monday has led to some talk about whether the White Sox were smart to let him stay in the game that long considering it was his ninth career start and came just weeks after temporarily shifting him to the bullpen amid elbow problems. White Sox…

  5. People continue to talk about talking about a David Wright contract extension

    May 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    David Wright‘s inevitable extension with the Mets: everyone’s talking about it! Mid-April: Andy Martino reports that the Mets want Wright to be the “face of the franchise” and will talk to him about a contract extension this summer; Mid-May: Brian Costa reports that the Mets are planning on offering Wright a contract extension this summer; Last Night:…

  6. Travis Hafner on DL, out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    May 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Hafner will have his knee scoped tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the Indians announced. ========== Travis Hafner has missed the past six games with a sore right knee and this morning the Indians placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Scott Barnes from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.…

  7. Austin Jackson is going to be out longer than expected

    May 30, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is eligible to come off the DL this Friday, but it ain’t gonna happen: While Jackson remains in Detroit rehabbing with physical therapist Steve Scher, he isn’t ready for baseball activities and won’t do any until the Tigers return home and have their medical staff re-evaluate him Friday. That’s also…

  8. Wladimir Balentien gets in trouble for in-game tweeting

    May 30, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Former Mariner and Red Wladimir Balentien has 12 homers in only 45 games for the Yakult Swallows. But after a fast start that gave him those power numbers, he has slumped, going homerless in 50 straight at bats and seeing his average drop over a 100 points. So he tweeted about it, the other night.…

  9. Melky Cabrera has had a May to remember

    May 30, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    His April wasn’t that damn bad either. I don’t think it’s fair to say that most people thought the Giants lost the Jonathan Sanchez–Melky Cabrera trade with Kansas City. Some did. A lot of people thought it was even. Among those who thought the Giants won it, I think it was less about them getting…

  10. Dustin Pedroia has a torn thumb muscle, could miss 3-4 weeks

    May 30, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Dustin Pedroia sat for last night’s Red Sox-Tigers game due to a thumb injury. After the game, we learned what the injury actually was: Pedroia has torn abductor muscle in right thumb. Will try to hit with it tomorrow; if he can’t likely out 3-4 weeks. #RedSoxTalk — Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) May 30, 2012 Because that’s…

  11. The Reds Todd Frazier saves a mans life with the Heimlich Maneuver

    May 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    The headline says it all, but here’s Frazier talking about what went down in a Pittsburgh restaurant the other night: “We’re just eating there, talking,” Frazier said. “I looked in the corner of my eye. I said, ‘Ludwick, I think that guy’s choking.’ Next thing I know there’s two ladies one on each side, trying…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

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    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  13. Veteran reliever Joe Beimel undergoes Tommy John surgery

    May 30, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

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    No wonder Joe Beimel couldn’t make a team this spring; he was pitching with a torn elbow ligament. Beimel underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports. He plans to resume his career next season. The 35-year-old said he’s been pitching with the sore elbow for years. He had a 5.33…

  14. Brandon McCarthy on track to return to A’s Saturday

    May 29, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Good news here for the 22-27 Athletics. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, right-hander Brandon McCarthy will be cleared to return to the A’s rotation on Saturday against the Royals if he makes it through a bullpen session Wednesday without feeling any abnormal pain or discomfort. McCarthy has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18…

  15. Freddie Freeman getting prescription goggles Wednesday morning, should return to lineup

    May 29, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is not in Atlanta’s starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cardinals and hasn’t played in a game since last Friday. But he should be back in action Wednesday. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Freeman’s prescription goggles — which he ordered Monday after giving up on wearing contacts — are…

  16. Padres sign Jason Marquis, send him to Double-A

    May 29, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Padres have signed right-hander Jason Marquis, who was released by the Twins earlier this week after posting an 8.47 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in seven starts. Marquis will report to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tucson and attempt to prove he’s got something left. The 33-year-old right-hander currently…

  17. Dan Naulty talks about steroid use, sexual abuse, Yankee prayer meetings

    May 29, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

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    While I’d recommend skipping the intro, the body of Tom Verducci’s latest work for Sports Illustrated is an incredible tale, that of former Twins and Yankees pitcher Dan Naulty. Among the things Naulty discusses are how steroids took him from 180 pounds to 240 and added 10 mph to his fastball, how the sexual abuse…

  18. Jered Weaver goes on DL with strained lower back

    May 29, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

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    7:15 p.m. EDT update: Now it’s officially official, apparently. The Angels have once again announced that Weaver has been placed on the DL and Richards has been called up. 6:30 p.m. EDT update: The Angels have asked reporters to disregard the release they sent out announcing that Weaver was placed on the DL and Garrett…

  19. Ballplayer turned deputy Kurt Abbott gets arrested for DUI

    May 29, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Kurt Abbott, a utilityman who played for five teams from 1993-2001, was arrested Saturday in Florida and charged with driving under the influence, WPTV.com reports. OK, so that’s probably not HBT-worthy in itself, but one has to admit that it is pretty interesting that Abbott was arrested by a co-worker. Abbott is a deputy at…

  20. Matt Kemp comes off DL, rejoins Dodgers lineup

    May 29, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

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    The club with baseball’s best record just got a little strong: the Dodgers activated Matt Kemp from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Kemp, the NL MVP runner-up in 2011, was off to a torrid start this season before suffering a strained left hamstring. Fortunately, he missed the minimum 15 days, and he’ll now have…

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