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  1. The Orioles are sniffing around Roy Oswalt

    May 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Figuratively, of course. Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have right-hander Roy Oswalt on their “radar.”  Oswalt, of course, has the Cardinals and Rangers on his radar because he wants to be where he’s comfortable. The reality, of course, is that neither of those teams are particularly interested. If Oswalt is going to pitch for…

  2. Marco Estrada expected to miss 3-4 starts for Brewers

    May 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Milwaukee Brewers

    Marco Estrada‘s first-inning double yesterday extended the Brewers’ lead to 6-0, but the Milwaukee starter couldn’t stick around to benefit from the run support because he suffered a quadriceps injury on the play and immediately exited the game. Estrada has been diagnosed with a strained quadriceps–not a hip injury, as initially reported–and general manager Doug…

  3. Pitching-starved Royals have found a gem in Felipe Paulino

    May 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    One of the things holding the Royals’ rebuilding effort back despite a steady influx of young talent is their lack of quality starting pitching, as former No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar has a 5.39 career ERA at age 28 and 23-year-old Danny Duffy blew out his elbow after showing lots of promise. Kansas City’s…

  4. UPDATE: It was a misunderstanding; the Roy Halladay bobblehead catastrophe has been fixed

    May 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    UPDATE:  The Roy Halladay bobblehead travesty has been explained and corrected!  It seems that the wrong photo — from some early messed-up prototype — was used. Now: Here is the CORRECT Roy Halladay bobblehead, via @weareFoCo twitter.com/MLB_PR/status/… — MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) May 24, 2012 11:33 AM: And no, I’m not talking about the poor…

  5. Padres closer Huston Street nearing return from DL

    May 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    At age 31 career minor leaguer Dale Thayer has done an excellent job as the Padres’ fill-in closer, saving five games with a 0.00 ERA and 10/0 K/BB ratio in 10 innings stepping into the ninth-inning role for Huston Street. However, before going on the disabled list with a shoulder injury Street was also pitching…

  6. I had no idea dudes swung the bat with the knob in the palm of their hands

    May 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    From Oakland, we learn that Yoenis Cespedes is trying out a new grip when he returns: Céspedes said Wednesday morning that he no longer will grip the bat with the knob nestled in the palm of his hand. There is thought that holding the knob in the palm might have contributed to the strained hand…

  7. Manny Ramirez will have to produce in minors before call-up

    May 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension on May 30, but manager Bob Melvin indicated yesterday that the A’s aren’t committed to adding him then unless he actually starts hitting in the minors first. Ramirez is currently on a 10-game rehab stint at Triple-A, but so far the 39-year-old hasn’t shown many…

  8. Great Moments in Great Ideas: outdoor hockey in Los Angeles

    May 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    California Sun

    Tell me more of this … technology. As hockey fever grips Los Angeles, Dodgers President Stan Kasten said he plans to explore whether the Kings could play in an NHL Winter Classic game at Dodger Stadium. “Facility-wise, we could certainly handle it,” Kasten said … Kasten, former president of the NHL Atlanta Thrashers, said technology would allow ice to remain playable for an outdoor hockey…

  9. Robin Ventura finally names a closer and it’s Addison Reed

    May 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

    For months Robin Ventura has played coy about the White Sox’s closer role, refusing to give anyone that title, but yesterday he finally relented and made official what has been obvious: The job belongs to rookie Addison Reed. “He’s earned that,” Ventura told Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago. “I feel comfortable with him in there.…

  10. Brett Gardner had another setback

    May 24, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Brett Gardner just can’t get his elbow right. After an initial setback that him shut down for ten days, he’s had another setback, in which he’s still feeling some stiffness. The plan now is for him to hit off a tee on Monday.  Or, if the New York Daily News is to be believed, he…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 24, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

    Yankees 8, Royals 3: Alex Rodriguez would like the New York sporting press to write more career obituaries for him. It seems to suit him nicely (2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI). Reds 2, Braves 1: Todd Frazier hit a walkoff homer. It came off  Cristhian Martinez because, as everyone knows, Fredi Gonzalez would be drummed…

  12. Programming Note re: Henry the Puffy Taco

    May 24, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Ballapeno and Henry

    Hello friends. And That Happened is coming this morning, but it will be a bit delayed. The reason: those two to the right.  For those who don’t know, the green fellow is Ballapeno, the mascot of the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League.  The other fellow is the unfortunately named Henry the Puffy Taco.…

  13. Brian Roberts draws two walks in minor league rehab debut

    May 23, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    From Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun comes word that veteran second baseman Brian Roberts collected a pair of walks in two plate appearances Wednesday night for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He also scored a run and recorded two defensive assists at second base in the first chapter of what’s sure to be a long…

  14. The Angels may have found their closer in Ernesto Frieri

    May 23, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri was plenty good in a year and a half with the Padres, yet manager Bud Black never seemed to want to trust him in close games. Perhaps that was a mistake. Frieri struck out the side in the 11th inning to earn his first career save as the Angels beat the A’s 3-1…

  15. Allen Craig expected to take batting practice Thursday

    May 23, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Good news here for the hobbled Cardinals. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Allen Craig tested his strained left hamstring Wednesday with “some running” and is planning to take batting practice on the field before Thursday’s series-opener against the Phillies. Craig has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 17 and is…

  16. Michael Morse will ‘for sure’ return to the Nationals by June 8

    May 23, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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    The Nats are about to get an injection of power. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters Wednesday that rehabbing slugger Michael Morse will “for sure” be ready for activation by June 8. That’s when Washington will kick off a three-game interleague series in Boston, where Morse will…

  17. Angels hopeful Torii Hunter will return next week

    May 23, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

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    Especially now that Vernon Wells is out 8-10 weeks, the Angels could really use Torii Hunter back. It looks like it might happen early next week. Hunter missed his 10th straight game Wednesday after being put on the restricted list to attend to matters involving his son in Texas. 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter was one of five…

  18. Brewers pick up Cody Ransom on waivers from Arizona

    May 23, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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    It didn’t figure that Cody Ransom would have to go hunting for work after being designated for assignment and waived by the Diamondbacks; the Brewers claimed him off waivers today. Fellow infielder Edwin Maysonet was sent down to open up a spot on Milwaukee’s roster. Ransom, a 36-year-old journeyman, was a nice surprise for Arizona,…

  19. Bobby Valentine going old school with Alfredo Aceves

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Alfredo Aceves

    Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves is on a roll, having converted nine straight save chances. And they haven’t all been easy: in the last week, he has three save of four outs. That may not look overly significant at first glance, but Aceves is the only reliever with multiple saves of more than three outs…

  20. Lance Berkman to undergo knee surgery tomorrow

    May 23, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    UPDATE: Berkman’s surgery is set for tomorrow morning, says Strauss. ========== Lance Berkman told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’ll undergo knee surgery either tomorrow or Friday, but rather than have the operation in Colorado as expected he’ll instead go under the knife in Houston. Berkman still lives in Houston after…

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