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  1. $10,000 worth of baseball tattoos? Sure, why not.

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Tattoo needle

    In 1993, for about ten minutes, I considered getting a small baseball tattooed on my arm. I talked myself out of it.  That’s just one of the many differences between me and this fellow named Mike McWain: Mike McWain of Pasco is devoted to baseball. To pay homage to the game and its iconic players of…

  2. Josh Hamilton is no longer a vampire

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    For most of his career Josh Hamilton‘s production has declined significantly during day games and for the past several seasons the former MVP tried various remedies to correct his problems hitting in the sun light. Coming into this season Hamilton’s lifetime OPS was 200 points lower during the day, including a .228 batting average and…

  3. The Roger Clemens trial doesn’t really get going this week

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    clemens ap

    This thing is gonna drag on forever, isn’t it?  Today the jury will be seated and opening arguments will happen. Then: On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton hopes to get to the first witness in the case. But it will be a short week for the trial. Walton will recess it at mid-day on…

  4. Mets sticking with struggling Frank Francisco as closer

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco has allowed runs in each of his last four appearances and was yanked from Sunday’s save opportunity with two outs remaining in the ninth inning, but manager Terry Collins is sticking with the struggling right-hander in the closer role. “I just told him yesterday was one of those days, that he’s still the…

  5. Can we please just let Phil Humber have his perfect game in peace?

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    humber gray getty

    UPDATE: Barra responds. Fair enough: he’s not upset about the call, he’s upset at the media’s reaction to it, Fox not showing the reruns, etc. 10:31 AM: Because my parents had the kids and me over for dinner — and because my parents are old people who like to have dinner at 4:30pm — I…

  6. A’s calling up prospect Jarrod Parker for Wednesday start

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker failed to claim a spot in the A’s rotation when he struggled to throw strikes during spring training, but it didn’t take long for the former No. 9 overall pick to enter the team’s plans. Parker, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade this offseason, will be called up…

  7. Ump takes a Stephen Strasburg fastball right to the, oh … dear.

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    strasburg wide getty

    Via DC Sports Bog, who in turn found it via Nats Enquirer who — like everyone else who saw it live was likely traumatized — here’s home plate umpire Greg Gibson taking a Stephen Strasburg fastball right to the do re mi on Saturday: If that video is disabled by MLB at some point today,…

  8. Re-imagining the Cleveland Indians. Er, Spiders. Er, Barons.

    Apr 23, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Indians Block C

    Most of you know I’m a long-standing Chief Wahoo hater, but I think it’s possible and, indeed, preferable to keep the Cleveland Indians name. This is so because, while I understand some people differ, I believe that Wahoo is an inherently offensive sambo character while using the name “Indians” as a team nickname — while somewhat…

  9. Giving Tiger Stadium some love too

    Apr 23, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    tiger stadium

    Everyone went all out for Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary on Friday. But if there was any justice in the world there would have been two grand old parks celebrating their centennials. Because Tiger Stadium would have turned 100 that day too. Yes, I realize that I am nearly 15 years too late to cry about…

  10. Bobby Valentine is a convenient scapegoat, but he’s not what’s ailin’ the Sox

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Well, not totally anyway. He has his share of the blame — some odd bullpen choices in the past week for one — but the “Bobby V has killed the Red Sox” stuff is probably out of hand at the moment. And, as Rob Bradford notes, the reason is pretty understandable. It’s Boston, and this…

  11. What the heck is going on with Dontrelle Willis?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    UPDATE: Well, this is going on with him. 8:23 AM: The Phillies cut Dontrelle Willis in spring training and he signed a minor league deal with the Orioles. He had been on the minor legaue disabled list with the O’s, but rather than activated when that was over, the Orioles put him on the restricted…

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

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being…

  13. Erik Bedard can’t get any help

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    Erik Bedard is hardly the only quality pitcher still winless on the season. Jordan Zimmermann, Ryan Dempster, Cliff Lee and and Bruce Chen all have ERAs of 2.00 or better and are still sporting zeroes in the win column. None of those guys, though, have taken more than two losses. Bedard was just tagged with…

  14. The Royals are still a Little League team

    Apr 22, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie, Humberto Quintero

    Things will be different one of these years, I imagine. It just won’t be this one. The Royals fell to 3-12 by losing 5-3 to the Blue Jays on Sunday. Toronto got its fifth run on a double-steal with two outs in the top of the eighth. Here’s the video. Humberto Quintero opted to throw…

  15. Francisco Liriano could be bullpen bound after latest loss

    Apr 22, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    While the Twins weren’t ready to reveal their exact plans, they said after Sunday’s loss to the Rays that they’d “take a step back” with Francisco Liriano after he gave up five runs and fell to 0-3 on the season. Liriano, who had an outstanding spring after tuning up in winter ball, is 0-3 with…

  16. Jon Jay returns to St. Louis for tests on shoulder

    Apr 22, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    jon jay getty

    Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay was said to be day-to-day after running into the Busch Stadium outfield wall on Thursday afternoon. But it is not a certainty that he’s going to avoid the disabled list. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jay was sent back to St. Louis before Sunday’s game in…

  17. Red Sox skip Daniel Bard after rainout

    Apr 22, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    Daniel Bard is headed back to the Red Sox bullpen, but only for a couple of days. The Red Sox announced plans to skip Bard after his scheduled start Sunday night against the Yankees was rained out. Jon Lester will stay on schedule and start Monday. The decision isn’t likely to result in any save…

  18. Rangers beat Tigers thanks to blown call

    Apr 22, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, Michael Young

    Aided by a blown call that gave Texas a run in the top of the 11th, the Rangers edged the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday to claim the four-game series and maintain the game’s best record at 13-3. The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the 11th versus reliever Thad Weber, who was making…

  19. Yankees @ Red Sox, Giants @ Mets, & Marlins @ Nationals called off because of rain

    Apr 22, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    There will be no Sunday Night Baseball. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that this evening’s series finale between the Yankees and Red Sox has been postponed due to rainy conditions around Boston’s Fenway Park. The Giants and Mets and the Marlins and Nationals also had the day off as nasty weather set in…

  20. Kyle Blanks needs season-ending shoulder surgery

    Apr 22, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Kyle Blanks‘ 2012 season is already over. According to beat writer Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the 25-year-old corner outfielder needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will not return to action this year. Blanks made just six plate appearances for the Padres this season, tallying one hit,…

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