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  1. Diamondbacks place Geoff Blum on DL, call up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill, Geoff Blum, Gerardo Parra

    Geoff Blum pulled a muscle in his side while taking batting practice yesterday, so the Diamondbacks have placed the 39-year-old on the disabled list while calling up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock to take his roster spot. Blum received just 14 total plate appearances through 10 games and the presence of Willie Bloomquist and John…

  2. 2011 first-rounder Dylan Bundy finally allows a baserunner

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is up to nine hitless innings for low-A Delmarva, but he did walk a batter last night. It’s the only batter to reach against him so far this season. Bundy, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, has been limited to three innings an outing by the Orioles thus far,…

  3. Pirates place Jeff Karstens on DL with shoulder injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Karstens Pirates AP

    Jeff Karstens left last night’s start after one inning with shoulder soreness and the Pirates have placed him on the disabled list. To replace him on the roster Pittsburgh called up Brad Lincoln, a one-time top prospect and former No. 4 overall pick who pitched 48 innings for the Pirates last season. Lincoln is 26…

  4. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    The Question

    Another round of Twitter questions, some of which I held back for the next edition of HBT Extra. These, however, did not make the video cut. Which is cool, because as we all know, the non-video ones are usually more fun. Anyway: Q: So…what would you say, ya do here? Well look, I already told you!…

  5. Santiago Casilla, not Sergio Romo, is the Giants’ new closer

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Sergio Romo has been one of the best, most dominant relievers in baseball while setting up Brian Wilson for the past four seasons, but with Wilson headed for elbow surgery it was Santiago Casilla, not Romo, who got the call in the ninth inning last night. Casilla did the job, saving a 4-2 win over…

  6. Jose Canseco wants to “slap a hater and complete you”

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    jose canseco twitter

    Just gotta check in with Jose Canseco on Twitter once in a while to make sure he’s still OK: Yup, everything is pretty normal today. Nothing to see here.

  7. Red Sox are “scouting” Scott Podsednik at Triple-A

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    podsednik reuters

    How thin are the Red Sox in the outfield with Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list? Well, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’ve been scouting Scott Podsednik at Triple-A. Podsednik is playing there because he lost out to fellow slap-hitting speedster Juan Pierre for a spot on the Phillies’ bench and…

  8. Angels bench Mark Trumbo rather than play him at third base

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Here’s how bad Mark Trumbo‘s defense has been at third base: He’s hitting .375 with a 1.224 OPS so far this season and yet the Angels have left him on the bench for the past two games. That they have a logjam at first base, designated hitter, and the corner outfield spots is nothing new…

  9. The Angels, Erick Aybar close to an extension

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    aybar getty

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Erick Aybar are close to an agreement on a multi-year extension that could be announced as soon as tomorrow. We don’t know the terms, but earlier this week it was reported that he was looking for five years and $50 million.  While that seems high, ask yourself how many…

  10. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan misses save chance with hamstring injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan was unavailable out of the Pirates’ bullpen last night because of a hamstring injury, so Juan Cruz got a rare save opportunity and closed out a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring while throwing the final pitch of his Sunday save versus the Giants…

  11. My heavens! Massachusetts Senator takes political donation from Yankees president

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    United States Senator Scott Brown prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston.

    There are a lot more important things to get outraged about in politics, but if you’re gonna do things like wear the local team’s gear and stand in front of their ballpark in campaign ads in order to try to co-opt some goodwill, you had better not do this: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown may be rooting for…

  12. Carl Crawford plays in extended spring training game

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Carl Crawford took a big step in his recovery from wrist surgery and recent elbow problems, playing in an extended spring training game yesterday for the first time. Crawford batted four times, felt healthy enough to attempt a stolen base, and manager Bobby Valentine told reporters that he “felt great after the game.” However, he’s…

  13. Doug Smith does not like bikini-clad women at the ballpark

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    I’m not a big fan of big, garish entertainment at baseball games that distract from the action on the field. Give me the diamond, the sounds of the game, the smell of beer and grilling meat and maybe a little organ music and I’m good to go. In light of that, why do I read…

  14. You might want to steer clear of these two pitching prospects

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    Sling

    Well, I’m not actually sure that they’re prospects. They’re just a couple of high school pitchers who have committed to major baseball programs in Louisiana. But if they are prospects, I’m guessing Keith Law’s head asploded after reading this: LSU signee Mitch Sewald started for Rummel; Emerson Gibbs, a Tulane signee, for Jesuit. Of those…

  15. The Roger Clemens trial is dragging

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    clemens ap

    Day three and they’re still trying to seat a jury: Jury selection in the Roger Clemens perjury case is dragging on at the pace of a midsummer baseball snoozer. Except in this case, endless at-bats are replaced with hourlong rounds of questions of potential jurors, with no end in sight. The mind-numbing task of choosing a jury for…

  16. Is there a gay Jackie Robinson in baseball’s future?

    Apr 18, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    MysteryMan

    This comes up from time to time, and today it’s my friend Graham Womack who brings it up: It’s one of the last remaining areas of bigotry in America, persecution of gays, and not surprisingly, baseball isn’t much evolved … With estimates that 10 percent of people are gay or lesbian, chances are good that a…

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

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

  18. Mark Melancon goes from closer to likely minor leaguer

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    As far as wins and losses go, it didn’t matter if Mark Melancon pitched a perfect inning or got lit up by the Rangers tonight, not with the Red Sox already behind 8-2 in the eighth. However, that he failed to retire any of the six hitters he faced will almost certainly play a role…

  19. At 49, Jamie Moyer becomes oldest to win a game

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    After opening the season 0-2, Jamie Moyer was able to shut down the Padres on Tuesday and pick up his first victory, making him the oldest player in MLB history to win a game. At 49 years, 150 days, Moyer overtook Jack Quinn, whose last win came at 49 years, 70 days. Facing a struggling…

  20. Former top Rockies prospects find the road back

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Tyler Matzek

    In 2010, Baseball America rated Rockies left-handers Tyler Matzek and Christian Friedrich the 23rd and 33rd best prospects in the game, respectively. They were eighth and 12th among pitchers. However, the stock of both had plummeted in the two years since, even though neither suffered a major injury. Neither came close to sniffing the top…

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