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  1. The Jays are open to playing a game in Montreal

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Olympic Stadium

    Nothing is ever going to touch hockey in Canada or even come within sight of it, but it does seem like the Blue Jays, by virtue of being Canada’s only baseball team, have a pretty good opportunity to grow the fan base. To date they’ve made some tentative inroads into Quebec via TV and radio…

  2. Adam Dunn wants to play today

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dunn_Adam

    Adam Dunn had an appendectomy at 2AM yesterday morning. Despite this, he tells Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago that he’d like to play against the Rays today in the White Sox’ home opener.  He also said that he has healing powers like Wolverine, so it shouldn’t be a problem. It seems silly for Dunn to…

  3. No, the Giants don’t need to “do something” about Barry Bonds

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    bonds in att park

    In light of the Barry Bonds trial going to the jury as early as today, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News has a concern: Question: If the verdict is not guilty on all charges and Bonds wants to celebrate by making the short trip to AT&T Park for some baseball viewing, what happens?…

  4. The Dodgers are reviewing their security procedures

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    In the wake of the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, the Dodgers have hired former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton — who is now a private security consultant — to assess the team’s security policies. If this increases security at Dodgers games, great. But…

  5. Ryan Howard is delusional

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Ryan Howard had a great game last night — 4 for 4, a homer, two doubles, a walk and two RBI — and he’s had a hot start. So maybe what he had to say after last night’s game can be chalked up to adrenaline or something. But whatever caused him to say this, it’s not…

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 8, Padres 4: Lincecawesome. I can only say that once a year in ATH or else people start yelling at me, but I figured I’d get it out of the way early. Lincecum struck out 13 dudes in seven innings of work while allowing only three hits. He was buoyed by Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval,…

  7. Erick Aybar’s MRI reveals left oblique strain

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    aybar getty

    The Angels might be without shortstop Erick Aybar for the next several days. According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, Aybar underwent an MRI on his left side Wednesday that revealed an oblique muscle strain. The Angels have not yet placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list and are obviously hoping that he…

  8. Jurrjens stays on track with successful simulated game

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    The Braves placed right-hander Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique. On Wednesday, he made his first big step toward what looks to be a mid-April return. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jurrjens tossed a four-inning simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Triple-A Gwinnett, firing a…

  9. Brian Wilson talks oblique strain recovery and the “chaos” planned for Giants’ opener on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    wilson beard

    Since videos of Giants closer Brian Wilson are all the rage these days and because we aim to please, here is a pre-game chat with the fiery right-hander that our friends at CSN Bay Area put together. Wilson talks about his recovery from a late-spring oblique injury, the Giants’ start thus far, staff ace Tim…

  10. Jack Wilson pulled from game due to defensive issues

    Apr 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Jack Wilson

    The Mariners decided before the start of the regular season to move Jack Wilson over to second base in order to open the shortstop position for the younger and more defensively capable Brendan Ryan. Wilson should be fine at the new spot eventually, but he had quite a bit of trouble during Wednesday’s loss to…

  11. Mark Cuban pays a visit to the HBT comments section

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    The other day Mark Cuban put up a lengthy post over at his blog about his views on the media and their access to the locker room.  It’s here. This morning I wrote a lengthy post responding to it in which I, as I am wont to do, went on about my view of the…

  12. Why political bloggers should stick to politics

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    spock

    I read a lot of political blogs and think a lot of political thoughts. And despite the fact that I often pretend to be a flaming commie, I’m actually a fairly middle-of-the-road guy. I mean, I lean left on many things and I’m pretty far left on a lot of social issues, but I have…

  13. Bummer: Harmon Killebrew won’t be throwing out the first pitch in Minnesota on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Killebrew

    There was word earlier this week that Harmon Killebrew — who has been battling esophageal cancer — was going to throw the first pitch out at the Twins’ home opener on Friday. Now it seems that he won’t make it due because he doesn’t want to interrupt his treatment schedule. Tony Oliva will do the honors…

  14. Rafael Soriano apologized for skipping out on media last night

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Soriano_Rafael

    Rafael Soriano drew the ire of Yankees beat writers last night after he left the clubhouse without talking to them about his poor outing against the Twins, with several media members taking him to task publicly. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com tweeted that Soriano apologized to reporters this afternoon: Soriano apologizes for not speaking to media.…

  15. Jeremy Guthrie released from hospital after being treated for pneumonia

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Jeremy Guthrie won’t be making his scheduled start tonight against the Tigers, but the Orioles right-hander has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for pneumonia. Guthrie actually broke the news himself via Twitter: I’m free! On my way out of hospital & on the road to recovery. Special thanx to the nurses, doctors…

  16. A’s should bail on Kouzmanoff, start LaRoche

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Now even his glove is letting him down: Kevin Kouzmanoff committed his fourth error in four games Tuesday, eclipsing his total from 2009 when he set a record for fielding percentage by a third baseman with three errors in 311 chances. But while that’s probably a fluke, Kouzmanoff’s atrocious hitting likely isn’t.  He’s opened this…

  17. Nevermind: Dallas Braden is starting tonight, as scheduled

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden 2

    UPDATE: I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but apparently Braden is just fine and will start as scheduled tonight. This morning Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: I’ve just had it confirmed: Tyson Ross will come up to start tonight in place of Dallas Braden. And now she writes: For the record,…

  18. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has until June

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Saltalamacchia_Jarrod

    One of the things I’ve been watching in the early going is who the scapegoat will be in Boston if things don’t turn around quick. The easy choice — and leader at the moment — is Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He fits for so many reasons. He’s more or less unproven. He’s been given a starting job more…

  19. Rangers close to signing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    leonys martin cuba

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram the Rangers are close to signing outfielder Leonys Martin, who was declared a free agent last month after defecting from Cuba in 2010. No word yet on how much the Rangers would be shelling out sign the 23-year-old, but last year John Manuel of Baseball…

  20. The NCAA may rethink their preposterous rules regarding amateurs and agents

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    NCAA Logo

    I’ve written about this several times before, but let’s sum up: the NCAA has a rule on the book that serves no purpose other than to exploit kids. It’s the no-agents rule, which allows college baseball players to have an “advisor,” but prohibits the advisor from talking to professional teams. And that’s the case even…

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