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

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Derek Lowe apologizes after alleged DUI, will start Sunday

    Apr 29, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    Derek Lowe made his apology to Braves fans after showing up at the ballpark prior to Friday’s game against the Cardinals. “I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Braves organization for the attention arising from this matter, however I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to…

  5. Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez to play through dislocated finger, torn ligament

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Sean Rodriguez dislocated his left pinkie finger sliding into second base last night and an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament as well, but the Rays infielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he plans to play through the injury. Actually, his exact words were: “It ain’t broken.” Joe Maddon agreed with Rodriguez’s…

  6. Bizarre report: Manny Ramirez might play winter ball

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    ESPNDeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas has a report up presenting text messages from Manny Ramirez saying he’s interested in playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic for the Aguilas Cibaenes. The odd thing is that text messages were actually written more than two weeks ago, and Rojas gives no indication of whom they happened to be…

  7. Mike Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge as odd shoplifting case comes to confusing conclusion

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    Mike Leake has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “unauthorized use of property” following his shoplifting arrest last week, agreeing to 30 hours of community service after being charged with stealing $60 worth of shirts from Macy’s. In addition to the community service attached to what is now a misdemeanor offense, Leake will enter…

  8. Ozzie Guillen suspended two games for post-ejection tweets

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    MLB announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for commenting on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. Within five minutes of his ejection–which came for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko–Guillen hopped on Twitter and posted the…

  9. Yankees activate Francisco Cervelli from disabled list

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the disabled list, returning to the Yankees after being sidelined since March 2 with a fractured foot. Cervelli’s injury looked like a tough break for the Yankees at the time because they were uncertain about how Russell Martin would hold up physically early on, but Martin has been healthy…

  10. The Braves place Roger McDowell on administrative leave

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave pending the outcome of their investigation into the anti-gay slurs and otherwise poor behavior he allegedly displayed toward a fan at AT&T Park last Sunday. In the meantime, Dave Wallace — the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator…

  11. The Dodgers’ woes are a form of “cosmic comeuppance?”

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Walter O'Malley

    Call me crazy, but I think the Dodgers’ current woes are the result of Major League Baseball allowing an overly-leveraged dilettante into the ownership club and then watching as that dilettante did even worse things to the franchise’s business than anyone could have imagined. George Vecsey of the New York Times has another theory, however: he…

  12. Jason Donald is healthy, but Indians stick with Jack Hannahan

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Donald_Jason

    Jason Donald, who was the favorite to act as the Indians’ primary third baseman before suffering a broken hand on March 4, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday. The move comes as no surprise, given Jack Hannahan‘s strong play at the hot corner for Cleveland. Hannahan, a journeyman…

  13. Ron Gardenhire says Twins “talking about our options” with struggling Francisco Liriano

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    francisco-liriano-twins

    Ron Gardenhire indicated today that Francisco Liriano could be in danger of losing his spot in the Twins’ rotation after going 1-4 with a 9.13 ERA through five outings, telling Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that “we’ve been talking about our options with him.” Kevin Slowey moved from the rotation to the bullpen because the Twins…

  14. Bruce Bochy: “Hard to put a target date” on Barry Zito’s return

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    zito scoul

    Barry Zito is off crutches two weeks after being placed on the disabled list with a sprained foot, but manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that it’s “hard to put a target date” on his potential return. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Zito was examined Wednesday by a foot specialist and is no longer forced…

  15. Brian Matusz calls bullpen session “a big step forward”

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    matusz reuters

    Brian Matusz threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and afterward the injured Orioles starter called it “a big step forward” in his recovery from a strained intercostal muscle. Jeff Seidel of MLB.com reports that Matusz threw fastballs and off-speed pitches while reporting no problems and will now head to extended spring training in Florida. Barring…

  16. Kevin Towers used to mess with Brad Penny by altering the radar gun readings in San Diego

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has an interesting article about the questionable accuracy of the radar gun readings used on various ballpark scoreboards, which is something I’ve noted in the past regarding people citing velocity figures well beyond a pitcher’s usual range. It turns out not all of the inaccurate scoreboard readings are on…

  17. Takashi Saito’s return delayed due to oblique strain

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Saito_Takashi

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Takashi Saito was pulled from a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Nashville last night due to a left oblique strain. The Brewers were expected to activate Saito from the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Astros, but those plans are obviously on hold now. Oblique…

  18. Astros shortstop Clint Barmes returns from fractured hand

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    barmes big

    Out since a hit by pitch late in spring training left him with a fractured hand, Clint Barmes will be activated from the disabled list and make his Astros debut tonight. Barmes, who was acquired from the Rockies in November to take over as the Astros’ starting shortstop, returns from the injury in five weeks…

  19. Kevin Youkilis exits early Thursday, but expects to play Friday

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Kevin Youkilis put a little fright into Red Sox Nation* on Thursday night when he made an eighth-inning exit from the club’s 6-2 victory over the Orioles. It turns out he’s going to be just fine. According to the great Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Youk** told reporters after the game that he only jammed his…

  20. Mike Pelfrey cleared for Friday start after recent flu virus

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Pelfrey_Mike

    Mike Pelfrey has been cleared to start tonight’s series opener against the Phillies, despite a recent flu bug that caused him to lose 11 pounds over the course of the past week. The Mets considered using Dillon Gee for a spot start, but Terry Collins told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News yesterday that…

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