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  1. Josh Beckett chased early against Indians

    May 10, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett Getty

    It was tee time for the Indians against Josh Beckett earlier this evening. Beckett, who recently missed a start with lat soreness after tying a career-high by throwing 126 pitches on April 29, was blasted for seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, including homers from Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis,…

  2. Don’t worry Phillies fans, help is on the way

    May 10, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Manuel mound Phillies Getty

    On the heels of being swept in a three-game series by the Mets to fall to 14-18 on the season, the last-place Phillies are conducting a mini roster shakeup. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies will promote left-handers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes and infielder Hector Luna before tomorrow’s game against the Padres.…

  3. Adam Lind on notice after Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero

    May 10, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Adam Lind hit .305/.370/.562 for the Blue Jays in 2009 and finished fifth in the AL with 35 homers and third with 114 RBI. Toronto rewarded him after that season with a four-year, $18 million contract that took him right to free agency. So far, Lind hasn’t paid them back. The 29-year-old has hit .240/.290/.424…

  4. Jeremy Guthrie makes rehab start, on track to return Tuesday

    May 10, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie Getty

    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Jeremy Guthrie is poised to return from the disabled list after tossing four scoreless innings this afternoon in a minor league rehab start with High-A Modesto. Guthrie, who landed on the disabled list two weeks ago after spraining his right shoulder in a bicycle accident, allowed only…

  5. Angels lose Chris Iannetta for 6-8 weeks

    May 10, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Chris Iannetta

    Bad news for the Halos: catcher Chris Iannetta needs wrist surgery and will miss 6-8 weeks, Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports. Iannetta was injured while catching Jered Weaver in the no-hitter against the Twins on May 2 and didn’t start for three days afterwards. Since returning to the lineup, he’d gone 0-for-7 with…

  6. Colby Lewis gives up five homers, strikes out career-best 12

    May 10, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    It was certainly a case of feast or famine for the Orioles in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up three straight homers to begin the bottom of the first, retired the next 18 hitters he faced and then surrendered two more homers in the seventh to leave down 6-0…

  7. Baseball America mock draft has Astros taking Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with No. 1 pick

    May 10, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Mark Appel

    Jim Callis of Baseball America just published his first mock draft with about four weeks to go until the actual picks start on June 4. The whole thing is worth reading, as Callis gives plenty of analysis along with the projected picks, but to whet your appetite he has the Astros selecting Stanford pitcher Mark…

  8. Orioles open game with three straight homers

    May 10, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Ryan Flaherty, Colby Lewis

    Orioles left fielder Ryan Flaherty opened the bottom of the first inning of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rangers with his first major league homer. And it was reason to celebrate. J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis immediately followed with homers of support, making the Orioles the first team in five years to start a game with…

  9. Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero to minor-league deal

    May 10, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero recently asked for and received tryouts with the Indians and Diamondbacks, but neither team decided to sign him. However, the 37-year-old former MVP has finally found a taker: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrero has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays that will be worth a prorated share of…

  10. Another day, another lineup spot for Bryce Harper

    May 10, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bryce Harper is on the move in the Nationals’ batting order again. Harper debuted as a No. 7 hitter, moved to the No. 3 spot after four games, shifted to the No. 2 spot for the past two games following Ryan Zimmerman‘s return, and is now batting No. 5 tonight. That makes four different lineup…

  11. Arizona high school forfeits game to avoid playing against a team with a female player

    May 10, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    NO GIRLS ALLOWED

    You can do anything you want to in this country. You can follow your beliefs and convictions in any way you choose and no one can tell you not to unless you’re breaking the law or hurting someone. It’s the beauty of America. But you do have to remember one thing: if in doing so…

  12. The Red Sox to honor Carl Beane with a silent P.A. tonight

    May 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    New Boston Red Sox Announcer Carl Beane

    It was many people’s first thought when the news of the death of Red Sox P.A. announcer Carl Beane was heard yesterday. But today the Sox have made it official: Yesterday we lost our friend and voice, Carl Beane. Tonight the PA mic will be silent in his memory. #VoiceofFenway — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox)…

  13. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan on bereavement leave

    May 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan‘s grandmother died yesterday and the Pirates closer is expected to be away from the team until Sunday on bereavement leave. Daniel McCutchen, who threw 189 innings for the Pirates during the past three seasons, was called up from Triple-A to take Hanrahan’s place on the roster. Juan Cruz is the obvious candidate to…

  14. A season with the Bluefish

    May 10, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Bluefish

    The tastefully named Craig Fehrman is spending a season with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League and is writing up his experiences for Deadspin.  His first entry is up today and it’s a good read.  Red Sox fans who still miss Joey Gathright’s single at bat from last season will be in for a…

  15. Red Sox release John Maine from minor-league deal

    May 10, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    John Maine

    In what might be the end of the line for John Maine, the Red Sox released the oft-injured right-hander after signing him to a minor-league contract in January. Maine never actually appeared in a minor-league game for the Red Sox, as more shoulder problems derailed his comeback attempt. He also had a 7.43 ERA in…

  16. Must-click link: How about that Montaous Walton!

    May 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    MysteryMan

    Attention sportswriters and agents: if you get a message left for you by a hot young prospect named Montaous Walton talking up his college stats, you probably want to let that one go: An OnMilwaukee.com investigation has revealed that someone named Montaous Walton does, indeed, exist. But that person has proven to be nothing more a…

  17. MLB to ban the fake-to-third pickoff play?

    May 10, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Baseball rule book

    I didn’t see this one coming, did you? Major League Baseball is poised to pick off the much-maligned move, the fake-to-third, throw-to-first ploy that often succeeds only in getting the whole ballpark to shout “Balk!” … … The Playing Rules Committee has approved a proposal to make it a balk, too, with MLB executives and…

  18. MLB won’t discipline Kerry Wood for glove throw

    May 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    kerry-wood-cubs

    While leaving the field following an ugly appearance Tuesday night Kerry Wood angrily threw his glove and hat into the stands, but MLB has decided not to discipline the Cubs reliever. Wood turned the incident into a bigger deal by freaking out at reporters who asked about it afterward, replying: “Irrelevant, dude, and why the…

  19. Ruben Amaro: The Phillies may be sellers come July

    May 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com spoke with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, and he ripped his team at length, and didn’t spare either himself or Charlie Manuel in the criticism. Then he said, if things don’t go well in the next two months, he may blow it up: “We just have to get on track. But if…

  20. Freddy Sanchez is playing third base on rehab assignment

    May 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    freddy sanchez batting getty

    Pablo Sandoval being out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hamate bone has the Giants thinking about creative ways to replace him, which is why second baseman Freddy Sanchez played third base yesterday on his minor-league rehab assignment. Sanchez has suffered numerous setbacks trying to recover from shoulder problems, so counting on him returning as a…

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