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  1. Jorge Cantu opts out of minor-league deal with Angels

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jorge Cantu

    Considering the Angels’ logjam of first basemen, corner outfielders, and designated hitters Jorge Cantu signing a minor-league deal with them in January was a pretty questionable decision. Cantu hit .291 with a .788 OPS in 21 games at Triple-A, but with very little chance of getting a call-up barring multiple injuries he decided to exercise…

  2. And now, the best rain delay entertainment ever

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Rain Delay

    Bakersfield was supposed to play Nebraska in a college baseball game yesterday. It rained. And that’s a bummer. Except that the rain delay entertainment put on by the teams was way better than the game likely would have been. At the end the announcer notes that no makeup game would be held. I don’t believe…

  3. Report: MLB to suspend Delmon Young following arrest

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Delmon Young, Daniel J.Ollen

    Detroit removed Delmon Young from the 25-man roster and placed him on the restricted list following his arrest Thursday night and now Andy Soltis of the New York Post reports that MLB “has decided to suspend” Young. Young was charged with assault and an aggravated harassment hate crime for an altercation in which he allegedly…

  4. Attendance is up so far this year

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    old turnstile

    From the good news for the accountants department comes this tweet from the MLB public relations folks: As end of April nears, @MLB attendance up +6.3% through same # of dates in ’11. 20 Clubs higher than last year. — MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) April 30, 2012   They go on to note that part…

  5. Brandon Inge joins A’s, will start tonight at third base

    Apr 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brandon Inge

    UPDATE: As expected, Inge finalized his deal and will be the A’s starting third baseman tonight. Luke Hughes was designated for assignment to make room on the roster after his reign as Oakland’s starting third baseman lasted a week. ========== Brandon Inge‘s deal with the A’s isn’t quite official yet, but Susan Slusser of the…

  6. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton is the fastest man in baseball

    Apr 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton, Zack Cozart

    Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton is, by nearly all credible accounts, the fastest player in professional baseball. And the 21-year-old shortstop is a pretty good prospect too, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 50 both last season and this season. Last year Hamilton stole 103 bases in 135 games at low Single-A and was caught just…

  7. “Slash the roster of all teams to 20 men. This would save payroll…”

    Apr 30, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    tools

    No, that’s not from some Marge Schott fever dream. It was from a fun 1957 article by a guy named Franklin Lewis of the Cleveland Press, and it was one of 21 suggestions he offered to fix baseball. Larry over at Wezen-Ball runs them all down. A couple of them are arguably sensible. Most of them…

  8. Ugly start for Cubs’ $6 million signee Gerardo Concepcion

    Apr 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Gerardo Concepcion failed to make it out of the first inning in his start at low Single-A today, getting knocked around for seven runs. Concepcion signed a five-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in March after defecting from Cuba, but the 20-year-old left-hander has now allowed 12 runs through his first 5.2 innings against…

  9. The Clemens trial resumes, featuring … Roger Clemens

    Apr 30, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    clemens ap

    After five days off, the Roger Clemens trial resumed today with the prosecution calling its first witness.  He’s Phil Barnett, who was the staffer for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which led the steroids hearings/depositions at which Clemens is accused of lying. Smart witness to call first in my view. Because what’s the number…

  10. Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year winner Chris Coghlan to Triple-A

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Chris Coghlan

    For the second straight season Chris Coghlan has been sent down to Triple-A, as the Marlins demoted the former Rookie of the Year winner yesterday after he hit just .118 in 36 plate appearances as a bench player. Coghlan took the news well, telling Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that the demotion wasn’t as…

  11. Here’s a neat baseball road trip

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    CAC Road Trip

    I love baseball and I love road trips, so when I see stuff like this, I’m gonna pass it along to you: Wrigleyville, the neighborhood around Wrigley Field in Chicago, is the best baseball neighborhood in the country. But, for me, a road trip from Louisville, Ky., to Cooperstown, N.Y., is the quintessential baseball journey…

  12. Former closer Chad Cordero wants to make a comeback

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    cordero

    Chad Cordero hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007, but the former All-Star closer is apparently preparing for a comeback next year. Bill Ladson of MLB.com caught up with Cordero at yesterday’s Nationals-Dodgers game and reports that he’s “in great shape after losing…

  13. I did not know this: David Ortiz to set a DH record soon

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    ortiz getty

    Time goes slower when you’re young, so to a kid who grew up in the 1980s — it felt like Harold Baines played for 100 years. Now, as an adult, time goes way too fast, so it seems like David Ortiz has only been around for a moderate amount of time. Except, as Rob Bradford…

  14. Rays announce minor-league deal with Hideki Matsui

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Tampa Bay has finally made official what was reported last week, announcing a minor-league contract with Hideki Matsui. Why the signing was delayed for a week is unclear, but Matsui was never going to immediately join the Rays anyway. Instead he’ll head to Triple-A, where the Rays will evaluate whether the 38-year-old has anything left…

  15. Could the Angels move to a new downtown L.A. ballpark?

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Angels logo

    This is fun. And, if you’re the Dodgers or an Angels fan who lives in Orange County, kind of scary: Angels owner Arte Moreno met with the president of AEG, and it at least suggests the possibility that Moreno is investigating moving the Angels to a new ballpark to be built in downtown Los Angeles.…

  16. Vladimir Guerrero is getting a tryout with the Diamondbacks

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Charges against Vladimir Guerrero were apparently dropped after a police officer in the Dominican Republic accused the former MVP of assault earlier this month and now the Diamondbacks are giving him a tryout. General manager Kevin Towers broke that news while appearing on the team’s television broadcast yesterday, although he indicated pretty strongly that there’s…

  17. A-Rod passes Willie Mays on the career RBI list

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez had a couple of moderately boring RBIs yesterday — infield hit and a groundout — but they put him someplace interesting: ahead of Willie Mays on the all-time RBI list. Which is kind of neat even if you appreciate the flaws of RBI as a stat. A-Rod now has 1904 career RBI, which…

  18. Johnny Damon set to join Indians two weeks after signing

    Apr 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Two weeks after signing with the Indians on a minor-league contract Johnny Damon is expected to join the team for their series against the White Sox that begins tomorrow, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Damon has been playing extended spring training games to get ready and has apparently looked good enough…

  19. Daisuke Matsuzaka moving up to Triple-A, could be back sooner than expected

    Apr 30, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    matsuzaka getty

    After a good rehab start at Double-A on Saturday, Bobby Valentine said that Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his next injury rehabilitation start for Triple A Pawtucket, and that it will be the third in what the Red Sox expect will be five minor league starts. If that schedule holds, and if he sticks to a normal…

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