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  1. Viral infection the likely cause of Joe Mauer’s leg weakness

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

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    There was plenty of uncertainty and concern last night when it was announced that Joe Mauer was going on the disabled list with bilateral leg weakness, but there’s at least some room for optimism at this hour. According to Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Joe Mauer was taken to the hospital with…

  2. Nationals drop struggling Ian Desmond from the leadoff spot

    Apr 15, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    After going hitless in 12 at-bats during this week’s series against the Phillies, Ian Desmond has been dropped from first to seventh in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Brewers. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman changed his mind about dropping Desmond in the lineup early last week, but tells Paul Tenorio of the Washington Post…

  3. Diamondbacks place setup man Aaron Heilman on DL

    Apr 15, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    It looks like the Diamondbacks and Aaron Heilman might have erred in trying the veteran setup man as a starter this spring.  The 32-year-old right-hander was placed on the DL for the first time in his career Friday due to a case of shoulder tendinitis. Replacing him on the roster will be 25-year-old righty Josh…

  4. Zack Greinke to begin minor league rehab stint Tuesday

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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    The Brewers are finally close to getting a look at their new ace. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Zack Greinke threw two simulated innings this afternoon, after which he said he’s ready to go out on a minor league rehab assignment. Greinke will make his first rehab appearance Tuesday for High-A Brevard…

  5. A link to a FAN-tastic Rickey Henderson story

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Rickey Henderson #24

    It’s Friday, I’m out of gas, and the world of baseball news seemed to stop the moment Phil Hughes got sent to the DL.  It happens.  So before I seek out fermented beverages and switch between and among 15 baseball games this evening, I leave you with a link to a great story about Rickey…

  6. Yankees place Phil Hughes on DL with “dead arm” and move Bartolo Colon into rotation

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    After watching Phil Hughes post a 13.94 ERA while showing significantly decreased velocity through three starts the Yankees have removed him from the rotation and placed him on the disabled list with what Joe Girardi called “dead arm.” That sounds bad, but it’s basically another way of saying “fatigue” or “he’s not throwing as hard,…

  7. Lenny Dykstra arrested for bankruptcy fraud

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

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    I for one am shocked.  If by “shocked” you mean “totally not shocked at all, not even in the slightest”: U.S. prosecutors Friday charged famed baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra with bankruptcy fraud. According to a statement by prosecutors, Dykstra was taken into custody at his Encino home Thursday night. The charge relates to fraud Dykstra allegedly…

  8. Looking ahead to the Mets vs. Braves

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    I went on Ted Berg’s Baseball Show over at SNY.TV this afternoon to help Ted scout the Braves in advance of  the Mets-Braves series. I used the phrases “atrocious,” “terrible” and “sink hole” to describe the Braves’ play of late, so that was fun.  I also made two pretty bad errors: 1. I called Fredi…

  9. Scout says Kevin Millwood looks “terrible” in Yankees’ extended spring training

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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    Kevin Millwood was signed by the Yankees to provide a fallback option for the rotation and now Phil Hughes is struggling enough to make removing him from the rotation a possibility, but it doesn’t sound like Millwood will be back in the majors any time soon. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com spoke to a scout who…

  10. An MLB task force is in L.A. to assess Dodger Stadium security

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Earlier today I wondered what the Dodgers would do once the security theater on display at Dodger Stadium would run its course. Bill Shaikin reports that MLB is wondering too, and has sent a security task force to assess the situation. It’s a six-man crew led by MLB exec John McHale, Jr.  They’ll be on-site all…

  11. Tigers manager Jim Leyland one win from 1,500 for his career

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers manager Leyland argues with home plate umpire Cooper during their MLB American League game against the New York Yankee in New York

    Jim Leyland will be going for the 1,500th win of his managerial career tonight when his Tigers take on the A’s in Oakland. He’ll be the 19th manager in MLB history to reach 1,500 victories, joining Tony La Russa of the Cardinals as the only active managers in the club. Leyland has 851 wins with…

  12. Legal experts weigh in on Barry Bonds’ post-trial strategy

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    A lot of people have been asking in the comments recently about whether the somewhat inexplicable jury verdict against Barry Bonds will be overturned, vacated, appealed, whatever. I’m not a criminal procedure expert so the specific mechanics relating to a trial judge’s ability to set aside a jury verdict are a little amorphous to me,…

  13. Brian Giles wins the lawsuit in which there were nothing but losers

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    We mentioned the ugly civil suit between Brian Giles and his ex-girlfriend the other day. The one in which the girlfriend sought millions in a breach of contract claim from Giles, claiming that he promised to take care of her financially following their breakup. There were also competing claims of domestic violence, fraud and all…

  14. No timetable for A’s closer Andrew Bailey’s return from DL

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Andrew Bailey has been sidelined since mid-March with a strained forearm, but the Oakland closer told Jane Lee of MLB.com that “there’s really no timetable” for his return. Bailey threw a 25-pitch bullpen session yesterday, but hasn’t progressed to mixing in off-speed pitches yet and said afterward that “we’re just going as we feel.” Brian…

  15. Justin Duchscherer’s depression is pretty damn serious

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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    Those of us who haven’t had mental illness touch our lives can’t really relate to it too well.  I understand, intellectually, what clinical depression is, but I don’t understand it practically. And so when I hear things like “Justin Duchscherer suffers from clinical depression” — as I did in late 2009 — I didn’t really…

  16. Twins’ first-round pick Alex Wimmers shut down after six straight walks in first start

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Alex Wimmers was the Twins’ first-round pick last June after winning back-to-back Big Ten pitcher of the year awards at Ohio State and ranked No. 5 on my annual list of the Twins’ top prospects. After signing Wimmers debuted with a 0.57 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings at Single-A, but his first…

  17. And now another edition of “Pete Rose wasn’t as bad as steroids users” theater

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    You knew this was coming, because it’s trotted out by someone whenever a big steroid user is in the news for something. This time it’s Paul Daugherty of SI regurgitating the semi-annual “Why should Pete Rose be punished more than steroids users” column. Which is fine as far as subject matter goes, because I think…

  18. Tim Lincecum donates $25,000 to help fund Bryan Stow’s medical bills

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Tim Lincecum has donated $25,000 to the Bryan Stow Fund, which will help pay the medical bills for the 42-year-old Giants fan who was attacked in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Stow remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma, with a $150,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest…

  19. Fredi Gonzalez continues to bat Jason Heyward sixth

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    I told myself that I wasn’t going to get too upset about the Braves batting order because batting order doesn’t matter a great deal, but I’m only human, my biggest fanboy crush of a baseball player continues to be left on the basepaths because no one behind him can drive him in and, dammit, I’m…

  20. Cliff Lee throws first shutout with double-digit strikeouts and under 100 pitches since 2009

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Cliff Lee was brilliant against the Nationals last night, hurling a complete-game shutout while allowing just three hits and one walk. He also struck out 12 and needed only 99 pitches to record 27 outs, becoming the first pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2009 to throw a complete-game shutout with double-digit strikeouts while using fewer…

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