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  1. Nelson Cruz placed on disabled list with strained right quad

    May 7, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    Be honest, you knew this was coming. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Nelson Cruz was placed on the disabled list earlier this afternoon with a strained right quad. Cruz hasn’t played since leaving Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners. He has reported some improvement in recent days, but the Rangers decided…

  2. Blake DeWitt, Carlos Pena and Kosuke Fukudome come up big for Cubs

    May 7, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Cubs Dodgers Baseball

    Who saw that headline coming a month ago? Blake DeWitt, who was on the bench for 30 of the Cubs’ previous 31 games this year, homered and scored the winning run. Carlos Pena, who was hitting .159 and slugging .175 at the end of April, hit a game-tying homer in the ninth. Kosuke Fukudome, who entered…

  3. Nationals place Rick Ankiel on disabled list with sprained wrist

    May 7, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Nationals placed center fielder Rick Ankiel on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist following last night’s win over the Marlins. Ankiel hasn’t played since since jamming his wrist while attempting to make some diving catches in the outfield during Monday’s game against the Giants. An MRI on Ankiel’s wrist came back…

  4. Andre Ethier tries to extend streak to 31 games

    May 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Ethier watches ball after hitting single off New York Mets starting pitcher Niese during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    With another hit Saturday against the Mets, Andre Ethier will overtake Ryan Zimmerman‘s 2009 streak of 30 games and claim the longest hitting streak since Chase Utley hit in 35 straight in 2006. He’ll also match Willie Davis’ franchise record for the Dodgers, established in 1969. Trying to stop Ethier tonight will be one of the…

  5. Brian Matusz makes first appearance in extended spring training

    May 7, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    Brian Matusz took an important step this morning in his recovery from a strained left intercostal muscle by tossing two innings in an extended spring training appearance. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Matusz faced six batters and threw approximately 12-15 pitches per inning. He’s scheduled to throw three innings Wednesday in his next outing…

  6. B.J. Upton suspended two games and fined for Wednesday’s ejection

    May 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays coach Foley separates Upton from home plate umpire Fairchild in St. Petersburg

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, MLB has suspended B.J. Upton for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions during Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays. Upton argued with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after being called out on strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning. He went 0-for-4…

  7. Francisco Liriano has start pushed back due to sore throat

    May 7, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jim Thome, Francisco Liriano

    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Francisco Liriano‘s next start has been pushed back due to a sore throat. Liriano, who threw a no-hitter against the White Sox on Tuesday, was originally scheduled to pitch against the Red Sox on Monday night. Nick Blackburn will now make the start in his place while Liriano…

  8. The dumbest thing you’ll read today

    May 7, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Chip Hale, Jose Reye, Marvin Hudson

    I wouldn’t say it unless it was true. You might remember that Jose Reyes was called out while trying for a triple last Wednesday night against the Nationals. It was one of the worst calls in recent memory, as Reyes never took his hand off the third base bag, but Tom Van Riper of Forbes…

  9. Jake Peavy on track to return from the disabled list Wednesday

    May 7, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy throws against the Washington Nationals in Washington

    The White Sox haven’t made a final decision, but pitching coach Don Cooper told Scott Merkin of MLB.com yesterday that Jake Peavy could be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Angels. “We’ll have a sideline and see,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of the plans for Peavy once he…

  10. Curtis Granderson takes over AL home run lead in win over Rangers

    May 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Granderson is congratulated by teammates Teixeira and Rodriguez in Arlington, Texas

    Curtis Granderson took over the AL home run lead by launching his ninth and tenth homers in last night’s 4-1 win over the Rangers. Ivan Nova yielded one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings while Mariano Rivera tossed a one-two-three ninth inning for his league-leading 12th save in 14 chances. Granderson already has four home…

  11. Roy Oswalt placed on disabled list with lower back inflammation

    May 7, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt, who was scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start with lower back inflammation, was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list following last night’s loss to the Braves. Oswalt originally felt something in his back when he was pulled from a start against the Marlins back on April 16. He hasn’t pitched in a game…

  12. UPDATE: Jaime Garcia gives up first walk, hit in eighth inning

    May 6, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: There goes that. Garcia was able to get Prince Fielder to ground out to Albert Pujols at first base, but walked Casey McGehee and gave up a clean single to Yuniesky Betancourt. Perfect game over. No-hitter over. 9:57 PM: We already had Derek Lowe carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning tonight, but something pretty…

  13. Cliff Lee has 16 strikeouts, takes backseat to Derek Lowe

    May 6, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    9:50 p.m. EDT – Kimbrel settled for one strikeout, getting Ryan Howard to end the Braves’ 5-0 victory.  Four Braves pitches combined on a two-hit shutout as Cliff Lee notched his 16 strikeouts in a losing cause. 9:40 p.m. EDT – The Braves padded their lead with two runs in the top of the ninth…

  14. Tigers’ prospect Andy Oliver has start pushed back after playing with slingshot

    May 6, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    dennis_slingshot_2

    We’ve heard some weird injuries over the years, but this one is up there. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Tigers’ prospect left-hander Andy Oliver had his Friday start with Triple-A Toledo pushed back after playing with a slingshot on Thursday. I’m not kidding. No, he wasn’t grounded or anything, but his hand apparently became…

  15. Josh Hamilton hopes to return in “two to three weeks”

    May 6, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com hinted in his column this morning that Josh Hamilton could be back before the end of the month, but now we have it directly from the horse’s mouth. Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com earlier today that he hopes to be back with the Rangers in “two to three weeks.” “I…

  16. Red Sox manager Terry Francona ejected, likely to be suspended

    May 6, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Terry Francona was tossed from Friday’s game and likely will be banned for a game or two after coming out to argue a balk call against the Twins. The call by Angel Hernandez appeared to be correct. Tim Wakefield tried the fake-to-third-throw-to-first move and it worked, as Denard Span took off for second and was…

  17. Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 30 games

    May 6, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Andre Ethier just keeps on keepin’ on. Ethier, who missed Wednesday’s game with left elbow inflammation, ripped a line drive single to right center field in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Mets. Either is now the first player to hit in 30 consecutive games since Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did it during…

  18. Orioles prospect Manny Machado injures knee

    May 6, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    manny machado

    MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that 2010 first-round pick Manny Machado will likely go on the minor league disabled list with a left knee injury sustained in Thursday’s game for low Single-A Delmarva. The 18-year-old Machado was hurt on the basepaths while attempting to tag up on a flyball. Kubatko says that an MRI showed a…

  19. The 2011 Braves are really freakin slow

    May 6, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, Nate McLouth

    33 games into the season, the Braves are a remarkable 5-for-15 stealing bases. Now they’re not the only team in single digits when it comes to steals: the Cubs have just one more stolen base on the season. But to have been caught on two-thirds of their attempts makes this an historically awful start. The…

  20. Alexi Ogando’s blister causes Rangers to go to 13 pitchers

    May 6, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    The Rangers shipped out catcher Taylor Teagarden to make room for Neftali Feliz on the roster Friday and now we know why: Alexi Ogando is again dealing with a finger blister and is iffy to pitch Sunday. So, at the moment, the Rangers have 13 pitches on the roster, even though they’ve barely needed 12…

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