MLB Daily Update: 05/30/2008

That Bootleg Guy can rejoice – Eric Chavez is off the DL. I actually think this will help the A’s; they have their star back. What’s better is the timing; with Frank Thomas on the DL, they can use Chavez as the DH to give him a break from playing in the field everyday (TBG is going to have some words for me, I think).

Scores
HOU 2 STL 3
WAS 2 SD 5
COL 4 CHN 8
ATL 8 MIL 1
PIT 7 CIN 2
LAN 4 NYN 8
SF 4 ARI 3
TOR 12 OAK 0
CHA 5 TB 1
MIN 5 KC 1

Transactions
Chicago Cubs
Neal Cotts called up from the minors; Jose Ascanio sent to the minors.
Chicago White Sox
Danny Richar removed from the DL; Richar sent to the minors.
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Belisle sent to the minors; Kent Mercker removed from the DL.
Detroit Tigers
Clete Thomas called up from the minors; Matt Joyce sent to the minors.
Houston Astros
Ray King signed to a minor league contract; Dave Borkowski outrighted to the minors.
Kansas City Royals
Mike Aviles purchased from the minors; Neal Musser called up from the minors; Billy Butler sent to the minors; Leo Nunez placed on the DL (15-day, strained right lat).
Minnesota Twins
Craig Breslow acquired off waivers from Cleveland; Pat Neshek transferred to the 60-Day DL.
Oakland Athletics
Eric Chavez removed from the DL; Jeff Fiorentino designated for assignment; Frank Thomas placed on the DL (15-day, right quad tendinitis).
Pittsburgh Pirates
Marino Salas sent to the minors; Bryan Bullington called up from the minors.
Seattle Mariners
Jared Wells sent to the minors.
Tampa Bay Rays
Troy Percival placed on the DL (15-day, strained left hamstring); Willy Aybar removed from the DL.
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood removed from the DL; German Duran sent to the minors; Travis Metcalf called up from the minors; Kameron Loe sent to the minors.

Daily Rumors from MLB Trade Rumors
– Tim Beckham’s dad said he’ll be one of the first 2 picks in the draft, which conflicts with everything we have heard.
– The Mariners join the Mets in wanting Scott Hatteberg.
– The Left Field Market.
– The Cubs are looking for left-handed power.
– Craig Breslow was claimed off waivers by the Twins.
– The Rays are still considering Pedro Alvarez with the first pick, with the possibility of him at third and Longoria at second; Buster Posey is still being considered.
– Brian Matusz and Justin Smoak are the top choices for the Orioles, but there is an unknown darkhorse.
– The White Sox are considering Smoak, Yonder Alonso and Andrew Cashner.
– Kei Igawa asked the Yankees to find a way to send him back to Japan before the season started.
– Miguel Batista and Jarrod Washburn are expected to be available from the Mariners.
– The Tigers could offer up Nate Robertson.
– The Braves are more interested in getting a young starter under club control rather than Greg Maddux.

Around the Web
Injury Report
Top Prospect Alert’s Top MiLB Performances.
BA Prospect Blog
All Star Voting

Today’s Matchups
COL at CHN, 2:20
Cook (7-3) vs Lilly (5-4)
FLA at PHI, 7:05
Hendrickson (7-2) vs Myers (2-6)
BOS at BAL, 7:05
Beckett (5-4) vs Cabrera (5-1)
ATL at CIN, 7:10
Glavine (2-2) vs Volquez (7-2)
LAN at NYN, 7:10
Kershaw (0-0) vs Maine (5-4)
CHA at TB, 7:10
Contreras (5-3) vs Shields (4-3)
HOU at MIL, 8:05
Backe (4-5) vs Parra (2-2)
OAK at TEX, 8:05
Duchscherer (4-3) vs Millwood (2-3)
CLE at KC, 8:10
Lee (7-1) vs Meche (3-7)
NYA at MIN, 8:10
Mussina (7-4) vs Perkins (2-1)
PIT at STL, 8:15
Duke (2-3) vs Wellemeyer (5-1)
WAS at ARI, 9:40
Redding (6-3) vs Owings (6-2)
TOR at LAA, 10:05
McGowan (3-4) vs Weaver (4-5)
DET at SEA, 10:10
Robertson (2-5) vs Silva (3-4)
SD at SF, 10:15
Maddux (3-4) vs Cain (2-3)

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