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  1. Justin Morneau out of Twins’ lineup for third straight game with flu

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau successfully came back from the concussion that sidelined him for eight months, but now he’s out with the same flu that has contributed to Joe Mauer‘s muddled health status. Morneau is absent from the Twins’ lineup tonight for the third straight game after serving as their designated hitter Saturday, leaving the Twins without…

  2. And now a mid-afternoon video interlude

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    I know that the Brian Wilson phenomenon is pretty played out, but there are four individuals in this video, Wilson is the least interesting and it still made me smile, so there.

  3. Cardinals place Skip Schumaker on DL, activate Nick Punto

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    St. Louis placed starting second baseman Skip Schumaker on the disabled list with a strained right biceps that he suffered Friday and Nick Punto was activated to take his spot on the roster after being sidelined since late February following hernia surgery. Schumaker’s injury likely pushed up the timetable on Punto’s return a bit, as…

  4. Robot to throw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Brewers game tomorrow

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Johnny 5

    Roy Halladay is going to watch this guy’s mechanics, shake his head in disgust and call him an amateur: PhillieBot for Cy Young? It’s unlikely. But the one-armed, three-wheeled robot, designed by engineers at the University of Pennsylvania, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers as…

  5. Evan Longoria hoping to come off disabled list by April 29

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria hasn’t been cleared to take swings against live pitching yet, but the Rays third baseman told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that he expects to return from a strained oblique muscle by April 29. He has quite a few hurdles to clear (and setbacks to avoid) before then, but Longoria is slated to take…

  6. Mike Leake had $250 cash and credit cards with him when he stole those shirts

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    Which isn’t surprising or anything because need was not exactly on his mind when it all went down, but there you are. Of more substance from the latest report is that Leake’s attorney is going to try to get him into the first-time offender diversion program that could result in his record being wiped clean.…

  7. Phillies lose J.C. Romero to calf injury, call up Mike Zagurski

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    jc-romero-phillies

    J.C. Romero went down in a heap after throwing a pitch in the ninth inning last night and today the Phillies placed him on the disabled list with a strained right calf. Romero’s overall numbers are usually ugly because he struggles so much against right-handed hitters and often can’t find the strike zone, but he’s…

  8. HBT Daily: Talking Cardinals — and fandom — with Will Leitch

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    New York Magazine’s Will Leitch joins me for a chat about the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans, who are alleged to be baseball’s greatest.

  9. Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus goes from Mets’ Opening Day starter to designated for assignment

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    brad-emaus-mets-spring

    Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus won the starting job at second base by hitting .294 with an .831 OPS in 24 games this spring, but after playing poorly in 14 games to begin the season the Mets have decided to cut him loose. Emaus, who got the Opening Day nod and started 10 of the…

  10. “Thank you for enjoying the Mariners’ game. Here’s your compost.”

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Personally, I prefer bobblehead night. But hey, this is cool too.

  11. Blue Jays activate closer Frank Francisco from disabled list

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    Sidelined since mid-March with a strained pectoral muscle, Frank Francisco has been activated from the disabled list and figures to take over as the Blue Jays’ closer fairly soon. Much like he did stepping for Joe Nathan with the Twins last season Jon Rauch has done a solid job in place of Francisco, converting all…

  12. The guy who composed “da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” is suing everyone

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Organ

    Good rule to live by in this world: someone owns just about everything. For example, you know that “”da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” thing they play at every ballgame? Well … What you might not know is that a Pompano Beach man says he composed it — and says he is entitled to compensation every time it…

  13. David Aardsma to begin rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    aardsma fist pump

    David Aardsma‘s comeback from January hip surgery will take a big step tonight when he begins a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A. Mariners manager Eric Wedge told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Aardsma will likely be asked to make three or four rehab appearances before a return from the disabled list is considered, which means…

  14. MLB: Mike Leake’s arrest is “a club issue”

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mike Leake

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Major League Baseball is not commenting on Mike Leake‘s arrest at this point, calling it “a club issue.” At least “as of now.” Which I like. If this was the NFL Leake would be fined a gajillion dollars and then a bunch of new rules would be…

  15. Ned Yost on Billy Butler wanting to play first base: “I’d like to be an astronaut”

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    billy-butler-and-ned-yost-royals

    Billy Butler spent the past two seasons as the Royals’ primary first baseman, starting 143 games there in 2009 and another 126 games there in 2010, but this year manager Ned Yost has opted to go with Kila Ka’aihue at first base while using Butler at designated hitter. Butler is still holding out hope that…

  16. Meet the oldest man one of the oldest men in minor league baseball

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Andy Tracy is the oldest player is one of the oldest players in minor league baseball.* Affiliated minor league baseball anyway. Jose Canseco stunts and never-say-die stories like Oil Can Boyd who knock around the independent leagues are their own, often wonderful thing. But Tracy is a company man, still toiling for the Reno Aces in the…

  17. Peter Moylan hoping to avoid surgery for bulging disk in back

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan came back incredibly strong after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2008, posting a 2.84 ERA in 2009 and a 2.94 ERA last season, but now he’s facing the possibility of another extended stay on the sidelines thanks to a bulging disk in his back. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports…

  18. The Cardinals are only looking at internal options to replace Ryan Franklin at closer

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    ryan franklin posing

    With the off day there was not much news on the Cardinals’ closer front yesterday, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch did track down GM John Mozeliak, who confirmed that he’s not looking at making a deal at the moment: “Right now, (Franklin) is going through some tough times and we’ve got to figure out…

  19. What missing velocity? Aroldis Chapman hits 102.6 mph after taking four days off

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman had everyone worried last week when his triple-digit fastball dripped all the way into the low-90s, leading even teammates to publicly question his health. However, after being shut down for four days by the Reds he returned to the mound last night looking like his usual overpowering self against the Pirates, albeit in…

  20. Franklin Gutierrez taking stomach problems to Mayo Clinic

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    franklin-gutierrez-mariners-spring

    Franklin Gutierrez‘s ongoing stomach problems continue to stump the Mariners and various doctors he’s seen, so the Gold Glove center fielder is now headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Gutierrez, who’s been sidelined since mid-March and also struggled with the stomach issue for much of last season, began working out with the Mariners…

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