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  1. The Red Sox head home 1-5 following yet another loss

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox  v Toronto Blue Jays

    The home opener on Friday at Fenway is gonna be rockin’! This after the Red Sox dropped another one — a particularly dispiriting one — 3-1 to the Blue Jays. The Red Sox had three hits, all singles. All in the third inning. After that they went down in order in the fourth through eighth…

  2. Is Los Angeles too much trouble? Try San Diego!

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Greetings from San Diego

    My kids want to go to California, so I am planning on taking them to California on a vacation sometime this summer.  The first thought was to head towards Los Angeles, or at least somewhere near there like the Orange County beaches. But it’s expensive!  The airfares are pretty steep to LAX at the moment,…

  3. Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for this afternoon’s game because of what the team is calling chest and ribcage tightness, but manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of that they believed it’s a minor injury. Braun has played at least 150 games in each of his four full seasons in the…

  4. Broadcast rights fees are going nuts. Are they sustainable?

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    What has been driving the huge free agent deals we saw this past winter, the large contract extensions we’ve seen recently and the $2 billion sale price of the Los Angeles Dodgers?  Why, big-time increases in broadcast rights fees, that’s what. Today at Variety our friend Jon Weisman takes a look at this phenomenon, what…

  5. David Wright could be back in the Mets’ lineup within days

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    David Wright‘s broken right pinkie finger is apparently a much less significant injury than it sounds, as the Mets third baseman will avoid surgery and might even be back in the lineup by the end of this week. “I think David’s gonna be fine,” manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “I…

  6. Vlad Guerrero released from jail, maintains his innocence

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Yesterday Vlad Guerrero was arrested for allegedly attacking a police officer. Today he was released, and he denies that he did anything wrong: The Listin Diario newspaper in the DR reports Vlad Guerrero has been released: “I am going home, did nothing wrong, got nothing else to say” — Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) April 10,…

  7. Authorities wisely choose not to prosecute the Camden Yards Batman underwear streaker

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Batman logo

    He’s not the attention-whoring, Batman underwear-and-cape-wearing weirdo Baltimore wants. But he is the attention-whoring, Batman underwear-and-cape-wearing weirdo Baltimore needs.  In case you missed his antics at last Friday’s Twins-Orioles game: Despite some nifty moves, he was apprehended. Which just shows you that he is not the real Batman, because Batman frequently takes his exercise when police…

  8. Terry Francona won’t attend 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, got into an argument with Larry Lucchino

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Next week the Red Sox will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and Terry Francona was invited, but the former manager won’t be in attendance because of how his tenure in Boston ended. Here’s some of what Francona told Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe: Somebody went out of their way to make me…

  9. Jeremy Hellickson taken out on a cart after getting hit in the head during a BP session

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    UPDATE: He’s doing OK. Details are sketchy at the moment, but it appears that Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson was hit in the side of the head with a baseball, presumably batted, while throwing a bullpen session at Comerica Park this morning. Marc Topkin is tweeting from the scene. He spoke with Joe Maddon who says…

  10. Brandon Phillips on $72.5 million extension: “I cried … this is the best day of my life”

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips sat out yesterday’s game with a sore hamstring, but still had plenty of reason to celebrate after signing a six-year, $72.5 million million contract extension with the Reds earlier in the day. Here’s some of what an emotional Phillips said at the press conference announcing the deal: I cried about this. This is…

  11. Matt Bush was involved in three separate hit-and-runs on the day he was arrested

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    This is just … wow: Rays minor league pitcher Matt Bush got in a previous hit-and-run accident three hours before police arrested him in North Port Mar. 22 for a DUI-hit-and-run crash, according to Venice Police records. Marc Topkin has the details from the police reports in the story. No one else was hurt —…

  12. Lance Berkman legs out a triple, sits out with a calf injury

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman was playing through a finger injury yesterday when he tweaked his left calf muscle legging out a rare triple, leaving the game two innings later. He’s also absent from the Cardinals’ lineup this afternoon, sitting out against right-hander Johnny Cueto and the Reds. Berkman described his calf as “tender” following the game and…

  13. Check out the hose on Ian Desmond

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Ian Desmond leaps to throw out New York Mets Dillon Gee in MLB game New York

    Sorry, I just like saying that. Not sure if you can all an infielder’s arm a “hose” — I’ve only heard it in connection with outfielders — but if it’s even borderline, I’m gonna use “hose” regardless. Because I’m 12 years-old. Anyway, he made an amazing throw from the hole — with his hose —…

  14. Recovering from wrist surgery, Carl Crawford now also has a sore elbow

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Carl Crawford‘s ongoing comeback from wrist surgery became a bit more complicated yesterday when the left fielder traveled to Boston to have his sore left elbow examined by doctors. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Crawford had been close to playing in extended spring training games before the elbow problems arrived, but adds…

  15. Yoenis Cespedes is one smart dude

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Many people thought that the Yoenis Cespedes would sign with the Marlins. He’s Cuban! It’s Miami! It fits so perfectly!  And then it didn’t happen, of course. In light of all of the Ozzie Guillen stuff, it seems pretty smart, no?  Because who would want any part of that minefield? Not Cespedes, that’s for sure. John…

  16. Dustin Moseley’s season may be over

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    moseley ap

    Bad news in San Diego: Padres starter Dustin Moseley, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, has more than a right shoulder strain, and it looks like his season is over as a result. Bud Black said an MRI on Dustin Moseley’s right shoulder revealed “extensive damage,” and that “he’s going to be…

  17. There’s a chance Victor Martinez might be back this year

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Don’t get too crazy yet — for now I’d file this under “so you’re saying there’s a chance” — but Tom Gage just tweeted something that could be a big deal for the Tigers: New hope from #Tigers for Victor Martinez to return late this season – didn’t need ACL reconstruction – won’t know until…

  18. There was a brawl in the stands at the Blue Jays home Opener

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Old boxing

    Fisticuffsmanship! Via Deadspin comes some pretty unfortunate video: a fan fight at the Jays-Red Sox game on Monday. This was the scene at Rogers Centre at the Blue Jays’ home opener: Deadspin says that the Jays had tried to curb Opening Day drinking. No word on how that went as such, but it looks like…

  19. NBC SportsTalk: Should the Marlins have fired Ozzie Guillen?

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Steak and Craigs

    I was on the tee-vee last night, debating with a man named Steak — really — about whether the Marlins should have fired Ozzie Guillen.  File that under “things I never would have guessed I’d be doing this time last week.” Anyway, one thought occurred to me after we taped this thing. If the Marlins…

  20. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:02 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Braves 6, Astros 4: Chipper Jones came off the disabled list, singled in his first at bat and hit a home run in his second. Dude is on death’s door and he hasn’t had functional knees since Bush’s first term yet he’s still the best hitter on this team.  Tyler Pastornicky hit his first MLB…

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