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

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

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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…

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    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…

  4. Astros shortstop Clint Barmes returns from fractured hand

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    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…

  7. Derek Lowe “was allegedly racing another driver” at the time of DUI arrest

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

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    Further details about Derek Lowe‘s arrest last night are becoming available, with Mike Morris of the Atlanta Journal Constitution now reporting that the Braves right-hander “was allegedly racing another driver” when he was booked for a DUI. State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told Morris that “troopers observed two vehicles racing on Peachtree Road and were…

  8. Derek Lowe is fifth MLB player to be arrested for DUI this year

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

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    Last night Derek Lowe was pulled over by police and apparently failed a field sobriety test, becoming the fifth MLB player to be arrested and charged with a DUI already this year. Miguel Cabrera made the biggest headlines when he was arrested while driving to spring training, but Lowe also joins Austin Kearns, Adam Kennedy,…

  9. Lance Berkman returns to Houston with eight hits and seven RBIs in three games

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

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    After playing 11 seasons with the Astros as one of the best players in franchise history Lance Berkman returned to Houston for the first time and was met by some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Berkman handled things about as well as possible in responding to the criticism and then responded with…

  10. Travis Hafner to undergo MRI exam on injured right ankle

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    Travis Hafner‘s strong start is on hold after the designated hitter was scratched from last night’s lineup with right ankle soreness and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam today. Hafner has missed an average of 72 games per season during the past three years, but most of his health problems…

  11. Derek Lowe arrested for DUI

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:57 AM EST

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    The Braves had the night off last night and Derek Lowe decided to use his time idiotically: he went out drinking and then decided to drive around. And he was arrested for his trouble. He was pulled over at 10PM and took — and apparently failed — a field sobriety test. He refused the breathalyser.  He…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:55 AM EST

    Flight Delays

    Yankees 12, White Sox 3:  Well, I was supposed to be at this one.  Instead, my 9:30 AM flight to New York turned into a 12:08 PM flight which then turned into a 3:30 PM flight through Philly, which then turned into a 5:17 PM flight through Philly that was highly unlikely to allow me…

  13. Kevin Millwood rocked at Triple-A, done with Yankees?

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

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    It may be time for the Yankees and Kevin Millwood to end their short and uneventful marriage. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, the veteran right-hander was shelled for six earned runs over just two innings Thursday evening in what might have been his final start at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Millwood has a clause…

  14. Indians hit four homers, win 10th straight at home

    Apr 28, 2011, 9:36 PM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo, Grady Sizemore

    Getting long balls from Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Santana, Grady Sizemore and Shelley Duncan, the Indians beat the Royals 8-2 on Thursday to finish a three-game sweep and win their 10th straight at home. Cleveland is now an American League-best 16-8 overall. What’s incredible is that the Indians have done it with Fausto Carmona and Carlos…

  15. Joe Mauer “finally turning the corner” with leg weakness

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:39 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer didn’t reveal much information about his ongoing rehabilitation from bilateral leg weakness and a viral infection on Thursday when he spoke with a group of reporters. But he did acknowledge that he feels like he is “finally turning a corner” and getting close to “increasing the intensity” of his workouts. Phil…

  16. Ryan Zimmerman not near return from abdominal strain

    Apr 28, 2011, 7:24 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was cleared to resume performing baseball activities earlier this week and he is doing some light drills. But it’s going to be a long time before we see him back in a major league uniform. Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington watched Zimmerman play a light game of catch on Thursday…

  17. Jays demote Travis Snider to make room for Rajai Davis

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Apparently, Corey Patterson is a keeper. The Jays announced after Thursday’s win over the Rangers that they’ve optioned 23-year-old Travis Snider to Triple-A Las Vegas. Utilityman Chris Woodward was sent outright to the same club.  Rajai Davis is expected to come off the DL and reclaim his spot in center field prior to Friday’s game.…

  18. Phillies place Joe Blanton on disabled list with elbow injury

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

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    Joe Blanton was off to a shaky start as the forgotten man in the Phillies’ star-studded rotation, posting a 5.91 ERA in four starts, and the Phillies just placed him on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Vance Worley will be called up from Triple-A…

  19. Ben Zobrist drives in franchise-high eight runs for Rays

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Having already focused on the bad, I guess it’s only fair to look at the good for the Rays on a day in which they won 15-3. And that would be Ben Zobrist‘s franchise-record eight-RBI game. Zobrist overtook Carlos Pena‘s team record (7 RBI on Sept. 5, 2007) with a 4-for-6 day that included a…

  20. Indians call up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Indians placed starter Carlos Carrasco on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’ll replace him in the rotation by calling up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A. White will start in Carrasco’s place Saturday against the Tigers after earning the call-up…

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