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  1. Brian Wilson diagnosed with “moderate” sprain of UCL in elbow

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    All indications are that Brian Wilson will undergo Tommy John surgery — he certainly seemed resigned to the possibility yesterday — but there’s no guarantee that’s what will be advised this week. Andrew Baggarly of reports that Wilson was diagnosed with a “moderate” sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. He…

  2. And he’s too good looking too…

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters

    I don’t understand why, but’s Ken Rosenthal decided to include this quote from an unnamed scout — an apparently bitter unnamed scout — on Matt Wieters in his latest column: “He must be a guy people like,” the scout said. “Throw it down the middle to him with two strikes, and if he takes…

  3. Details of Madison Bumgarner’s long-term contract with the Giants

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    The Giants announced earlier today that they signed Madison Bumgarner to a five-year contract extension with options for 2018 and 2019. Andrew Baggarly of has the year-by-year details. The deal has two different structures, but this breakdown is assuming the 22-year-old left-hander doesn’t reach Super Two status this offseason: 2013: $750,000 2014: $3.75 million…

  4. Michael Pineda throws first bullpen session since going on disabled list

    Apr 16, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger brings word that Michael Pineda threw his first bullpen session today since being placed on the disabled list prior to the season with right shoulder tendinitis. Pineda threw 26 pitches without incident after which Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman said it was “all good.” No immediate word on how…

  5. No big turnout for Stephen Strasburg’s first home start

    Apr 16, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Nationals Ballpark (from Mark Zuckerman)

    Stephen Strasburg is making his first D.C. start for the 7-3 Washington Nationals on Monday, but one would hardly know that by the crowd. CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman took the accompanying pic two minutes before Strasburg’s first pitch and guessed their might be 10,000 people in the stands. Zuckerman penned an article earlier in the…

  6. Twins drop slumping Justin Morneau in lineup

    Apr 16, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau finished the spring in a frenzy, but it hasn’t carried over, as he’s hit just .206/.270/.353 with two RBI and 10 strikeouts in 34 at-bats since the regular season started. As a result, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has decided to drop him down to fifth in the lineup and insert Josh Willingham in…

  7. Derek Jeter to get an honorary doctorate from Siena

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Oh the benches were stained with tears and perspiration, the birdies were flying from tree to tree. There was little to say, there was no conversation, as I stepped to the stage to pick up my degree: New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will receive an honorary doctorate from Siena during its May 13 commencement. Siena…

  8. Glen Perkins diagnosed with forearm inflammation

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Glen Perkins coughed up an eighth-inning lead and took the loss yesterday afternoon against the Rangers and rather than travel with the Twins to New York he stayed in Minnesota to undergo an MRI exam on his sore arm Rhett Bollinger of reports that no structural damage was found and Perkins has been diagnosed…

  9. MLB: Triple play umpire used “improper mechanics”

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jesus Guzman, Bud Black, Dale Scott

    In ATH this morning we mentioned that in yesterday’s Padres-Dodgers game home plate umpire Dale Scott held his hands up suggesting “dead ball” on the play that resulted in that 2-5-6-3 double play. The runners all froze at the hand signals, assuming the play was dead. The play was reviewed by Major League Baseball, and here’s…

  10. The A’s plan to force a vote on the move to San Jose

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    For over three years the Oakland A’s have waited patiently for Major League Baseball to do … something with respect to their planned move to San Jose.  Major League Baseball has studied it, they claim, but we all know that the study was a b.s. time killer. They could have researched and built an atom…

  11. Matt Kemp, Josh Willingham named players of the week

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Two weeks of the season down, two weeks of Matt Kemp taking player of the week honors in the NL. He also won the last player of the week award last season, so it’s three straight for him. The kid is pretty good, no? Kemp won the award again for a week in which he went…

  12. Giants lock up Madison Bumgarner with long-term deal

    Apr 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Two weeks after handing Matt Cain a five-year, $121.5 million contract extension the Giants have locked up Madison Bumgarner long term as well, signing the 22-year-old left-hander to a five-year deal with team options for 2018 and 2019. According to his agents the contract is worth $35 million in guaranteed money. In terms of service…

  13. No, the Astros are not shopping Brett Myers

    Apr 16, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Brett Myers

    Yesterday Bob Nightengale of USA Today said that the Astros were shopping closer Brett Myers. Today Astros GM Jeff Lunhow says nopers: Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told FOX 26 Sports there’s nothing to a report in USA Today that closer Brett Myers is on the trading block. — Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 16, 2012 Seems rather early…

  14. Mariners sign 17-year-old Dominican prospect Hersin Martinez for $1.1 million

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Mariners have signed 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Hersin Martinez for $1.1 million, which is a move that has apparently been in the works since way back in July. Martinez is 6-foot-5 and Badler says his raw power “stacks up favorably against anyone in Latin America” despite the fact…

  15. Photo of the Day: Cody Ross strikes out. Sorta.

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT


    This screen cap came from @Detroit4Lyfe, and it’s pretty good unless you happen to be a Red Sox fan.  It’s Fernando Rodney‘s pitches to Cody Ross, who struck out looking on a 2-2 pitch to end the Sox-Rays game. Though, really, it’s kinda hard to blame him for not swinging at these: Eric Gregg looked…

  16. Brian Matusz is “angry and frustrated” after latest loss

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    There was a lot of optimism surrounding Brian Matusz based on his strong spring training, but unfortunately so far he’s looked more or less like the guy who posted a historically awful 10.68 ERA last season. Matsuz threw 25 innings with a 3.65 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio during spring training, but through two regular…

  17. Bobby Valentine is really not having a stellar 24 hours

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    First that dustup with Kevin Youkilis and now some bad in-game managing is making for a pretty crappy day for Bobby V. Daniel Bard and James Shields were locked in a 0-0 pitchers’ duel. Bard had been effective all day, but effectively wild too, walking several. In the seventh inning Bard, already over 100 pitches…

  18. Erick Aybar wants “at least five years and $50 million” in extension from Angels

    Apr 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    General manager Jerry Dipoto has repeatedly indicated that the Angels are close to a long-term contract extension with Erick Aybar, which is something the two sides have been working on since December. What’s not known are the specifics of the deal. Second baseman Howie Kendrick‘s five-year, $33.5 million extension seemed like a reasonable starting point…

  19. Kevin Youkilis’ agent weighs in

    Apr 16, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    You will not be surprised to hear that Kevin Youkilis‘ agent, Joe Bick, was asked about the Bobby Valentine comments: “I will not dignify his quotes by responding to something so far off base on so many different levels” Well, that is a response, but I suppose we’ll that go.

  20. Andy Pettitte throws four scoreless innings in minors

    Apr 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Andy Pettitte‘s first minor-league tuneup on April 9 went well and yesterday his second outing was even better, as the 39-year-old left-hander tossed four scoreless innings against high Single-A hitters. Pettitte threw 31 of his 47 pitches for strikes, whiffing three, walking zero, and allowing just two hits while inducing seven ground balls. He’s expected…

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