MLB Daily Update: 05/20/2008

Jon Lester no hit the Kansas City Royals last night. It’s pretty amazing that the last 2 no hitters came from young Red Sox (and Anibal Sanchez, another former Red Sox prospect, threw the one before that).

What makes the story even better is that Lester missed parts of 2006 and 2007 while battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Congrats to Lester.

STL 8 SD 2
SF 3 COL 4
TB 7 OAK 6
KC 0 BOS 7

Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook sent to the minors for rehabilitation.
Florida Marlins
Jacque Jones signed to a minor league contract.
Kansas City Royals
Matt Tupman sent to the minors; John Buck reinstated from bereavement list.
New York Mets
Abraham Nunez signed to a minor league contract.
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden called up from the minors; Donnie Murphy placed on the DL (15-day, right elbow inflammation).
San Diego Padres
Carlos Guevara sent to the minors for rehabilitation; Jake Peavy placed on the DL (15-day, strained right elbow); Michael Barrett sent to the minors for rehabilitation.
Seattle Mariners
Jeff Clement sent to the minors; Jeremy Reed called up from the minors.
Tampa Bay Rays
Willy Aybar sent to the minors for rehabilitation.
Toronto Blue Jays
Jorge Velandia refused minor league assignment – becomes free agent.

Daily Rumors from MLB Trade Rumors
– Jacque Jones signs a minor league deal with the Marlins – he’s expected to go to extended spring training before joining the team.
– The Giants are leaning towards taking a position player in the draft.
– The Rangers are going the opposite way and wanting a college pitcher in the 11 spot.
– 2 scouts and the scouting director of the White Sox were fired; they are believe to have been skimming bonus money that was supposed to go to Latin American players.
– The Brewers and Corey Hart are not talking extension any more.
– Free Agent Stock Watch: Ryan Dempster.
– Extension talks between Nick Markakis and the Baltimore Orioles are expected to start after the season.

Around the Web
Injury Report
Top Prospect Alert’s Top MiLB Performances.
BA Prospect Blog
All Star Voting
Lester’s No Hitter Recap.
No Hitter Box Scores.

Today’s Matchups
New York (N) at Atlanta, 1:05 pm
Maine (5-2) vs Glavine (1-1)

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 pm
Parra (1-2) vs Maholm (2-4)

Arizona at Florida, 7:05 pm
Owings (5-1) vs Hendrickson (5-2)

Kansas City at Boston, 7:05 pm
Meche (3-5) vs Masterson (0-0)

Seattle at Detroit, 7:05 pm
Silva (3-2) vs Verlander (1-7)

Baltimore at New York (A), 7:05 pm
Cabrera (4-1) vs Mussina (6-3)

Los Angeles (A) at Toronto, 7:07 pm
Lackey (0-0) vs McGowan (2-3)

Philadelphia at Washington, 7:10 pm
Hamels (5-3) vs Bergmann (1-1)

New York (N) at Atlanta, 7:10 pm
Vargas (0-1) vs Campillo (0-0)

Chicago (N) at Houston, 8:05 pm
Dempster (5-1) vs Sampson (2-3)

Texas as Minnesota, 8:10 pm
Mathis (1-0) vs Perkins (0-1)

Cleveland at Chicago (A), 8:11 pm
Sabathia (3-5) vs Contreras (4-3)

San Francisco at Colorado, 8:35 pm
Lincecum (5-1) vs Cook (6-2)

St. Louis at San Diego, 10:05 pm
Pineiro (2-2) vs Maddux (3-4)

Tampa Bay at Oakland, 10:05 pm
Kazmir (2-1) vs Smith (2-3)

Cincinnati at Los Angeles (N), 10:10 pm
Belisle (1-3) vs Billingsley (3-5)