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  1. Michael Morse “out indefinitely” after rehab setback

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for returning Thursday. Kilgore reports that Morse “felt soreness throwing last night” and is now “out indefinitely.” ========== Assuming that nothing goes wrong when he plays nine innings in left field at Single-A tonight and tomorrow Michael Morse is scheduled to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ lineup Thursday.…

  2. David Wright scratched from lineup with finger injury, going for X-rays

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright was a late scratch from the Mets’ lineup and will undergo X-rays on a right pinkie finger injury suffered yesterday. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Wright suffered the injury diving back into first base after hitting a single and “is hoping it’s not broken, but he’s unsure.” Ronny Cedeno is…

  3. Sergio Santos to be excused from Blue Jays for birth of child

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    After tomorrow’s game Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos will be away from the team through at least Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. It’s not bad timing for a break after Santos blew back-to-back saves to begin the season and the Blue Jays can turn to Francisco Cordero as…

  4. Details of Carlos Santana’s long-term contract with Indians

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians' catcher Carlos Santana waits for his turn at bat during their MLB spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the year-by-year breakdown of Carlos Santana‘s new contract with the Indians: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012: $501,900 2013: $550,000 2014: $3.5 million 2015: $6.0 million 2016: $8.5 million 2017: $12 million option or $1.2 million buyout That adds up to a minimum of $21.25 million for five…

  5. Undercover security guards are roaming Dodger Stadium in Pirates jerseys

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    The Dodgers home opener is sold out and, a year after Bryan Stow was beaten nearly to death, security is, not surprisingly, tight.  And clever: On Tuesday, scores of uniformed Los Angeles Police Department officers patrolled the stands, the huge parking lots and the entrance. Undercover officers wearing Pirates jerseys also were on hand. “At…

  6. The Lake County Fielders cancel the 2012 season

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Remember the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching? Yeah, well, they’re history: With dueling lawsuits between the city of Zion and the Lake County Fielders,…

  7. Braves activate Chipper Jones from disabled list

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Chipper Jones vowed to return in time for the Braves’ home opener after undergoing knee surgery on March 26 and sure enough he’s back in the lineup with three days to spare. Jones ended up missing just four games following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Martin Prado and Juan Francisco…

  8. Photo of the Day: It’s a beautiful day in Detroit

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Here’s Joe Maddon in the early innings of the Rays-Tigers game in Detroit, where the snow fell, the wind blew and the temperatures barely cracked 40 at game time: A least I think he was at the game. That could be him prepping to climb Mt. Rainer or something.

  9. Brandon Inge begins rehab stint, eyes weekend return

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Brandon Inge‘s groin injury is healed enough that he’s scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Inge will serve as Toledo’s designated hitter tonight before moving to second base Wednesday and Thursday, at which point he might be cleared to come off the disabled list. Inge…

  10. Mike Trout off to 10-for-20 start in Triple-A

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Top prospect Mike Trout maintained his .500 average for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first homer. He’s 10-for-20 in five games for the Bees. There will certainly be call in Anaheim for Trout to replace Vernon Wells in the Angels outfield if this keeps up. Wells is off to a 2-for-14 start…

  11. Reds sign Brandon Phillips to a six-year $72.5 million extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Jim Bowden reported earlier this afternoon that the Reds and Brandon Phillips had a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension in place.  Now it appears to be done, says Ken Rosenthal. That’s just shy of Ian Kinsler money, so it’s probably about right for the market, even if it seems kind of nuts to go that long with…

  12. Michael Kohn shut down after setback with forearm injury

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Michael Kohn has been shut down after experiencing a setback with his forearm injury and the Angels reliever is scheduled for a visit with Dr. James Andrews tomorrow. Kohn was initially shut down during spring training, but attempted to resume throwing after an MRI exam showed only a strained flexor tendon. Bill Plunkett of the…

  13. Highlights from Ozzie’s press conference

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    Here are the highlights — English portion anyway — from Ozzie Guillen’s press conference this morning.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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