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  1. What’s on tap for Opening Day v4.0

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Bunting flag

    The fourth and final Opening Day is today. Thank you, Major League Baseball, for taking what is normally concentrated enjoyment and dividing it up into smaller, less-than-satisfying chunks!  The schedule: Chicago White Sox at Texas 2:05 PM Danks vs Lewis Minnesota at Baltimore 3:05 PM Pavano vs Arrieta NY Yankees at Tampa Bay 3:10 PM…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  3. Buster Posey to catch three straight to begin the year

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Buster Posey

    It doesn’t look like Buster Posey‘s workload will be too limited initially. The Giants plan to have him catch all three of their games this weekend before giving him his first day off on Monday. Rookie Hector Sanchez will catch Barry Zito in the team’s fourth game. Posey has made terrific progress in recovering from…

  4. Mets expected to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis to majors

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:29 AM EDT

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    With Andres Torres headed to the disabled list because of a strained left calf, the Mets are planning to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A prior to Saturday’s game. Nieuwenhuis is recovering from an injury himself, having been down for most of the spring with a strained oblique. That prevented him from getting much play as…

  5. Scott Baker pulled from minor league rehab start because he “didn’t feel right”

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Here’s some ominous news for the Twins. David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start with High-A Fort Myers this evening after throwing just 11 pitches. Baker is currently on the disabled list after being shut down earlier this spring with right elbow tendinitis.…

  6. Rangers and Ian Kinsler working toward agreement on extension

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio reports that the Rangers and Kinsler are working toward a five-year contract extension. The Rangers would pick up Kinsler’s $10 million option for next season as part of the agreement while the five-year extension would be worth approximately $14 million per season. This would guarantee Kinsler…

  7. Report: Reds offer Brandon Phillips five-year extension

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    brandon phillips ap

    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Reds have offered Phillips a five-year deal in the “neighborhood” of $62.5-65 million. In other words, it’s a shade higher than Dan Uggla‘s five-year, $62 million extension with the Braves from last offseason. 5:20 PM: This morning there was talk…

  8. Stomach flu causes Clayton Kershaw to exit Opening Day start early

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw made his second career Opening Day start this evening against the Padres, but he didn’t stick around for long. Kershaw was bothered by the stomach flu and Vin Scully mentioned on the television broadcast that he had to talk his way out of being scratched. While his stuff clearly wasn’t as crisp as…

  9. Jays win longest opener on record, beating Indians in 16

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    J.P. Arencibia played the hero, hitting a three-run homer off Jairo Asencio in the top of the 16th inning to lead the Blue Jays past the Indians, 7-4, in the longest Opening Day game on record. The game should have ended in nine, but Chris Perez blew a three-run lead for Cleveland after an outstanding…

  10. Benches empty after Shin-Soo Choo gets buzzed by Blue Jays

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Already hit in the back by a pitch earlier in the game, Shin-Soo Choo took exception Thursday when he was buzzed by Luis Perez in the 15th inning in the game between the Indians and the Blue Jays. Warnings were issued earlier in the game after Justin Masterson came inside on Kelly Johnson in possible…

  11. Royals name Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria’s replacement

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton Royals

    After staying mum on the topic for the past couple of weeks, Royals manager Ned Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star this afternoon that Jonathan Broxton will replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer. This announcement doesn’t come a big surprise. Sure, Broxton has that “proven closer” tag which managers seem to…

  12. Omar Vizquel plays left field and first base

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Exactly what the Jays signed him to do, right? Omar Vizquel “played” left field for the first time in his 24-year career and them moved to first base in Thursday’s opener against the Indians. Except, in reality, Vizquel never set foot in left. He was brought in as a fifth infielder with the bases loaded…

  13. Chris Perez ruins Justin Masterson’s stellar day

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Chris Perez

    While he finished with a 3.32 ERA and 36 saves in 40 opportunities, Cleveland’s Chris Perez‘s 2011 performance suggested that worse days were on the way. One struck in Thursday’s opener. Justin Masterson allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in eight innings, only to watch Perez blow a 4-1 lead in the ninth…

  14. Mark Melancon unimpressed with Bobby Valentine’s quick hook

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    Mark Melancon was the choice to take over in the bottom of the ninth after the Red Sox scored twice in the top of the inning to tie up today’s game against the Tigers. He went on to get one out and then give up two singles, after which he was pulled in favor of…

  15. Kerry Wood shows us his best Carlos Marmol

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    Entering a 1-0 game with one on and two outs in the eighth, Kerry Wood walked three straight batters to tie up Thursday’s matinee between the Cubs and Nationals. It wasn’t a case of Wood completely losing the strike zone, but he did keep just missing after getting to two strikes on both Adam LaRoche…

  16. Jose Valverde: 49-for-49 in saves in 2011, blows one on Opening Day, vultures win

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Valverde_Jose

    UPDATE: Yup, he vultured it!  After blowing his first save of the season, Jose Valverde gets the win when Mark Melancon couldn’t keep the Tigers off the bases and Alfredo Aceves couldn’t keep Austin Jackson from singling home the winning run. 4:08 PM: Jose Valverde was absolutely perfect for the Tigers last year, saving all 49…

  17. UPDATE: Andres Torres strained his left calf, likely DL-bound

    Apr 5, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Andres Torres

    UPDATE: Yep, the Mets just confirmed that he strained his left calf. He’s probably headed to the disabled list. 3:28 PM: Mets center fielder Andres Torres had a sore calf bugging him throughout spring training, but declared himself “100%” in the run-up to Opening Day.  Not anymore, it seems. In the top of the seventh,…

  18. Rays place closer Kyle Farnsworth on disabled list

    Apr 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: As expected, the Rays have placed Farnsworth on the disabled list for what they hope will be a brief stint. ========== Kyle Farnsworth got some relatively good news on his injured elbow, as an MRI exam showed only a strain for the Rays closer. There’s no official timetable for his return and a disabled…

  19. Welcome to the new Year of the Pitcher

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    zero

    This was as of 2:50 PM Eastern, but: Since that screencap, the Braves ended the top of the 6th without scoring despite having two base runners. I shall now go write my “year of the pitcher” trend piece.

  20. Johan Santana throws five scoreless innings in first start since 2010

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    After missing all of last season following shoulder surgery Johan Santana was back on the mound today for the first time since September of 2010 and held the Braves scoreless for five innings in a no-decision. Santana unraveled a bit in his final inning, walking No. 8 hitter Tyler Pastornicky and pitcher Tommy Hanson, but…

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