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  1. Red Sox calling up Scott Podsednik from Triple-A

    May 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Cody Ross became the sixth Red Sox outfielder on the disabled list when he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left foot yesterday and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Boston is calling up Scott Podsednik from Triple-A. Podsednik failed to beat out Juan Pierre for a spot on the Phillies’ bench…

  2. Reds fan catches back-to-back homers

    May 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Why, this is improbable. Reds fan Caleb Lloyd caught two home run balls last night. On back-to-back homers: The 20-year-old junior from Thomas More College was in left field when Reds pitcher Mike Leake hit his first career homer in the fourth inning. The ball went directly to Lloyd, who had never caught a ball at a…

  3. Twins drop Jason Marquis seven starts into $3 million deal

    May 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Sunday on “Gleeman and The Geek” we talked about Jason Marquis‘ latest clunker of a start and how much longer the Twins could possibly stick with him in the rotation. It didn’t take long for an answer, as the Twins designated Marquis for assignment seven starts into a $3 million deal given to the 33-year-old…

  4. David Ortiz doesn’t give a [expletive] about what you think makes a leader

    May 22, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz has, what I think anyway, is some righteous anger. It came out last night after the Sox beat the Orioles, and it came in response to reports that he called a closed-door meeting a couple of weeks ago in which the hitters yelled at the pitchers. Since that meeting, by the way, the…

  5. Jeff Keppinger was minding his business in the dugout …

    May 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Jeff Keppinger had done a nice job stepping into a bigger role in the Rays’ infield following Evan Longoria‘s hamstring injury, hitting .295 with a .728 OPS in 29 games, but now he’s joined Longoria on the disabled list. Keppinger has a broken right big toe, which happened when he was sitting in the dugout…

  6. Giancarlo Stanton murdered a baseball and broke a scoreboard

    May 22, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    I mentioned this in the recaps, but this is worth its own post: Giancarlo Stanton’s homer off Jamie Moyer last night was something to behold.  For a couple of reasons. First, it was a freaking shotgun blast. It left the bat at 122.4 miles per hour according to ESPN’s home run stats thingy. That’s the…

  7. The Nationals may go with a closer by committee

    May 22, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Henry Rodriguez continues to not get it done as the Nationals closer. Last night he came into the game to lock down a 2-0 lead in the ninth. Then he walked a guy, gave up a single and uncorked two wild pitches. The dude he walked came around to score and Sean Burnett had to,…

  8. “What would George Steinbrenner do?” What a ridiculous question

    May 22, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

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    There’s no sense in sugarcoating it. The Yankees are playing terrible baseball right now. They have lost seven of ten and the offense is in the crapper. Of course it’s early yet, and unless you believe that the Orioles are going to continue to win one-run games all the time and put up big offensive…

  9. The Old Gator Interview

    May 22, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    If you’ve been around here a while, you may have observed that our friend and Commenter Emeritus Old Gator has a few opinions.  Well, you’re not the only one. Sarah Bunting of Tomato Nation noticed too, and interviewed OG. He obviously talks about the Marlins, but he also talks about New York things, a chance…

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 22, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

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    Marlins 7, Rockies 4: Jamie Moyer pitched in his 50th different major league park. But he may have given up his longest most hellacious homer ever. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam that went 438 feet in basically a straight line and broke the friggin’ scoreboard. Roy Hobbs stuff, there. Gave the Marlins the lead and,…

  11. Aroldis Chapman arrested in Ohio for driving 93 mph on suspended license

    May 21, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

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    One day after officially being named the Reds’ closer, Aroldis Chapman is in some hot water. According to NBC affiliate WLTW, Chapman was arrested in Ohio early Monday morning after speeding while driving with a suspended license. Chapman was pulled over after being clocked at 93 mph in his 2010 Mercedes S63. That probably doesn’t…

  12. Astros sign right-hander Armando Galarraga to minor league contract

    May 21, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Nearly two years after he was almost perfect against the Indians, Armando Galarraga has signed a minor league contract with the Astros. Galarraga owns a 4.69 ERA over 86 starts and nine relief appearances in the major leagues. The 30-year-old right-hander has a 5.10 ERA in 29 games since first base umpire Jim Joyce infamously…

  13. The Rangers will consider signing Roy Oswalt

    May 21, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    On the heels of Neftali Feliz‘s elbow injury, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this evening that they are considering alternatives for their rotation, including free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt. “We’ll consider all our options, whatever’s best for the team going forward,” Daniels said. “He [Oswalt] is still…

  14. Vernon Wells needs thumb surgery, will miss 8-10 weeks

    May 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    The Angels’ outfield logjam is suddenly a lot less complicated. Angels’ television broadcaster Victor Rojas reports that Vernon Wells will have surgery tomorrow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. He can resume baseball activities in 8-10 weeks, which means he’ll likely be out until around the start of August. Of…

  15. Neftali Feliz has UCL sprain in elbow, shut down for four weeks

    May 21, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this evening that Feliz has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He won’t throw for four weeks, but he could be shut down for longer. 7:36 PM: The Rangers placed Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled…

  16. Despite .922 OPS, Arizona’s Cody Ransom gets the boot

    May 21, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    In a surprising move, the Diamondbacks designated infielder Cody Ransom for assignment on Monday and replaced him with youngster Josh Bell. Ransom, 36, is pretty much the ultimate journeyman infielder, but he did a great job at the plate in his time for Arizona, hitting .269/.345/.577 with four homers and 13 RBI in 52 at-bats.…

  17. Cardinals GM: No evidence of ACL tear for Lance Berkman

    May 21, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

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    Maybe some good news for St. Louis: GM John Mozeliak said Monday that an MRI showed only a meniscus tear in Lance Berkman‘s knee. There was no ACL damage evident. Berkman is expected to get a second opinion. Mozeliak said there remains “some uncertainty” about the actual condition of Berkman’s knee. An ACL tear has…

  18. Twins ready to kick Jason Marquis to the curb

    May 21, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Twins are set to designate Jason Marquis for assignment after he gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday against the Brewers. Marquis, 33, is 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA in eight starts since signing a one-year, $3 million deal with Minnesota. His only two quality starts…

  19. Rangers announce reliever Michael Kirkman has skin cancer

    May 21, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Michael Kirkman

    It went undisclosed throughout the spring and the first month and a half of the season, but the Rangers revealed Monday that left-hander Michael Kirkman was disagnosed with skin cancer back in January. According to the release, which certainly must have come with Kirkman’s permission, the 25-year-0ld is currently undergoing regular treatment in Round Rock…

  20. Indians plan to be patient with .172-hitting Johnny Damon

    May 21, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Johnny Damon has hit just .172 in 16 games since joining the Indians at the beginning of the month, providing little return on a one-year, $1.25 million contract with another $1.4 million in potential incentives. Manny Acta has already removed Damon from the leadoff spot, but the manager indicated that he’s not close to benching…

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