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

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Cardinals Marlins Baseball

    Cardinals 4, Marlins 1:  I wrote up a more thorough summary last night if you’re curious. For now, though, let us note that Angel Hernandez is in midseason form already, calling Omar Infante safe at first base when he was clearly out in the bottom of the eighth. That should have been out number three,…

  2. Kyle Lohse dominates the Marlins, spoils their big night in their new home

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    With all apologies to the Athletics and Mariners, baseball is now really back, thanks to a game being played in this hemisphere, at an hour we could all see it and on actual television. The Cardinals beat the Marlins 4-1. Our hemisphere, yes, but it often felt like a different universe.  One in which lime…

  3. The Red Sox open up with $57 million on the disabled list

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Here’s the list: Carl Crawford – $19.5 million John Lackey – $15.25 million Daisuke Matsuzaka – $10 millon Bobby Jenks – $6 million Andrew Bailey – $3.9 million Andrew Miller – $1.04 million Rich Hill – $725,000 Ryan Kalish – approx. $480,000 Chris Carpenter – approx. $480,000 It all adds up to $57.375 million, which…

  4. And so it begins: Reds bench Chris Heisey on Opening Day

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Chris Heisey

    Manager Dusty Baker announced his Opening Day lineup on Wednesday, with Chris Heisey nowhere to be found: 2B Brandon Phillips SS Zach Cozart 1B Joey Votto 3B Scott Rolen RF Jay Bruce LF Ryan Ludwick CF Drew Stubbs C Ryan Hanigan SP Johnny Cueto Another notable absence is that of Rookie of the Year hopeful…

  5. John Lannan formally requests to be traded by Nationals

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    lannan ap

    From beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider comes word that recently-demoted lefty John Lannan has formally requested to be traded away from the Nationals. “A trade would be the best solution for everyone in both the short and long term,” the 27-year-old wrote Wednesday night in a statement to the media. “I…

  6. Police pull their guns on Torii Hunter … while he’s in his own home

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    Torii Hunter‘s Twitter feed got interesting in the past hour: My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me — Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012 They didn’t believe I lived here in Newport…

  7. Joey Votto’s deal includes a $20 million option for 2024

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay has the breakdown of Joey Votto’s new 10-year, $225 million contract: 2014: $12 million 2015: $14 million 2016: $20 million 2017: $22 million 2018-23: $25 million per year 2024: $20 million team option with $7 million buyout As reported, that’s $225 million in guaranteed money. On the off chance that…

  8. The Marlins get escorted out by Brazilian dancers

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    marlins dancers

    The Marlins are letting it all hang out tonight. Or something. In debuting their new stadium, they had their starting lineup escorted out by dancers in Brazilian Carnival costumes prior to Wednesday’s opener. The players seemed to enjoy it. Logan Morrison, in particular, was chatting his lady up (big surprise). No wonder he wanted to…

  9. Albert Pujols would be fine if the Cardinals gave his number away

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    No matter the way the relationship ended, Albert Pujols‘ No. 5 seems destined to be retired by the Cardinals someday after his career is over. Pujols, though, told USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale he wouldn’t mind if they choose to give it away. “It’s just a number, so if someone else wants to wear it, that…

  10. Andy Pettitte gets standing ovation, pitches scoreless inning

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte took the mound for an inning against the Mets in his spring debut Wednesday and retired three of the four hitters he faced, allowing just a single in the process. “It felt good to be able to get out there and get the inning in, especially in a big league game” he said.…

  11. Bobby Valentine slams Curt Schilling, but he probably shouldn’t have

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    Curt Schilling went off a couple of weeks ago about how Bobby Valentine wasn’t the right fit for the Red Sox. That caused Josh Beckett to slam Schilling. And now Bobby V. himself has taken to WEEI radio and has taken a shot at Schilling: “I never saw them, I heard about them and I…

  12. Yankees sign Ramon Ortiz to minor league deal

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Ramon Ortiz

    The Yankees never made an attempt to lure Pedro Martinez to the Bronx, but now they can show off the original “Little Pedro.” In need of a little extra pitching depth with David Phelps having made the team, the Yankees signed Ramon Ortiz to a minor league deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. He’ll…

  13. Josh Beckett says he’s fine, “dumbfounded”

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett‘s flights around the country to get medical opinions on his thumb were tracked by the Red Sox press the way NORAD tracks Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.  Beckett says, however, that he’s “fine.”  And he adds that it’s much ado about nothing: “I really have no idea how this got blown out like…

  14. Yankees acquire Chris Stewart from Giants, send “red-eyed and stunned” Francisco Cervelli to Triple-A

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    Russell Martin will have a new backup this season, as the Yankees acquired journeyman catcher Chris Stewart from the Giants in exchange for minor-league right-hander George Kontos and optioned Francisco Cervelli to Triple-A. Cervelli has been in the majors since 2009, backing up Jorge Posada and then Martin while hitting .272 with a .338 on-base…

  15. How uplifting: Fans love beanball wars

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles

    Via Baseball Musings, we learn of a study which is sad: Researchers report “beaning” a member of the opposing team — deliberately hitting him with a pitch — is divorced in fans’ minds from the notion of moral responsibility. In other words, the batter who received a nasty bruise — or worse — when he…

  16. Mets sign Jon Niese to five-year, $25.5 million contract

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese‘s long-term contract with the Mets is now official, with Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reporting that the five-year deal is worth $25.5 million in guaranteed money and covers all three arbitration eligible seasons plus his first year of free agency. It also includes a sixth-year team option for $10 million and…

  17. ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume explains why he picked the Astros last year

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    Last year, ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume famously picked the Houston Astros to win the NL Central.  They then proceeded to lose 106 games.  Missed it by thaaaaaat much. Today Berthiaume explains the thought process behind the pick that caused him so much grief: I had written a piece for this website in September of 2010 and felt…

  18. A’s place first baseman Daric Barton on disabled list

    Apr 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Daric Barton isn’t sufficiently recovered from September shoulder surgery, so he’ll begin the season on the disabled list while the A’s go with Brandon Allen and Kila Ka’aihue at first base. Barton was once firmly established as Oakland’s long-term first baseman and had an underrated, All-Star caliber season in 2010 with a .393 on-base percentage…

  19. Brandon Belt makes the Giants roster

    Apr 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    It seemed crazy that Brandon Belt wouldn’t make the Giants roster, but for a while there during spring training it seemed like a possibility. Aubrey Huff and Brent Pill were getting a lot of starts at first base and the Giants fan base was rather freaking out. Today Bruce Bochy let ’em off the hook.…

  20. Zack Greinke no longer without an agent, hires Casey Close

    Apr 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    Zack Greinke dropped his agent in December and said in February that there was “no reason” for him to hire a new one, but the Brewers right-hander has done just that by hiring Casey Close of Excel Sports Management. Close previously worked for Creative Artists Agency, which is the representation that Greinke left in December.…

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