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  1. MLB is looking into Ozzie’s comments? How intellectually inconsistent of them.

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    CASTRO ANGELOS

    According to Buster Olney, Major League Baseball is now “reviewing the Ozzie Guillen situation.”  Hurm. While I disagree with it all, I at least understand where the local outrage in Miami is coming from. While I would hope that it all blows over, I get that whatever happens it will be the local dynamics —…

  2. Behold, The Dodgers unveil The Big Kid Dog

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Mother of God

    Some people say the Dodgers are worth $2 billion because of future television revenue. I say it’s because of billion-dollar ideas like this one: The Big Kid Dog.  According to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed it’s “a 100% all-beef dog topped with gooey Mac and Cheese and covered in Fritos.”

  3. Miami-Dade mayor: “The freedom-loving people” of Miami want Ozzie Guillen fired

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:07 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    L’affair Ozzie is continuing apace. We’ve had the comment, the outrage, the apology, the media hand-wringing, and now the political opportunism. In the run-up to Ozzie Guillen’s second apology over his Castro comment, Carlos Giminez, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, calls for his termination. Because apparently there is nothing more satisfying to “freedom-loving people” than…

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  5. Please Fredi, stop using your worst relievers in close games

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez probably throws harder than Livan Hernandez

    Let’s rank the Braves’ relievers in order from best to cannon fodder, shall we: Craig Kimbrel Jonny Venters Eric O’Flaherty Kris Medlen Cristhian Martinez Livan Hernandez Chad Durbin There’s nothing controversial there, right. One could argue about the order of the last two, but really, no one can possibly be that bored. Now let’s look…

  6. Tom Milone first in six years to go eight scoreless with no strikeouts

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:31 AM EDT

    Tom Milone

    The Royals must have thought A’s rookie Tom Milone was a nasty left-hander when they sat lefty bats Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas on Monday night. They went on to make him look like one, kind of anyway. Tommy Milone became the first pitcher in six years to finish an outing with at least eight…

  7. Rangers and Ian Kinsler agree to five-year, $75 million contract extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler said last week that he was “disappointed” that a contract extension with the Rangers wouldn’t get done by Opening Day, but the two sides were apparently able to bridge the gap over the past couple of days. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers and Kinsler have agreed to…

  8. Report: Indians, Carlos Santana agree to multi-year contract extension

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    After extending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera through the 2014 season last week, the Indians have successfully locked up another key piece of their nucleus. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Carlos Santana. An official announcement is expected tomorrow. Exact terms aren’t yet known, but the deal…

  9. Yu Darvish uneven in major league debut

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish AP MLB debut

    Yu Darvish‘s major league debut didn’t go exactly as planned tonight against the Mariners, but he certainly showed flashes of why the Rangers broke the bank to bring him into the fold. In what was likely a case of the nerves, Darvish allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in a 42-pitch first…

  10. Andy Pettitte allows one run over three innings in first minor league tune-up

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    After tossing a scoreless inning last Wednesday in the Yankees’ Grapefruit League finale against the Mets, Andy Pettitte made his first minor league start this evening with High-A Tampa. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Pettitte allowed one run on two hits over three innings while striking out two, walking one and throwing one wild…

  11. Jed Lowrie on track to come off disabled list Friday

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie AP

    Jed Lowrie‘s sprained right thumb prevented him from being on the Opening Day roster, but he could make his Astros’ debut later this week. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Lowrie is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He got the go-ahead after taking batting practice from both…

  12. Barry Zito notches first shutout since 2003 versus Rockies

    Apr 9, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito couldn’t get anyone out in an exhibition season that saw him give up 17 runs and 32 hits in 19 1/3 innings and ditch his experimental windup. The Rockies, though, were frustrated by him all day Monday. Zito pitched his first shutout since 2003, allowing just four hits and walking none, in a…

  13. Rangers should grab Brandon Allen off waivers from A’s

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Left-handed hitting first basemen/designated hitters certainly aren’t in popular demand at the moment, and there’s a good chance Brandon Allen will clear waivers after being designated for assignment by the A’s on Monday. Still, there are a few teams that might want to take a chance on him, including Oakland’s division rival in Texas. The…

  14. Players with more homers than the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence fans

    Jay Bruce Miguel Cabrera Yoenis Cespedes Corey Hart Omar Infante Alex Avila Carlos Beltran Lucas Duda Prince Fielder Aaron Hill Eric Hosmer Adam LaRoche Matt Kemp Nick Markakis Carlos Pena Pablo Sandoval Carlos Santana Josh Willingham Yeah, I’m trolling a bit. But this has been an ugly offensive display. Not only do the 1-3 Phillies…

  15. Baseball gave us the word “jazz?” Cool.

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jazz Kings

    This is from a couple of weeks ago in the Boston Globe, but I’m just seeing it now via Baseball Think Factory. File it under Stuff You Never Think About But Which is Nonetheless Cool: A hundred years ago a minor leaguer basically invented the word “jazz.” It happened when one Ben Henderson, a pitcher…

  16. Chipper Jones could return from DL as soon as tomorrow

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:34 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones had no problems after weekend workouts and tested his surgically repaired knee again today, with Mark Bowman of MLB.com reporting that he “felt good” and “could be activated in time to start tomorrow’s game.” Jones underwent what was considered minor knee surgery on March 26 and said all along that he planned to…

  17. Drew Storen to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    After a spring training filled with elbow tenderness, this is not good news for Nats closer Drew Storen: Drew Storen will visit Dr. James Andrews after feeling tenderness in his elbow during a sim game. Nats fear bone chip. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 9, 2012   Storen began the season on the DL, of…

  18. A’s activate Daric Barton from disabled list, designate Brandon Allen for assignment

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Brandon Allen went from Opening Day first baseman to designated for assignment in the span of four games, as the A’s dropped him from the 40-man roster today to make room for Daric Barton‘s return from the disabled list. Now that he’s recovered from September shoulder surgery Barton figures to be Oakland’s primary first baseman…

  19. Omar Infante hits two homers, leads the Marlins over the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies are now 1-3 and have scored eight total runs. That’s mildly alarming. Almost as alarming as Omar Infante going yard twice and, heck, Austin Kearns doing it even once. But that’s what happened today as the Marlins beat the Phillies 6-2 in the Philadelphia home opener. Infante went deep on Cole Hamels in…

  20. Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera named MLB players of the week

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Can you really call it a week after three games?  Sure, why not?  So player of the “week” honors go to Matt Kemp in the NL and Miguel Cabrera in the AL. Cabrera batted .455 (5-for-11) with an A.L.-leading three home runs and eight RBI.  Kemp hit .412 (7-for-17) while leading the Majors with six runs scored…

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