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  1. UPDATE: Mauer "week-to-week" with bruised heel

    May 2, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Mauer is more “week-to-week” than he is “day-to-day.”  It sure sounds like he could hit the 15-day disabled list. SATURDAY, 5:34pm: According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been scratched from Saturday’s lineup against…

  2. Bedard's shoulder is finally coming along

    May 2, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald reports that injured left-hander Erik Bedard threw a bullpen session this weekend and may be nearing simulated action. Bedard has been out of commission all year as he attempts to rehab yet another shoulder injury.  He had a frustrating spring training and got little going in April, but things…

  3. Gonzalez speaks out about AZ immigration law

    May 2, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    We’re better off leaving the politics of it alone, but the situation in Arizona involving new immigration crackdowns just took an odd turn.  According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has spoken out about the issue, and he’s none too pleased.  Here’s Krasovic: [Gonzalez] told FanHouse that he will not…

  4. UPDATE: Agent 'wouldn't anticipate' Cliff Lee re-signing with Mariners

    May 1, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Lee tried to soften the situation in a chat with reporters after Saturday’s game: “Basically during the season I want to focus on pitching and not worry about that stuff. That’s more spring training and offseason type of stuff,” Lee said. “During the season I want to worry about pitching and focus on getting…

  5. UPDATE: Granderson to DL with left groin strain

    May 1, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Further tests revealed a Grade 2 strain of Granderson’s left groin, according to the Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera. He has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list and could miss up to four weeks. 4:18pm: Curtis Granderson pulled up lame while running from first to third against the White Sox and has been…

  6. Columnist boycotting ESPN's baseball coverage

    May 1, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle dedicated a blog post this afternoon to bashing ESPN’s New York-heavy baseball coverage.  As Schulman notes, the Mets will appear on “Sunday Night Baseball” tomorrow night for the third consecutive week and they’re on again for a May 23 matchup with the Yankees.  In response to the New…

  7. Nationals set to promote Stephen Strasburg from Double-A to Triple-A

    May 1, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his final Double-A start tomorrow, with a Nationals source telling MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the 21-year-old phenom will be promoted to Triple-A following the game. Strasburg has more than earned the promotion by absolutely toying with Double-A hitters, going 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA, .115 opponents’ batting average, and 23/3 K/BB…

  8. Chris Dickerson out indefinitely following surgery

    May 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Chris Dickerson “will have surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand along with arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right wrist.” No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but Dickerson is scheduled to go under the knife Monday and will obviously be…

  9. The Red Sox designate Alan Embree for assignment

    May 1, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    That was quick. Two days after calling up the venerable (query: can you be “venerable” if you’re simply old, or do you have to be good and old?) Alan Embree was designated for assignment by the Red Sox in order to make room  for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Embree did not appear in a game. He had…

  10. Ryan Zimmerman returns with a bang

    May 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman hadn’t played in nine days with a bum hamstring, but he returned last night and hit two home runs — both full-count blasts off Ricky Nolasco — to lead the Nationals past the Marlins. Zimmerman ended the night with the two bombs, a double, a walk and three RBI. The Mets, Nats and…

  11. Heyman: the Brewers aren't likely to keep Prince Fielder

    May 1, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Via MLB Trade Rumors, Jon Heyman was on the MLB Network last night and opined that despite some preliminary talks, the Brewers are not likely to be able to sign Prince Fielder to an extension and that the big man will be traded before he can become a free agent after the 2011 season. Ryan…

  12. Derek Jeter becomes the active hits leader

    May 1, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter went 3 for 4 with a triple, a homer and four RBI, leading the Yankees past the White Sox 6-4. Of greater significance than the win: the hit gave him 2,778 for his career, which put him past Ken Griffey, Jr. for the lead among active players.  Griffey, of course, had a six…

  13. They teach them young in Philly

    May 1, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Highlight of the night as far as I’m concerned: A Philadelphia father helps his baby daughter throw the ball back onto the field after a Rod Barajas home run in the Mets-Phillies game.  As someone who is raising a taunting young girl himself, he’s a man after my own heart. People like to rip Phillies…

  14. The Braves snap the skid behind Hanson, Heyward

    May 1, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Braves snapped their nine-game losing streak behind a two-run homer from Jason Heyward in the third and eight strong innings from Tommy Hanson.  But Heyward and Hanson are good and we knew that. The real relief is that Nate McLouth hit a homer, establishing that, contrary to all previous indications, he was not spending…

  15. Cliff Lee returns, and it is good. Mostly.

    May 1, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Yeah, I think Cliff Lee is all better. Lee handcuffed the Rangers for seven innings last night, allowing only three hits, not walking anyone and striking out eight. He threw 98 pitches, 73 of which were strikes. He was up around 93 m.p.h. with his fastball.  It was like the guy from Game 1 of…

  16. Will Brad Lidge be trusted right away?

    May 1, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT

    Entering Friday, it was assumed that Brad Lidge would be eased back into the closer’s role, sharing the responsibility with Ryan Madson. Well, now the Phillies are without their safety net. Madson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday afternoon after breaking his right toe. He told of Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that…

  17. Billy Wagner to retire after 2010

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Billy Wagner told manager Bobby Cox that he intends to retire at the end of the season, reports Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Braves inked the 38-year-old southpaw to a one-year, $7 million contract over the winter. The deal includes a vesting option for 2011, something Wagner says the Braves simply “threw in.”…

  18. Sports Illustrated Writer: contract the Pirates!

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Paul Daugherty, usually of the Cincinnati Enquirer, but writing here for Sports Illustrated, saw just about all he needed to see from the Pirates last week: In the seven days between April 20 and 26, the Pirates were outscored 72-12. Not by the Yankees, or even the Jets, but by the Brewers and the Houston…

  19. Bob Uecker undergoes successful heart surgery

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Tom Haudricort reports that Brewers’ broadcaster Bob Uecker had his heart surgery today and that it was a success: “As of 2:30 pm, Bob is out of surgery and in the ICU. We are pleased that Mr. Uecker’s surgery went smoothly today,” said Nicolosi. “We replaced his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending…

  20. Rangers promote prospect Tanner Scheppers to Triple-A

    Apr 30, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Earlier this week I wondered if Tanner Scheppers could be close to joining Neftali Feliz and Frank Francisco as late-inning options in Texas’ bullpen. He’s one step closer this afternoon, as the Rangers promoted him from Double-A to Triple-A after the 23-year-old right-hander posted a 0.82 ERA, .079 opponents’ batting average, and 19/0 K/BB ratio…

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