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  1. Asdrubal Cabrera leads way as Indians complete sweep of Reds

    May 22, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Asdrubal Cabrera, the American League’s best shortstop since day one this season, delivered two homers as part of a 5-for-5, five-RBI game as the Indians routed the Reds 12-4 and completed a three-game sweep Sunday. Cabrera has nine homers, ranking him second only to Troy Tulowitzki among major league shortstops.  Jhonny Peralta is third with seven.  Cabrera…

  2. Yankees score eight in seventh to take Subway Series from Mets

    May 22, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Down 3-1 after 6 1/2, the Yankees put together a furious rally in the seventh inning Sunday, scoring eight times on their way to beating the Mets 9-3 and claiming the Subway Series. The Yankees won the final two games of the series after dropping Friday’s opener 2-1. Mike Pelfrey‘s inability to field his position…

  3. Greg Anderson: steroid distributor and Youth Baseball coach

    May 22, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Greg Anderson

    Greg Anderson, the former personal trainer for Barry Bonds and a convicted felon, is serving as an assistant coach for the Capitol Electric team in the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association, according to an article in Sunday’s New York Times. Anderson is accused of supplying steroids and injecting them into Bonds and other athletes and he plead…

  4. Report: Rangers ask Pirates about closer Joel Hanrahan

    May 22, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    The Pirates’ most attractive piece in trade talks is already getting some attention, as the Rangers have asked the team about closer Joel Hanrahan, according to’s Ken Rosenthal. Hanrahan fanned 100 batters in 69 2/3 innings for the Pirates last season, but he seemed intimidated in the closer’s role during his first trial in…

  5. Dodgers welcome back Rafael Furcal, but lose Juan Uribe

    May 22, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The Dodgers made a couple of major 25-man roster moves before their Sunday afternoon interleague series finale against the White Sox, according to beat writer Ken Gurnick. Rafael Furcal, who has been sidelined since fracturing his left thumb on April 11 against the Giants, was activated from the disabled list. Juan Uribe, who strained…

  6. Rays place Reid Brignac on bereavement, add Felipe Lopez

    May 22, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    brignac rays

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that the Rays have placed shortstop Reid Brignac on the bereavement list and selected the contract of Felipe Lopez from Triple-A Durham. Brignac lost his grandfather Saturday and is expected to miss four games to attend the funeral. Lopez was designated for assignment in early…

  7. Lance Berkman back in Cardinals’ lineup Sunday vs. Royals

    May 22, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    berkman homer

    Big Puma’s sprained right wrist is all better. According to the official Twitter feed of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman is back in the St. Louis starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Royals. Berkman sat out Friday and Saturday in Kansas City after departing Thursday’s game against the Astros…

  8. L.A. Times: Suspect arrested in Bryan Stow beating case

    May 22, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    LAPD Give Update On Giants Fan Beating Investigation

    Joel Rubin of the Los Angeles Times brings some uplifting news in the still-unsolved Opening Day beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow: At about 7 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team descended on an East Hollywood apartment building with a warrant in hand. According to apartment building manager Maritza Camacho, police, using loudspeakers…

  9. Phillies likely to activate Chase Utley before Monday’s game

    May 22, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    He’s back. Well, almost. According to Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, second baseman Chase Utley has packed up his things at Single-A Clearwater and is headed back to Philly in anticipation of a Monday activation from the disabled list. Utley has not played in a major league game this season due to right…

  10. Pirates, nearly .500, seeing boost in attendance at PNC Park

    May 22, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Attendance is down, in general, around most of Major League Baseball. The weather has played a part in that and so has the poor state of the economy. But at least one unexpected team has seen a rise in support, a rise that is only gaining more momentum: the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Rob Biertempfel…

  11. Javier Vazquez wows with seven shutout innings vs. Rays

    May 22, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins signed veteran right-hander Javier Vazquez to a one-year, $7 million contract this winter, hoping that he might be able to return to form back in the National League. Vazquez posted a frightening 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP last season for the Yankees, but he earned NL Cy Young Award votes in 2009 with…

  12. Twins place Glen Perkins on DL, recall Dusty Hughes

    May 22, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    perkins gardy

    According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins made a couple of roster moves early this morning. Glen Perkins, a successful left-handed reliever, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He will leave behind a 1.59 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a dominant .171/.256/.200 slash…

  13. Rockies designate righty Felipe Paulino for assignment

    May 21, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    paulino wide

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post brings word that right-handed reliever Felipe Paulino was designated for assignment on Saturday evening after the Rockies’ 3-2 loss to the Brewers. Paulino allowed 23 hits and 12 earned runs in just 14 2/3 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen. He was forced into a save situation…

  14. Brian Matusz throws six scoreless at Double-A Bowie

    May 21, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    matusz pose

    Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took a big step toward returning to a major league mound on Saturday evening at the Double-A level. According to Brittany Ghiroli of, the promising young southpaw hurled six scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie, surrendering just three hits and one walk in an impressive rehab start. The Orioles will either…

  15. Former Mets talk Gary Carter after brain tumors diagnosis

    May 21, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Mets teammates are showing their support for Gary Carter, who was diagnosed with four small brain tumors Saturday. The Associated Press has the quotes: Mookie Wilson: “The last time I saw him a couple months ago, he looked well. He was Gary. He seemed himself. No indication anything was wrong. Whatever the situation may be, of course I…

  16. Marlon Byrd struck in left eye with pitch, leaves game

    May 21, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    byrd head

    Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was struck on the side of the head by an Alfredo Aceves pitch in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. The Aceves breaking ball rose quickly on Byrd, who attempted to dip his head back at the last second. That motion exposed his left eye from the…

  17. Jason Heyward scratched with lingering shoulder issues

    May 21, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    heyward getty

    The soreness in Jason Heyward‘s right shoulder is still causing him problems. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 21-year-old right fielder has been scratched from the Braves’ Saturday evening interleague matchup with the Angels. Heyward also sat out of Friday’s series opener and is clearly a little more banged up than the…

  18. Indians again edge Reds behind Josh Tomlin, Travis Buck

    May 21, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Josh Tomlin

    The Indians were 28-47 after 75 games last season.  To match that record in 2011, they’d have to lose 32 in a row. Cleveland again topped Cincinnati by a run Saturday, winning 2-1, and will get a chance to go for a sweep in the battle of Ohio behind Carlos Carrasco on Sunday. Impressive again was…

  19. Matt Garza scratched from Sunday start with right elbow tightness

    May 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Jon Paul Morosi of reports that Matt Garza has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Red Sox due to right elbow tightness. It will be probably all hands on deck for the Cubs tomorrow, though James Russell or Jeff Samardzija are the most likely candidates to make the start. According to Paul Sullivan of…

  20. Indians rookie Alex White placed on DL with finger injury

    May 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Alex White

    A day after exiting his start after three innings with a finger injury, Indians rookie Alex White was placed on the DL Saturday. The Indians aren’t sure exactly what White did to the finger while throwing a slider in the third inning against the Reds.  He did stay in to finish the inning. “I have…

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