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  1. J.P. Arencibia made some history last night

    Apr 2, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Blue Jays batter Arencibia celebrates his two-run home run with Snider during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is really good at introductions. You might remember that the 24-year-old catcher hit two home runs in his major league debut last August. Well, Arencibia hit two more in last night’s 13-3 drubbing of the Twins. Arencibia became the first rookie to hit two homers on Opening Day since Gary…

  2. It’s a brand new year for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Apr 2, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez got off to just about the best start you could ever ask for last season, giving up a grand total of five runs over his first seven starts. However, in yesterday’s 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks, it took Jimenez just six innings to give up five runs. Bad starts happen, of course, but…

  3. UPDATE: Brian Matusz to DL with strained intercostal muscle, Zach Britton to make debut Sunday

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    UPDATE: According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Brian Matusz will go on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle. Orioles president Andy MacPhail said he’ll be sidelined anywhere from three to six weeks. Meanwhile, prospect left-hander Zach Britton will be called up to make his major league debut Sunday against the Rays. There was…

  4. Juan Uribe sent for precautionary X-rays on left elbow

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: X-rays on Uribe’s elbow came back negative, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. 9:25 PM: The Dodgers have sent Juan Uribe for precautionary X-rays on his left elbow, according to Tony Jackson of ESPN Angeles. Uribe was plunked on the elbow by his former teammate Tim Lincecum during last night’s season…

  5. UPDATE: Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez fractures elbow

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dominguez will miss six to eight weeks. 8:00 PM: Terrible news for one of the game’s best third base prospects. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Matt Dominguez fractured his left elbow earlier today when he was hit by a pitch during…

  6. Catching up with Omar Minaya

    Apr 1, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    The Mets will kick off their season against the Marlins in a little over 30 minutes, so what better time to check in with former general manager Omar Minaya than right now? Minaya spoke with George Vecsey of the New York Times yesterday and said that he thinks the Mets are “capable of contending” this…

  7. Astros closer Brandon Lyon implodes as Phillies win with ninth inning rally

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Houston scored just one run off reigning Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, but managed to work his pitch count and get him out of today’s game after six innings before tacking on three runs against the Phillies’ bullpen. With a 4-2 lead entering the ninth inning they called on Brandon Lyon to close out the…

  8. Kendrys Morales likely still at least three weeks from playing

    Apr 1, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    Kendrys Morales is eligible to come off the disabled list next week, but yesterday manager Mike Scioscia made it clear that he’s likely still at least three weeks from returning to the Angels’ lineup. Morales has been taking batting practice, but still hasn’t been cleared to run at full speed 10 months after breaking his…

  9. Brandon Webb slated to throw simulated game Monday

    Apr 1, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Currently on the disabled list as part of his now two-year recovery from shoulder surgery, Brandon Webb threw 65 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday and is hoping to pitch a simulated game Monday. Webb expressed some optimism following yesterday’s session, telling Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com that his “breaking ball and changeup were good, movement…

  10. Lou Gorman: 1929-2011

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Lou Gorman, who served as the Red Sox’s general manager from 1984 to 1993 and guided the team to three division titles and a trip to the World Series in 1986, passed away this morning at age 82. Gorman was the man behind the 1990 trade that sent Double-A third base prospect Jeff Bagwell to…

  11. Randy Winn retires after 13 seasons in the majors

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    Cut by the Orioles earlier this week, 36-year-old outfielder Randy Winn has announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the majors, according to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press. Drafted by the Marlins in 1995 and selected by the then-Devil Rays in the 1997 expansion draft, Winn played five seasons in Tampa Bay before moving…

  12. On Opening Day, I went to church…

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

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    I’ve lived in St. Louis since 1996 and have spent 20 or so days and nights at Cardinals games each season since I moved here. But I had never been to the Cardinals’ home opener until yesterday. I don’t love the new Busch Stadium. There are too many gaudy ads and the decision to switch…

  13. April Fools? Willie Bloomquist is leading off for Diamondbacks

    Apr 1, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Willie Bloomquist is a poor man’s Jeff Francoeur in that wherever he goes the local media members do glowing features on him, the managers play him far too often, and he performs terribly. It didn’t take long for Bloomquist to cast his spell on Arizona manager Kirk Gibson, who has inexplicably written him into the…

  14. Giants fan “critically beaten in parking lot at Dodger Stadium”

    Apr 1, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    KTLA television in Los Angeles reports that a Giants fan was “critically beaten in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium” during last night’s season opener. According to station’s website, the incident occurred around 8:30 pm and police are looking for two suspects. Here are a few more details: The victim and two friends, who were…

  15. Julio Borbon to start in center field for Rangers after rough spring

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Rangers manager Ron Washington said over the winter that he wanted to use Julio Borbon in center field this season in an effort to protect the injury-prone Josh Hamilton. Not a bad idea, really, but those plans appeared to be in doubt due to concerns about Borbon’s defense — he committed five errors this spring…

  16. White Sox international scouting director Jerry Krause leaves for job with Diamondbacks

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Jerry Krause is best known as general manager of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls dynasty, but he’s actually spent most of his career as a baseball scout and was the guy who recommended the White Sox trade for a Triple-A shortstop named Ozzie Guillen in 1984. Krause has served as the White Sox’s director of international…

  17. Phillies sign Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Ronnie Belliard Getty Yanks

    One day after releasing Luis Castillo, the Phillies have signed infielder Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Belliard, who turns 36 next week, was released by the Yankees earlier this week after batting just .136 with one double and one RBI over 22…

  18. Roberto Alomar rejoins Blue Jays as special assistant

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

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    Roberto Alomar will be wearing on a Blue Jays hat on his plaque when he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year and in the meantime he’s joined the organization as a “special assistant.” According to Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star he’ll “serve his role in baseball operations and the Toronto community”…

  19. Freddy Sanchez agrees to one-year, $6 million extension with Giants

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez, Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean

    San Francisco acquired second baseman Freddy Sanchez from Pittsburgh in mid-2009 and then signed him to a two-year, $12 million contract extension despite his playing poorly while missing time with injuries down the stretch. He bounced back with a productive 2010, albeit while missing another 50 games with injuries, and now the two sides have…

  20. On my way to Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Progressive Field Snow

    I’m about ready to leave my fortified compound and hit the road up to Cleveland for Opening Day, where I’ll see the Tribe take on the White Sox.  While there I’ll be the guest of the Indians in the Indians Social Suite, which should be cool. Depending on the conditions (of both me and the…

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