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  1. Franklin Gutierrez could play in some minor league games this week

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Franklin Gutierrez could play in a few minor league games before the end of the week. The Gold Glover is currently on the disabled list with a stomach issue that dates back to last season. The Mariners are still awaiting the results of one final test before…

  2. Carl Crawford batting out of the No. 2 spot tonight

    Apr 5, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford is batting No. 2 against the Indians tonight, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Red Sox manager Terry Francona raised some eyebrows by dropping Crawford to the seventh spot in the order on Sunday. Crawford batted third for the first two games of the season. While Francona said that Crawford was bumped Sunday…

  3. 0-for-13 start gets Ian Desmond dropped in lineup

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    The Nationals entered spring training with Nyjer Morgan and Ian Desmond at the top of their order, but less than a week into the season, Morgan is long gone and Desmond has been dropped to seventh following an 0-for-13 start. Desmond, who moved up to the leadoff spot when Morgan was traded to Milwaukee last…

  4. Jason Bay probably won’t be back this weekend

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay was hoping to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible Saturday, but GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that it probably won’t happen. Bay is still experiencing soreness around his strained left intercostal muscle and has yet to try swinging a bat. “The doctors thought he might be ready when his days on…

  5. The Giants are sticking with Aubrey Huff in right field

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    With a day off to reflect on Aubrey Huff‘s trainwreck of a weekend in right field against the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy has decided to stay the course. The lineup for this evening’s game in San Diego: CF: Andres Torres 2B: Freddy Sanchez RF: Aubrey Huff C: Buster Posey 3B: Pablo Sandoval LF: Pat Burrell 1B:…

  6. Why is Jeff Samardzija in the majors?

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    This isn’t a piece designed to answer that question. It’s an actual inquiry. What on earth is Jeff Samardzija doing in the Cubs bullpen? Going into the spring, it seemed to be pretty much a given that Samardzija would have a roster spot because he was out of options and because the Cubs had so much…

  7. Fernando Rodney loses closer job to rookie Jordan Walden

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    That was quick. Earlier today I wondered if Scott Downs might be an option to replace Fernando Rodney as the Angels’ closer if he came off the disabled list before manager Mike Scioscia was comfortable giving rookie Jordan Walden a shot at the job, but apparently he was already comfortable. Scioscia announced this afternoon that…

  8. Mike Stanton aiming to rejoin Marlins’ lineup Friday

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Mike Stanton hasn’t played since Opening Day because of a hamstring injury, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that there are no plans to place him on the disabled list and Stanton is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday. In the meantime he’ll be available to pinch-hit, although if the…

  9. Cubs’ Andrew Cashner pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Potentially bad news from Wrigley Field: Cubs’ starter Andrew Cashner was pulled from today’s game against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right shoulder. He had thrown 72 pitches in five and a third innings at the time, and had allowed two hits, one of which was a homer. The game is still going on…

  10. Jose Bautista leaves Blue Jays for “personal family matter”

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays’ lineup tonight against the A’s and has left the team due to a “personal family matter,” according to John Lott of the National Post. He’s expected to miss the entire three-game series versus Oakland and for now Juan Rivera is taking his place in right field with…

  11. Early season TV ratings are booming

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

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    SportsBusiness Daily reports that multiple teams have seen increased ratings in the early going, as have the national networks who broadcast games: The Orioles’ four-game average in Baltimore has pulled in a 7.8 rating and 79,000 HHs. The team last season averaged a 3.4 rating in Baltimore … Meanwhile, WPHL-MYT’s broadcast of Friday’s Astros-Phillies game “set…

  12. Scott Downs throws simulated game, may return next week

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Out since mid-March with a broken toe, Scott Downs threw a 15-pitch simulated game this afternoon and reported no problems. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that Downs also participated in some fielding drills and could be close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, with an eye toward joining the Angels’ bullpen at…

  13. Judge in Bonds case excludes newly discovered tape recording, prosecution rests

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    When she first considered the matter yesterday, Judge Susan Ilston strongly suggested that the newly-discovered tape recording of Dr. Arthur Ting and Steven Hoskins, allegedly discussing Barry Bonds’ steroids use, would not be admitted. Indeed, she characterized the tape as ”almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Judge Ilston has…

  14. We have a late “best shape of his life entry”

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal: In Gavin Floyd‘s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season. During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish…

  15. Juan Miranda, not Russell Branyan, to “get most of the starts” at first base in Arizona

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    One of Kevin Towers’ first moves as Diamondbacks general manager was to trade for Juan Miranda, who’d been stuck behind Mark Teixeira in the Yankees’ farm system despite consistently solid production at Triple-A. I liked the pickup at the time, seeing Miranda as a potentially useful platoon first baseman capable of putting up some nice…

  16. Derek Jeter needs his beauty rest, has lots of money

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

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    As only they can, “Page Six” in the New York Post reports that Derek Jeter has rented a $15,000-per-month apartment in the same Trump World Tower where he already owns a $20 million apartment because “a neighbor’s noisy construction was hampering the star shortstop’s crucial rest.” Rich people buying really expensive luxury items is hardly…

  17. For the last damn time: the Tampa Bay Rays are not going to be contracted

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    In Forbes, Mike Ozanian writes about how a “groundswell is building” to contract the Tampa Bay Rays. Read it if you want, but it’s a load of horse hockey. The arguments are not new. The counterarguments — which I offered here, here and here in the last month and which Maury Brown sharply offers again…

  18. Chase Utley could begin jogging “in the next couple days”

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. provided an update on the status of Chase Utley‘s knee injury, telling Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the second baseman could be cleared to begin jogging “in the next couple of days.” According to Amaro his return “could happen fast” once Utley is running without problems, but so far he’s…

  19. Brian Wilson to be activated Wednesday

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    CSN Bay Area reports that Brian Wilson is likely to be activated when he’s eligible to come of the disabled list on Wednesday. Wilson threw on Sunday and says he feels good. Bruce Bochy was on a San Diego radio show yesterday and said he looked to be on schedule. The Giants will need to make…

  20. Justin Morneau is healthy and hitting well after missing nine months with concussion

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau went just 1-for-10 in the Twins’ opening series against the Blue Jays, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism following his first game action in nine months. Morneau played all three games in his long-delayed comeback from a July concussion, struck out just once, and made three or four loud outs on…

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