Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Hot Corner, 5/3 edition

Milwaukee Brewers LF Ryan Braun is out of the lineup for a second game in a row with a stiff back.

Baltimore Orioles reliever Dennis Sarfate was placed on the 15-day disabled list and the team recalled Bob McCrory to take his roster spot.

Major League Baseball will investigate the statements made by Alex Rodriguez surrounding his usage of performance-enhancing drugs.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi questioned why the release of Selena Roberts' book on A-Rod was moved up to this Monday.

The Detroit Tigers are concerned about young pitchers Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry.

Colorado's Ryan Spillbrough had two homeruns and two stolen bases in yesterday's win over the Giants.

Phillies' ace Cole Hamels may not be able to pitch against the Cardinals. "He could probably pitch if he just stood on the mound and didn't do anything but pitch, but that's not how it works," said Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

Braves outfielder Garrett Anderson, who will be activated the DL on Tuesday, turned down the opportunity of a one-day rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Matt LaPorta will make his MLB debut Sunday. "I was sitting in the whirlpool this morning, and the manager came in and told me I was in the lineup," said LaPorta, who was set to make his Major League debut. "I'm pretty pumped up about it."

The Cardinals scratched Kyle Lohse from Sunday's start against the Washington Nationals due to the weather.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsusaka will make a minor league rehab start on Tuesday.

Tony Gwynn, college coach of Stephen Strasburg, says he would select the SDSU ace with the 99-mph fastball with the #1 overall pick if he were making the selection for the Nationals.

With players like Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips, Robinson Cano and others, is this the golden age of second basemen?

Is Oliver Perez heading to the bullpen or the minors?

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