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  1. Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie begins season on disabled list

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Brad Mills, Jed Lowrie

    “Oft-injured” was used to describe Jed Lowrie for most of his Red Sox career and now his Astros career will be delayed by, you guessed it, an injury. Lowrie hurt his thumb diving back into second base on March 28, getting upset at Marlins infielder Omar Infante for blocking the bag, and Houston has placed…

  2. Holy crap they have bacon on a stick at Camden Yards

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Bacon

    And better yet, it comes in Natty Boh beer bottles.  Click through for the pic. I hate to go all religious for two posts in a row, but signs, wonders and miracles abound on this great day.

  3. Jose Contreras’ rehab assignment is off to a rough start

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras took a big step in his recovery from elbow surgery yesterday when he appeared in a minor-league game, but his Single-A outing lasted only 11 pitches and was full of control problems. Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras threw four strikes and seven balls, including two wild pitches, and allowed…

  4. So, exactly how did Alexei Ramirez tick off Robin Ventura?

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Alexei Ramirez

    All spring long the White Sox were auditioning No. 2 hitters. First we heard that it was going to be slow-footed A.J. Pierzynski. However, that no longer worked out because manager Robin Ventura decided he wanted to bat Adam Dunn third, meaning he needed a right-handed hitter batting second to separate a pair of lefties.…

  5. Ian Kinsler is “disappointed” that long-term extension talks with Rangers have stalled

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    kinsler bats getty

    Amid reports that he was close to a long-term contract extension Ian Kinsler called negotiations with the Rangers a “confusing process” and now it sounds like talks have stalled to the point that a deal may not get done. In fact, Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that “it appears doubtful the Rangers will reach…

  6. “Jesus is alive and so is baseball!”

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Baseball God

    Good Friday. Passover. Opening Day.  All high holy days for people of various persuasions, all going on today or tonight, somewhere. But beyond a few glib little comments like that, do these things really justify a vigorous comparison?  The people quoted in this Houston Chronicle article on the matter think they do: Kicking off the…

  7. Robin Ventura still hasn’t named the White Sox’s closer

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Now that the Royals have officially picked Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria‘s replacement nearly every team has named their closer, but one holdout is the guy with the least managing experience in the bunch (which is to say no managing experience). Robin Ventura played coy with the media yesterday, refusing to disclose his closer while…

  8. Video of the Day: The best first pitch you’re ever gonna see

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Video camera

    Jeremy Feldbusch fought in Iraq and lost his sight in the process.  Yesterday he threw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Pirates game and threw a friggin’ strike. (via BusinessInsider)

  9. Padres place Tim Stauffer on disabled list with elbow injury

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    stauffer_tim

    Tim Stauffer was the Padres’ starter on Opening Day last season and went on to throw 186 innings with a 3.73 ERA overall, but he began this season on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. Stauffer tested the injury by playing catch earlier this week, but told Corey Brock of MLB.com that “it…

  10. Kip Wells is still alive and the White Sox have him

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kip Wells

    Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox have signed Kip Wells to a minor league deal. Yep, that Kip Wells. The man who hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2009.  His last action was for the independent Long Island Ducks in 2010, where he started five games and had a WHIP of 1.519.  He had…

  11. Bryce Harper goes 2-for-4 with a steal in Triple-A debut

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper made his Triple-A debut yesterday–more than six months shy of his 20th birthday–and went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post notes that Harper’s arrival at Triple-A generated nowhere near the hype of Stephen Strasburg reaching the minors’ highest level in 2010, as Syracuse’s ballpark “was…

  12. Opening Day at Comerica Park: “a miserable experience from beginning to end”

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    Opening Day is great in theory, but not always great in practice. Especially if you go to the ballpark. Why? You realize that it’s amateur hour, with people who never go to a ballgame making a holiday out of it. And by that I mean that they drink until they’re blind and generally act like…

  13. The Cubs are interested in John Lannan

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    lannan ap

    Yesterday Aaron asked if anyone wanted John Lannan. Well, at least one team might: the Chicago Cubs. So says Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, who reports that the Cubs have “inquired again” about his services following his demotion by the Nationals. Lannan would help a lot of teams. He wouldn’t necessarily be worth the $5…

  14. Lance Berkman is not amused about Marlins Park

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    After 20 years of nearly every single development in the circumstances in which baseball is played benefiting the hitters, they build, what, the second or third park that skews pitcher-friendly and someone complains: Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman predicted to reporters Wednesday that hitting a home run at Marlins Park is so difficult that one day soon…

  15. Photo of the Day: Magic and McCourt

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Camera

    From yesterday’s Dodgers-Padres game in San Diego: Frank: Hey, Magic. Thanks for letting me go to the game with you. Magic: [annoyed] Yeah, whatever, Frank. Frank: Do you suppose I could get a ride with you back to L.A.? Magic: No. I bought you a round trip bus ticket, and you’re using both halves of…

  16. What’s on tap for Opening Day v4.0

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Bunting flag

    The fourth and final Opening Day is today. Thank you, Major League Baseball, for taking what is normally concentrated enjoyment and dividing it up into smaller, less-than-satisfying chunks!  The schedule: Chicago White Sox at Texas 2:05 PM Danks vs Lewis Minnesota at Baltimore 3:05 PM Pavano vs Arrieta NY Yankees at Tampa Bay 3:10 PM…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  18. Buster Posey to catch three straight to begin the year

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Buster Posey

    It doesn’t look like Buster Posey‘s workload will be too limited initially. The Giants plan to have him catch all three of their games this weekend before giving him his first day off on Monday. Rookie Hector Sanchez will catch Barry Zito in the team’s fourth game. Posey has made terrific progress in recovering from…

  19. Mets expected to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis to majors

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:29 AM EDT

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    With Andres Torres headed to the disabled list because of a strained left calf, the Mets are planning to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A prior to Saturday’s game. Nieuwenhuis is recovering from an injury himself, having been down for most of the spring with a strained oblique. That prevented him from getting much play as…

  20. Scott Baker pulled from minor league rehab start because he “didn’t feel right”

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Here’s some ominous news for the Twins. David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start with High-A Fort Myers this evening after throwing just 11 pitches. Baker is currently on the disabled list after being shut down earlier this spring with right elbow tendinitis.…

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