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  1. Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time homer list with 630

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season off Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers. The homer also snapped a career-long RBI drought for Rodriguez, who failed to drive in a run in any of…

  2. Miguel Cabrera complains about the batters box, so they redo the batter’s box

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is something you don’t see every day.  In the first inning of the Tigers-White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field, Miguel Cabrera complained to the umpires about the placement of the batter’s box, saying it was too close to the pitcher’s mound. Jim Leyland came out and said something too. Were they told to…

  3. GM: Angels “making progress” on Erick Aybar extension

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    During spring training the Angels signed second baseman Howie Hendick to a four-year, $33.5 million contract, but they couldn’t come to an agreement on a similar long-term deal with shortstop Erick Aybar. However, the two sides didn’t stop talking when Opening Day arrived and general manager Jerry Dipoto told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that they’re…

  4. Still no timetable for Chris Carpenter

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Chris Carpenter recently underwent a “battery of tests” on his injured shoulder, with the hope being that, at the other end of that, some certainty would be obtained. Nope, not yet: Chris Carpenter said he is feeling better but still not strong enough to begin throwing. No timetable at this point. — B.J. Rains (@BJRains)…

  5. Brandon Belt on Giants’ bench for fourth straight game

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Apparently the Giants’ commitment to Brandon Belt as a regular lasted all of three games. He went 1-for-10 with five strikeouts and has been on the bench for each of the past four games, including this afternoon’s matchup against the Pirates despite right-hander James McDonald being on the mound. In fact, three of the four…

  6. Carl Crawford diagnosed with strained elbow, setting back recovery from wrist surgery

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford put his rehab from wrist surgery on hold to have his sore left elbow examined by doctors in Boston earlier this week and Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that he’s been diagnosed with a strain that will push back his rehab timetable “for at least a week.” Crawford revealed that he’s…

  7. This hardly seems fair

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Or: Why the Oakland A’s hate the unbalanced schedule

  8. Carlos Quentin cleared for live batting practice

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Carlos Quentin is far enough along in his recovery from March 19 knee surgery that he’s been cleared for live batting practice. Quentin was initially given a 4-6 week return timetable and won’t be ready to return by the time he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on April 18, but manager Bud Black…

  9. Photo of the Day: Popeye’s is ready for the Sox home opener

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    From Steve Brown of WBUR in Boston comes a textbook case of opportunistic marketing, seen near Fenway Park before today’s home opener:  

  10. Royals sticking with Jonathan Broxton as closer

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Ned Yost took his time announcing that Jonathan Broxton and not Greg Holland would replace the injured Joakim Soria as closer, but the Royals manager wasted no time making it clear that he’s sticking with Broxton in the ninth-inning role despite an ugly blown save Wednesday. Broxton walked two batters, hit two more, and allowed…

  11. The Mets want David Wright to be the face of the franchise for years to come

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Over at the New York Daily News, Andy Martino reports that, even though extension talks haven’t taken place, the Mets are probably going to try to keep David Wright in a Mets uniform for years to come. The key thing is whether the Mets think Wright will become injury prone all of a sudden. Which,…

  12. Vin Scully not ready to resume announcing, but feels better

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully isn’t ready to return to the Dodgers’ broadcast booth yet because of a cold, but the 84-year-old announcing legend is feeling better. Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Scully could be back on the air as soon as Saturday and returning tonight may have been an option if the weather wasn’t…

  13. Baseball’s actual unwritten rules uncovered

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Rules

    Over at Deadspin, Erick Malinowski reveals baseball’s unwritten rules. Which, strangely enough, were written down in a 1986 issue of “Baseball Digest.”  I got “Baseball Digest” back then and I think they’re all still in my basement. Which, if my basement wasn’t a hellscape, I’d consider looking for right now. Anyway, a lot of the…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez to return from suspension Sunday

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    After dropping the appeal of his five-game suspension for plunking ex-teammate Troy Tulowitzki near the end of spring training Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to return to the mound Sunday against the Royals. Jimenez was originally slated to start Saturday, but then Tuesday’s game versus the White Sox was rained out and because his suspension was…

  15. Deep Thoughts: If Aroldis Chapman walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck …

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman pitched two pretty fantastic innings of relief and got the win on Wednesday. Then this: Left-hander Aroldis Chapman was not available to pitch Thursday after going two innings and 35 pitches Wednesday. “He may not be available (Friday) either,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It depends on how he feels.” So, he pitches multiple…

  16. Quote of the Day: Is Josh Beckett’s thumb fine?

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Quit beating around the bush, man, and answer the question.

  17. Luke Scott: Fenway is a dump

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th birthday today, and Luke Scott was asked about it. Surprisingly, he did not take issue with the circumstances of the park’s birth.  But he was cranky about the place all the same, calling it “a dump”: “As a baseball player, going there to work, it’s a dump. I  mean, it’s…

  18. Remembering how badly the Expos got boned

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya profile

    Ken Rosenthal has a column up today looking back at the big crazy trade made by Omar Minaya after he took over as Expos GM:  Grady Sizemore, Brandom Phillips and Cliff Lee to the Indians for Bartolo Colon. Underlying that deal, Minaya tells Rosenthal, was the threat of contraction: “The No. 1 priority was not…

  19. HBT Extra: Really looking forward to the weekend, you guys

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I talk about some of the more interesting weekend series.

  20. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver

    Giants 4, Rockies 2: Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth, silencing the Rockies bats that rocked Tim Lincecum‘s world the night before. That, and some bad defense by Dexter Fowler, prevented Jamie Moyer from becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. Can’t have errors behind the old guy or he’s toast.…

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