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  1. Everyone else is injured, so Ryan Madson finally gets a shot to be Phillies’ closer

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Ryan Madson has been one of the best, most underrated relievers in baseball since moving to the bullpen full time in 2007, but because he didn’t thrive in a few brief opportunities to close games in previous seasons the Phillies have avoided giving him another chance as closer. Philadelphia wasted no time choosing Jose Contreras…

  2. Shocker: Elijah Dukes arrested again

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s been over a year since he last wore a major league baseball uniform so we’re probably at the point where a story about Elijah Dukes getting arrested is less about a ballplayer in trouble with the law than it is about a criminal who happened to once play ball.  Still, for old times sake:…

  3. Maicer Izturis rips “ignorant people” for questioning durability, then sits out game with injury

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Maicer Izturis called the fans who question his durability “ignorant people” who “don’t know the game.” I suggested at the time that it probably wasn’t a great idea, since a) he played only 254 of 486 games the previous three seasons, and b) fans tend not to see a comment like that and…

  4. Albert Pujols has a bum hamstring

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

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    Last night we saw Albert Pujols walk off the field a tad gimpy after running out a grounder and subsequently leave the game early. Now we know what we had previously only suspected: he has a hamstring strain. It’s being termed “mild,” so that’s good, but either way the Cardinals would be wise to let…

  5. The Legend of Sam Fuld grows

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I’m going to have to refrain from joining the Sam Fuld cult. He’s a nice guy who has been fun to watch, but every time a brainy guy who does some pretty unexpectedly nifty things in a small sample of games, I end up getting burned. I mean, I’m still trying to unload all of…

  6. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Did you know that the order for this summer’s amateur draft will be determined by each team’s position in the last HBT Power Rankings prior to its occurrence? It’s true!

  7. New Book coming out portraying Derek Jeter as less-than-Captainy

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Derek Jeter has been pretty much untouchable from a P.R. perspective for his entire career. Rarely have there been stories portraying him in a bad light and, even when there was something to chew on, it was never anything that stuck to him (quick: if A-Rod had issues with his taxes like Jeter did, how…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Harvey

    In which we observe the commonalities between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Robert Johnson. And, for that matter, Jeff Wilpon and Paul Reiser.

  9. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    Braves 9, Giants 6: The Braves should have had this one won in regulation, but Fredi Gonzalez apparently fell asleep while reliever Jairo Ascencio poured kerosene all over the place and lit a match in the seventh inning. Maybe the warmth made Gonzalez’s nap more cozy. I don’t know. All I know is that by…

  10. Jake Peavy throws successful 40-pitch side session

    Apr 24, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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    White Sox starter Jake Peavy had his minor league rehab assignment halted last week due to muscle tenderness and irritation in his right shoulder. That rehab is going to start up again shortly. From MLB.com beat writer Scott Merkin comes word that Peavy threw 40 pitches off a mound Sunday with the intensity of a…

  11. Evan Longoria takes live BP, nearing rehab assignment

    Apr 24, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria took live batting practice on Sunday morning for the first time since straining his left oblique during the first week of the regular season. He reported feeling great and told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times soon after the workout that it was a “huge step forward.” Longoria will…

  12. Reds place Scott Rolen on disabled list with shoulder strain

    Apr 24, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen‘s shoulder problems are back. According to Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the veteran third baseman was placed on the disabled list on Sunday afternoon with a muscle strain in his left shoulder. The Reds are hopeful that he will only need 15 days to recover, but Rolen is 36 years old…

  13. Aaron Hill hitting 15-day disabled list with hamstring issues

    Apr 24, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    According to Mike Wilner of Toronto’s FAN 590, the Blue Jays are going to place second baseman Aaron Hill on the 15-day disabled list after Sunday’s game due to tightness in his right hamstring. The move will be made retroactive to April 20 so that the 29-year-old can return during the first week of May.…

  14. Russell Martin has six homers, a 1.132 OPS through 16 games

    Apr 24, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    The Yankees’ offseason signing of catcher Russell Martin didn’t draw a ton of media attention. It wasn’t picked apart nor was it widely praised because … well … it seemed like a reasonable enough move. Martin would start behind the plate for a couple of months in New York while top prospect Jesus Montero could…

  15. Justin Smoak expected to return to M’s lineup early this week

    Apr 24, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday following the death of his father Keith in South Carolina and has not yet returned to action. That’s likely to change early this week. According to Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald, Smoak is expected to rejoin the Mariners in Detroit this Tuesday…

  16. Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish has torn shoulder muscle

    Apr 24, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe brings us some unfortunate news about promising Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Kalish. The 23-year-old injured his shoulder while diving for a ball on Thursday night at Triple-A Pawtucket and has now been diagnosed with a partially torn labrum. Kalish will try to rehab the injury first, but season-ending…

  17. MLB’s oblique injury epidemic may be traced to creatine

    Apr 24, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Longoria reacts in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Wieters in St. Petersburg

    If we had to identify the three most common themes of the 2011 season thus far, it’d read something like this: rainouts, flu viruses and oblique injuries. The first can be explained rather easily. Spring is a wet season in almost every part of the baseball-watching world and North America has been pounded by several…

  18. Dice-K has allowed two hits in his last 15 innings of work

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    getty dice-k

    For Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, the 2011 regular season has already been a roller coaster ride. Dice-K allowed six hits, three walks and three earned runs over five innings in his first start of the year against the Indians. He lasted only two frames next time out against the Rays, surrendering seven earned runs…

  19. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

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    Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez finally got some answers about his stomach problems this week after visiting Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic. According to Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and has been prescribed medication that he can take before each meal to curb some of his digestive issues. He…

  20. Amaro thinking Chase Utley might be ready by end of May

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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    The Phillies still aren’t putting an official timetable on Chase Utley‘s rehabilitation from patellar tendinitis, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did offer some optimism on Saturday evening. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Amaro told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he’s hopeful Utley will be ready to return to the Phillies’ starting lineup before…

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