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  1. Phillies beat Reds in 19 as infielder Wilson Valdez earns victory

    May 26, 2011, 2:09 AM EST

    Wilson Valdez

    Wilson Valdez threw a hitless 19th inning and became the first position player since Colorado’s Brent Mayne in 2000 to record a victory as the Phillies beat the Reds 5-4 in 19 innings Wednesday. The game was the longest in the majors since the Mets edged the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17, 2010. The…

  2. Giants not yet ready to recall Brandon Belt

    May 25, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Thanks to Darren Ford‘s ankle sprain, it sounds like the Giants will soon have a roster spot open up.  However, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that a move involving Brandon Belt isn’t likely. “To be honest, Belt is more of a longshot,” Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle.  “What we’re looking for is more of…

  3. Joe Blanton has elbow inflammation, shut down 3-4 weeks

    May 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EST

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    The Phillies sent starter Joe Blanton to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in the hope of getting some answers about what is continuing to cause discomfort in the right-hander’s throwing elbow. Those visits can sometimes lead to a recommendation of Tommy John surgery. This one did not. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Blanton…

  4. Rockies’ Ian Stewart pulls hamstring while playing at Triple-A

    May 25, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    ian stewart rockies

    Another big blow for Ian Stewart. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the talented 26-year-old third baseman pulled a hamstring Wednesday while playing for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s likely to be sidelined for the next two weeks, and maybe longer. Stewart has been demoted to the minors twice this season because of his…

  5. Orlando Hudson leaves game with strained left groin

    May 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson removed himself from Wednesday’s series finale against the Cardinals moments ago after appearing to aggravate his once-strained right hamstring. Hudson managed an infield single on a hot shot to third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but he tweaked something just before landing safely on the…

  6. 60 years ago today: Willie Mays debuts for New York Giants

    May 25, 2011, 8:14 PM EST

    Willie Mays

    May 25, 1951 Less than three weeks after his 20th birthday, Willie Mays makes his major league debut for the Giants, going 0-for-5 in New York’s 8-5 win over the Phillies. Mays was called up after hitting an incredible .477/.524/.799 with eight homers and 30 RBI in 35 games for Minneapolis of the American Association.…

  7. Brandon Webb could make rehab start Monday at Double-A

    May 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    webb poses

    Veteran pitcher Brandon Webb will throw a bullpen session Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to test the strength of his right shoulder. If it goes well, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Webb will be sent to Double-A Frisco to make a rehab start on Monday evening. The 32-year-old threw six solid innings…

  8. Lawyer: Miguel Cabrera wasn’t driving vehicle when arrested

    May 25, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Attorney Michael Kessler said Wednesday that Miguel Cabrera wasn’t driving his Land Rover when he was arrested in Florida on Feb. 16 and charged with DUI. Kessler said during a hearing that Florida law states a driver has to be in control of an operable vehicle to be required to take a breath test. He…

  9. Jon Lester first pitcher to seven wins this season

    May 25, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Jon Lester

    Incredibly, it took 30 days after Jered Weaver won his sixth gave for a major league pitcher to pick up his seventh win this season.  And the guy who did it was winless through three starts. Jon Lester cruised through six scoreless innings in Boston’14-2 rout of the Indians on Wednesday to become the first…

  10. Report: Francisco Rodriguez willing to waive no-trade, vesting option

    May 25, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    A source close to the reliever told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that Francisco Rodriguez is going to be pretty flexible about a deal should the team attempt to move him this summer. According to the source, Rodriguez will consider any deal presented to him and would discuss getting rid of his vesting…

  11. Ian Snell comes out of retirement, signs with Dodgers

    May 25, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Ian Snell

    Veteran right-hander Ian Snell, who said he was retiring after he failed to make the Cardinals this spring, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday. Snell was reassigned to minor league camp by the Cardinals on March 15 after giving up two runs in two innings during Grapefruit League play.   The 29-year-old right-hander…

  12. We know McCourt and Wilpon are awful, but where does your team’s owner rank?

    May 25, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Ted Turner manager

    Over at ESPN.com, Jim Caple decided to rank Major League Baseball’s owners from 1-30 with a little explanatory blurb.  You won’t be shocked to find Frank McCourt at the bottom and Fred Wilpon in the 29th position. But what about the others? And for that matter, what makes an owner good anyway?  Is it just…

  13. Greinke’s arm, bat power the Brewers past the Nats

    May 25, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Did you like that headline? Sounded just like a real newspaper article, huh? Never had one day of J-school! Anyway, Zack Greinke, some may recall, was a pretty good prospect as a position player back in high school. He swung a nice bat and, indeed, many think he could have gone pretty far a hitter.…

  14. Rafael Soriano to be sidelined 6-8 weeks

    May 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    Rafael Soriano‘s MRI came back and it revealed an inflamed ligament. Which is not torn which means no appointment with Dr. James Andrews’ Tommy-John-6000 machine.  At least not yet. Andrews recommends rest and then a throwing program for Soriano, together which will have him out for six to eight weeks.  Which is cool, I guess,…

  15. Mariano Rivera becomes 15th pitcher in MLB history to make 1,000 appearances

    May 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hadn’t pitched in a week, so manager Joe Girardi used him in a non-save situation this afternoon to close out a 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays, and the appearance was the 1,000th of Rivera’s amazing career. He becomes the 15th pitcher in baseball history with at least 1,000 appearances (the first to…

  16. Lenny Dykstra tried to break Doc Gooden out of “Celebrity Rehab”

    May 25, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    When a story involves Doc Gooden on Drew Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab,” and neither Gooden nor Pinsky is the biggest freakshow in the story, that can only mean one thing: Dykstra. That’s the story from Gooden who, while on WFAN yesterday, told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton that Dykstra tried to break him out of rehab during the…

  17. Red Sox crush Indians, improve to 25-12 since 2-10 start

    May 25, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox 's Jarrod Saltalamacchia is congratulated by teammates in Cleveland

    Cleveland came into today’s game against Boston with the majors’ best run differential at plus-65, but that number took a beating at Progressive Field as the Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first six innings and coasted to a 14-2 victory. Mitch Talbot took the brunt of the damage in his first start since…

  18. Jo-Jo Reyes ties a record: 28 starts without a win

    May 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes throws against the Houston Astros in Toronto.

    The Yankees are beating up on the Blue Jays right now, thanks in large part to two Andruw Jones home runs. Enjoy them while you can, Yankees fans. Because if history holds, the Jays will sign Jim Leyritz before the next inning and he’ll totally shift the momentum. Anyway, the more historically notable part of…

  19. Dodgers’ patience with prospect Jerry Sands paying off

    May 25, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Jerry Sands got off to a rough start after the Dodgers called him up from Triple-A in mid-April, going 8-for-47 (.190) with 13 strikeouts through 11 games. They stuck with the 23-year-old top prospect, trusting that he’d eventually get on track and live up to the promise he showed while destroying minor-league pitching, and Sands…

  20. Josh Hamilton intends to continue sliding head first

    May 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Josh Hamilton lost a month and a half of the season thanks to an ugly head first slide into home plate. So, logic dictates, he’s going cut that sort of thing out, right? Nah. I didn’t see it, but someone in the comments told me that he slid head first twice last night.  And here…

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