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  1. Curt Schilling to skip Friday’s Fenway bash

    Apr 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Schilling

    Curt Schilling’s video game responsibilities will prevent him from attending the 100th anniversary ceremonies at Fenway Park on Friday: To Red Sox Nation, I apologize that business at 38 Studios has made my participation in the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park impossible. Please understand that should in no way indicate my love and passion for…

  2. If it’s after 5pm, it must be minor league drug suspension time!

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    syringe

    It doesn’t happen every day, but a good 35-40% of the time, at about 5pm or so, I get a press release from Major League Baseball announcing minor league drug suspensions. It’s getting to be like the whistle at the factory or something. A signal to me that the day is almost done and it’s…

  3. Allen Craig close to beginning rehab assignment

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Lance Berkman is on the disabled list with a partially torn calf and Jon Jay exited today’s game with a shoulder injury, but at least one Cardinals hitter has some positive health news. Allen Craig has progressed enough from offseason knee surgery that he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon…

  4. Jon Jay leaves the game with a sprained shoulder

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jon Jay

    The Cardinals are kind of a juggernaut at the moment, and one of the reasons they’re so remarkable is that they’ve been doing what they’ve been doing despite a number of injuries. But at some point that ceases to be neat and starts to be concerning. Maybe that point is today, as they saw yet another…

  5. When small children attack

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Running kid

    I don’t have the game on, but WhiteSoxTalk is at U.S. Cellular Field, and witnessed a blatant case of criminality perpetrated on our national pastime at the Orioles-White Sox game: Here’s the video:   Lucky that kid wasn’t in Philly. I can’t imagine what they would have done to him.  At least we know they wouldn’t have…

  6. Angels announce four-year, $35 million contract extension with Erick Aybar

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Today the Angels and Erick Aybar made official what was all but finalized last week, announcing a four-year, $35 million contract extension for the switch-hitting shortstop. Aybar, who’s making $5.075 million this season, gets $1.5 million more than double-play partner Howie Kendrick received in his four-year deal signed in January. Both players would have been…

  7. Jamie Moyer was offered a post-baseball job

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    After he became the oldest player to ever win a game the other night, Jamie Moyer said “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.”  Well, his wish is the Hall of Fame’s command: To that end, the Hall of Fame has offered Moyer the opportunity of a lifetime, to study in Cooperstown as part…

  8. Rays claim Brandon Allen off waivers from A’s

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    When the A’s designated Brandon Allen for assignment last week I wrote that based on his minor-league track record plenty of teams would be smart to snag him off waivers. Sure enough a contending team did just that according to Allen’s agent, who says the first baseman/corner outfielder was claimed by Tampa Bay. Allen is…

  9. The rat that changed baseball coverage on TV

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Fisk Homer

    I want to say I knew this once. Or maybe posted on it once. But when you post several thousand things a year they all kind of blend together. Oh well. Anyway, there’s a great story over at Sporting News which tells the tale of the famous shot of Carlton Fisk’s homer in Game 6…

  10. Juan Uribe to see specialist for wrist injury

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    uribe batting

    Juan Uribe is sitting out this afternoon’s game with a wrist injury and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to be examined by a specialist when the Dodgers arrive in Houston tomorrow. According to Gurnick the Dodgers are “concerned the injury could be something serious.” Don Mattingly noted that the team’s training staff…

  11. Theo Epstein wasn’t invited to Fenway’s 100th

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    I’m not sure when the Fenway Park centennial celebration became an awards show after party, but apparently the guest list is pretty darn important. First there was the no/yes status of Terry Francona. Now it’s Theo Epstein’s absence that is making headlines. Here’s Sean McAdam, reporting that Theo wasn’t even invited: The news came as a…

  12. Cardinals to put Lance Berkman on disabled list, activate Skip Schumaker

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    UPDATE: St. Louis is placing Berkman on the disabled list and activating Skip Schumaker from the DL to take his roster spot. ========== Lance Berkman returned to the Cardinals’ lineup and played two games with a slightly torn calf muscle, but the first baseman suffered a setback while chasing a foul ball yesterday and said…

  13. Prince Fielder stole a base last night and it was glorious

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder has stolen a few bases before. Almost all players have. Sometimes they just give one to you and the official scorer doesn’t call it defensive indifference. But last night in Kansas City Fielder took a lead, took off and beat the throw from Humberto Quintero and it was pretty darn cool to see.…

  14. B.J. Upton expected to return from disabled list tomorrow

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton has completed a brief minor-league rehab assignment and is expected to make his season debut tomorrow. Upton has been sidelined since the middle of spring training when a March 14 collision with teammate Desmond Jennings left him with an injured back. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Upton played both…

  15. The Yankees sign Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Viva organizational depth: The Yankees have signed Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal. Figueroa was in the Blue Jays system to start the season, but hasn’t made any major or minor league appearances in 2012.  Last year he posted a 8.69 ERA in 29 innings for the Astros before being cut loose, signed by the Pirates…

  16. Throw as hard as Jamie Moyer, win free tickets

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    As a follow-up to Jamie Moyer not cracking 80 miles per hour with any pitch during Tuesday’s historic victory I wondered yesterday what percentage of adult males could throw 80 mph. Opinions varied pretty wildly, but the general feeling seems to be that one percent is probably the maximum and significantly less than one percent…

  17. The Nationals, Orioles are having a dispute about local TV revenue

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    old TV

    As we’ve seen recently, local TV revenue is the sweetest plum for ballclubs these days. If you’re up for a new TV deal right now, you’re rolling in dough. But what if you’re not? What if, like the Nationals and Orioles, you’re sharing one?  Then you run into the sort of thing Ken Rosenthal is…

  18. Jeanmar Gomez and the Indians play the suspension/appeal system like a fiddle

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    To see how pointless five-game suspensions are for starting pitchers and how silly the entire appeal process can be, look no further than Indians right-hander Jeanmar Gomez. Yesterday he was given a five-game suspension for plunking Mike Moustakas over the weekend. Gomez has appealed, but plans to drop the appeal and serve the suspension as…

  19. J.P. Arencibia is really mature

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is having a pretty awful start to his season: .063/.118/.156 in 35 plate appearances.  That’s pretty rough, especially because when you’re a major leaguer, people notice that sort of thing. Eric Mirlis of the New York Sports Exchange radio show noticed, and he tweeted about it, saying that Arencibia’s stat…

  20. Justin Morneau finally looks healthy again for the Twins

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Minnesota didn’t know what to expect from Justin Morneau to begin the season, playing him at designated hitter instead of first base to avoid aggravating concussion symptoms and watching as he hit just .206 with a .623 OPS through nine games. However, on Monday he felt good enough to play first base for the first…

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