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  1. Danny Duffy to miss Friday start with elbow tightness

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Duffy winds up a pitch against Detroit's Jackson during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals left-hander Danny Duffy has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start because of what the team is calling “minor elbow tightness.” Duffy described the injury as “not bad at all” and told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that “I want to pitch, but I appreciate the care they’re showing me in this…

  2. Mike Matheny really doesn’t like instant replay

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    After a game in which not one but two calls were blown to his team’s detriment, you would think that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny would be a fan of replay. Nope: “The thought of the game being completely computer-run, that to me takes away from it,” he said Wednesday. “I just don’t know where it…

  3. Terry Collins admits Mets don’t even know their own signs

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    this is not a sign

    OK, so is probably bordering on simply trolling Mets fans and they’ve had it tough enough, but manager Terry Collins’ quotes about the team not knowing their own signs is hard to ignore. Sorry. Collins was asked why he doesn’t call for more hit-and-runs and replied: That’s not necessarily true. We’ve missed a few signs. …

  4. Mike Trout is hitting .419 with a 1.132 OPS at Triple-A

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One player certainly isn’t going to solve all of the Angels’ problems in the midst of a 6-12 start, particularly with veterans calling out manager Mike Scioscia in the media, but it’s tough to ignore the fact that stud prospect Mike Trout is hitting .419 at Triple-A. As a 20-year-old, no less. Trout is 31-for-74…

  5. Everyone in San Diego likes the idea of moving the new fences in. But should it wait?

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    Yesterday we heard that the Padres are thinking of moving the fences in at Petco Park.  Today the reviews are in, and they’re uniformly positive among Padres people: The idea of bringing in at least some of the fences at Petco Park received the unexpected backing of Padres manager Bud Black Wednesday. “I’d be in…

  6. White Sox sticking with rookie Hector Santiago as closer

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Robin Ventura gave Hector Santiago a public vote of confidence following his first blown save of the season and the manager made it clear last night that he’s sticking with the rookie after a second blown save. “I think stuff happens, but we’re still going with him,” Ventura told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.…

  7. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on Michael Pineda

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Buster brings some serious truth to the Michael Pineda injury: The explosion of social media has fueled the desire to identify incompetence, to illuminate failure, to expose the cheaters. Within seconds that news broke that Michael Pineda will miss the rest of the year with a labrum tear, Twitter was flooded with theories — that the New…

  8. Tsuyoshi Wada seeking second opinion on damaged elbow

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada tries on an Orioles cap after signing with the Orioles in Baltimore

    Initial tests showed ligament damage in Tsuyoshi Wada‘s sore elbow and the Orioles left-hander will get a second opinion from renowned surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum. Yocum actually performed Wada’s pre-signing physical exam and gave him a clean enough bill of health that the Orioles inked the Japanese veteran to a two-year, $8.15 million contract. However,…

  9. Give that ball you snagged to the kid, people!

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kid ball

    Scene in Arlington, Texas last night:  foul ball tossed into the stands, young kid almost gets it, but another dude grabs it and preens with it with his lady friend while kid reaches out for it and cries. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. The kid got a ball given to him…

  10. Torii Hunter called out manager Mike Scioscia after loss

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    How frustrated are the Angels after starting the season 6-12? After last night’s 3-2 loss Torii Hunter talked to reporters about how everyone on the roster has “to dig deep” and then seemingly called out manager Mike Scioscia for his lack of in-game strategy. Hunter specifically seemed upset about Scioscia’s failure to call a bunt…

  11. Must-click link: What Chief Wahoo really means

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Wahoo Cover

    You’ve heard me go on and on about Chief Wahoo before. If you think I’m just being an alarmist liberal pansy about it, however, I’d ask that you educate yourself a bit and understand what Wahoo is really all about. You can do that by reading my friend Peter Pattakos’ excellent article about it in…

  12. Tim Hudson set to make season debut Sunday

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson AP

    After throwing 101 pitches in his fourth and final minor-league rehab start Tim Hudson has been cleared to return from back surgery and the 36-year-old will rejoin the Braves’ rotation Sunday versus the Pirates. Hudson underwent surgery in November and will slide into the rotation spot created by the Braves demoting Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Question

    Q: What would you do if you joined the BBWAA for 10 years? Vote for Jay Bell and Bill Mueller for the Hall of Fame? Act petulantly and intellectually dishonest while appealing to authority if and when I was called out for my irrationality?  Anything I wanted to, really. Q: Should sports reporters/analysts be able to…

  14. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Grady Sizemore is making progress

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    I am hesitant to even mention this because every time I say something positive about Grady Sizemore he falls off a cliff, gets hit by a bus or spontaneously combusts, but I’ll say it anyway: he’s making progress in his back/knee rehab and the Indians sound guardedly optimistic. As Paul Hoynes reports, Sizemore was at…

  15. Adam Dunn has a 22-game … strikeout streak

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Adam Dunn takes a swing during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Records that I never thought about once until someone told me this morning: the strikeout streak. As in, consecutive games in which a hitter struck out.  But, yes, it is a thing — Jarrod Saltalamacchia set it at 28 games in 2009 — and Adam Dunn is challenging it. Dunn struck out twice last night, running…

  16. Aubrey Huff likely to rejoin the Giants Friday or Saturday

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Aubrey Huff‘s anxiety-inspired trip to the disabled list was a somewhat surprising, but it appears he won’t be away from the team for an extended period: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Huff is expected to join the team back in San Francisco on either Friday or Saturday. Baggarly also sheds a little light on…

  17. Albert Pujols: still struggling

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This can’t last. Of that much I’m certain. But dudes: Albert Pujols just went hitless in his fifth straight game. He’s 0 for 19 in that stretch. I’m thinking of moving to Defcon 4 here. He at least walked last night — viva reaching base! — but he struck out twice, and he finds himself…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Royals celebration

    Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game.  Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez. Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his…

  19. Allen Craig shifting rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    craig getty

    The Cards’ bench is about to get an upgrade. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Allen Craig has been cleared to shift his minor league rehab assignment from High-A Palm Beach to Triple-A Memphis, the final step before rejoining the big league roster. Craig has been on the disabled list since…

  20. Andy Pettitte goes five innings in Wednesday rehab start

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Andy Pettitte continues to make his way through the various levels of the Yankees’ minor league system, tuning up for a return to Major League Baseball. His latest stop? The Double-A Trenton Thunder. As noted by Thunder beat writer Mike Ashmore, Pettitte allowed seven hits and four runs  — three earned — over five innings…

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