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

    Apr 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 30, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    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…

  4. Jonathan Broxton barely holds on, notches sixth save

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Daisuke Matsuzaka leaves start with elbow tightness

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Jason Marquis hurls shutout for Nationals

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    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…

  7. James Loney sits against left-hander Clayton Richard

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Brian Roberts has been playing through a hamstring injury

    Apr 29, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Entering Friday’s action, Brian Roberts has started all 23 games for the Orioles this season, yet he only has two stolen bases. Some have speculated that his balky back could be a factor for his inactivity on the basepaths, but Roberts told Brittany Ghiroli of earlier today that he has been slowed early in…

  9. Casey Blake expected to miss four weeks after elbow surgery

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT


    The left side of the Dodgers’ infield just took another hit. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Casey Blake underwent surgery on his infected left elbow and could be back in four weeks. The 37-year-old third baseman was officially placed on the disabled list earlier today. Blake began the year on the…

  10. MLB report: 10,955 drug tests since 2007

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT


    The MLB and MLBPA jointly released a summary report of drug tests performed since 2007, stating that 10,955 took place from the start of the 2007 offseason through the beginning of this year. The breakdown is as follows: 3,486 tests in 2008 3,722 tests in 2009 (121 in the offseason) 3,747 tests in 2010 (138…

  11. Carlos Pena sits again, this time against a righty

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    The Cubs wagered $10 million that Carlos Pena would return to 2009 form while playing in Wrigley Field, but after going 0-for-4 on Thursday, he’s out of the lienup for the third time in six games Friday. Unlike the previous times he sat, this time it’s happening against a right-hander, Arizona’s Armando Galarraga to be…

  12. Yankees donate $500,000 for tornado relief

    Apr 29, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Debbie Goebels and search dog Ryka look through a demolished building in the Rosedale Courts housing complex, in the aftermath of deadly tornados in Tuscaloosa

    Yankees general partner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal said Friday that the team donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross and $250,000 to the Salvation Army to help rebuild communities in Alabama devastated by this week’s tornadoes. Bombers setup man David Robertson is from Tuscaloosa and said his parents rode out the storms in their basements. None…

  13. Derek Lowe apologizes after alleged DUI, will start Sunday

    Apr 29, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    Derek Lowe made his apology to Braves fans after showing up at the ballpark prior to Friday’s game against the Cardinals. “I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Braves organization for the attention arising from this matter, however I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to…

  14. Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez to play through dislocated finger, torn ligament

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT


    Sean Rodriguez dislocated his left pinkie finger sliding into second base last night and an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament as well, but the Rays infielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he plans to play through the injury. Actually, his exact words were: “It ain’t broken.” Joe Maddon agreed with Rodriguez’s…

  15. Bizarre report: Manny Ramirez might play winter ball

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez’s Enrique Rojas has a report up presenting text messages from Manny Ramirez saying he’s interested in playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic for the Aguilas Cibaenes. The odd thing is that text messages were actually written more than two weeks ago, and Rojas gives no indication of whom they happened to be…

  16. Mike Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge as odd shoplifting case comes to confusing conclusion

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    Mike Leake has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “unauthorized use of property” following his shoplifting arrest last week, agreeing to 30 hours of community service after being charged with stealing $60 worth of shirts from Macy’s. In addition to the community service attached to what is now a misdemeanor offense, Leake will enter…

  17. Ozzie Guillen suspended two games for post-ejection tweets

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    MLB announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for commenting on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. Within five minutes of his ejection–which came for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko–Guillen hopped on Twitter and posted the…

  18. Yankees activate Francisco Cervelli from disabled list

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the disabled list, returning to the Yankees after being sidelined since March 2 with a fractured foot. Cervelli’s injury looked like a tough break for the Yankees at the time because they were uncertain about how Russell Martin would hold up physically early on, but Martin has been healthy…

  19. The Braves place Roger McDowell on administrative leave

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave pending the outcome of their investigation into the anti-gay slurs and otherwise poor behavior he allegedly displayed toward a fan at AT&T Park last Sunday. In the meantime, Dave Wallace — the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator…

  20. The Dodgers’ woes are a form of “cosmic comeuppance?”

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Walter O'Malley

    Call me crazy, but I think the Dodgers’ current woes are the result of Major League Baseball allowing an overly-leveraged dilettante into the ownership club and then watching as that dilettante did even worse things to the franchise’s business than anyone could have imagined. George Vecsey of the New York Times has another theory, however: he…

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