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  1. Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez to play through dislocated finger, torn ligament

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Sean Rodriguez dislocated his left pinkie finger sliding into second base last night and an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament as well, but the Rays infielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he plans to play through the injury. Actually, his exact words were: “It ain’t broken.” Joe Maddon agreed with Rodriguez’s…

  2. Bizarre report: Manny Ramirez might play winter ball

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    ESPNDeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas has a report up presenting text messages from Manny Ramirez saying he’s interested in playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic for the Aguilas Cibaenes. The odd thing is that text messages were actually written more than two weeks ago, and Rojas gives no indication of whom they happened to be…

  3. Mike Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge as odd shoplifting case comes to confusing conclusion

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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    Mike Leake has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “unauthorized use of property” following his shoplifting arrest last week, agreeing to 30 hours of community service after being charged with stealing $60 worth of shirts from Macy’s. In addition to the community service attached to what is now a misdemeanor offense, Leake will enter…

  4. Ozzie Guillen suspended two games for post-ejection tweets

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    MLB announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for commenting on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. Within five minutes of his ejection–which came for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko–Guillen hopped on Twitter and posted the…

  5. Yankees activate Francisco Cervelli from disabled list

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the disabled list, returning to the Yankees after being sidelined since March 2 with a fractured foot. Cervelli’s injury looked like a tough break for the Yankees at the time because they were uncertain about how Russell Martin would hold up physically early on, but Martin has been healthy…

  6. The Braves place Roger McDowell on administrative leave

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave pending the outcome of their investigation into the anti-gay slurs and otherwise poor behavior he allegedly displayed toward a fan at AT&T Park last Sunday. In the meantime, Dave Wallace — the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator…

  7. The Dodgers’ woes are a form of “cosmic comeuppance?”

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Walter O'Malley

    Call me crazy, but I think the Dodgers’ current woes are the result of Major League Baseball allowing an overly-leveraged dilettante into the ownership club and then watching as that dilettante did even worse things to the franchise’s business than anyone could have imagined. George Vecsey of the New York Times has another theory, however: he…

  8. Jason Donald is healthy, but Indians stick with Jack Hannahan

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Jason Donald, who was the favorite to act as the Indians’ primary third baseman before suffering a broken hand on March 4, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday. The move comes as no surprise, given Jack Hannahan‘s strong play at the hot corner for Cleveland. Hannahan, a journeyman…

  9. Ron Gardenhire says Twins “talking about our options” with struggling Francisco Liriano

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire indicated today that Francisco Liriano could be in danger of losing his spot in the Twins’ rotation after going 1-4 with a 9.13 ERA through five outings, telling Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that “we’ve been talking about our options with him.” Kevin Slowey moved from the rotation to the bullpen because the Twins…

  10. Bruce Bochy: “Hard to put a target date” on Barry Zito’s return

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Barry Zito is off crutches two weeks after being placed on the disabled list with a sprained foot, but manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that it’s “hard to put a target date” on his potential return. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Zito was examined Wednesday by a foot specialist and is no longer forced…

  11. Brian Matusz calls bullpen session “a big step forward”

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Brian Matusz threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and afterward the injured Orioles starter called it “a big step forward” in his recovery from a strained intercostal muscle. Jeff Seidel of MLB.com reports that Matusz threw fastballs and off-speed pitches while reporting no problems and will now head to extended spring training in Florida. Barring…

  12. Kevin Towers used to mess with Brad Penny by altering the radar gun readings in San Diego

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has an interesting article about the questionable accuracy of the radar gun readings used on various ballpark scoreboards, which is something I’ve noted in the past regarding people citing velocity figures well beyond a pitcher’s usual range. It turns out not all of the inaccurate scoreboard readings are on…

  13. Takashi Saito’s return delayed due to oblique strain

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Takashi Saito was pulled from a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Nashville last night due to a left oblique strain. The Brewers were expected to activate Saito from the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Astros, but those plans are obviously on hold now. Oblique…

  14. Astros shortstop Clint Barmes returns from fractured hand

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Out since a hit by pitch late in spring training left him with a fractured hand, Clint Barmes will be activated from the disabled list and make his Astros debut tonight. Barmes, who was acquired from the Rockies in November to take over as the Astros’ starting shortstop, returns from the injury in five weeks…

  15. Kevin Youkilis exits early Thursday, but expects to play Friday

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Kevin Youkilis put a little fright into Red Sox Nation* on Thursday night when he made an eighth-inning exit from the club’s 6-2 victory over the Orioles. It turns out he’s going to be just fine. According to the great Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Youk** told reporters after the game that he only jammed his…

  16. Mike Pelfrey cleared for Friday start after recent flu virus

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Mike Pelfrey has been cleared to start tonight’s series opener against the Phillies, despite a recent flu bug that caused him to lose 11 pounds over the course of the past week. The Mets considered using Dillon Gee for a spot start, but Terry Collins told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News yesterday that…

  17. Derek Lowe “was allegedly racing another driver” at the time of DUI arrest

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Further details about Derek Lowe‘s arrest last night are becoming available, with Mike Morris of the Atlanta Journal Constitution now reporting that the Braves right-hander “was allegedly racing another driver” when he was booked for a DUI. State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told Morris that “troopers observed two vehicles racing on Peachtree Road and were…

  18. Derek Lowe is fifth MLB player to be arrested for DUI this year

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    cop dui

    Last night Derek Lowe was pulled over by police and apparently failed a field sobriety test, becoming the fifth MLB player to be arrested and charged with a DUI already this year. Miguel Cabrera made the biggest headlines when he was arrested while driving to spring training, but Lowe also joins Austin Kearns, Adam Kennedy,…

  19. Lance Berkman returns to Houston with eight hits and seven RBIs in three games

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    After playing 11 seasons with the Astros as one of the best players in franchise history Lance Berkman returned to Houston for the first time and was met by some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Berkman handled things about as well as possible in responding to the criticism and then responded with…

  20. Travis Hafner to undergo MRI exam on injured right ankle

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner‘s strong start is on hold after the designated hitter was scratched from last night’s lineup with right ankle soreness and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam today. Hafner has missed an average of 72 games per season during the past three years, but most of his health problems…

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