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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Evan Meek headed to the disabled list with shoulder weakness

    Apr 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates will place reliever Evan Meek on the disabled list with right shoulder weakness. And really, it’s a wonder they didn’t do this sooner. In addition to his weak shoulder, Meek has been fighting a virus for nearly the entire month of April. It would be…

  10. Carlos Santana leads Indians past Tigers with walk-off grand slam

    Apr 30, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Carlos Santana walk off AP

    It’s no stretch to say that the Indians are the biggest surprise in baseball so far this season. However, one of the more remarkable parts about their hot start is that they’ve been winning ballgames despite their cleanup hitter Carlos Santana struggling miserably with the bat. While Santana has shown plenty of patience, his batting…

  11. Frank McCourt has first meeting with team monitor Tom Schieffer

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    According to the Associated Press, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met Friday for the first time with Tom Schieffer, who was recently appointed by commissioner Bud Selig to oversee the team’s daily operations. One of Schieffer’s first acts as “monitor” was to approve the team’s latest payroll. McCourt personally borrowed $30 million from FOX to meet payroll in…

  12. Jonathan Broxton barely holds on, notches sixth save

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    By the skin of his teeth, Jonathan Broxton picked up his sixth save Friday after allowing one run in the ninth against the Padres. Staying true to his word, manager Don Mattingly used Vicente Padilla in the eighth and saved Broxton for the ninth in a 3-1 game against the Padres. It started out well…

  13. Daisuke Matsuzaka leaves start with elbow tightness

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Daisuke Matsuzaka, coming off the best two-start stretch of his Red Sox career, left Friday night’s game against the Mariners in the fifth inning with right elbow tightness. Dice-K didn’t show any obvious signs of injury before being removed.  Jason Varitek came out to chat with him following an Ichiro Suzuki single in the fifth…

  14. Jason Marquis hurls shutout for Nationals

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Yes, that Jason Marquis. After going 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA in the first year of his two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals, Marquis has opened 2011 with a bang, turning in five straight quality starts on his way to a 3-0 record.  His ERA stands at 2.71. Tonight’s win was the most impressive…

  15. James Loney sits against left-hander Clayton Richard

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    It was only a matter of when. James Loney has actually begun to pick up the pace with the bat this week, including a four-hit game on Tuesday, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has benched him with the Padres sending left-hander Clayton Richard to the hill tonight. Jerry Sands, who was called up from Triple-A…

  16. Brian Roberts has been playing through a hamstring injury

    Apr 29, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Entering Friday’s action, Brian Roberts has started all 23 games for the Orioles this season, yet he only has two stolen bases. Some have speculated that his balky back could be a factor for his inactivity on the basepaths, but Roberts told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com earlier today that he has been slowed early in…

  17. Casey Blake expected to miss four weeks after elbow surgery

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Blake_Casey

    The left side of the Dodgers’ infield just took another hit. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Casey Blake underwent surgery on his infected left elbow and could be back in four weeks. The 37-year-old third baseman was officially placed on the disabled list earlier today. Blake began the year on the…

  18. MLB report: 10,955 drug tests since 2007

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    syringe

    The MLB and MLBPA jointly released a summary report of drug tests performed since 2007, stating that 10,955 took place from the start of the 2007 offseason through the beginning of this year. The breakdown is as follows: 3,486 tests in 2008 3,722 tests in 2009 (121 in the offseason) 3,747 tests in 2010 (138…

  19. Carlos Pena sits again, this time against a righty

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    The Cubs wagered $10 million that Carlos Pena would return to 2009 form while playing in Wrigley Field, but after going 0-for-4 on Thursday, he’s out of the lienup for the third time in six games Friday. Unlike the previous times he sat, this time it’s happening against a right-hander, Arizona’s Armando Galarraga to be…

  20. Yankees donate $500,000 for tornado relief

    Apr 29, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Debbie Goebels and search dog Ryka look through a demolished building in the Rosedale Courts housing complex, in the aftermath of deadly tornados in Tuscaloosa

    Yankees general partner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal said Friday that the team donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross and $250,000 to the Salvation Army to help rebuild communities in Alabama devastated by this week’s tornadoes. Bombers setup man David Robertson is from Tuscaloosa and said his parents rode out the storms in their basements. None…

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