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

    May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying…

  2. Angels fire hitting coach Mickey Hatcher

    May 15, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    hatcher getty

    From beat writer Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels fired longtime hitting coach Mickey Hatcher late Tuesday night. Triple-A Salt Lake hitting instructor Jim Eppard has been promoted to serve as Hatcher’s replacement. The news comes with odd timing considering the Halos beat the A’s 4-0 on Tuesday in Anaheim, but this decision runs…

  3. Marlins don’t plan on moving in fences at new ballpark

    May 15, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    marlins park outfield getty

    Marlins Park features some of the largest outfield dimensions in the major leagues and has already held in a number of shots off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, among other big-league sluggers, that would have been home runs in other stadiums. But the Fish aren’t tempted to make any changes. Here’s Marlins president David Samson,…

  4. Yoenis Cespedes (hand) cleared for most baseball activities

    May 15, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes autographs getty

    A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is making steady progress from the strained muscle in his left hand. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced on Tuesday evening that Cespedes has been cleared for “all baseball activity” expect hitting. That means he’s playing catch, shagging balls and running. And should…

  5. Troy Tulowitzki in Rockies’ lineup Tuesday despite leaving Monday’s game with leg bruise

    May 15, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    tulo ap

    From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes the photo below of the Rockies’ lineup card for Tuesday’s game against the Giants. It includes shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was pulled in the eighth inning Monday night after getting struck in the leg with a foul ball off the bat of teammate Dexter Fowler. Tulo is…

  6. Beleaguered Josh Beckett combines on shutout of Mariners

    May 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett‘s critics will have to stand down for a few days: the occasional golfer and devourer of fried chicken blanked the Mariners for seven innings and struck out nine in Boston’s 5-0 victory Tuesday. It was actually Beckett’s fifth quality start in seven tries this season. His other two outings were pretty spectacularly bad…

  7. Chad Billingsley needs to have a good sinker tonight

    May 15, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    That’s because Andre Ethier is making his first career start in center field for the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks and southpaw Wade Miley. Manager Don Mattingly indicated last night that Ethier would make a limited number of starts in center with Matt Kemp out. Tony Gwynn Jr. will play there against righties, but shifting Ethier…

  8. Josh Hamilton joins twitter

    May 15, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton hits his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Sick of imposters posing as him, Josh Hamilton has joined twitter (@thejoshhamilton), Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Hamilton already has 30,000 followers in about 24 hours, even though his account has yet to be verified. He did confirm that it was his, though. He said it would be managed by his representatives, but that he…

  9. Vance Worley scratched due to sore elbow

    May 15, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Vance Worley

    The Phillies will have to find themselves a new starter for Wednesday’s game. Vance Worley was scratched because of a sore right elbow, it was revealed Tuesday afternoon. A replacement wasn’t announced, but Kyle Kendrick is expected to get the ball. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that Joe Savery is likely to join the Phillies and…

  10. Jose Valverde exits Tigers game with lower back tightness

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers asked Jose Valverde to finish a 10-6 game against the White Sox on Thursday, but he was forced to leave with two outs due to lower back tightness. Valverde retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to Paul Konerko and a double to A.J. Pierzynski. He left mid-at-bat…

  11. Sounds like someone put Icy-Hot in Stephen Strasburg’s jock

    May 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    No, that’s not some metaphor. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com tweets from Davey Johnson’s postgame presser: As if 1st inn wasn’t strange enough for Strasburg, Davey also said he got “hot stuff in the wrong place.” Strasburg wouldn’t talk about it. — Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 15, 2012 The insinuation from Davey: Somebody put something like…

  12. Kevin Youkilis to begin rehab stint tomorrow at Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Kevin Youkilis‘ minor-league rehab assignment will start tomorrow at Triple-A, according to Joseph McDonald of ESPN Boston. Youkilis, who’s been out since April 27 with a back injury and struggled before being shut down, is scheduled to be in Pawtucket’s lineup at designated hitter and get three at-bats. Barring a setback he’ll then play defense…

  13. The Athletics announce Manny Ramirez will debut on May 30

    May 15, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    We talked about his return this morning, but this afternoon the A’s put an exact date on it: Manny Ramirez will debut on May 30 against the Twins in Minnesota. That’s the first day he’s eligible to come back, so the A’s obviously think he’s ready. Word is that he’ll hit either fourth or fifth…

  14. Twins activating Justin Morneau from DL, demote Chris Parmelee to Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau‘s injured wrist must have felt pretty good after his batting practice session, because the Twins announced that he’ll be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow night’s game. To clear room on the roster Minnesota demoted Chris Parmelee to Triple-A after the 24-year-old first baseman struggled when asked to jump from Double-A to…

  15. And no closer was ever used in a tie game on the road again

    May 15, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brad Mills

    I, and many others, chided Charlie Manuel last week over his decision to not use Jonathan Papelbon in tie games on the road. And not just Manuel. Most managers refuse to do it, elevating the save statistic above smart personnel deployment and causing their teams to lose games they didn’t have to lose by putting…

  16. Yankees place new closer David Robertson on disabled list with strained oblique

    May 15, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: After keeping Robertson active but unavailable for several days New York placed him on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, leaving Soriano to close for the near future. ========== David Robertson‘s attempt to replace Mariano Rivera as Yankees closer isn’t off to a great start. Robertson narrowly escaped a jam to record…

  17. The player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal is named

    May 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    mystery man

    And now your entry for “least interesting news of the day: The Cubs have acquire lefty Hunter Cervenka from Boston as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal. I’ve never heard of Cervenka. Guessing most people not related to him haven’t either. Heck, there are probably even some Cervenka cousins who are…

  18. Derek Lowe becomes first pitcher to throw a shutout without a strikeout since 2002

    May 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    Derek Lowe came into today’s start with a 5-1 record and 2.47 ERA despite totaling just 13 strikeouts in 44 innings, but what he did this afternoon is even more remarkable. Lowe tossed a complete-game shutout against the punchless Twins and did so without recording a strikeout. The last pitcher to throw a shutout without…

  19. Quote of the Day: An absolute sick burn on the Braves and MLB

    May 15, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Burn

    You may have seen a month or two ago that someone started selling red and blue t-shirts with the word “Barves” instead of “Braves.”  As most of those kinds of things go, it was kind of clever and it became fun to call the Braves the Barves on Twitter and stuff. And, as most of…

  20. Bryce Harper hit his first homer last night … and his second homer this afternoon

    May 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    It took 15 games for Bryce Harper to hit his first homer and less than 24 hours to go deep again, as the 19-year-old phenom homered off Padres starter Anthony Bass this afternoon. Harper now has two homers and six doubles in 58 at-bats, which is a pretty remarkable pace for extra-base hits. That works…

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