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  1. X-rays show progress in Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s fractured fibula

    Apr 30, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins' Nishioka gets a hand from Morneau as he hops into the dugout after player introductions before the start of their game in Minneapolis

    Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka broke his left fibula earlier this month when Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher upended him on a broken double play attempt at Minnesota’s Target Field. The Japanese infielder is still a couple weeks from returning to the Twins’ major league lineup, but he is making steady progress. Robert Falkoff of MLB.com…

  2. Smoltz misses cut in first pro golf tourney by 27 strokes

    Apr 30, 2011, 8:29 PM EST

    smoltz wide

    Pitching only once every five or six days over the course of a 21-year major league career, right-hander John Smoltz had ample time to develop a pretty outstanding golf game. Smoltz finally got to put those golf skills in action this weekend at the South Georgia Classic, a tournament on the PGA Nationwide Tour. The…

  3. Reds’ Jared Burton already cleared for light rehab work

    Apr 30, 2011, 7:43 PM EST

    burton wide

    Reds setup man Jared Burton opened the 2011 regular season on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation and underwent arthroscopic surgery on that same shoulder just this past week. He is a long way from fully returning to a major league mound, but the right-handed reliever is making some amount of progress. According to…

  4. Rays send Jake McGee to minors, call up Alex Cobb for spot start Sunday

    Apr 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have sent Jake McGee to Triple-A Durham and called up Alex Cobb to start Sunday’s series finale against the Angels. The Rays need a spot starter for Sunday because of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins. McGee, 24, made the Rays out of spring training,…

  5. UPDATE: Zack Greinke to make Brewers debut Wednesday

    Apr 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    UPDATE: It’s official. Greinke will make his Brewers debut Wednesday against the Braves, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 9:30 AM: Brewers fans, the wait is almost over. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Zack Greinke allowed two runs over five innings last night with Triple-A Nashville in what was expected to…

  6. Clay Buchholz scratched from Sunday’s start due to illness

    Apr 30, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    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…

  7. Nationals sure to suffer without Ryan Zimmerman

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    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…

  8. First-round bust Daniel Moskos arrives in majors

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    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…

  9. UPDATE: Ryan Zimmerman needs surgery for abdominal injury

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    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…

  10. Tough break: Pablo Sandoval has fractured hamate bone

    Apr 30, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    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…

  11. Roger McDowell “all but certain” to be suspended by MLB

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    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…

  12. Red Sox optimistic Daisuke Matsuzaka will be OK for next start

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    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…

  13. Jake Peavy notches eight strikeouts in latest rehab start

    Apr 30, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 30, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:35 AM EST

    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…

  17. Jonathan Broxton barely holds on, notches sixth save

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EST

    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…

  18. Daisuke Matsuzaka leaves start with elbow tightness

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    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…

  19. Jason Marquis hurls shutout for Nationals

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    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…

  20. James Loney sits against left-hander Clayton Richard

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

    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…

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