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  1. Jose Valverde: 49-for-49 in saves in 2011, blows one on Opening Day, vultures win

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:21 PM EST


    UPDATE: Yup, he vultured it!  After blowing his first save of the season, Jose Valverde gets the win when Mark Melancon couldn’t keep the Tigers off the bases and Alfredo Aceves couldn’t keep Austin Jackson from singling home the winning run. 4:08 PM: Jose Valverde was absolutely perfect for the Tigers last year, saving all 49…

  2. UPDATE: Andres Torres strained his left calf, likely DL-bound

    Apr 5, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Andres Torres

    UPDATE: Yep, the Mets just confirmed that he strained his left calf. He’s probably headed to the disabled list. 3:28 PM: Mets center fielder Andres Torres had a sore calf bugging him throughout spring training, but declared himself “100%” in the run-up to Opening Day.  Not anymore, it seems. In the top of the seventh,…

  3. Welcome to the new Year of the Pitcher

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:54 PM EST


    This was as of 2:50 PM Eastern, but: Since that screencap, the Braves ended the top of the 6th without scoring despite having two base runners. I shall now go write my “year of the pitcher” trend piece.

  4. The percentage of foreign-born players rises

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    UN Logo

    I don’t even know why I’m posting this because, based the majority of the comments in the Torii Hunter post, race and ethnicity is meaningless, but hey, why not? The percentage of Major League Baseball players born outside the United States rose to its third-highest level. The commissioner’s office said Thursday that among the 856 players on…

  5. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  6. There’s poetry in this game

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:59 PM EST


    Everyone’s waxing effusive about Opening Day.  People have been waxing effusive about baseball forever.  To that end, here’s a nice look at baseball poetry from The Poetry Foundation. And just so you know, from here on out, I will not refer to myself as “trolling” Philly fans. Rather, I’m “ruthlessly pricking their gonfalon bubble.”

  7. The Mets are going to get their sellout

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

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    The other day we noted that the Mets risked not selling out Opening Day, which would have been the first time they failed to do so in 15 years.  But it looks like cavalry has come riding to the rescue: #Mets say they are down to standing room tickets and will get to a sellout today for…

  8. The New Era commercials continue to be epic

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Ron Swanson

    I liked the Alec Baldwin/John Krasinski commercials from last year a whole lot, but I think the Craig Robinson/Nick Offerman one is better than any of those.  I hope they keep these coming. But really: Chicago pizza isn’t pizza. We can all agree on this, right?

  9. Bobby Valentine to appear on Michael Kay’s radio show once a week

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    Sometimes I wonder if Bobby V. has stock in “Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry, Inc.” ESPN-1050 has signed Valentine to do a weekly manager’s segment on “The Michael Kay Show.” Not only is 1050’s move unprecedented, but it has Kay, the TV voice of the Yankees, squaring off against Valentine, the manager of the hated Red Sox…

  10. Photo of the Day: A horrifying scene at Marlins Park

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:30 AM EST


    Because there’s nothing better than taking a cool idea — Sausage Races — and beating it into the ground so thoroughly that you want to scream and then cry, the Miami Marlins are now doing it too.  With these … things: I’m not going to go into details, but the only time I ever saw…

  11. The Reds offered Brandon Phillips a four-year deal

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports that the Reds are offering a four-year contract extension to Brandon Phillips. Phillips is on the option year of his last deal and I’m sure the Reds would love to keep him, but he’s probably going to get longer offers once he hits the market. Whether those offers…

  12. The Mets coaches to honor Gary Carter today

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Gary Carter Mets

    This is cool, classy and sweet:  Via the Mets Twitter feed, we learn that Terry Collins and the Mets coaches will honor the late Gary Carter with these jerseys during warmups and BP at Citi Field today:

  13. Where did walkup music come from?

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Nancy Faust

    There’s an article over at NBC Washington by Kate Kilpatrick about walkup music. It’s been around for a while — and pro wrestling fans have been aware of it even longer — but where did it come from?  Part of the answer was totally news to me: Twenty years ago, only a few major league…

  14. What’s on tap for Opening Day v3.0

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Bunting flag

    As far as the calendar goes we are now halfway through Opening Day. Only two more days of it left!  And there are day baseball games today. More than one! And in this country! The rundown: Boston at Detroit 1:00 PM:  Lester vs Verlander Atlanta at NY Mets 1:10 PM: Hanson vs Santana Philadelphia at…

  15. HBT Extra: Looking ahead to the Opening Weekend matchups

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    HBT Extra Logo

    I don’t know why I capitalized Opening Weekend. It’s probably even a stretch to capitalize Opening Day, but I do it anyway. Whatever. Anyway, Tiffany and I talked about a couple of the weekend series we’re watching. Note: the stuff about Brandon Belt was taped approximately 20 minutes before the Giants announced he made the…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    Cardinals Marlins Baseball

    Cardinals 4, Marlins 1:  I wrote up a more thorough summary last night if you’re curious. For now, though, let us note that Angel Hernandez is in midseason form already, calling Omar Infante safe at first base when he was clearly out in the bottom of the eighth. That should have been out number three,…

  17. Kyle Lohse dominates the Marlins, spoils their big night in their new home

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:15 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    With all apologies to the Athletics and Mariners, baseball is now really back, thanks to a game being played in this hemisphere, at an hour we could all see it and on actual television. The Cardinals beat the Marlins 4-1. Our hemisphere, yes, but it often felt like a different universe.  One in which lime…

  18. Police pull their guns on Torii Hunter … while he’s in his own home

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:56 PM EST

    Torii Hunter

    Torii Hunter‘s Twitter feed got interesting in the past hour: My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me — Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012 They didn’t believe I lived here in Newport…

  19. Bobby Valentine slams Curt Schilling, but he probably shouldn’t have

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    Curt Schilling went off a couple of weeks ago about how Bobby Valentine wasn’t the right fit for the Red Sox. That caused Josh Beckett to slam Schilling. And now Bobby V. himself has taken to WEEI radio and has taken a shot at Schilling: “I never saw them, I heard about them and I…

  20. Josh Beckett says he’s fine, “dumbfounded”

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett‘s flights around the country to get medical opinions on his thumb were tracked by the Red Sox press the way NORAD tracks Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.  Beckett says, however, that he’s “fine.”  And he adds that it’s much ado about nothing: “I really have no idea how this got blown out like…

  21. How uplifting: Fans love beanball wars

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:32 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles

    Via Baseball Musings, we learn of a study which is sad: Researchers report “beaning” a member of the opposing team — deliberately hitting him with a pitch — is divorced in fans’ minds from the notion of moral responsibility. In other words, the batter who received a nasty bruise — or worse — when he…

  22. ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume explains why he picked the Astros last year

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Astros logo

    Last year, ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume famously picked the Houston Astros to win the NL Central.  They then proceeded to lose 106 games.  Missed it by thaaaaaat much. Today Berthiaume explains the thought process behind the pick that caused him so much grief: I had written a piece for this website in September of 2010 and felt…

  23. Brandon Belt makes the Giants roster

    Apr 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Brandon Belt

    It seemed crazy that Brandon Belt wouldn’t make the Giants roster, but for a while there during spring training it seemed like a possibility. Aubrey Huff and Brent Pill were getting a lot of starts at first base and the Giants fan base was rather freaking out. Today Bruce Bochy let ‘em off the hook.…

  24. Quote of the Day: Tiffany Simons on the Marlins’ fish tanks

    Apr 4, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Tiffany Simons

    I was just down in the basement studio taping tomorrow’s HBT Extra. You know what the best part of doing that is? While the technical people are getting the technical things squared away, Tiffany Simons and I just talk about stuff. The news, the weather, whatever. We have often talked about how it would be…

  25. San Jose is no panacea for the Athletics … how about New York?

    Apr 4, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    The A’s have been waiting about three years for Major League Baseball to clear their way to San Jose. At this point I’m wondering if it will ever happen. But even if it does, Neil deMause explains that San Jose is no pot of gold for the Athletics. That’s because (a) the A’s would probably…

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