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  1. Angels bench Mark Trumbo rather than play him at third base

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Here’s how bad Mark Trumbo‘s defense has been at third base: He’s hitting .375 with a 1.224 OPS so far this season and yet the Angels have left him on the bench for the past two games. That they have a logjam at first base, designated hitter, and the corner outfield spots is nothing new…

  2. The Angels, Erick Aybar close to an extension

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Erick Aybar are close to an agreement on a multi-year extension that could be announced as soon as tomorrow. We don’t know the terms, but earlier this week it was reported that he was looking for five years and $50 million.  While that seems high, ask yourself how many…

  3. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan misses save chance with hamstring injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan was unavailable out of the Pirates’ bullpen last night because of a hamstring injury, so Juan Cruz got a rare save opportunity and closed out a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring while throwing the final pitch of his Sunday save versus the Giants…

  4. My heavens! Massachusetts Senator takes political donation from Yankees president

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    United States Senator Scott Brown prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston.

    There are a lot more important things to get outraged about in politics, but if you’re gonna do things like wear the local team’s gear and stand in front of their ballpark in campaign ads in order to try to co-opt some goodwill, you had better not do this: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown may be rooting for…

  5. Carl Crawford plays in extended spring training game

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Carl Crawford took a big step in his recovery from wrist surgery and recent elbow problems, playing in an extended spring training game yesterday for the first time. Crawford batted four times, felt healthy enough to attempt a stolen base, and manager Bobby Valentine told reporters that he “felt great after the game.” However, he’s…

  6. Doug Smith does not like bikini-clad women at the ballpark

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    I’m not a big fan of big, garish entertainment at baseball games that distract from the action on the field. Give me the diamond, the sounds of the game, the smell of beer and grilling meat and maybe a little organ music and I’m good to go. In light of that, why do I read…

  7. You might want to steer clear of these two pitching prospects

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    Sling

    Well, I’m not actually sure that they’re prospects. They’re just a couple of high school pitchers who have committed to major baseball programs in Louisiana. But if they are prospects, I’m guessing Keith Law’s head asploded after reading this: LSU signee Mitch Sewald started for Rummel; Emerson Gibbs, a Tulane signee, for Jesuit. Of those…

  8. The Roger Clemens trial is dragging

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Day three and they’re still trying to seat a jury: Jury selection in the Roger Clemens perjury case is dragging on at the pace of a midsummer baseball snoozer. Except in this case, endless at-bats are replaced with hourlong rounds of questions of potential jurors, with no end in sight. The mind-numbing task of choosing a jury for…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Chris Young exits game after banging shoulder on wall

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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