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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. Chien-Ming Wang making progress, throws off mound

    Apr 8, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw off a mound Saturday in Viera, Florida for the first time since suffering a severe left hamstring strain in mid-March. And it went swimmingly, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. Wang is at least a week away from beginning a rehab assignment and will likely be asked to…

  15. Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon suffers ankle sprain

    Apr 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Nationals infield prospect Anthony Rendon had to be carried off the field Saturday night during a game at High-A Lynchburg after falling awkwardly while trying to round third base in the fourth inning. But the diagnosis is in, and it’s not all that bad. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider, Rendon has…

  16. Padres acquire lefty Brian Tallet in trade with Pirates

    Apr 8, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    tallet getty

    Lefty reliever Brian Tallet is again on the move. As reported late Saturday night by MLB.com beat writer Corey Brock, the Padres acquired the 34-year-old southpaw from the Pirates in a trade. Pittsburgh will either get cash considerations in return from the Friars or a player to be named later. In a span of nine…

  17. Picture of the Day: “Hey Theo — How ‘Bout A Win Already!”

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

    sullivan murphy's

    The Cubs have suffered two straight late-innings losses to the Nationals, settling in at the bottom of the NL Central standings with an 0-2 record. The struggles should come as no surprise given the lack of talent on the Northsiders’ 25-man roster and new president Theo Epstein’s implementation of a full-on rebuilding plan, but Wrigleyville…

  18. Chipper Jones expected to return before home opener

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    chipper jones reuters

    After seeing Chipper Jones work out this weekend, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has grown confident that the veteran third baseman will join Atlanta’s starting lineup within the next handful of days. Via David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Definitely the home opener [April 12], based on [Friday’s] workout,” Gonzalez told reporters, “And maybe even sooner…

  19. Hector Santiago is your new White Sox closer

    Apr 8, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    White Sox manager Robin Ventura refused to anoint one pitcher as the team’s closer all spring and told reporters at the start of the regular season that they’d have to “wait and see” who gets the nod in the ninth-inning when the first save opportunity arises. Well, the secret is finally out. Hector Santiago, a…

  20. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies pitcher Moyer, 49, makes a pitch against Houston Astros' Schafer in the first inning of their MLB National League game in Houston

    Jamie Moyer‘s 2012 debut was less than stellar. Making his first start since the 2010 season, the 49-year-old left-hander surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings Saturday evening against a light-hitting Astros lineup. Moyer’s control was fine — he walked just one and fanned two — but his slow-moving deliveries looked…

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