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  1. Orioles claim Luis Exposito off waivers from Red Sox, designate Josh Bell for assignment

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Josh Bell, who twice cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list and was traded from the Dodgers to the Orioles for George Sherrill in mid-2009, has been designated for assignment. Baltimore dropped Bell from the 40-man roster to make room for catcher Luis Exposito, whom they claimed off waivers from Boston. Exposito is a 26-year-old…

  2. The original Ebbets Field blueprints to go on display

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ebbets Field

    This is kinda neat: They were presumed lost, one more casualty from a move that broke a borough’s heart. But this week, a century-long odyssey will come to an end when the original 1912 blueprints for Ebbets Field, the iconic home of the beloved, bedeviling Brooklyn Dodgers, will be displayed in public for the first…

  3. Reds put Miguel Cairo on disabled list, call up Todd Frazier

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Cincinnati has placed veteran utility man Miguel Cairo on the disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered Saturday, calling up Todd Frazier from Triple-A to take his spot. Frazier was a 2007 first-round pick and was once considered a top prospect, but now he’s 26 years old and has hit just .261 with a .788…

  4. The Indians finally announce the Johnny Damon signing

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. General Manager of mine, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: It had been known for several days that veteran outfielder Johnny Damon was being fitted for his Indians uniform, but there was still the matter of making…

  5. What’s wrong with Gordon Beckham?

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham

    Gordon Beckham was the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft after a standout college career at Georgia, made quick work of the minors before debuting for the White Sox in mid-2009 at age 22, and hit .270 with an .808 OPS as a rookie. He looked like a potential star and at the very…

  6. It’s gonna cost an arm and a leg to demolish the Astrodome

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Houston Astrodome has sat empty for years and has been without a professional sports team in it for a decade. But it still stands, right next door to Reliant Stadium, legally unfit for habitation. It has to be demolished, right? Sure, bit it’s gonna cost a king’s ransom to do it, and much much…

  7. Watch the Showtime trailer for Ozzie Guillen and the Marlins on “The Franchise”

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Showtime has posted the official trailer for this season of “The Franchise” starring Ozzie Guillen and the Marlins. There’s way too much Jeffrey Loria for my tastes, but the preview is definitely intriguing enough to snag me as a viewer. Among other things, it shows Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes hanging out, playing video games,…

  8. There’s every reason to think that Chavez Ravine is going to be developed

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dodger Stadium sits in a vast parking lot on top of a hill. So vast that they used it to film scenes from that last “Star Trek” movie that were supposed to talk place on another freakin’ planet.  Aside from the ballpark itself, it’s a big, open, mostly empty space. Which has many people looking…

  9. Rookie closer Hector Santiago blows save, gets vote of confidence from Robin Ventura

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Robin Ventura did everything he could to avoid naming a closer, keeping the bullpen hierarchy secret right up until rookie Hector Santiago came in for the White Sox’s first save chance of the season. But now that Santiago has hit his first rough patch, serving up two homers last night to blow a 4-2 lead…

  10. Livan Hernandez to have his wages garnished

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Livan Hernandez owes a lot of people money. And as a result, his checks from the Atlanta Braves are gonna be smaller: A Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge issued an order Monday to garnish ex-Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez‘s wages with the Atlanta Braves. Hernandez owes SunTrust Bank $469,387.22 from a line of credit and promissory…

  11. No timetable yet for Chase Utley’s return

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. updated Chase Utley‘s status yesterday, although there really wasn’t a whole lot to update. Amaro told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Utley “is moving forward” with his rehab from chronic knee problems and “his strength seems to be improving.” However, there’s still no timetable for Utley’s return and so far…

  12. Who’s got the fastest-working rotation in baseball?

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Cleveland Indians, that’s who. And you will not be at all surprised at who has the slowest. The fastest individual worker? Roy Halladay.  Dave Cameron broke it down over at the Wall Street Journal today. I have always thought that pitchers do better when they work faster. Cameron’s analysis doesn’t exactly bear that correlation…

  13. Buck Showalter on Kevin Gregg: “I think you will see him get better as we go on”

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Kevin Gregg‘s latest ugly outing, in which he allowed three runs while recording one out, inflated his ERA to 12.27 and caused our own Matthew Pouliot to wonder how much longer the Orioles can possibly stick with the veteran right-hander. Buck Showalter was asked exactly that by Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com and the manager replied:…

  14. The Mets to honor Jose Reyes on April 24

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    You don’t see this sort of thing very often for a guy who departed after free agency. Especially a few short months after. But the Mets are doing it: According to a team source, the Mets will acknowledge Reyes’ nine years in New York with a video tribute on April 24, before the shortstop’s Citi…

  15. Doug Fister “felt good” after first bullpen session

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    On the disabled list with a strained ribcage muscle, Doug Fister threw a 10-pitch bullpen session Monday and reported no problems. Fister threw all fastballs in the short mound session, so it’s merely the first step on the road back, but manager Jim Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com that the right-hander “felt good.” Fister…

  16. Help name the Marlins Park home run feature

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    Our Old Gator has taken to calling the Marlins Park home run feature “Tommy,” in tribute to the Who’s rock opera (or, more likely, in tribute to the garish film version of it).  But Dave George of the Palm Beach Post is looking to formalize it a bit more: I’m asking the creative and the…

  17. Jose Molina, Russell Martin and the frame game

    Apr 17, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

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    One last thing on the Cody Ross strikeout:  feel pity for Ross, feel some aggravation at umpire Larry Vanover, but let us not slight Jose Molina, whose pitch framing is about as good as it gets in baseball and, as Bradley Woodrum notes at FanGraphs today, was likely the biggest reason that call went the…

  18. Quote of the Day: Cody Ross on the umpires

    Apr 17, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    As we mentioned yesterday, Cody Ross was really screwed on the called strikes that ended the Rays-Red Sox game.  And he knew it too. Here were his postgame comments: “If I’m going up there and striking out every at-bat, I’m going to get benched,” he said. “But it’s not that way with (umpires). They can…

  19. Ozzie Guillen returns tonight

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    This time last week Ozzie Guillen was in the middle of a firestorm. An apology and five games off later and Guillen is poised to return tonight, as the Marlins face the Cubs in Miami. I’m going to be curious to see if there are protests of any real scale, boos or things of that…

  20. Do not squeeze Roy Halladay

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Home plate umpire Marty Foster had a tight strike zone in last night’s Phillies-Giants game. It peeved Roy Halladay a good bit. Then in the fifth inning he walked Aubrey Huff on five pitches, and ball four was one Halladay did not believe was a ball (and he was right). Then, according to Matt Gelb’s…

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