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  1. Jose Bautista hits two more homers, up to 18 for season

    May 21, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Brett Myers in the sixth and then a solo shot off Jose Valdez in the eighth to carry the Jays to a 7-5 win over the Astros on Saturday. The three-run homer was only the second of the year for Bautista with multiple men on base.  One issue…

  2. UPDATE: Pedro Alvarez placed on disabled list with quad injury

    May 21, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: Pedro Alvarez was indeed placed on the 15-day disabled list, reports Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1:15 PM: According to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have dispatched minor league infielder Pedro Ciriaco to Pittsburgh for tonight’s game against the Tigers. The Pirates have yet to announce an official roster move,…

  3. May’s hottest hitters: Matt Joyce, Jose Bautista lead the way

    May 21, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Matt Joyce

    Here’s a look at MLB’s OPS leaders for the month of May: 1. Matt Joyce (Rays) – 1.281 2. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 1.273 3. Ramon Hernandez (Reds) – 1.204 4. Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox) – 1.089 5. Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) – 1.083 6. Victor Martinez (Tigers) – 1.073 7. Carlos Pena (Cubs) –…

  4. Gary Carter diagnosed with small tumors on his brain

    May 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    PewZLYoB

    UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Gary Carter has released the following statement about his condition: Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility. I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center,…

  5. Marlins ace Josh Johnson goes on DL with shoulder inflammation

    May 21, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson, the NL’s co-leader in ERA through nine starts, was placed on the disabled list Saturday because of right shoulder inflammation. It looks like a recurrence of the problem that shut him down at the end of last season. Johnson hadn’t been on the disabled list since 2008, but he didn’t pitch after Sept.…

  6. Mark DeRosa’s future in doubt after latest wrist injury

    May 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Mark DeRosa

    Mark DeRosa was placed on the disabled list earlier this week after suffering yet another injury to his surgically-repaired left wrist. At the time of the injury, Giants manager Bruce Bochy conceded that DeRosa would be “out a while,” but there’s also a very real chance that his career could be over. According to Carl…

  7. Alfredo Simon to be activated from restricted list today

    May 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    The Orioles’ beleaguered bullpen took yet another beating in last night’s blowout loss to the Nationals, so Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that they have decided to activate Alfredo Simon from the restricted list a day earlier than originally expected. Simon was placed on the restricted list in the early part of spring…

  8. Andrew Bailey makes first minor league rehab appearance

    May 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Andrew Bailey tossed a scoreless inning last night in his first minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento. Bailey threw a total of 16 pitches and registered one strikeout. The 26-year-old right-hander has been sidelined since spring training with a strained right forearm. The Athletics want Bailey to make…

  9. Diamondbacks release Russell Branyan to make room for Micah Owings

    May 21, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    The Diamondbacks released Russell Branyan following last night’s win over the Twins. The move clears room on the roster for Saturday’s starter Micah Owings. Branyan, who was signed to a minor league deal in February, began the season in a timeshare with Juan Miranda at first base, but his playing time dropped off considerably this…

  10. Mets back at .500 mark for first time since April 9

    May 21, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    The Mets might not be contenders come July, but we can at least hold off on the fire sale talk for a few days. With a 2-1 win over the Yankees last night, the Mets are back at the .500 mark (22-22) for the first time since April 9. R.A. Dickey, who entered the night with…

  11. Jayson Werth homers twice as Nationals bust out with 17 runs

    May 20, 2011, 10:51 PM EST

    Jayson Werth, Jerry Hairston

    The Nationals, who hadn’t scored over eight runs in any of their 43 games this season, more than doubled that total Friday in a 17-5 win over the Orioles. Five different Nationals homered, with Jayson Werth connecting on two for his first multihomer game as a Nat. Also going deep were Danny Espinosa, Roger Bernadina,…

  12. Andrew Cashner to get second opinion on shoulder

    May 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EST

    Andrew Cashner

    Earlier this week we learned that Andrew Cashner aggravated his recent shoulder injury. Now he’s headed to get a second opinion. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the young right-hander will visit Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday in Los Angeles. The Cubs are confident that Cashner will not require surgery to repair his right rotator…

  13. Chase Utley nearing return from disabled list

    May 20, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    At least that’s how it seems right now. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal that Chase Utley would be the designated hitter with High-A Clearwater tonight before playing in the field again Saturday. After that? They’ll “reassess” where he’s at. Utley has yet to play in three…

  14. Jesse Litsch placed on disabled list with shoulder impingement

    May 20, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Blue Jays pitcher Litsch throws to the  Rays during their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the Blue Jays have placed right-hander Jesse Litsch on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Litsch is 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA and 36/18 K/BB ratio over his first eight starts this season. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up six runs — five earned — on seven…

  15. Brandon McCarthy takes to Twitter after latest shoulder injury

    May 20, 2011, 7:16 PM EST

    Brandon McCarthy

    Brandon McCarthy is both a fine pitcher and a funny guy, which is why it just plain sucks to see him back on the DL with another stress reaction in his shoulder. Here he is on Twitter after the roster move today: Thousands of years after the rapture the new civilization will uncover what we…

  16. Nationals’ Mike Rizzo says he’s not under investigation

    May 20, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Mike Rizzo

    Washington general manager Mike Rizzo denied reports that he’s under investigation by MLB for confronting umpires following Thursday’s game against the Mets. The AP reports that Rizzo said he contacted Joe Torre, MLB’s vice president of operations, immediately after Thursday’s game in New York, but he wouldn’t provide details of the conversation. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman,…

  17. Red Sox confirm Kevin Millwood signing, make seven roster moves

    May 20, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    The Red Sox aren’t acting like a team that has won six in a row. On Friday, they turned over 12 percent of their major league roster, calling up infielder Drew Sutton, activating Dan Wheeler from the disabled list and activating the newly acquired Franklin Morales.  Going to make room were right-hander Michael Bowden, left-hander…

  18. WAR does the All-Star teams – NL version

    May 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Presenting the 2011 NL All-Star team of the moment, courtesy of Wins Above Replacement (in this case, the Baseball-Reference version of it): C Buster Posey (Giants) – 1.4 1B Joey Votto (Reds) – 2.6 2B Brandon Phillips (Reds) – 1.3 3B Pablo Sandoval (Giants) – 1.5 SS Jose Reyes (Mets) – 1.5 LF Ryan Braun (Brewers)…

  19. Selig: the Dodgers’ financial woes are “historic”

    May 20, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Bud Selig gave a commencement speech in Wisconsin today. Before he went on, he referred to the Dodgers’ financial problems as “historic” and, according to the AP, dodged (ha!) speculation that Major League Baseball would assist the Dodgers in any way short of just taking them over when they fail to make payroll later this…

  20. Orlando Cabrera becomes a U.S. citizen

    May 20, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Cabrera_Orlando

    If you were wondering why Orlando Cabrera wasn’t the one taking that sweet throw from Asdrubal Cabrera in the highlight from last night, it’s because he left the Indians yesterday to go to South Carolina where he is being naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Which is cool, though I’m not sure why it has to happen…

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