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  1. Colby Rasmus held out Sunday with stomach injury

    May 15, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus, Tony La Russa

    Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus strained a muscle near his abdomen while lifting weights last Monday. It finally began causing him enough discomfort this weekend that he was held out of Sunday’s series finale against the Reds. This all comes via beat writer Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rasmus will be examined Monday…

  2. Braves put Brandon Beachy on 15-day DL with oblique strain

    May 15, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    The Braves placed starter Brandon Beachy on the disabled list Sunday morning with a left oblique strain and now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passes along word that the young right-hander is likely to miss over a month of action. It’s an unfortunate bit of news given Beachy’s impressive early line (3.45 ERA, 1.08…

  3. Carlos Beltran returns to lineup, will play through eye infection

    May 15, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran isn’t going to let a minor case of pink eye derail his impressive start. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, the 34-year-old is back in the Mets’ lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros. Beltran sat out of Saturday’s game because of an infection in his…

  4. Drew talks NL Central, Pujols free agency, and poor iPhone reception on the Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast

    May 15, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    podcast

    You’ll have to excuse the self-promotion here, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Jorge Posada at this point. I spent about 45 minutes chatting with a couple of Cardinals bloggers this past Wednesday for the first episode of their new Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast. We discussed the different teams in…

  5. David Ortiz on Jorge Posada: “They’re doing that guy wrong”

    May 15, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gave his take on the Jorge Posada mess Saturday night to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald: “You want me to tell you what I think? They’re doing that guy wrong. They’re doing him wrong. Know why? Because that guy, he’s legendary right there in the organization. And, dude,…

  6. Lorenzo Cain launches grand slam, hits for cycle at AAA

    May 15, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago Cubs

    Michael Aubrey wasn’t the only minor leaguer putting on an offensive show Saturday. According to Robert Emrich of Milb.com, Royals farmhand Lorenzo Cain hit for the cycle and tallied a career-high seven RBI to lead the Triple-A Omaha Chasers over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (an affiliate of the Rockies), 16-11. Cain was a minor…

  7. A’s closer Andrew Bailey could begin rehab assignment soon

    May 15, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey took another step in the right direction on Saturday in Arizona. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the right-handed reliever tossed 18 pitches in an extended spring training game and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-injured right forearm. He touched 94 mph with his fastball…

  8. Adrian Gonzalez has eight homers, 19 RBI since May 2

    May 15, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on absolute tear at the plate. He slugged a three-run homer in Saturday night’s 6-0 rout of the Yankees and now has seven home runs and 13 RBI in his past eight games. The 29-year-old is batting .345 with an .836 slugging percentage in the month of May.…

  9. Jorge Posada claims to have back injury, still in the wrong

    May 15, 2011, 12:02 AM EDT

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    This thing is officially a mess, but we’re going to try to lay out all the different reports and go from there. Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada removed himself from Saturday night’s lineup against the rival Red Sox, telling manager Joe Girardi an hour before game time that he “needed a mental day” of rest.…

  10. Pete Rose wants to manage again

    May 14, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    This might be even less likely than Ned Yost becoming an astronaut. As the keynote speaker Saturday at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center Gala (trust us, if you have a chance to go once in your life, do so), Pete Rose said he still hopes to manage a major league team. The 70-year-old Rose,…

  11. Red Sox shut out Yankees behind dominant Josh Beckett

    May 14, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Red Sox starting pitcher Beckett throws against New York Yankees during third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York

    Josh Beckett entered Saturday’s game with a fine 11-7 career record against the Bombers, but it certainly hasn’t been easy.  His ERA stood at 5.90, and he had given up 24 homers in 23 starts. That’s why the Red Sox have to be thrilled about just how outstanding Beckett has been in two starts versus…

  12. Pirates release injured left-hander Scott Olsen

    May 14, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    olsen pose

    The Pirates have finally grown tired of waiting for starter Scott Olsen to recover from the shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list at the end of spring training. According to beat writer Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Bucs released the left-hander on Saturday night. Olsen signed a one-year, $500,000 contract…

  13. Matt Joyce day-to-day with cramps and quad tightness

    May 14, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    joyce homer

    Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is batting a blistering .360/.414/.588 with five home runs and 17 RBI through 36 games this season. Unfortunately, he might have to put that early offensive momentum on hold for a couple of days. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that Joyce made an early exit…

  14. Hot-hitting outfielder Carlos Beltran might have pink eye

    May 14, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    beltran square

    Carlos Beltran provided an update to ESPN New York Saturday on the condition of his right eye: “They say it could be conjunctivitis,” Beltran said. “They gave me some antibiotics today. It’s better, but I still feel a little blurry. They got me some eye drops and they want me to take those tonight, and…

  15. Harmon Killebrew through a 32-year-old’s eyes

    May 14, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    harmon killebrew 1975 topps

    Unfortunately, none of us 20- and 30-something bloggers at HardballTalk ever got to see Harmon Killebrew play.  I just remember his all-time name near the top of the all-time home run leaderboard.  Killebrew. As an avid collector as a youngster in the late-80s, I recall being excited to get his 1975 Topps card.  That colorful set…

  16. Michael Aubrey hits four homers for Triple-A Syracuse

    May 14, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Former major leaguer Michael Aubrey hit four homers and drove in seven runs in four at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse in an 11-0 win over Durham on Saturday. It was a pretty stunning outburst for the 29-year-old Aubrey, who entered with no homers and just one double in 59 at-bats this season.  He was hitting .203/.319/.288…

  17. Brandon League still Seattle’s closer after four straight losses

    May 14, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Brandon League

    After going 9-for-9 saving games to begin the season, Brandon League just turned in maybe the worst week a closer has ever had, taking losses in four straight appearances and blown saves in each of the last three. Overall, he gave up 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings over four appearances. He became the first…

  18. Shane Victorino to miss time with hamstring injury

    May 14, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino exited Saturday’s game in the eighth inning with hamstring soreness and said afterwards that he doesn’t expect to play Sunday. According to Todd Zolecki on Twitter, Victorino said he didn’t think a DL stint would be necessary. However, he is likely to miss a couple of days due to the…

  19. Jorge Posada asks out of lineup after Yankees drop him to ninth

    May 14, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees

    9:20 p.m. EDT: Sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Posada asked out of the lineup due to back stiffness, contradicting pretty much everything that’s come out over the last hour and a half.  Maybe there’s some truth to it, but it sounds like spin.  In speaking with reporters just before 8 p.m., GM Brian Cashman…

  20. Reds stick with Edinson Volquez, demote Mike Leake

    May 14, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds

    Mike Leake will make his minor league debut within the next few days after the Reds chose to demote him, rather than Edinson Volquez, to open up a spot on the roster for Jose Arredondo on Saturday. Leake, the eighth overall pick in 2009, became the first draftee to skip the minors and go straight…

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