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  1. Brandon Webb threw batting practice today and “it went bad”

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb‘s ongoing recovery from 2009 shoulder surgery hit another potential roadblock today, as the former Cy Young winner threw 70 pitches of batting practice and said afterward that “it went bad”: I was pretty wild. I felt fine, but I was just all over the place. It wasn’t like my last pen. After my…

  2. Cubs’ announced attendance at Wrigley Field under 27,000 for first time since 2002

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

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    The announced attendance at Wrigley Field this afternoon is 26,292, which according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is the first time the Cubs have been under 27,000 since 2002. Worse yet, even that modest total is misleadingly good in terms of actual fans in the seats, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that…

  3. AL out-spends NL by $10 million per team, AL East out-spends other divisions by wide margin

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    I wrote earlier about the Yankees having MLB’s highest payroll at $202 million, but I decided to crunch a few more numbers using USA Today‘s excellent salary database and break spending down by league and division. American League teams have an average Opening Day payroll of $97.7 million, compared to $88.6 million for National League…

  4. Yankees lead Opening Day payrolls at $202 million, followed by Phillies and Red Sox

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    stack of money

    USA Today has compiled the Opening Day payrolls for all 30 teams and to the surprise of no one the Yankees lead the way by a wide margin, as their $202 million payroll is $30 million higher than the second-ranked Phillies and $40 million more than the next-closest AL team, the Red Sox. Those three…

  5. Corey Hart has no timetable for return from strained oblique

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Ron Roenicke told reporters this morning that there’s no timetable for Corey Hart‘s return from a strained oblique muscle and the right fielder isn’t healthy enough to begin a minor-league rehab assignment: We’re still trying to push things and get him to 100 percent. He still feels that if he does throw, there’s going to…

  6. Casey Blake hoping to come off the disabled list Thursday

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Casey Blake has been trying to talk the Dodgers into activating him from the disabled list once he becomes eligible to return Thursday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Initially the plan was for Blake to rejoin the lineup Saturday or Sunday, but he told Gurnick that he already feels “good enough to compete” and…

  7. Jeff Suppan returns to Royals on a minor league contract

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jeff Suppan

    Released by the Giants near the end of spring training Jeff Suppan has found a new home with the Royals, signing a minor-league contract today. Suppan pitched for Kansas City from 1998 to 2002, going from journeyman to consistent 200-inning starter during that time, and also knows current Royals manager Ned Yost from their days…

  8. Jake Peavy scheduled to make Double-A rehab start Friday

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jake Peavy began this year on the disabled list following setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery, but the rehabbing former Cy Young winner threw a 59-pitch simulated game yesterday and is now scheduled to start an actual game Friday at Double-A. Scott Merkin of MLB.com notes that Peavy said previously he’d want to throw…

  9. Joe Nathan gets shaky save in first appearance since 2009

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    joe-nathan-first-save-of-2011

    Joe Nathan successfully converted a two-run save yesterday in his first appearance since 2009, but his return from Tommy John elbow surgery wasn’t pretty. He threw just 15 of 31 pitches for strikes and allowed a run on two hits and two walks, with his first out coming on a long fly ball from Blue…

  10. Matt Holliday may not need DL stint for appendectomy

    Apr 2, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    UPDATE: Finally, some good news for the Cardinals. Well, maybe. According to the Associated Press, the Cardinals plan to wait a few days before deciding whether to place Matt Holliday on the disabled list following his appendectomy. He had the surgery yesterday and the Cardinals believe it’s possible that he could return before the end of…

  11. UPDATE: Brian Matusz to DL with strained intercostal muscle, Zach Britton to make debut Sunday

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    UPDATE: According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Brian Matusz will go on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle. Orioles president Andy MacPhail said he’ll be sidelined anywhere from three to six weeks. Meanwhile, prospect left-hander Zach Britton will be called up to make his major league debut Sunday against the Rays. There was…

  12. Astros closer Brandon Lyon implodes as Phillies win with ninth inning rally

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Houston scored just one run off reigning Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, but managed to work his pitch count and get him out of today’s game after six innings before tacking on three runs against the Phillies’ bullpen. With a 4-2 lead entering the ninth inning they called on Brandon Lyon to close out the…

  13. Kendrys Morales likely still at least three weeks from playing

    Apr 1, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    Kendrys Morales is eligible to come off the disabled list next week, but yesterday manager Mike Scioscia made it clear that he’s likely still at least three weeks from returning to the Angels’ lineup. Morales has been taking batting practice, but still hasn’t been cleared to run at full speed 10 months after breaking his…

  14. Brandon Webb slated to throw simulated game Monday

    Apr 1, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Currently on the disabled list as part of his now two-year recovery from shoulder surgery, Brandon Webb threw 65 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday and is hoping to pitch a simulated game Monday. Webb expressed some optimism following yesterday’s session, telling Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com that his “breaking ball and changeup were good, movement…

  15. Lou Gorman: 1929-2011

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    lou gorman red sox

    Lou Gorman, who served as the Red Sox’s general manager from 1984 to 1993 and guided the team to three division titles and a trip to the World Series in 1986, passed away this morning at age 82. Gorman was the man behind the 1990 trade that sent Double-A third base prospect Jeff Bagwell to…

  16. Randy Winn retires after 13 seasons in the majors

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    randy winn giants

    Cut by the Orioles earlier this week, 36-year-old outfielder Randy Winn has announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the majors, according to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press. Drafted by the Marlins in 1995 and selected by the then-Devil Rays in the 1997 expansion draft, Winn played five seasons in Tampa Bay before moving…

  17. April Fools? Willie Bloomquist is leading off for Diamondbacks

    Apr 1, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Willie Bloomquist is a poor man’s Jeff Francoeur in that wherever he goes the local media members do glowing features on him, the managers play him far too often, and he performs terribly. It didn’t take long for Bloomquist to cast his spell on Arizona manager Kirk Gibson, who has inexplicably written him into the…

  18. Giants fan “critically beaten in parking lot at Dodger Stadium”

    Apr 1, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    dodger-stadium

    KTLA television in Los Angeles reports that a Giants fan was “critically beaten in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium” during last night’s season opener. According to station’s website, the incident occurred around 8:30 pm and police are looking for two suspects. Here are a few more details: The victim and two friends, who were…

  19. White Sox international scouting director Jerry Krause leaves for job with Diamondbacks

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    jerry krause white sox

    Jerry Krause is best known as general manager of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls dynasty, but he’s actually spent most of his career as a baseball scout and was the guy who recommended the White Sox trade for a Triple-A shortstop named Ozzie Guillen in 1984. Krause has served as the White Sox’s director of international…

  20. Roberto Alomar rejoins Blue Jays as special assistant

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

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    Roberto Alomar will be wearing on a Blue Jays hat on his plaque when he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year and in the meantime he’s joined the organization as a “special assistant.” According to Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star he’ll “serve his role in baseball operations and the Toronto community”…

  21. Freddy Sanchez agrees to one-year, $6 million extension with Giants

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez, Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean

    San Francisco acquired second baseman Freddy Sanchez from Pittsburgh in mid-2009 and then signed him to a two-year, $12 million contract extension despite his playing poorly while missing time with injuries down the stretch. He bounced back with a productive 2010, albeit while missing another 50 games with injuries, and now the two sides have…

  22. Brooks Robinson “responding well” after emergency surgery

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    brooks-robinson-orioles

    Brooks Robinson was rushed to the hospital by ambulance last night and underwent emergency surgery this morning, but the 73-year-old Hall of Famer issued a statement this afternoon saying he’s doing well: I was originally scheduled for a routine outpatient procedure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The evening before surgery,…

  23. Rays and Wade Davis agree to long-term contract worth up to $35.1 million

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Wade Davis is entering his second full season in the majors and wouldn’t have been arbitration eligible until 2013, but today the Rays announced that they’ve signed the 25-year-old right-hander to a long-term contract extension worth up to $35.1 million. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times the contract is worth at least…

  24. Justin Morneau will be in the Twins’ Opening Day lineup

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    After spending eight months on the sidelines following a concussion last July the Twins have their cleanup hitter back, as manager Ron Gardenhire announced today that Justin Morneau will be in the Opening Day lineup when Minnesota kicks off the season in Toronto tomorrow night. Gardenhire told reporters that he plans to give Morneau frequent…

  25. Mariners “still have no timetable” for David Aardsma’s return

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma reported no problems following a bullpen session earlier this week, but manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that the Mariners “still have no timetable” for the closer’s return from hip surgery. Wedge told Quinn Roberts of MLB.com that “the physical side is good, but he is still getting built up.” Immediately after the surgery…

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