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  1. And That Happened: Opening Day’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For those of you new to in-season HardballTalk, know this: each weekday morning — and maybe some weekend mornings; I’m thinkin’ about it — I recap the previous day and/or night’s action in a little feature called “And That Happened.”  This is ATH’s fourth year, as I began it over at my old haunt, ShysterBall,…

  2. HBT opening day wrapup

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:02 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    There are over 2000 major league baseball games in a season. As such, the outcome of any one of them really doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But we pay greater attention on opening day. Indeed, some of us sat in front of television and computer screens for, oh, 10 straight…

  3. Brian Wilson making progress from oblique injury

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    According to Andrew Baggarly of San Jose Mercury News, Brian Wilson threw approximately 30 pitches in a five-minute bullpen session earlier today in Los Angeles. Wilson, who was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a left oblique strain, was able to throw with “apparent maximum effort.” How’s the oblique feeling, by the way? “It’s…

  4. Mat Latos throws off mound for first time in 10 days

    Mar 31, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    Mat Latos, who was recently placed on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder, threw off the mound earlier today for the first time in 10 days, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com. Latos said he felt fine during the throwing session, which took place prior to today’s game against the Cardinals at Busch…

  5. Ramon Hernandez’s blast caps comeback for Reds

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez, Prince Fielder

    Pulling off a big Opening Day comeback, the Reds scored four times off John Axford in the bottom of the ninth Thursday to beat the Brewers 7-6. The Brewers supplied all of the fireworks early on today, with Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez delivering back-to-back homers to start the top of the first against Edinson…

  6. Brooks Robinson “responding well” after emergency surgery

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    brooks-robinson-orioles

    Brooks Robinson was rushed to the hospital by ambulance last night and underwent emergency surgery this morning, but the 73-year-old Hall of Famer issued a statement this afternoon saying he’s doing well: I was originally scheduled for a routine outpatient procedure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The evening before surgery,…

  7. Not the best day for the prosecution in the Barry Bonds case

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    It was a short day for the Bonds trial — they must all want to get home in time to watch the Giants-Dodgers — and they are now wrapped up for the week.  A bad morning for the prosecution, though, as Bonds’ former orthopedic surgeon, Arthur Ting, totally killed one of the prosecution’s key witnesses,…

  8. Jason Heyward: MLB’s best No. 6 hitter

    Mar 31, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Braves' Heyward hits a home run against the Nationals during the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    For the second straight Opening Day, Jason Heyward homered in his first at-bat Thursday, drilling a Livan Hernandez offering barely over the wall in right field in the second inning. As it turned out, it was the Braves’ second and final run of the day.  Heyward received just two more plate appearances, walking in one…

  9. Indians’ Trevor Crowe out four months after surgery

    Mar 31, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Crowe_Trevor

    Trevor Crowe, who spent much of last year as the Indians’ center fielder, underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least four months. The switch-hitting Crowe batted .251/.302/.333 with 20 steals in 442 at-bats for the Indians last season.  He’s hit .246/.295/.333 with three homers and 53 RBI in 625 at-bats…

  10. Update: Barry Zito sent for MRI on neck after car accident

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Barry Zito 2

    Update: Zito was experiencing soreness in his neck and upper body as a result of the accident and was scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday morning, Giants spokesman Jim Moorehead said. /// Barry Zito was taken to the hospital and later released after sustaining injuries in a two-car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday…

  11. Unsigned Jermaine Dye opts for retirement

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Jermaine Dye

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said he talked to Jermaine Dye today and that the 37-year-old has chosen to retire after sitting out the 2010 season. Dye had a terrific first half in 2009, but after fading all of the way to .179 after the All-Star break, he failed to attract much interest as a free agent…

  12. HBT Opening Day Live Chat

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Yankee Baseball

    Aaron and I are live chatting the Tigers vs. the Yankees! Come on in to join the fun! And the snark! And the complaining about the weather!

  13. HBT Extra: Three potential breakout stars for 2011

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I blatantly rip off Aaron Gleeman’s previews of potential breakout stars for 2011 and set it to video. See you in court, Aaron!

  14. The Red Sox want to serve more liquor in Fenway. What could possibly go wrong?

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Fenway

    As a rule, I’m pro-liquor. But then again, I don’t have to police 40,000 Red Sox fanatics 81 nights a year, so this may be a big fight: As the Boston Red Sox prepare for their April 8 home opener at Fenway Park, the team is moving to expand the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages…

  15. Rays and Wade Davis agree to long-term contract worth up to $35.1 million

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    wade-davis-rays

    Wade Davis is entering his second full season in the majors and wouldn’t have been arbitration eligible until 2013, but today the Rays announced that they’ve signed the 25-year-old right-hander to a long-term contract extension worth up to $35.1 million. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times the contract is worth at least…

  16. Justin Morneau will be in the Twins’ Opening Day lineup

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    After spending eight months on the sidelines following a concussion last July the Twins have their cleanup hitter back, as manager Ron Gardenhire announced today that Justin Morneau will be in the Opening Day lineup when Minnesota kicks off the season in Toronto tomorrow night. Gardenhire told reporters that he plans to give Morneau frequent…

  17. Your kids aren’t playing baseball

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Little League

    In this morning’s invocation I said that people will, come August, start slagging on baseball.  Well, some aren’t waiting. The Wall Street Journal sounds an alarm today about how kids just aren’t playing the game anymore: As for Little League, which covers kids aged 4 to 18, about two million kids played in the U.S.…

  18. Mariners “still have no timetable” for David Aardsma’s return

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma reported no problems following a bullpen session earlier this week, but manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that the Mariners “still have no timetable” for the closer’s return from hip surgery. Wedge told Quinn Roberts of MLB.com that “the physical side is good, but he is still getting built up.” Immediately after the surgery…

  19. Obama will not be at Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Obama First Pitch

    In case you care about such things: The White House and the Washington Nationals say President Barack Obama is skipping the season opener, despite a standing invitation for the first fan to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. What is there, a war on? Oh, yeah. Well, I suppose there is. Look, I’m going to level…

  20. Yankees assign 29-year-old Mark Prior to Single-A

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior allowed just one run while striking out 11 batters in 7.2 innings this spring, but his comeback will have to continue in the low minors after the Yankees assigned him to Single-A yesterday. Prior’s minor-league contract with the Yankees includes an opt-out clause that would allow him to become a free agent if…

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