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  1. Mariners plan to limit 22-year-old Michael Pineda’s workload

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Michael Pineda has been fantastic through four starts with a 1.78 ERA, .202 opponents’ batting average, and 21/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, but pitching coach Carl Willis indicated yesterday that the Mariners plan to limit the 22-year-old’s workload. Doug Miller of MLB.com notes that in 2006 the Mariners capped a 20-year-old Felix Hernandez‘s innings…

  2. Tony La Russa’s daughter is an Oakland Raiders cheerleader

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    bianca la russa raiders

    Our blogmate Rick Chandler at Off The Bench passes along word that Tony La Russa’s daughter is now an Oakland Raiders cheerleader. Or more specifically, Bianca La Russa is a Raiderette. She tweeted the news: A goal and a dream come true- I’m a 2011 Raiderette! I’m so excited to rep an organization that does…

  3. Cardinals admit obvious, name Mitchell Boggs closer (sort of)

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    For whatever reason manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan have been reluctant to actually name a replacement for Ryan Franklin, who was stripped of closing duties last week. However, after giving Mitchell Boggs three straight save opportunities and watching him handle them successfully while looking very good in the process Duncan finally…

  4. Don Mattingly’s wife joins Mr. Burns in telling him to shave

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    don mattingly simpsons

    First it was George Steinbrenner telling him to cut his long hair. Then it was Mr. Burns telling him to shave his sideburns. And now his wife is telling him to get rid of the goatee. Don Mattingly can’t seem to catch a hair-related break. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times describes how the…

  5. Everyone else is injured, so Ryan Madson finally gets a shot to be Phillies’ closer

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    ryan-madson-phillies-nlcs

    Ryan Madson has been one of the best, most underrated relievers in baseball since moving to the bullpen full time in 2007, but because he didn’t thrive in a few brief opportunities to close games in previous seasons the Phillies have avoided giving him another chance as closer. Philadelphia wasted no time choosing Jose Contreras…

  6. Maicer Izturis rips “ignorant people” for questioning durability, then sits out game with injury

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Izturis_Maicer

    Last week Maicer Izturis called the fans who question his durability “ignorant people” who “don’t know the game.” I suggested at the time that it probably wasn’t a great idea, since a) he played only 254 of 486 games the previous three seasons, and b) fans tend not to see a comment like that and…

  7. Johnny Damon playing through hairline fracture in finger tip

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Johnny Damon missed three games after being hit on the hand by a pitch Sunday and revealed today that he has a hairline fracture in the tip of his left ring finger. Damon played last night, going 1-for-4 with a single, and is back in the lineup tonight against the Blue Jays, telling Roger Mooney…

  8. Mets to place Angel Pagan on DL, call up Jason Pridie

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    Angel Pagan left Tuesday’s game after pulling a muscle in his side and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will place him on the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks. Pagan had hoped to return in a few days, but clearly the Mets didn’t want to play short-handed in center…

  9. Derek Jeter leads MLB in ground ball percentage, ranks 188th in slugging percentage

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    Derek Jeter quickly ditching the “new swing” he worked on with hitting coach Kevin Long hasn’t helped his production, as the Yankees shortstop is batting just .219 with a .282 on-base percentage and .234 slugging percentage in 16 games. Jeter is still doing a fine job controlling the strike zone, drawing six walks compared to…

  10. Pirates claim Brandon Wood off waivers from Angels

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Brandon Wood, Howard Kendrick

    Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Brandon Wood has predictably been claimed off waivers by the Pirates, who had the No. 1 waiver position by virtue of their MLB-worst 57-105 record last year. That the Angels couldn’t find a team willing to give up something of even marginal value for Wood shows just…

  11. Brewers GM says Ryan Braun extension won’t impact Prince Fielder’s status

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    prince-fielder-and-ryan-braun-brewers

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told reporters that Ryan Braun signing a five-year, $105 million extension yesterday won’t impact impending free agent Prince Fielder‘s status with the team, calling them “different situations.” Milwaukee also signed Rickie Weeks to a four-year, $50 million extension during spring training, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that Fielder rejected…

  12. Vicente Padilla returns from DL eight weeks after arm surgery

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    When Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery in February there was speculation that he could miss the entire first half, but today the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list just eight weeks after going under the knife. Padilla is expected to work out of the bullpen, although if the Dodgers need some rotation help down…

  13. Ozzie Guillen not worried about being fired, discusses options if he does get fired

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Last night the White Sox beat the Rays to snap a seven-game losing streak and before the game manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that he’s not worried about being fired despite the slow start. And he said it in typically amusing Ozzie fashion: I come to work, put a smile on my face, talk to…

  14. Nationals return Jesus Flores to Triple-A after brief comeback

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    After missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 with shoulder problems Jesus Flores made it back to the majors last week for his first game action since September 12, 2009, singled in his first at-bat … and is now going back to Triple-A. Flores’ comeback story is a good one, but when the Nationals…

  15. Brewers to put Nyjer Morgan on disabled list with thigh bruise

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    nyjer-morgan-brewers

    Nyjer Morgan was off to a great start in Milwaukee, hitting .455 in 27 plate appearances as a part-time player, but now he’s headed for the disabled list with a deep thigh bruise suffered in collision at the plate with Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit. Brandon Boggs, who last saw extended action in the majors with…

  16. Justin Morneau missing fifth straight game with flu

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Justin Morneau is out of the Twins’ lineup tonight for the fifth straight game with the same flu bug that exacerbated Joe Mauer‘s health problems last week. Morneau missing five games with a flu has understandably raised some eyebrows after last year’s concussion sidelined him for eight months, but Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul…

  17. Logan Morrison has a sprained foot, is awesome

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Logan Morrison “felt a pop” in his foot Tuesday and an MRI exam revealed a sprained ligament that’s expected to keep him out for 2-4 weeks. Morrison reacted to the news on Twitter, further solidifying his status as the best-tweeting MLB player: Breaking news: sprained ligament in my foot out 2 to 4 weeks. Suck…

  18. Blue Jays demote struggling starter Brett Cecil to Triple-A

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Along with activating Brandon Morrow from the disabled list the Blue Jays have made another rotation move, surprisingly demoting left-hander Brett Cecil to Triple-A. Cecil has struggled early on with a 6.86 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio in 21 innings spread over four starts, but he went 15-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 117/54 K/BB…

  19. Ryan Braun and Brewers agree to 5-year, $105 million contract extension through 2020

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Ryan Braun was already under contract through 2015 thanks to a seven-year, $45 million deal signed in mid-2008, but today the Brewers and the slugging left fielder agreed to an extension that will keep him in Milwaukee through 2020. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the new deal is worth $105 million for five seasons…

  20. Jason Bay batting fifth for Mets in return from disabled list

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay has been activated from the disabled list after going 6-for-12 with two homers during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A and he’ll bat fifth in the Mets’ lineup tonight against the Astros. Bay hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on July 25 of last year, but his season-opening DL stint was…

  21. Blue Jays activate Brandon Morrow from DL for Saturday start

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    brandon-morrow-blue-jays

    Out since mid-March with a strained forearm, Brandon Morrow has been activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays and will make his season debut tomorrow afternoon against the Rays. I tabbed Morrow as one of my “breakout picks” for 2011, which naturally led to him being shut down with arm problems, but the…

  22. Michael Young will be able to veto any trade starting on May 7

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Right now Michael Young‘s contract has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 22 of 29 teams, but Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com notes that come May 7 he’ll be able to veto all potential moves. That’s when Young will become a “10-and-5″ player, meaning he has 10 full seasons of MLB…

  23. Maicer Izturis calls fans doubting durability “ignorant people”

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Izturis_Maicer

    Maicer Izturis fired back at fans who question his durability, as the Angels infielder told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times that “those are ignorant people who say that” and “they don’t know the game.” Izturis, who was on the disabled list three times last season and has played just 254 of a possible…

  24. Joel Zumaya opts for rehab rather than exploratory surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    zumaya hurt

    Joel Zumaya said this offseason that he might retire if faced with another arm surgery, so not surprisingly the oft-injured Tigers reliever has opted to try rest and rehab rather than undergo exploratory surgery on his elbow. Surgery likely would have ruled Zumaya out for this season, whereas in theory at least rehabbing gives him…

  25. Stat-head setup man? Daniel Bard reads Fan Graphs

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    In general pitchers seem much more willing to embrace sabermetrics than position players, as guys like Zack Greinke, Brian Bannister, and Max Scherzer have been vocal about their interest in and reliance on various new-school numbers. Daniel Bard joined that club yesterday by admitting to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he visits Fan…

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