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  1. What fluke? Jose Bautista hitting .364 with AL-high 8 homers

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Last night Jose Bautista homered for the fourth time in four games, giving him a league-leading eight homers on the season despite missing three games due to the birth of his daughter. Bautista, whose monster 2010 was deemed a fluke by nearly everyone because it came at age 29 and after six totally unremarkable seasons,…

  2. Against wife’s wishes, Don Mattingly is keeping his goatee

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Don Mattingly has decided to take the biggest risk of his young managerial career by going against his wife’s wishes and keeping his new goatee. Of course, he told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the goatee will stay only as long as the Dodgers keep winning, so Jonathan Broxton, James Loney, and…

  3. Giants “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Giants are “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available.” Crasnick writes that Schierholtz “could be the odd man out” once Andres Torres returns from the disabled list and the Giants’ outfield situation will get even more crowded once they deem Brandon Belt ready to return from a demotion…

  4. Dodgers activate Dioner Navarro from DL, option A.J. Ellis to Triple-A

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

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    Out since mid-March with a strained oblique muscle, Dioner Navarro has returned from the disabled list and the Dodgers made room for him on the roster by optioning A.J. Ellis to Triple-A. That means Navarro will replace Ellis as Rod Barajas‘ backup behind the plate and … well, it sure seems like the Dodgers just…

  5. Brandon Belt homers in first at-bat after demotion to Triple-A

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt hit just .192 with one homer in 17 games before the Giants demoted him to the minors last week, but he wasted no time resuming his destruction of minor-league pitching by homering in his first Triple-A at-bat. Belt went deep against former big leaguer Micah Owings and played left field, with the Giants…

  6. Michael Cuddyer is now the Twins’ starting second baseman

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    In the wake of Tsuyoshi Nishioka‘s fractured fibula the Twins have occasionally moved Michael Cuddyer from right field to second base, where he hadn’t played regularly since 2005. Cuddyer hasn’t exactly thrived there, looking passable at best defensively while hitting just .160 in six games, but yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Cuddyer will be…

  7. Pittsburgh media already turning on first-year Pirates manager Clint Hurdle?

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

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    Clint Hurdle had to know what a tough job he was taking when he agreed to manage the Pirates. They’d had 18 straight losing seasons and during that time six other managers had tried and failed to turn things around. Hurdle probably thought he could do what the six before him couldn’t and if not…

  8. Zack Greinke makes second rehab start, eyes mid-May return

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke made his second minor-league rehab start yesterday at Triple-A, allowing two runs in 3.2 innings while throwing 54 pitches, and afterward said: “Maybe the velocity was still there, but the control wasn’t that sharp.” He’s scheduled to make a third rehab start Friday, at which point the Brewers may decide that he’s ready…

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

  15. Johnny Damon playing through hairline fracture in finger tip

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    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…

  18. Pirates claim Brandon Wood off waivers from Angels

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

  24. Justin Morneau missing fifth straight game with flu

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

    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…

  25. Logan Morrison has a sprained foot, is awesome

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

    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…

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