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  1. Ted Lilly could be ready to rejoin Cubs' rotation next weekend

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that Ted Lilly “will make what should be his final rehabilitation start Monday” at Single-A and could rejoin the Cubs’ rotation as soon as next weekend against the Brewers. Lilly is coming back from shoulder surgery and a knee injury suffered during spring training. He reported no…

  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka looks ready to return, but are Red Sox ready to have him back?

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka made his second rehab start last night at Triple-A, tossing six shutout innings, and afterward pronounced himself “ready to pitch in the big leagues.” Matsuzaka struck out two, walked none, and allowed just three hits after hurling five scoreless innings in his first rehab outing last week, so he’s definitely pitching well. However,…

  3. Diamondbacks bypass prospects, tab 35-year-old Kris Benson as fifth starter

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    I wondered yesterday why teams give endless chances to washed-up veterans rather than turning to minor leaguers who might actually prove to have some long-term value. My specific example was Russ Ortiz and Ramon Ortiz both being on the Dodgers’ pitching staff despite neither having a decent season since 2004 and I also brought up…

  4. Giants prospect Madison Bumgarner is a mess

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner was the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft and ranked as the game’s ninth-best prospect by Baseball America heading into last season, one spot ahead of Rangers flamethrower Neftali Feliz. He lived up to the hype, going 12-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 25 starts between Single-A and Double-A, and reached the…

  5. Scott Kazmir struggles in return from disabled list

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:42 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir came off the disabled list Thursday night and made his season debut against the Yankees, looking terrible while allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings. He managed just two strikeouts and served up seven total extra-base hits, including three homers. Kazmir has looked like a shell of his…

  6. Francisco Liriano shuts down Red Sox

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    After dominating in both winter ball and spring training to get Twins fans optimistic again following a disastrous 2009 season Francisco Liriano kept rolling this afternoon versus the Red Sox, tossing seven shutout innings against a David Ortiz-less lineup. Liriano struck out eight and induced nine ground-ball outs while allowing just four hits and two…

  7. Russ Ortiz and Ramon Ortiz in the same game? Dodgers deserved to lose

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Russ Ortiz took the loss in last night’s marathon Dodgers-Diamondbacks game, but a terrible play from Matt Kemp in center field was actually to blame. With that said, at this point any major-league team using Russ Ortiz in a game that counts in the standings probably deserves to lose. Ortiz went 103-60 with a 4.00…

  8. Phillies may not hand closer duties back to Brad Lidge right away

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge tossed a scoreless inning at Single-A yesterday in his third rehab appearance and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said afterward that “he threw extremely well.” “He took a nice step forward,” Amaro said. “His slider was tighter. He had better location. I guess his velocity was 90-91. He felt good. He was much…

  9. No ligament damage, so Miguel Montero due back in 4-6 weeks

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Miguel Montero is undergoing knee surgery today, but the Diamondbacks got some relatively good news in that no ligament damage was found. That means rather than potentially missing the entire season Montero is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus. Chris Snyder was the Diamondbacks’ primary catcher from 2005 until Montero’s…

  10. David Ortiz benched against Francisco Liriano

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Three regulars are absent from the Red Sox’s lineup for today’s game against the Twins. Jacoby Ellsbury is still recovering from bruised ribs suffered Sunday in a collision with Adrian Beltre, Mike Cameron was a last-minute scratch with a strained abdomen, and David Ortiz has been benched in favor of Mike Lowell. Ortiz taking a…

  11. Another year, another slow start for Mark Teixeira

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira went hitless yesterday for the seventh time in eight games this season, going 0-for-4 to drop him to 3-for-31 (.097) on the year and earn him some boos once Yankees fans were sick of harassing Javier Vazquez. Slow starts are actually nothing new for Teixeira and in fact April struggles have been a…

  12. Alex Rodriguez might be dating Cameron Diaz

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    After dating Kate Hudson for much of last year, Alex Rodriguez has moved on to another overrated blond actress. Or at least that’s what the New York Post says: Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz have had a series of secret dates following their flirtation at the Creative Artists Agency Super Bowl party in February. The…

  13. Rangers haven't ruled out Neftali Feliz starting

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since debuting last August and replaced Frank Francisco as the Rangers’ closer earlier this week, but general manager Jon Daniels wrote today in an online chat that the 22-year-old phenom may still end up in the rotation long term: Going to depend on the makeup of…

  14. Blue Jays see $10 million shortstop Hechavarria as 'the total package'

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Blue Jays signed Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a four-year, $10 million contract and today general manager Alex Anthopoulos gives a scouting report on the 21-year-old prospect: The financial commitment speaks for itself. We are hoping that this is someone who can emerge and be a core piece for us. This is a…

  15. C.J. Wilson scratched from tonight's start with food poisoning

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Last week C.J. Wilson tossed seven shutout innings in his first start since way back in 2005, but his follow-up effort will have to wait thanks to food poisoning. Wilson has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled outing against the Indians, with Colby Lewis moving up in the rotation to take his place in Cleveland. Because…

  16. Back injury sends Angels closer Brian Fuentes to disabled list

    Apr 14, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Brian Fuentes not pitching since Opening Day didn’t raise many eyebrows because the Angels haven’t exactly had a ton of late leads to protect while starting the season 2-6, but apparently a back injury is also to blame. Fuentes has been placed on the disabled list with a strained back, but because the move is…

  17. Opening Day attendance down 3.4 percent

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT’s Maury Brown crunched the numbers on the 30 different home openers this season and reports that attendance was down 3.4 percent compared to the same 30 home openers last year. That amounts to an average of about 1,500 fewer fans per team, although as Brown notes some of that was inevitable because of the…

  18. Blue Jays turning to Kevin Gregg at closer?

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Last week Ozzie Guillen ranted about the White Sox striking out too much after a dozen whiffs in a game, so he probably lost some sleep Tuesday night after they struck out 14 times against the Blue Jays. Ricky Romero actually took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before grazing leadoff man A.J. Pierzynski with…

  19. Dontrelle Willis looks so-so even against Royals

    Apr 14, 2010, 7:42 AM EDT

    Last week when Dontrelle Willis held the Royals to two runs over six innings in his first start of the season I warned against reading too much into one decent outing against a poor lineup and unfortunately it didn’t take long to see why. Facing the Royals a second time Tuesday afternoon, Willis narrowly escaped…

  20. Video: Dog poops on field during Double-A game

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Naturals, apparently have a “team dog” that recently got onto the field mid-inning, was ushered off the field, broke free, and then returned to … well, let’s say leave a little present for the groundskeepers. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog would surely say that the Naturals have a gorgeous…

  21. Blue Jays officially sign Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for $10 million

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    In a deal that was first reported as done a month ago but not finalized until today because of visa issues, the Blue Jays have officially signed 21-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a four-year, $10 million contract. Hechavarria gets about $1.75 million more than fellow Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias, who signed with the Red…

  22. Man jumps to death outside Angels team hotel

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Mark Saxon of reports that a 39-year-old man committed suicide this morning by jumping off the 42nd floor of the hotel where the Angels are staying in New York. According to Saxon “about 15 players witnessed the aftermath of the apparent suicide when they walked out the front door of Le Parker Meridien hotel…

  23. Pedro Martinez still merely Phillies' backup plan

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that the Phillies were negotiating with Pedro Martinez, but this afternoon David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News says “a return by Pedro is not imminent” and the two sides “are not close to an agreement.” Murphy notes that Martinez “remains an option for the Phillies should they find themselves in…

  24. Marlins prospect goes shopping for toilet paper, ends up stopping a purse snatching

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Marlins pitching prospect and 2008 fourth-round pick Curt Petersen is playing Single-A ball in North Carolina this season and was shopping at a local Walmart last week when he spotted a man stealing a woman’s purse. Here’s more of the story from the Greensboro News Record: April Dixon, told police she had stopped to get…

  25. Don Wakamatsu already has hands full managing Milton Bradley

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley has played just seven games for the Mariners, yet manager Don Wakamatsu has already had a pair of sit-downs with the troubled outfielder. Wakamatsu met with Bradley after he flipped off the crowd in Texas last week and they had a late-night, closed-door session yesterday to talk about his 1-for-22 start to the…

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