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  1. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 21, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    Somebody woke “The Big Donkey.” Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI last night as the White Sox beat the Mariners 7-3. His finest night as a member of the Pale Hose, it was his first multi-homer game since September 24, 2010 and his first five RBI game…

  2. Starlin Castro will not be charged in sexual assault case

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro AP

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Starlin Castro will not be charged following an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in Chicago last September. The police report, which was leaked in January, said that Castro allegedly took a woman to his apartment after a night of drinking at a club. The woman blacked out and…

  3. Another day, another center fielder down for the Cardinals

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Jon Jay made an early exit yesterday after crashing into the center field fence and suffering a sprained right shoulder. Tonight it was Skip Schumaker‘s turn. Schumaker, who was just activated from the disabled list this afternoon and started in place of Jay, ran into the outfield wall after attempting to make a leaping catch…

  4. Mark Trumbo is starting in left field tonight

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo has been nothing short of a mess at third base, so the Angels have decided to try something new. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Trumbo will start in left field tonight against the Orioles. This is actually his first major league start in left field, though he played two…

  5. Wrapping up the Fenway at 100 party

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek, Johnny Pesky

    If you still haven’t had quite enough — and some of those Clay Buchholz changeups were awfully tasty — here are a few more Fenway features for you: First, the recap of the celebration. Next, a slideshow of pics from the festivities. Because Kevin Millar’s frosted tips never get old. And here’s CSNNE.com’s slideshow of…

  6. Clay Buchholz gives up five homers in loss to Yankees

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz, Eric Chavez

    Two pitchers have given up five homers in a game this season. Both have been Red Sox. Clay Buchholz joined Josh Beckett in the exclusive club Friday, surrendering five solo homers in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park’s opening. On the plus side, Buchholz’s start was pretty good for…

  7. Alex Rodriguez passes Ken Griffey Jr., now 5th on homer list

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez launched his 631st career homer over the Green Monster on Friday, moving him past Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list: 1. Barry Bonds – 762 2. Hank Aaron – 755 3. Babe Ruth – 714 4. Willie Mays – 660 5. Alex Rodriguez – 631 6. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630 7.…

  8. Yes, Calvin Pickering, Carlos Baerga and Nick Esasky showed up for the Fenway bash

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Fenway Park

    There was no keeping up with all 216 players to show up on the Fenway Park field for the 100th anniversary celebration today. Fortunately, the Boston Globe has a list of all those in attendance. Among the one-and-done Red Sox there were Carlos Baerga, Mark Whiten, Nick Esasky, Calvin Pickering, Sean Casey, Luis Alicea (I guess…

  9. I think Andy Pettitte is making decent progress, guys

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that Andy Pettitte is getting close to ready to join the Yankees.  The other day he was sharp as a tack in an extended spring game.  Here was his line from another one  today: Andy Pettitte’s line from extended spring game vs. Pirates: 5.0IP, 4H, 2ER,…

  10. Photos of the Day: The Highlanders vs. the Red Sox

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Throwback uniforms are always kinda cool. But I have to admit: the ones the Yankees and the Red Sox are sporting for today’s game are spiffier than most.  The Red Sox: And The Highlanders: Try to tell me those guys don’t look good.

  11. Cole Hamels: not a fan of homegrown stars leaving via free agency

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels, who grew up a Padres fan, spoke to the Union-Tribune yesterday about how much of a bummer it was to see players leave via free agency when he was a kid: “I mean, I loved that team, and all of a sudden it disappeared. I remember watching Fred McGriff before that, loving that guy, and…

  12. Brewers starter Chris Narveson has a torn rotator cuff

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chris Narveson struggled in his last start Sunday, allowing five runs in four innings against the Braves, and today the Brewers placed the left-hander on the disabled list with a torn rotator cuff. There are different levels of severity and it’s possible he could pitch again this season, but if surgery is required he’s likely…

  13. Joba Chamberlain already rehabbing, on his feet soon

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    For a guy who had a horrific injury less than a month ago and who, in the immediate, confused aftermath of his injury was said to have actually had his life placed in danger, Joba Chamberlain is doing pretty darn good, actually: New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain expects to be out of a walking…

  14. Rays activate B.J. Upton from the disabled list

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    As expected the Rays have activated B.J. Upton from the disabled list and the center fielder will make his season debut tonight after sitting out the first 13 games with a back injury. Upton, who suffered the injury in a March 14 collision with Desmond Jennings, went just 3-for-21 (.143) during a seven game minor-league…

  15. OK, the MLB press office is now trolling me about minor league suspensions

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    angel guzman headshot cubs

    Yesterday I said that MLB waited until after 5pm to release the names of minor leaguers who were suspended for drugs. I think they’re messing with me now, because they released today’s at 3:38 PM.  Anyway: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League pitcher Angel Guzman has…

  16. Ryan Dempster iffy for Sunday start with quadriceps injury

    Apr 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Ryan Dempster underwent an MRI exam on his sore quadriceps muscle today and is considered questionable to make his next scheduled start Sunday. Bradford Doolittle of MLB.com reports that the Cubs had Randy Wells travel from Iowa to Chicago to be on hand in case a fill-in starter is needed. Wells, who spent the past…

  17. Fenway 100th Celebration: Pretty sweet

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Fenway Celebration

    Was tuned in to the Fenway Park 100th celebration going on right now.  This was the scene, as scores of former Red Sox players, in uniform, made their way out to the field from the big garage door in center, each of the players taking their customary position on the Fenway Park field.  Very cool:…

  18. Union, league to no longer allow milestone bonuses in player contracts

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Jayson Stark reports that a fairly significant change is afoot in big-time contracts: Major League Baseball and the players’ association have informed teams and agents that they no longer will approve personal-service deals and special “milestone” bonus clauses similar to those contained in Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Los Angeles Angels, officials of both agencies told ESPN.com.…

  19. Mets reliever Daniel Herrera needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Daniel Herrera, a left-handed reliever who was one of the Mets’ final cuts late in spring training, will miss the remainder of the season following Tommy John elbow surgery according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Despite having a 3.72 ERA and 71/36 K/BB ratio in 102 innings as a major leaguer Herrera has…

  20. Introducing “The Maddux”

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Image (1) maddux1.jpg for post 4264

    Reader Jason Lukehart has a blog, and on that blog he has a good post. In it he creates a new statistic. Or at least names one, and the choice of name means that I am 100% likely to use it going forward: Somewhere along the line, and I don’t recall what year this would…

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