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  1. Padres reliever Joe Thatcher to undergo shoulder surgery

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Joe Thatcher was a key part of the Padres’ excellent bullpen last season, making 65 appearances as a left-handed specialist while logging 35 innings with a 1.29 ERA and 45/7 K/BB ratio. He began this season on the disabled list with a strained shoulder and the Padres announced yesterday that the 28-year-old left-hander will need…

  2. Kendrys Morales still not running at full speed, re-examined by foot specialist

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    It’s hard to remember now, but at one point the Angels were hoping to have Kendrys Morales in the Opening Day lineup. Now they might settle for having him in the second half. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Morales still isn’t running at full speed on the fractured ankle that ended…

  3. One of the worst calls you’ll see this year

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Chip Hale, Jose Reye, Marvin Hudson

    Jose Reyes hit a triple in the eighth inning of last night’s Mets-Nationals game. And then he was called out for allegedly taking his hand off the bag. Watch the replay — the second, super slow motion one — and note just how not off the bag he came. Luckily the Mets went on to win…

  4. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Frank McCourt on “transparency”

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    While taking in Frank McCourt’s rants against Major League Baseball last night, I neglected one particular passage that is worthy of greater scrutiny: “There are core values in this country, and fairness is one of them. Transparency is another, and private property is another. Thankfully, it’s not appropriate for one person’s property to be seized…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Colon follows through on a pitch to Chicago White Sox during their MLB baseball game in New York

    In which I ask the time-travelling Bartolo Colon to send me a message in the past and in which we have the latest mid-20th-century Charlie Manuel sighting.

  6. Phil Hughes might have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:23 PM EDT

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    The Yankees put right-hander Phil Hughes through four hours of testing on Tuesday, including two MRIs and a vascular exam. On Wednesday they ran him through five more hours of testing and did dye-contrast blood work. Yet here we stand with no real answers. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the Yankees are now sending Hughes…

  7. Mark Teixeira pulled Wednesday night with sore shoulder

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was lifted from Wednesday night’s defeat of the White Sox in the eighth inning due to soreness in his right shoulder. He’s had to dive for balls in back-to-back games and the bruises finally caught up to him. Teixeira told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger that he was…

  8. Neftali Feliz already cleared to begin throwing program

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Texas Rangers

    When the Rangers placed Neftali Feliz on the disabled list last week, they said his injury was minor. They said he’d be back within two weeks. So far, it looks like they’re going to be right. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Feliz was cleared to begin a throwing program on Wednesday…

  9. Twins lose more offense, place Delmon Young on disabled list

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

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    Twins outfielder Delmon Young hasn’t appeared in a game since April 18 — last Monday — due to discomfort on the left side of his ribcage. He tried returning tonight and was actually penciled into the Twins’ initial starting lineup. But Young couldn’t get through pregame warmups without feeling pain and was scratched before first…

  10. Domonic Brown homers in first minor league rehab game

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

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    The Phillies were ready to hand starting right field duties to Domonic Brown this season before he suffered a broken hamate bone in the middle of spring training and required surgery. The 23-year-old is finally healthy again and possibly closing in quickly on a return to the major leagues. According to Danny Wild, who covers…

  11. Ozzie Guillen gets ejected, tweets about it moments later

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    About five minutes after getting ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen took to his personal Twitter account with these gems: This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium What a strange, strange world we live…

  12. It’s time to play “Let’s Jerk Alex Gordon Around!”

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    So, you’re the Royals, longtime laughing stock of the AL. Your 2011 season starts with some definite promise, but a losing streak inevitably follows. Everyone in baseball knows you’re not going anywhere anyway. The goal for this season all along should have been to figure out what pieces were worth keeping around as baseball’s best…

  13. Roger McDowell apologizes for his actions; Major League Baseball and the Braves respond

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Roger McDowell has apologized for his behavior at AT&T Park on Sunday. His statement: “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions. “ A Braves representative has added: “We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a…

  14. It’s getting ugly between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As mentioned this morning, Frank McCourt flew to New York today to meet with MLB officials — Bud Selig not included — to plead his case for control of the team. A few minutes ago he held a press conference about it, in which he said that his “hard-earned money and my family’s blood, sweat and…

  15. Mark DeRosa going on DL with more left wrist woes

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    So much for the Marlins’ supposed interest in Mark DeRosa. The versatile veteran is headed back to the disabled list due to continued problems with his left wrist. Infield Emmanuel Burriss will replace him on the Giants roster. DeRosa is dealing with inflammation around the area on which he had surgery last summer. The 36-year-old…

  16. Engel Beltre suspended for throwing trash can at fans

    Apr 27, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

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    Ranger prospect Engel Beltre is in some trouble. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 21-year-old outfielder has been suspended indefinitely by the Double-A Texas League for throwing a trash can at a group of fans on Tuesday night in San Antonio. Double-A Frisco, the team that Beltre plays for, had a…

  17. Elbow injury sends Indians starter Carlos Carrasco to DL

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Carlos Carrasco had hoped to avoid the disabled list after leaving Saturday’s start against the Twins with elbow soreness, but the Indians have decided to put him on the shelf when he wasn’t able to throw a scheduled bullpen session today. No announcement has been made for a fill-in starter Saturday, but Jordan Bastian of…

  18. Allegation: Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell made “shocking gay slurs” to fans at AT&T Park

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    So, the major league coach who celebrity attorney Gloria Allred was going to accuse of making homophobic slurs at a fan?  It’s Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell. From TMZ: The coach in question is Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell – who allegedly targeted a group of male fans at San Francisco’s AT&T park last weekend … asking them,…

  19. UPDATE: Rangers place Darren O’Day on 60-day disabled list with hip injury

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    UPDATE: Texas has officially placed O’Day on the 60-day disabled list, so his season is likely in jeopardy and the Rangers’ bullpen is suddenly even shakier. ========== Darren O’Day just posted the following on Facebook: Headed to the DL for a torn labrum in my left hip. Beyond that, I don’t know much. Hopefully recovery…

  20. The Braves have a rally song that is older than most of the Braves

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Eddie Money.bmp

    Look, it’s not always easy being a Braves fan. Part of it is because the hard core among us have to constantly answer for the largely indifferent Atlanta fan base, their playoff-no-shows and the Tomahawk Chop.  Part of it is that whole Buffalo Bills-esque five-pennants-but-only-one-title thing (though I’d take that over what anyone besides the…

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