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  1. Scott Kazmir can’t get through two innings in rehab start

    May 24, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir, who was banished to the disabled list on April 9 with what the Angels called lower back tightness, struggled mightily in his return to the mound Tuesday, giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake. He walked four and hit a batter before being pulled. The Angels went as slowly…

  2. Angel Pagan expected to return from disabled list Friday

    May 24, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Mets are still missing David Wright and Ike Davis, but they’re about to get one of their regulars back in the starting lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said this afternoon that Angel Pagan will play one game with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday before being activated from the disabled…

  3. Veteran infielder Alex Cintron opts for retirement

    May 24, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Alex Cintron

    32-year-old infielder Alex Cintron, who had been playing with the Padres’ Triple-A club, decided to retire Tuesday, according to Tucson broadcaster Tim Hagerty. Cintron chose to quit even though he was playing quite well.  He had two hits in his final game Monday, and he was sporting a .350/.394/.500 line in 60 at-bats for Tucson.…

  4. Brian Roberts out at least three more weeks with concussion

    May 24, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    After visiting a concussion specialist on Tuesday, Brian Roberts was told to rest for two more weeks, meaning he won’t rejoin the Orioles prior to mid-June. Roberts was injured sliding head-first into first base in a game against the Red Sox eight days ago. With Roberts out of action, the Orioles have been trying to get by…

  5. Joe Mauer, Tsuyoshi Nishioka set for extended spring games

    May 24, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    The Twins will move a step closer to getting a pair of regulars back in their lineup when Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka appear in extended spring games this week. Mauer, who has been on the DL since April 14 with bilateral leg weakness, is set to appear as a DH on Wednesday.  Nishioka, who suffered…

  6. Brandon Webb pitches six innings in extended spring game

    May 24, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb took away some encouraging signs after throwing six innings against Padres minor leaguers in Arizona on Tuesday.  He hit 84 mph on the gun while allowing four runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings, Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports. He struck out five and walked none, though he…

  7. Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died from sinus infection

    May 24, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Yewri Guillen

    When 18-year-old Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died in the Dominican Republic last month, bacterial meningitis was blamed.  An MLB investigation, however, determined today that the cause of death was a brain infection, the result of an aggressive sinus infection. The Nationals signed Guillen back in February.  He became ill while at the team’s camp in the…

  8. Cubs place Matt Garza on DL with bone bruise in elbow

    May 24, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Garza missed his scheduled Sunday start with a bone bruise in his elbow and today the Cubs placed him on the disabled list. However, because the DL stint is backdated to May 18 the Cubs are hoping that Garza may only have to miss one more start, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago…

  9. Jorge De La Rosa pulled with a sore elbow

    May 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Jorge De La Rosa has pitched well this year, posting a 5-2 record and a 3.34 ERA and helping pick up the slack from a worse-than-expected Ubaldo Jimenez.  But it’s not all beer and Skittles in De La Rosa land, as he was pulled in the third inning of today’s start against the Dbacks with…

  10. Josh Hamilton was disliked by “pretty much everyone” while playing for the Reds

    May 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    josh hamilton reds

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is one of the best beat reporters to follow on Twitter because he frequently answers questions from followers and provides information and context that otherwise might not appear in his articles. Today is no exception, as he responded to a question about Josh Hamilton‘s one-season stay in Cincinnati by…

  11. There are a lot of legacies in this year’s draft

    May 24, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    I’m not really a draftnik. Amateur baseball players are a far flung lot and it’s not easy to keep track of them unless you’re Keith Law or someone and it’s your job to keep track of them.  With the exception of the Bryce Harpers and Stephen Strasburgs of the world, I usually begin to get…

  12. UPDATE: Rafael Soriano to see Dr. James Andrews after MRI on elbow

    May 24, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rafael Soriano is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. 4:52 PM: The decision to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract keeps looking worse and worse for the Yankees. First he struggled out of the gates, then he was sidelined by elbow soreness, and…

  13. Jury: airplane manufacturer not responsible in Cory Lidle’s death

    May 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Cory Lidle

    It was just less than a month ago that the Cory Lidle wrongful death trial began. The claim, brought by Lidle’s family: that the manufacturer of the airplane Lidle was flying malfunctioned and was responsible for his death.  Today the jury came back with a verdict. They did not agree.  The FAA’s determination of the…

  14. Hideki Okajima clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima began the season at Triple-A, got called up to rejoin the Red Sox’s bullpen in mid-April, was designated for assignment last week, and now has accepted an assignment back to Triple-A after passing through waivers unclaimed. And all that has happened after he re-signed with the Red Sox this offseason for $1.75 million.…

  15. Awful humanity ruins Bernie Brewer promotion

    May 24, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Bernie Brewer

    Sometimes I hate people. People and their grubby-ape fascination with baubles, tchotchkes, gewgaws, trinkets and kitsch, replacing the old ape instincts of hording fruit stores or whatever the hell else we did when we weren’t beating each other senseless with animal bones in front of monoliths: The Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for an enthusiastic response to their…

  16. That was quick: Reds send Todd Frazier back to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    todd-frazier-reds

    Yesterday the Reds called up prospect Todd Frazier from the Triple-A and there was speculation about how much playing time he’d get and who he’d replace in the lineup. So much for all that. Frazier appeared in last night’s game, striking out as a pinch-hitter, and was sent back to Triple-A this afternoon. Mark Sheldon…

  17. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Phillies with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury

    May 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Watch me: I talk about the Phillies for nearly seven minutes, and not once do I take a cheap shot! Gotta be a new record for me.

  18. Bobby Jenks could be activated from DL this weekend

    May 24, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jenks_Bobby

    Out since May 5 with a strained triceps, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw a problem-free bullpen session yesterday and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend. After throwing a 25-pitch session Jenks said: Everything felt great today. Biceps is back to where…

  19. Bryan Stow’s family to sue the Dodgers

    May 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    UPDATE: A copy of the lawsuit can be seen here. 2:35 PM: From the “It Was Only a Matter of Time Department” comes the latest news in a sad saga: The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow is expected to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers today in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to…

  20. Dennis Eckersley rips Brian Fuentes

    May 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    A guy who knows a thing or two about closing in Oakland — Dennis Eckersley — took to the airwaves today to tear Brian Fuentes a new one over his post-game comments last night.  And not just any radio station, but the A’s flagship station, Sports Radio 95.7 in Oakland.  John Shea of the Chronicle…

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