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  1. Fenway 100th Celebration: Pretty sweet

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Fenway Celebration

    Was tuned in to the Fenway Park 100th celebration going on right now.  This was the scene, as scores of former Red Sox players, in uniform, made their way out to the field from the big garage door in center, each of the players taking their customary position on the Fenway Park field.  Very cool:…

  2. Union, league to no longer allow milestone bonuses in player contracts

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Jayson Stark reports that a fairly significant change is afoot in big-time contracts: Major League Baseball and the players’ association have informed teams and agents that they no longer will approve personal-service deals and special “milestone” bonus clauses similar to those contained in Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Los Angeles Angels, officials of both agencies told ESPN.com.…

  3. Mets reliever Daniel Herrera needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Daniel Herrera, a left-handed reliever who was one of the Mets’ final cuts late in spring training, will miss the remainder of the season following Tommy John elbow surgery according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Despite having a 3.72 ERA and 71/36 K/BB ratio in 102 innings as a major leaguer Herrera has…

  4. Introducing “The Maddux”

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Reader Jason Lukehart has a blog, and on that blog he has a good post. In it he creates a new statistic. Or at least names one, and the choice of name means that I am 100% likely to use it going forward: Somewhere along the line, and I don’t recall what year this would…

  5. Geoff Blum expected to miss 4-8 weeks with torn oblique

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Geoff Blum was placed on the disabled list Wednesday after injuring his oblique muscle taking batting practice won’t be returning to the Diamondbacks any time soon. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Blum has been diagnosed with a torn oblique and expects to be sidelined for 4-8 weeks. Blum, who missed 127 games with injuries…

  6. Fenway regulars: how do you deal with the place?

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I have never been to Fenway Park. I want to go, desperately. I want to sit in the Monster seats, actually, because those look pretty fantastic.  Also: because everyone I know who has been to Fenway tells me that the rest of the park — while historic and beautiful and all of that — is…

  7. Daisuke Matsuzaka to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is far enough ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery that he’s slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Monday at high Single-A. Matsuzaka went under the knife last June and the typical recovery timetable is 12 months, but Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will…

  8. Game delayed because Michael Bourn had to use the john

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Urinal

    Sometimes the headline tells the whole story. This is one of those times. Braves-Dbacks last night, Michael Bourn late to the field, hitching up the pants. Yup.

  9. Cubs place Kerry Wood on DL with shoulder fatigue

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood had hoped to avoid the disabled list after getting a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder earlier this week, but today the Cubs put him on the shelf. Scott Maine, a left-handed reliever with big strikeout rates in the minors, was called up to take his spot on the roster and in…

  10. Bill Plaschke is waiting for Albert

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We know this, because that’s the refrain he uses to turn what should be a one sentence thing in a notes column — Albert Pujols has yet to hit a home run this year — into a full-blown column about a 54 at bat homerless stretch: Waiting for Albert … At 8:20 p.m., he steps…

  11. What is Yu Darvish throwing and how fast is he throwing it?

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty MLB debut

    Yu Darvish picked up his second victory last night, holding the Tigers to one run in 6.1 innings, but it wasn’t especially pretty. He handed out five walks, needed 121 pitches to record 19 outs, and left with a pair of runners on base before the bullpen bailed him out. And overall through his first…

  12. Must see: There’s a movie about knuckleballers coming out

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    This movie is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. I want to go to there. Click on the handsome pic of R.A. Dickey and it’ll take you to the trailer. Your browser does not support iframes. Gary Sheffield on the knuckler: “it’s just … spooky.” So, so good.

  13. Cubs in no hurry to call up top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    First baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Brett Jackson are off to strong starts at Triple-A, but team president Theo Epstein said yesterday that the Cubs have no immediate plans to call them up to the big leagues. Epstein explained to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times that “it’s a little bit early to be…

  14. Peter Gammons called out in the Boston Globe

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Peter-Gammons

    Media spats tend not to interest most people, but this one is pretty notable: Peter Gammons, Boston icon, called out in the pages of his old paper, the Boston Globe: During his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Massarotti’’ show last Wednesday, Gammons asserted that Globe reporter Bob Hohler should reveal the…

  15. Tom Gorzelanny took one for the team (and on the chin)

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Sometimes a relief appearance is more about soaking up innings than actually preventing runs, which Tom Gorzelanny found out the hard way last night. Gorzelanny entered the game in the sixth inning following an abbreviated Edwin Jackson start and the first seven Astros batters he faced went single, fielder’s choice, single, single, single, single, double.…

  16. Chris Perez got fined for a tweet

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Chris Perez

    MLB’s new social media policy has claimed its first victim. At least the first one we know about: Chris Perez of the Indians.  After last weekend’s little plunking war with the Royals, the Indians pitcher tweeted thusly: “Huge team win tonight, time for a sweep of the Royals. It’s not ‘Our Time,’ it’s TribeTime. P.S.…

  17. Jose Canseco signs with the Worcester Tornadoes

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Some dreams never die. And for as crazy as Jose Canseco is, at least give him credit for not quitting: The Worcester Tornadoes today signed former Major League Outfielder & Designated Hitter Jose Canseco to a one season contract. The native Cuban spent parts of 17 seasons in the majors, mashing 462 homeruns … Team owner,…

  18. What Fenway Park really needs: a bubble wrap roof

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bubble wrap

    They called Galileo crazy. And they laughed at Columbus, Fulton and the Wright Brothers. So when you laugh at architect B.D. Nayak for proposing a roof for Fenway Park, don’t let me catch you calling him a genius later! The shape of Fenway Park is unsymmetrical, and because of its dimensions, a physical structure for a…

  19. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the weekend

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Tiff and run down some weekend series we think look particularly interesting.

  20. Bud Selig to the A’s: figure it out yourselves!

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    From the annals of chutzpah, here’s Bud Selig commenting yesterday on the Oakland A’s San Jose problem and the potential dispute with the Giants over territorial rights: “I’m always hopeful when there are debates amongst clubs, I try to lead teams in a direction of solving their problems themselves,” Selig said. “However, this group has…

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