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  1. Is there a gay Jackie Robinson in baseball’s future?

    Apr 18, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    MysteryMan

    This comes up from time to time, and today it’s my friend Graham Womack who brings it up: It’s one of the last remaining areas of bigotry in America, persecution of gays, and not surprisingly, baseball isn’t much evolved … With estimates that 10 percent of people are gay or lesbian, chances are good that a…

  2. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

  3. Mark Melancon goes from closer to likely minor leaguer

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    As far as wins and losses go, it didn’t matter if Mark Melancon pitched a perfect inning or got lit up by the Rangers tonight, not with the Red Sox already behind 8-2 in the eighth. However, that he failed to retire any of the six hitters he faced will almost certainly play a role…

  4. At 49, Jamie Moyer becomes oldest to win a game

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    After opening the season 0-2, Jamie Moyer was able to shut down the Padres on Tuesday and pick up his first victory, making him the oldest player in MLB history to win a game. At 49 years, 150 days, Moyer overtook Jack Quinn, whose last win came at 49 years, 70 days. Facing a struggling…

  5. Former top Rockies prospects find the road back

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Tyler Matzek

    In 2010, Baseball America rated Rockies left-handers Tyler Matzek and Christian Friedrich the 23rd and 33rd best prospects in the game, respectively. They were eighth and 12th among pitchers. However, the stock of both had plummeted in the two years since, even though neither suffered a major injury. Neither came close to sniffing the top…

  6. Chris Young exits game after banging shoulder on wall

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    chris young getty

    Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young was just led off by a trainer in Arizona after running into the outfield wall while making a fourth-inning catch. Young was clutching his right shoulder as he walked, according to the Arizona Republic‘s Nick Piecoro, and could be looking at an extended absence if he suffered any level of…

  7. Nationals “have dabbled” in Zimmermann extension talks

    Apr 17, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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    It has become almost commonplace for major league teams to lock up talented, cost-controlled pitchers through their arbitration years. And the Nationals are apparently thinking about getting in on the act. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nats “have dabbled in preliminary conversations” with the representatives for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Nothing is…

  8. Scott Baker had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    When the Twins announced last week that starter Scott Baker needed an elbow procedure and would miss the rest of the 2012 season, they claimed that his ulnar collateral ligament was fine and that it was his flexor pronator tendon that required repairing. That was either incorrect or untrue. According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Baker…

  9. A.J. Burnett has just one more rehab start to go

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    burnett getty

    From beat writer Tom Singer of MLB.com comes word that right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to join the Pirates’ starting rotation after making one final rehab start Saturday at Double-A Altoona. Burnett has been on the shelf since suffering a fractured right orbital bone while performing a bunting drill in spring training. He’s made three…

  10. If only Brent Morel were more aggressive…

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Brent Morel

    Asked today about Brent Morel‘s continued presence in the No. 2 spot in the order despite a .103/.161/.138 line to date, White Sox manager Robin Ventura replied: He’s going to stay there. He just needs to be a little more aggressive in the zone and things will turn around. So, Morel, who has walked twice…

  11. Justin Upton to see hand specialist for thumb injury

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton‘s thumb injury is suddenly looking like a bigger deal. FOXSportsArizona’s Jack Magruder reports that he’ll get an MRI and see a hand specialist. A DL stint is a possibility. Upton was a trendy pick to win NL MVP honors this year after busting out for 31 homers as a 23-year-old last season. However,…

  12. UPDATE: Padres prospect Casey Kelly gets sore elbow examined

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Casey Kelly

    Update: An MRI on Kelly’s elbow came back negative, MLB.com’s Corey Brock reports. Kelly will go to extended spring training for a two-week rehab and could rejoin Triple-A Tucson afterwards. /// Casey Kelly, who was considered the prize of the Adrian Gonzalez deal when the Padres acquired him from the Red Sox, is having a…

  13. Braves give Jason Heyward a look in the two hole

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    It’s probably just a one-day thing with Martin Prado resting, but the Braves tonight are giving Jason Heyward his first start as a No. 2 hitter since last July 25. Heyward has been the team’s hottest hitter thus far, batting .375/.444/.656 with two homers and three steals in 10 games. Besides Chipper Jones, who has…

  14. Mark Teixeira scratched with flu-like symptoms

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira probably didn’t want to face Francisco Liriano tonight anyway. The Yankees scratched their first baseman about two hours before Tuesday’s game against the Twins was due to start. The reason was the old standby: flu-like symptoms. Teixeira is 3-for-20 with one homer and 10 strikeouts lifetime against Liriano, and he’s not off to…

  15. Asdrubal Cabrera goes on bereavement list

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    The Indians placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the bereavement list prior to Tuesday’s game and recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. The only details so far are that a member of Cabrera’s immediate family died in Venezuela, and he has returned to the country. The Indians can keep him on the bereavement list for…

  16. Kerry Wood gets cortisone shot, out until at least Friday

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    kerry wood getty

    Kerry Wood has left the Cubs in Miami and flown back to Chicago to undergo a cortisone injection in his sore right shoulder. For now the Cubs are telling reporters that they expect Wood to avoid the disabled list and be available out of the bullpen as soon as Friday, when they return home to…

  17. Football writers: please stop trying to write about baseball

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Football

    Usually we have to wait until playoff season for people who don’t know a lot about baseball to write columns in which the declare it dead or dying and then vainly attempt to explain why.  But today we’re lucky!  We have one from Andy Benoit, the NFL blogger from the New York Times! The rating…

  18. Orioles minor leaguer Michael Ohlman suspended 50 games for drug use

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    say no to drugs

    Orioles minor leaguer Michael Ohlman, a 20-year-old catcher who was the team’s 11th-round draft pick in 2009, has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor league drug policy. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com he tested positive for a “drug of abuse” rather than something performance-enhancing. Ohlman is stuck at low Single-A for a…

  19. Supreme Court justice takes a jab at the Mets

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Via Baseball Think Factory, we find a Supreme Court opinion released today that makes a passing reference to the Mets in order to parse some legal language: The meaning of the phrase turns on its context. See Johnson v. United States, 559 U. S. ___, ___ (2010) (slip op., at 5) (“Ultimately, context determines meaning”).…

  20. MLB overrules official scorer, gives Delmon Young error

    Apr 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    overruled

    Delmon Young‘s hilarious defensive misplay last Friday was ruled a “triple” by the official scorer in Chicago despite the fact that he did a 360-degree spin going after a fly ball to left field … and then dropped it. At the time I wondered what exactly the point was of even having “errors” if Young’s…

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