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  1. Exploring the sheer absurdity of the Bonds verdict

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Having slept on it, here’s one more thought about the Bonds verdict that simply blows my mind. Yesterday when I reacted to the verdict, I noted the absurdity of Bonds being convicted on his rambling answer in “Statement C” as listed in Count 5 of the indictment. That “Statement C” was Bonds saying, in response to…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Marlins 5, Braves 1: Josh Johnson takes a no-hitter into the eighth before Freddie Freeman breaks it up with a double. Probably for the best. Johnson was at 109 pitches. If he keeps the no-no up all the way his pitch count is getting a bit nutty. Chipper Jones‘ otherwise meaningless home run in the…

  3. Is Aroldis Chapman’s drop in velocity cause for concern?

    Apr 14, 2011, 3:06 AM EDT

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    Is Aroldis Chapman pitching hurt? Is he already being overworked? Cincinnati Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez seems to be concerned. During the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to the San Diego Padres, Hernandez called pitching coach Bryan Price and trainer Paul Lessard to the mound after noticing the flamethrower’s velocity was way down. This is what Hernandez…

  4. MRI on Pedro Feliciano’s left shoulder reveals damage

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

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    The Mets’ abuse of left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano goes on. Or something. According to MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch, the veteran reliever underwent an MRI on his troublesome left shoulder Wednesday and it showed significant damage. So much so that he might require a major surgical procedure. The Yankees aren’t commenting on the specifics of…

  5. White Sox hoping Jake Peavy will be ready on April 29

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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    The White Sox have finally mapped out a timetable for Jake Peavy‘s return from rotator cuff tendinitis. According to MLB.com beat writer Scott Merkin, Peavy allowed only two runs in a six-inning minor league rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte and has been informed that he could make his 2011 debut as early as April…

  6. UPDATE: Josh Hamilton apologizes to Dave Anderson

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Josh Hamilton has apologized to Dave Anderson: “I let my emotions get ahead of thinking things through,” Hamilton said. “The more I think about it, the more I understand that I take responsibility for what happened because I had the choice not to go or the choice to go. I just appreciate Dave having…

  7. Dodger Stadium cancels half-price alcohol games

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers are making a couple of sweeping changes in the wake of the still-unsolved beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow that took place outside the gates of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. We’ve already touched on the “sea of LAPD blue” that will be seen around the park going forward. Now, according to Bill…

  8. Ubaldo Jimenez cleared to return Monday against Giants

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    The Rockies are about to get their ace back. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez threw a successful simulated game Wednesday at extended spring training and has been cleared to return to the Colorado rotation Monday against the Giants. Jimenez threw 81 pitches in the simulated game, allowing seven hits and two…

  9. Jay Bruce sidelined Wednesday with tweaked groin muscle

    Apr 13, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Wednesday’s lineup against the Padres because he tweaked a muscle in his groin on Tuesday night. This according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Reds are saying that Bruce is available to pinch-hit, a strong indication that the groin injury is minor and will not require…

  10. Carlos Delgado: MLB’s best two-time All-Star

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    carlos delgado blue jays

    Not to say that he was particularly unfortunate — he did make nearly $150 million in his career — but Carlos Delgado should have been more famous. He should have hit 500 homers, he should have made more than just one postseason and he should have gone to several All-Star games, not just two. Delgado,…

  11. Vote: Does verdict affect Barry Bonds’ legacy?

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    A jury has found Barry Bonds guilty on a charge of obstruction of justice, and was unable to come to a verdict on three other counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003. We can debate the sense of the jury’s conclusion elsewhere, but let’s also consider what — if anything — this does for…

  12. Deep Thought: Barry Bonds verdict edition

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    Still thinking about that verdict. And it still makes little sense to me. Seems like the jury just wanted to compromise on something, so compromise they did. Hey, I think we have the best legal system in the world, but I never said it was perfect. And just to be clear to those of you…

  13. Breaking: Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice, but not perjury. Which makes no sense at all.

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The jury in the Barry Bonds case has reached a verdict. At least on one count: Barry Bonds is guilty on the charge of obstruction of justice.  The jury has reached a hung verdict on the other three remaining counts. This makes no sense at all. Bonds was facing four charges in all: three counts…

  14. Dennys Reyes clear waivers, remains with Red Sox at Triple-A

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Dennys Reyes

    Boston cut bait on Dennys Reyes following 1.2 poor innings, but the veteran situational left-hander will remain in the Red Sox’s organization at Triple-A after going unclaimed on waivers. Reyes told the Red Sox that he’d accept a potential demotion to Triple-A when they decided to designate him for assignment, so he’ll head to Pawtucket…

  15. Tigers win in a walkoff — Neftali Feliz remains well-rested

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    For the second straight day the Tigers have beat the Rangers in walkoff fashion. For the second straight day they did so while the Rangers’ relief ace — Neftali Feliz — watched from the comfort of his bench in the bullpen. Today the heroics came via a Brandon Inge home run with one out in…

  16. Eddie Joost: 1916-2011

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Eddie Joost, an All-Star shortstop who starred for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s and 1950s, died yesterday at age 94. Joost played 17 seasons in the majors but didn’t find consistent success until age 31, when he drew 100 or more walks in six consecutive seasons while posting a .391 on-base percentage with an…

  17. Angels top prospect Mike Trout off to great start at Double-A as 19-year-old

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Bryce Harper kept Mike Trout from ranking No. 1 on most prospect lists this year, but the 2009 first-round pick is a truly elite prospect and the Angels have pushed him very aggressively by sending him to Double-A as a 19-year-old this season. It takes a special prospect to even hold his own in the…

  18. Sherman: Pettitte would have come back if the Yankees had signed Lee

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    One thing the Yankee Universe is great at is coveting those who did something great yesterday. And on cue, Joel Sherman writes a column today talking about how great it would have been if the Yankees could have traded for Dan Haren last year. The Dan Haren who three a one-hitter last night. But the…

  19. What happens when Francisco Liriano “pitches to contact”

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Prior to this afternoon’s game Ron Gardenhire told reporters that he and pitching coach Rick Anderson have been trying to convince Francisco Liriano to “pitch to contact” rather than focusing on racking up strikeouts. Liriano apparently listened, because this is what happened in the fourth inning: Single Single Single Single Single Double Ground out Single…

  20. UPDATE: Carlos Delgado officially announces his retirement

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    Yesterday Noel Pineiro of Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia reported that Carlos Delgado was going to retire.  It’s now official: Delgado announced his decision at a news conference in Puerto Rico a little while ago. As we noted yesterday, this comes as something of a relief, as Delgado had been was trying to come back from multiple hip…

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