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  1. 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…

  2. Jeanmar Gomez suspended five games for hitting Mike Moustakas

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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!…

  15. Santiago Casilla, not Sergio Romo, is the Giants’ new closer

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Sergio Romo has been one of the best, most dominant relievers in baseball while setting up Brian Wilson for the past four seasons, but with Wilson headed for elbow surgery it was Santiago Casilla, not Romo, who got the call in the ninth inning last night. Casilla did the job, saving a 4-2 win over…

  16. Jose Canseco wants to “slap a hater and complete you”

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    jose canseco twitter

    Just gotta check in with Jose Canseco on Twitter once in a while to make sure he’s still OK: Yup, everything is pretty normal today. Nothing to see here.

  17. Red Sox are “scouting” Scott Podsednik at Triple-A

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    podsednik reuters

    How thin are the Red Sox in the outfield with Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list? Well, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’ve been scouting Scott Podsednik at Triple-A. Podsednik is playing there because he lost out to fellow slap-hitting speedster Juan Pierre for a spot on the Phillies’ bench and…

  18. Angels bench Mark Trumbo rather than play him at third base

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Here’s how bad Mark Trumbo‘s defense has been at third base: He’s hitting .375 with a 1.224 OPS so far this season and yet the Angels have left him on the bench for the past two games. That they have a logjam at first base, designated hitter, and the corner outfield spots is nothing new…

  19. The Angels, Erick Aybar close to an extension

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    aybar getty

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Erick Aybar are close to an agreement on a multi-year extension that could be announced as soon as tomorrow. We don’t know the terms, but earlier this week it was reported that he was looking for five years and $50 million.  While that seems high, ask yourself how many…

  20. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan misses save chance with hamstring injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan was unavailable out of the Pirates’ bullpen last night because of a hamstring injury, so Juan Cruz got a rare save opportunity and closed out a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring while throwing the final pitch of his Sunday save versus the Giants…

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