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  1. Bartolo Colon threw 38 straight strikes at one point last night

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We noted in ATH that Bartolo Colon flummoxed the Angels last night.  But it wasn’t with slight of hand and trickery. Nope: he just pounded the strike zone to within an inch of its life. Here, in video form, is Bartolo Colon throwing 38 straight strikes. Overall he threw 108 pitches, 82 of them for…

  2. Tim Hudson throws well in third minor league rehab start

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Tim Hudson‘s third minor-league rehab start was a big improvement over his first two outings, as the rehabbing right-hander threw five innings of one-run ball at Triple-A last night. Hudson, who’s recovering from November back surgery, threw 48 of 76 pitches for strikes while allowing two hits and three walks with four strikeouts. He also…

  3. Tommy Hunter threw a “horsesh*t pitch”

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Orioles’ pitcher Tommy Hunter didn’t have a great outing last night.  But unlike some guys, he was not content to either hide from the media or to hide behind cliches about “not making my pitches.” Nope, he had a pretty specific opinion of one of the pitches he left out over the plate for A.J.…

  4. Opera boxes and Wrigley-style rooftops at Fenway? Coulda happened!

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    The Fenway Park that will celebrate its 100th anniversary tomorrow is a radically different place than it was in 1912. Heck, it’s a substantially different place than it was in 2002 when the new owners took over and made the masterful renovations that make the park a gem today. But for every good idea there…

  5. HBT Extra: Answering your Twitter questions

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    K Street, Commish for a Day, would I have a one night stand with Derek Jeter and whether baseball needs a hologram Babe Ruth, all answered on today’s HBT Extra!

  6. Tweet of the Day: Brandon McCarthy takes on the kiss cam

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Kiss Cam

    I’ve spent a lot of virtual ink talking about the “kiss cam” at ballparks and arenas and the like. I hate it for two reasons: first, it’s kind of stupid. Second — and way more importantly to me — it’s so often employed as a means of spreading casual homophobia. The operator thinks it’s cute to…

  7. Cliff Lee shuts out the Giants for ten innings, Phillies lose

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Blast living in the eastern time zone. For, because I went to bed at a reasonable hour, I missed an unreasonably good pitching matchup: Cliff Lee vs. Matt Cain, each of whom shut the other side out for nine innings. Those nine innings took only one hour and fifty-minutes, by the way. The difference: Cliff…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Twins 6, Yankees 5: Justin Morneau hit two homers. That’s four homers in six games, which hopefully means that Morneau is back to his mashing ways. Jason Marquis, who missed most of spring training when his daughter was seriously injured in a bicycle accident, made his first ever start in Yankee Stadium and got the…

  9. Troy Tulowitzki admits defensive struggles are ‘in my head’

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:28 AM EDT

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    While discussing his defense during spring training of 2011, this is what Troy Tulowitzki had to say: “I definitely take pride in playing great defense. Now that I’ve won by my first Gold Glove and my second Fielding Bible award, people who have questioned that I was too big to play shortstop, I think I’ve…

  10. Yankees place Brett Gardner on DL with strained elbow

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

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    From ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand comes word that the Yankees have placed left fielder Brett Gardner on the 15-day disabled list due to a right elbow strain. Cody Eppley, a right-handed reliever, was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding 25-man roster move. It’s not clear when Gardner suffered the elbow strain or how long he…

  11. Grady Sizemore to resume baseball activities next week

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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    Good news this evening out of northeast Ohio. According to Nick Camino of Cleveland’s WTAM 1100, outfielder Grady Sizemore was cleared by doctors Wednesday to “initiate baseball activities next week.” He’ll start with light drills before moving on to batting practice and then simulated games. Sizemore was placed on the disabled list just before the…

  12. Chris Young diagnosed with ligament tear, deep bruise

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

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    When the Diamondbacks placed outfielder Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday morning, they said it was because of a “right shoulder contusion.” But an MRI taken Wednesday afternoon has revealed the matter to be far worse. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Young has been diagnosed with a slight ligament tear in his…

  13. Brian Wilson to have Tommy John surgery on Thursday

    Apr 18, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

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    Giants closer Brian Wilson spent the past couple of days gathering different opinions from doctors on the status of his injured right elbow and recommendations on how to go about fixing it. Now the verdict is in, via beat writer Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News: Brian Wilson will have Tommy John surgery…

  14. Doug Fister experiences renewed discomfort in abdomen

    Apr 18, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    fister reuters

    Tigers right-hander Doug Fister has been on the disabled list since suffering a costochondral (rib cage) strain in the fourth inning of his April 7 start against the Red Sox. He was only supposed to be sidelined for the required 15 days, but it sure sounds like his absence will last longer than that. According…

  15. What if Placido Polanco is done?

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    Trying to get by without their first baseman and second baseman, the Phillies aren’t receiving any help from their third baseman to date: Placido Polanco is hitting .179/.220/.205 in 39 at-bats. Included in those 39 at-bats for Polanco are six strikeouts. That’s far from an excessive total for most players — Adam Dunn has already…

  16. Dusty Baker juggles slumping Reds lineup

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Here’s a look at Dusty Baker’s new idea to break the Reds out of their offensive swoon (they’ve scored fewer runs than every team in baseball besides the Pirates): SS Zack Cozart CF Drew Stubbs 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Scott Rolen LF Chris Heisey C Devin Mesoraco I actually…

  17. 14-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez to announce retirement

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has the scoop: Ivan Rodriguez will retire a member of the Rangers as part of a pre-game ceremony prior to Monday’s game with the Yankees. Rodriguez, 40, didn’t want to go out yet, but no one offered him a starting job or anything close to it after he hit .218/.281/.323 in 124…

  18. Lenny Dykstra gets nine months in jail on Craigslist charges

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and three years’ probation. It came to light last year that Dykstra was placing ads on Craigslist for personal assistants and housekeepers.…

  19. D.C. public officials fight over Nats suite

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Things that happen when publicly-funded stadiums are built: elected officials fight over the freebies: In what’s become a spring tradition, some D.C. Council members are suspicious of how council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) has been distributing the free tickets that the Washington Nationals hand out to local elected officials for each home game. Seems…

  20. How many people can throw harder than Jamie Moyer?

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer not cracking 80 miles per hour with any of his pitches last night was noteworthy enough for me to write about it earlier today, but then I started thinking about his velocity as it relates to my own weak arm. Which brought me to this question: What percentage of adult males can throw…

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