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  1. Nevermind: Dallas Braden is starting tonight, as scheduled

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    Dallas Braden 2

    UPDATE: I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but apparently Braden is just fine and will start as scheduled tonight. This morning Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: I’ve just had it confirmed: Tyson Ross will come up to start tonight in place of Dallas Braden. And now she writes: For the record,…

  2. Rangers close to signing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    leonys martin cuba

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram the Rangers are close to signing outfielder Leonys Martin, who was declared a free agent last month after defecting from Cuba in 2010. No word yet on how much the Rangers would be shelling out sign the 23-year-old, but last year John Manuel of Baseball…

  3. Giants activate closer Brian Wilson from the disabled list

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    As expected, Giants closer Brian Wilson and his beard have been activated from the disabled list after sitting out the first five games with a strained oblique muscle. He returns after being sidelined for the minimum 15 days, with the DL stint backdated to his last spring training appearance on March 23. To make room…

  4. Rockies put Ubaldo Jimenez on disabled list with finger injury

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez had hoped to avoid the disabled list after a cut in his right thumb cuticle caused problems gripping the ball in his Opening Day start, but today the Rockies put him on the shelf and called up Greg Reynolds to take his spot in the rotation. Reynolds, who lost the fifth starter competition…

  5. Casey Blake is batting second in return from disabled list

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    casey-blake-dodgers-spring

    Casey Blake is off the disabled list and in the Dodgers’ lineup for today’s game after beginning the season on the sidelines with a back injury suffered in the middle of spring training. Blake is starting at third base and batting second, and his return also means the Dodgers have shifted Juan Uribe to second…

  6. Erick Aybar is out of the lineup and headed for an MRI exam

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    Erick Aybar leaping

    Erick Aybar is absent from the Angels’ lineup this afternoon for the third straight game and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the shortstop will undergo an MRI exam on his injured oblique muscle. Aybar originally suffered the injury Saturday while sliding. Maicer Izturis replaced him at shortstop Sunday and Tuesday, but…

  7. Jon Garland “is on track to return as early as April 15″

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland has been sidelined since early March with a strained oblique muscle, but Owen Perkins of MLB.com reports that he could be cleared to join the Dodgers’ rotation “as early as April 15.” Before that happens he’ll need to avoid setbacks while throwing a bullpen session Friday and then making a minor-league rehab start…

  8. Rays fans are already booing Manny Ramirez

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Ramirez watches a MLB spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles from the dugout in Sarasota

    Tampa Bay is 0-4, Manny Ramirez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts yesterday to make him 1-for-16 on the season, and Rays fans are already booing the 39-year-old designated hitter. Manager Joe Maddon described the situation as “very unfair” while adding that the fans should know “this man really cares” and “the last thing I want…

  9. Grady Sizemore “shooting for mid-April to late April” return

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    sizemore spring

    Grady Sizemore continued his comeback from microfracture knee surgery by going 0-for-4 while playing in a minor-league exhibition game against Ohio State yesterday. Sizemore, who has been sidelined since last May, is scheduled to take today off before heading to Double-A for the Eastern League season opener Thursday. Sizemore told Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland…

  10. Fernando Rodney loses closer job to rookie Jordan Walden

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    That was quick. Earlier today I wondered if Scott Downs might be an option to replace Fernando Rodney as the Angels’ closer if he came off the disabled list before manager Mike Scioscia was comfortable giving rookie Jordan Walden a shot at the job, but apparently he was already comfortable. Scioscia announced this afternoon that…

  11. Mike Stanton aiming to rejoin Marlins’ lineup Friday

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Mike Stanton hasn’t played since Opening Day because of a hamstring injury, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that there are no plans to place him on the disabled list and Stanton is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday. In the meantime he’ll be available to pinch-hit, although if the…

  12. Jose Bautista leaves Blue Jays for “personal family matter”

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays’ lineup tonight against the A’s and has left the team due to a “personal family matter,” according to John Lott of the National Post. He’s expected to miss the entire three-game series versus Oakland and for now Juan Rivera is taking his place in right field with…

  13. Scott Downs throws simulated game, may return next week

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    Out since mid-March with a broken toe, Scott Downs threw a 15-pitch simulated game this afternoon and reported no problems. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that Downs also participated in some fielding drills and could be close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, with an eye toward joining the Angels’ bullpen at…

  14. Juan Miranda, not Russell Branyan, to “get most of the starts” at first base in Arizona

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    One of Kevin Towers’ first moves as Diamondbacks general manager was to trade for Juan Miranda, who’d been stuck behind Mark Teixeira in the Yankees’ farm system despite consistently solid production at Triple-A. I liked the pickup at the time, seeing Miranda as a potentially useful platoon first baseman capable of putting up some nice…

  15. Derek Jeter needs his beauty rest, has lots of money

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    As only they can, “Page Six” in the New York Post reports that Derek Jeter has rented a $15,000-per-month apartment in the same Trump World Tower where he already owns a $20 million apartment because “a neighbor’s noisy construction was hampering the star shortstop’s crucial rest.” Rich people buying really expensive luxury items is hardly…

  16. Chase Utley could begin jogging “in the next couple days”

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    chase-utley-phillies-spring

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. provided an update on the status of Chase Utley‘s knee injury, telling Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the second baseman could be cleared to begin jogging “in the next couple of days.” According to Amaro his return “could happen fast” once Utley is running without problems, but so far he’s…

  17. Justin Morneau is healthy and hitting well after missing nine months with concussion

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau went just 1-for-10 in the Twins’ opening series against the Blue Jays, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism following his first game action in nine months. Morneau played all three games in his long-delayed comeback from a July concussion, struck out just once, and made three or four loud outs on…

  18. Matt Holliday hoping to avoid disabled list after appendectomy

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    matt-holliday-cardinals

    Matt Holliday spoke to reporters yesterday for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy last week and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “it was quite clear that he’s not in any shape to be doing anything athletic right now.” Holliday has been shut down from all physical activity for at least five days,…

  19. Ron Washington still doesn’t know how to leverage Neftali Feliz in non-save situations

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Neftali Feliz

    I saw the “Feliz won’t be saved for saves” headline on ESPNDallas.com and thought maybe Rangers manager Ron Washington had finally figured out how to get value out of closer Neftali Feliz in non-save situations after repeatedly leaving him in the bullpen in key non-save moments throughout the playoffs. Turns out, it’s just more of…

  20. Erik Bedard gets mixed reviews for first start since mid-2009

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    After missing the second half of 2009 and all of 2010 following shoulder surgery Erik Bedard returned to the mound last night against the Rangers and took a loss, allowing five runs in five innings. Bedard served up homers to Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus, but two of the runs were unearned thanks to an…

  21. Mat Latos “looked sharp” in 70-pitch simulated game Monday

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    Mat Latos is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the right-hander “looked sharp” during a 70-pitch bullpen session yesterday and will be reevaluated by the Padres today. Latos is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but manager Bud Black was…

  22. UPDATE: Jeremy Guthrie scratched from Wednesday start with pneumonia

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    UPDATE: Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Guthrie has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Brad Bergesen will take his place in the starting rotation Wednesday against the Tigers. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the hope is that Guthrie will be able to pitch on Sunday against the Rangers. 12:48 PM: Jeremy Guthrie, who beat…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    wrigley-field-cubs

    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…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

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