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  1. Maybe the Red Sox really should fire Bobby Valentine

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the whole point to hiring Bobby Valentine is that he’s a cut above most as a tactical manager? He’s not in the Boston dugout because he’s a great manager of people. Nor does he have a rep as some sort of master disciplinarian who manages to get the…

  2. Philip Humber delivers 21st perfect game in MLB history

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Philip Humber took the mound Saturday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field as the owner of an uninspiring 4.06 career ERA. When nine innings were up, the 29-year-old starter fell to the grass a few feet in front of home plate as a member of major league history. Humber tossed nine perfect framess…

  3. Philip Humber is perfect. The Mariners are anything but.

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    While most of the baseball-loving nation was forced to watch another a typical Red Sox-Yankees four-hour marathon, Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in big-league history Saturday in the White Sox’s 4-0 win over the Mariners. The perfect game is largely the providence of great pitchers, but Humber is certainly more Dallas Braden than…

  4. Philip Humber finishes off perfect game against Mariners

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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    White Sox starter Philip Humber is having his way with the light-hitting Mariners lineup on Saturday in Seattle and currently stands perfect through seven innings of work. Humber has only thrown 70 pitches, so he should be able to go the distance if everything continues to roll his way. The 29-year-old right-hander entered the afternoon…

  5. Marlon Byrd traded to Red Sox for Michael Bowden, PTBNL

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Bowden is indeed headed to Chicago along with a player to be named later. The Cubs will cover “most” of the $6.5 million remaining on Byrd’s contract. 5:51: According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, Marlon Byrd confirmed that he has been traded to the Red Sox.…

  6. Mike Napoli homers again as Rangers win eighth straight game

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli AP

    Mike Napoli homered in his fifth straight game this afternoon as the Rangers routed the Tigers 10-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Rangers have now won eight consecutive games and sit at a major-league best 12-2 on the young season. The Rangers took the Tigers out of this one pretty early,…

  7. Pirates activate A.J. Burnett for start tonight against the Cardinals

    Apr 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett will make his Pirates’ debut a bit earlier than originally expected. Kevin Correia was scratched from tonight’s start due to discomfort in his left side, so the Pirates have activated Burnett and will have him make the start instead. Burnett, who underwent surgery in early March to repair an orbital fracture of his…

  8. Ryan Zimmerman scratched with right shoulder inflammation

    Apr 21, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman was expected to get the day off tomorrow, so it was a bit of a surprise to see Mark DeRosa run out to third base this afternoon against the Marlins. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Zimmerman was a late-minute scratch due to mild right shoulder inflammation. The team announced that Zimmerman has…

  9. Adrian Beltre day-to-day with left hamstring strain

    Apr 21, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre Reuters

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre is day-to-day after leaving this afternoon’s game against the Tigers with a left hamstring strain. Beltre suffered the injury while legging out a double in the top of the second inning. Beltre missed five weeks with a left hamstring injury last season, so while…

  10. Michael Pineda shut down after feeling lingering shoulder weakness

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Bad news for the Bombers. Michael Pineda threw as scheduled today in extended spring training, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that he was shut down after feeling lingering weakness in his right shoulder. The hope was that Pineda would begin an official minor league rehab assignment if things went well today,…

  11. The New York Post salutes Fenway Park as only they can

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park yesterday with a touching pre-game ceremony. The game didn’t go nearly as smoothy, as the Red Sox lost 6-2 to the division-rival Yankees and have now dropped four straight to fall to 4-9 on the young season. The New York Post decided to commemorate the…

  12. Ryan Dempster placed on disabled list with quad strain

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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    Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have placed right-hander Ryan Dempster on the disabled list with a quad strain. Dempster was considered questionable for Sunday’s scheduled start after undergoing an MRI yesterday. The Cubs have recalled outfielder Tony Campana to take Dempster’s place on the roster and will call up…

  13. Aroldis Chapman continues to dominate out of the bullpen

    Apr 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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    After striking out two over a scoreless inning in yesterday’s win over the Cubs, Aroldis Chapman has now worked nine scoreless innings in six relief appearances this season. Given that the Reds considered using him as a starter during spring training, this is a pretty appropriate time to look at his overall numbers. And yes,…

  14. Orlando Hudson’s days in San Diego may be numbered

    Apr 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the Padres are prepared to release second baseman Orlando Hudson if he doesn’t turn things around soon. Hudson, 34, is batting .156/.191/.200 over his first 46 plate appearances this season. He seems to be losing his job to utility infielder Andy Parrino, who started last night against the Phillies…

  15. Ryan Howard could be cleared for more baseball activities soon

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Ryan Howard‘s rehab from Achilles tendon surgery, mostly because he hasn’t been doing a whole lot. While he ditched his protective boot about a month ago, he has been limited to strength exercises and basic on-field work. However, things could change soon. Phillies general manager Ruben…

  16. The Blue Jays turned a triple play last night

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

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    The Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years last night as part of a 4-3 win over the Royals. The Royals got their first two runners on in the of the third inning against Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek when Eric Hosmer ripped a hard-hit liner to Adam Lind. Lind snagged it,…

  17. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 21, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    Somebody woke “The Big Donkey.” Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI last night as the White Sox beat the Mariners 7-3. His finest night as a member of the Pale Hose, it was his first multi-homer game since September 24, 2010 and his first five RBI game…

  18. Starlin Castro will not be charged in sexual assault case

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro AP

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Starlin Castro will not be charged following an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in Chicago last September. The police report, which was leaked in January, said that Castro allegedly took a woman to his apartment after a night of drinking at a club. The woman blacked out and…

  19. Another day, another center fielder down for the Cardinals

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Jon Jay made an early exit yesterday after crashing into the center field fence and suffering a sprained right shoulder. Tonight it was Skip Schumaker‘s turn. Schumaker, who was just activated from the disabled list this afternoon and started in place of Jay, ran into the outfield wall after attempting to make a leaping catch…

  20. Mark Trumbo is starting in left field tonight

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Mark Trumbo has been nothing short of a mess at third base, so the Angels have decided to try something new. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Trumbo will start in left field tonight against the Orioles. This is actually his first major league start in left field, though he played two…

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