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  1. Aaron Cook has a 1.33 ERA at Triple-A, can opt out of Red Sox contract on May 1

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aaron Cook, Andruw Jones

    Aaron Cook turned in another strong start at Triple-A yesterday, allowing one unearned run in seven innings, and now sports a 1.33 ERA after four starts in Pawtucket. Cook has a clause in his minor-league contract with the Red Sox that allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not…

  2. The Yankees are not pleased with StubHub

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    This is only a problem for a business that is used to having an anti-trust exemption:  The New York Post reports that the Yankees are not pleased with StubHub — a partner of Major League Baseball — because Yankees tickets are for sale at very, very low prices: . . . for the past few…

  3. Tigers prospect Jacob Turner has an encouraging outing

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

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    Tigers’ prospect Jacob Turner entered spring training with a chance to snag the fifth starter’s spot, but fell victim to shoulder tendinitis and was shut down.  Last night, however, he returned. It was down in Lakeland, so the competition wasn’t fierce, but the results were encouraging: four no-hit innings. While he likely has a long way to…

  4. Daniel Bard gets his first win of the year. As a reliever.

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    Last night, for the first time all year, the Red Sox bullpen looked like it was functional.  In a tie game, with no one out and a runner on third, a guy came in from the bullpen and put out the fire, then handed off to the closer in the ninth.  The fireman: Daniel Bard.…

  5. The Braves demote Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Shoulda sold high. The Braves demoted Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett last night after he gave up five runs on nine hits in three innings to the Dodgers. It was the worst in a series of bad starts to kick off the season for Jurrjens, who now stands with a 9.37 ERA and has given…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Yankees 7, Rangers 4: The platonic ideal of a late-dynasty Yankees game: Four hits for Jeter, homer for A-Rod, a CC Sabathia win and a Mariano Rivera save.  In other news, I sorta feel like I wanna be the guy who starts writing the breathless “can Derek Jeter hit .400?” articles. Maybe I’ll do one…

  7. Joe Paterson’s horrible start tops all other horrible starts

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Joe Paterson

    After entering with a 9-0 lead to start the ninth inning Monday, Diamondbacks left-hander Joe Paterson gave up five straight hits, including back-to-back homers, to the Phillies. He was charged with five runs without retiring a batter, and he now has a 37.12 ERA on the season. As a Rule 5 pick a year ago,…

  8. Daisuke Matsuzaka makes first minor league rehab start

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

    Dice-K Reuters

    Daisuke Matsuzaka officially kicked off his minor league rehab assignment tonight with High-A Salem. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has the details. Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, allowed three runs on six hits over four innings while striking out three and walking none. He gave up two runs in the first inning (including…

  9. Ivan Rodriguez puts on a new spin on the ceremonial first pitch

    Apr 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez first pitch

    Ivan Rodriguez officially put a bow on his 21-year major league career this evening at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner was honored during a pregame ceremony, after which he was slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Michael Young. Pudge walked out to the…

  10. We may never hear Shyam Das’ explanation for overturning Ryan Braun’s suspension

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

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    Today marks two months to the day since we learned that Ryan Braun won the appeal of his 50-game PED suspension. The hope was that a written explanation from arbitrator Shyam Das would provide further illumination for why he made his decision, but it turns out we may never get that information. According to the…

  11. Miguel Batista ready to start and relieve on same day

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    No one has started both games of a doubleheader since Wilbur Wood in 1973. That’s not going to change today, but Miguel Batista said he’s up for finishing the nightcap after starting the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Giants. Batista, who took the loss this afternoon after allowing six runs — three earned…

  12. Scott Boras: Mike Gonzalez “should sign in the next 10 days”

    Apr 23, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez AP

    Mike Gonzalez is still out there as a free agent after failing to latch on with a team this winter, but his agent Scott Boras told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com this afternoon that the veteran left-hander “should sign in the next ten days.” Boras, who was in Arlington today for Ivan Rodriguez‘s retirement ceremony, also…

  13. Tim Lincecum grinds out five innings, picks up first win

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    It wasn’t pretty, but Tim Lincecum put together his best start of the young season on Monday, limiting the Mets to one run over five innings to pick up the victory in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader. Lincecum, who entered 0-2 with a 10.54 ERA in three starts, lowered his ERA to 8.20 with…

  14. You won’t believe who are DHing for baseball’s two best offenses

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Eduardo Nunez

    The Yankees and Rangers, No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in runs per game so far this season, will meet for the first time this season tonight. So, of course, they’ve both brought out the big guns, right? Well, certainly, the top six for each lineup is incredibly strong. The designated hitters won’t be found…

  15. Bill Hall to sign a minor league deal with the Orioles

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Bill Hall signed a minor league deal with the Yankees in the offseason. He was totally stoked about it too: IT’S OFFICIAL IM A YANKEE!!!!!!!!#IwannaRing!!!! — Bill Hall (@BillHall_III) February 7, 2012 But not so stoked that he was willing to accept a long-term minor league assignment to get it. He opted out of that…

  16. Hideki Matsui expected to sign with Rays

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Hideki Matsui went unsigned this offseason and was rarely even linked to any teams, but now Jack Curry of YES Network reports that 38-year-old “is expected to soon sign a minor-league deal” with the Rays. It’s an odd fit, as Tampa Bay has gotten very good production from Luke Scott as their primary designated hitter…

  17. Picture of the Day: Hanley and Hova

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    What are the Marlins up to during their off day in New York? Well, if you’re Hanley Ramirez you put on a Nirvana shirt and a white belt, go hang out with Jay-Z, and post the pictures on Twitter:

  18. Maybe people aren’t really blaming Bobby Valentine after all

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    It seemed like everyone was blaming Bobby Valentine for the Sox’ slow start, so I and a lot of other people wrote “hey, don’t blame Bobby Valentine” posts in the past few days.  But maybe people aren’t really blaming him at all. At least not in real numbers. Granted, this Boston Globe poll with around…

  19. Adrian Beltre day-to-day with mild hamstring strain

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre missed more than a month with hamstring problems last season, so there was plenty of worrying in Texas when he exited Saturday’s game with a left hamstring injury. However, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com an MRI exam showed only a mild strain and Beltre is officially listed as day-to-day. He’s not in…

  20. Dontrelle Willis went AWOL from the Orioles

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    This morning we asked what was up with Dontrelle Willis and his heretofore unexplained trip to the Orioles’ restricted list. Jon Heyman has an explanation. Dude went AWOL: The Orioles gave no official reason Sunday for why he was placed on the restricted list, but Duquette to CBSSports.com confirmed Willis left the team without permission…

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