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  1. With Nathan struggling, Twins name Matt Capps new closer

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Twins right-hander Joe Nathan blew his second consecutive save opportunity on Saturday afternoon against the Rays and has looked like a shell of his former self since spring training began. Only 13 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, the veteran Nathan simply doesn’t have the arm strength nor the command to handle high…

  2. Indians activate Sizemore, start him at leadoff vs. O’s

    Apr 17, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

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    The Indians are off to a fantastic 10-4 start and have provided Major League Baseball’s biggest feel-good story to this point as they sit atop the American League Central standings. Now they’re about to get a major piece of their starting lineup back. According to the organization’s official Twitter feed, center fielder Grady Sizemore has…

  3. Andres Torres still hobbled by left Achilles strain

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

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    It has been over a week since Giants outfielder Andres Torres suffered a strained left Achilles tendon while trying to make a play on a fly ball and landed on the 15-day disabled list. He’s not feeling any better. According to MLB.com columnist Barry M. Bloom, Torres has “backed off running or exercises” for the…

  4. Joe Nathan blows second straight save opportunity

    Apr 16, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Twins closer Joe Nathan is only 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery, a procedure that can take up to 18 months to fully recover from. And it’s really beginning to show. Nathan blew his second consecutive save opportunity on Saturday afternoon in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to the Rays. He entered in the ninth inning…

  5. Braves activate Jurrjens from DL for Saturday night start

    Apr 16, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Braves have activated right-hander Jair Jurrjens from the 15-day disabled list and will start him on Saturday evening in the second half of a doubleheader against the Mets. Jurrjens has not yet made a major league start this season because of an oblique injury that he suffered near the end of spring…

  6. Pirates not concerned with Andrew McCutchen’s early struggles

    Apr 16, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Andrew McCutchen was batting just 9-for-41 (.220) over the first 11 games of the season, all of the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle moved him back to the leadoff spot last night against the Reds in an effort to shake things up, but McCutchen went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Still, Hurdle…

  7. Jason Bay could return from disabled list as soon as Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jason Bay could be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday’s series opener against the Astros at Citi Field. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that Bay would return from the disabled list no sooner than April 26. Bay has been sidelined since the…

  8. Corey Hart scheduled to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    We mentioned yesterday that Zack Greinke is making progress from a fractured rib, but the Brewers are also close to seeing an importance piece of their everyday lineup return. Corey Hart will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Nashville, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Hart has been sidelined since…

  9. Alex Rodriguez leaves game with lower back and oblique stiffness

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Rodriguez felt the tightness before today’s game and it only got worse as the game moved along. Rodriguez remains hopeful to play tomorrow night, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he won’t play if he’s still feeling tightness. 3:24 PM: According to Ben Shipgel…

  10. Indians could activate Grady Sizemore from the disabled list tomorrow

    Apr 16, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Get ready, Indians fans. According to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, the Indians could activate Grady Sizemore from the disabled list as soon as tomorrow. Sizemore, who is working his way back from microfracture surgery on his left knee, is batting .353 (6-for-17) over five minor league rehab games. He homered in his first game with…

  11. Mets place Chris Young on disabled list with right biceps tendinitis

    Apr 16, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mets manager Terry Collins tells Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Dillon Gee is projected to start Sunday’s game while Pat Misch will back up this afternoon’s starter D.J. Carrasco. 12:50 PM: According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Mets have placed Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list with right…

  12. Dwight Gooden gets probation in child endangerment case

    Apr 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Here’s the latest development in the sad saga of former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden. According to the Associated Press via NBCSports.com, Gooden was sentenced to five years’ probation yesterday after pleading guilty in New Jersey to child endangerment. He was also ordered to undergo outpatient drug treatment. The charges date back to a March 2010…

  13. The Mets aren’t happy about having to play another doubleheader

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Last night’s game between the Mets and Braves was washed out, but the clubs will make up the game as part of a doubleheader this afternoon. The Mets just got their clocks cleaned during a doubleheader against the Rockies on Thursday, so they aren’t thrilled with having to play another doubleheader in the space of…

  14. Franklin Gutierrez scratched from rehab appearance with more stomach problems

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 in Seattle reports that Gutierrez will be sent out for further evaluation, possibly to the Mayo Clinic. 11:15 AM: Things were looking up earlier this week when we heard Franklin Gutierrez was scheduled to work out with the Mariners and possibly head out on a minor league rehab assignment.…

  15. Slumping Carl Crawford benched for today’s game

    Apr 16, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Carl Crawford is on the bench for today’s game against the Blue Jays, one day after going 0-for-5 and seeing his batting average dip to .137 (7-for-51) to begin the season. Crawford heard plenty of boos from the Fenway Park crowd after striking out on three pitches against Jon Rauch in the ninth inning last…

  16. Andres Torres lands on disabled list with strained Achilles tendon

    Apr 16, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

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    According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants placed Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained left Achilles tendon. Torres hasn’t played since suffering the injury last Saturday, so he’s eligible to return as soon as April 26. “He was pretty discouraged,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.…

  17. Nationals prospect shortstop Yewri Guillen dies of bacterial meningitis

    Apr 16, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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    Sad news out of the Dominican Republic. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals prospect shortstop Yewri Guillen, who played and lived at the team’s baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, died yesterday morning of bacterial meningitis. He was just 18 years old. According to Nationals’ academy administrator Fausto Severino, Guillen started feeling ill…

  18. Hot-hitting Cardinals demolish Dodgers, find way to .500 mark

    Apr 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Rod Barajas, Chad Fairchild

    The Cardinals’ offense was sputtering in a big way last week, with some asking if impending free agent Albert Pujols was pressing after getting off to the worst start of his career. What a difference a week makes. Pujols and Lance Berkman both homered twice in last night’s 11-2 drubbing of the Dodgers. Pujols has…

  19. UPDATE: Roy Oswalt leaves start with lower back strain

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal reports that Oswalt is confident he’ll be able to make his next start. While it was initially announced that he left the game with a lower back strain, Oswalt told reporters that it’s mid-back spasms that aren’t related to his past back issue. 9:57 PM: According to…

  20. Viral infection the likely cause of Joe Mauer’s leg weakness

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

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    There was plenty of uncertainty and concern last night when it was announced that Joe Mauer was going on the disabled list with bilateral leg weakness, but there’s at least some room for optimism at this hour. According to Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Joe Mauer was taken to the hospital with…

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