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

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang Getty

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek do the first pitch thing

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    red sox and yankees logos

    Today were the home openers for the Yankees and the Red Sox.  To kick things off, both teams had recently-retired icons of the franchise throwing out the first pitch. First, Varitek and Wakefield, who emerged from what I will henceforth call the American Flag Monstah: Then Posada, who looks a bit frosty up on top…

  16. Bruce Springsteen to throw speedballs at four ballparks this summer

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Springsteen performs at the Madison Square Garden

    Yeah, I know you all hate “speedball” in that song. Me too. I hate it more that people think that “Glory Days” is a baseball song. Outside of the first two damn lines of the song it’s about people living in the past. It’s no “Atlantic City” or “The River” in terms of depressing, but…

  17. Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time homer list with 630

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season off Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers. The homer also snapped a career-long RBI drought for Rodriguez, who failed to drive in a run in any of…

  18. Miguel Cabrera complains about the batters box, so they redo the batter’s box

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is something you don’t see every day.  In the first inning of the Tigers-White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field, Miguel Cabrera complained to the umpires about the placement of the batter’s box, saying it was too close to the pitcher’s mound. Jim Leyland came out and said something too. Were they told to…

  19. GM: Angels “making progress” on Erick Aybar extension

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    During spring training the Angels signed second baseman Howie Hendick to a four-year, $33.5 million contract, but they couldn’t come to an agreement on a similar long-term deal with shortstop Erick Aybar. However, the two sides didn’t stop talking when Opening Day arrived and general manager Jerry Dipoto told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that they’re…

  20. Still no timetable for Chris Carpenter

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Chris Carpenter recently underwent a “battery of tests” on his injured shoulder, with the hope being that, at the other end of that, some certainty would be obtained. Nope, not yet: Chris Carpenter said he is feeling better but still not strong enough to begin throwing. No timetable at this point. — B.J. Rains (@BJRains)…

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