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  1. Adrian Gonzalez has eight homers, 19 RBI since May 2

    May 15, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on absolute tear at the plate. He slugged a three-run homer in Saturday night’s 6-0 rout of the Yankees and now has seven home runs and 13 RBI in his past eight games. The 29-year-old is batting .345 with an .836 slugging percentage in the month of May.…

  2. Jorge Posada claims to have back injury, still in the wrong

    May 15, 2011, 12:02 AM EDT

    posada wider

    This thing is officially a mess, but we’re going to try to lay out all the different reports and go from there. Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada removed himself from Saturday night’s lineup against the rival Red Sox, telling manager Joe Girardi an hour before game time that he “needed a mental day” of rest.…

  3. Pete Rose wants to manage again

    May 14, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    This might be even less likely than Ned Yost becoming an astronaut. As the keynote speaker Saturday at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center Gala (trust us, if you have a chance to go once in your life, do so), Pete Rose said he still hopes to manage a major league team. The 70-year-old Rose,…

  4. Red Sox shut out Yankees behind dominant Josh Beckett

    May 14, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Red Sox starting pitcher Beckett throws against New York Yankees during third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York

    Josh Beckett entered Saturday’s game with a fine 11-7 career record against the Bombers, but it certainly hasn’t been easy.  His ERA stood at 5.90, and he had given up 24 homers in 23 starts. That’s why the Red Sox have to be thrilled about just how outstanding Beckett has been in two starts versus…

  5. Pirates release injured left-hander Scott Olsen

    May 14, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    olsen pose

    The Pirates have finally grown tired of waiting for starter Scott Olsen to recover from the shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list at the end of spring training. According to beat writer Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Bucs released the left-hander on Saturday night. Olsen signed a one-year, $500,000 contract…

  6. Matt Joyce day-to-day with cramps and quad tightness

    May 14, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    joyce homer

    Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is batting a blistering .360/.414/.588 with five home runs and 17 RBI through 36 games this season. Unfortunately, he might have to put that early offensive momentum on hold for a couple of days. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that Joyce made an early exit…

  7. Hot-hitting outfielder Carlos Beltran might have pink eye

    May 14, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    beltran square

    Carlos Beltran provided an update to ESPN New York Saturday on the condition of his right eye: “They say it could be conjunctivitis,” Beltran said. “They gave me some antibiotics today. It’s better, but I still feel a little blurry. They got me some eye drops and they want me to take those tonight, and…

  8. Harmon Killebrew through a 32-year-old’s eyes

    May 14, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    harmon killebrew 1975 topps

    Unfortunately, none of us 20- and 30-something bloggers at HardballTalk ever got to see Harmon Killebrew play.  I just remember his all-time name near the top of the all-time home run leaderboard.  Killebrew. As an avid collector as a youngster in the late-80s, I recall being excited to get his 1975 Topps card.  That colorful set…

  9. Michael Aubrey hits four homers for Triple-A Syracuse

    May 14, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Former major leaguer Michael Aubrey hit four homers and drove in seven runs in four at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse in an 11-0 win over Durham on Saturday. It was a pretty stunning outburst for the 29-year-old Aubrey, who entered with no homers and just one double in 59 at-bats this season.  He was hitting .203/.319/.288…

  10. Brandon League still Seattle’s closer after four straight losses

    May 14, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Brandon League

    After going 9-for-9 saving games to begin the season, Brandon League just turned in maybe the worst week a closer has ever had, taking losses in four straight appearances and blown saves in each of the last three. Overall, he gave up 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings over four appearances. He became the first…

  11. Shane Victorino to miss time with hamstring injury

    May 14, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino exited Saturday’s game in the eighth inning with hamstring soreness and said afterwards that he doesn’t expect to play Sunday. According to Todd Zolecki on Twitter, Victorino said he didn’t think a DL stint would be necessary. However, he is likely to miss a couple of days due to the…

  12. Jorge Posada asks out of lineup after Yankees drop him to ninth

    May 14, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees

    9:20 p.m. EDT: Sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Posada asked out of the lineup due to back stiffness, contradicting pretty much everything that’s come out over the last hour and a half.  Maybe there’s some truth to it, but it sounds like spin.  In speaking with reporters just before 8 p.m., GM Brian Cashman…

  13. Reds stick with Edinson Volquez, demote Mike Leake

    May 14, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds

    Mike Leake will make his minor league debut within the next few days after the Reds chose to demote him, rather than Edinson Volquez, to open up a spot on the roster for Jose Arredondo on Saturday. Leake, the eighth overall pick in 2009, became the first draftee to skip the minors and go straight…

  14. Carlos Beltran scratched from Saturday’s lineup with swelling in right eye

    May 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran, Chip Hale

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Carlos Beltran has been scratched from this afternoon’s lineup against the Astros after waking up with swelling in his right eye. “Maybe I scratched it during the night,” Beltran said. “It just burns. It’s burning inside, on top of it.” Beltran was given eye drops by team trainers and…

  15. Red Sox, Yankees minor leaguers brawl (with video)

    May 14, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    brawl

    Taking the rivalry a bit too seriously perhaps, the low Single-A Greenville Drive and Charleston River Dogs had it out Friday night, brawling after the second pitch of the game. Baseball America’s Ben Badler said there was some lingering bad blood from a series between the teams three weeks ago, so when Red Sox prospect…

  16. Phil Hughes feels “good” after first throwing session Friday

    May 14, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Phil Hughes is still several weeks away from rejoining the Yankees, but he moved one step closer to returning to the mound by playing catch prior to last night’s game against the Red Sox. Hughes told George A. King III of the New York Post that he felt “good” after making 30 throws from a…

  17. Rockies tell Ian Stewart “we’re not going to trade you”

    May 14, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    ian-stewart-rockies

    Last week manager Jim Tracy told reporters that Ian Stewart was “either going to play his way in or play his way off the team” and then yesterday, after benching him for two of the four games since, the Rockies demoted Stewart back to Triple-A. Even before the latest demotion to the minors I wrote…

  18. Domonic Brown diagnosed with sprained right thumb

    May 14, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Ben Francisco has begun to lose his grip on the starting right field job by batting just .107 (3-for-28) with a 7/7 K/BB ratio this month, but at least now he has a little more time to right the ship. According to David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal, Domonic Brown was diagnosed with a…

  19. Leonys Martin debuts at Double-A after signing with Rangers for $15.5 million

    May 14, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    leonys-martin-rangers

    Leonys Martin finalized a $15.5 million major-league contract with the Rangers last week and the 23-year-old Cuban center fielder made his American debut at Double-A, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a steal. Martin’s contract includes an immediate spot on the 40-man roster and most pre-signing scouting reports suggested he was pretty close to being…

  20. The Rangers’ Opening Day outfield could all soon be on the disabled list

    May 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: It’s official. Borbon was placed on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon with left hamstring inflammation. Endy Chavez has been called up from Triple-A Round Rock. 11:00 AM: Julio Borbon left last night’s game against the Angels in the top of the seventh inning with a strained left hamstring. While Borbon downplayed the injury in…

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