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  1. Selig: baseball will be better off if Albert Pujols stays in St. Louis

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Bud Selig spoke about a lot of stuff during his news conference yesterday. Here’s one that seemed to fall through the cracks, but which is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I was talking once with Robin Yount and George Brett and said they were getting to be the exceptions (players who stayed in…

  2. Derek Jeter leads MLB in ground ball percentage, ranks 188th in slugging percentage

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter quickly ditching the “new swing” he worked on with hitting coach Kevin Long hasn’t helped his production, as the Yankees shortstop is batting just .219 with a .282 on-base percentage and .234 slugging percentage in 16 games. Jeter is still doing a fine job controlling the strike zone, drawing six walks compared to…

  3. Pirates claim Brandon Wood off waivers from Angels

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Brandon Wood, Howard Kendrick

    Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Brandon Wood has predictably been claimed off waivers by the Pirates, who had the No. 1 waiver position by virtue of their MLB-worst 57-105 record last year. That the Angels couldn’t find a team willing to give up something of even marginal value for Wood shows just…

  4. Brewers GM says Ryan Braun extension won’t impact Prince Fielder’s status

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told reporters that Ryan Braun signing a five-year, $105 million extension yesterday won’t impact impending free agent Prince Fielder‘s status with the team, calling them “different situations.” Milwaukee also signed Rickie Weeks to a four-year, $50 million extension during spring training, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that Fielder rejected…

  5. Vicente Padilla returns from DL eight weeks after arm surgery

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    When Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery in February there was speculation that he could miss the entire first half, but today the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list just eight weeks after going under the knife. Padilla is expected to work out of the bullpen, although if the Dodgers need some rotation help down…

  6. David Purcey has big feet

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    You know what they say about guys with big feet, right?  Yeah: they have really big shoes. Susan Slusser of the Chronicle tells us about new Oakland A David Purcey‘s big ones: Purcey wears size 17 spikes, and the A’s haven’t had a player above size 14; manager Bob Geren is a size 15, the previous Vucinich-era…

  7. Brian McRae arrested for his third DUI

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Nowhere near the ink that Mike Leake is getting will be given to this, but it’s way sadder and way more dangerous: Former Royals outfielder Brian McRae was arrested early this morning in Overland Park on a DUI charge … This is McRae’s third citation for driving under the influence. He’s not in the game…

  8. Ozzie Guillen not worried about being fired, discusses options if he does get fired

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Last night the White Sox beat the Rays to snap a seven-game losing streak and before the game manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that he’s not worried about being fired despite the slow start. And he said it in typically amusing Ozzie fashion: I come to work, put a smile on my face, talk to…

  9. Dusty Baker on Mike Leake: “his eyes were gentle eyes”

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Mike Leake took the hill again yesterday, his first appearance since he been caught stealin’.  And it was a good outing: seven innings in which he gave up three runs and picked up the win.  That shows some toughness. Or does it? Because Dusty Baker saw something other than toughness when he talked about how…

  10. Nationals return Jesus Flores to Triple-A after brief comeback

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    After missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 with shoulder problems Jesus Flores made it back to the majors last week for his first game action since September 12, 2009, singled in his first at-bat … and is now going back to Triple-A. Flores’ comeback story is a good one, but when the Nationals…

  11. HBT Daily: The Dodgers’ plight, the Braun deal and looking ahead to Reds vs. Cardinals

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I were talking about Pujols’ struggles right as he hit that monster home run yesterday, so my “Albert will be OK” comments aren’t exactly a matter of prescience

  12. Brewers to put Nyjer Morgan on disabled list with thigh bruise

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Nyjer Morgan was off to a great start in Milwaukee, hitting .455 in 27 plate appearances as a part-time player, but now he’s headed for the disabled list with a deep thigh bruise suffered in collision at the plate with Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit. Brandon Boggs, who last saw extended action in the majors with…

  13. The Cardinals may want to add some security tonight

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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    Reader Spudchukar alerts us to something fun. The St. Louis Cardinals’ promotional schedule, which features something on Friday nights called the “Busch Bash,” in which there is music and fun and prizes and — best of all — the chance for the fans to meet past and present Cardinals greats and get their autographs prior…

  14. MLB celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Green Baseball

    It’s Earth Day. And I didn’t buy you a gift. Drat, I always forget. Baseball hasn’t forgotten, however, and it’s doing a lot of stuff in honor of the occasion: The Indians and Twins will wear green caps during their game Friday night at Target Field; the Mariners will introduce a new environmental mascot called…

  15. MLB’s takeover of the Dodgers could imperil baseball’s antitrust exemption

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Yesterday I noted that Major League Baseball may be wary of a fight with Frank McCourt because it has a lot of rules with respect to club ownership that exist simply because owners agree to them and that, if challenged, there are likely several that wouldn’t hold up in court.  One of them — Major League…

  16. Tom Glavine: NHL mogul?

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Tom Glavine

    As most Braves fans of a certain age know, Tom Glavine was a fourth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1984 and seriously considered making hockey his sport. He was informed, however, that you don’t get credited with a goal when you miss the net by several inches to the left, so he…

  17. Great moments in chutzpah: The Dodgers call MLB irresponsible in connection with stadium security

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    The Dodgers have gone months and months without having a head of security in place. No one is quite sure why. They just fired the last one and still haven’t gotten around to hiring a replacement. No biggie, though. I mean, it’s not like a fan was friggin’ beat almost to death in the Dodger…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:43 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Dodgers 5, Braves 3: A gut punch of a game for the Braves. Having rallied back against Clayton Kershaw in the 9th — Mattingly, seriously, what was he still doing out there? — and having squandered their own opportunities in extra innings, they watch as Matt Kemp hits his second walkoff homer of the week. Given the…

  19. Colby Lewis succeeds because of family, not despite it

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:59 AM EDT

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    Craig has been all over the Richie Whitt-Colby Lewis story, rightly pointing out the absurdity of the whole thing. If you’re unfamiliar with this story, the writer (Whitt) thinks that the Rangers pitcher (Lewis) should be ashamed of himself for missing a start to witness the birth of his child because … (a) It’s Lewis’ second…

  20. Angel Pagan lifted from game with pulled left side muscle

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Anthony DiComo of MLB.com passes along word that Mets outfielder Angel Pagan had to be lifted from Thursday night’s game against the Astros after pulling a muscle on the left side of his body. Pagan suffered the injury in a collision with new Mets second baseman Justin Turner. The two were both trying to track…

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