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  1. Joe Mauer “finally turning the corner” with leg weakness

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer didn’t reveal much information about his ongoing rehabilitation from bilateral leg weakness and a viral infection on Thursday when he spoke with a group of reporters. But he did acknowledge that he feels like he is “finally turning a corner” and getting close to “increasing the intensity” of his workouts. Phil…

  2. Ryan Zimmerman not near return from abdominal strain

    Apr 28, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was cleared to resume performing baseball activities earlier this week and he is doing some light drills. But it’s going to be a long time before we see him back in a major league uniform. Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington watched Zimmerman play a light game of catch on Thursday…

  3. Jays demote Travis Snider to make room for Rajai Davis

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Apparently, Corey Patterson is a keeper. The Jays announced after Thursday’s win over the Rangers that they’ve optioned 23-year-old Travis Snider to Triple-A Las Vegas. Utilityman Chris Woodward was sent outright to the same club.  Rajai Davis is expected to come off the DL and reclaim his spot in center field prior to Friday’s game.…

  4. Phillies place Joe Blanton on disabled list with elbow injury

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton was off to a shaky start as the forgotten man in the Phillies’ star-studded rotation, posting a 5.91 ERA in four starts, and the Phillies just placed him on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Vance Worley will be called up from Triple-A…

  5. Ben Zobrist drives in franchise-high eight runs for Rays

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ben Zobrist

    Having already focused on the bad, I guess it’s only fair to look at the good for the Rays on a day in which they won 15-3. And that would be Ben Zobrist‘s franchise-record eight-RBI game. Zobrist overtook Carlos Pena‘s team record (7 RBI on Sept. 5, 2007) with a 4-for-6 day that included a…

  6. Indians call up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Indians placed starter Carlos Carrasco on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’ll replace him in the rotation by calling up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A. White will start in Carrasco’s place Saturday against the Tigers after earning the call-up…

  7. Reid Brignac’s power outage continues

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    The Rays pounded out 19 hits on Thursday, scoring 15 runs in a rout of the Twins. Six of those hits went for extra bases, including homers from Casey Kotchman and Ben Zobrist. Uninvited to the party, though, was Reid Brignac. He managed just a single in five at-bats. The Rays’ starting shortstop has now…

  8. Rangers prospect Engel Beltre suspended 15 games for throwing trash can at fans

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Rangers announced that Double-A prospect Engel Beltre had been suspended indefinitely following an incident with fans and today they announced the length of the suspension: 15 games. Beltre’s team, Double-A Frisco, had a three-run homer overturned by umpires Tuesday night. Ejections followed and Beltre ended up throwing a trash can at a group…

  9. Local columnist tells injured Twins to “suck it up and play”

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    get off my lawn cat

    I’m told Ron Gardenhire spent part of today’s pregame media briefing angrily addressing Tom Powers’ column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Gardenhire ranted about it despite Powers not being in attendance, but after reading the column I can’t blame him. Injuries have decimated the Twins, with Joe Mauer, Delmon Young, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and Kevin…

  10. Mat Latos has lost nine straight starts dating back to last year

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    I’m not normally one to treat win-loss records for pitchers as being particularly meaningful, but this stat has to be pretty scary for Padres fans: Mat Latos has lost nine consecutive starts dating back to last season. Latos was 14-5 with a 2.21 ERA in 26 starts through September 7 of last year. Since then…

  11. Bryce Harper vs. Jameson Taillon: 2010’s top draft picks square off

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    OK, so it was just one plate appearance and it ended in a walk, which is hardly especially dramatic. But it still seems like a good time to provide an update on last year’s top two picks. Taillon, drafted second overall by the Pirates, made his pro debut for low Single-A West Virginia on Wednesday,…

  12. Twins trainer says Joe Mauer “wasn’t strong enough” to start season as everyday catcher

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    How bad have the mounting injuries gotten for the Twins? Today they had trainer Rick McWane speak directly to the media because Ron Gardenhire was sick of answering all the health-related questions and the front office was likely sick of the manager giving non-expert half-information to frustrated reporters. McWane gave an update on Joe Mauer‘s…

  13. MLB is not pleased with Ozzie Guillen’s post-ejection tweeting

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago comes word that Major League Baseball isn’t too happy with Ozzie Guillen’s use of Twitter following his ejection from Wednesday night’s game: MLB saying Oz tweeting last nite is their first issue involving social media during a game. Sounds about right. While we might think it’s great having access…

  14. TCU lefty, projected top 10 draft pick Matt Purke diagnosed with shoulder bursitis

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    TCU left-hander Matt Purke has been diagnosed with bursitis in his shoulder following a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, which actually qualifies as good news after the projected top-10 draft pick was shut down last week. Purke lost out on millions of dollars when he failed to sign with the Rangers coming out of high…

  15. Logan Morrison expected to miss a couple more weeks

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    morrison getty

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison told reporters earlier this week that he is aiming to return from his sprained left foot soon after he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. He was being overly optimistic. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, “it could be another couple weeks” before Morrison is cleared…

  16. How long will the Padres stick with struggling Brad Hawpe?

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Beginning the season in a 9-for-63 (.143) slump is bad enough, but yesterday Brad Hawpe‘s early struggles extended to his defense at first base, as his misplay contributed to the Braves’ five-run inning in a 7-0 defeat of the Padres. Hawpe had started a grand total of eight career games at first base prior to…

  17. Rays bounce back from 1-8 start to climb above .500

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    joe-maddon-rays

    Tampa Bay began the season 1-8 as many people rushed to write the Rays off after numerous key players departed as free agents, but with last night’s win over the Twins they’re now 12-11 overall, going 11-3 since the dreadful start. What’s particularly remarkable about the Rays climbing above .500 is that they’re winning with…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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