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  1. Could Dee Gordon find himself in the minors soon?

    May 19, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers installed Dee Gordon as their everyday shortstop and leadoff man this season, but that may not continue for much longer. Gordon went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in last night’s win over the Cardinals, dropping his batting line down to .200/.239/.255 through 155 plate appearances this season. According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los…

  2. Mets’ catcher Rob Johnson tossed a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays last night

    May 19, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

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    The Blue Jays really put a hurting on the Mets last night, beating them 14-5 while connecting for five home runs. J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis each homered twice while the recently-promoted Yan Gomes became the first Brazilian-born player to homer in the major leagues. As is often the case in blowouts of this magnitude,…

  3. Nolan Ryan expects Josh Hamilton to hit the free agent market

    May 19, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, Nolan Ryan AP

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier this month that the Rangers had reopened negotiations with hot-hitting outfielder Josh Hamilton on a possible long-term contract extension, but it appears there’s little chance of an agreement coming together during the season. Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com last night that the…

  4. Bobby Valentine’s first ejection as Red Sox manager is an instant classic

    May 19, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine was ejected for the 38th time in his managerial career last night and for the first time as Red Sox skipper. And it was super awkward. Valentine came out to argue after Marlon Byrd hit a grounder up the middle and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins threw him out in a close play at…

  5. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    May 19, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    A.J. Ellis AP

    A.J. Ellis continues to take advantage of his first chance at regular playing time in the big leagues. Ellis went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a walk-off walk in a 6-5 win over the Cardinals last night as the Dodgers improved to a major-league best 26-13 on the year. Of course, walks are nothing new…

  6. Giants sign Brad Penny to minor league contract

    May 18, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

    Brad Penny

    Brad Penny has found a new home in the U.S. after being cut by his Japanese team, but it isn’t with one of the team’s desperate for pitching; he took a minor league pact from the Giants. Penny does qualify as rotation depth for a Giants team without much of it behind its five starters,…

  7. Andy Pettitte beats Reds with eight scoreless innings

    May 18, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    It didn’t take Andy Pettitte long to find his mojo. He struck out nine in eight scoreless innings Friday as the Yankees beat the Reds 4-0 in the second start of his comeback. The Reds’ dysfunctional offense was no better tonight with designated hitter Ryan Ludwick batting in Bronson Arroyo‘s place. Manager Dusty Baker’s switch…

  8. No no-no, but Justin Verlander still incredible

    May 18, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander had to settle for a one-hitter in Detroit’s 6-0 win over the Pirates on Friday, but that hardly takes away from his incredible run. – The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner is now 5-1 with a 2.17 ERA and a major league-best 0.80 WHIP this season. He also took over…

  9. Justin Verlander loses no-hit bid in the ninth, settles for complete game shutout

    May 18, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    UPDATE: So much for that. Justin Verlander‘s no-hit bid was broken up on a single by Josh Harrison with one out in the ninth. Harrison just stuck his bat out and the ball just managed to eek past the outstretched glove of shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Verlander was given a rousing ovation by the Comerica Park…

  10. Carlos Beltran back in Cardinals’ starting lineup tonight

    May 18, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    After sitting out this week due to soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee and plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Carlos Beltran is back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup tonight against the Dodgers. Beltran hasn’t started since Sunday, but his return appeared imminent after he was healthy enough to pinch-hit during yesterday’s game. Beltran is…

  11. Jose Tabata benched for not hustling

    May 18, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Jose Tabata is not in the Pirates’ starting lineup tonight against the Tigers. But it’s not your routine day of rest. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the young outfielder was benched for not hustling last night against the Nationals. Tabata botched a pair of plays in left field, but Pirates manager Clint…

  12. Kyle McClellan diagnosed with partial tear of UCL in elbow

    May 18, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this morning that right-hander Kyle McClellan feared the possibility of requiring Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. There’s still a chance it may happen, but he received a minor piece of good news after being examined by Cardinals’ head team physician Dr. George Paletta. B.J. Rains of FOX…

  13. Dusty Baker needs a little help getting into Yankee Stadium

    May 18, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker didn’t know the secret handshake needed to get into Yankee Stadium. Fortunately, someone came along who recognized him. “It’s hard to get in this bad boy,” Baker said Friday before his Reds took on the Yankees. “Some guy asked me today, `Could I help you?’ I was in the front, trying to get…

  14. After just one start, Tim Stauffer returns to DL for Padres

    May 18, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Tim Stauffer

    This certainly hasn’t been Tim Stauffer‘s year. Four days after making his season debut against the Nationals, the right-hander has gone right back on the disabled list due to a sprained right elbow. Stauffer’s original injury that kept him out the first five weeks of the season was termed a right elbow strain. After a…

  15. Royals get in on big B1G1F sale

    May 18, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Blake Wood

    The Royals announced Friday afternoon that Danny Duffy and Blake Wood would both undergo Tommy John surgery within the next two weeks. It was already well established that Duffy was going down this path. Wood, a 26-year-old right-hander, had been on the DL since the start of the season with what the team was calling…

  16. See Gordon Beckham’s tackle and Dale Sveum’s ejection

    May 18, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham, David DeJesus

    Umpire Eric Cooper seems to think it’s legal to physically knock someone off the bag. There’s no other way to look at this play, which resulted on the Cubs’ David DeJesus being called out after his double Friday against the White Sox. White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham obviously knocked DeJesus off the bag. It…

  17. Suspension Time! Battling Metabolites!

    May 18, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

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    5pm on a Friday can mean only one thing: time to report the minor league drug suspensions: New York Mets Minor League second baseman Daniel Muno has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a metabolite of Drostanolone. San Francisco Giants Minor League pitcher Luis Rojas has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive…

  18. Kerry Wood finishes career with a strikeout at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood wanted to make one final appearance at Wrigley Field this afternoon before announcing his retirement and it couldn’t have been scripted much better for the longtime Cub. Wood came into a 3-2 game with one out in the eighth inning and struck out Dayan Viciedo on three pitches, the first of which was…

  19. Meanwhile, at the riveting Roger Clemens trial

    May 18, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Since this thing is lasting forever, I think that from now on I’ll just use this headline and a blockquote-only format to give you the gestalt of the thing. Time, time, time … see what’s become of me … The judge in the Roger Clemens perjury trial is imposing a time limit on all future…

  20. Diamondbacks activate Chris Young from disabled list

    May 18, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Chris Young is back from the disabled list after the Diamondbacks center fielder missed the past 28 games with a partially torn shoulder ligament. To make room for his return Arizona optioned rookie A.J. Pollock back to Triple-A after he hit just .229 with one homer and a .611 OPS in 20 games filling in…

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