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  1. Cubs sign veteran starter Doug Davis to minor league deal

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Injuries struck the Cubs’ rotation as soon as they decided to cut bait on Carlos Silva, but today they added a little pitching depth by signing veteran left-hander Doug Davis to a minor-league contract. Davis worked out for a bunch of teams a few weeks ago after being limited to just eight starts last season…

  2. Which is the cleanest World Series winning team in the past 15 years?

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Lots of back and forth in the comments today about how Manny Ramirez and friends tainted the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox World Series championships. In response, Red Sox fans are citing the Yankees teams for having tons of PED-connected dudes. If it helps, you’re all right! But enough of the he-said, he-said (women never…

  3. Quote of the Day: Tim Keown on the Bryan Stow beating

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Tim Keowan says something that I’ve been thinking since Sunday when I watched the Giants-Cardinals game and heard the broadcasters talking about how baseball rivalries shouldn’t be taken so seriously. And last night when the Dodgers and Giants players implored fans to keep their animosity limited to the action on the field.…

  4. Josh Hamilton leaves game with strained right shoulder

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Rangers Hamilton slides on the grass after diving and catching a ball hit by Giants' Schierholtz during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Josh Hamilton, who started today’s game as the Rangers’ designated hitter and smacked an RBI triple in his first at-bat, exited after injuring his shoulder sliding into home plate in the first inning. There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the Rangers are calling it…

  5. Nationals call up third catcher Jesus Flores to replace Ryan Zimmerman on roster

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    Ryan Zimmerman is headed for the disabled list with an abdominal strain and Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that the Nationals will replace him on the roster with Jesus Flores, which would give them three catchers along with Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos. All three guys hit right-handed, so there isn’t really a natural…

  6. Whose extreme start is a more reliable indicator of future performance: the Red Sox or the Rangers?

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    We’ve seen all kinds of “teams who start 0-X on the season have only made the playoffs Y times since nineteen dickety-seven” stats in the past week and a half. Here’s one more look at that from ACTA Sports, who looked at the first ten games of the season for every team since 2002, with…

  7. Bob Davidson’s awful umpiring is finally getting the attention it deserves

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    bob-davidson-umpire

    I’m glad to see that prominent media members are starting to focus on the fact that Bob Davidson is one of the worst and definitely the most confrontational umpire in baseball. Last year Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch ripped into Davidson with a well-done column describing the umpire’s lengthy history of wrong…

  8. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Cubs with Len Kasper

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Len Kasper, voice of the Chicago Cubs, joined me for some talk about Starlin Castro, the rotation and the nature of Mike Quade

  9. Jake Fox is 0-for-7 after leading spring training in homers

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    jake-fox-orioles

    Jake Fox led spring training in homers and his monster exhibition production made lots of headlines last month, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter instead smartly focused on his defensive deficiencies and extensive track record containing thousands of plate appearances. All of which is why Fox has played in just two of the Orioles’ first nine…

  10. Baseball begins in Japan

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Sendai-based Japanese professional baseb

    There were no mentions of the considerable ambivalence regarding the opening of the NPB season in Japan today, but open it did: Local TV showed people in shelters watching the game, before which there was a moment of silence, and each fan in the Chiba cheering section held up signs of support for the disaster…

  11. Takashi Saito placed on disabled list with hamstring injury

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    takashi-saito-brewers-spring

    Takashi Saito strained his hamstring while pitching in the Brewers’ home opener on April 4 and the team initially hoped he’d be able to return in a few days, but now he’s been put on the disabled list and replaced on the roster by Triple-A call-up Brandon Kintzler. Saito, who missed the end of last…

  12. Manny Ramirez cost Bob Melvin his “chance at greatness”

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There’s all kinds of Manny Ramirez hate floating around the web right now. It’s expected and understandable and you kinda gotta let it run its course. But some of it is just plain insane. Like this post at Business Insider by Cork Gains. In it he argues that Manny Ramirez was responsible for Bob Melvin…

  13. Frank Francisco’s rehab assignment isn’t going very well

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    Most of the time with minor-league rehab assignments the reports on injured players making their way back from the disabled list are overwhelmingly positive, but it doesn’t sound like Blue Jays reliever Frank Francisco is doing very well in his comeback from a strained pectoral muscle. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Francisco has allowed…

  14. Jayson Werth meets the Phillies again

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    werth_jayson

    It’s going to be a weird scene at Nats Park tonight for two reasons: 1. Jayson Werth is facing the Phillies for the first time since he signed his mega-deal with the Nats; and 2. Because it’s the Phillies in Washington, the park will likely be full of Philly fans invading the place like they did last…

  15. Jair Jurrjens “ready to go” after rehab start at Triple-A

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens pitch

    Jair Jurrjens pronounced himself “ready to go” after throwing six innings of two-run ball last night in a rehab start at Triple-A and is now scheduled to return from a strained oblique muscle Saturday against the Mets. Jurrjens threw 81 pitches in his rehab outing, allowing four hits and striking out three, and afterward told…

  16. Is PED use a lesser wrong in the drug testing era?

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    I don’t mean to make this post into a Manny Ramirez referendum — we’ve had plenty of those in the past few days — but in his defense of Ramirez’s Cooperstown credentials, Allen Barra raises a point I have yet to see addressed when he says “Manny paid his debt the first time and is…

  17. Jim Tracy “extremely encouraged” by Ubaldo Jimenez’s bullpen session

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    On the disabled list with a cut in his right thumb cuticle, Ubaldo Jimenez threw a bullpen session yesterday and afterward manager Jim Tracy said he was “extremely encouraged” by what he saw. Jimenez is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation Monday, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that first he’ll…

  18. Dice-K imploded last night. And it’s really no mystery why

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Daisuke Matsuzaka got creamed last night, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including two homers, in two innings.  This morning Rob Bradford of WEEI has a story up with the headline “One hundred starts later the Daisuke Matsuzaka mystery remains unsolved.” Bradford tries to figure out where it all went wrong for Dice-K, but…

  19. What’s the deal with all of the oblique injuries?

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    That’s a question we’ve asked around here a lot lately, although we’re doing it more or less rhetorically. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times really wanted to know, so he asked Stan Conte, the Dodgers head trainer about it.  Conte researched such injuries and discovered that, no, this was not just a matter…

  20. Frank McCourt’s former law firm sues him

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt got sued yesterday by his former law firm, Bingham McCutchen. This is a suit for declaratory judgment, which for all practical purposes means that they sued McCourt because it was obvious that he was going to sue them, and they wanted to get the drop on him. Bingham (a) is asking for a declaration…

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