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  1. Heath Bell implodes again, blowing save and taking loss

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    For the third time this season Heath Bell blew a save and then took a loss, unraveling against the Mets in an extremely ugly outing. Bell began the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead and walked four the first five batters he faced, with one ground out mixed in. His fourth walk forced in the…

  2. Angel Pagan hits strike four for a three-run game-winning homer

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Angel Pagan came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with the Giants down 5-3 to the Reds.  Two outs One out. Two strikes on the batter. And then: heroics!  A three run bomb off closer Sean Marshall that ended up winning the game for San Francisco! Except … check out the…

  3. Freddy Sanchez had another setback with shoulder injury

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    freddy sanchez batting getty

    Freddy Sanchez‘s entire Giants career has been filled with injury setbacks and now there’s a new one. Andrew Baggarly of reports that Sanchez had a setback while rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder in the minors, with manager Bruce Bochy describing it as “a little tightness in the shoulder.” Bochy classified the situation as “a…

  4. Albert Pujols got a hit!

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    And there was much rejoicing: #Angels 1B Albert Pujols snaps 0-for-21 skid with ground-ball 1B to CF but is thrown out trying to stretch it to a 2B. — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 26, 2012   Oh, well, some anyway. Better than an 0-fer, yes?

  5. Chris Parmelee “doing well” after being hit in the head

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins

    Chris Parmelee got drilled in the helmet by a pitch last night and was down for several minutes before being checked out by Twins trainers and eventually leaving the field under his own power. He looked a little dazed as he made it back to the dugout and the Twins’ recent history with concussions to…

  6. Tiffany Simons on “Star Wars”

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons

    As I’ve mentioned before, the best part of HBT Extra is when Tiffany Simons and I chat prior to taping. And, from time to time — and with Tiffany’s permission — I like to share some of the gems from those conversations. Today’s concerns “Star Wars.” And we got two gems, actually. First, Tiffany recently interviewed…

  7. Kerry Wood won’t return from DL when eligible Sunday

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    kerry wood getty

    Kerry Wood is eligible to return from the disabled list Sunday, but that won’t happen because the veteran reliever isn’t recovered from shoulder fatigue. In fact, manager Dale Sveum told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs “are not putting any timetable on his return or anything.” Wood was able to throw off…

  8. The $8-small beer barrier has been broken

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    generic beer

    Beer at the ballpark is expensive. We all know that and understand that because we all know that people need beer to survive as if it were oxygen and those criminals who run the ballpark have us over a barrel. But it’s getting even more expensive: Major League Baseball’s average price for a small beer…

  9. Danny Duffy to miss Friday start with elbow tightness

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Duffy winds up a pitch against Detroit's Jackson during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals left-hander Danny Duffy has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start because of what the team is calling “minor elbow tightness.” Duffy described the injury as “not bad at all” and told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that “I want to pitch, but I appreciate the care they’re showing me in this…

  10. Mike Matheny really doesn’t like instant replay

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    matheny ap

    After a game in which not one but two calls were blown to his team’s detriment, you would think that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny would be a fan of replay. Nope: “The thought of the game being completely computer-run, that to me takes away from it,” he said Wednesday. “I just don’t know where it…

  11. Terry Collins admits Mets don’t even know their own signs

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    this is not a sign

    OK, so is probably bordering on simply trolling Mets fans and they’ve had it tough enough, but manager Terry Collins’ quotes about the team not knowing their own signs is hard to ignore. Sorry. Collins was asked why he doesn’t call for more hit-and-runs and replied: That’s not necessarily true. We’ve missed a few signs. …

  12. Mike Trout is hitting .419 with a 1.132 OPS at Triple-A

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One player certainly isn’t going to solve all of the Angels’ problems in the midst of a 6-12 start, particularly with veterans calling out manager Mike Scioscia in the media, but it’s tough to ignore the fact that stud prospect Mike Trout is hitting .419 at Triple-A. As a 20-year-old, no less. Trout is 31-for-74…

  13. Everyone in San Diego likes the idea of moving the new fences in. But should it wait?

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    Yesterday we heard that the Padres are thinking of moving the fences in at Petco Park.  Today the reviews are in, and they’re uniformly positive among Padres people: The idea of bringing in at least some of the fences at Petco Park received the unexpected backing of Padres manager Bud Black Wednesday. “I’d be in…

  14. White Sox sticking with rookie Hector Santiago as closer

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Robin Ventura gave Hector Santiago a public vote of confidence following his first blown save of the season and the manager made it clear last night that he’s sticking with the rookie after a second blown save. “I think stuff happens, but we’re still going with him,” Ventura told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.…

  15. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on Michael Pineda

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Buster brings some serious truth to the Michael Pineda injury: The explosion of social media has fueled the desire to identify incompetence, to illuminate failure, to expose the cheaters. Within seconds that news broke that Michael Pineda will miss the rest of the year with a labrum tear, Twitter was flooded with theories — that the New…

  16. Tsuyoshi Wada seeking second opinion on damaged elbow

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada tries on an Orioles cap after signing with the Orioles in Baltimore

    Initial tests showed ligament damage in Tsuyoshi Wada‘s sore elbow and the Orioles left-hander will get a second opinion from renowned surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum. Yocum actually performed Wada’s pre-signing physical exam and gave him a clean enough bill of health that the Orioles inked the Japanese veteran to a two-year, $8.15 million contract. However,…

  17. Give that ball you snagged to the kid, people!

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kid ball

    Scene in Arlington, Texas last night:  foul ball tossed into the stands, young kid almost gets it, but another dude grabs it and preens with it with his lady friend while kid reaches out for it and cries. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. The kid got a ball given to him…

  18. Torii Hunter called out manager Mike Scioscia after loss

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    How frustrated are the Angels after starting the season 6-12? After last night’s 3-2 loss Torii Hunter talked to reporters about how everyone on the roster has “to dig deep” and then seemingly called out manager Mike Scioscia for his lack of in-game strategy. Hunter specifically seemed upset about Scioscia’s failure to call a bunt…

  19. Must-click link: What Chief Wahoo really means

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Wahoo Cover

    You’ve heard me go on and on about Chief Wahoo before. If you think I’m just being an alarmist liberal pansy about it, however, I’d ask that you educate yourself a bit and understand what Wahoo is really all about. You can do that by reading my friend Peter Pattakos’ excellent article about it in…

  20. Tim Hudson set to make season debut Sunday

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson AP

    After throwing 101 pitches in his fourth and final minor-league rehab start Tim Hudson has been cleared to return from back surgery and the 36-year-old will rejoin the Braves’ rotation Sunday versus the Pirates. Hudson underwent surgery in November and will slide into the rotation spot created by the Braves demoting Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A…

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