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  1. Jeff Wilpon orders destruction of bullpen mascot “Stanley”

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

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    The Mets are willing to try anything — and I mean anything — change their losing ways. Even if they have to blame inanimate objects for their bad luck. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Astros, the Mets destroyed “Stanley,” a black and yellow rolling toolbox that had become the bullpen’s mascot. It held some…

  2. Scott Downs placed on disabled list with stomach virus

    Apr 23, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

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    According to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, Angels reliever Scott Downs has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a gastrointestinal virus caused by food poisoning. Downs missed the first two weeks of the season because of a broken left big toe, so this is his second trip to the disabled list this season. He…

  3. Did Tony La Russa pull a fast one on Dusty Baker last night?

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

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    Tony La Russa used the weather and the rules to his advantage in last night’s 4-2 win over the Reds, moving his club back into first place in the National League Central. La Russa scratched Kyle McClellan from his scheduled start because of the threat of inclement weather, instead sending Miguel Batista out for the…

  4. Chipper Jones has pain in his other knee

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jones is out of Saturday’s lineup. 8:34 AM: Chipper Jones has exceeded all expectations coming back from left knee surgery, batting .274/.341/.425 with two homers, five doubles and 14 RBI over his first 82 plate appearances. He has appeared in every game this season and even…

  5. UPDATE: Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid broke up in ninth inning

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Marlins win 4-1. Sanchez ends up with a complete-game one-hitter. 9:35 PM: So much for that. Dexter Fowler just broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the ninth. It bounced just beyond Omar Infante‘s glove into right field. Is Edwin Rodriguez going to pull him now? 9:26 PM: Sanchez has made it…

  6. The Brewers will be paying Ryan Braun until 2031

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:42 PM EST

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    The Brewers announced a five-year, $105 million extension with Ryan Braun yesterday that will keep him in Milwaukee through at least 2020, but they’ll actually be paying him for much, much longer. According to Colin Fly of the Associated Press, the new contract includes at least $18 million in interest-free deferrals through 2031. In other…

  7. Justin Morneau receives cortisone shot for stiff neck

    Apr 22, 2011, 7:36 PM EST

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    Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game this evening. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that while Morneau is still getting over the flu, he also needed a cortisone shot today to relieve vertebrae inflammation in his neck. “He had a neck issue before he even…

  8. Scott Rolen gets cortisone injections for shoulder

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is absent from Friday’s lineup and iffy for the weekend after receiving two cortisone injections for soreness in his left shoulder, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “I kind of tracked it back to San Diego,” he said, referring to an April 11-13 series. “I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but I haven’t…

  9. Rockies acquire Brad Emaus from Blue Jays

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

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    Second baseman Brad Emaus, who was just returned from the Mets to the Blue Jays under the terms of his Rule 5 status, was traded from Toronto to Colorado for right-hander Chris Malone on Friday. The Rockies, presumably, will stick Emaus at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Had they wanted him for the major league team, they…

  10. Should the Mets move the wall in at Citi Field?

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

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    This comes up about twice a year and people like to talk about it, so hey, why not?  Go read Marty Noble over at MLB.com opining that the Mets should move the fences in at Citi Field because it’s killing David Wright and making home runs scarce and all of that: Right field at Citi…

  11. Johnny Damon playing through hairline fracture in finger tip

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

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    Johnny Damon missed three games after being hit on the hand by a pitch Sunday and revealed today that he has a hairline fracture in the tip of his left ring finger. Damon played last night, going 1-for-4 with a single, and is back in the lineup tonight against the Blue Jays, telling Roger Mooney…

  12. Dodgers payroll to be unaffected during the MLB takeover

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    We need a name for this thing. The Bud Protectorate?  Something Oliver Cromwell-ish seems to fit.  I’ll think about it. Anyway, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has been told that his payroll will be unaffected while MLB runs the Dodgers and that things will be business as usual.  Which makes…

  13. Mets to place Angel Pagan on DL, call up Jason Pridie

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

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    Angel Pagan left Tuesday’s game after pulling a muscle in his side and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will place him on the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks. Pagan had hoped to return in a few days, but clearly the Mets didn’t want to play short-handed in center…

  14. Selig: baseball will be better off if Albert Pujols stays in St. Louis

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

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    Bud Selig spoke about a lot of stuff during his news conference yesterday. Here’s one that seemed to fall through the cracks, but which is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I was talking once with Robin Yount and George Brett and said they were getting to be the exceptions (players who stayed in…

  15. Derek Jeter leads MLB in ground ball percentage, ranks 188th in slugging percentage

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Derek Jeter quickly ditching the “new swing” he worked on with hitting coach Kevin Long hasn’t helped his production, as the Yankees shortstop is batting just .219 with a .282 on-base percentage and .234 slugging percentage in 16 games. Jeter is still doing a fine job controlling the strike zone, drawing six walks compared to…

  16. Pirates claim Brandon Wood off waivers from Angels

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Brandon Wood, Howard Kendrick

    Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Brandon Wood has predictably been claimed off waivers by the Pirates, who had the No. 1 waiver position by virtue of their MLB-worst 57-105 record last year. That the Angels couldn’t find a team willing to give up something of even marginal value for Wood shows just…

  17. Brewers GM says Ryan Braun extension won’t impact Prince Fielder’s status

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told reporters that Ryan Braun signing a five-year, $105 million extension yesterday won’t impact impending free agent Prince Fielder‘s status with the team, calling them “different situations.” Milwaukee also signed Rickie Weeks to a four-year, $50 million extension during spring training, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that Fielder rejected…

  18. Vicente Padilla returns from DL eight weeks after arm surgery

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    When Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery in February there was speculation that he could miss the entire first half, but today the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list just eight weeks after going under the knife. Padilla is expected to work out of the bullpen, although if the Dodgers need some rotation help down…

  19. David Purcey has big feet

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    You know what they say about guys with big feet, right?  Yeah: they have really big shoes. Susan Slusser of the Chronicle tells us about new Oakland A David Purcey‘s big ones: Purcey wears size 17 spikes, and the A’s haven’t had a player above size 14; manager Bob Geren is a size 15, the previous Vucinich-era…

  20. Brian McRae arrested for his third DUI

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

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    Nowhere near the ink that Mike Leake is getting will be given to this, but it’s way sadder and way more dangerous: Former Royals outfielder Brian McRae was arrested early this morning in Overland Park on a DUI charge … This is McRae’s third citation for driving under the influence. He’s not in the game…

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