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A.J. Burnett was shelled for 12 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Burnett is just the fifth pitcher in the live-ball era to allow 12 or more earned runs in a start lasting less than three innings. He looked awful from the outset and the Cardinals were able to pounce. The veteran right-hander will look to atone for the hideousness next week against the Nationals, but his tenure with the Yankees would suggest that the inconsistency is going to be a common theme all summer.
Wed, May 2, 2012 11:35:00 PM

MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins are calling up prospect Miguel Sano.

Kennys Vargas has already been optioned to Triple-A Rochester to open up a roster spot. Sano, 22, boasts a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level. He's primarily played third base in the minors, but look for the Twins to use him as their everyday designated hitter. Sano has been a consensus top-20 prospect for going on four years and is worth a shot in every mixed fantasy league for his power potential.
Jul 1 - 5:14 PM

Jaime Garcia (groin) won't make his next scheduled start Thursday against the White Sox.

Garcia is expected to avoid the disabled list, but he was unable to complete scheduled throwing sessions on Saturday and Monday due to ongoing cramping in his left groin. He should be fine after one skipped turn in the Cardinals' rotation. Tim Cooney is probably going to fill in on Thursday versus Chicago.
Jul 1 - 4:51 PM

Justin Smoak went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in the Blue Jays' 11-2 defeat of the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Smoak cranked a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning and a solo shot in the bottom of the third. He then added a single in the bottom of the seventh. The 28-year-old first baseman is having a quietly tremendous season, now with an .849 OPS, seven home runs, and 24 RBI in 62 games.
Jul 1 - 3:58 PM

Johnny Cueto held the Twins to just one run over eight innings while striking out eight in a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

Brian Dozier came around to score after smacking a leadoff double down the left-field line in the sixth inning, but that's all the Twins were able to scrape together against Cueto. In six starts since returning from an elbow issue, Cueto boasts a 2.52 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. In other words, he's looked like his normal self. The righty takes on the Nationals on the road next.
Jul 1 - 3:53 PM

Michael Cuddyer (knee) isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list.

Cuddyer had to leave Tuesday's game with a left knee injury, but an MRI apparently didn't show any serious damage. The Mets think he'll only have to sit out a few days.
Jul 1 - 3:44 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has announced that he has resigned from his position.

Owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino made a last-ditch effort to try and keep Dipoto around, but it didn't work. Dipoto's relationship with manager Mike Scioscia has become frayed enough to this point that it didn't make sense to stick around. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported previously that assistant general manager Matt Klentak is expected to be promoted to take Dipoto's vacated spot.
Jul 1 - 2:59 PM

Sonny Gray remains hospitalized due to "severe gastroenteritis," according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The illness has dragged on longer than expected, but it's possible Gray could be discharged later Wednesday or Thursday. His status for his next scheduled start on Sunday remains up in the air, so the A's are keeping Chris Bassitt around in case he's needed again.
Jul 1 - 2:23 PM

Matt Holliday (quad) is scheduled to do some light running this week.

Holliday has been taking batting practice and is nearly ready to test out his ailing right quad with some jogging. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he wasn't sure when Holliday would be cleared to up the intensity of his running. The Cards are holding out hope that the outfielder could return before the All-Star break, but it's certainly not a given.
Jul 1 - 10:22 AM

Brandon Phillips (thumbs) is back in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

Phillips sat out the last two games with soreness in both of his thumbs. With Phillips returning to the leadoff spot, Billy Hamilton has been moved back down to the No. 9 spot.
Jul 1 - 9:56 AM

Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 10-inning win against the Diamondbacks.

Grandal opened the scoring with a two-run home run off of Rubby De La Rosa in the second inning. He added necessary insurance in the 10th inning with a two-run double to make it a 6-3 game. Grandal has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the season along with 31 RBI and a .269/.380/.497 triple-slash line.
Jul 1 - 1:52 AM

Howie Kendrick homered in the 10th inning on Tuesday as the Dodgers took down the Diamondbacks.

Kendrick finished 4-for-5 on the night, adding an RBI single in the seventh inning to go along with his solo home run in the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie. He also had a four-hit game on Friday. The second baseman is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .298/.349/.429 with seven home runs and 34 RBI.
Jul 1 - 1:49 AM




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