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  1. Paul Konerko hitting .466 with 6 homers in his last 20 games

    May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Paul Konerko is on a ridiculous tear right now, hitting .466 with six homers and a 1.303 OPS in his last 20 games dating back to May 4. Even more amazing is that sitting out three days in the middle of that stretch after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face didn’t slow him…

  2. Bryce Harper on facing Livan Hernandez: “It sucks”

    May 28, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Livan Hernandez got the best of Bryce Harper in their first matchup last night, as the 19-year-old rookie swung wildly at an incredibly slow curveball from the 37-year-old veteran and whiffed. Harper’s eyes lit up when he saw the 65-mph pitch coming to the plate and you could tell he wanted to hit it approximately…

  3. MLB officially suspends Juan Carlos Oviedo for eight weeks

    May 28, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Juan Carlos Oviedo finally arrived in the United States today after receiving a travel visa, but it will be a while before he’s pitching for the Marlins again. Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Oviedo has been suspended eight weeks for engaging in age and identity fraud. Ovideo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, has…

  4. Freddie Freeman orders prescription goggles, will visit specialist as eye problems persist

    May 28, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    Freddie Freeman‘s eye problems have not gotten any better and in fact the Braves first baseman has reacted poorly to multiple sets of contact lenses, so he’s ordered some prescription sports goggles and Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that that he’ll be examined tomorrow by a specialist. Freeman has been battling blurred…

  5. Jim Leyland tossed after bad call leads to three runs

    May 28, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected from Monday’s game after two innings following a bad call in Boston’s three-run bottom of the second. With a man on second and two outs, Mike Aviles swung and tipped what appeared to be strike three, ending the inning. However, home plate umpire Jeff Nelson couldn’t tell if catcher…

  6. Injuries force Mets to use David Wright at shortstop

    May 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    Ronny Cedeno is unavailable because of a strained calf, so when Justin Turner left today’s game with a serious-looking leg injury the Mets shifted David Wright from third base to shortstop. Wright has never started a game at shortstop and has just one career appearance there, which came last season and involved him playing two…

  7. Indians put Jack Hannahan on DL, call up Lonnie Chisenhall

    May 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    Veteran journeyman Jack Hannahan beat out 23-year-old Lonnie Chisenhall for Cleveland’s starting third base job this spring and played well in the early going, but today the Indians placed him on the disabled list and recalled Chisenhall from Triple-A. Hannahan missed 11 games with a back injury, returned to the lineup Saturday, and is now…

  8. Carlos Quentin off the DL, batting cleanup in Padres debut

    May 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres photo day

    Knee surgery caused Carlos Quentin to miss the first 49 games after the Padres acquired him from the White Sox in December, but now he’s off the disabled list and jumping right into the cleanup spot for his San Diego debut today. Quentin put up big power numbers for the White Sox, averaging 34 homers…

  9. David Freese out Monday with mild hand sprain

    May 28, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    freese getty

    Another day, another Cardinals injury. As first reported by Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, third baseman David Freese is not in the starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Braves due to discomfort in his right hand and wrist. Freese suffered bruising and a mild sprain Saturday while diving for balls along the third base line.…

  10. Cubs activate Carlos Marmol, send Rafael Dolis to minors

    May 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Rafael Dolis‘ reign as Cubs closer was short and ugly, and today the 24-year-old rookie was demoted back to the minors after being stripped of ninth-inning duties. Dolis’ departure coincides with Carlos Marmol‘s sooner-than-expected return from a hamstring injury, as the Cubs deemed him ready to come off the DL after he tossed back-to-back scoreless…

  11. Franklin Gutierrez nearing minor league rehab games

    May 28, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    franklin gutierrez getty

    Franklin Gutierrez is finally making progress. According to beat writer Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune, the 29-year-old center fielder will head to the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona early this week to being taking at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training games. Gutierrez will eventually progress to a minor…

  12. Boston’s banged-up outfield gets Ryan Sweeney back

    May 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    Ryan Sweeney passed his post-concussion tests and has been activated from the disabled list, giving the Red Sox a much-needed boost for their injury wrecked outfield. Prior to the concussion Sweeney had started 22 times in right field compared to six times in center field, but he’s in today’s lineup as the center fielder with…

  13. Brandon Inge rejoins A’s after two weeks on disabled list

    May 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brandon Inge Getty

    Brandon Inge is back with the A’s after missing 14 games with a groin injury, as Oakland activated the veteran third baseman from the disabled list and optioned Anthony Recker to Triple-A. Inge signed with the A’s after being released by the Tigers and provided an unexpected spark for the lineup, smacking four homers and…

  14. Chipper Jones has fluid drained from leg contusion

    May 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones Getty

    On the disabled list with a left leg contusion, Chipper Jones underwent a minor surgical procedure over the weekend to remove 120 ccs of fluid from a hematoma. “I feel so much better now,” Jones told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It was throbbing. It let me know with everything that I did.…

  15. Matt Kemp homers in first minor league rehab game

    May 28, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

    kemp getty

    From J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News comes word that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI single Sunday in his first rehab game at Triple-A Albuquerque. He struck out in his other at-bat. Kemp is expected to play one final minor league rehab game Monday…

  16. Settling the Score: Sunday’s results

    May 28, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers a pitch during the first inning of his MLB American League baseball game against Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum in Oakland

    Yeah, it’s Monday, and you usually get an And That Happened on Monday. But it’s a holiday and I’m still in Texas there is too much good BBQ and other stuff here for me to keep my concentration for a full-blown recap today. Selah. Rays 4, Red Sox 3 Reds 7, Rockies 5 Royals 4,…

  17. Freddy Sanchez given second epidural, still out indefinitely

    May 27, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    freddy sanchez getty

    The setbacks continue for Freddy Sanchez. According to CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Sunday that the 34-year-old second baseman was given a second epidural in his ailing lower back a few days ago and remains shut down indefinitely. “We’re not giving up on it,” Bochy told reporters on Sunday morning. “But it’s…

  18. Anthony Rizzo pulled from game with sore wrist

    May 27, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    10:05 p.m. EDT update: Nope, no promotion. Rizzo left Triple-A Iowa’s game with a sore right wrist, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney. /// The Cubs could be ready to pull the trigger on a big move following a humiliating sweep at the hands of the Pirates. CSNChicago.com states that Anthony Rizzo was pulled from Triple-A…

  19. Phillies admit Roy Halladay’s sore shoulder isn’t a new issue

    May 27, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    After leaving Sunday’s game after two innings due to a sore shoulder, Roy Halladay said the pain dates back to Tuesday’s outing, a loss to the Nationals. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, however, admitted it went back further than that. “Yeah, it’s been an issue,” Dubee said. “It’s been there. It’s been lingering. Some days…

  20. Don Mattingly has the Midas touch

    May 27, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Don Mattingly

    Jerry Hairston Jr. played in 1,289 major league games leading up to Sunday. In none of them was he ever penciled into the third spot in the lineup. Well, of course, Don Mattingly did it today after never hitting him higher than fifth previously this season. And all Hairston did was respond with his first…

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