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  1. Carl Crawford diagnosed with UCL sprain in elbow

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by a Red Sox source that the team expects Crawford back by the All-Star break. In fact, they believe a return in June isn’t out of the question. Of course, this is assuming his UCL responds to treatment. 9:37 PM: Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence…

  2. The Red Sox could add Rich Hill to their bullpen this weekend

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Rich Hill Getty

    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe this evening that “it’s conceivable” Rich Hill could be activated from the disabled list this weekend while the club is in Chicago. See, who needs Carl Crawford? Hill reinvented himself as a sidearmer last year and posted a 12/3 K/BB ratio over eight…

  3. Dustin McGowan shut down at least two weeks with shoulder inflammation

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan Reuters

    Many scratched their heads when the Blue Jays signed injury-prone right-hander Dustin McGowan to a contract extension in March which guarantees him $4.1 million. And the deal doesn’t look any better with today’s news. According to John Lott of the National Post, McGowan has been shut down for at least two weeks after developing inflammation…

  4. Your semi-daily metabolites of Stanozolol report

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    syringe

    Minor league suspension time, people. Today’s perp walk features single-A pitchers from the Indians and White Sox: Cleveland Indians Minor League pitcher Harold Guerrero has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.  Guerrero is currently on the roster of the Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn…

  5. Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    joey lawrence woah

    Here’s a pretty incredible tidbit, courtesy of MLB’s official “Stat of the Day” feed on Twitter: Matt Kemp joined Mickey Mantle (1956) and Willie Mays (1964) as only CFs in liveball era to hit 10 HRs within their team’s first 19 games. — MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 26, 2012 Matt Kemp is…

  6. There were three ninth inning rallies today

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Sure, the Giants’ win over the Reds had an assist from a bad call by an ump, but it still counts as a ninth inning rally.  As does the Heath Bell meltdown Aaron described earlier. But those weren’t the only two. The Rays turned their caps inside out or whatever the hell passes for a…

  7. The Tigers give Brandon Inge his unconditional release

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Wow, this is pretty big. From the Twitter feed of the Tigers’ media relations dude: Tigers have unconditionally released Brandon Inge. Brad Eldred’s contract will be purchased from Toledo on Friday. #tigers — Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) April 26, 2012 This isn’t big because Brandon Inge is big — he’s pretty insignificant, baseball-wise these days —…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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 CSNBayArea.com 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…

  11. 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?

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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. …

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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