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  1. Bryce Harper is batting third for the Nationals tonight

    May 3, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bryce Harper batted seventh in the Nationals’ lineup for each of his first four games, but manager Davey Johnson has decided to promote the 19-year-old to the No. 3 spot tonight. That’s where the best hitter on the team generally bats and obviously in time the Nationals expect Harper to be that guy, but to…

  2. Leonys Martin out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery

    May 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin, Mike Dayly, Jon Daniels

    Leonys Martin got off to a great start at Triple-A after losing the spring training competition for the Rangers’ center field job, hitting .347 in 23 games, but the 24-year-old prospect will miss 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Martin struggled at Triple-A last season after defecting from Cuba…

  3. A day after their thrilling win the Braves decide not to show up

    May 3, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    No one does getaway like the Atlanta Braves. A night after a thrilling extra innings win and a few hours before hopping on a plane to Denver, the Braves got shutout on three hits by Joe Blanton and the Phillies, who prevailed 4-0.  And they didn’t mess about, either: they made Blanton throw all of…

  4. That was quick: Red Sox send Jose Iglesias back to minors

    May 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    iglesias wide

    Called up Tuesday because the Red Sox needed some infield depth with Kevin Youkilis hurting but still on the active roster, Jose Iglesias is reportedly being sent back to Triple-A without getting into a game. Youkilis was placed on the disabled list yesterday, with prospect Will Middlebrooks coming up from Triple-A to replace him at…

  5. Those deer antler spray people are suing Major League Baseball

    May 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT


    Remember last year when we told you about how ballplayers are using a spray made from ground up deer antlers as some sort of performance enhancer?  And then about how Major League Baseball sent a warning to players that they shouldn’t use a particular brand of the deer antler spray because it could lead to positive drug…

  6. Royals place Yuniesky Betancourt on DL, but don’t call up Johnny Giavotella

    May 3, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    It was odd enough that the Royals chose washed-up veteran Yuniesky Betancourt over promising prospect Johnny Giavotella for the starting second base job this spring, but now Betancourt has been placed on the disabled list with an ankle injury and Giavotella didn’t even get the call to take his spot. And it’s not because Giavotella…

  7. Pablo Sandoval has a fractured hamate bone, likely to miss several weeks

    May 3, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Bad news for the Panda. That injury from last night is not good: CONFIRMED: Pablo Sandoval has fractured his left hamate bone. Last year he missed 6 weeks and 41 games. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 3, 2012 No one ever needs this. But the Giants, especially, didn’t need this given their offensive deficiencies. Sandoval…

  8. Yankees sign Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000

    May 3, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    cuba flag

    Baseball America‘s international prospect guru Ben Badler reports that the Yankees have signed 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000. Garcia has consistently posted huge batting averages in Cuba, but Badler notes that his raw tools aren’t considered particularly impressive and he stands just 5-foot-7 “so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in…

  9. Roy Halladay leaves the Phillies to attend to a personal matter

    May 3, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    This is one of those deals where the headline has all of the information we know, but whatever. Jim Salisbury of One day after failing to protect a six-run lead, Phillies ace Roy Halladay is not with the club for Thursday’s game against Atlanta. According to sources, Halladay is tending to a personal family issue.…

  10. A.J. Burnett rocked for 12 runs in this season’s worst pitching performance

    May 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett pitched well in his first two starts after returning from a fractured orbital bone, coming off the disabled list with seven shutout innings on April 21 and then tossing six innings of two-run ball on April 27. Those seven scoreless frames came against St. Louis, but last night that same Cardinals lineup clobbered…

  11. Ozzie Guillen doesn’t sound married to keeping Heath Bell as the closer

    May 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    More Marlins stuff because, well, why not. When asked about Heath Bell‘s performance last night and his prospects of remaining the Marlins’ closer, Ozzie Guillen sounded pretty non-committal: “My job is to win games. I’m going to put the best guy we think is doing the job there. This is a tough call to any position because…

  12. Carlos Beltran homers twice, drives in seven runs

    May 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Albert Pujols remains homerless for the Angels, but the man signed to replace him in the Cardinals’ lineup went deep twice yesterday and drove in seven runs. Carlos Beltran now has seven homers in 23 games for St. Louis, and he’s hitting .279 with a .398 on-base percentage and .535 slugging percentage to essentially match…

  13. We now know for certain that Carlos Zambrano has changed

    May 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    When considering Heath Bell‘s non-blown-save-blown-save, this part hadn’t occurred to me:  Carlos Zambrano was the pitcher of record and stood to get the win if Bell had managed to lock the game down in the ninth.  Yet, despite this, there was no violence, mayhem, sturm nor drang. Clark Spencer from the Miami Herald:  “I feel…

  14. Ryan Braun left last night’s game with sore Achilles’ tendon

    May 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun followed up his monster three-homer game Monday by swiping his 100th career base Tuesday, but in doing so he injured his Achilles’ tendon. Adam McCalvy of reports that there was some thought given to having Braun sit out last night to rest the injury, but instead he started the game and then…

  15. Coco Crisp can’t shake what ailing him, likely DL-bound

    May 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    coco crisp getty

    Coco Crisp has had a hell of a couple of weeks. He missed missed seven games because of a virus, came back last night, went 0 for 4 and then had to leave the game early because of head congestion and dizziness and stuff. The A’s have been hoping they don’t have to DL him, but…

  16. Cubs activate Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood from DL

    May 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Chicago’s pitching staff is getting a big boost today, as the Cubs activated both Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood from the disabled list while sending Randy Wells and Scott Maine back to Triple-A. Dempster has been out since April 18 with a quadriceps injury, while Wood has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since April…

  17. Pablo Sandoval leaves game with injured hand

    May 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    UPDATE: The worst fears are realized: broken hamate bone. He’s likely to miss several weeks. 10:00 AM: This could be bad news for the Giants: a team that already struggles to score runs could be without their biggest offensive threat for a while. Pablo Sandoval left in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game after injuring…

  18. Quote of the Day: Jered Weaver on the disruption of his no-hitter routine

    May 3, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT


    When someone is throwing a no-hitter, every little thing matters. Routine. Habit. Superstition. A guy throwing a no-no is not going to move from the spot on the bench he’s been sitting in all game long because that might mess with his flow. But Jered Weaver bolted from his spot on the bench between the…

  19. Heath Bell continues to struggle

    May 3, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    heath bell getty

    Last night was a good night to stink because so much other stuff was happening. This is especially true if your team won.  And it’s especially true if the stat that says you stink — blown save — was given to another guy.  But don’t think you got away with this, Heath Bell, we were…

  20. Eric Chavez leaves game with whiplash, possible concussion

    May 3, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Eric Chavez, Joe Girardi

    Eric Chavez has a pretty rich injury history, but this one is a lot different than a bum shoulder or knee or something.  He left last night’s Yankees-Orioles game in the middle of an at bat due to what is being called whiplash and concussion symptoms. He likely sustained the injury in the top of the…

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