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  1. Liam Hendriks hospitalized with food poisoning

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Twins Indians Baseball

    Liam Hendriks was supposed to sub for the injured Scott Baker as the No. 3 starter in the Twins’ rotation, but he was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start and hospitalized with food poisoning. Anthony Swarzak did a nice job filling in for the guy who was supposed to be filling in, but Hendriks’ availability…

  2. Happy Darvish Day!

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Yu Darvish makes his major league debut tonight. Not a bad opponent for it either: the Seattle Mariners. I have this feeling the first Darvish-Ichiro matchup is gonna get a little press in Japan. Just a hunch. Darvish was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings in spring training. He’s not…

  3. John Lannan is hurting his quest for a trade from Nationals

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    John Lannan wants the Nationals to trade him and they’d be glad to if someone would take his $5 million salary off their hands, but instead he’s stuck in the minors and didn’t help his cause much yesterday in his first Triple-A start. Lannan lasted just two innings against the Yankees’ affiliate, giving up five…

  4. Watch as Jim Leyland instills confidence in the Tigers fan base

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland looks on during a practice in preparation for the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas

    Doug Fister got DL’d. But don’t worry: that’s the kind of problem the Tigers pay Jim Leyland the big bucks to address. So Jim, what’s the plan here, dude? “I have no clue who’s gonna start, absolutely none,” Leyland said Sunday morning. “Villarreal has joined the team and we will have a starter at the…

  5. Ken Rosenthal thinks Ozzie Guillen should be suspended for 30 days

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    Ken Rosenthal tackles the Ozzie Guillen/Fidel Castro dustup and, early on, says this: I normally cringe at politically correct overreactions, particularly in response to mindless, preposterous remarks from people who are just spouting off. But … So you can guess where that’s going: a politically correct overreaction. Rosenthal calls Guillen’s Castro comments “about as extreme and…

  6. Panic comes early to Red Sox Nation

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Alfredo Aceves, David Ortiz

    Actually, it may not be panic in Red Sox Nation, but it’s starting in the press already, so you have to figure that it’s either a reflection of or a precursor to some amount of overreaction in the fan base. Rob Bradford: three games in, already asking if the Sox should blow up the rotation…

  7. Ozzie’s Guillen’s Motorpsycho Nightmare

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    There’s a Bob Dylan song called “Motorpsycho Nightmare” in which the narrator finds himself in a sticky situation with a crazy farmer’s daughter. To get out of it he needs the farmer to get mad at him and chase him out of the house. So he does the easiest thing to make that happen in…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    There were only 14 games yesterday. On a Sunday. Because the A’s and Mariners didn’t play thanks to the Japan Series. Look, I don’t care if you want to start the season in Japan, but there should be a federal law against anything less than a full slate of games on a Sunday.  Anyway: Tigers…

  9. Aramis Ramirez expects big boos for Ryan Braun this year

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    The Brewers opened their regular-season schedule with a home series against the Cardinals, so we haven’t been given a taste of what kind of vitriol Ryan Braun is in for this summer at road parks. But that will change Monday when Braun and the Brewers head to Chicago for a four-game set against the Cubs.…

  10. The Angels are hurting themselves with Mark Trumbo at third base

    Apr 8, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    What’s getting lost in the mess that is Mark Trumbo at third base for the Angels is the fact that Trumbo just isn’t much of an offensive upgrade. Trumbo, who committed his third error in two games in the Angels’ 7-3 loss to the Royals on Sunday, hit .254/.291/.477 as a rookie last season, giving…

  11. Josh Collmenter isn’t long for the Diamondbacks rotation

    Apr 8, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Josh Collmenter

    Forget that Josh Collmenter had a 3.59 ERA in his 24 starts as a rookie last season. If many Diamondbacks fans had their way, he would have been demoted to the pen before 2012 even opened. Those calls will only get louder now. Collmenter followed up a Cactus League season in which he went 0-4…

  12. Tigers roar back in ninth, 11th to beat Red Sox 13-12

    Apr 8, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Alex Avila got barely a sliver of a 2-2 curveball that would have ended the game. On the next pitch, he got a whole lot more of another curve, hitting a walkoff homer to give the Tigers a 13-12 victory over the Red Sox and a three-game sweep in Detroit. Meanwhile, the Red Sox’s worst-case…

  13. Rays shut out Yankees to complete three-game sweep

    Apr 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Jeremy Hellickson allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings Sunday as the Rays beat the Yankees 3-0 to complete a three-game sweep to start the season. Hellickson was removed after walking Nick Swisher with his 118th pitch of the afternoon. Fernando Rodney took over and got a one-out save for the second straight day. The…

  14. Jeff Samardzija nearly goes distance in Cubs win

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Jeff Samardzija was hitting 97 mph on the gun in the ninth inning Sunday and nearly went the distance in a 4-3 victory over the Nationals. Samardzija appeared to have the third out in the ninth in a 4-1 game, but Starlin Castro committed a throwing error on Ryan Zimmerman‘s grounder to short. Manager Dale…

  15. And in other news, Dan Iassogna is still an idiot

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Dan Iassogna

    Tigers reliever Phil Coke came into Sunday’s game against the Red Sox with two outs, a man on second and a pair of lefties due up in Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. Apparently, he prefered to face Ortiz. Coke threw the first pitch behind Gonzalez’s head and then plunked him in the back with the…

  16. Luke Scott pulled from game due to left hamstring tightness

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays designated hitter Luke Scott was lifted from Sunday’s game against the Yankees after feeling tightness in his left hamstring. Scott was 0-for-1 before being replaced in the Rays’ batting order by backup catcher Stephen Vogt. Scott had three hits in four at-bats in…

  17. Jason Hammel loses no-hitter vs. Twins in eighth inning

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel has a 4.99 career ERA and 1.47 career WHIP in the major leagues. But he’s putting on a clinic right now in Baltimore against an anemic Twins offense. Hammel has thrown seven no-hit innings and is only up to 77 total pitches as the O’s prepare to bat in the bottom…

  18. Jon Niese loses no-hitter in seventh against the Braves

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    In his first start after signing a five-year contract, Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Braves. Niese lost the no-hitter on a Freddie Freeman single after Dan Uggla walked to start the seventh. Matt Diaz followed with a fly to right that Lucas Duda lost in the sun for an…

  19. Padres place Dustin Moseley on DL with shoulder strain

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have placed starter Dustin Moseley on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and have recalled left-hander Josh Spence from Triple-A Tucson to take his place on the 25-man roster. Moseley surrendered five earned runs and walked two batters Saturday in his regular-season debut…

  20. Jim Tracy and Ned Yost: peas in a pod

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Because I can’t help talking about major league lineups.

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