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  1. Rich Thompson designated for assignment by A’s

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Thompson_Rich

    UPDATE: That was quick. Less than a week after claiming him off waivers the A’s designated Thompson for assignment, putting him back on the waiver wire following one appearance. ========== Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Rich Thompson will stay in the AL West after being claimed off waivers by the A’s. Thompson…

  2. Phil Coke testifies before an anti-bullying panel

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Coke_Phil

    Phil Coke: stand up guy: Coke was among the panelists who testified Monday at a hearing for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in Detroit, held at Wayne State University. The task force is part of the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, which aims to prevent and reduce…

  3. Dizziness, nausea keeping Coco Crisp out of A’s lineup

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    Last night Coco Crisp was out of the A’s lineup for the sixth time in seven games as dizziness from an inner-ear infection continues to make him nauseous. Manager Bob Melvin admitted that Crisp may have returned too soon when he played Monday, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that the outfielder “had some struggles as…

  4. Jose Reyes got booed

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    I didn’t tune in to the Mets-Marlins game because, really, I didn’t care a lot about the Mets-Marlins game.  But Bob Klapisch was there and he heard the boo-birds for returning star, Jose Reyes.  And he wasn’t happy about it: Let’s not quibble over what percentage of the Citi Field crowd booed Jose Reyes in…

  5. Jeremy Bonderman had elbow surgery, will attempt to come back next year

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman throwing

    Jeremy Bonderman hasn’t pitched since posting a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings for the Tigers in 2010, sitting out all of last season when a deal with the Indians fell through, but apparently he’s eying a comeback … in 2013. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Bonderman underwent elbow reconstruction surgery today “with the intent…

  6. The Padres are thinking about altering the dimensions of Petco Park

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Petco Park

    Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the Padres are thinking about the place they call home: Padres interim CEO Tom Garfinkel said the club plans to study what effects reducing Petco Park’s spacious outfield might have on the team’s offense. The Padres could submit plans to Major League Baseball after the season…

  7. Mike Matheny got his first career ejection last night

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Tony La Russa was ejected once every 50 or so games throughout his 33-year managing career, but it took his replacement, Mike Matheny, just three weeks and 18 games to get the boot for the first time. Matheny received his first career ejection last night when he argued with second base umpire Bill Welke over…

  8. Dylan Bundy extends hitless innings streak to 13

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Orioles’ prospect Dylan Bundy had been given three, three-inning starts to begin the season in low-A Delmarva, and he hadn’t allowed a hit. So last night they gave him four innings. And he still hasn’t allowed a hit.  Not a bad way to begin a professional career. He struck out six, needing only 44 pitches to…

  9. Angels starting Mark Trumbo everywhere but third base

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Plans to give Mark Trumbo regular playing time at third base have gone by the wayside after he predictably struggled there defensively, so the Angels have used him at the hot corner just once in the past two weeks. They have, however, used him just about everywhere else. Trumbo started at designated hitter on April…

  10. The Giants are not pleased at the Reds for throwing at Buster Posey

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Buster Posey, Tim Flannery

    Last night Joey Votto was plunked by Dan Otero in the seventh inning of the Giants-Reds game. If Otero was actually trying to hit Votto it was pretty remarkable, because that would have been the only spot he hit in what was an otherwise hellish night for the Giants’ reliever.  Way more likely: ball actually…

  11. Dodgers place Matt Guerrier on DL with elbow tendinitis

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Guerrier_Matt

    Matt Guerrier has been one of baseball’s most durable relievers for the past seven years, averaging 65 appearances and 74 innings per season, but now at age 33 he’s on the disabled list. Guerrier was diagnosed with elbow tendinitis and the Dodgers shelved him while calling up left-hander Michael Antonini from Triple-A, where he had…

  12. Marvin Miller: CEO Pay is way worse than ballplayer pay, Commissioner Landis was in the KKK

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    Marvin Miller — and a bunch of other heavy hitters such as Michael Weiner and Don Fehr — appeared at an NYU law school forum last night.  Miller, at 95, still throws fastballs. And some serious chin music at the long-dead Kennesaw Mountain Landis. Noting that the public still seems to get bent out of…

  13. Pedro Gomez embodies the intellectual dishonesty of the anti-PEDs bloc of the Hall of Fame electorate

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    ESPN’s Pedro Gomez had some back and forth on Twitter last night about the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose came up, but so too did PED users — or rumored users — like Jeff Bagwell. Here’s Gomez’s tweet in response to someone who thinks it is unfair for Gomez and his “500 friends,” as Gomez…

  14. Yu Darvish lives up to the hype

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    When I saw Yu Darvish make his debut in spring training last month I watched a guy who pounded the zone and showed a good 4-5 pitches with insane movement.  In his first couple of regular season starts, however, he seemed tentative and nibbling and an altogether different guy. That changed in a major way…

  15. Photo of the Day: “I miss you, Jose. I really do.”

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Camera

    “Shh … no words. Just … hold me.” (pic via Jon Bernhardt)

  16. Carl Crawford to pay a visit to Dr. Andrews

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    For Carl Crawford it was one step forward when he played in an extended spring training game last week. And now, it seems, it’s one step back: Carl Crawford, still experiencing soreness in left elbow, will visit Dr. James Andrews soon. Exact date not known. #RedSoxTalk — Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) April 25, 2012   It’s not…

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

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  18. Albert Pujols matches career longest hitless streak

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 as the Angels were shut out by the Rays 5-0 on Tuesday. He’s gone hitless in four straight games, matching a career high. Pujols had five previous streaks of going hitless in four games, the last taking place from Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2010. Pujols has also gone eight straight games without…

  19. Ryan Zimmerman undergoing MRI on throwing shoulder

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    zimmerman getty

    Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t played since Friday because of soreness in his right shoulder. And there’s a chance his absence could last far longer. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Zimmerman is scheduled to have an MRI Tuesday night on his ailing throwing shoulder, with Nationals manager Davey Johnson fearing that the 27-year-old third…

  20. Philip Humber excused from White Sox for birth of child

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    philip humber getty

    Philip Humber is experiencing a life-changing April. On Saturday in Seattle he tossed the 21st perfect game in major league history, improving to 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA through his first 14 1/3 innings this season. And now the 29-year-old right-hander is preparing to welcome a big addition to his family. According to Mark D.…

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