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  1. Evan Longoria to have an MRI today

    May 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan, Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria’s knee injury is scary for the Rays, but Joe Maddon is calling it a day-to-day thing.  Nevertheless, the Rays are taking no chances with it, so he’ll have an MRI in Tampa today. Longoria has started the year strong, hitting .325/.432/.563 with four homers and 19 RBI.  If he’s lost for any significant…

  2. Roger Clemens wants the jury to know how bad a dude Brian McNamee is

    May 1, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Brian McNamee

    Roger Clemens’ lawyers filed a motion yesterday asking to be allowed to tell the jury just how bad a dude Clemens’ main accuser — Brian McNamee — really is.  It came in the form of an opposition to the government’s motion in limine, which is the government’s attempt to keep the jury from hearing about…

  3. Just for the record, baseball has had at least 26 DUI arrests since 2004

    May 1, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    La Russa Mugshot

    Yesterday I noted how baseball has a DUI problem that, unlike the Delmon Young situation, has basically gone unrecognized by the league. Certainly unpunished. Last month longtime reader Arun Gupta went back and counted them up and he found 26 DUI arrests dating back to 2004.  He has a list of them here. Not all…

  4. Bryce Harper already made his home debut. Sorta.

    May 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Via Nats Enquirer, here’s Bryce Harper making his Washington debut. While playing softball in front of the Washington Monument. Note how selective he is with the pitches. I see stardom in this kid’s future.

  5. Albert Pujols is not happy with Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher

    May 1, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    Someone seems a bit surly. Before last night’s Angels-Twins game, the Angels hitters and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher had their usual pre-series meeting. During the meeting Albert Pujols stood up and said some inspiring words of some kind about how he’s going to turn it around and go team and all of that. That’s cool.…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

  7. Ryan Braun hits three homers then settles for a triple

    May 1, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun hit three homers and then tripled at Petco Park in leading the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Padres on Monday. Braun struggled this spring while dealing with a possible 50-game steroids suspension that was later overturned, but he’s been locked in since Opening Day. He’s now tied for second in the…

  8. Justin Morneau leaves game with wrist injury, flies back to Minnesota to see doctor

    May 1, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    As if falling to 6-16 with a loss to the Angels wasn’t bad enough for the Twins tonight, Justin Morneau exited the game with soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist. Even worse, Rhett Bollinger of reports that Morneau is flying back to Minnesota to be examined by a team doctor, which isn’t a…

  9. Brad Lidge to undergo hernia surgery Tuesday

    Apr 30, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge Getty

    According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Brad Lidge‘s agent Rex Gary said that his client will undergo hernia surgery tomorrow. Lidge was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with what was described as an abdominal wall strain. The 35-year-old right-hander isn’t expected to resume throwing for three weeks following surgery, so…

  10. Carlos Quentin to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

    Apr 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    carlos quentin getty

    Carlos Quentin is inching closer to his Padres’ debut following March knee surgery. According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Quentin is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Triple-A Tucson. Quentin has slowly increased baseball activities after being cleared for live batting practice earlier this month. Padres manager Bud…

  11. Dodgers’ sale expected to be finalized Tuesday

    Apr 30, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson, Frank McCourt

    UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the sale will not close today, as originally expected. No reason for panic, though, as the sale is not in danger and should close early tomorrow. In other exciting Dodgers’ news, Matt Kemp hit his 12th home run of the season in the first inning…

  12. Evan Longoria exits with left knee soreness

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    It might be time for this All-Star to stop fancying himself a basestealer. Evan Longoria left Monday’s game in the third inning with a sore left knee following an awkward slide into second base on a steal attempt. He was caught stealing on the play, leaving him just 2-for-5 in his steal attempts this season. A…

  13. MLB considering changes for Interleague Play

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Barrett Pierzynski Getty

    We already know that when the Astros make the switch to the American League next season, it will create a more balanced schedule which will necessitate Interleague Play on a daily basis. But it sounds like more changes could be on the way. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that MLB is working on…

  14. MLB suspends Delmon Young for seven days without pay

    Apr 30, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Delmon Young AP

    Confirming a report from earlier this afternoon, Major League Baseball just announced that Delmon Young has been suspended for seven days without pay following his arrest last week. Young was charged with third-degree assault and an aggravated harassment hate crime for an alleged altercation outside the Tigers’ hotel in New York City last Friday morning.…

  15. Paul Konerko, Jay Bruce named MLB players of the week

    Apr 30, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    The Player of the Week awards were announced this afternoon. The winners: Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Jay Bruce of the Reds. Konerko went 10-for-23 with three doubles, three home runs — including his 400th career bomb — and drove in four. He’s having another quietly great Paul Konerko year thus far, hitting .383/.444/.679.…

  16. Mets make it official: Mike Pelfrey will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: And now it’s official. Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. ========== While not quite official yet, the Mets just announced that Mike Pelfrey will travel to Alabama tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews and is expected to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. Pelfrey pitched well through three starts, including eight innings of one-run…

  17. There’s “a good chance” Victor Martinez will be back by September

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There was guardedly optimistic news last month when it was learned that Victor Martinez didn’t need a complete ACL reconstruction and thus would not need the entire year to rehab from his knee injury. Add this on to the pile of good news: Victor Martinez is in the clubhouse today.Says doctors say there is a…

  18. Dodgers activate reliever Todd Coffey from disabled list

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Javy Guerra‘s grip on the Dodgers’ closer job seems very shaky, but the bullpen is getting a little boost today with Todd Coffey returning from the disabled list. Coffey appeared in just three games before being shut down with a knee injury, but he returns after the minimum 15-day stay on the DL. He presents…

  19. Andy Pettitte got roughed up today

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    Andy Pettitte resumes his extended spring training prior to this inevitable promotion to the bigs where he’ll save the Yankees universe from the tyranny of Freddy Garcia and/or Phil Hughes.  But first, a hiccup: he gave up six runs in five and two-thirds against Phillies minor leaguers in Clearwater in a rehab start today. And…

  20. Cliff Lee not ready to return from DL when eligible Friday

    Apr 30, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    cliff lee getty

    Cliff Lee is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, but Todd Zolecki of reports that the left-hander’s strained oblique muscle hasn’t healed enough for that to happen. According to Zolecki he’s “improving” but will have to throw at least two bullpen sessions before being cleared to return and the first of those…

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