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  1. Mets minor league Edgar Ramirez gets 50-game PED suspension

    May 16, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

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    Double-A Binghamton’s Edgar Ramirez was suspended for 50 games Monday after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. Ramirez, who has been in the Mets system since being drafted in the 36th round out of LSU in 2006, isn’t viewed as a prospect.  The 27-year-old was 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts…

  2. Marlins take Hanley Ramirez out of third spot, drop Omar Infante

    May 16, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    For the first time since his rookie season of 2006, Hanley Ramirez is hitting somewhere other than first or third. The Marlins moved their slumping superstar from the third spot up to the two hole on Monday, with usual No. 2 hitter Omar Infante getting dropped to eighth . According to the Miami Herald, manager…

  3. Andrew Cashner suffers setback, will undergo MRI

    May 16, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Andrew Cashner, who had a terrific starting debut with the Cubs back on April 5 before succumbing to sore shoulder and going on the DL, has experienced tightness in his rehab and will undergo an MRI, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. Cashner was expected to pitch in an extended spring training game today as part…

  4. Rafael Soriano unavailable for two-game series against Rays

    May 16, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano won’t be facing his old teammates in a two-game series that begins tonight, as the reliever’s elbow soreness will keep him unavailable against the Rays. Soriano walked two in a scoreless inning Friday for his only action since May 8, but told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he’s hoping to throw a problem-free…

  5. Get this: Albert Pujols is starting at third base tonight

    May 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Here’s a good way to tell that Tony La Russa is back in the saddle: following a bad weekend, the Tinker-a-tron has been set to “ludicrous” and Albert Pujols is starting at third base. Now, of course Pujols came up as a third baseman for the Cardinals — and he did get one sub-in there…

  6. Report: Paul Splittorff has throat cancer; is near death

    May 16, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Paul Spitoroff

    I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death.  He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the…

  7. Roy Oswalt activated from DL in preparation for Tuesday start

    May 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Carlos Ruiz caught Roy Oswalt‘s rehab start Thursday at Single-A and said his fastball “had no life,” but the Phillies have activated Oswalt from the disabled list anyway and he’ll face the Cardinals tomorrow. Oswalt hasn’t pitched for the Phillies since struggling against the Diamondbacks on April 26, taking a leave of absence from the…

  8. Braves will give Julio Teheran another start

    May 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Julio Teheran

    Braves’ uberprospect Julio Tehrean made his major league debut against the Phillies a week ago Saturday.  It wasn’t the most impressive thing in the world — he allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and was working behind guys the whole time — but you got at least a glimpse of his promise based on…

  9. David Wright has a stress fracture of his lower back

    May 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Amy K. Nelson reports that Mets’ third baseman David Wright had MRI on his back and the tentative diagnosis is that he stress fracture in his lower back.  Nelson spoke with Sandy Alderson who says that Wright is getting a second opinion. Wright has missed some time with back issues in the past week, but…

  10. Tony La Russa returns to Cardinals after six-game absence

    May 16, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: As expected, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Tony La Russa has rejoined the Cardinals and will manage tonight’s game. ========== Drew wrote yesterday about how Tony La Russa is feeling better after leaving the Cardinals to have his shingles treated and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post…

  11. Control problems and shoulder inflammation send Aroldis Chapman to DL

    May 16, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman was unable to throw strikes again yesterday, allowing four runs in his fourth straight ugly outing, and rather than let him travel deeper down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path the Reds have placed him on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Chapman’s velocity has been inconsistent and mostly down all season, so it’s…

  12. The Yankees and Derek Jeter are cool over PosadaPocalypse

    May 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted a few minutes ago that the Yankees have spoken with Derek Jeter — Buster Olney says it was a conference call — and that, whatever anger was felt by the Yankees front office as a result of Jeter’s comments, things are cool now and everyone can presumably go…

  13. Your cleanup hitters tonight: Matt Diaz and Wilson Ramos

    May 16, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    The patented Wilson Ramos home run trot

    The Pirates and Nationals have released their lineups for Monday’s much-anticipated matchup in Washington, and those fortunate enough to be there will have the pleasure of seeing Matt Diaz and Wilson Ramos cleaning up for their teams. It should be an epic showdown.  One-quarter of the way through the season, Diaz is hitting .239/.260/.310 with no…

  14. Jorge Posada out of Yankees’ lineup for third straight game

    May 16, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    After all the drama over the weekend Jorge Posada is absent from the Yankees’ lineup for a third straight game tonight. Alex Rodriguez is starting in his place at designated hitter, with Eduardo Nunez coming off the bench to play third base against Rays left-hander David Price. However, there was a good chance Posada would…

  15. In need of offense, A’s could turn to Jemile Weeks

    May 16, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Three years after being taken in the first round by the A’s out of the University of Miami, second baseman Jemile Weeks seems to be nearing the majors.  Rickie’s little brother is hitting a cool .327/.427/.482 with two homers, 14 RBI and six steals in 110 at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento.   A switch-hitter, he’s batting .324…

  16. Giants reliever Santiago Casilla not close to returning from DL

    May 16, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Santiago Casilla was nearly unhittable out of the Giants’ bullpen last season, posting a 1.95 ERA with 56 strikeouts and a .208 opponents’ batting average in 55 innings, but he appeared in just one game this season before landing on the disabled list with an elbow injury. And now manager Bruce Bochy told Chris Haft…

  17. Unable to dump him via trade, Mariners release Milton Bradley

    May 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    As expected, the Mariners were unable to find a team interested in trading for Milton Bradley after they designated him for assignment last week, so they’ve outright released the veteran outfielder. The fact that no team was willing to take on what’s left of the $12 million Bradley is owed for this season is no…

  18. Who would want to kill Ron Santo?

    May 16, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Ron Santo

    This is from Friday — found via Baseball Think Factory — but apparently Ron Santo’s FBI file has been released. FBI file? For Santo?  Yep: he had some death threats in the early 70s. USA Today has the details of the threat letters and the investigation. All I can do is sit here and wonder what…

  19. Twins likely sellers at trade deadline for first time in a decade

    May 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    In the decade since Ron Gardenhire took over as manager the Twins have won six division titles, compiled an 815-682 (.544) record, and finished below .500 just once, when they were 79-83. And they’ve never been sellers at the trade deadline. There’s still a chance to avoid that fate again this season, but time is…

  20. The sale of the Houston Astros is a done deal

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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    All last week, as the reports of Jim Crane’s imminent purchase of the Houston Astros came in, current owner Drayton McLane kept saying that the lawyers had to dot I’s and cross T’s, and that there were “a lot of details for the lawyers to work on.”  Seems that McLane made his lawyers work over…

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