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  1. Cubs place Kerry Wood on DL with shoulder fatigue

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood had hoped to avoid the disabled list after getting a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder earlier this week, but today the Cubs put him on the shelf. Scott Maine, a left-handed reliever with big strikeout rates in the minors, was called up to take his spot on the roster and in…

  2. Bill Plaschke is waiting for Albert

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We know this, because that’s the refrain he uses to turn what should be a one sentence thing in a notes column — Albert Pujols has yet to hit a home run this year — into a full-blown column about a 54 at bat homerless stretch: Waiting for Albert … At 8:20 p.m., he steps…

  3. What is Yu Darvish throwing and how fast is he throwing it?

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty MLB debut

    Yu Darvish picked up his second victory last night, holding the Tigers to one run in 6.1 innings, but it wasn’t especially pretty. He handed out five walks, needed 121 pitches to record 19 outs, and left with a pair of runners on base before the bullpen bailed him out. And overall through his first…

  4. Must see: There’s a movie about knuckleballers coming out

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    This movie is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. I want to go to there. Click on the handsome pic of R.A. Dickey and it’ll take you to the trailer. Your browser does not support iframes. Gary Sheffield on the knuckler: “it’s just … spooky.” So, so good.

  5. Cubs in no hurry to call up top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    First baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Brett Jackson are off to strong starts at Triple-A, but team president Theo Epstein said yesterday that the Cubs have no immediate plans to call them up to the big leagues. Epstein explained to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times that “it’s a little bit early to be…

  6. Peter Gammons called out in the Boston Globe

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Peter-Gammons

    Media spats tend not to interest most people, but this one is pretty notable: Peter Gammons, Boston icon, called out in the pages of his old paper, the Boston Globe: During his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Massarotti’’ show last Wednesday, Gammons asserted that Globe reporter Bob Hohler should reveal the…

  7. Tom Gorzelanny took one for the team (and on the chin)

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Sometimes a relief appearance is more about soaking up innings than actually preventing runs, which Tom Gorzelanny found out the hard way last night. Gorzelanny entered the game in the sixth inning following an abbreviated Edwin Jackson start and the first seven Astros batters he faced went single, fielder’s choice, single, single, single, single, double.…

  8. Chris Perez got fined for a tweet

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Chris Perez

    MLB’s new social media policy has claimed its first victim. At least the first one we know about: Chris Perez of the Indians.  After last weekend’s little plunking war with the Royals, the Indians pitcher tweeted thusly: “Huge team win tonight, time for a sweep of the Royals. It’s not ‘Our Time,’ it’s TribeTime. P.S.…

  9. Jose Canseco signs with the Worcester Tornadoes

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Some dreams never die. And for as crazy as Jose Canseco is, at least give him credit for not quitting: The Worcester Tornadoes today signed former Major League Outfielder & Designated Hitter Jose Canseco to a one season contract. The native Cuban spent parts of 17 seasons in the majors, mashing 462 homeruns … Team owner,…

  10. What Fenway Park really needs: a bubble wrap roof

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bubble wrap

    They called Galileo crazy. And they laughed at Columbus, Fulton and the Wright Brothers. So when you laugh at architect B.D. Nayak for proposing a roof for Fenway Park, don’t let me catch you calling him a genius later! The shape of Fenway Park is unsymmetrical, and because of its dimensions, a physical structure for a…

  11. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the weekend

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Tiff and run down some weekend series we think look particularly interesting.

  12. Bud Selig to the A’s: figure it out yourselves!

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    From the annals of chutzpah, here’s Bud Selig commenting yesterday on the Oakland A’s San Jose problem and the potential dispute with the Giants over territorial rights: “I’m always hopeful when there are debates amongst clubs, I try to lead teams in a direction of solving their problems themselves,” Selig said. “However, this group has…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

  14. Nats not worried about Bryce Harper’s scuffles in AAA

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper’s bat has been pretty quiet down at Class AAA Syracuse, as he is hitting just .232 with no home runs and one RBI in 14 games. But Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo isn’t worried, telling CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman that Harper, one of the top prospects in baseball, is progressing just fine.…

  15. Yu Darvish limits Tigers to one run in third major league start

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    After giving up a total of seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits and eight walks over 11 1/3 innings against the Twins and Mariners in his first two major league starts, Yu Darvish had the best outing of his brief career tonight against the powerhouse Tigers. Go figure. Darvish limited the Tigers to just…

  16. Curtis Granderson hits three homers in first four innings

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    Curtis Granderson had three homers in four innings and then singled in his remaining two at-bats Thursday as the Yankees topped the Twins 7-6. Granderson, who entered with three homers on the year, took Anthony Swarzak deep in the first and second innings and then launched his third homer off reliever Jeff Gray in the…

  17. Dustin Moseley says shoulder surgery is “probably” his “only option”

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Dustin Moseley made just one start before being placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month with what was originally termed as a right shoulder strain. Padres manager Bud Black told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune last week that an MRI on the shoulder showed “damage to the rotator cuff and changes…

  18. Adam Wainwright continues to struggle in return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright Getty

    Adam Wainwright‘s ERA actually went down this afternoon, but he continues to struggle in his return from Tommy John surgery. Wainwright allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in a 6-3 loss to the Reds. While he struck out five and walked just one, he also allowed two homers and averaged just under…

  19. Erick Aybar settled way too cheap

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    More power to him if Erick Aybar loves Southern California and didn’t want to play anywhere else. He still should have done better than $35 million for four years in his new extension with the Angels. $8.75 million per year is less than Julio Lugo got in his four-year deal with the Red Sox six…

  20. Stat of the day: catchers lead the way

    Apr 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters

    Credit A.J. Pierzynski, Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters and even a little George Kottaras: catchers have the highest OPS of any position on the diamond so far this year. Here’s how they ranked entering Thursday’s games: C: .770 OPS CF: .764 1B: .758 RF: .742 2B: .699 3B: .696 SS: .692 LF: .684 Yeah, that’s pretty…

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