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  1. Cliff Lee throws first shutout with double-digit strikeouts and under 100 pitches since 2009

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Cliff Lee was brilliant against the Nationals last night, hurling a complete-game shutout while allowing just three hits and one walk. He also struck out 12 and needed only 99 pitches to record 27 outs, becoming the first pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2009 to throw a complete-game shutout with double-digit strikeouts while using fewer…

  2. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson released from hospital

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Brooks Robinson was hospitalized on March 31 following emergency surgery, but the 73-year-old Hall of Famer has been discharged. According to the hospital Robinson received more than 500 get-well e-mails during his stay and the longtime Orioles third baseman issued a statement noting that he “spent countless hours reading your kind words of encouragement.” Robinson…

  3. Phil Hughes struggles again as concerns about velocity mount

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Yankees' Hughes reacts as he walks back to the dugout  during fourth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tigers in New York

    Not only hasn’t Phil Hughes‘ velocity improved since initially emerging as an issue during spring training, his fastball was slower than ever in last night’s sub par outing against the Orioles. Hughes allowed five runs in four innings, serving up two homers and managing just one strikeout while his average fastball clocked in at a…

  4. Twins’ lack of catching depth makes replacing Joe Mauer even tougher

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Minnesota has had to replace Joe Mauer for extended stretches before, but unfortunately by trading both Wilson Ramos and Jose Morales the Twins are exceptionally short on catching depth this time around. Drew Butera will take over as the primary catcher and the Twins have called up minor-league veteran Steve Holm from Rochester to serve…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Eddie Joost: 1916-2011

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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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…

  23. Cliff Pennington sits out game with infected sweat gland

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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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”…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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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.…

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