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  1. Stephen Strasburg, David Price are this year’s hardest throwers

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Among starting pitchers anyway. Here’s the top 10 for fastball velocity among ERA qualifiers this season (data taken from Fangraphs): 1. Stephen Strasburg (Was) – 95.4 mph 2. David Price (TB) – 95.2 3. Danny Duffy (KC) – 95.0 4. Jeff Samardzija (ChC) – 94.7 5. Juan Nicasio (Col) – 94.1 6. Matt Garza (ChC)…

  2. Orioles closer Jim Johnson unavailable after hospital stay

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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    If the Orioles have a ninth-inning lead tonight the save chance won’t go to Jim Johnson, as the closer went to the hospital early this morning with flu symptoms. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that the flu bug has been making its way through the Orioles’ clubhouse recently, so hopefully Johnson won’t miss…

  3. Chris Narveson to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Last week Chris Narveson was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and today the Brewers left-hander announced that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery after a second opinion confirmed the initial findings. Milwaukee has the rotation depth to withstand the loss of Narveson, but he’s been a solid fourth or fifth starter for the past two-plus seasons…

  4. Youth baseball coach goes nutzoid

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Crazy

    There are no day games today and it’s a slow news day, so I read stuff like this about a Babe Ruth baseball coach: A coach’s argument with an umpire on Friday escalated into the coach nearly hitting another man with his pickup truck and brandishing a handgun, according to charges filed in the case.…

  5. Mike Pelfrey joins crowded Mets disabled list with elbow injury

    Apr 24, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey adjusts his cap after giving a run to the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida

    This morning the Mets placed Jason Bay on the disabled list with a fractured rib and now he’s being joined on the shelf by Mike Pelfrey. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Pelfrey has “right elbow swelling” and will undergo an MRI exam instead of making his next start, with general manager Sandy…

  6. Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Orioles

    Apr 24, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dontrelle Willis was placed on the restricted list by the Baltimore Orioles list after, according to them anyway, he went AWOL as the result of his unhappiness at being forced to work from the pen instead of starting. Willis, through his agent Matt Sosnick, says that is hooey — they say he left the team…

  7. Jose Canseco deleted his Twitter account; but not for very long

    Apr 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Twitter logo

    UPDATE: He’s back on. Yawn. *********** 3:15 PM: Jose Canseco’s various ramblings on Twitter ceased being interesting to me months ago, because at some point that type of thing just gets weird and sad and … well, basically like seeing the same car accident on the side of the road you travel to work every…

  8. Got a radical new idea? Save it, sonny.

    Apr 24, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Light Bulb

    Our friend Bill from The Platoon Advantage turned into an old fart at some point in the last week. Specifically in reference to radical ideas about how to optimize pitching staffs and stuff: I suppose it happens in baseball just as everywhere else, doesn’t it? You get older, you gain experience, and you start to…

  9. The lack of the DH in the NL imperiled Chien-Ming Wang’s marriage

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    chien-ming wang getty

    I’m a longstanding opponent of the Designated Hitter. I think it’s evil and wrong and Godless and I shudder to think that my children may hear about it from a stranger before I get a chance to have “the talk” with them about it.* But something has happened that has thrown all of that into…

  10. Ryan Howard to be off baseball activities one more week; Pence to have an MRI

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    The Phillies announced that they’re going to keep Ryan Howard from baseball activities for one more week today. Ruben Amaro: “Howard’s wound has gotten smaller and is healing. We’ve been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal. We hope that he will be able to re-start his…

  11. Non-displaced rib fracture sends Jason Bay to disabled list

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay left the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader after injuring his ribs attempting a diving catch and today the Mets put him on the disabled list with a non-displaced fracture. No timetable yet for his return, but at the very least a non-displaced fracture is better than a displaced fracture and Adam Rubin of…

  12. Reds place reliever Bill Bray on the disabled list

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Bray_Bill

    Bill Bray, who was bothered by a groin injury during spring training, has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin. Cincinnati called up right-hander J.J. Hoover to replace the left-handed Bray on the roster and in the bullpen. Hooper was acquired from the Braves in the Juan Francisco trade and had…

  13. Prosecutors: Clemens betrayed his friends

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Figure since I linked a piece on Rusty Hardin’s opening statement that I ought to do the same for the prosecution. They went yesterday afternoon. Their theory: Clemens was obsessed with his legacy. So much so that he was willing to betray friendships in order to preserve it: The government — more than it did…

  14. Stephen Drew making progress, but no return timetable yet

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew‘s surgically repaired ankle felt good enough over the weekend that he was able to go through what Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic described as “a hard workout at Chase Field that included extensive time on the basepaths.” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson revealed that Drew felt “a little sore” after the weekend workout,…

  15. Roger Clemens’ legal strategy: claim that Brian McNamee framed him

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    This may be something Clemens and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, floated some time ago. But the case, in one form or another, has been going on for over four years now, and I sort of lose track of these things. In any event, during opening statements this morning, Hardin explained what his story is going…

  16. Sergio Santos shut down for 10-14 days, but MRI exam shows no structural damage

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Toronto placed closer Sergio Santos on the disabled list with a sore shoulder Saturday and he sought a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in California, with an MRI exam yesterday showing no structural damage. That’s the good news. The bad news, according to Vinnie Duber of MLB.com, is that Santos will be completely shut…

  17. The Royals have “dumped a steaming pile of crap on the curb”

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Royals logo

    You know who I like a lot?  Rany Jazayerli. I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s a great dude. I’ve been reading his stuff forever, both at Baseball Prospectus and at his own outlets. Some of my favorite stuff of his, however, came back in the day when he and Rob Neyer used to…

  18. Twins to skip struggling Francisco Liriano in rotation

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano struggled Sunday for the fourth time in four starts and the Twins have decided to make use of an off day on the schedule to skip his next turn in the rotation. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Liriano will remain on the active roster all week, but won’t see any game action.…

  19. More bad news for Philly: Hunter Pence is hurting

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    He can't believe it either.

    Hunter Pence hurt his shoulder while diving for a ball during Sunday’s game in San Diego and, as a result, was out of the lineup against the Dbacks last night. He’s listed as day-to-day, but there are some rumblings that this could be more severe. He has yet to have a doctor look at it, so…

  20. Aubrey Huff misses doubleheader due to family emergency

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Aubrey Huff missed both games of yesterday’s Giants-Mets doubleheader due to an undisclosed family emergency. Bruce Bochy told reporters that he received a text message from Huff earlier in the day saying that the first baseman/outfielder had to leave the team in New York, with the manager explaining that “something very, very important came up”…

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