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  1. John Axford pretty much rules

    May 12, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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    John Axford didn’t speak to reporters after his club-record streak of 49 straight saves came to an end last night against the Cubs, but he had good reason for it. After the Brewers topped the Cubs 8-7 on a Corey Hart walkoff single in the 13th inning, Axford hurried out of the ballpark to accompany…

  2. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    May 12, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton might be the hottest hitter on the planet right now, but Brandon Inge is a pretty close second. Inge went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI last night as the Athletics topped the Tigers 11-4. It was Inge’s second straight night with a home run against his former team and the…

  3. C.J. Wilson will start back-to-back games for Angels

    May 12, 2012, 1:46 AM EDT

    C.J, Wilson

    Cole Hamels isn’t old school. C.J. Wilson is old school. After throwing 22 pitches before a rain delay halted his start Friday, Wilson will get the ball  again Saturday against his former team, the Rangers. Wilson was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning and the loss after coming out tonight. Just one…

  4. Josh Hamilton third ever with 17 homers in 33 games

    May 12, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Josh Hamilton stole the show from the Yu Darvish–C.J. Wilson matchup on Friday, hitting two more homers as part of the Rangers’ 10-3 win over the Angels. He now has 17 homers on the season. Thanks in part to a lengthy rain delay in the first, the much anticipated pitching showdown was largely a dud.…

  5. Bryce Harper receives 10 stitches above left eye after slamming bat into wall

    May 12, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper had the worst game of his brief major league career during the Nationals’ 7-3 win over the Reds tonight. And it’s not just because he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Harper needed 10 stitches above his left eye after slamming his bat up against a wall…

  6. Nick Johnson homers, steals base, retains limbs

    May 11, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    I’m really pretty happy to see Nick Johnson back in the majors. The 33-year-old Johnson had his best game of the season Friday in a win over the Rays, going 2-for-2 with a homer, a walk and a stolen base as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 4-3. It was his first homer of the season. Credit…

  7. Red Sox acquire Scott Podsednik from the Phillies

    May 11, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Red Sox have acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Phillies for cash considerations. Podsednik will report to Triple-A Pawtucket and Rosenthal notes that he retains the right to opt out of his contract if he’s not in the majors by June 1. Podsednik, 36, didn’t…

  8. Adam Dunn has already equaled his home run total from last season

    May 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    Adam Dunn just did it again. The resurgent slugger connected for a solo blast off right-hander Felipe Paulino in the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Royals. With that, he already has 11 home runs through 139 plate appearances this year after hitting just 11 over 496 plate appearances during his miserable first…

  9. Kendrys Morales sidelined with sore left Achilles’ tendon

    May 11, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

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    According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Kendrys Morales is not in Angels’ starting lineup tonight due to soreness in his left Achilles’ tendon. Morales, who missed a year and a half with a broken left ankle, said his Achilles has bothered him for the past three or four days. He was concerned…

  10. Ozzie Guillen is ready to give the Marlins’ closer job back to Heath Bell

    May 11, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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    The Marlins removed Heath Bell from the closer role last week after he blew his fourth save in seven chances, but Ozzie Guillen already appears ready to give him another shot. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, after Guillen was asked this afternoon whether the next save chance would go to Steve…

  11. Marlins catcher Brett Hayes gets scare from gunman

    May 11, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Brett Hayes

    Driving in South Florida with his wife on the Marlins’ off day Thursday, catcher Brett Hayes got one of the scares of his life, as a man with a handgun approached his car from the median. Traffic had stopped because of an incident further up the road. Unbeknownst to Hayes at the time, the man…

  12. Angels and Nationals should consider a smaller trade

    May 11, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Alberto Callaspo

    Many are trying to set the Nationals up with Peter Bourjos after they lost another starting outfielder to injury in Jayson Werth over the weekend. That’d be nice and all, but the artillery is lacking to pull it off. Instead, I’m thinking about a smaller deal here, if the two teams have in fact talked:…

  13. Chris Sale moving back into rotation, will start Saturday

    May 11, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Seven days after announcing that they were shifting him from the rotation into the closer’s role, the White Sox revealed today that Chris Sale will start Saturday’s game against the Royals. The original move was made by the White Sox field staff, but Sale lobbied GM Ken Williams to remain in the rotation and will…

  14. The New York Times is out of the Red Sox business

    May 11, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    New York Times

    The struggling New York Times Co. netted itself $63 million this week by selling its remaining shares of Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns the Red Sox, most of NESN and Liverpool in the English Premier League. A Times spokesman was unwilling to comment on the buyer. The New York Times also owns the…

  15. Josh Beckett: “I don’t want to be part of a reality show”

    May 11, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Josh Beckett spoke to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com and responded to the recent groundswell of criticism from fans and media members regarding his performance and golfing habits. The full interview is definitely worth reading, but here’s a particularly interesting excerpt about all the drama: I don’t want to be part of a reality show. If…

  16. Yankees activate Eric Chavez from DL, send Eduardo Nunez to minors

    May 11, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Eduardo Nunez has struggled defensively at every position he’s tried for the Yankees, which recently includes starts in left field for the first time in his professional career. That has limited his playing time despite a decent .728 OPS and today the Yankees decided he’d be better off starting regularly at Triple-A, demoting him to…

  17. David Ortiz uninjured in multicar accident

    May 11, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz was unharmed after being involved in a mulitcar accident on Boylston Street while traveling to Friday’s game at Fenway Park. He remains in the lineup at designated hitter. An eyewitness told Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston that Ortiz suffered some damage to the left side of his Audi R8 and that the car…

  18. Lance Berkman not ready to return from disabled list

    May 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Lance Berkman had hoped to return from his calf injury today, but general manager John Mozeliak just announced that the Cardinals first baseman is not ready to come off the disabled list. Berkman got off to a great start this season, but has been dealing with the injury since April 10. He played through it…

  19. Ronny Cedeno is off the DL and in the Mets’ lineup

    May 11, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno

    When the Mets lost Ruben Tejada to a quadriceps strain earlier this week they had to turn to Justin Turner and Jordany Valdespin at shortstop because utility man Ronny Cedeno was on the disabled list with an intercostal strain of his own. Cedeno is now off the DL and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York…

  20. Everth Cabrera was arrested for alleged domestic violence

    May 11, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Everth Cabrera is hitting .325 with 13 steals at Triple-A, so what’s keeping the Padres from calling up the 25-year-old former big leaguer for some middle infield help? Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that Cabrera was arrested during spring training and charged with misdemeanor assault for an alleged domestic violence incident. According…

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