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Aaron Gleeman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Quote of the Day: Mauer stayed for a reason

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    After the Twins’ win over the Red Sox this afternoon Joe Mauer was asked by a Boston newspaper writer if he gave any thought to playing for a “big market” team before inking an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with the Twins last month. His straightforward response made me smile: “I didn’t wanna go anywhere,…

  17. Carl Pavano beats Red Sox, continues to thrive for Twins

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire said before this afternoon’s Target Field opener that he was glad the Twins had Carl Pavano lined up for the start because the 34-year-old right-hander had pitched for the Marlins in the World Series and on a big stage with the Yankees. Yankees fans who watched his forgettable five-year stint in New York…

  18. Will Target Field favor hitters or pitchers?

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    During pregame workouts Michael Cuddyer held court with the media here at Target Field and speculated that the Twins’ new ballpark will prove fairly neutral in terms of impacting run scoring. That’s pretty difficult to tell after one season, let alone one game, but today at least a few well-stuck fly balls died in the…

  19. Live from Target Field

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    I’m here at Target Field, the weather is just about perfect, and after a couple decades of watching the Twins in the Metrodome the whole experience almost doesn’t even feel real. The place is starting to fill up about 75 minutes from the first pitch. Actually, Joe Mauer was asked during batting practice about any…

  20. Mike Leake jumps right to majors while Stephen Strasburg debuts at Double-A

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    Mike Leake made his MLB debut Sunday, becoming just the fourth pitcher in the past 32 years to go from being drafted to the majors without any time in the minors. He held the Cubs to one run in 6.1 innings, but handed out seven walks and rarely topped 90 miles per hour. Leake is…

  21. Neftali Feliz replaces Frank Francisco as Rangers closer … for now

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Early on in spring training the Rangers were deciding whether to use Neftali Feliz as a starter or a reliever, but suddenly the 22-year-old phenom has been thrust into the closer role following two blown saves from Frank Francisco. Ron Washington made it clear that the switch is intended to be short term, saying: “We…

  22. Chris Snyder goes from trade bait to starter after Miguel Montero's injury

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:44 AM EDT

    Arizona unsuccessfully shopped Chris Snyder this offseason, with reports of Toronto pulling out of a swap for Lyle Overbay and Texas balking at an offer for C.J. Wilson, but suddenly the Diamondbacks have plenty of use for the former backup. Miguel Montero suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee Saturday and the injury will…

  23. Rangers closer Frank Francisco is on thin ice

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Last night Frank Francisco blew his second save of the season and afterward manager Ron Washington would say only “stay tuned” when asked if he’d be sticking with the Rangers’ closer. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News only five pitchers in the previous five seasons blew at least two saves in the…

  24. Indians stud prospect Carlos Santana homers twice in Triple-A debut

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Part of the reason why the Indians were willing to trade both Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach last season is that they have stud catching prospect Carlos Santana waiting in the wings at Triple-A. Acquired from the Dodgers in mid-2008 as part of the Casey Blake deal, Santana was initially expected to begin this season…

  25. After entering priesthood, Grant Desme doesn't regret giving up baseball

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    A’s prospect Grant Desme made headlines back in January for abruptly quitting baseball to join the priesthood and when Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with him earlier this week the 24-year-old former outfielder said: “I didn’t even realize it was Opening Day.” “I know it’s hard for some people to…

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