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  1. Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel both homer in rehab game

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    The Nationals were forced to run Mark DeRosa and Roger Bernadina out there on Opening Day against the Cubs, but they have some reinforcements on the way. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel both homered last night in a minor league rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg. Morse, who…

  2. Mark Trumbo had a rough go of things at third base last night

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Yeah, this Mark Trumbo-to-third base thing? Might not work out. Bold statement I know, but Trumbo had a pretty rough go of things in the Angels’ season opener last night against the Royals, committing two fielding errors in his new stomping grounds. The first was on a throw which pulled Albert Pujols off the bag…

  3. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes Getty

    The Mariners actually beat the Athletics 7-3 last night, but all everyone can talk about this morning is Yoenis Cespedes, who nearly hit one to San Jose. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cespedes turned on an 83 mph changeup from Mariners’ starter Jason Vargas for a massive blast to left-center which traveled 462…

  4. Scott Baker to get second opinion on elbow after MRI shows no new damage

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start last night because he “just didn’t feel right” and had “trouble getting loose, so he was sent for an MRI on his right elbow today. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins said this evening that the results of the exam were…

  5. Pablo Sandoval is going back behind the plate

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval catching

    Pablo Sandoval hasn’t caught a major league game since May 8, 2009, but the Giants have asked him to prepare for emergency duty with rookie Hector Sanchez as the lone backup to Buster Posey on the active roster. While Sandoval is quite comfortable with his regular gig at third base, he told Andrew Baggarly of…

  6. Velocity still down, Tim Lincecum gets hit hard by D-backs

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum gave up two or more homers just three times in three seasons from 2009-11. He allowed that many in 2012 before his first inning was complete. Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt did the damage in the first, and the Diamondbacks tagged Lincecum for five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Friday’s season opener…

  7. Chipper Jones felt “real good” after testing his knee against live pitching today

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones has already resumed facing live pitching, less than two weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones felt “real good” taking swings against teammate Randall Delgado in a simulated game this afternoon at Citi Field. While the 39-year-old believes he…

  8. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  9. Mariano Rivera blows save as Carlos Pena plays hero in first game back with Rays

    Apr 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena Reuters

    Craig mentioned earlier how Joe Girardi’s over-managing in the first inning resulted in Carlos Pena hitting a grand slam against CC Sabathia. Well, Pena wasn’t doing playing hero in his first game back in Tampa Bay. The Yankees actually rallied back from the early deficit, handing the ball to all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera with…

  10. Adam Dunn’s homer ties a major league record

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn going deep

    On MLB’s fourth Opening Day this year, Adam Dunn tied an Opening Day record with his eighth career Opening Day homer Friday against the Rangers. Because it’s still Opening Day somewhere. Dunn’s blast off Colby Lewis tied him with Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. for the most Opening Day homers. Dunn’s actually gone deep…

  11. Craig Finn to the Twins: play better music!

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Craig Finn Twins

    Craig Finn of The Hold Steady is a big Twins fans. BIG fan. Wears Twins jerseys on stage, writes songs about them and everything.  And he loves going to the park.  Once upon a time they used to play cool music at Twins games too, but no longer, he tells CBS Sports.com’s Eye on Baseball:…

  12. Ian Kinsler didn’t show any disappointment on Opening Day

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    This morning we heard that Ian Kinsler was disappointed that he couldn’t get a deal worked out with the Rangers before the season started.  If he’s disappointed, however, it didn’t carry over to his game: Kinsler had a leadoff double, scored on a Josh Hamilton sac fly and later hit a solo homer, leading the…

  13. Cardinals blow up against Yovani Gallardo

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo, Matt Holliday

    Yovani Gallardo had only surrendered as many as three homers in a game once before, that coming when he gave up four against St. Louis last Sept. 1. On Friday, he allowed three homers in an inning to the very same Cardinals team. Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday took Gallardo deep consecutively, and David Freese…

  14. MLB average ticket price jumps a penny

    Apr 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    The penny

    When will the inflation ever end? The Team Marketing Report said Friday that MLB’s average ticket price is $26.92 this year, up 1 cent from last season. MLB ticket prices are roughly a third of those at NFL games ($77.36) and half of what the NHL ($57.10) and NBA ($48.48) teams charge. The Red Sox…

  15. Ruh-roh: Are there problems with the Magic Johnson-Guggenheim Partners bid for the Dodgers?

    Apr 6, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    We’re still in love-fest territory when it comes to the Magic Johnson-Guggenheim partners bid for the Dodgers. Indeed, I just got a press release from the Dodgers’ PR people, announcing the team’s imminent emergence from bankruptcy, and talking about how important that bid is for the process: “The centerpiece of the Amended Plan is the…

  16. The Pirates are finished

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    This year, the Pirates are all about finishing what they start. According to The Associated Press, the team ordered dozens of black-and-yellow shirts with the phrase “finish” to remind the Pirates about the importance of mental toughness. The Pirates, of course, had a pretty nice first half last year before fading fast and finishing 72-90.…

  17. Great Moments in over-managing: Joe Girardi Edition

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    I’m listening to the Yankees-Rays game. First inning, two men on, two men out for the Rays, first base open. Sean Rodriguez at bat. Joe Girardi decides to intentionally walk Rodriguez to get to Carlos Pena. Carlos Pena works the count full and then hits a grand slam. Just before that happened the Rays’ radio…

  18. Brewers talks to extend Doug Melvin and Ron Roenicke are moving right along

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Ron Roenicke

    Tom Haudricourt spoke with Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio, and he said that talks with general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke for extensions and progressing nicely, and that a deal for both of them should be in place soon. Seems like it’s a nice fit of all of these parts in Milwaukee.  Like I…

  19. Joe Girardi: “Safe to say” Michael Pineda won’t pitch for Yankees before May

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    Michael Pineda begins the season on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis after showing decreased velocity in Yankees camp and today manager Joe Girardi admitted that it’s “safe to say” Pineda won’t be in the majors until at least May. Freddy Garcia resumes fifth-starter duties with Pineda out of the picture, but it’ll be interesting…

  20. Wait, Magic Johnson sitting next to Frank McCourt is a problem of some kind?

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Magic McCourt

    I thought the  picture of Magic Johnson sitting next to Frank McCourt at yesterday’s Dodgers-Padres game was kind of funny in a study-in-contrasts kind of way. But apparently it was more than that. At least to T.J. Simers who believes that it was a legitimate P.R. disaster: Why would the best thing that has happened…

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