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  1. Javier Vazquez wows with seven shutout innings vs. Rays

    May 22, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins signed veteran right-hander Javier Vazquez to a one-year, $7 million contract this winter, hoping that he might be able to return to form back in the National League. Vazquez posted a frightening 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP last season for the Yankees, but he earned NL Cy Young Award votes in 2009 with…

  2. Twins place Glen Perkins on DL, recall Dusty Hughes

    May 22, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins made a couple of roster moves early this morning. Glen Perkins, a successful left-handed reliever, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He will leave behind a 1.59 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a dominant .171/.256/.200 slash…

  3. Rockies designate righty Felipe Paulino for assignment

    May 21, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post brings word that right-handed reliever Felipe Paulino was designated for assignment on Saturday evening after the Rockies’ 3-2 loss to the Brewers. Paulino allowed 23 hits and 12 earned runs in just 14 2/3 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen. He was forced into a save situation…

  4. Brian Matusz throws six scoreless at Double-A Bowie

    May 21, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took a big step toward returning to a major league mound on Saturday evening at the Double-A level. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, the promising young southpaw hurled six scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie, surrendering just three hits and one walk in an impressive rehab start. The Orioles will either…

  5. Former Mets talk Gary Carter after brain tumors diagnosis

    May 21, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Mets teammates are showing their support for Gary Carter, who was diagnosed with four small brain tumors Saturday. The Associated Press has the quotes: Mookie Wilson: “The last time I saw him a couple months ago, he looked well. He was Gary. He seemed himself. No indication anything was wrong. Whatever the situation may be, of course I…

  6. Marlon Byrd struck in left eye with pitch, leaves game

    May 21, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was struck on the side of the head by an Alfredo Aceves pitch in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. The Aceves breaking ball rose quickly on Byrd, who attempted to dip his head back at the last second. That motion exposed his left eye from the…

  7. Jason Heyward scratched with lingering shoulder issues

    May 21, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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    The soreness in Jason Heyward‘s right shoulder is still causing him problems. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 21-year-old right fielder has been scratched from the Braves’ Saturday evening interleague matchup with the Angels. Heyward also sat out of Friday’s series opener and is clearly a little more banged up than the…

  8. Indians again edge Reds behind Josh Tomlin, Travis Buck

    May 21, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Josh Tomlin

    The Indians were 28-47 after 75 games last season.  To match that record in 2011, they’d have to lose 32 in a row. Cleveland again topped Cincinnati by a run Saturday, winning 2-1, and will get a chance to go for a sweep in the battle of Ohio behind Carlos Carrasco on Sunday. Impressive again was…

  9. Matt Garza scratched from Sunday start with right elbow tightness

    May 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Matt Garza has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Red Sox due to right elbow tightness. It will be probably all hands on deck for the Cubs tomorrow, though James Russell or Jeff Samardzija are the most likely candidates to make the start. According to Paul Sullivan of…

  10. Indians rookie Alex White placed on DL with finger injury

    May 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Alex White

    A day after exiting his start after three innings with a finger injury, Indians rookie Alex White was placed on the DL Saturday. The Indians aren’t sure exactly what White did to the finger while throwing a slider in the third inning against the Reds.  He did stay in to finish the inning. “I have…

  11. Jose Bautista hits two more homers, up to 18 for season

    May 21, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Brett Myers in the sixth and then a solo shot off Jose Valdez in the eighth to carry the Jays to a 7-5 win over the Astros on Saturday. The three-run homer was only the second of the year for Bautista with multiple men on base.  One issue…

  12. UPDATE: Pedro Alvarez placed on disabled list with quad injury

    May 21, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: Pedro Alvarez was indeed placed on the 15-day disabled list, reports Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1:15 PM: According to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have dispatched minor league infielder Pedro Ciriaco to Pittsburgh for tonight’s game against the Tigers. The Pirates have yet to announce an official roster move,…

  13. May’s hottest hitters: Matt Joyce, Jose Bautista lead the way

    May 21, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce

    Here’s a look at MLB’s OPS leaders for the month of May: 1. Matt Joyce (Rays) – 1.281 2. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 1.273 3. Ramon Hernandez (Reds) – 1.204 4. Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox) – 1.089 5. Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) – 1.083 6. Victor Martinez (Tigers) – 1.073 7. Carlos Pena (Cubs) –…

  14. Gary Carter diagnosed with small tumors on his brain

    May 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Gary Carter has released the following statement about his condition: Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility. I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center,…

  15. Marlins ace Josh Johnson goes on DL with shoulder inflammation

    May 21, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson, the NL’s co-leader in ERA through nine starts, was placed on the disabled list Saturday because of right shoulder inflammation. It looks like a recurrence of the problem that shut him down at the end of last season. Johnson hadn’t been on the disabled list since 2008, but he didn’t pitch after Sept.…

  16. Mark DeRosa’s future in doubt after latest wrist injury

    May 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa

    Mark DeRosa was placed on the disabled list earlier this week after suffering yet another injury to his surgically-repaired left wrist. At the time of the injury, Giants manager Bruce Bochy conceded that DeRosa would be “out a while,” but there’s also a very real chance that his career could be over. According to Carl…

  17. Alfredo Simon to be activated from restricted list today

    May 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    The Orioles’ beleaguered bullpen took yet another beating in last night’s blowout loss to the Nationals, so Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that they have decided to activate Alfredo Simon from the restricted list a day earlier than originally expected. Simon was placed on the restricted list in the early part of spring…

  18. Andrew Bailey makes first minor league rehab appearance

    May 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Andrew Bailey tossed a scoreless inning last night in his first minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento. Bailey threw a total of 16 pitches and registered one strikeout. The 26-year-old right-hander has been sidelined since spring training with a strained right forearm. The Athletics want Bailey to make…

  19. Diamondbacks release Russell Branyan to make room for Micah Owings

    May 21, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    The Diamondbacks released Russell Branyan following last night’s win over the Twins. The move clears room on the roster for Saturday’s starter Micah Owings. Branyan, who was signed to a minor league deal in February, began the season in a timeshare with Juan Miranda at first base, but his playing time dropped off considerably this…

  20. Mets back at .500 mark for first time since April 9

    May 21, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    The Mets might not be contenders come July, but we can at least hold off on the fire sale talk for a few days. With a 2-1 win over the Yankees last night, the Mets are back at the .500 mark (22-22) for the first time since April 9. R.A. Dickey, who entered the night with…

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