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  1. What Fenway Park really needs: a bubble wrap roof

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bubble wrap

    They called Galileo crazy. And they laughed at Columbus, Fulton and the Wright Brothers. So when you laugh at architect B.D. Nayak for proposing a roof for Fenway Park, don’t let me catch you calling him a genius later! The shape of Fenway Park is unsymmetrical, and because of its dimensions, a physical structure for a…

  2. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the weekend

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Tiff and run down some weekend series we think look particularly interesting.

  3. Bud Selig to the A’s: figure it out yourselves!

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    From the annals of chutzpah, here’s Bud Selig commenting yesterday on the Oakland A’s San Jose problem and the potential dispute with the Giants over territorial rights: “I’m always hopeful when there are debates amongst clubs, I try to lead teams in a direction of solving their problems themselves,” Selig said. “However, this group has…

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

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

  5. Nats not worried about Bryce Harper’s scuffles in AAA

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper’s bat has been pretty quiet down at Class AAA Syracuse, as he is hitting just .232 with no home runs and one RBI in 14 games. But Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo isn’t worried, telling CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman that Harper, one of the top prospects in baseball, is progressing just fine.…

  6. Yu Darvish limits Tigers to one run in third major league start

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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    After giving up a total of seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits and eight walks over 11 1/3 innings against the Twins and Mariners in his first two major league starts, Yu Darvish had the best outing of his brief career tonight against the powerhouse Tigers. Go figure. Darvish limited the Tigers to just…

  7. Curtis Granderson hits three homers in first four innings

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    Curtis Granderson had three homers in four innings and then singled in his remaining two at-bats Thursday as the Yankees topped the Twins 7-6. Granderson, who entered with three homers on the year, took Anthony Swarzak deep in the first and second innings and then launched his third homer off reliever Jeff Gray in the…

  8. Dustin Moseley says shoulder surgery is “probably” his “only option”

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Dustin Moseley made just one start before being placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month with what was originally termed as a right shoulder strain. Padres manager Bud Black told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune last week that an MRI on the shoulder showed “damage to the rotator cuff and changes…

  9. Adam Wainwright continues to struggle in return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright‘s ERA actually went down this afternoon, but he continues to struggle in his return from Tommy John surgery. Wainwright allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in a 6-3 loss to the Reds. While he struck out five and walked just one, he also allowed two homers and averaged just under…

  10. Erick Aybar settled way too cheap

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    More power to him if Erick Aybar loves Southern California and didn’t want to play anywhere else. He still should have done better than $35 million for four years in his new extension with the Angels. $8.75 million per year is less than Julio Lugo got in his four-year deal with the Red Sox six…

  11. Stat of the day: catchers lead the way

    Apr 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters

    Credit A.J. Pierzynski, Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters and even a little George Kottaras: catchers have the highest OPS of any position on the diamond so far this year. Here’s how they ranked entering Thursday’s games: C: .770 OPS CF: .764 1B: .758 RF: .742 2B: .699 3B: .696 SS: .692 LF: .684 Yeah, that’s pretty…

  12. Curt Schilling to skip Friday’s Fenway bash

    Apr 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Schilling

    Curt Schilling’s video game responsibilities will prevent him from attending the 100th anniversary ceremonies at Fenway Park on Friday: To Red Sox Nation, I apologize that business at 38 Studios has made my participation in the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park impossible. Please understand that should in no way indicate my love and passion for…

  13. If it’s after 5pm, it must be minor league drug suspension time!

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t happen every day, but a good 35-40% of the time, at about 5pm or so, I get a press release from Major League Baseball announcing minor league drug suspensions. It’s getting to be like the whistle at the factory or something. A signal to me that the day is almost done and it’s…

  14. Allen Craig close to beginning rehab assignment

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Lance Berkman is on the disabled list with a partially torn calf and Jon Jay exited today’s game with a shoulder injury, but at least one Cardinals hitter has some positive health news. Allen Craig has progressed enough from offseason knee surgery that he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon…

  15. Jon Jay leaves the game with a sprained shoulder

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jon Jay

    The Cardinals are kind of a juggernaut at the moment, and one of the reasons they’re so remarkable is that they’ve been doing what they’ve been doing despite a number of injuries. But at some point that ceases to be neat and starts to be concerning. Maybe that point is today, as they saw yet another…

  16. When small children attack

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Running kid

    I don’t have the game on, but WhiteSoxTalk is at U.S. Cellular Field, and witnessed a blatant case of criminality perpetrated on our national pastime at the Orioles-White Sox game: Here’s the video:   Lucky that kid wasn’t in Philly. I can’t imagine what they would have done to him.  At least we know they wouldn’t have…

  17. Angels announce four-year, $35 million contract extension with Erick Aybar

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Today the Angels and Erick Aybar made official what was all but finalized last week, announcing a four-year, $35 million contract extension for the switch-hitting shortstop. Aybar, who’s making $5.075 million this season, gets $1.5 million more than double-play partner Howie Kendrick received in his four-year deal signed in January. Both players would have been…

  18. Jamie Moyer was offered a post-baseball job

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    After he became the oldest player to ever win a game the other night, Jamie Moyer said “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.”  Well, his wish is the Hall of Fame’s command: To that end, the Hall of Fame has offered Moyer the opportunity of a lifetime, to study in Cooperstown as part…

  19. Rays claim Brandon Allen off waivers from A’s

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    When the A’s designated Brandon Allen for assignment last week I wrote that based on his minor-league track record plenty of teams would be smart to snag him off waivers. Sure enough a contending team did just that according to Allen’s agent, who says the first baseman/corner outfielder was claimed by Tampa Bay. Allen is…

  20. The rat that changed baseball coverage on TV

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Fisk Homer

    I want to say I knew this once. Or maybe posted on it once. But when you post several thousand things a year they all kind of blend together. Oh well. Anyway, there’s a great story over at Sporting News which tells the tale of the famous shot of Carlton Fisk’s homer in Game 6…

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