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  1. Daily Dose: Everyone, Meet Mr. Heyward

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    In a moment the baseball gods couldn’t have scripted much better, 20-year-old stud prospect Jason Heyward made his big-league debut Monday afternoon and blasted a three-run homer 450 feet off Carlos Zambrano in his first at-bat. The crowd in Atlanta chanted Heyward’s name before he stepped into the batter’s box and the post-homer scene can…

  2. Albert Pujols homers twice in Opening Day win

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    New season, same best player in the world. Albert Pujols went 4-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs, and four runs this afternoon as the Cardinals blew out the Reds in Cincinnati. He now has the following career numbers in 142 games versus the Reds: .365 with 42 homers, 48 doubles, 121 RBIs, and 131 runs.…

  3. Why are the Reds rushing prospect Mike Leake?

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    In my “Daily Dose” column this morning I wondered why the Reds decided to have last year’s first-round pick, Mike Leake, completely skip the minors to join their rotation. To me it makes little sense on several different levels, because at 22 years old giving him a couple months at Double-A or Triple-A would probably…

  4. Neftali Feliz will be Rangers' primary setup man

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ron Washington just confirmed that Neftali Feliz will be the Rangers’ eighth-inning setup man in front of closer Frank Francisco. Feliz established himself as an elite starter prospect in the minors, but joined the Rangers’ bullpen for his big-league debut last August and was nearly unhittable down the stretch, tossing 31 innings with a 1.74…

  5. Brewers bench Corey Hart for Jim Edmonds

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Not only did Jim Edmonds earn a spot on the Brewers at age 39 after sitting out all of last season, he’s in their Opening Day lineup starting in place of Corey Hart in right field and batting fifth behind Prince Fielder. Hart was brutal this spring, batting 11-for-64 (.172) with 18 strikeouts while Edmonds…

  6. Red Sox set to announce Josh Beckett extension

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have scheduled a press conference about Josh Beckett for three o’clock this afternoon, which likely means the two sides have officially agreed to the contract extension that was reported to be close last week. Beckett’s new deal is expected to cover four seasons and pay the 31-year-old right-hander about $68 million. Toss…

  7. Hank Blalock changes mind, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Last week, when the Rays were still deciding whether or not to keep him around, Hank Blalock made it abundantly clear that he would not accept an assignment to the minors. I don’t have any plans on playing minor-league baseball this year. At this time in my life, if there’s no major-league opportunities for me…

  8. Daily Dose: Opening Dose

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    While the Red Sox and Yankees give us a pretty decent Game 1 of 2,430, here are some news and notes from around baseball … * As expected, the Rockies placed Huston Street on the disabled list Sunday with a sore shoulder. Street already experienced a setback with the injury during spring training, so while…

  9. Russell Martin ahead of schedule, set for opener

    Apr 2, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Russell Martin was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury suffered early in spring training, but he’s far enough ahead of schedule that manager Joe Torre now expects the 27-year-old to be ready for Opening Day: That’s what we’re expecting right now. Once we made the commitment to play him in the…

  10. Rays opt not to keep Hank Blalock for bench job

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have chosen Reid Brignac over Hank Blalock for their final bench spot, so Blalock “will assess his other major-league options for a few days” after saying earlier this week that he’d refuse an assignment to the minors. Topkin speculates that Blalock “could end up…

  11. So much for the committee: Gardenhire picks Jon Rauch as closer

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Ron Gardenhire announced that the Twins would use a closer-by-committee approach to replace Joe Nathan initially, but the manager has apparently already changed his mind. Gardenhire said this afternoon that Jon Rauch will begin the season at closer, which is actually what I was expecting all along until the closer-by-committee curveball. Rauch…

  12. Yankees limping to the spring training finish line

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Injuries are piling up for the Yankees with about 55 hours to go before their Opening Night matchup against the Red Sox. Jorge Posada sat out his second straight game today with a sore neck. Damaso Marte is unavailable out of the bullpen because of what manager Joe Girardi describes as “cranky left shoulder.” And…

  13. Brandon Webb gets cortisone shot after setback

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb recently got a cortisone injection in his surgically repaired right shoulder and will take several days off before resuming his rehab program, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Webb began throwing bullpen sessions in January, but experienced multiple setbacks and hasn’t pitched off a mound for several weeks. Here’s what the former Cy…

  14. Matt Stairs sheds 40 pounds, makes Padres

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Officially the Padres haven’t announced their Opening Day roster yet, but MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer reports that Matt Stairs has made the team as a left-handed bench bat. Stairs is one of my favorite players in part because he takes every swing like he’s trying to murder the baseball, in part because he’s fearlessly sported a…

  15. Nick Adenhart murder suspect wants to move trial

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Andrew Gallo, the man charged with killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends last year, has requested a change of venue for his upcoming trial because “the publicity surrounding the April 9, 2009 crash will make it hard for Gallo to get a fair trial.” Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of…

  16. Rangers likely done pursuing Mike Lowell after claiming Ryan Garko off waivers

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Cut by the Mariners earlier this week, Ryan Garko has been claimed off waivers by the Rangers and fits as the right-handed bench bat manager Ron Washington has been clamoring for recently. His arrival seemingly also makes the Rangers significantly less likely to trade for Mike Lowell, because Garko is every bit as good a…

  17. Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent, reunited at last

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and the rest of the Giants’ division-winning 2000 squad will be reunited April 11 in San Francisco as the team holds a 10th-anniversary celebration for AT&T Park (which was then called Pacific Bell Park). Bonds and Kent famously didn’t get along (to say the least) during their hugely successful run with…

  18. New York Times sells part of stake in Red Sox

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Back in 2002 the New York Times bought 17.75 percent of the Boston Red Sox (along with Fenway Park, the New England Sports Network, and a few other properties) as part of an investment group led by principal owner John Henry. Eight years later the newspaper has sold off 1.18 percent of New England Sports…

  19. Teixeira returns, but Yankees' catchers hurting

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees’ lineup today after being plunked on the elbow by a Jeremy Guthrie pitch Monday, but Jorge Posada was a last-minute scratch because of neck stiffness. Posada’s injury is not believed to be serious and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that he’ll try to play as…

  20. Jose Reyes to begin season on disabled list

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Jose Reyes will begin the season on the disabled list “despite feeling great making a headfirst slide into second base while playing against minor leaguers Wednesday.” According to Rubin “team officials have concluded out of caution that Reyes ought to work into baseball shape deliberately and not be rushed…

  21. Marc Rzepczynski out 6 weeks with broken finger

    Mar 31, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Marc Rzepczynski was battling for a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation after posting a 3.67 ERA in 11 starts as a rookie last season, but took a ground ball off his left hand in yesterday’s game and has been diagnosed with a fractured middle finger. He won’t be cleared to pick up a ball…

  22. Rangers reportedly still talking to Red Sox about Mike Lowell

    Mar 31, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Reports have varied this week regarding Texas’ interest in working out a new deal for Mike Lowell, but Gordon Edes’ latest at ESPNBoston.com says the Rangers “have accelerated” talks with the Red Sox and “a trade remained a possibility.” Back in December the two sides had a deal in place that would have sent Lowell…

  23. Shin-Soo Choo hires Scott Boras, denies Indians' contract attempts

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Last month Shin-Soo Choo fired his agent and hired Scott Boras, and it didn’t take long for the Indians to feel the impact. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians have approached Choo about a long-term contract extension, but “negotiations don’t seem to be going anywhere.” Choo won’t even be eligible for arbitration until…

  24. Ian Kinsler to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler hasn’t played since suffering a high-ankle sprain on March 11 and MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the All-Star second baseman will begin the season on the disabled list. Because the Rangers can backdate Kinsler’s trip to the disabled list he’ll be eligible to return on April 10, but high-ankle sprains can be a…

  25. Indians waive former top-10 pick Jeremy Sowers

    Mar 31, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Once upon a time Jeremy Sowers was considered a big part of the Indians’ long-term plans, as the former sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft breezed through the minors and went 7-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 14 starts as a 23-year-old rookie in 2006. Unfortunately he’s been a mess ever since, posting ERAs…

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