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  1. UPDATE: Talks still ongoing between the Indians and Johnny Damon

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE: There’s no deal yet.  This morning Jim Bowden says that the sides are still talking, and Ken Rosenthal — who had the original report — notes the same thing, though adds that he believes a deal will be done shortly. 12:06 AM:  From Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes this rather surprising late-night free agent…

  2. Ryan Howard begins construction on a $23 million house with a “lazy river”

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Via Crossing Broad we learn that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is set to begin construction on a $23 million gulf coast home. And it has fun stuff like this: Special features include “a Venice-style lazy river running from the swimming pool underneath a series of bridges” and a bowling alley on the ground level…

  3. Jeff Francouer delivers pizza to an entire section at the Oakland Coliseum

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Last year, you’ll recall, Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur gave some A’s fans who sit in right field a $100 bill and an autographed baseball with explicit instructions that they use the money to purchase bacon dogs and beer. Well, he’s still making friends with those guys: Yesteraday he had 20 pizzas delivered to their section 149.  This…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Royals 4: Jonathan Broxton walked two batters and hit two batters to blow the game in the 12th inning. That, my friends, is how you blow a save. Without doubt and with authority. None of this pussyfooting around with grounders that just get past an infielder. Decisive action brings order to a world full…

  5. 72-year-old motorcyclist from Matt Bush’s DUI hit-and-run case finally released from hospital

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Good news, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times‘ Marc Topkin: Tony Tufano, 72, the victim in the Rays minor league RHP Matt Bush DUI hit-and-run crash, was released from the hospital today and is home, daughter in law Shannon Moore said. Tufano is using a walker and will receive home care, with family attorney Richard Hirsch saying…

  6. Jonathan Broxton melts down, blows game in 12th

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks, Brayan Pena

    Jonathan Broxton struck out the side Sunday to earn his first save for the Royals. His outing Wednesday didn’t go so well. After Oakland’s Seth Smith reached on an Alcides Escobar error in the 12th, Broxton walked two batters and hit two more to take a blown save and a loss in a 5-4 game.…

  7. Stephen Drew to hit in extended spring game

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew, who is making his way back from a fractured ankle, will take a step forward on Thursday, hitting in an extended spring training game. The plan is for Drew to take four at-bats in the game and run lightly out of the box if he puts the ball in play, manager Kirk Gibson…

  8. Drew Storen undergoes minor procedure on right elbow

    Apr 11, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent minor surgery Wednesday on his throwing elbow. The procedure, performed in D.C., was designed to remove bone fragments and was deemed a success. The Nationals aren’t saying for certain how long Storen will be out, but sources told Ladson on Wednesday evening…

  9. Maybe Chris Heisey doesn’t really want to play

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Chris Heisey

    Chris Heisey was on the bench for the third time in six games Wednesday, but he didn’t seem to mind. He might actually be in line for more time there after delivering a pinch-hit game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth against the Cardinals. “I can’t really explain why I’m more relaxed pinch-hitting than…

  10. Orioles sign sinkerballer Joel Pineiro

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    The Orioles added some additional pitching depth Wednesday, signing Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. He’ll pitch out of the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk initially. There was shockingly little interest in Pineiro over the winter, and he ended up signing a minor league deal with the Phillies even though it was obvious they had…

  11. Buster Posey scratched… due to shingles?

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Buster Posey

    Buster Posey was a late scratch from Wednesday’s starting lineup due to a shingles, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports. According to Baggarly, Posey said he came down with the painful rash and blisters after Sunday’s game and that it made it difficult for him to sleep. Still, he expects to play Thursday. With Posey…

  12. Vladimir Guerrero faces no charges related to … whatever happened

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The police say Vlad Guerrero assaulted one of their own. Vlad Guerrero said he did nothing of the kind. Now Vlad Guerrero’s lawyer says that Vlad faces no charges out of it. Advantage: Vlad. I know nothing about the criminal justice system in the Dominican Republic. But after several random cases down there in the…

  13. Scott Baker to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker has battled elbow problems since 2010, throwing just 135 innings last year and beginning this year on the disabled list, and after a recent setback the Twins announced today that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery. It’s not Tommy John surgery, but rather a repair of his flexor pronator tendon, which carries a six-month recovery…

  14. MLBPA head: PED users, Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

    Michael Weiner spoke to the National Press Club today, and among his comments were his views on the Hall of Fame: he thinks Cooperstown “is for the best baseball players that have ever played,” and that’s regardless of their status as PED cheats or gambling cheats for that matter. He said that PED users should be in,…

  15. Jeremy Hellickson checks out OK after taking a ball to the head

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Jeremy Hellickson got hit in the head with a batting practice home run at Comerica Park this morning, but after being taken to an area hospital for tests, everything seems to be checking out OK. He’ll have more tests tomorrow, but this is pretty good news, yes?  He should be cleared to make his next…

  16. Justin Verlander shut out the Rays for eight innings … and then lost for the first time since July

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander cruised through eight shutout innings this afternoon, toying with the Rays lineup while needing just 81 pitches to record 24 outs. And then everything unraveled in the ninth inning. Verlander allowed three singles and a walk before being removed with one out and a 2-2 tie, but Daniel Schlereth and Jose Valverde turned…

  17. Must-Click Link: The tragedy of playing for the Baltimore Orioles

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Ever see those anti-drug posters where they show a meth-head’s downward spiral in the form of increasingly depressing mugshots?  Yeah, those are pretty sobering! Well, there is a baseball equivalent. Remember kids: don’t play for the Baltimore Orioles. Not even once.

  18. Stephen Strasburg dominates the Mets, tops 100 pitches for the first time

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    This afternoon’s Stephen Strasburg–Johan Santana matchup was every bit as fun to watch as it looked on paper. Santana was very solid, albeit in another short outing, throwing five innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts despite averaging just 88.1 miles per hour with his fastball. Strasburg was very shaky early on, but quickly got…

  19. The Red Sox head home 1-5 following yet another loss

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox  v Toronto Blue Jays

    The home opener on Friday at Fenway is gonna be rockin’! This after the Red Sox dropped another one — a particularly dispiriting one — 3-1 to the Blue Jays. The Red Sox had three hits, all singles. All in the third inning. After that they went down in order in the fourth through eighth…

  20. Is Los Angeles too much trouble? Try San Diego!

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Greetings from San Diego

    My kids want to go to California, so I am planning on taking them to California on a vacation sometime this summer.  The first thought was to head towards Los Angeles, or at least somewhere near there like the Orange County beaches. But it’s expensive!  The airfares are pretty steep to LAX at the moment,…

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