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  1. Twins to place Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list

    May 6, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hasn’t played in a game since Monday, when he felt discomfort in his left wrist on a strikeout swing. And he’s not going to be ready to change that for at least another week. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the Twins are placing the 30-year-old slugger on the 15-day…

  2. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 6, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

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    Rebuilding doesn’t have to be entirely depressing. The Astros — predicted by many to be a 100-loss team — won their fifth straight game on Saturday night in Houston, and their second straight against the defending World Series champion Cardinals. Houston is one game under .500 (13-14), good enough for third place in the National…

  3. Brewers put Carlos Gomez and Alex Gonzalez on 15-day DL

    May 5, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Milwaukee’s pro ballplayers are dropping like flies. Just a few days after losing first baseman Mat Gamel to a season-ending knee injury, the Brewers have placed outfielder Carlos Gomez and shortstop Alex Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list. This according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gomez was diagnosed Friday night with a left hamstring strain.…

  4. Former major leaguer Chad Curtis under investigation for touching students

    May 5, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Chad Curtis

    Chad Curtis, who played 10 seasons in the majors before retiring in 2001, has been suspended from his volunteer high school position amid allegations that he inappropriately touched students. Curtis, who denied the allegations, had been volunteering at Lakewood High School near Lake Odessa. He was slated to become the school’s head football coach this fall.…

  5. Albert Pujols not in Angels’ starting lineup Saturday

    May 5, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Thinking that a day of rest might help Albert Pujols both mentally and physically, Angels manager Mike Scioscia is giving the first baseman his first full off-day on Saturday against the Blue Jays. Pujols didn’t even take pregame batting practice and is not expected to be available for pinch-hitting duties. This according to the Orange…

  6. Marlins remove Heath Bell from ninth-inning role

    May 5, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    After watching Heath Bell blow his fourth save in seven chances Friday against the Padres, the Marlins are finally ready to make a change. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald brings the breaking news: Heath Bell out as closer for the time being. #marlins — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 5, 2012 Edward Mujica, Ryan Webb and…

  7. Another Brewer down: Alex Gonzalez set for MRI on knee

    May 5, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Here’s a streak that might hold up all year: Alex Gonzalez left Saturday’s game with a right knee injury, making it the fourth straight game in which a Brewers starter has gotten hurt. Tuesday: Mat Gamel (torn ACL – out for the season) Wednesday:  Ryan Braun (Achilles’ tendon – returned Saturday) Friday: Carlos Gomez (hamstring…

  8. Huston Street to go on disabled list with shoulder strain

    May 5, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Huston Street

    5:30 p.m. EDT update: Street confirmed Saturday that he would go on the disabled list with his strained lat muscle. Miles Mikolas has joined the Padres and is expected to take Street’s roster spot. /// Huston Street immediately knew something was wrong when he threw ball four to Logan Morrison in the 10th inning last…

  9. The error battle is heating up

    May 5, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

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    When Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon committed his seventh error on the very first play of the bottom of the first inning Saturday, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro knew he’d have to step up his game. Sure enough, he committed his major league-high eighth in the fifth inning. Here’s the up-to-the-minute leaderboard for errors: Starlin Castro (SS…

  10. Chris Capuano goes to 4-0 as Dodgers shut down Cubs

    May 5, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

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    Getting better every time out, Chris Capuano shut out the Cubs for seven innings on Saturday to improve to 4-0 on the season. Capuano has posted a statistically improved outing each time out for the Dodgers: April 7 – 4 R in 4 2/3 IP April 12 – 2 R in 5 1/3 IP April…

  11. Red Sox, Twins pitchers lead the way when it comes to getting shelled

    May 5, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Expanding on a tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Lundblad, here’s the number of times each team in baseball has had a pitcher give up at least five earned runs this season. 14 – Red Sox 12 – Twins 8 – Rockies, Yankees 7 – Cubs, Mets 6 – Angels, Blue Jays, Braves, Mariners, Rangers, Royals, Tigers…

  12. Ryan Braun returns to Brewers lineup, but Carlos Gomez likely headed for DL

    May 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup after leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out last night with a sore Achilles’ tendon, but Carlos Gomez remains sidelined by a hamstring injury. No official move has been made yet, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Gomez is almost surely bound for the disabled list tonight…

  13. Chien-Ming Wang close to rejoining Nationals after strong rehab start

    May 5, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang tossed six innings of two-run ball last night in a minor-league rehab start at Single-A and might be one more solid outing away from rejoining the Nationals. Wang has been out since injuring his calf covering first base on March 15 and has also battled major shoulder problems for the past three seasons,…

  14. Angels demote reliever Kevin Jepsen to Triple-A … again

    May 5, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Kevin Jepsen spent 2009 and 2010 as a setup man for the Angels, throwing 114 innings with a 4.43 ERA and 109 strikeouts, but last night the 27-year-old right-hander was demoted to Triple-A for the second straight season. This time around Jepsen earned the demotion by coughing up nine runs in seven innings, whereas last…

  15. Aaron Cook gets gash in leg patched up, returns to game

    May 5, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Aaron Cook was spiked by Chris Davis on a play at home plate in the second inning Saturday, opening a gash just below his left knee, but he was allowed to continue in the game after going to the Red Sox clubhouse and getting patched up. As Cook walked off the field with the trainer,…

  16. Cliff Lee is ready, but Chase Utley is still a ways away

    May 5, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Cliff Lee successfully completed a bullpen session Saturday morning and is expected to make his return to the rotation Wednesday after missing three turns with a strained oblique. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t quite so good as it pertained to Chase Utley. Manager Charlie Manuel said Friday that Utley would report to Clearwater early next week,…

  17. Marlins worried struggling Josh Johnson isn’t healthy

    May 5, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Heath Bell isn’t the only big name pitcher struggling for the Marlins. Josh Johnson missed the final four months of last season with a shoulder injury and has looked nothing like his old self early on this year, leading manager Ozzie Guillen to worry that the Marlins ace is still hurting. Last night Johnson failed…

  18. Matt Garza feeling sick, “iffy” to make Sunday start

    May 5, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

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    There’s a flu bug going around the Cubs clubhouse and the latest victim is Matt Garza, with manager Dale Sveum saying this morning that the right-hander is “iffy” to make his scheduled Sunday start. Garza was originally supposed to start today before being pushed back in the rotation and Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago…

  19. Ozzie Guillen after another Heath Bell blown save: “We’ve got to do something about it”

    May 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Heath Bell blew another save last night, coughing up his fourth lead in seven tries, and afterward manager Ozzie Guillen finally seemed ready to make a change at closer after previously saying he’d stick with Bell through the struggles: We’ll check tomorrow about what’s going to be the situation with the closer. We’ve got to…

  20. Lance Berkman not ready to return from calf injury

    May 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman tested his strained left calf yesterday, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “he felt some residual tightness and the plan now is for him not to try to run again until Monday.” Hummel notes that Berkman missed 21 days with a similar injury in 2009, so a similar…

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