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  1. Chad Billingsley bounces back versus Nationals

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley seemed to be in danger of losing his rotation spot after an ugly outing last week, but Joe Torre stuck with him and the 25-year-old right-hander bounced back with six innings of one-run ball Sunday. Billingsley actually took the tough loss in a 1-0 game as Scott Olsen surprisingly shut out the Dodgers…

  2. Carlos Zambrano wants back into the rotation at some point this season

    Apr 23, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano is apparently fine with the Cubs moving him to the bullpen … for now. He reportedly told manager Lou Piniella that he’d like to rejoin the rotation in time for the playoffs, which is both interesting from a strategic standpoint and wishful thinking from a Cubs player. Here’s what Piniella said about Zambrano’s…

  3. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez placed on disabled list

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Manny Ramirez has been placed on the disabled list, with Xavier Paul being called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Paul is 25 years old and deserving of a shot after putting up some nice numbers in the minors, so it’ll be interesting to see if Joe Torre actually plays him over…

  4. Red Sox interested in Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder?

    Apr 23, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote this morning that Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder is on the Red Sox’s “down-the-road hit list” as a potential midseason trade target. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe also seems to think Snyder is a possible fit. Arizona spent the offseason trying to deal Snyder, with rumored trades for Lyle Overbay…

  5. Dusty Baker obviously doesn't read Hardball Talk

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Asked yesterday whether Opening Day starter Aaron Harang will be removed from the Reds’ rotation after going 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA, manager Dusty Baker said: I can’t tell you before I talk to him. Plus, we’re talking about it but this guy is getting paid handsomely to be a starter. At this point, who…

  6. Chicago beat reporter ready to bury White Sox

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports on the White Sox and is one of the more, let’s say, outspoken MLB beat writers. He typically injects far more humor and opinion into his articles than the average beat writer, and in some cases far more criticism. With the White Sox off to an ugly 5-11…

  7. Jake Peavy walks career-high seven in ugly start

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    I expected Jake Peavy to be a disappointment this season because he was switching to the tougher league and moving from MLB’s most extreme pitcher-friendly ballpark to a power-boosting home, but now he’s apparently also forgotten how to throw strikes. He had a career-high seven walks while allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings Thursday versus…

  8. Ubaldo Jimenez's encore: 7.1 shutout innings

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez put on quite an encore performance Thursday, following his no-hitter by shutting out the Nationals for 7.1 innings. Jimenez allowed five hits and two walks while improving to 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA, although Jim Tracy letting him throw 121 pitches after needing 127 pitches for the no-hitter is worrisome. He also threw…

  9. CT scan shows Jacoby Ellsbury has cracked ribs

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury was initially diagnosed with bruised ribs anjd finally placed on the disabled list after being unavailable on the active roster for 10 days, but now Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports that a CT scan today revealed “four ribs with hairline fractures.” Benjamin adds that it “might or might not affect his…

  10. Joe Maddon says ump Joe West is 'inappropriate'

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Veteran umpire Joe West made headlines earlier this month for saying the slow pace of Yankees-Red Sox games were “pathetic” and “embarrassing” and “a disgrace to baseball.” He’s apparently making it his personal mission to speed games up, but Joe Maddon wasn’t happy about West immediately walking to the mound as soon as the Rays…

  11. A's place Travis Buck on the disabled list, shut down Joey Devine

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    After battling back from the combination of an oblique injury and terrible hitting last season to reclaim a spot in the A’s starting lineup, Travis Buck has landed back on the disabled list with … another strained oblique. He suffered the injury while taking batting practice yesterday and the DL stint will be the fifth…

  12. Aaron Harang thinks his struggles are 'bad luck'

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    After dropping to 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA with an ugly start yesterday, Aaron Harang said: “It’s bad luck. This game’s about luck. I’m going through a bad spell right now.” Of course, as John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out, the “spell” of “bad luck” doesn’t just include this season. Dating back to…

  13. Andre Dawson's funeral home is being sued

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Andre Dawson is reportedly being sued by “a publicly funded organization that cares for poor and disabled adults” that alleges “his family’s funeral home business reneged on a deal to provide prepaid memorial services and burials for deceased clients.” Here’s more from the Miami Herald: One man’s corpse lay in limbo for weeks because Dawson’s…

  14. Will the Red Sox dump Buchholz or Wakefield to make room for Matsuzaka?

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Last night Daisuke Matsuzaka made what’s expected to be his final rehab start, allowing four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings at Triple-A. The outing was a bit of a letdown after Matsuzaka tossed 11 scoreless innings in his first two rehab starts, but he did manage eight strikeouts and zero walks to again show…

  15. Francisco Liriano throws another gem as Twins win fifth straight series

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano was fantastic again last night, following up seven shutout innings last week against Boston with eight scoreless frames against Cleveland. In those 15 innings he got 14 strikeouts versus four walks while inducing 23 ground-ball outs, which along with significantly increased velocity is creeping ever closer to 2006 territory. Best of all the…

  16. Roy Halladay following in Cliff Lee's footsteps

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay hurled a complete-game shutout Wednesday against Atlanta, allowing just four hits and one walk while improving to 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA on the season. In an odd coincidence the man Halladay was essentially traded for, Cliff Lee, also began his Phillies career with an identical 4-0 record and 0.82 ERA last season.…

  17. Jason Marquis has 'floating bodies' in his elbow

    Apr 22, 2010, 7:43 AM EDT

    I criticized the Nationals for signing Jason Marquis to a two-year, $15 million deal this offseason, but his first month has gone far worse than I ever could have imagined. He went 0-3 with a 20.52 ERA through three starts, coughing up 20 runs in 8.1 innings, and was placed on the disabled list Wednesday…

  18. Video of the Day: Leaping over the catcher

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    If you only watch one video of a college player doing a Willie Mays Hayes impression today, make it this one: Almost as amusing as the ridiculous play? The announcing.

  19. Aaron Hill set to come off the disabled list Friday

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    Out since the second game of the season with a hamstring injury, Aaron Hill is expected to return from the disabled list Friday against the Rays. Hill is skipping the usual minor league rehab assignment route, instead staying behind at the Blue Jays’ spring training complex to rehab in Florida. Picked by many to finish…

  20. Kevin Millar retires and joins MLB Network

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Millar was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training after failing to beat out Chad Tracy for a bench spot and the 38-year-old veteran of a dozen seasons has apparently decided to call it quits. Millar has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst and will make his debut next week,…

  21. Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers are searching for answers

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley made his first All-Star team last season by going 9-4 with a 3.38 ERA in the first half, but then struggled so much in the second half that he was nearly left off the Dodgers’ postseason roster and has now allowed 14 runs in 14 innings this year. Through mid-June of last season…

  22. Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo set to sign with Diamondbacks

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Back in July the Cardinals signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo for a $3.1 million bonus only to void the deal over concerns about his eyesight. Since then Mateo has been shopping around for another team and now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are on the verge of signing him.…

  23. Adam Dunn says 'nothing going on' in contract extension talks with Nationals

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    During spring training Adam Dunn made it clear that he wants to remain with the Nationals long term, but he recently admitted that there’s “nothing going on” with contract extension negotiations. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the two sides “are seemingly at a momentary standstill” while “Dunn still believes a deal could…

  24. Daniel Murphy isn't close to rejoining the Mets

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    It’s probably a moot point after Ike Davis was called up yesterday, but Mets general manager Omar Minaya told the New York Post that Daniel Murphy isn’t close to returning from a sprained knee. Minaya declined to reveal whether the Mets plan to keep Davis in the majors for good or potentially send him back…

  25. Shockingly, some Marlins actually like the Scott Stapp song

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post went in search of someone who might actually like the horrendous song Creed singer Scott Stapp recorded for the Marlins and shockingly found a few players who dig it. Seriously: Wes Helms–the veteran clubhouse leader known affectionately among his teammates as “Uncle Wes”–said he’s a huge fan of…

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