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  1. Jon Niese loses no-hitter in seventh against the Braves

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    In his first start after signing a five-year contract, Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Braves. Niese lost the no-hitter on a Freddie Freeman single after Dan Uggla walked to start the seventh. Matt Diaz followed with a fly to right that Lucas Duda lost in the sun for an…

  2. Padres place Dustin Moseley on DL with shoulder strain

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have placed starter Dustin Moseley on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and have recalled left-hander Josh Spence from Triple-A Tucson to take his place on the 25-man roster. Moseley surrendered five earned runs and walked two batters Saturday in his regular-season debut…

  3. Jim Tracy and Ned Yost: peas in a pod

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Because I can’t help talking about major league lineups.

  4. Chien-Ming Wang making progress, throws off mound

    Apr 8, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw off a mound Saturday in Viera, Florida for the first time since suffering a severe left hamstring strain in mid-March. And it went swimmingly, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. Wang is at least a week away from beginning a rehab assignment and will likely be asked to…

  5. Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon suffers ankle sprain

    Apr 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Nationals infield prospect Anthony Rendon had to be carried off the field Saturday night during a game at High-A Lynchburg after falling awkwardly while trying to round third base in the fourth inning. But the diagnosis is in, and it’s not all that bad. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider, Rendon has…

  6. Padres acquire lefty Brian Tallet in trade with Pirates

    Apr 8, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Lefty reliever Brian Tallet is again on the move. As reported late Saturday night by MLB.com beat writer Corey Brock, the Padres acquired the 34-year-old southpaw from the Pirates in a trade. Pittsburgh will either get cash considerations in return from the Friars or a player to be named later. In a span of nine…

  7. Picture of the Day: “Hey Theo — How ‘Bout A Win Already!”

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

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    The Cubs have suffered two straight late-innings losses to the Nationals, settling in at the bottom of the NL Central standings with an 0-2 record. The struggles should come as no surprise given the lack of talent on the Northsiders’ 25-man roster and new president Theo Epstein’s implementation of a full-on rebuilding plan, but Wrigleyville…

  8. Chipper Jones expected to return before home opener

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    After seeing Chipper Jones work out this weekend, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has grown confident that the veteran third baseman will join Atlanta’s starting lineup within the next handful of days. Via David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Definitely the home opener [April 12], based on [Friday’s] workout,” Gonzalez told reporters, “And maybe even sooner…

  9. Hector Santiago is your new White Sox closer

    Apr 8, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    White Sox manager Robin Ventura refused to anoint one pitcher as the team’s closer all spring and told reporters at the start of the regular season that they’d have to “wait and see” who gets the nod in the ninth-inning when the first save opportunity arises. Well, the secret is finally out. Hector Santiago, a…

  10. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies pitcher Moyer, 49, makes a pitch against Houston Astros' Schafer in the first inning of their MLB National League game in Houston

    Jamie Moyer‘s 2012 debut was less than stellar. Making his first start since the 2010 season, the 49-year-old left-hander surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings Saturday evening against a light-hitting Astros lineup. Moyer’s control was fine — he walked just one and fanned two — but his slow-moving deliveries looked…

  11. Ozzie Guillen apologizes for “I love Castro” comment

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is quoted in a recent issue of Time magazine as saying that he has “love” for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and respects that he’s been able to maintain power for so long. Those thoughts obviously aren’t sitting well in Miami — a city with many Cuban descendants — and so a…

  12. Brendan Ryan scratched Saturday due to neck stiffness

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was scratched from Saturday’s game against the A’s due to neck stiffness. Ryan missed time near the end of the 2011 season with neck issues and suffered a pinched nerve this spring, but Mariners skipper Eric Wedge assured reporters that this recent bout of…

  13. Doug Fister lands on 15-day DL after straining left side

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    The Tigers torched the Red Sox for 12 hits Saturday in a dominant 10-0 victory. But it wasn’t all roses and pom-poms at Detroit’s Comerica Park. As noted by Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Tigers starter Doug Fister was lifted in the top of the fourth inning after feeling a tug on the left…

  14. In which I still don’t get Jim Tracy

    Apr 7, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    Earlier today I complimented Kirk Gibson on how he’s worked the No. 2 spot in the order in these first two games, using Chris Young against the righty Tim Lincecum on Friday and Aaron Hill versus the lefty Madison Bumgarner today. Rockies manager Jim Tracy, on the other hand, isn’t really looking for his No.…

  15. Zack Greinke is your first-third NL Cy Young

    Apr 7, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The last couple of years I’ve done first-third awards at the end of May, handing out Rookie of the Years, Cy Youngs and MVPs at the end of May based on what had happened 54 or so games in. This year, I’m going to call one a little early: Zack Greinke will be the first-third…

  16. Josh Beckett pulled after serving up five home runs to Tigers

    Apr 7, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

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    Perhaps Josh Beckett‘s thumb is a bit more of an issue than originally believed. Beckett was just pulled from his start against the Tigers after tying a career-high by serving up five home runs. This included two homers each by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the new 3-4 combo in Detroit’s lineup. Alex Avila hit…

  17. Lucas Duda homers twice in win over Braves

    Apr 7, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

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    With Lucas Duda and David Wright doing the heavy lifting for the offense, the Mets beat the Braves 4-2 this afternoon to move to 2-0 on the season. Wright struck first in the bottom of the first inning, driving a ball to what was once his comfort zone in right-center field. While the Mets moved…

  18. Kirk Gibson pushing the right buttons in Arizona

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    Kirk Gibson appeared in over his head at times in the postseason last year, but now he’s back demonstrating why he was the 2011 NL Manager of the Year in the first two games of 2012. After not using him there all spring, Gibson inserted Chris Young into the second spot in the order Friday…

  19. Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol ugly it up again

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    In the Cubs’ first game Thursday, Kerry Wood took a blown save in the eighth and Carlos Marmol got the loss in the ninth. In the second game Saturday, Wood took the loss in the eighth and Marmol got tagged with a blown save in the same inning. Wood got the call to start the…

  20. Carl Crawford close to playing in extended spring training games

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Carl Crawford is still expected to miss most, if not all, of April, as he works his way back from January wrist surgery, but he is progressing toward game action. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said today that Crawford should begin playing in extended spring training games “very soon.”…

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