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  1. Derek Holland set for 2010 debut next week

    May 8, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    Derek Holland failed to earn a spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation this spring with Scott Feldman, Rich Harden, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison being anointed the five spots.  It doesn’t make a difference now, though, because Holland will get a taste of big league action in the middle of next week.According to…

  2. UPDATE: Joe Mauer "real close" to returning to action

    May 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: We won’t be seeing Mauer tonight. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire tells Christensen that the Twins will see “where he’s at tomorrow or even Tuesday.” “He’s anxious. He really wants to play, but he also knows his foot’s not quite there yet. … We don’t want him to bang it, or he could be out…

  3. A-Rod doesn't want to extend Dallas Braden's "15 minutes of fame"

    May 8, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    From the “In Case You Missed It” file, on Friday Alex Rodriguez responded to Dallas Braden’s interview with CSN’s Mychael Urban from earlier this week. He told reporters, via ESPNNewYork.com: “I think Major League Baseball reads the same articles as we do,” Rodriguez said. “Now, look, I really don’t want to extend his extra 15…

  4. Dodgers activate Manny Ramirez from 15-day disabled list

    May 8, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    The Dodgers activated Manny Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. He is expected to be in the starting lineup against Jhoulys Chacin and the Rockies later tonight. Ramirez has been sidelined since April 23 due to a strained left calf. Ramirez, who turns 38 in May, was batting .415/.500/.659 with two homers and…

  5. UPDATE: Robinson Cano in lineup; Nick Johnson out "several weeks"

    May 8, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, Cano is in Saturday’s starting lineup as the designated hitter, while Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Johnson will miss “several weeks” after receiving a cortisone shot for an inflamed tendon in his right wrist on Saturday. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have officially placed…

  6. Stephen Strasburg passes first test at Triple-A

    May 8, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Different level, same results. Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in his debut for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday night. According to Jennifer McCaffery of MLB.com, Strasburg threw 45 of 65 pitches for strikes, striking out six while walking just one. He topped out at 99 mph on the radar gun. The…

  7. Mike Pelfrey still feels tightness in shoulder, but intends to make next start

    May 8, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    There was no shortage of good news in Friday’s 6-4 win over the Giants: Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets starter this season. Jose Reyes — still in the No. 3 spot — had two hits and a stolen base while the struggling Jason Bay ripped…

  8. Jason Heyward might be sidelined for a little while longer

    May 8, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward believes that his sore right groin has improved, but according to what Braves manager Bobby Cox told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Friday’s game against the Phillies, he isn’t as optimistic: “I think it’s worse than day-to-day,” Cox said. “We’re gonna wait a few more days and see if it gets…

  9. Josh Beckett implodes in loss to Yankees

    May 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    You wouldn’t know it by looking solely at the 10-3 final score, but aside from a three-run homer by Nick Swisher, Josh Beckett was actually pitching pretty well against the Yankees on Friday. Until the sixth inning, that is. Beckett lost complete control of the strike zone during the frame, hitting Robinson Cano in the…

  10. Jamie Moyer becomes oldest pitcher to throw a shutout

    May 8, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Friday night provided quite an interesting contrast. On one hand, we had the excitement of 20-year-old Starlin Castro — the first major league player born in the 90s — making history in his major league debut. At the other end of the spectrum, 47-year-old Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league history to…

  11. Hangin' out in the Tribe Social Deck

    May 8, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Sorry about that folks. No, I didn’t die, but I was almost washed away. The game was cruising along nicely until the middle of the fourth and then the rains came. Although to call it rain is a bit of an insult. This was more of a deluge. Then the hail. Then the high…

  12. Starlin Castro makes history in major league debut

    May 8, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

    Before Friday’s game against the Reds, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the club wasn’t asking top prospect Starlin Castro to provide a “spark” for the team. Well, Castro must have missed that memo. On Friday, the 20-year-old Dominican became the first player in major league history to drive in six runs in their major league…

  13. More eye problems force Brian McCann back to glasses

    May 7, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

    Brian McCann, who dealt with blurred vision in the early part of last season, told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is going back to glasses because he is having trouble seeing out of his right eye during night games. As you recall, it was the left eye that was giving him problems…

  14. Now that Starlin Castro is up, is Mike Stanton next?

    May 7, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    During an interview with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald on Friday, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had some high praise for prospect outfielder Mike Stanton and hinted that we will see him in the majors very soon. “He could hit 500 home runs. When he’s ready to come, he’s going to be here. When he’s…

  15. Calling up Starlin Castro a good gamble for Cubs

    May 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Another team would have waited three weeks. That’s about when a club can call up a top prospect without any service time and not have to worry about him becoming super-two eligible after his second full year in the majors. The Cubs, though, had reasons not to procrastinate. Sure, those three weeks may seem like…

  16. Roberts' family predicted Jayson Werth homer

    May 7, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Craig gave a nice obituary Thursday on the life and times of former major leaguer Robin Roberts, who passed away suddenly at the age of 83.  Now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has added to the legend. According to Gelb, Roberts’ 18-year-old granddaughter Jennifer had a premonition when Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth stepped to…

  17. I'll be coming to you live from Cleveland tonight

    May 7, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    So I’m hitting the road and heading up to Cleveland to take in the Indians-Tigers game tonight. But it’s not just any ballgame for me. I’ve been invited by the Indians to sit in the “Tribe Social Deck.”  Basically: blogger press box in the left field bleachers with WiFi and all of that stuff. Can’t…

  18. Matt Stairs picked to replace Lawrence Taylor as Nutrisystem spokesperson

    May 7, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Nutrisystem dropped Lawrence Taylor as a spokesperson following yesterday’s rape charge and today they replaced him on the website with … Matt Stairs. After being short and stocky for the first 17 seasons of his career, Stairs dropped 30 pounds during the offseason and claimed a spot on the Padres’ bench at age 42. And…

  19. Major League Baseball institutes pre-signing drug testing in the D.R.

    May 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    An announcement of two new initiatives from Sandy Alderson’s Office of Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic: First, in cooperation with independent trainers, MLB has launched workshops that will educate unsigned young players about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. Second, beginning today, MLB will institute a comprehensive registration and drug testing program for unsigned…

  20. Indians activate Kerry Wood from the disabled list

    May 7, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood had an ugly first rehab appearance at Double-A, allowing six runs while recording just two outs Monday, but bounced back with a scoreless inning Wednesday to apparently convince the Indians he’s ready to return. Wood has been sidelined since straining his back in the middle of spring training, but the Indians activated him…

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