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  1. A true oddity: all AL games feature five in final scores

    May 8, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Too bad it didn’t happen three days ago on 5/5. All seven American League games Sunday featured one team or the other scoring five runs. The A’s, Rays, Tigers and White Sox all won while scoring five, while the Indians, Rangers and Twins lost with that number of runs. STATS did the research and said…

  2. Tony La Russa to have eye examined at Mayo Clinic

    May 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will have the viral infection around his right eye examined at the Mayo Clinic on Monday’s off day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. La Russa said before Sunday’s win over the Brewers that the condition, which has caused swelling and redness around his eye, has left him “miserable.” “Day games…

  3. Taylor Teagarden hits three homers for Triple-A Round Rock

    May 8, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    In his first game since being sent down by the Rangers, catcher Taylor Teagarden went deep three times and drove in seven runs for the Round Rock Express on Sunday. The huge game gave him five homers in just 22 at-bats in the PCL this season. Teagarden showed no rust at all despite a lack…

  4. Desperate for outfield depth, Nationals add Gregor Blanco

    May 8, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Gregor Blanco

    A day after placing Rick Ankiel on the disabled list and calling up Roger Bernadina, the Nationals added an outfielder in a trade with the Royals, picking up Gregor Blanco for a player to be named. Blanco was immediately assigned to Triple-A Syracuse. The 27-year-old Blanco did solid work for the Braves and Royals last…

  5. Phillies phinally place Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list

    May 8, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    After spending 10 days on the active roster but unable to play, Carlos Ruiz was finally shelved by the Phillies prior to Sunday night’s game, going on the DL to make room for the returning Joe Blanton. Although Blanton isn’t starting until Monday, the Phillies made the move tonight because 10 days is as far…

  6. Angels manager Mike Scioscia notches 1,000th victory

    May 8, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia, Torii Hunter

    With the Angels’ 6-5 victory over the Indians on Sunday, Mike Scioscia became the fifth active manager to reach 1,000 wins. The up-to-the-minute list: 1. Tony La Russa – 2658-2308 – .535 winning percentage 2. Jim Leyland – 1510-1536 – .495 3. Dusty Baker – 1423-1300 – .523 4. Bruce Bochy – 1292-1316 – .495…

  7. Kendrys Morales heading to Colorado for second opinion

    May 8, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    morales getty

    The Angels are as confused as the rest of the baseball world about Kendrys Morales‘ stalled rehabilitation from a broken left ankle. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Morales will travel to Vail, Colorado early this week to get a second opinion from foot and ankle specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton. Morales has…

  8. Joey Votto’s on-base streak ends after 33 games

    May 8, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    While it didn’t get much attention compared to Andre Ethier‘s 30-game hitting streak, Joey Votto had been on base every game this season for the Reds, at least until Sunday.  He went 0-for-4 in Cincinnati’s 2-0 win over the Cubs, ending the streak at 33 games.  Votto entered the day seventh in the NL with a…

  9. Logan Morrison could begin rehab assignment Monday

    May 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will be examined by a team doctor this afternoon. If everything checks out with his strained left foot, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Morrison has been taking batting practice for about a week and was able to…

  10. Derek Jeter homers! Twice! Also, Ron Washington is not a genius

    May 8, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    4:30 p.m. EDT – From 257 at-bats between homers to… ummm… zero at-bats between homers.  Jeter went deep again, this time against Arthur Rhodes, in the seventh inning. /// Derek Jeter hit his first homer in 63 games dating back to last August when he took Dave Bush deep in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against…

  11. Anibal Sanchez loses no-hitter in seventh

    May 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    3:10 p.m. EDT – So much for that.  Laynce Nix just delivered a line-drive single to right to start the seventh.  Mike Stanton got a great jump on the ball and could have had the diving catch, but the ball popped out as his glove hit the ground. /// Another day, another no-hitter alert. Anibal…

  12. Chris Young lands on disabled list with shoulder tightness

    May 8, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    chris young mets

    The shoulder discomfort that caused Mets right-hander Chris Young to be scratched from his scheduled Saturday start against the Dodgers was still bothering him on Sunday morning, so the Mets have placed him on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season and have called up Pat Misch to fill his roster spot.…

  13. Happy Mother’s Day. “Call your mom.”

    May 8, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Fans take refuge from the heat in Washington on Independence Day

    From Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: On whiteboard in Twins clubhouse, where times for stretch & BP are generally written was one more directive today: “Call your mom.” Perfect, right? Happy Mother’s Day from us here at HardballTalk. Enjoy a full slate of afternoon and evening baseball games featuring pink cleats, pink…

  14. Astros place Jason Bourgeois on DL with oblique injury

    May 8, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    bourgeois headshot

    Astros utilityman Jason Bourgeois has opened the 2011 season with a stellar .407/.439/.500 batting line through his first 57 plate appearances. He’s also tallied 12 stolen bases in 14 chances. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old is now going to have to put that early offensive momentum on hold. Bourgeois suffered an oblique injury during an at-bat Saturday…

  15. Andrew Bailey throws 30-pitch side session, making progress

    May 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    bailey face

    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey hasn’t appeared in a major league game yet this season because of a righty forearm injury. He took a step toward changing that yesterday on the road with the A’s. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the right-hander threw 30 pitches — including breaking balls — to Daric…

  16. X-rays on Paul Konerko’s left wrist come back “normal”

    May 8, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has been bothered by discomfort in his left wrist for several days now and finally underwent X-rays on Saturday night to rule out the possibility of structural damage. Good news. According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the X-ray results turned up “normal” and Konerko is not expected to…

  17. Blue Jays activate Aaron Hill from the disabled list

    May 8, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays infielder Aaron Hill throws during practice at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin

    As expected, the Blue Jays have activated second baseman Aaron Hill from the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Tigers. Mike McCoy was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear a 25-man roster spot. Hill spent a little over two weeks nursing a right hamstring injury before heading out…

  18. Red Sox place Scutaro on DL, promote Jose Iglesias

    May 8, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    iglesias wide

    A major league source told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe on Saturday night that the Red Sox are preparing to place Marco Scutaro on the 15-day disabled list with a “left side injury” and that shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias will be promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to provide middle infield depth in Scutaro’s absence. Iglesias,…

  19. Alex White notches first win as Jered Weaver goes without a K

    May 8, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

    Alex White

    It wasn’t the expected result in Anaheim on Saturday night, as Jered Weaver went without a strikeout for just the second time in 152 career starts and was outdueled by rookie Alex White in the Indians’ 4-3 victory. Weaver’s only previous strikeout-less performance came on June 10, 2007, when he allowed three runs in three…

  20. Andre Ethier’s hitting streak ends at 30 games

    May 7, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    It may have looked like Andre Ethier caught a break tonight when Chris Young was scratched from his start against the Dodgers, but that clearly wasn’t the case.  Ethier went 0-for-4 with a walk in a 4-2 loss to the Mets, ending his hitting streak at 30 games. Ethier had actually owned Young, one of…

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