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  1. Justin Upton’s thumb is still “bothering him considerably”

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Justin Upton Reuters

    Justin Upton has played three straight games since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a jammed left thumb, but Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic last night that the injury is still “bothering him considerably.” Upton hurt the thumb while sliding into second base to break up a double…

  2. Carl Crawford aims to play in extended spring training games next week

    Apr 14, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Getty

    The Red Sox might be without Jacoby Ellsbury for at least the next six weeks due to a separated right shoulder, but at least there’s some encouraging news about Carl Crawford to pass along. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford took batting practice on the field before yesterday’s home opener against the…

  3. Josh Thole had a pretty embarrassing brain cramp last night

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    OK, so top of the second inning in last night’s Mets/Phillies game. R.A. Dickey drops down a sacrifice bunt to move Josh Thole over to second base. No big deal, right? Except for some reason, Thole decided to run back to first base. He ended up getting tagged out for the final out of the…

  4. Mike Cameron signs one-day “employment contract” to retire with Mariners

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron AP

    After signing a minor league contract with the Nationals over the winter, Mike Cameron announced in February that he planned to retire. However, he is going out as a Mariner. Cameron, who spent four seasons with the club, signed a one-day employment contract to officially retire with the Mariners. The announcement was made before he…

  5. Jeremy Hellickson officially cleared for start this afternoon

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson Reuters

    After passing multiple concussion tests, Jeremy Hellickson has been officially cleared to start this afternoon against the Red Sox. Hellickson was carted off the field Wednesday after being hit in the head by a fly ball during batting practice. Initial tests came back OK, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the…

  6. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 14, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth AP

    The first-place Washington Nationals. Yes, it’s much too early to take the standings all that seriously, but the Nationals are now 6-2 on the young season following a walkoff 2-1 win over the Reds last night in 13 innings. That’s the team’s best record since they moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005. The big…

  7. Aaron Harang falls just short of history with nine consecutive strikeouts

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

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    Aaron Harang led the National League in strikeouts way back in 2006 as a member of the Reds, but we certainly don’t think of him a strikeout-type anymore. Some blame Dusty Baker for killing his arm, but the 33-year-old right-hander has averaged just 6.6 K/9 over the past two seasons. Still, he came very close…

  8. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury out at least six weeks with shoulder dislocation

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury shoulder Getty

    UPDATE: Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that Ellsbury does indeed have a dislocation or partial dislocation of his right shoulder and will miss a minimum of six weeks. He is scheduled to undergo more testing to make sure the shoulder did not sustain additional damage. 10:04 PM: Alex Speier of WEEI.com was told by an…

  9. Dodgers’ sale approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the sale of the Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Partners was approved this evening in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Frank McCourt agreed late last month to sell the Dodgers to a group led by Magic Johnson for a record price of $2.15 billion. The team has…

  10. Adam Wainwright off to awful start in return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright, Ian Stewart

    Adam Wainwright gave up a three-run homer to Ian Stewart in the first and a grand slam to Bryan LaHair in the third Friday as the Cardinals lost 9-5 to the Cubs in their home opener. Wainwright was taken out after allowing eight runs in three innings. He fell to 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA…

  11. Matt Cain strikes out 11 in one-hitter against Pirates

    Apr 13, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Matt Cain Getty

    Matt Cain was nearly perfect in the Giants’ home opener this afternoon against the Pirates. And that’s no hyperbole. After allowing five runs over six innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks in his season debut on Sunday, Cain bounced back this afternoon by tossing a one-hitter as part of a 5-0 victory. He struck…

  12. Bryan Stow on video board, son throws out first pitch for Giants

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    Fans at the Giants home opener Friday against the Pirates got a special treat, as Bryan Stow appeared on the center-field screen prior to the game and his 13-year-old son threw out the first pitch. As the entire Giants team stood atop the mound Friday, Stow appeared on the center-field screen with his mother, Ann.…

  13. David Wright can’t play, might go on disabled list

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright was cleared to play by a hand specialist Thursday, but he was held out of Friday’s lineup and might yet land on the DL with a fractured pinkie finger. Wright made it clear he doesn’t want anyone questioning his pain tolerance while he sits out: It’s not about me sucking it up and…

  14. Josh Beckett bounces back as Red Sox crush Rays 12-2

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett struck out just one batter Friday, but he went eight innings and limited the Rays to one run as part of a 12-2 Red Sox victory in the home opener at Fenway Parl. Beckett, at 94 pitches, appeared set to go for the complete game before the Red Sox scored eight times off Joel…

  15. The Phillies to sign Mike Fontenot

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Jim Bowden reports that the Phillies are going to sign Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal. Fontenot hit .227/.304/.377  for the Giants last year and remained with the team this spring because there is a little known law requiring him to be within three miles of Ryan Theriot at all times.  With this move, the…

  16. Rick Ankiel coming off disabled list tomorrow, will be Nationals’ starting center fielder

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Rick Ankiel is ready to return from his quadriceps injury and manager Davey Johnson said today that he’ll come off the disabled list as the Nationals’ starting center fielder. Roger Bernadina has started six of the Nationals’ seven games in center field, with Jayson Werth moving over from right field to take the other start.…

  17. Bummer: longtime minor leaguer and former feel-good story Max St. Pierre suspended for a “drug of abuse”

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Max St. Pierre

    Max St. Pierre made the news back in September 2010 for finally getting a major league callup — to the Tigers — after 14 years in the minors. Pierre’s journey had been a rocky one, going from catcher to an ill-fated attempt by the Brewers to change him into a pitcher, and then back to…

  18. More knee problems knock Chipper Jones out of the lineup

    Apr 13, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones homered in his return from knee surgery Tuesday and then notched two hits Wednesday, but now the Braves third baseman is a late scratch from today’s lineup. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Jones was removed from the lineup “due to swelling/fluid in his left knee.” It’s a shame that…

  19. Kenny Williams has compassion for Ozzie

    Apr 13, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kenny Williams

    At the end there — and often at the beginning and in the middle — Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen fought with one another in Chicago. So it wouldn’t be unexpected if Williams experienced a bit of Schadenfreude as Ozzie Guillen was raked over the coals and forced to apologize for the Castro crap earlier…

  20. Jacoby Ellsbury leaves game after injuring right shoulder

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    ellsbury injury

    Jacoby Ellsbury left today’s game against the Rays in the fourth inning with his right arm dangling at his side after colliding with Reid Brignac while trying to break up a double play. Ellsbury slid into second base, Brignac fell on top of him, and things didn’t look very good as the Red Sox center…

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