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  1. Vernon Wells runs bases, nearing rehab assignment

    May 29, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has made significant progress this weekend in his rehabilitation from a strained muscle in his right groin. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Wells ran “the curve of the basepaths on the outfield grass at nearly full speed” on Saturday afternoon and also performed some agility drills. Wells…

  2. Jaime Garcia shelled for career-high 12 runs in loss to Rockies

    May 29, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

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    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia entered Saturday’s action with one of the top stat lines in all of Major League Baseball. He had a 5-0 record, a 1.93 ERA, and a 57/13 K/BB ratio through his first 65 1/3 innings of the 2011 regular season. Unfortunately, just about everything went wrong Saturday night at Denver’s Coors…

  3. UPDATE: Daniel Bard’s missing friend found alive, unharmed

    May 29, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Matt Hill

    SATURDAY: Red Sox setup man Daniel Bard asked reporters today for their assistance in spreading the word in an effort to find his childhood friend Matt Hill, who was last seen in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. A Facebook page, Find Matt Hill, has been set up with the details. The 26-year-old Hill, a groomsman in…

  4. Brian Matusz to make 2011 debut Wednesday vs. Mariners

    May 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    matusz throws

    From Baltimore Sun beat writer Jeff Zrebiec comes word that left-handed starter Brian Matusz has joined up with the Orioles and is likely to be activated for his 2011 regular season debut on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners. Matusz allowed just one run over five-plus innings Friday in his final rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk.…

  5. Andrew Bailey likely to return to A’s on Sunday or Monday

    May 28, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle brings word that A’s closer Andrew Bailey has arrived in Oakland and is likely to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on either Sunday or Monday. Bailey threw 13 pitches in a one-inning rehab appearance Friday evening at Triple-A Sacramento. He allowed two hits but zero runs.…

  6. Peter Bourjos ends Anthony Swarzak’s no-hitter in eighth

    May 28, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    swarzak getty

    UPDATE, 9:14 PM: Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos just ended the no-hit bid with a double in the eighth inning. Swarzak threw 7 1/3 no-hit frames. ******* 9:03 PM: We’ve got a no-hitter alert in Minnesota. Twins right-hander Anthony Swarzak has not allowed a hit through seven innings this evening against the Angels. He has walked…

  7. Brad Lidge throws 24 pitches in extended spring game

    May 28, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Phillies reliever Brad Lidge hasn’t pitched in a game this season because of a right posterior rotator cuff strain that he suffered near the end of March. The right-hander took a big step forward Saturday, tossing 24 pitches in a game at extended spring training and reporting no issues with his shoulder. This according to…

  8. Look for A’s to try new acquisition Scott Sizemore at third base

    May 28, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Scott Sizemore - Tigers

    The Tigers likely would have been more patient with Scott Sizemore had he possessed a better glove at second base.  His track record suggests that he’s going to hit — he’s batting .315/.392/.487 in 170 career games in Triple-A — but his glove at second base has always been shaky and it doesn’t look like…

  9. Corey Patterson hits walkoff homer as Jays beat White Sox in 14

    May 28, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Corey Patterson walkoff homer

    Already with four hits on the day, Corey Patterson puncuated one of the best games of his career with a walkoff homer as the Blue Jays edged the White Sox 9-8 in 14 innings Saturday. The Blue Jays survived today after the White Sox scored in both the eighth and ninth innings to send it…

  10. Astros place Wandy Rodriguez on DL with elbow injury, will promote Jordan Lyles

    May 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The Astros have placed Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with fluid in his left elbow joint, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. As we mentioned here on HBT yesterday, Rodriguez was scratched from today’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks with discomfort in his elbow. Bud Norris will move up a day to start in…

  11. Paul Maholm pitches third career shutout to beat Cubs

    May 28, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    The big surprise here is that neither of his previous shutouts came against the Cubs. Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm pitched a three-hitter Saturday as the Pirates won 10-0 at Wrigley Field.  He struck out four and walked none in the 91-pitch gem. Ronny Cedeno, Lyle Overbay, Chris Snyder and Andrew McCutchen all went deep in…

  12. Hot-hitting Corey Hart out of lineup today due to illness

    May 28, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Corey Hart homers AP

    The only thing that can slow Corey Hart down? His immune system, apparently. According to Audrey Snyder of MLB.com, Hart is out of the starting lineup for today’s game against the Giants due to illness. Nyjer Morgan will take his place in right field and bat eighth against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, though Hart could be…

  13. David Einhorn is getting one heck of a deal

    May 28, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    david einhorn poker

    UPDATE: The New York Times confirms Adam Rubin’s report and adds that the deal being discussed between Einhorn and the Mets does not include SNY, which is the team’s television network. Einhorn didn’t say much during the conference call Thursday, but was adamant that he had “no interest” in owning a television station. 9:30 AM:…

  14. Evan Longoria is batting leadoff this afternoon

    May 28, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

    Here’s something interesting. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria will bat leadoff for the first time in his career this afternoon against the Indians. Longoria missed the entire month of April with an oblique injury and is batting just .209/.317/.372 over his first 101 plate appearances this season, so Rays…

  15. Humberto Quintero headed to DL with ankle injury after play at plate

    May 28, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts, Humberto Quintero

    Eli Whiteside managed to avoid injury last night, but Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero wasn’t so lucky. Quintero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle following a collision with Ryan Roberts at home plate. Before you ask, no, this wasn’t anything close to the Buster Posey play from Wednesday night. Quintero…

  16. Nationals place Tom Gorzelanny on disabled list with elbow inflammation

    May 28, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Washington Nationals

    Tom Gorzelanny has allowed 13 runs and six home runs over his last three starts. Now we have some idea of what’s ailing him. Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that the Nationals have placed Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation. Gorzelanny has a 4.25 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio over…

  17. Gordon Beckham has no fractures after being hit in face with throw

    May 28, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    White Sox' Beckham is helped off the field after he was hit in the face by a ball in their MLB American League baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto

    UPDATE: According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Beckham hopes to play Monday against the Red Sox. 11:01 AM: A disappointing start to the season for Gordon Beckham just got worse. Beckham was hit just below his left eye on a throw from center fielder Alex Rios in the third inning of last…

  18. Prince Fielder almost took out Eli Whiteside at home plate last night

    May 28, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Fielder Whiteside AP picture

    The Giants nearly lost their second catcher of the week during last night’s game against the Brewers. Prince Fielder attempted to score on a single by Jonathan Lucroy in the bottom of the eighth inning and leaned into Eli Whiteside once it was obvious he was going to be a dead duck at home plate.…

  19. UPDATE: Joe Nathan hits disabled list with tenderness in right elbow

    May 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    Because the previous two stories weren’t enough, here’s more bad news for the Twins. Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports that Joe Nathan is feeling tenderness in his surgically-repaired right elbow and may need a stint on the disabled list. Nathan, who underwent Tommy John surgery last March, hasn’t pitched since allowing two runs…

  20. And the hits keep on coming: Twins scratch Francisco Liriano due to sore shoulder

    May 28, 2011, 12:05 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    After blowing a 5-0 lead and losing to the Angels 6-5 on Friday, the Twins had more bad news for their fans, announcing that Francisco Liriano would be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to a sore shoulder. Anthony Swarzak will take his place. Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox earlier…

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