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  1. MLB suspends Roger McDowell two weeks for slurs, threats

    May 1, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Major League Baseball has suspended Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell for two weeks without pay following his actions toward a group of fans last weekend in San Francisco. He has also been fined an undisclosed — but probably quite hefty — sum of money. According to reports,…

  2. Tigers clear Victor Martinez for two-game rehab assignment

    May 1, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    The return of Victor Martinez is coming fast. According to Steve Kornacki of MLive.com, the slugger will head out to Triple-A Toledo this week for a two-game minor league rehab assignment. If everything goes according to plan, he will be back in a Tigers uniform on Wednesday. Martinez did blocking drills Saturday and was cleared…

  3. Jered Weaver scratched Sunday with flu-like symptoms

    May 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Angels ace Jered Weaver won’t be trying for his seventh win this afternoon in Tampa Bay. From Angels announcer Victor Rojas comes word that Weaver has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday outing against the Rays due to a flu-like illness. Tyler Chatwood, 21, will slide up the schedule and take the mound in his…

  4. Logan Morrison on SI’s Hot Clicks Podcast with Jimmy Traina

    May 1, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is on the disabled list currently with a lisfranc sprain and muscle strain in his left foot. He isn’t expected to return to the big leagues for another couple of weeks. With time to spare, the talented 23-year-old spent about 20 minutes last week on SI.com’s Hot Clicks Podcast with Jimmy…

  5. Kevin Youkilis still being bothered by hip discomfort

    May 1, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was lifted early from Thursday’s game against the Orioles after jamming his hip while trying to break up a double play. He’s been able to stay active and productive, but that hip discomfort still remains. According to associate reporter Evan Drellich of MLB.com, Youk had to be pulled in…

  6. Dodgers’ Andre Ethier extends hit streak to 26 games

    May 1, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

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    If it wasn’t time before, it’s probably time now to begin taking Andre Ethier‘s hit streak seriously. From Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News comes word that the 29-year-old outfielder went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday evening’s loss to the Padres, extending his streak to 26 games. Ethier also made a…

  7. Jose Tabata out “a couple of days” with hamstring tightness

    May 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata was forced from Saturday’s game in the first inning after pulling up lame while attempting to beat out a groundball. He was diagnosed only with right hamstring tightness, not a strain, but that tightness is going to keep the outfielder sidelined for the next few games. According to Jenifer Langosch of…

  8. X-rays show progress in Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s fractured fibula

    Apr 30, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins' Nishioka gets a hand from Morneau as he hops into the dugout after player introductions before the start of their game in Minneapolis

    Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka broke his left fibula earlier this month when Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher upended him on a broken double play attempt at Minnesota’s Target Field. The Japanese infielder is still a couple weeks from returning to the Twins’ major league lineup, but he is making steady progress. Robert Falkoff of MLB.com…

  9. Smoltz misses cut in first pro golf tourney by 27 strokes

    Apr 30, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    smoltz wide

    Pitching only once every five or six days over the course of a 21-year major league career, right-hander John Smoltz had ample time to develop a pretty outstanding golf game. Smoltz finally got to put those golf skills in action this weekend at the South Georgia Classic, a tournament on the PGA Nationwide Tour. The…

  10. Reds’ Jared Burton already cleared for light rehab work

    Apr 30, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Reds setup man Jared Burton opened the 2011 regular season on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation and underwent arthroscopic surgery on that same shoulder just this past week. He is a long way from fully returning to a major league mound, but the right-handed reliever is making some amount of progress. According to…

  11. Rays send Jake McGee to minors, call up Alex Cobb for spot start Sunday

    Apr 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have sent Jake McGee to Triple-A Durham and called up Alex Cobb to start Sunday’s series finale against the Angels. The Rays need a spot starter for Sunday because of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins. McGee, 24, made the Rays out of spring training,…

  12. UPDATE: Zack Greinke to make Brewers debut Wednesday

    Apr 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    UPDATE: It’s official. Greinke will make his Brewers debut Wednesday against the Braves, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 9:30 AM: Brewers fans, the wait is almost over. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Zack Greinke allowed two runs over five innings last night with Triple-A Nashville in what was expected to…

  13. Clay Buchholz scratched from Sunday’s start due to illness

    Apr 30, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Clay Buchholz was scratched from tomorrow’s start against the Mariners due to illness, according to Sam Dykstra of WEEI.com. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Buchholz was sent home last night due to “intestinal turmoil,” which aside from sounding really painful, would actually be a pretty awesome name for a metal band. Tim Wakefield will…

  14. Nationals sure to suffer without Ryan Zimmerman

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Ryan Zimmerman, now likely out through mid-June with a torn rectus muscle in his abdomen, probably doesn’t qualify as one of baseball’s top 10 performers just yet, but as far as irreplaceable players go, he’s very near the top. In Zimmerman’s absence, the Nats have been trying to get by with Jerry Hairston Jr. and…

  15. First-round bust Daniel Moskos arrives in majors

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day

    Replacing the injured Evan Meek on Pittsburgh’s roster will be 2007 first-round pick Daniel Moskos, the Pirates announced Saturday. It will be the first trip to the majors for Moskos, who was drafted fourth overall behind David Price (Rays), Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Josh Vitters (Cubs) four years ago.  The Pirates weren’t interested in spending…

  16. UPDATE: Ryan Zimmerman needs surgery for abdominal injury

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Zimmerman will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn rectus muscle in his abdomen. He will be sidelined for about six weeks, which places his return somewhere around mid-June. 2:40 PM: It gets worse. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Ryan Zimmerman needs surgery for what is believed to…

  17. Tough break: Pablo Sandoval has fractured hamate bone

    Apr 30, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Pablo Sandoval‘s redemption story is temporarily on hold. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Pablo Sandoval has a fractured hamate bone in his hand. The report has been confirmed by Buster Olney of ESPN.com. The injury typically requires surgery and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that Sandoval will likely…

  18. Roger McDowell “all but certain” to be suspended by MLB

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    The Braves placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave yesterday while they investigate allegations that he made homophobic comments, crude gestures and threatened a fan with a baseball bat at AT&T Park in San Francisco last Sunday. McDowell apologized Wednesday in a statement released by the Braves, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes this…

  19. Red Sox optimistic Daisuke Matsuzaka will be OK for next start

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Red Sox starting pitcher Matsuzaka of Japan stands on the mound with a trainer and his translator during their American League MLB baseball game against the Mariners in Boston

    Daisuke Matsuzaka left last night’s start against the Mariners in the fifth inning with right elbow tightness, but Steve Krasner of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox are optimistic he’ll be able to make his next scheduled turn in the rotation Wednesday against the Angels. “I think we think he’ll be OK for his next…

  20. Jake Peavy notches eight strikeouts in latest rehab start

    Apr 30, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    peavy pose

    According to Kevin Allen of ESPNChicago.com, Jake Peavy struck out eight batters while allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte last night. It was his first outing since leaving a rehab start with Double-A Birmingham last Monday due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired lattisimus dorsi area. Peavy…

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