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  1. Orioles demote two-fifths of rotation in Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman

    May 29, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Chris Tillman

    With Brian Matusz coming back Wednesday and a few off days coming up, the Orioles shipped out both Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman on Sunday and will go with a four-man rotation for now. Bergesen, who had the highest ERA of the Orioles’ five starters this year, was the obvious choice to go to make…

  2. Rangers defeat Royals after no collision at home plate

    May 29, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli slide

    Seriously, that’s why they won. In a 6-6 game in the ninth, Mike Napoli tried to score all of the way from first on an Elvis Andrus single to right.  The relay from Mitch Maier to Eric Hosmer to Brayan Pena got to the plate in plenty of time. In fact, there was so much…

  3. Buster Posey ruled out for season after ankle surgery

    May 29, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Buster Posey injured

    Buster Posey has two screws inserted into his ankle in surgery Sunday and was officially ruled out for the season, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said. Posey also had three torn ligaments in his left ankle repaired by Giants physicians. He is slated to have a second surgery in 8-10 weeks to remove the hardware from his…

  4. Ryan Doumit leaves Pirates’ game after collision at home plate

    May 29, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit injury

    7:40 p.m. EDT: The Pirates are calling the injury a sprained left ankle.  No timetable was given for his return. /// The Pirates’ Ryan Doumit, who might be one of the candidates to step into Buster Posey‘s shoes in San Francisco, left Sunday’s game against the Cubs with an apparent knee injury following a collision with…

  5. Yovani Gallardo handcuffs Giants in Brewers’ 6-0 victory

    May 29, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo

    Yovani Gallardo tossed eight scoreless innings to become baseball’s fourth seven-game winner as the Brewers beat the Giants 6-0 on Sunday. Gallardo, who opened the season with a 6.10 ERA in seven starts, joined Jon Lester, Kevin Correia and Cole Hamels at seven victories.  He’s 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last five outings. With…

  6. Evan Longoria a success in leadoff spot as Rays shut out Indians

    May 29, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Seeking to pull his third baseman out of a slump, manager Joe Maddon shifted Evan Longoria to the leadoff spot in the order Saturday.  He went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk his first game there and then went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks Sunday in a 7-0 win over the Indians.…

  7. Big Papi’s first pinch-hit homer since 2003 wins game for Red Sox

    May 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Hitting for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ortiz delivered his first pinch-hit homer since April 27, 2003 to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth and lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Tigers in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Ortiz’s previous pinch-hit homer came in his first month with…

  8. Corey Patterson keeps on rolling with four more hits Sunday

    May 29, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Corey Patterson, Mike McCoy

    Corey Patterson followed up his 5-for-7 day Saturday by going 4-for-5 with another homer as part of the Blue Jays’ 13-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday. He’s the first player to collect nine hits in two games since Minnesota’s Denard Span did it Aug. 7-8, 2009.  He’s the first player to do it…

  9. Props to ESPN: Red Sox-Tigers tilt to be shown tonight

    May 29, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    When the Tigers opted to schedule a split-doubleheader with the Red Sox on Sunday following Saturday’s rainout, they left the second game to fall under MLB’s blackout rules.  ESPN has exclusive coverage of Sunday night games, and since they were showing Atlanta-Cincinnati, no one was going to get to see what figured to be a…

  10. Matt Holliday misses sixth straight start with quad discomfort

    May 29, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    holliday batting

    According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is out of the St. Louis starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies. Holliday has been able to serve as a pinch-hitter the last two nights in Colorado, but he is still apparently battling discomfort in his left quadriceps muscle…

  11. A’s finally get closer Andrew Bailey back from disabled list

    May 29, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    bailey wide

    As expected, the A’s have activated right-hander Andrew Bailey from the 15-day disabled list and will have him available out of the bullpen for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Orioles. Bailey missed the first two months of the regular season after suffering a forearm strain in the middle of spring training. Brian Fuentes has filled…

  12. Pablo Sandoval could begin rehab assignment this week

    May 29, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy provided an update Sunday on the status of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was placed on the disabled list in late April with a fractured hamate bone. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Sandoval will take batting practice with his Giants teammates when the club arrives in…

  13. Cubs place Reed Johnson on DL, activate Geovany Soto

    May 29, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park

    The Cubs had a busy little Sunday morning, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, making four 25-man roster moves. Outfielder Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, catcher Geovany Soto was activated from the 15-day disabled list, outfielder Brad Snyder was called up from Triple-A Iowa and catcher Welington…

  14. MLB fines, suspends Nationals infielder Jerry Hairston Jr.

    May 29, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Jerry Hairston Jr.

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider passes along notice that Nationals infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for his “aggressive actions” toward home umpire Ed Hickox on Friday against the Padres. Hairston was ejected in the seventh inning Friday evening after arguing…

  15. Vernon Wells runs bases, nearing rehab assignment

    May 29, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    wells runs

    Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has made significant progress this weekend in his rehabilitation from a strained muscle in his right groin. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Wells ran “the curve of the basepaths on the outfield grass at nearly full speed” on Saturday afternoon and also performed some agility drills. Wells…

  16. Jaime Garcia shelled for career-high 12 runs in loss to Rockies

    May 29, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    garcia throws

    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia entered Saturday’s action with one of the top stat lines in all of Major League Baseball. He had a 5-0 record, a 1.93 ERA, and a 57/13 K/BB ratio through his first 65 1/3 innings of the 2011 regular season. Unfortunately, just about everything went wrong Saturday night at Denver’s Coors…

  17. UPDATE: Daniel Bard’s missing friend found alive, unharmed

    May 29, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Matt Hill

    SATURDAY: Red Sox setup man Daniel Bard asked reporters today for their assistance in spreading the word in an effort to find his childhood friend Matt Hill, who was last seen in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. A Facebook page, Find Matt Hill, has been set up with the details. The 26-year-old Hill, a groomsman in…

  18. Brian Matusz to make 2011 debut Wednesday vs. Mariners

    May 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    matusz throws

    From Baltimore Sun beat writer Jeff Zrebiec comes word that left-handed starter Brian Matusz has joined up with the Orioles and is likely to be activated for his 2011 regular season debut on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners. Matusz allowed just one run over five-plus innings Friday in his final rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk.…

  19. Andrew Bailey likely to return to A’s on Sunday or Monday

    May 28, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    bailey delivery

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle brings word that A’s closer Andrew Bailey has arrived in Oakland and is likely to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on either Sunday or Monday. Bailey threw 13 pitches in a one-inning rehab appearance Friday evening at Triple-A Sacramento. He allowed two hits but zero runs.…

  20. Peter Bourjos ends Anthony Swarzak’s no-hitter in eighth

    May 28, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    swarzak getty

    UPDATE, 9:14 PM: Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos just ended the no-hit bid with a double in the eighth inning. Swarzak threw 7 1/3 no-hit frames. ******* 9:03 PM: We’ve got a no-hitter alert in Minnesota. Twins right-hander Anthony Swarzak has not allowed a hit through seven innings this evening against the Angels. He has walked…

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