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Manager Don Mattingly was ejected for coming out to argue a balk call on Clayton Kershaw.

The manager came out to argue, to keep his ace in the game as Kershaw was not pleased by the balk call. It looked to be a proper call by the first base umpire, but Mattingly sacrificed himself for the good of the team in this case. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play in Game 1 on Monday.

Consider Paul day-to-day, as there was some optimism earlier that he would play Monday. No lineup replacement has been announced, but the smart money is on Austin Rivers to get the nod as starting point guard when the Clippers take on the Rockets in round two of the playoffs. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Pence (forearm) will take batting practice the next two days.

Assuming he looks good through the batting practice sessions, expect Pence to be sent out for a minor league rehab assignment this coming weekend as he prepares to return to action with the Giants. The Giants will welcome Pence back with open arms, as he is a major step up from Justin Maxwell and Gregor Blanco. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jose Reyes (rib) will be held out of baseball-related activities this week, and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI in a week.

Reyes could be activated some time in mid-May but the timetable for his cracked rib to heal is more like mid-June. In the meantime, while Reyes heals, the Jays will turn to Ryan Goins to man shortstop, with Jonathan Diaz, who was recalled from Triple-A after Reyes went to the DL, also getting occasional action at short. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dioner Navarro remains without a timetable in his return from a hamstring injury.

Russell Martin has been playing well behind the plate, but Josh Thole has been less than exciting as the backup. The Jays would like to get Navarro back as his bat offers more benefit when he spells Martin on Martin's days off. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jose Bautista won't start throwing until later this week, but isn't likely to be back in right field until next week.

Bautista will stick at DH until he can play in the field, as the Jays need his bat in the lineup. Once he can throw with authority, expect him to reclaim is normal right field position. Until then, Ezequiel Carrera will man right and hit near or at the bottom of the order. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Mark Buehrle is dealing with multiple aches and pains, but will continue to take the mound.

Buehrle is a gamer, but at 36 years of age, he is understandably wearing down. The aches and pains may explain his unsightly 6.75 ERA and 1.93 WHIP over his first five starts. You do not want to be using him in daily or seasonal leagues at this point. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Hanley Ramirez is coming out of the game after crashing into the wall. He is carrying his arm like he separated his shoulder.

Ramirez made a catch heading toward the left field stands, and then crashed into the padding, dropping the ball. He came up holding his left arm, presumably to ease the strain on his left shoulder. Obviously, he will be going for tests, but a shoulder separation seems likely. That is what happens when a shortstop moves to left field, at least in this case. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Steven Souza will get a day off on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Souza also sat out the April 24th home game against the Blue Jays. The Red Sox are set to trot Porcello and Masterson out to the hill on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, so the right handed Souza will sit against one of the two righties who will be pitching for the Red Sox. Brandon Guyer will probably replace him in the lineup, but that remains to be seen. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Manager Lloyd McClendon said that Justin Ruggiano will handle the majority of time in center field.

Ruggiano gets the call with Austin Jackson going on the DL with an ankle injury. Ruggiano has been a part-time player for most of his career, save for his two years with the Marlins where he saw more action, and he offers a bit of pop and some speed, but nothing you want to build your fantasy team around. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Blue Jays coach Brook Jacoby was suspended 14 games for contact with an umpire.

The Jays have had four different hitting coaches in the last four years and have featured stacked offensive lineups for most of that span, so I find it hard to believe that his will have any sort of impact.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Texans have agreed to a four-year deal with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

When taken in the first round of the 2012 draft, the Texans expected more sack production out of Mercilus, but similarly to what happened with the Cowboys and Anthony Spencer years ago, they found out that he has some serious value in the run stuffing department. Solid deal for a player who seems to still be getting better at the ripe age of 24.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mariners select contract of LHP Joe Beimel from Triple-A Tacoma.

Beimel only pitched a few times in Triple-A so far this season, but his success in those few outings were enough for the Mariners to give him a call up. Expect him to matchup against leftys for the most part going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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