Monday, May 18, 2009

The Hot Corner, 5/18 (AM) edition

The Rays have placed outfielder Pat Burrell on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 11th)

Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says Indians manager Eric Wedge has taken on the personality of his team and is "all over the map."

Both starter Chien-Ming Wang and set-up man Brian Bruney could return to the Yankees within the next few days.

Ethan Skolnick of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says the Marlins are more like their 7-and-19 version (over their past 26 games) than their 11-and-1 version (over their first 12 games).

Will practice make perfect for Big Papi? “We’ll see. It was a little out of normal (not playing in three straight games), but I feel good. I feel good. I feel these days off, I did some things where I had to think about them and then an hour later, go ahead and try to do them, you know? Practice it. I feel good.”

In 5 2/3 innings, Cardinals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer walked seven and hit two batters.

Giants pitcher Matt Cain ended the Giants eight-game losing streak to the Mets by pitching six shutout innings and driving in one of the team's runs in their 2-0 victory.

Mets pitcher Mike Pelphrey, who balked three times, says "I think maybe when I get on national TV, I like making a fool of myself. It seemed like I almost had the yips. It was like I was fighting myself to come set because my mind kept telling me to pick the guy off. I went back and watched replays and I balked."

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who went hitless yesterday, saw his 13-game hitting streak come to an end.

Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu wants his players to take "a more intellectual and less emotional approach to the game," according to Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times.

The Phillies will start Cole Hamels on Tuesday and Jamie Moyer on Wednesday against the Reds.

Twins 3B Joe Crede took batting practice Sunday and manager Ron Gardenhire expects him back in the lineup Monday.

Astros closer LaTroy Hawkins was surprised that his right side hurt since he fell on his left side Saturday. “I’m sore everywhere,” said Hawkins, who was limping. “I feel like I was in a car accident. Just slipped backing up home plate. I got jarred.”

Astros RHP Brandon Backe will make two more rehab starts before being activated.

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who made a rehab start Sunday, says "'I feel 100 percent. I just had a little problem with my release point. But this week, before my next outing, we'll correct it.'' Manager Lou Piniella hasn't made a final decision on whether Zambrano will start Friday against the Padres.

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will pitch Wednesday against the Cubs.

Although it's only May, Fox and MLB agreed to air playoff games earlier this year (7:57 p.m. first pitches for weekday games).

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