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  1. Report: MLB to name relief pitcher awards after Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman

    Apr 9, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Question: does this mean setup men will never be considered the best relievers?

  2. Indians demote former stud setup man Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vinnie Pestano

    Not so long ago Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano was one of the best relievers in baseball, throwing 132 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 160 strikeouts between 2011 and 2012, but he struggled with elbow problems last season and is now headed back to the minors at age 28.

  3. And the first manager to get ejected this season is …

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rick Renteria Cubs

    It took a while, but last night we got our first manager ejection of the season when Cubs skipper Rick Renteria was tossed by umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing about a 1-2 pitch that was called a ball.

  4. Josh Hamilton injured his thumb sliding into first base

    Apr 9, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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    One of the dumber plays in baseball leads to an injury. Shocker.

  5. Adam Jones to fans: “You look like a jackass when you run on the field”

    Apr 9, 2014, 9:21 AM EDT

    Fan on the field

    Adam Jones did not mince words at all. And he’s the first player I’ve ever heard wish a shattered femur on someone.

  6. Frank Thomas thinks the balls are juiced this year

    Apr 9, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

    frank thomas

    Maybe the ball is juiced! Or maybe weird things can happen in a week and change.

  7. Bud Selig, the Braves still think Hank Aaron is the all-time home run leader

    Apr 9, 2014, 8:14 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    You have the right to your own opinions. You do not have the right to your own facts. One would thing that, by now, this isn’t controversial.

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

    Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    A ton of guys had multi-homer games yesterday. Ryan Braun led the pack with his three. I’m sure that won’t bother anyone.

  9. Giants cut off extension talks with Pablo Sandoval

    Apr 8, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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    The Giants have tabled extension talks with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is scheduled to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2014 World Series.

  10. VIDEO: Joey Votto does hilarious interview in Royal Canadian Mounted Police costume

    Apr 8, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Reds first baseman Joey Votto said in February that he wants Cincinnati baseball fans to get to know him better and that his workmanlike approach might have kept that from happening in his first several years with the club. If this is the real Joey Votto — dry-witted but goofy — we’d love to see more and more …

  11. Mat Latos’ return delayed by elbow inflammation

    Apr 8, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Latos had to be scratched from a scheduled rehab start Tuesday night at Triple-A Louisville due to inflammation in his right elbow.

  12. VIDEO: Ryan Braun slugs his third home run of the day

    Apr 8, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun drew heavy boos from the Citizens Bank Park crowd as the lineups were introduced before the Phillies’ home opener on Tuesday. He then quieted those folks again, again, and again …

  13. Adorable photo: Matt Cain and Batkid

    Apr 8, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT

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    From Katie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle comes this adorable photo of Batkid — a five-year-old named Miles Scott who beat leukemia — being guided to the mound by Matt Cain to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Giants’ home opener Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

  14. Matt Moore placed on disabled list with left elbow injury, will visit Dr. James Andrews

    Apr 8, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Concerning news here on Rays left-hander Matt Moore, who left his start Monday against the Royals due to left elbow discomfort and was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday …

  15. Angels reliever Brian Moran to have Tommy John surgery

    Apr 8, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Another hour, another Tommy John surgery. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Angels left-hander Brian Moran — acquired from the Blue Jays in December’s Rule 5 Draft — needs the reconstructive elbow surgery.

  16. Don’t diminish Hank Aaron’s greatness by calling him The Home Run King

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

    Hank Aaron AP

    Henry Aaron is NOT The Home Run King. That sounds like I’m going to follow with some rant about Barry Bonds breaking his record and how terrible that was … but I’m not. My thought here has nothing to do with that. Henry Aaron is not the Home Run King because that silly title would do nothing but diminish his greatness.

  17. Cory Gearrin needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

    Cory Gearrin Getty

    Another day, another Braves pitcher headed for Tommy John elbow surgery. This time it’s reliever Cory Gearrin, who has decided to go under the knife after getting three different opinions that confirmed his torn ulnar collateral ligament.

  18. Hank Aaron: racists still exist. It’s just that “back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

    Apr 8, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

    Hank Aaron AP

    Hank Aaron speaks the truth about some things that some folks may wish he wouldn’t.

  19. Colby Lewis is set to make his first start since 2012

    Apr 8, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

    colby lewis reuters

    Colby Lewis last started a big-league game on July 18, 2012, missing the past one-and-a-half seasons following elbow and hip surgeries, but he’s ready to return now.

  20. The Dodgers don’t have a mascot. They have a “unique performance character”

    Apr 8, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    When is a mascot not a mascot? When some corporate spokesman deems it so.

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