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  1. Harper adding to legend in JuCo World Series

    May 23, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous. Bryce Harper, who the Nationals are thought to be targeting with their No. 1 pick this June, hit for the cycle on Friday in the semifinals of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) World Series.  On Saturday he outdid himself, finishing 6-for-6 with 10 RBI and four home runs…

  2. La Russa, Pujols involved in yelling match

    May 23, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    The Cardinals have scored fewer runs this season than the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Reds, Red Sox, Marlins, Angels, Rockies, Tigers and Mets, among others, and the frustration is really starting to build in St. Louis.  According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it may have reached a tipping point Friday, when superstar slugger Albert…

  3. UPDATE: Matsuzaka carries no-no into 8th inning

    May 22, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Phillies shortstop Juan Castro broke up the effort with a broken-bat single into left field.  Matsuzaka had two outs in the eighth inning at the time.  Still, a fine showing from the right-hander, who had a 7.89 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in four starts since being activated from the disabled list on May…

  4. Jack Wilson frustrated, unsure about future

    May 22, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    D.J. already brought us news this afternoon about a veteran considering hanging up his cleats, and now it appears we have one more. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson is growing frustrated with his frequent stints on the disabled list and is unsure how much longer he will play the game of…

  5. Another Redbird down? Lohse has arm trouble

    May 22, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was torched for six runs over 3.1 innings Saturday in a loss to the Angels and now has a 1-4 record, 5.89 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP through nine starts this season.  He has looked pretty awful all year, even against lesser opponents than the Angels.  On late Saturday afternoon we…

  6. Roy Oswalt says he has a "small window" to win

    May 22, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt addressed reporters on Saturday, one day after it was revealed that his agent Bob Garber informed Astros owner Drayton McLane of his request for a trade (via Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle). “I don’t want people to think I’m leaving because we’re not doing well,” Oswalt said Saturday. “I have a small…

  7. Eric Chavez on the DL with neck spasms; career at risk?

    May 22, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    It was only a matter of when. The oft-injured Eric Chavez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with neck spasms, according to a team press release. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Chavez said an MRI revealed a bulging disc in his neck. The injury apparently stems from a…

  8. UPDATE: Jimmy Rollins headed back to disabled list

    May 22, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s official. Rollins is headed back to the disabled list, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. 8:34 AM: Rollins told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News that he is unsure whether Friday’s injury will require another stint on the disabled list. “An hour later, it feels a lot better than it…

  9. Scott Olsen to miss next start with shoulder inflammation

    May 22, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Scott Olsen will miss his next start due to inflammation in his left shoulder. He was forced to leave Friday’s start against the Orioles after just three innings. According to the Associated Press, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said an MRI on the shoulder showed only inflammation, but no structural…

  10. UPDATE: Brad Penny placed on DL with strained lat muscle

    May 22, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Penny was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left lat muscle, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. He received an anti-inflammatory shot in the area of the injury this morning and hopes to resume throwing in about a week. “Right now we think it’ll be a minimal stay on the 15-day,”…

  11. UPDATE: Nationals prospect Derek Norris hospitalized after beaning

    May 22, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Ladson spoke with Norris, who said he expects to miss five to seven days due to a concussion. 11:07 AM: According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals prospect catcher Derek Norris was hospitalized after being hit in the head by a fastball during a game with Class A Potomac on Friday night. Norris was…

  12. Kevin Millar joins baseball coverage on FOX

    May 22, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Turns out Kevin Millar won’t have much time to suit up for the St. Paul Saints. Fresh off accepting a gig as a studio analyst for NESN on Thursday, the Associated Press reported on Friday that Millar will join FOX as a baseball analyst. Millar will make his FOX debut during tonight’s coverage and will…

  13. Athletics present Dallas Braden with a diamond ring

    May 22, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    The Athletics celebrated “Dallas Braden Day” on Friday to commemorate the pitcher’s perfect game against the Rays on May 9, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. As part of the celebration, the team presented him with a diamond ring, complete with 51 diamonds on the front — for his uniform number — and…

  14. Red Sox activate Jacoby Ellsbury from disabled list

    May 22, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    After an absence of nearly six weeks, the Red Sox have activated Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list for Saturday’s game against the Phillies. He was 4-for-10 with a stolen base during a three-game minor league rehab stint between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. According to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, he is expected to play…

  15. Rangers still interested in Rod Barajas

    May 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    According to T.R. Sullivan and Chris Cox of MLB.com, the Rangers would be interested in trading for Rod Barajas if and when the Mets become sellers. The Rangers had interest in Barajas as a contingency plan before he signed an incentive-laden one-year, $500,000 contract with the Mets during spring training. It was a pretty easy…

  16. Bryce Harper hits for the cycle

    May 22, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Yeah, this kid could be pretty good. According to Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 17-year-old sensation Bryce Harper hit for the cycle on Friday. He went 6-for-7 with five RBI and three runs scored as the College of Southern Nevada smoked Lamar Community College 22-8 in the semifinals of the NJCAA Western District…

  17. Javier Vazquez dominates Mets before leaving with finger injury

    May 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez looked brilliant with the switch back to National League rules on Friday night, holding the Mets to just one hit — a fifth inning single by Angel Pagan — over six shutout innings, while striking out six and walking two. Mariano Rivera made things interesting in the ninth, but the Yankees held on…

  18. Mets place John Maine on the DL with shoulder weakness

    May 21, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    John Maine still hadn’t seen a doctor as of Friday afternoon, but the Mets were concerned enough about the situation to place him on the disabled list with “right shoulder weakness,” according to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.tv. He is scheduled to undergo tests at the Hospital for Special Surgery next week, reports Kieran Darcy of…

  19. First-quarter awards: AL MVP

    May 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Same drill as the NL award. Let’s begin with VORP. 1. Justin Morneau – 28.8 2. Kevin Youkilis – 22.4 3. Robinson Cano – 21.8 4. Doug Fister – 21.7 5. Miguel Cabrera – 21.1 6. Evan Longoria – 20.7 7. Shaun Marcum – 20.3 8. Vernon Wells – 20.2 9. David Price – 19.7…

  20. Roy Oswalt demands to be traded

    May 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt had another tough-luck loss last night. In the recaps this morning I said “Roy Oswalt (2-5 with a 2.66 ERA) is giving serious thought to stealing a convertible, grabbing Zack Greinke and going on a cross-country crime spree as a result of the run support injustices done unto him for so long.” Seems…

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