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  1. Joe Mauer, Tsuyoshi Nishioka set for extended spring games

    May 24, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    The Twins will move a step closer to getting a pair of regulars back in their lineup when Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka appear in extended spring games this week. Mauer, who has been on the DL since April 14 with bilateral leg weakness, is set to appear as a DH on Wednesday.  Nishioka, who suffered…

  2. Brandon Webb pitches six innings in extended spring game

    May 24, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb took away some encouraging signs after throwing six innings against Padres minor leaguers in Arizona on Tuesday.  He hit 84 mph on the gun while allowing four runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings, Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports. He struck out five and walked none, though he…

  3. Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died from sinus infection

    May 24, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Yewri Guillen

    When 18-year-old Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died in the Dominican Republic last month, bacterial meningitis was blamed.  An MLB investigation, however, determined today that the cause of death was a brain infection, the result of an aggressive sinus infection. The Nationals signed Guillen back in February.  He became ill while at the team’s camp in the…

  4. Cubs place Matt Garza on DL with bone bruise in elbow

    May 24, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Garza missed his scheduled Sunday start with a bone bruise in his elbow and today the Cubs placed him on the disabled list. However, because the DL stint is backdated to May 18 the Cubs are hoping that Garza may only have to miss one more start, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago…

  5. Jorge De La Rosa pulled with a sore elbow

    May 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Jorge De La Rosa has pitched well this year, posting a 5-2 record and a 3.34 ERA and helping pick up the slack from a worse-than-expected Ubaldo Jimenez.  But it’s not all beer and Skittles in De La Rosa land, as he was pulled in the third inning of today’s start against the Dbacks with…

  6. Josh Hamilton was disliked by “pretty much everyone” while playing for the Reds

    May 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    josh hamilton reds

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is one of the best beat reporters to follow on Twitter because he frequently answers questions from followers and provides information and context that otherwise might not appear in his articles. Today is no exception, as he responded to a question about Josh Hamilton‘s one-season stay in Cincinnati by…

  7. There are a lot of legacies in this year’s draft

    May 24, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    I’m not really a draftnik. Amateur baseball players are a far flung lot and it’s not easy to keep track of them unless you’re Keith Law or someone and it’s your job to keep track of them.  With the exception of the Bryce Harpers and Stephen Strasburgs of the world, I usually begin to get…

  8. UPDATE: Rafael Soriano to see Dr. James Andrews after MRI on elbow

    May 24, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rafael Soriano is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. 4:52 PM: The decision to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract keeps looking worse and worse for the Yankees. First he struggled out of the gates, then he was sidelined by elbow soreness, and…

  9. Jury: airplane manufacturer not responsible in Cory Lidle’s death

    May 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Cory Lidle

    It was just less than a month ago that the Cory Lidle wrongful death trial began. The claim, brought by Lidle’s family: that the manufacturer of the airplane Lidle was flying malfunctioned and was responsible for his death.  Today the jury came back with a verdict. They did not agree.  The FAA’s determination of the…

  10. Hideki Okajima clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima began the season at Triple-A, got called up to rejoin the Red Sox’s bullpen in mid-April, was designated for assignment last week, and now has accepted an assignment back to Triple-A after passing through waivers unclaimed. And all that has happened after he re-signed with the Red Sox this offseason for $1.75 million.…

  11. Awful humanity ruins Bernie Brewer promotion

    May 24, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Bernie Brewer

    Sometimes I hate people. People and their grubby-ape fascination with baubles, tchotchkes, gewgaws, trinkets and kitsch, replacing the old ape instincts of hording fruit stores or whatever the hell else we did when we weren’t beating each other senseless with animal bones in front of monoliths: The Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for an enthusiastic response to their…

  12. That was quick: Reds send Todd Frazier back to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    todd-frazier-reds

    Yesterday the Reds called up prospect Todd Frazier from the Triple-A and there was speculation about how much playing time he’d get and who he’d replace in the lineup. So much for all that. Frazier appeared in last night’s game, striking out as a pinch-hitter, and was sent back to Triple-A this afternoon. Mark Sheldon…

  13. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Phillies with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury

    May 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Watch me: I talk about the Phillies for nearly seven minutes, and not once do I take a cheap shot! Gotta be a new record for me.

  14. Bobby Jenks could be activated from DL this weekend

    May 24, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jenks_Bobby

    Out since May 5 with a strained triceps, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw a problem-free bullpen session yesterday and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend. After throwing a 25-pitch session Jenks said: Everything felt great today. Biceps is back to where…

  15. Bryan Stow’s family to sue the Dodgers

    May 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    UPDATE: A copy of the lawsuit can be seen here. 2:35 PM: From the “It Was Only a Matter of Time Department” comes the latest news in a sad saga: The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow is expected to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers today in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to…

  16. Dennis Eckersley rips Brian Fuentes

    May 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    A guy who knows a thing or two about closing in Oakland — Dennis Eckersley — took to the airwaves today to tear Brian Fuentes a new one over his post-game comments last night.  And not just any radio station, but the A’s flagship station, Sports Radio 95.7 in Oakland.  John Shea of the Chronicle…

  17. Terry Francona on Daisuke Matsuzaka: “He’s not going to have surgery”

    May 24, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka injured

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, which is often a precursor to Tommy John elbow surgery, but manager Terry Francona made it very clear that he doesn’t think Matsuzaka will need to go under the knife: He’s not going to have surgery. He’s not going…

  18. Alcohol-fueled incidents at the ballpark: is it any worse than it has always been?

    May 24, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Budweiser sign

    There’s an AP story today about alcohol at ballparks leading to increased violence, drunkenness, drunk driving and otherwise boorish behavior, pegged to a study by the University of Minnesota. The results are, um, sobering: Alcohol laws and guidelines at stadiums are poorly enforced, with research subjects pretending to be drunk being served 74 percent of…

  19. Injured fielding a bunt, Tigers starter Phil Coke placed on DL

    May 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Coke_Phil

    Phil Coke left yesterday’s start after injuring his foot fielding a Ben Zobrist bunt and today the Tigers left-hander was placed on the disabled list. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Detroit will call up prospect Andy Oliver to take Coke’s turn in the rotation Saturday, but in the meantime they’ve added left-hander Adam Wilk…

  20. John Harper of the Daily News: Only a sometimes steroids skeptic

    May 24, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In the wake of this morning’s Daily News column by John Harper, The Common Man takes a look at Harper’s past commentary about players and steroids and finds that, when it comes to New York players, current and former, Harper isn’t nearly so hung up on the issue of whether they were clean or not as…

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