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  1. Daniel Hudson’s shoulder “felt good” after bullpen session

    May 9, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Daniel Hudson

    Daniel Hudson took the mound yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session. Hudson, who’s been on the DL since April 21, told Tyler Emerick of MLB.com that he “felt good” and “wanted to keep going.” He’ll likely need to complete a…

  2. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen colorfully avoids a Fidel Castro question

    May 9, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Ozzie Guillen was asked by a reporter if the furor over his Fidel Castro comments has died down.  Of course Ozzie isn’t going to touch a Fidel Castro question with a ten foot pole these days, so he dodged it. Smart! Even better: he did it by making sure he stayed firmly in his comfort zone:…

  3. Blue Jays ditch Francisco Cordero as fill-in closer, turn to Casey Janssen

    May 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Sergio Santos is still a few weeks from returning from a shoulder injury, but Francisco Cordero‘s time filling in for him as the Blue Jays’ closer is over now. Cordero’s latest ugly outing last night involved blowing his third save in five tries, leaving him with a 9.53 ERA, and the Blue Jays have stripped…

  4. White Sox’s new closer Chris Sale has a sore elbow, still wants to be a starter

    May 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Jim Bowden of XM Radio that Chris Sale will undergo an MRI exam on his sore left elbow. Last week the White Sox cut short Sale’s transition to the rotation and moved him back to the bullpen as their new closer, with manager Robin Ventura saying he’d fill…

  5. Cliff Lee activated, will start against the Mets tonight

    May 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Phillies made it official a few minutes ago: Cliff Lee has been activated. To make room for him on the roster they have sent down Michael Schwimer to Lehigh Valley. Lee will be on a pitch count tonight — 80 pitches. So the Philly pen will get another chance to work the magic it has…

  6. Greg Holland begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    May 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Out since April 21 with what the Royals termed a left rib stress reaction, Greg Holland began a minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A yesterday. Holland allowed one run in one inning, throwing 19 pitches, and thanks to technology Royals manager Ned Yost watched the outing live on MiLB.tv. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the…

  7. Yoenis Cespedes has a sore hand, needs an MRI

    May 9, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from yesterday’s lineup due to some sort of hand injury. It was thought that he hurt it during batting practice. This morning Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Billy Beane. There’s no word yet on Cespedes condition, but the hope is that the injury is not serious.  He will have…

  8. Sergio Santos cleared to throw after shoulder injury

    May 9, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Here’s some good news for Blue Jays fans who watched Francisco Cordero blow another save last night: Sergio Santos has been cleared to resume throwing after sitting out the past three weeks with shoulder inflammation. There’s no word yet on when he might be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment, but Santos is working out…

  9. Shockingly, Rob Dibble is just fine with Cole Hamels throwing at guys

    May 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    You know what I do whenever a controversial topic comes up? I ask myself “I wonder what Rob Dibble thinks of all of this?” Haha, actually, I don’t do that at all because that would be insane.  But CBS Radio in Philly did, and they asked him all about the Cole Hamels/Bryce Harper thing. Dibble,…

  10. Royals calling up Johnny Giavotella … for a part-time role

    May 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    Last week when Yuniesky Betancourt got hurt and the Royals replaced him with career minor leaguer Irving Falu rather than 24-year-old prospect Johnny Giavotella it seemed … well, let’s be nice and say odd. And now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have decided to call up Giavotella after all–apparently…

  11. Dontrelle Willis drops his grievance, will rejoin the Orioles

    May 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    A couple of weeks ago, Dontrelle Willis left the Orioles. He says he did so with permission. The Orioles said he was AWOL.  The team put him on the restricted list. Willis filed a grievance and his agent went off on the Orioles.  That relationship looked to be over. But cooler heads have prevailed: Jerry…

  12. Ryan Dempster leads baseball with a 1.02 ERA … and has zero wins

    May 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Ryan Dempster threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Braves last night, which actually raised his MLB-leading ERA to 1.02. He’s gone at least 6.2 innings in all five of his starts, allowing 1, 2, 0, 0, and 1 earned runs … and has zero wins to show for it. Hopefully most HBT readers…

  13. Grady Sizemore hoping to return “some time in June”

    May 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Grady Sizemore has made enough progress in his recovery from back surgery that he participated in running and agility drills yesterday at Progressive Field, telling reporters afterward that he’s aiming to come off the disabled list “some time in June.” Because he’s on the 60-day disabled list Sizemore isn’t even eligible to return until June…

  14. Charley Pride was a ballplayer. Who (under 50) knew?

    May 9, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers minority owner and country music recording artist Charley Pride sings the national anthem before the Rangers met the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    If you’re a certain age you never heard of Charley Pride. If you’re a bit older than a certain age (i.e. my age) you know him as one of the guys who sold Greatest Hits albums via mail order and made those commercials for them in which they sat on a stool and sang while…

  15. Twins reliever Jared Burton has thrown 10.2 consecutive no-hit innings

    May 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jared Burton

    Jared Burton served up a pair of homers in his Twins debut on April 7 and allowed a run two appearances later, but since then he’s been unhittable. Literally. Burton pitched a 1-2-3 inning last night against the Angels, giving him 10.2 consecutive no-hit innings dating back to April 13. During that time batters are…

  16. The evidence against Roger Clemens continues to be underwhelming

    May 9, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The Roger Clemens trial got entertaining yesterday as ex-steroids dealer Kirk Radomski — made famous in the Mitchell Report — took the stand. He was fun at least. Lively. Animated. Entertaining even, for a jury that has been mostly bored to tears.  The problem, though, is that the big piece of evidence he provided isn’t…

  17. X-rays on Yadier Molina’s hand injury come back “clean”

    May 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Yadier Molina and Mitchell Boggs got crossed up a pitch last night, with the reliever throwing a fastball when the catcher was expecting a slider. The end result was Molina taking a mid-90s fastball off his hand, which caused the always tough catcher to leave the game, but according to manager Mike Matheny an X-ray…

  18. Michael Pineda’s doctor told him he’d be 100% for spring training? Really?

    May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Yankees pitcher Micheal Pineda got the worst possible diagnosis a couple of weeks ago when he learned he tore his labrum. But despite the fact that it has sometimes taken guys two years to truly come back from that — and has ended many more careers — Pineda told WFAN today that his doctor thinks…

  19. Desmond Jennings out of Rays lineup with sprained knee

    May 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Desmond Jennings

    Desmond Jennings left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and an MRI exam showed a sprain, so the Rays left fielder remained out of the starting lineup versus the Yankees last night. Jennings told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that the injury “feels better than it did” and “I can live with what it is.” He…

  20. In case you hadn’t noticed, Josh Hamilton is having himself a nice year

    May 9, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton’s four-homer game last night puts him here as of this morning: .406/.458/.840 with 14 homers and 36 RBI. That places him well ahead of everyone in all three triple-crown categories and — close your ears, stats people — on pace to break the single-season home run record and RBI record, all while matching…

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