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  1. Bill Hall to sign a minor league deal with the Orioles

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Bill Hall signed a minor league deal with the Yankees in the offseason. He was totally stoked about it too: IT’S OFFICIAL IM A YANKEE!!!!!!!!#IwannaRing!!!! — Bill Hall (@BillHall_III) February 7, 2012 But not so stoked that he was willing to accept a long-term minor league assignment to get it. He opted out of that…

  2. Hideki Matsui expected to sign with Rays

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Hideki Matsui went unsigned this offseason and was rarely even linked to any teams, but now Jack Curry of YES Network reports that 38-year-old “is expected to soon sign a minor-league deal” with the Rays. It’s an odd fit, as Tampa Bay has gotten very good production from Luke Scott as their primary designated hitter…

  3. Picture of the Day: Hanley and Hova

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    hanley and jay-z

    What are the Marlins up to during their off day in New York? Well, if you’re Hanley Ramirez you put on a Nirvana shirt and a white belt, go hang out with Jay-Z, and post the pictures on Twitter:

  4. Maybe people aren’t really blaming Bobby Valentine after all

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    It seemed like everyone was blaming Bobby Valentine for the Sox’ slow start, so I and a lot of other people wrote “hey, don’t blame Bobby Valentine” posts in the past few days.  But maybe people aren’t really blaming him at all. At least not in real numbers. Granted, this Boston Globe poll with around…

  5. Adrian Beltre day-to-day with mild hamstring strain

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    beltre ap

    Adrian Beltre missed more than a month with hamstring problems last season, so there was plenty of worrying in Texas when he exited Saturday’s game with a left hamstring injury. However, according to T.R. Sullivan of an MRI exam showed only a mild strain and Beltre is officially listed as day-to-day. He’s not in…

  6. Dontrelle Willis went AWOL from the Orioles

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    This morning we asked what was up with Dontrelle Willis and his heretofore unexplained trip to the Orioles’ restricted list. Jon Heyman has an explanation. Dude went AWOL: The Orioles gave no official reason Sunday for why he was placed on the restricted list, but Duquette to confirmed Willis left the team without permission…

  7. Cardinals get good news on Jon Jay’s shoulder injury

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jon Jay

    Jon Jay left the Cardinals in Pittsburgh and returned to St. Louis to have his injured right shoulder examined yesterday and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. FOX Sports Midwest reports that Jay will avoid the disabled list and rejoin the team in Chicago for their series against the Cubs, which is quite a…

  8. Matt Kemp does not win the NL Player of the Week Award

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman, Henry Blanco

    It’s been such a regular thing lately that I feel it newsworthy to point out when Matt Kemp doesn’t win the player of the week award.  This week Freddie Freeman did.  In the AL it was Phil Humber. Freeman went 11-for-23 with three homers, five doubles, 25 total bases and 14 RBI on the week, leading…

  9. Freddy Sanchez targeting May 11 return to Giants

    Apr 23, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    freddy sanchez batting getty

    Freddy Sanchez has had so many false starts and setbacks with his surgically repaired shoulder that recovery timetables seem sort of silly at this point, but the Giants have a new one anyway. Sanchez’s minor-league rehab assignment begins today and manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of that the Giants have mapped out an…

  10. Derek Lowe has his World Series ring, trophy stolen

    Apr 23, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Cleveland Indians

    According to the Fort Myers News-Press, someone broke into Derek Lowe‘s Florida home and stole his 2004 World Series ring and a World Series trophy. Along with the the other stuff, Lowe lost $90,000 worth of property. Someone is gonna blame some common criminal for this, but maybe it was taken by historians, looking for…

  11. Daddy, what were the early 90s like?

    Apr 23, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Richard Marx

    Well, Mookie. Let me tell you. In the early 90s, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, people thought that we were embarking on some sort of Pax Americana. Even loopy British people were optimistic. Haha; A Republican president did fiscally responsible things and was punished mercilessly for it by his own party; Louis CK did comedy…

  12. Mike Aviles denies “very ugly scene” with Bobby Valentine

    Apr 23, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine, Mike Aviles, Jacoby Ellsbury

    Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote a column about Bobby Valentine in which he reports that the Red Sox manager “got all over shortstop Mike Aviles in what sources described as ‘a very ugly scene’ during infield drills.” That was during spring training and Madden claims that the incident led to a…

  13. Bryce Harper hit his first Triple-A homer

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper had a big Triple-A debut, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, but then the 19-year-old top prospect went into a prolonged slump that left him hitting around .200 with a .600 OPS. That also included zero homers in 16 total games, but Harper finally went deep yesterday for the first time at Triple-A,…

  14. So far so good with Jim Thome playing first base

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome has started at first base for the Phillies in three of the first 16 games, which doesn’t seem like much until you consider that he last played even an inning at the position in mid-2007. He committed a throwing error yesterday, but health-wise the 41-year-old has held up pretty well after missing tons…

  15. $10,000 worth of baseball tattoos? Sure, why not.

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Tattoo needle

    In 1993, for about ten minutes, I considered getting a small baseball tattooed on my arm. I talked myself out of it.  That’s just one of the many differences between me and this fellow named Mike McWain: Mike McWain of Pasco is devoted to baseball. To pay homage to the game and its iconic players of…

  16. Josh Hamilton is no longer a vampire

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    For most of his career Josh Hamilton‘s production has declined significantly during day games and for the past several seasons the former MVP tried various remedies to correct his problems hitting in the sun light. Coming into this season Hamilton’s lifetime OPS was 200 points lower during the day, including a .228 batting average and…

  17. The Roger Clemens trial doesn’t really get going this week

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    clemens ap

    This thing is gonna drag on forever, isn’t it?  Today the jury will be seated and opening arguments will happen. Then: On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton hopes to get to the first witness in the case. But it will be a short week for the trial. Walton will recess it at mid-day on…

  18. Mets sticking with struggling Frank Francisco as closer

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco has allowed runs in each of his last four appearances and was yanked from Sunday’s save opportunity with two outs remaining in the ninth inning, but manager Terry Collins is sticking with the struggling right-hander in the closer role. “I just told him yesterday was one of those days, that he’s still the…

  19. Can we please just let Phil Humber have his perfect game in peace?

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    humber gray getty

    UPDATE: Barra responds. Fair enough: he’s not upset about the call, he’s upset at the media’s reaction to it, Fox not showing the reruns, etc. 10:31 AM: Because my parents had the kids and me over for dinner — and because my parents are old people who like to have dinner at 4:30pm — I…

  20. A’s calling up prospect Jarrod Parker for Wednesday start

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker failed to claim a spot in the A’s rotation when he struggled to throw strikes during spring training, but it didn’t take long for the former No. 9 overall pick to enter the team’s plans. Parker, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade this offseason, will be called up…

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