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2011 April 12

  1. Frank Francisco’s rehab assignment isn’t going very well

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    Most of the time with minor-league rehab assignments the reports on injured players making their way back from the disabled list are overwhelmingly positive, but it doesn’t sound like Blue Jays reliever Frank Francisco is doing very well in his comeback from a strained pectoral muscle. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Francisco has allowed…

  2. Jayson Werth meets the Phillies again

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    werth_jayson

    It’s going to be a weird scene at Nats Park tonight for two reasons: 1. Jayson Werth is facing the Phillies for the first time since he signed his mega-deal with the Nats; and 2. Because it’s the Phillies in Washington, the park will likely be full of Philly fans invading the place like they did last…

  3. Jair Jurrjens “ready to go” after rehab start at Triple-A

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens pitch

    Jair Jurrjens pronounced himself “ready to go” after throwing six innings of two-run ball last night in a rehab start at Triple-A and is now scheduled to return from a strained oblique muscle Saturday against the Mets. Jurrjens threw 81 pitches in his rehab outing, allowing four hits and striking out three, and afterward told…

  4. Is PED use a lesser wrong in the drug testing era?

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    I don’t mean to make this post into a Manny Ramirez referendum — we’ve had plenty of those in the past few days — but in his defense of Ramirez’s Cooperstown credentials, Allen Barra raises a point I have yet to see addressed when he says “Manny paid his debt the first time and is…

  5. Jim Tracy “extremely encouraged” by Ubaldo Jimenez’s bullpen session

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    On the disabled list with a cut in his right thumb cuticle, Ubaldo Jimenez threw a bullpen session yesterday and afterward manager Jim Tracy said he was “extremely encouraged” by what he saw. Jimenez is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation Monday, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that first he’ll…

  6. Dice-K imploded last night. And it’s really no mystery why

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Daisuke Matsuzaka got creamed last night, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including two homers, in two innings.  This morning Rob Bradford of WEEI has a story up with the headline “One hundred starts later the Daisuke Matsuzaka mystery remains unsolved.” Bradford tries to figure out where it all went wrong for Dice-K, but…

  7. What’s the deal with all of the oblique injuries?

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    That’s a question we’ve asked around here a lot lately, although we’re doing it more or less rhetorically. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times really wanted to know, so he asked Stan Conte, the Dodgers head trainer about it.  Conte researched such injuries and discovered that, no, this was not just a matter…

  8. Frank McCourt’s former law firm sues him

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt got sued yesterday by his former law firm, Bingham McCutchen. This is a suit for declaratory judgment, which for all practical purposes means that they sued McCourt because it was obvious that he was going to sue them, and they wanted to get the drop on him. Bingham (a) is asking for a declaration…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    An explosion of runs in Boston and an amazing comeback in Seattle. I’d like to think that my guest spot on 950 KJR in Seattle last night contributed to the comeback. Because I exude winning.

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