TSN.ca "Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda 10 games for the use of pine tar against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Pineda was ejected in the second inning after umpires identified a large smear of tar on the pitcher's neck. Pitchers are prohibited from..." April 24
Chicago Tribune "Given the past history of Edwin Jackson and the bullpen, it seemed wise that the Chicago Cubs were carrying 13 pitchers entering Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a rough start, Jackson settled down to retire 17 of the final 18 batters he faced. But the Cubs were limited..." April 24
New York Post "If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter. Other than for one abysmal afternoon in Southern California, the rotund right-hander has given the Mets exactly what they would have expected for two years and..." April 24
Michigan Live "This time, there would be no meltdown in the bullpen. Detroit's offense wouldn't allow it. Rajai Davis drove in a pair of runs, highlighted by an RBI double in the eighth inning that extended the Tigers' slim lead and helped them narrowly escape with a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on..." April 24
Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds made it three series wins in a row Thursday by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 before a crowd of 18,896 on crisp afternoon at PNC Park. This series win was especially sweet because it came in four-game series, thereby upping the degree of difficulty substantially. The Reds are..." April 24
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Right-hander Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 11 and the Indians used their biggest inning of the season to chase nemesis Bruce Chen on way to a 5-1 victory over Kansas City at Progressive Field. The Indians took three out of four from the Royals and went 4-3 on the homestand. Chen..." April 24
Rotoworld "Victorino is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night for the first time this season, batting second and playing right field against the rival Yankees. He had been on the shelf since the end of spring training because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain." April 24
Ivan Nova will have TJ surgery with Dr. Andrews on Tuesday.
MLB.com "The D-backs placed outfielder Mark Trumbo on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, with a stress fracture in his left foot and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno on Thursday. Trumbo, 28, is tied for the National League lead with seven home runs and ranks second..." April 24
AJ Griffin to get second opinion on elbow on Tuesday.
Williams said Doug Fister threw a bullpen session today and will likely pitch four innings in a rehab start at Potomac on Sunday. #Nats
ESPN.com "Former closer Joe Borowski isn't buying the contention that Sammy Sosa has to make amends with his former Chicago Cubs teammates before the organization will welcome its all-time home run hitter back into the fold. "I think they're skirting around the issue," Borowski said Thursday on The..." April 24
Lone Star Ball "Texas Rangers reliever Pedro Figueroa will undergo Tommy John surgery because of a torn UCL and flexor tendon in his left elbow, according to T.R. Sullivan. Figueroa, claimed on waivers this offseason by the Rangers from the Oakland A's, had been a pleasant early season surprise, early a..." April 24
San Diego Union-Tribune "Josh Johnson has yet to throw a pitch for the Padres. It is unclear if he ever will. The right-hander will undergo his second Tommy John surgery Thursday. The procedure will be performed in Pensacola, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews. An exam by the noted orthopedic surgeon earlier this week revealed..." April 24
Hardball Talk "It looked like the Mariners might give Nick Franklin an extended opportunity to earn playing time in their outfield following Logan Morrison‘s hamstring injury, but one day after Franklin started in the outfield for the first time in his professional career he’s headed back to..." April 24
USA Today "It's like a small-time crook robbing the neighborhood convenience store one day, getting away with it, and returning the next week to rob the same joint again. New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda may be naive, brazen or just foolish, but he got caught red-handed cheating Wednesday night on..." April 24
Hardball Talk "Cole Hamels made his 2014 debut last night in Los Angeles and he pitched well, allowing two runs over six innings and tossing 86 pitches. Then Ryne Sandberg pulled him from the game. The problem: the Phillies’ bullpen sucks and last night they sucked again, allowing three runs. Another problem:..." April 24
True Blue L.A. "Zack Greinke gave the Dodgers the long start their bullpen desperately needed and even factored in at the plate in the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. "Zack was pretty good tonight, again," said manager Don Mattingly after the game. Greinke..." April 24
New York Daily News "It was a heart-pounding minute and 20 seconds. Terry Collins paced in the Mets dugout. Kyle Farnsworth just hoped. And catcher Travis d’Arnaud replayed it in his head. The catcher knew he had tagged Matt Carpenter, he just did not know if he had gotten him in time to prevent the game-tying run..." April 24
CSN New England "There were two separate competitions at Fenway Wednesday night - the gamesmanship and the actual game. The Red Sox won both. After calling attention to repeat offender Michael Pineda and the glob of pine tar on his neck in the second inning, leading to his ejection, the Red Sox went on to beat..." April 24
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Lou and Silvana Colabello traveled from Milford, Mass., — an hour outside of Boston — to watch their son Chris play on Wednesday. It just happened to be Silvana’s birthday. “Seems like every time I play on her birthday something crazy happens,” Chris Colabello said. “All the way back to high..." April 24
CSN Chicago "There are times this season where Marcus Semien has looked like an overmatched rookie. There are times where he has had the poise of a veteran. Semien had the latter on display on Wednesday night. The rookie got ahead in the count before he ripped a fastball for a game-winning grand slam in..." April 24
Baltimore Sun "Balls can fly when the roof of the Rogers Centre is closed, so the Orioles still had plenty of time Wednesday after they fell behind by five runs in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. And designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who was signed by the Orioles early in spring training,..." April 24
CSN Washington "Trying to avoid an interleague series sweep, the Nationals needed a good start from Gio Gonzalez. They got one, but that still wasn't good enough. Until some high drama in the bottom of the ninth. Cruising for five innings, Gonzalez quickly got into trouble in the sixth when he walked Mike..." April 24
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Justin Masterson remained winless Wednesday night, but neither he nor his team is complaining. Masterson's quality start laid the foundation for Jason Kipnis's make-good double as the Indians defeated the Royals, 5-3, at chilly Progressive Field. Paid attendance: 9,311. The Indians (10-11)..." April 24
Cincinnati Enquirer "Alfredo Simon added another line to his starting pitcher resume: The ability to get by on a night when you don't have your best stuff. Simon struggled with his command Wednesday, but he still managed to go 6 2/3 innings and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 before a crowd of 16,705 at chilly PNC..." April 24
Seattle Times "And with one swing the Mariners’ losing streak ended, mercifully, at eight games. Kyle Seager made sure of that by blasting a three-run, walkoff homer in the ninth, which also helped snap his personal slump at the plate for a day. Seager’s home run — his second of the game and season — gave the..." April 24
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers, who have had trouble scoring runs at home thus far, didn't need a major outburst Wednesday night. Not the way Kyle Lohse was pitching. And not with this bullpen backing him up. Lohse held the San Diego Padres at bay for seven innings, and the Brewers used home runs by..." April 24
San Francisco Chronicle "In one segment of Giants fandom, Hector Sanchez has been traded, sold, demoted and released about 100 times as he has struggled after being brought to the majors earlier then they should have. For one day, Sanchez demonstrated why he is here and once again came up clutch. Sanchez’s grand..." April 24
Tacoma News Tribune "Well, how about this? Just when it appeared the Mariners were headed toward a ninth straight loss Wednesday afternoon, Kyle Seager unloaded a three-run homer that delivered a 5-3 walk-off victory over the Houston Astros. It was Seager’s second homer of the game, and it erased what loomed as..." April 24
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "More mound brilliance from Martin Perez on Wednesday and more contributions from unexpected sources at the plate resulted in the Texas Rangers finishing off a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s. Perez tossed his second consecutive three-hit shutout, and Donnie Murphy hit his first homer of the..." April 24
Arizona Republic "The Chicago Cubs pulled out all the stops Wednesday in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, inviting the likes of Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Billy Williams, Bears superstars Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers and Commissioner Bud Selig. Manager Rick Renteria loves..." April 24
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Whatever it is that’s ailed the Braves offense lately, it hasn’t affected Evan Gattis. And for that, the Braves were thankful again Wednesday. Two days after Gattis hit a 10th-inning walk-off homer to beat the Marlins in the series opener, the big catcher came off the bench to hit a two-out,..." April 24
San Francisco Chronicle "Center fielder Angel Pagan might be able to tell reporters he feels fine, but when his manager asks, he has to be more forthright. When Bruce Bochy asked, Pagan admitted to persistent soreness in his right knee that was evident in the way he moved Tuesday night. Bochy insisted Pagan does not..." April 24
New York Post "Daisuke Matsuzaka isn’t necessarily next in line for a shot at closing games if Kyle Farnsworth bombs, but the Mets may consider the veteran right-hander for the role if there is a need. Manager Terry Collins on Wednesday cited Matsuzaka’s improved control from when the Mets first signed him..." April 24
Hardball Talk "Yankees starter Michael Pineda was very clearly using pine tar to get a better grip on his pitches during an April 10 start against the rival Red Sox. He tried it again in his start Wednesday night at a blistery Fenway Park and got caught red-handed. Umpire Gerry Davis ejected Pineda in the..." April 24
#Yankees RHP Michael Pineda ejected in second inning for having foreign substance on his neck.
#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw will start rehab assignment Friday with Rancho Cucamonga. Will throw 50-55 pitches. Will make more than one start
ESPN.com "Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was not invited to participate in the festivities commemorating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and a team official says Sosa has some work to do before being welcomed back by the organization. "There are some things Sammy needs to look at and..." April 23
Rotoworld "Hamels will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Dodgers. While it's not an ideal first matchup, the left-hander held a 2.12 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 17 innings during his rehab assignment and can be safely penciled into fantasy lineups from the get-go. " April 23
Mark Trumbo has a stress fracture in his left foot, MRI shows. Will go for second opinion.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo was expecting the worse Monday after leaving with a sprained left ankle, but his mind was put at ease Tuesday when an MRI exam showed no significant structural damage. Two days later, the ankle continues to feel better, but the Rangers’ leadoff hitter isn’t sure when..." April 23
Ivan Nova will seek a second opinion on his partially torn UCL; the MRI will be sent to Dr. James Andrews.
#Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will have TJ surgery tomorrow. Technically a revision of the UCL.
Chicago Tribune "Commissioner Bud Selig came out swinging Wednesday on behalf of the Ricketts family, which he believes is being treated unfairly by the Chicago media in their battle with rooftop owners. Selig said he’ll do “whatever is legally” possible to help the Cubs get their $300 million ballpark..." April 23
Dallas Morning News "A year and 19 days after his last major league start, LHP Matt Harrison will return to the Texas Rangers starting rotation on Sunday in Seattle, manager Ron Washington said Wednesday. The Rangers will go with LHP Robbie Ross, RHP Colby Lewis and Harrison, who is coming back from back Surgery,..." April 23
OF Willy Taveras playing in Mexico, trying to get back to majors. Has .363 OBP and 7-for-7 in stolen-base attempts in 18 games.
USA Today "It was lost in the hullabaloo over 500th home runs and generous Air Force servicemen, but Tuesday night’s Nationals-Angels game featured more base-running drama from Bryce Harper. Three days after being benched by new manager Matt Williams for a “lack of hustle” on the base paths, Harper did it..." April 23
Hardball Talk "Brewers pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg, who was acquired from the Angels as part of the Zack Greinke swap in July of 2012, has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and is expected to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery." April 23
MLB Daily Dish "The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Dan Robertson from the San Diego Padres for cash considerations, according to a team announcement. Although Robertson has never appeared in the majors and was at Triple-A El Paso for the Padres, he was added to the Rangers' active roster and will be..." April 23