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  1. Freddy Sanchez to begin playing rehab games Monday

    Apr 22, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Via Spencer Fordin, contributor to MLB.com: The Giants announced Saturday that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment Monday with Class A San Jose in the hope that he will be able to perform defensively by the middle of the week. Sanchez will be limited to DH duties initially as he continues…

  2. Picture of the Day: Philip Humber admires his perfecto

    Apr 22, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

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    From the official Twitter feed of the Chicago White Sox comes this classic shot of right-hander Philip Humber reflecting on his accomplishment in front of the scoreboard at Seattle’s Safeco Field:

  3. Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos placed on disabled list

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Vinnie Duber comes word that the Blue Jays placed closer Sergio Santos on the 15-day disabled list late Saturday night due to inflammation in the right-hander’s throwing shoulder. “He didn’t feel quite right in that save situation last night,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said after Saturday’s 9-5 victory over the Royals. “And…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 22, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates finally got a look at offseason acquisition A.J. Burnett on Saturday in Pittsburgh. And they had to be pretty pleased with what they saw. Burnett loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning, but he wiggled out of that jam with two strikeouts and a lineout, and wound…

  5. A minor leaguer is about to get hit over the head with MLB’s new social media policy

    Apr 21, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Oops. Seth Stohs informs me that Williams was released by the Twins before the season began. So I guess he can get beat over the head if and when some other team signs him. 11:03 PM: Look, I may want to know “why are there so many gay n***** these days,” and YOU may…

  6. Postgame drama in Boston: Bobby V part of closed-door meeting, players refuse to talk

    Apr 21, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

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    The home clubhouse at Fenway Park was not the most relaxing of places Saturday evening after the Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead to the Yankees in an eventual 15-9 loss, falling to 4-10 on the year. “I think we’ve hit bottom,” first-year Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said in his postgame chat. “That’s what…

  7. D’Backs place Daniel Hudson (shoulder) on disabled list

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee isn’t the only ailing front-line starter. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a shoulder impingement. Jonathan Albaledejo, a right-handed reliever, was recalled from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move. The Snakes recently lost center fielder Chris Young for a…

  8. Cliff Lee lands on disabled list with left oblique strain

    Apr 21, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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    From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Daily News comes word that the Phillies have placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, because of a left oblique strain. Joe Savery, a left-handed reliever, has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Kyle Kendrick will start…

  9. The Mets win a weird one

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

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    The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 this afternoon, but whether anyone actually deserved to win, well, that’s up for debate. The Mets certainly appeared to be in control entering the top of the ninth, as Frank Francisco was handed a 4-1 lead after Mike Pelfrey tossed eight innings of one-run ball. However, Francisco was pulled…

  10. Maybe the Red Sox really should fire Bobby Valentine

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the whole point to hiring Bobby Valentine is that he’s a cut above most as a tactical manager? He’s not in the Boston dugout because he’s a great manager of people. Nor does he have a rep as some sort of master disciplinarian who manages to get the…

  11. Philip Humber delivers 21st perfect game in MLB history

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Philip Humber took the mound Saturday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field as the owner of an uninspiring 4.06 career ERA. When nine innings were up, the 29-year-old starter fell to the grass a few feet in front of home plate as a member of major league history. Humber tossed nine perfect framess…

  12. Philip Humber is perfect. The Mariners are anything but.

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    While most of the baseball-loving nation was forced to watch another a typical Red Sox-Yankees four-hour marathon, Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in big-league history Saturday in the White Sox’s 4-0 win over the Mariners. The perfect game is largely the providence of great pitchers, but Humber is certainly more Dallas Braden than…

  13. Philip Humber finishes off perfect game against Mariners

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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    White Sox starter Philip Humber is having his way with the light-hitting Mariners lineup on Saturday in Seattle and currently stands perfect through seven innings of work. Humber has only thrown 70 pitches, so he should be able to go the distance if everything continues to roll his way. The 29-year-old right-hander entered the afternoon…

  14. Marlon Byrd traded to Red Sox for Michael Bowden, PTBNL

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Bowden is indeed headed to Chicago along with a player to be named later. The Cubs will cover “most” of the $6.5 million remaining on Byrd’s contract. 5:51: According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, Marlon Byrd confirmed that he has been traded to the Red Sox.…

  15. Mike Napoli homers again as Rangers win eighth straight game

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

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    Mike Napoli homered in his fifth straight game this afternoon as the Rangers routed the Tigers 10-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Rangers have now won eight consecutive games and sit at a major-league best 12-2 on the young season. The Rangers took the Tigers out of this one pretty early,…

  16. Pirates activate A.J. Burnett for start tonight against the Cardinals

    Apr 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett will make his Pirates’ debut a bit earlier than originally expected. Kevin Correia was scratched from tonight’s start due to discomfort in his left side, so the Pirates have activated Burnett and will have him make the start instead. Burnett, who underwent surgery in early March to repair an orbital fracture of his…

  17. Ryan Zimmerman scratched with right shoulder inflammation

    Apr 21, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman was expected to get the day off tomorrow, so it was a bit of a surprise to see Mark DeRosa run out to third base this afternoon against the Marlins. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Zimmerman was a late-minute scratch due to mild right shoulder inflammation. The team announced that Zimmerman has…

  18. Adrian Beltre day-to-day with left hamstring strain

    Apr 21, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre is day-to-day after leaving this afternoon’s game against the Tigers with a left hamstring strain. Beltre suffered the injury while legging out a double in the top of the second inning. Beltre missed five weeks with a left hamstring injury last season, so while…

  19. Michael Pineda shut down after feeling lingering shoulder weakness

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the Bombers. Michael Pineda threw as scheduled today in extended spring training, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that he was shut down after feeling lingering weakness in his right shoulder. The hope was that Pineda would begin an official minor league rehab assignment if things went well today,…

  20. The New York Post salutes Fenway Park as only they can

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park yesterday with a touching pre-game ceremony. The game didn’t go nearly as smoothy, as the Red Sox lost 6-2 to the division-rival Yankees and have now dropped four straight to fall to 4-9 on the young season. The New York Post decided to commemorate the…

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