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  1. Chris Jakubauskas released from hospital, flies with team

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Here’s some good news: Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas was released from from the hospital yesterday and was able to fly with his team from Houston to Milwaukee.  He’s on the 15-day disabled list, however, diagnosed with a concussion and head contusion. In case you missed it, Jakubauskas was nailed in the side of the head…

  2. Former Nats pitcher Mike Bacsik is a racist

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Remember Mike Bacsik? He was the guy who served up home run number 756 to Barry Bonds back in 2007. Back in January he was accused by former teammate Tim Redding of grooving the pitch to Bonds, which caused a minor dustup. Bacsik came out of that looking OK, though, because it turns out that…

  3. A-Rod is the slowest home run trotter on the Yankees

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Friend of the blog lar from Wezen-Ball has been keeping track of how long it takes hitters to circle the bases after hitting home runs. The feature — The Tater Trot Tracker — is all kinds of fun, and since he started it I find myself mentally timing home run trots and then going and…

  4. Joe Girardi's indecision leads to Kendry Morales' game-icing homer

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    A curious thing happened in Anaheim yesterday, as Joe Girardi decided to have Damaso Marte pitch to Kendry Morales in the bottom of the seventh with two on and two out, the Bombers down by one.  Fair enough. I hate intentional walks anyway, but especially hate them when first base isn’t open or when the…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:31 AM EDT

    Cubs 12, Brewers 2: The Cubs sweep the Brewers in convincing fashion, outscoring them 25-4. It’s like they’re the Pirates’ older brother or something, kicking the bully’s butt after that 20-0 beatdown. Astros 10, Pirates 3: Of course at some point the best way to defend your little brother is to let him get his…

  6. Adrian Gonzalez to the Braves? No thanks!

    Apr 24, 2010, 6:56 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez is going to be the biggest story of the trade deadline this year. Everyone assumes that the Red Sox will be the front runners for him. And if they continue to stink, they may push even harder for him than they otherwise would. But they’re not the only team in baseball who could…

  7. Zobrist's extension: $18 million; potentially $30 million

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Here are the details on the Ben Zobrist extension we mentioned this morning. The deal guarantees him $18 million through 2013, partially in salary, partially in buyouts if the team options aren’t exercised. Those options are valued at $7 million for 2014 and $7.5 million for 2015. Given that Evan Longoria is making — six…

  8. Manny Ramirez causes Larry Bowa to lose sleep

    Apr 23, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Sticking with Manny Ramirez, here’s some fun from Larry Bowa, Dodgers third base coach, who appeared on Sirius/XM’s Ripken Show today to talk about what it’s like to coach Manny Ramirez: Larry Bowa: Believe me, when Manny’s up I hope for two things.  I hope he hits a home run or he’s on third with…

  9. Watch baseball games on your PlayStation

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Sony have struck a deal in which the MLB.tv package will be available on PlayStation 3 consoles. I have MLB.tv for the first time this year. After some initial hiccups borne of what I suspect was just a lot of first-week-of-the-season traffic, I have come…

  10. A-Rod, Dallas Braden and baseball etiquette

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    We talked about this one a bit already, but let’s go deeper.  Here’s Dallas Braden after l’affaire A-Rod-walky-over-the-moundy: “The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette. He should probably take a note from his captain over there, because you don’t run across the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during…

  11. Jose Reyes to finally bat third

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel has been wanting to do it for a while, and despite Reyes’ own initial protests and the lobbying of Jeff Francoeur to have the issue tabled, it’s going to happen during this weekends’ series against the Braves, as Manuel says he wants to jump start the lineup (note to self: never hire Jeff…

  12. It's kinda nice to root for a loser

    Apr 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    I disagree with Charles Krauthammer on almost everything, but he and I are hand in hand about the pleasure of rooting for a losing team. He’s a Nats’ fan, you see, and though he’d like to see some winning baseball, he’s just fine if it takes its sweet time arriving: I go for relief. For…

  13. Is K-Rod old school, or is he being abused?

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    I have a lot of friends in academia. When they talk about the things they love about that world, they talk about the free exchange of opposing viewpoints. The ability to lay one’s intellectual cards upon the table and engage with those who subscribe to competing philosophical creeds in pitched, but respectful battle. What they…

  14. Carlos Guillen heading to the DL

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tigers’ DH Carlos Guillen has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, suffered when he fell between third base and home in the fifth inning. Or maybe he fell because he got hurt. One of them chicken-egg things, ya know. The Tigers have promoted Brennan Boesch, meaning that he will now…

  15. Is Bryce Harper a jerk? And does it matter?

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The more we hash over the physical and mental tools of a 17 year-old kid the more creepy it feels, but he’s put himself out there and it’s gonna happen anyway, so there’s no sense in ignoring it. The latest: Bryce Harper is apparently a jerk. Really. That’s the story according to Kevin Goldstein of…

  16. The latest on HGH testing: Bud embarks on another "study"

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Bud Selig says baseball’s new science adviser — Dr. Gary Green — is examining the human growth hormone blood test that the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) is peddling but he isn’t sure when the study will be completed. This is classic Bud: when he doesn’t want to deal with something he commissions another “study.”  I’m…

  17. The Tampa Bay Rays, Ben Zobrist agree to a five-year contract extension

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have agreed to a contract extension with 2B/RF Ben Zobrist that could amount to a five-year deal.  Three years — which would be his arbitration years — are guaranteed. The next two years — covering 2014 and 2015, which would be his first two…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Brewers 20, Pirates 0: I think the most remarkable thing about this game is that the Brewers were set down 1-2-3 in the first inning. Phillies 8, Braves 3: This series began with the Phillies bullpen breaking down, but that ended up being a fluke. The real story of the series was that the Phillies…

  19. Johnny Damon ejected for arguing balls and strikes; bad haircut

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon was ejected from last night’s Tigers-Angels game, ostensibly for arguing balls and strikes.  Word on the street, however, is that home plate umpire Dale Scott was less angry about his judgment being questioned than he was about his judgment being questioned by a 36 year-old man with this haircut: If I was the…

  20. The Yankees turn a triple play

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees are playing the A’s as we speak.  A few moments ago they turned a 5-4-3 triple play (A-Rod, Cano, Teixeira).  Daric Barton was on second and Ryan Sweeney was on first. Kurt Suzuki was at the plate. I don’t care who you are. That was cool.

  21. Brian Jordan says that Chipper Jones doesn't work out enough

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Former Braves outfielder Brian Jordan was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern today, and the subject of Chipper Jones’ health came up.  Stern asked Jordan if Chipper’s recent oblique injury suggested that he is “done.”  Jordan’s answer was interesting: Jordan: “Well, I mean, he leaves you scratching your head because, you know, it’s…

  22. 20-0: The Pirates get keel-hauled by the Brewers

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    In this morning’s And That Happened recaps I said about the Pirates: “when they lose, they don’t mess around. They go out there and lose with gusto.”  They just took things to a whole new level, getting beat by the Brewers (gulp) 20-0 this afternoon, setting the mark for the worst shutout ever. The Brewers…

  23. Classless and ignorant Mets fans boo David Wright

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Don’t look at me, Craig Carton: even a guy with a journalism background is saying it this time: Wright was struck on the wrist by a pitch in the first inning. He flubbed a tough backhand grounder for an error in the third. He ended his soggy day 1-for-2 at the plate, with an RBI…

  24. Are the Red Sox showcasing Mike Lowell or giving him a job?

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was 2 for 4 with a solo homer, a walk and an RBI single in place of the slumping David Ortiz last night.  And he’s going to get the start again tonight. Yesterday I mentioned the Red Sox killing three birds with one stone.  Lowell’s hot bat and presence in the lineup against…

  25. Baseball should ignore calls for "competitive balance"

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    A must-read article by Joe Sheehan at Sports Illustrated, um, illustrating why arguments comparing the NFL’s competitive balance to baseball’s competitive balance are simply wrongheaded. The hypothetical which kicks off the article — where baseball’s playoff races would stand right now if, like the NFL, the whole season was 16 games long — perfectly illustrates…

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