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  1. What if Placido Polanco is done?

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    Trying to get by without their first baseman and second baseman, the Phillies aren’t receiving any help from their third baseman to date: Placido Polanco is hitting .179/.220/.205 in 39 at-bats. Included in those 39 at-bats for Polanco are six strikeouts. That’s far from an excessive total for most players — Adam Dunn has already…

  2. Dusty Baker juggles slumping Reds lineup

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Here’s a look at Dusty Baker’s new idea to break the Reds out of their offensive swoon (they’ve scored fewer runs than every team in baseball besides the Pirates): SS Zack Cozart CF Drew Stubbs 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Scott Rolen LF Chris Heisey C Devin Mesoraco I actually…

  3. 14-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez to announce retirement

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has the scoop: Ivan Rodriguez will retire a member of the Rangers as part of a pre-game ceremony prior to Monday’s game with the Yankees. Rodriguez, 40, didn’t want to go out yet, but no one offered him a starting job or anything close to it after he hit .218/.281/.323 in 124…

  4. Lenny Dykstra gets nine months in jail on Craigslist charges

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and three years’ probation. It came to light last year that Dykstra was placing ads on Craigslist for personal assistants and housekeepers.…

  5. D.C. public officials fight over Nats suite

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    Things that happen when publicly-funded stadiums are built: elected officials fight over the freebies: In what’s become a spring tradition, some D.C. Council members are suspicious of how council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) has been distributing the free tickets that the Washington Nationals hand out to local elected officials for each home game. Seems…

  6. How many people can throw harder than Jamie Moyer?

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    radar gun

    Jamie Moyer not cracking 80 miles per hour with any of his pitches last night was noteworthy enough for me to write about it earlier today, but then I started thinking about his velocity as it relates to my own weak arm. Which brought me to this question: What percentage of adult males can throw…

  7. Twins welcome back Jason Marquis, designate Luke Hughes for assignment

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Jason Marquis was away from the Twins during spring training because his daughter got into a serious bicycling accident, but after building up his arm strength at Double-A he’s ready to join the rotation tonight. He faces the Yankees in New York, so welcome back and … good luck. Rather than dropping a pitcher to…

  8. Jeanmar Gomez suspended five games for hitting Mike Moustakas

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    gomez getty

    For the second time this season an Indians starting pitcher has been suspended five games for plunking an opposing hitter. First it was Ubaldo Jimenez hitting former teammate Troy Tulowitzki late in spring training and now Jeanmar Gomez has gotten a five-game ban for hitting Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on Saturday in what MLB…

  9. Terry Francona will be at the Fenway 100th Anniversary celebration after all

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Old conventional wisdom: Thank goodness Terry Francona won’t be at the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary celebration because it would be too much of a distraction. New conventional wisdom: Thank goodness Terry Francona will be at the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary celebration because, man, with the way things are going, we need a distraction! Former Boston Red Sox manager…

  10. Mitch Moreland rejoins Rangers lineup, but Michael Young sits out with back injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Mitch Moreland returns to the Rangers’ lineup tonight after missing three games following oral surgery for an abscessed tooth, but Michael Young will be on the bench with a back injury. Moreland is set to play Young’s usual spot, designated hitter, while Brandon Snyder is getting the start at first base. Young exited last night’s…

  11. Baseball = America

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    American Flag

    Tim Stanley is a writer for the Telegraph in London. He went to his first baseball game the other day. Even though he referred to home plate as “fourth base,” he shows a far greater understanding of what baseball is all about than that dude who slammed it in his football blog yesterday. And not…

  12. Shoulder injury sends Chris Young to the disabled list

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Young

    Chris Young left yesterday’s game in the fourth inning after slamming his right shoulder into the outfield wall while making a catch and the Diamondbacks have placed the center fielder on the disabled list. Young underwent an MRI exam this morning, but for now the Diamondbacks are calling the injury a “shoulder contusion.” Earlier today…

  13. Mark Melancon demoted to Pawtucket

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    I’m so psyched! Pawtucket is coming to Columbus for a series a week from Friday and I may get a chance to see a real major league closer! Mark Melnacon has been sent to pawtucket. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) April 18, 2012 Matthew called this last night, of course. And as he noted, Clayton Mortensen and Junichi…

  14. Jamie Moyer didn’t crack 80 miles per hour with any of his pitches last night

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Not only did Jamie Moyer beat the Padres last night, becoming the oldest pitcher in baseball history to record a victory, the 49-year-old left-hander did so without cracking even 80 miles per hour on any pitch. In allowing just two unearned runs over seven innings Moyer threw 87 pitches, 54 of them for strikes. According…

  15. Must-click link: Dave Cameron is whupping leukemia

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Last summer we learned that FanGraphs/U.S.S. Mariner’s Dave Cameron was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. That sucked.  Better news: he’s in remission, and he’s not stopping. Doug Miller of MLB.com has Dave’s story. Not just about his cancer and the road to what we all hope is its ultimate cure, but about his life too.  And…

  16. Francisco Liriano’s downward spiral continues

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano turned in his third straight clunker last night against the Yankees, failing to make it out of the third inning. Through three starts he has an 11.91 ERA and .407 opponents’ batting average while throwing 138 strikes and 103 balls. It’s become increasingly popular to say that Liriano’s struggles are mental and I’m…

  17. Diamondbacks place Geoff Blum on DL, call up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill, Geoff Blum, Gerardo Parra

    Geoff Blum pulled a muscle in his side while taking batting practice yesterday, so the Diamondbacks have placed the 39-year-old on the disabled list while calling up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock to take his roster spot. Blum received just 14 total plate appearances through 10 games and the presence of Willie Bloomquist and John…

  18. 2011 first-rounder Dylan Bundy finally allows a baserunner

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is up to nine hitless innings for low-A Delmarva, but he did walk a batter last night. It’s the only batter to reach against him so far this season. Bundy, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, has been limited to three innings an outing by the Orioles thus far,…

  19. Pirates place Jeff Karstens on DL with shoulder injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Karstens Pirates AP

    Jeff Karstens left last night’s start after one inning with shoulder soreness and the Pirates have placed him on the disabled list. To replace him on the roster Pittsburgh called up Brad Lincoln, a one-time top prospect and former No. 4 overall pick who pitched 48 innings for the Pirates last season. Lincoln is 26…

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

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    The Question

    Another round of Twitter questions, some of which I held back for the next edition of HBT Extra. These, however, did not make the video cut. Which is cool, because as we all know, the non-video ones are usually more fun. Anyway: Q: So…what would you say, ya do here? Well look, I already told you!…

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