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  1. Luke Scott gets cortisone shot for “mild” hamstring injury

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Recovering from shoulder surgery was the big question mark facing Luke Scott this season and has him limited to designated hitter duties for the Rays, but now his hamstring is a problem as well. Scott left Sunday’s game with what he called a “mild” hamstring strain and an MRI exam revealed no major damage, but…

  2. Bud Selig issues a statement on the Guillen stuff

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig weighs in on the Ozzie thing: “Major League Baseball supports today’s decision by the Marlins to suspend Ozzie Guillen.  As I have often said, Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities.  All of our 30 Clubs play significant roles within their local communities, and I expect those who represent Major League Baseball…

  3. Vin Scully to miss Dodgers home opener with “a bad cold”

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully won’t be at Dodger Stadium to broadcast the Dodgers’ home opener this afternoon, as the team announced that he’ll stay at home to rest due to “a bad cold.” Any kind of sickness is obviously worrisome for an 84-year-old, so hopefully the beloved Scully will be back behind the microphone very soon and…

  4. This is not the first time Ozzie Guillen voiced his admiration for Castro

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    All politics is local. If it wasn’t, these comments Ozzie Guillen made in 2008 to Rick Telander in a Men’s Journal interview would have been pounced on then. But since Guillen was not representing Miami back then, Telander notes, it went virtually unnoticed: I asked him this: “Who’s the toughest man you know?’’ His response,…

  5. Oft-injured Joey Devine to undergo another Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Joey Devine‘s once-promising career has once again been derailed by injuries, as the A’s reliever will undergo elbow surgery today performed by Dr. James Andrews. Devine was the Braves’ first-round pick in 2005, was traded to the A’s for Mark Kotsay in 2008, and has a 2.75 ERA with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings for…

  6. The Dodgers sale is being financed by people’s insurance money. Is this a problem?

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Over at the New York Times’ Deal Book blog, Andrew Ross Sorkin notes that the sale of the Dodgers to the group led by Magic Johnson — but really controlled by Guggenheim Partners’ Mark Walter — is being financed with insurance policy dough: In addition to their own cash, Mr. Walter plans to use money…

  7. A “very embarrassed” Ozzie Guillen apologizes for “betraying the Latin community”

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Presser

    Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, minutes after his five-game suspension was handed down, faced the media and the music in the wake of his comments about Fidel Castro. Guillen began the press conference speaking in Spanish, clearly aware of the audience most critical of his comments.  His eyes were red, and on occasion watery. He…

  8. Russell Martin and Robert Andino have postgame shouting match over tipping Mariano Rivera’s pitches

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Moments after Mariano Rivera closed out a 6-2 win over Baltimore last night Yankees catcher Russell Martin was shouting at Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, with both players needing to be held back as their teams left the field. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Martin and the Yankees believed Andino was signaling Rivera’s pitch…

  9. Ozzie Guillen suspended for five games

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    The Miami Marlins just announced that Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games, effective immediately.  This came about 20 minutes before his press conference began. A statement accompanied the suspension. After announcing it, it reads: “The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen. The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro…

  10. Liam Hendriks released from hospital after food poisoning

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Liam Hendriks was released from a Baltimore hospital yesterday and is recovered enough from his bout with food poisoning that he’s rejoined the Twins in Minnesota. Hendriks, who was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start in place of the injured Scott Baker, told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that he managed to avoid losing any weight…

  11. UPDATE: Vlad Guerrero in police custody following a bar brawl in the Dominican Republic

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop. Vlad Guerrero’s hands are idle for the first time during the baseball season in about 20 years, and if you believe the Dominican National Police, he was putting them to poor use last night. Assuming this translation is close to accurate, it sounds like he assaulted a police officer:…

  12. Carlos Santana, Indians agree on a five-year extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

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    One day, there will no longer be awesome free agents hitting the market in their prime. Because teams keep doing this: Carlos Santana, #Indians agree on 5 year extension with club option for 2117 — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 10, 2012 That club option in 2017 — call me crazy, but I believe Hoynes made…

  13. MLB is looking into Ozzie’s comments? How intellectually inconsistent of them.

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

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    According to Buster Olney, Major League Baseball is now “reviewing the Ozzie Guillen situation.”  Hurm. While I disagree with it all, I at least understand where the local outrage in Miami is coming from. While I would hope that it all blows over, I get that whatever happens it will be the local dynamics —…

  14. Behold, The Dodgers unveil The Big Kid Dog

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

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    Some people say the Dodgers are worth $2 billion because of future television revenue. I say it’s because of billion-dollar ideas like this one: The Big Kid Dog.  According to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed it’s “a 100% all-beef dog topped with gooey Mac and Cheese and covered in Fritos.”

  15. Miami-Dade mayor: “The freedom-loving people” of Miami want Ozzie Guillen fired

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:07 AM EDT

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    L’affair Ozzie is continuing apace. We’ve had the comment, the outrage, the apology, the media hand-wringing, and now the political opportunism. In the run-up to Ozzie Guillen’s second apology over his Castro comment, Carlos Giminez, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, calls for his termination. Because apparently there is nothing more satisfying to “freedom-loving people” than…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  17. Please Fredi, stop using your worst relievers in close games

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez probably throws harder than Livan Hernandez

    Let’s rank the Braves’ relievers in order from best to cannon fodder, shall we: Craig Kimbrel Jonny Venters Eric O’Flaherty Kris Medlen Cristhian Martinez Livan Hernandez Chad Durbin There’s nothing controversial there, right. One could argue about the order of the last two, but really, no one can possibly be that bored. Now let’s look…

  18. Tom Milone first in six years to go eight scoreless with no strikeouts

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:31 AM EDT

    Tom Milone

    The Royals must have thought A’s rookie Tom Milone was a nasty left-hander when they sat lefty bats Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas on Monday night. They went on to make him look like one, kind of anyway. Tommy Milone became the first pitcher in six years to finish an outing with at least eight…

  19. Rangers and Ian Kinsler agree to five-year, $75 million contract extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

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    Ian Kinsler said last week that he was “disappointed” that a contract extension with the Rangers wouldn’t get done by Opening Day, but the two sides were apparently able to bridge the gap over the past couple of days. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers and Kinsler have agreed to…

  20. Report: Indians, Carlos Santana agree to multi-year contract extension

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

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    After extending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera through the 2014 season last week, the Indians have successfully locked up another key piece of their nucleus. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Carlos Santana. An official announcement is expected tomorrow. Exact terms aren’t yet known, but the deal…

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