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Bob Harkins

  1. Chone Figgins, Ichiro look to improve communication

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    “The Gnats” made their debut for the Mariners on Monday night, and Chone Figgins and Ichiro were as pesky as expected in Seattle’s 5-3 victory over Oakland. Figgins stole second base twice, each time advancing to third on throwing errors by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki. Ichiro stole second once, but was then thrown out at…

  2. Play of Opening Day: Mark Buehrle flashes leather

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward, whose middle name may as well be “Braves phenom,” announced his arrival with authority when he smashed a Carlos Zambrano offering into the cheap seats for a three-run home run in his first at-bat.  [Watch here] And Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew dazzled the crowd with his inside-the-park home run against the Padres. But…

  3. The stars and chumps of Opening Day

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:11 AM EDT

    It all started with a John Lannan pitch to Jimmy Rollins around 10 a.m ET, and ended when Denard Span’s fly ball settled into Bobby Abreu’s glove about 15 hours later. Once again, Opening Day didn’t disappoint, as there were stellar defensive plays, dramatic home runs, and dominant pitching performances. It was everything you want out…

  4. The Week Ahead: Hot matchups, big debuts, and a new ace in Philly

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:41 AM EDT

    The 2010 season started beautifully on Sunday night with a thriller between the Red Sox and Yankees. If you could ignore the dog-and-pony show that comes with an ESPN Sunday night telecast, you were able to enjoy quite the treat – even if you don’t have a horse in the Yankees-Red Sox race. But believe…

  5. Marcus Giles pleads guilty to battery for assaulting wife

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:45 AM EDT

    Former Major League second baseman Marcus Giles has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for assaulting his wife last fall, according to the Associated Press. Giles, who has not played since 2007, has been in anger management counseling for four months, according to his attorney. The judge issued a limited protective order against Giles, allowing him…

  6. The Cubs' Carlos Silva is good? The White Sox's Jake Peavy is bad? This has got to be an April Fools' prank

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

    There is something odd going on with the Chicago sports scene. No, Jay Cutler has not acquired the, umm, intestinal fortitude necessary to play quarterback. That would be too unbelievable to entertain even on April Fools’ Day. But what is happening is so puzzling it makes you rethink everything you know about baseball. Yes, as…

  7. Mariners waive Garko in favor of Mike Sweeney

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners might not win the AL West this season, but they will have the best damn chemistry in the history of baseball, even with Milton Bradley patrolling the clubhouse looking for signs of disrespect. As Jon Paul Morosi of Fox reports, the Mariners have waived first baseman Ryan Garko, opting instead to keep…

  8. Yankees to unveil 'switch-pitcher' on Tuesday

    Mar 30, 2010, 2:57 AM EDT

    The New York Yankees are going to pitch Pat Venditte in Tuesday’s split-squad game against the Atlanta Braves at the specific request of manager Joe Girardi. Venditte is a 24-year-old reliever who was 4-2 with 22 saves last season in 49 appearances split between Class A Charleston and Tampa. So why all the fuss over…

  9. Rangers' Feliz comes out of the bullpen blazing

    Mar 30, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    The Texas Rangers have decided to keep Neftali Feliz in their bullpen for now instead of putting him in the rotation or priming him in the minors for such a starting role. It seems Feliz is taking to his relief role just fine, as he hit 100 mph on the radar gun three times and…

  10. Is Kershaw ready to take the next step?

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:54 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla has been named the Opening Day starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that right-thinking baseball fans expect that it will be Clayton Kershaw who assumes the mantle of ace. The early evidence certainly is pointing in that direction. The 22-year-old left-hander dominated the Cincinnati…

  11. Angels GM: Locker to play baseball this summer

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:03 AM EDT

    Since the Los Angeles Angels drafted University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker in the 10th round of the draft last summer, the assumption has been that the Angels were merely taking a gamble on the talented athlete in case a career in the NFL didn’t pan out. Locker was seen as a potential first round…

  12. A's Sheets roughed up by minor leaguers

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    The Associated Press reported that Ben Sheets got his world rocked again on Thursday, this time by some minor leaguers in a game in Phoenix. Oakland’s prized free-agent signee, who has struggled mightily this spring, allowed three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. His changeup was poor, and he allowed several hard-hit balls, including…

  13. Lee injured when chair folds like a Cub

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

    It’s not quite worthy of being added to this list of wacky baseball injuries, but Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee hurt his back in a freak accident on Wednesday, courtesy of some faulty furniture, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He was eating before the game and the chair just collapsed on him,” manager Lou…

  14. Moorad takes 50 percent stake in Padres

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:17 AM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, former player agent and Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Jeff Moorad has become essentially a 50-percent partner in owning the San Diego Padres. Moorad made a $45 million wire transfer (what, no PayPal?) to John Moores today to give his ownership group a 50 percent stake. Moorad, who has been Padres CEO…

  15. Matt Kemp and Rihanna: Roommates at last

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    Not to get all TMZ-y on you, but in the interest of following our plan to provide you with all the news that’s fit to print (and also, the non-news that’s unfit to print) I figured I’d pass along this report from sportsBYbrooks that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp will be moving into the home…

  16. Who must Mike Stanton kill to make the bigs?

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    The Florida Marlins sent Mike Stanton down to Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. (No not this Mike Stanton, this Mike Stanton. You know, the guy who hit 28 home runs in 129 minor league games last season.) Anyway, the strong, young, Marlins’ version of Mike Stanton might not be down on the farm too long, as…

  17. McCourt thanks his lucky stars for Tiger Woods

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:07 AM EDT

    The drama and nastiness surrounding his split with wife Jamie has been very hard on Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. But he took the time to tell USA Today that he was very grateful for one thing: Tiger Woods: “It’s tough. I’m not going to lie to you,” he says. “It’s a very, very sad thing.…

  18. Phillies selling history, messing with their mojo

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    The Philadelphia Phillies are giving Citizens Bank Park a makeover, replacing the original playing surface – a surface on which the Phillies won three NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series – with brand new sod. And they’re generously giving their fans a chance to purchase a piece of the old field,…

  19. Arizona House approves measure to raise money for Cubs

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    The Chicago Cubs are cursed? I think not. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Arizona House of Representatives has approved a measure to raise money to keep the Cubs from moving to Florida and to “generate more than $100 million for improvements to facilities across the Valley over the next 30 years.” Arizona Rep.…

  20. Is Buchholz finally ready to stick?

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    Is it possible? Is Clay Buchholz all “growsed” up? It’s certainly sounding like it after another strong spring outing by the confident young right-hander. And with less competition in camp this spring, the 25-year-old has his mind set on finally earning a regular spot in Boston’s starting rotation. [From MLB.com] “Last year I sort of…

  21. Rays have a fresh, creative marketing plan

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

    You have to admire the Tampa Bay Rays. They are the little engine that could, the young kid who stood up to the neighborhood bullies of the AL East and delivered a few bloody noses on the way to the 2008 World Series. But despite the team’s recent run of success, the Rays have had…

  22. Peavy reportedly OK after car accident

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    Hold the panic White Sox fans, Jake Peavy says he’s OK after he was involved in a car accident on Tuesday. The right-hander, who is looking forward to having a full, healthy season in Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune that he was barely “tapped” by a driver who didn’t brake in time. Earlier in the…

  23. Holy Sheets! 'It was a bad one'

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:41 AM EDT

    The Oakland A’s pulled off one of the shockers of the offseason when they signed free agent pitcher Ben Sheets to a one-year, $10 million deal. While many thought the A’s overpaid for the talented (yet oft-injured)  pitcher who missed all of 2009, there were also some good feelings that a small-market club could outbid…

  24. Albert Pujols and the legendary blast that should never have happened

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:27 AM EDT

    I remember when I first realized that Albert Pujols was GREAT. I already knew he was great, mind you, but there came a time when the simple lower-case modifier was no longer good enough to describe the St. Louis Cardinals slugger. Sort of like calling the Grand Canyon big, or the Pacific Ocean wet, it…

  25. Buchholz acts, and a Phillies fan redeems herself

    Mar 12, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz showed off his acting chops on Wednesday with a cameo on Comedy Central’s Tosh.o show. He played, shockingly, a pitcher, and did not have any lines. Even he admitted it was a pretty easy gig. “It was fun,” Buchholz said. “It wasn’t like I had to do much acting, I…

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