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  1. Adam Kennedy is the Mariners’ designated hitter and batting cleanup tonight (seriously)

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

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    Last season the Mariners ranked dead last in baseball with 513 runs, which was 74 runs fewer than the 29th-ranked Pirates and a historically inept total. They’ve been slightly better so far this year, ranking 24th in scoring, but their lineup for tonight’s game against the Royals might be more embarrassing than anything that happened…

  2. Velocity loss leads to disabled list stint for Robinson Tejeda

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Earlier this week the Royals stripped Robinson Tejeda of his setup duties following some ugly outings and a disturbing loss of velocity. Not surprisingly, today they placed him on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. While certainly not a good thing, the fact that they’ve identified an actual cause of the lost velocity and…

  3. Joe Mauer out of lineup for second straight day, but Twins won’t elaborate on injury

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Drew Butera is starting over Joe Mauer behind the plate for the second straight day and manager Ron Gardenhire would say only that Mauer is “sore.” Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Gardenhire “was very adamant about not telling us more about Mauer’s status’ and “said the Twins will ‘re-evaluate’ the…

  4. Pedro Feliciano is “leaning toward” season-ending surgery

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

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    Today the Yankees announced that Pedro Feliciano has a “torn shoulder capsule” and the left-hander told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger that he’s “leaning toward” undergoing season-ending surgery. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman criticized the Mets for “abusing” Feliciano by using him 408 times in the past five seasons, including league-leading appearance totals…

  5. Troy Tulowitzki homers for the 21st time in his last 39 games

    Apr 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki took Mets reliever Bobby Parnell deep this afternoon, giving him six homers through 11 games to begin the season. That’s an absurd pace, but Tulowitzki has actually been homering at that same frequency dating back to last year. Today’s homer against Parnell was his 21st in 39 games since September 3, which would…

  6. Pirates catcher Chris Snyder to come off disabled list today

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Sidelined since the end of spring training with back soreness, Pirates catcher Chris Snyder is scheduled to return from the disabled list in time for tonight’s game. He’ll take over as Pittsburgh’s primary catcher, pushing Ryan Doumit back into an outfielder/catcher bench role and Jason Jaramillo to Triple-A. Doumit started eight of the first 11…

  7. Reds “plan to shut Aroldis Chapman down for a couple days”

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

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    Last night our own Bob Harkins discussed whether or not the Reds should be worried about Aroldis Chapman‘s decreased velocity and apparently the answer is “yes.” Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports via a Reds source that “they plan to shut Aroldis Chapman down for a couple days.” According to Passan they “want to rest…

  8. Chris Young throws bullpen session, set for Sunday start

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Chris Young was scratched from his scheduled Friday start because of biceps tendinitis, but now it looks like his turn in the rotation will merely be pushed back a couple days. Young threw a bullpen session this morning and reported “no problems” while telling Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com that he “felt good.” Barring a last-minute…

  9. No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hits first pro homer at Single-A

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    I wrote yesterday about consensus No. 2 prospect Mike Trout’s hot start at Double-A as a 19-year-old, so it’s only fitting to note that consensus No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hit his first pro home run last night at Single-A as an 18-year-old. Harper smacked a two-run homer off 19-year-old Astros left-hander Ruben Alaniz. And…

  10. Ozzie Guillen on bullpen’s struggles: “I don’t have any closer”

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen walks in the dugout after the seventh inning of an MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    Yesterday the White Sox’s bullpen imploded again, allowing three runs in the ninth inning and three more in the 10th frame to turn a 4-1 lead into a 7-4 loss against the A’s. Afterward manager Ozzie Guillen was understandably upset, telling reporters “I don’t have any closer” and jokingly suggesting he “might call” 47-year-old Bobby…

  11. Red Sox skipping struggling John Lackey’s turn in the rotation

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    John Lackey, Theo Epstein, Terry Francona

    Yesterday’s rainout forced the Red Sox to juggle their rotation and they’ve decided to skip John Lackey‘s turn altogether rather than push everyone else back. So now Lackey, who was the scheduled starter for the rained out game, will make his next start Tuesday against the A’s in Oakland. Lackey has a 15.58 ERA through…

  12. Dennys Reyes clear waivers, remains with Red Sox at Triple-A

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Dennys Reyes

    Boston cut bait on Dennys Reyes following 1.2 poor innings, but the veteran situational left-hander will remain in the Red Sox’s organization at Triple-A after going unclaimed on waivers. Reyes told the Red Sox that he’d accept a potential demotion to Triple-A when they decided to designate him for assignment, so he’ll head to Pawtucket…

  13. Eddie Joost: 1916-2011

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Eddie Joost, an All-Star shortstop who starred for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s and 1950s, died yesterday at age 94. Joost played 17 seasons in the majors but didn’t find consistent success until age 31, when he drew 100 or more walks in six consecutive seasons while posting a .391 on-base percentage with an…

  14. Angels top prospect Mike Trout off to great start at Double-A as 19-year-old

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Bryce Harper kept Mike Trout from ranking No. 1 on most prospect lists this year, but the 2009 first-round pick is a truly elite prospect and the Angels have pushed him very aggressively by sending him to Double-A as a 19-year-old this season. It takes a special prospect to even hold his own in the…

  15. What happens when Francisco Liriano “pitches to contact”

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Prior to this afternoon’s game Ron Gardenhire told reporters that he and pitching coach Rick Anderson have been trying to convince Francisco Liriano to “pitch to contact” rather than focusing on racking up strikeouts. Liriano apparently listened, because this is what happened in the fourth inning: Single Single Single Single Single Double Ground out Single…

  16. Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole lead Baseball America’s top draft prospects

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    Baseball America has released a midseason update ranking the top 50 prospects for June’s draft and Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon remains atop the list, but UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole is gaining on him. Rendon has been primarily a designated hitter so far because of a shoulder injury, but BA says it “doesn’t affect his…

  17. Robinson Tejeda’s missing velocity leads to bullpen demotion

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

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    After struggling as a starter early in his career Robinson Tejeda found a home in the Royals’ bullpen setting up closer Joakim Soria, as the shorter appearances allowed shaky command to take a backseat to his overpowering raw stuff. Unfortunately so far this season Tejeda’s velocity is down significantly, with his fastball averaging just 88.6…

  18. Zack Greinke on yesterday’s simulated game: “It went OK”

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

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    Zack Greinke took the mound for a 25-pitch simulated game yesterday and afterward sounded more or less as optimistic as Zack Greinke tends to get about such things when speaking to reporters: It went OK. I threw and I was healthy, so that’s good. It was nothing special, it was in the batting cages, so…

  19. Cliff Pennington sits out game with infected sweat gland

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Cliff Pennington missed yesterday’s game against the White Sox “with an infected sweat gland under his left arm,” according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser notes that the infected sweat gland “makes swinging difficult” for Pennington, which explains why he unsuccessfully attempted to bunt for a hit in the 10th inning after…

  20. Rangers to sign Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin for $15 million

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Last week the Rangers were said to be close to signing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin and now Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the deal could be finalized as soon as today. According to Grant the 23-year-old center fielder “is expected to receive a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $15 million”…

  21. Umpire Bob Davidson had yet another “incident” last night

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    I wrote yesterday about how mainstream media members are thankfully beginning to take notice of how aggressively awful and confrontational umpire Bob Davidson has been for years and amazingly he had another “incident” last night. Of course, given how many “incidents” Davidson has every season the timing of the whole thing probably isn’t that remarkable.…

  22. Kendrys Morales now aiming for early May return

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Kendry Morales

    There’s still no official timetable for his return from last year’s broken ankle, but Kendrys Morales took a big step in his recovery yesterday by running on the field wearing cleats for the first time since early spring training. Mike Scioscia was quick to point out that Morales was running at less than 100 percent,…

  23. Lastings Milledge clears waivers, remains with White Sox at Triple-A

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Lastings Milledge

    Designated for assignment by the White Sox last week, Lastings Milledge has cleared waivers and accepted and assignment to Triple-A, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. That means he’ll remain in Chicago’s organization, but won’t take up a spot on the 40-man roster and can’t be called up again unless the White Sox…

  24. That was quick: Blue Jays recall Casey Janssen from Triple-A

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

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    When the Blue Jays sent Casey Janssen to Triple-A last week I wrote that it was an undeserved demotion for a veteran reliever with a strong track record in the majors. I expected a quick return to Toronto for Janssen, but not this quick: Today the Blue Jays recalled him from Triple-A, as placing Rajai…

  25. Adam Dunn rejoins White Sox’s lineup after appendectomy

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Adam Dunn underwent an appendectomy last Wednesday and six days later he’s back in the White Sox’s lineup, starting at designated hitter and batting third tonight against the Trevor Cahill and the A’s. Chicago went 4-2 in his absence with Mark Teahen (three times), Carlos Quentin (twice), and Juan Pierre (once) filling in at DH.…

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