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  1. Josh Collmenter might be pitching for his job next time out

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Josh Collmenter

    Josh Collmenter struggled this spring and has coughed up 11 runs in seven innings through two starts, leading to speculation that he might not be long for the Diamondbacks’ rotation despite a very solid rookie season that saw him throw 154 innings with a 3.38 ERA. Kirk Gibson confirmed to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that…

  2. The Red Sox’ sellout streak is in jeopardy

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Fenway Park

    The Boston Globe reported on Friday that the sellout streak at Fenway Park — now in its ninth season — is in jeopardy, with preseason ticket sales taking a dip, prices on the secondary market going down and overall interest waning, even if only slightly. I found this interesting: The Red Sox consider a game…

  3. Mitch Moreland misses two games with abscessed tooth

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    moreland getty

    Mitch Moreland was out of the Rangers’ lineup yesterday for the second straight game because of an abscessed tooth and will use today’s break in the schedule to undergo oral surgery, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Mike Napoli came out from behind the plate to start at first base in Moreland’s absence yesterday, but…

  4. The Roger Clemens trial begins again, this time with more government lawyers

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Last July, Roger Clemens went on trial for lying to Congress. It didn’t last long, as the case was thrown out when the prosecutors blatantly disobeyed the judge’s order and played a video to the jury in which a congressman read affidavit testimony by Andy Pettitte’s wife. Which was eight kinds of inadmissible. Today the prosecutors…

  5. Jose Contreras rejoins Phillies eight months after surgery

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras is back in the Phillies’ bullpen eight months after undergoing elbow surgery that potentially could have ended the 40-year-old’s career last September. It looked like Contreras’ return might be delayed when his first rehab appearance was an ugly one, but he quickly got on track in the minors and also proved that he…

  6. The All-Time Dream Team

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Johnny Bench

    Graham Womack of the Baseball Past and Present blog recently had readers vote on an All-Time Dream Team, and then asked a number of writers to do little pieces about the winners at each position. I was invited to contribute and I did Johnny Bench. The post with all the winners is up and live…

  7. Vin Scully returns to Dodgers broadcast booth after illness

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully was back in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth yesterday after missing the home opener and a total of five games with a strong cold. It was good timing for the 84-year-old legend’s return, as he was able to regale listeners with first-hand stories on Jackie Robinson Day. Scully revealed that he first felt sick…

  8. Braves to retire John Smoltz’s number

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    (FILES) This 25 August, 2002, file photo

    The Atlanta Braves announced this morning that they are going to retire John Smoltz‘s jersey and induct him into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame. There will be a ceremony honoring him June 8. Well-deserved. There’s little need to recount Smoltz’s importance to those Braves teams that won the division nearly every single year. Overall,…

  9. Youkilis, Pedroia respond to Bobby V’s comments

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    Not surprisingly, Kevin Youkilis was asked about Bobby Valentine’s comment that Youk was not “physically or emotionally into the game.”  Rob Bradford of WEEI has his comments: “That’s not what I see. I go out every day and play as hard as I can. I take every ground ball in the morning, take every at-bat…

  10. Jim Leyland: The experts are a bunch of idiots

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Everyone picked the White Sox to finish down in the pack in the AL Central. Jim Leyland, whose Tigers just dropped two of three to Chicago, doesn’t have a very high opinion of the experts. Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com was at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday, and witnessed what he calls “a classic rant” from the…

  11. Tim Tebow booed at Yankee Stadium

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, Tim Tebow

    When a celebrity — especially a local sports star — shows up on the jumbotron at a ballpark wearing the local team’s gear, you can almost always expect for the crowd to cheer. Almost: Tim Tebow has work to do if he’s going to win over New York sports fans. The new backup quarterback for…

  12. Bobby Valentine: Kevin Youkilis is not “physically or emotionally into the game”

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Bobby Valentine went on a local radio show in Boston last night and said this about Kevin Youkilis: “I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the ball well, got those two walks,…

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

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 5, Astros 4: Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs, finally putting that crazy home run sculpture into action. Somehow we all survived, though I’m not ruling out the possibility that we all got thrown into an alternate timeline or something and won’t truly realize it until all the crazy occult stuff starts…

  14. Still red hot, Matt Kemp goes 3-for-4, hits sixth homer

    Apr 15, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers have been a two-man offense so far, but when those two are as hot as Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are, that’s plenty good enough. Kemp went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Sunday as part of a 5-4 win over the Padres, moving the Dodgers to 9-1 on the season. Kemp is…

  15. Mitch Maier takes mound, shuts down the Indians for an inning

    Apr 15, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    Mitch Maier

    Mitch Maier got the start in center field for the Royals on Sunday with Lorenzo Cain on the DL, but he finished the game on the mound, throwing a scoreless ninth inning in a 13-7 loss to the Indians. It was Maier’s second career relief appearance and both have resulted in scoreless innings. Maier, who…

  16. The Orioles can’t take much more Kevin Gregg

    Apr 15, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    If not for his contract, Kevin Gregg probably wouldn’t have lasted the spring in an Orioles uniform. Even as is, one wonders if he’ll survive the month of April. Gregg allowed three runs in one-third of an inning of relief Sunday, walking two and hitting a batter in the process. He has a 12.86 ERA…

  17. Skip Schumaker cleared for minor league rehab games

    Apr 15, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    schumaker getty

    Cardinals utilityman Skip Schumaker could be ready to join the big league roster later this week. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 32-year-old is in the starting lineup, playing second base, Sunday at Triple-A Memphis. It’s his first minor league rehab game. Schumaker has been on the disabled list since the…

  18. Drew Pomeranz added to Rockies’ starting rotation

    Apr 15, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    pomeranz getty

    Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, the 30th-ranked prospect in the sport according to Baseball America, was officially recalled from the Double-A level on Sunday morning and is on the mound this afternoon against the Diamondbacks for his first major league start of the 2012 regular season. Jordan Pacheco was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs in a…

  19. Brian Wilson acknowledges that he needs a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

    Apr 15, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle passes along this unfortunate series of updates on the status of Giants closer Brian Wilson: We just talked to Wilson. He’s in great spirits. Said he knows he’s done for a year and plans to stick around and be a “better teammate.” — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 15,…

  20. Carl Crawford expected to begin taking at-bats in extended spring games this Tuesday

    Apr 15, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal: Carl Crawford will fly back to Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday and “more than likely” will play in his first extended-spring-training game on Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. Crawford has been on the 15-day disabled list since the start of the regular season due to lingering…

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