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  1. Reds “plan to shut Aroldis Chapman down for a couple days”

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Last night our own Bob Harkins discussed whether or not the Reds should be worried about Aroldis Chapman‘s decreased velocity and apparently the answer is “yes.” Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports via a Reds source that “they plan to shut Aroldis Chapman down for a couple days.” According to Passan they “want to rest…

  2. So the Dodgers can’t throw at guys anymore?

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Buster Posey was plunked twice yesterday and he wasn’t happy about it. Nor would I be, of course. It has to hurt. And if it’s not accidental it’s just lame. I hate plunkings and beanball wars. It’s dangerous stuff and, though it always has been and always will be part of baseball, I wish it…

  3. Chris Young throws bullpen session, set for Sunday start

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Chris Young was scratched from his scheduled Friday start because of biceps tendinitis, but now it looks like his turn in the rotation will merely be pushed back a couple days. Young threw a bullpen session this morning and reported “no problems” while telling Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com that he “felt good.” Barring a last-minute…

  4. HBT Daily: Michael Schur — a/k/a Ken Tremendous — and I talk about the Red Sox

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Michael Schur, creator of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is a big Sox fan. Poor guy.

  5. No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hits first pro homer at Single-A

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    I wrote yesterday about consensus No. 2 prospect Mike Trout’s hot start at Double-A as a 19-year-old, so it’s only fitting to note that consensus No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hit his first pro home run last night at Single-A as an 18-year-old. Harper smacked a two-run homer off 19-year-old Astros left-hander Ruben Alaniz. And…

  6. Brian Bannister is AWOL from the Yomiuri Giants

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Weird story involving former Royals pitcher Brian Bannister. Banny left the majors after last season and signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of the NPB.  When the earthquake hit he, like a lot of gaijin left Japan to be with their families and get the hell out of the way of rescue and recovery…

  7. Ozzie Guillen on bullpen’s struggles: “I don’t have any closer”

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen walks in the dugout after the seventh inning of an MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    Yesterday the White Sox’s bullpen imploded again, allowing three runs in the ninth inning and three more in the 10th frame to turn a 4-1 lead into a 7-4 loss against the A’s. Afterward manager Ozzie Guillen was understandably upset, telling reporters “I don’t have any closer” and jokingly suggesting he “might call” 47-year-old Bobby…

  8. Video: JFK joins the Nats’ Presidents’ Race. And he’s the bad guy.

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Via Dan Steinberg and via Let Teddy win, here’s a video of last night’s President’s Race at Nats Park.  The news: A fifth president made an appearance: JFK, though he’s not a permanent addition, the Nats are saying.  I find it hilarious that JFK of all people ambushes someone.  Knocks George Washington back … and…

  9. Red Sox skipping struggling John Lackey’s turn in the rotation

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    John Lackey, Theo Epstein, Terry Francona

    Yesterday’s rainout forced the Red Sox to juggle their rotation and they’ve decided to skip John Lackey‘s turn altogether rather than push everyone else back. So now Lackey, who was the scheduled starter for the rained out game, will make his next start Tuesday against the A’s in Oakland. Lackey has a 15.58 ERA through…

  10. What they’re saying about the Barry Bonds verdict

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    You’ve heard me go on long enough. But wait! One more quickie: The Barry Bonds “I was the son of a celebrity” non-answer was no different than Mark McGwire saying “I’m not here to talk about the past” before Congress. In fact, McGwire’s was worse, because he never did answer the questions put to him.…

  11. The Bonds jury foreman essentially admits he didn’t pay attention to the grand jury testimony

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jury Box

    It’s right there in black and white. Bonds answered the question that the jury and prosecution claim he did not. Yet they still convicted him of obstruction.

  12. Exploring the sheer absurdity of the Bonds verdict

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Having slept on it, here’s one more thought about the Bonds verdict that simply blows my mind. Yesterday when I reacted to the verdict, I noted the absurdity of Bonds being convicted on his rambling answer in “Statement C” as listed in Count 5 of the indictment. That “Statement C” was Bonds saying, in response to…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Marlins 5, Braves 1: Josh Johnson takes a no-hitter into the eighth before Freddie Freeman breaks it up with a double. Probably for the best. Johnson was at 109 pitches. If he keeps the no-no up all the way his pitch count is getting a bit nutty. Chipper Jones‘ otherwise meaningless home run in the…

  14. Is Aroldis Chapman’s drop in velocity cause for concern?

    Apr 14, 2011, 3:06 AM EDT

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    Is Aroldis Chapman pitching hurt? Is he already being overworked? Cincinnati Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez seems to be concerned. During the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to the San Diego Padres, Hernandez called pitching coach Bryan Price and trainer Paul Lessard to the mound after noticing the flamethrower’s velocity was way down. This is what Hernandez…

  15. MRI on Pedro Feliciano’s left shoulder reveals damage

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

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    The Mets’ abuse of left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano goes on. Or something. According to MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch, the veteran reliever underwent an MRI on his troublesome left shoulder Wednesday and it showed significant damage. So much so that he might require a major surgical procedure. The Yankees aren’t commenting on the specifics of…

  16. White Sox hoping Jake Peavy will be ready on April 29

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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    The White Sox have finally mapped out a timetable for Jake Peavy‘s return from rotator cuff tendinitis. According to MLB.com beat writer Scott Merkin, Peavy allowed only two runs in a six-inning minor league rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte and has been informed that he could make his 2011 debut as early as April…

  17. UPDATE: Josh Hamilton apologizes to Dave Anderson

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Josh Hamilton has apologized to Dave Anderson: “I let my emotions get ahead of thinking things through,” Hamilton said. “The more I think about it, the more I understand that I take responsibility for what happened because I had the choice not to go or the choice to go. I just appreciate Dave having…

  18. Dodger Stadium cancels half-price alcohol games

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers are making a couple of sweeping changes in the wake of the still-unsolved beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow that took place outside the gates of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. We’ve already touched on the “sea of LAPD blue” that will be seen around the park going forward. Now, according to Bill…

  19. Ubaldo Jimenez cleared to return Monday against Giants

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    The Rockies are about to get their ace back. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez threw a successful simulated game Wednesday at extended spring training and has been cleared to return to the Colorado rotation Monday against the Giants. Jimenez threw 81 pitches in the simulated game, allowing seven hits and two…

  20. Jay Bruce sidelined Wednesday with tweaked groin muscle

    Apr 13, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Wednesday’s lineup against the Padres because he tweaked a muscle in his groin on Tuesday night. This according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Reds are saying that Bruce is available to pinch-hit, a strong indication that the groin injury is minor and will not require…

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