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Dodgers sign Mike Carp to minor league deal


From Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA comes word that the Dodgers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with Mike Carp. The 28-year-old first baseman and outfielder will report to the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Carp was released by the Nationals at the end of spring training after failing to win an Opening Day roster spot. But he has a decent .744 OPS (108 OPS+) in exactly 1,000 career major league plate appearances and will serve as quality organizational outfield depth this summer for Los Angeles.

Carp, a ninth-round pick back in 2004, has played for the Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers in parts of six big league seasons.

Brandon McCarthy left his start Saturday with tight elbow

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Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy called for a trainer immediately after serving up a three-run homer to Padres slugger Justin Upton in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night at Petco Park. McCarthy then acknowledged to reporters after the game that he has been experiencing tightness in his pitching elbow for over a week, adding that he probably should have departed in the second inning of Los Angeles’ eventual 11-8 victory over the Padres.

McCarthy will get an MRI on the elbow Monday.

It figures that he’ll miss at least one turn in the rotation, and quite possibly much more.

McCarthy, 31, signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers this past offseason after posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, and 175/33 K/BB ratio across 200 innings last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers.

Protesters converge on Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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It was a long, tense Saturday night at Baltimore’s Camden Yards, where the home team needed extra innings to beat the Red Sox inside the park and thousands of protesters angry over the death of Freddie Gray made their presence felt outside.

Police and news helicopters circled throughout the game, sometimes shining spotlights at the growing crowd of protesters and riot-geared cops beyond the center field fence. Before the bottom of the ninth inning, an announcement was made that fans would not be allowed to leave the stadium because of an “ongoing public safety issue” and when that order was lifted in the bottom of the 10th Orioles officials urged fans to avoid the busy northeast gates.

There were similar scenes last August around Busch Stadium following the death of a black teenager named Michael Brown, who was shot and killed in broad daylight by a white member of the Ferguson Police Department. Freddie Gray, 25, suffered a fatal spinal cord injury on April 12 when Baltimore police officers pinned him to the ground after a foot chase and then loaded him into a van without a safety harness.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, one of the few black players in Major League Baseball, spoke to’s Rich Dubroff after Saturday night’s 11-inning victory:

“It’s not about what I do for the city, it’s about that it can happen at any other city. An African American is an African American, it doesn’t matter that I’m in Baltimore,” Jones said.

“I just want people to be safe during this issue. It’s a tough issue. I think everybody needs to get all the facts. Stay safe, stay smart. Protest, but let’s not damage our own city. At the end of the day, you got to live here.”

O’s manager Buck Showalter also had some words: “Challenging day for a lot of people, probably a lot more than a baseball game. It’s a game of baseball and those are life issues, so this kind of pales in comparison to what’s going on in my life off the field and what’s going on in our city. Just have to continue to have confidence that we’ll get through it like we get through most things in Baltimore and hopefully learn from it.”

The next seven games on the Orioles’ schedule are at Camden Yards, so this likely isn’t over.

It sure sounds like Adam Wainwright suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Saturday night

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The official word — for now — from the Cardinals is that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright left his start Saturday night against the Brewers because of a “left ankle injury.” But watch the video for yourself …

If that was an ankle injury, it was to the back of his ankle — the Achilles tendon. And the way his foot was flopping as he tried to limp off suggests that there’s some sort of detachment. The clubhouse was somber after the Cardinals’ 5-3 win over the Brewers and Wainwright said this to the gathered media, via Brian Stull’s STL Baseball Weekly: “I thought I got hit by something. If you look at the replay, I get out of the box and I looked back to think the catcher’s mask must of hit me or the bat must’ve hit me, something must’ve hit me.”

Other athletes who have suffered torn Achilles tendons have reported a similar sensation. The typical recovery time for such an injury is around six months, meaning the 33-year-old could be done for the season.

Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales are both battling shoulder injuries, so the Cardinals may have to turn to someone like Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. St. Louis was connected this offseason to Cole Hamels.


UPDATE, 10:23 a.m. ET: Sources tell FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that the “expectation is” Wainwright is done for the season. He’ll undergo an MRI in St. Louis before an official announcement is made.

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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It’s getting uglier and uglier for the Brew Crew.

On a night the Cardinals may have lost their ace to a torn Achilles the Brewers still couldn’t manage a victory, falling 5-3 to visiting St. Louis on Saturday at Miller Park. Kolten Wong hit an RBI triple in the top of the second and Matt Holliday belted a three-run bomb in the seventh as the Cardinals moved to 12-4 on the young season with a +28 run differential.

Milwaukee fell to 3-15 with a -50 run differential.

Both marks are the worst in the majors — by far.

Ryan Braun, who’s still owed $113 million, is batting just .230/.277/.279 through 65 plate appearances. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Saturday night’s loss. Milwaukee will try to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday. If the Brewers do get swept, you’d have to wonder if manager Ron Roenicke is going to be on the team flight to Cincinnati afterward.

Your box scores from Saturday …

Indians 1, Tigers 4

Nationals 0, Marlins 8

Astros 9, Athletics 3

Mets 8, Yankees 2

Braves 5, Phillies 2

Blue Jays 2, Rays 4

Cardinals 5, Brewers 3

Red Sox 4, Orioles 5 (10 innings)

Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1

Rangers 1, Angels 4

Dodgers 11, Padres 8

Twins 8, Mariners 5

Giants 5, Rockies 4 (11 innings)