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  1. Freddie Freeman diagnosed with slight corneal abrasion

    May 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    UPDATE: Freeman has been diagnosed with a slight corneal abrasion, which apparently isn’t as bad as it sounds because David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that he could be available as soon as tonight. ========== Freddie Freeman left last night’s game in the seventh inning because of blurred vision in his right eye,…

  2. The Brewers gave away chorizo lawn ornaments at 5AM

    May 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chorizo

    Remember last year when the Brewers gave away Bernie Brewer statues by hiding them in city parks? And how grubby hoarders hoarded them grubbily? God, that made me hate people more than I usually do. Well, this morning the Brewers tried again, this time giving away Chorizo (from the sausage race) statues.  Instead of scattering…

  3. Justin Morneau tests injured wrist with live batting practice

    May 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    On the disabled list since May 1 after aggravating his surgically repaired left wrist, Justin Morneau felt good enough to take 30-40 swings in batting practice yesterday. Afterward the former MVP told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that his wrist is still sore, but added that no new problems emerged from the BP session and he’s…

  4. Davey Johnson’s Daily “Henry Rodriguez is still our closer” update

    May 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals

    After Henry Rodriguez gave up that walkoff grand slam to Joey Votto on Sunday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it clear that Rodriguez is still the closer.  He had to do it again last night: “I still have utmost confidence in Henry,” Johnson said after the game. “That was his third day in a row going…

  5. Troy Tulowitzki left last night’s game after being nailed in the leg with a foul ball

    May 15, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki is listed as day-to-day after getting smacked in the leg with a Dexter Fowler foul ball as he stood on the top step of the dugout last night: “I had no chance,” said Tulowitzki, who briefly tried to remain the game before being replaced for a pinch runner after reaching base on a…

  6. An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind

    May 15, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    BBN Diamondbacks Dodgers Baseball

    I think Yogi Berra said that. No time to check. Anyway, we had guys throwing at each other last night in Los Angeles. No one hit anyone, however. And nothing was really settled either, because someone apparently lost count of who hit who when and apparently some slights and vendettas never die. Clayton Kershaw threw…

  7. Jeff Niemann is out at least 4-6 weeks a broken right leg

    May 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, an Adam Lind comebacker hit Rays starter Jeff Niemann‘s right leg last night, knocking him out of the game in the first inning.  And now, we learn from the Tampa Bay Times, it has knocked him out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks, as it gave him a small…

  8. The Angels are on a record pace for being shutout in a season

    May 15, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    For those who are keeping track, last night’s loss to the Athletics marked the eighth time the Angels have been shut out this season. Five other times they have scored only one or two runs. I’m gonna assume this pace isn’t going to last.  But if it did, it would put them at 36 shutouts this…

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

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

  10. Matt Kemp lands on disabled list with strained hamstring

    May 15, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp‘s consecutive games streak ended at 399 on Monday night, and worse news followed after the game, as the 2011 NL MVP runner-up was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. It’s just Kemp’s second career trip to the DL. The first came due to a shoulder injury in April 2007.…

  11. After tearing up indy league, Ryan Garko gets a look from the Rays

    May 14, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    The Atlantic League is losing its star power. One day after Felix Pie left to join the Braves’ Triple-A club, Ryan Garko signed a minor league deal with the Rays on Monday. The 31-year-old Garko was leading the Atlantic League with a 1.219 OPS this season, hitting .450/.535/.683 with four homers and 16 RBI. Garko…

  12. Ivan Nova exits start with sprained right ankle

    May 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    Ivan Nova was removed from Monday’s game in the sixth inning with a sprained right ankle. Nova was hurt fielding a tapper near the mound and limped off the field afterwards. He was previously hit in the right foot by a Nick Markakis comebacker in the third, but the incident in the sixth was a…

  13. Matt Kemp day-to-day after MRI confirms hamstring strain

    May 14, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty

    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Matt Kemp is day-to-day after an MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a left hamstring strain. He aggravated the injury during yesterday’s game against the Rockies. Kemp has already insisted that he will not need a stint on the disabled list, but he figures to miss the next couple of…

  14. Bryce Harper collects his first major league home run

    May 14, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    We don’t do a post every time a player launches their first major league home run, but Bryce Harper is not your regular rookie. Harper connected for his first career home run in the bottom of the third inning tonight as part of an 8-5 win over the Padres. It was a long solo blast…

  15. Evan Gattis, Jackie Bradley among top performers in the minors

    May 14, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Evan Gattis

    Here’s a minor league leaderboard for you: top hitters by OPS: Brad Eldred (Det, AAA, 31, 1B) – .348/.408/.857 – 1.265 Evan Gattis (Atl, A+/AA, 25, C/OF) – .361/.441/.770 – 1.211 Wil Myers (KC, AA, 21, OF) – .344/.420/.712 – 1.132 Jackie Bradley (Bos, A+, 22, OF) – .389/.507/.575 – 1.082 Steve Pearce (NYY, AAA,…

  16. Desmond Jennings lands on disabled list with left knee sprain

    May 14, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings Reuters

    The Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list before tonight’s game with a left knee sprain and recalled utility man Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Durham. Jennings hasn’t started since last Sunday due to the injury, but since he made a pinch-hit appearance on Friday, he will not be eligible to return until…

  17. Torii Hunter placed on restricted list following son’s arrest

    May 14, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    According to Tim Mead, the Angels’ vice president of communications, the club has placed outfielder Torii Hunter on the restricted list due to a “personal matter.” While the club has offered no further comment at this time, an NBC affiliate in Dallas is reporting that Hunter’s 17-year-old son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, was one of five Prosper…

  18. Curt Schilling’s video game company is going under?

    May 14, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Kingdoms

    According to a report by Providence’s NBC 10, Rhode Island state officials have been meeting with 38 Studios, the video game company owned by Curt Schilling. “We’re always working to keep Rhode Island companies solvent, and that’s what we’re doing with 38 Studios,” Governor Lincoln Chafee said. 38 Studios was originally Massachusetts based, but Rhode…

  19. Rafael Furcal is scorching hot for the Cardinals

    May 14, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    St. Louis got swept by at home by the Braves over the weekend, but it certainly wasn’t the shortstop’s fault. Rafael Furcal went 7-for-11 with two walks against his original team and is a ridiculous 15-for-21 over his last five games. The stretch has him batting .383/.447/.519 for the season. Baseball-reference’s WAR rates him the…

  20. The Royals aren’t cursed… they’re stupid

    May 14, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Danny Duffy

    23-year-old left-hander Danny Duffy complained of elbow tightness following his start April 22 against the Blue Jays. Kansas City’s solution? An MRI and a precautionary DL stint? It is the team’s youngest starter and a big part of the organization’s future we’re dealing with here. Nope, the Royals had him skip one start. No tests…

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