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).
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
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.
Matt Belisle sent to the minors; Kent Mercker removed from the DL.
Clete Thomas called up from the minors; Matt Joyce sent to the minors.
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).
Craig Breslow acquired off waivers from Cleveland; Pat Neshek transferred to the 60-Day DL.
Eric Chavez removed from the DL; Jeff Fiorentino designated for assignment; Frank Thomas placed on the DL (15-day, right quad tendinitis).
Marino Salas sent to the minors; Bryan Bullington called up from the minors.
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.
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.
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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)