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  1. Robert Redford to make a movie about Branch Rickey

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Redford Natural

    He’s a natural for the project, wouldn’t you agree? He starred in one of the most famous fictional baseball movies of all time. Now Robert Redford looks to play one of the most famous real-life baseball figures of all time. The “Natural” star is on board to play Branch Rickey in a long-gestating, recently jump-started version…

  2. Video: Tony La Russa lashes out at reporters, quits presser

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Craig touched on this in his “And That Happened” this morning, but here’s the video of Tony La Russa getting incredibly annoyed at questions about the Cardinals’ offensive struggles, lecturing reporters about how silly it is to be asking this stuff after one week, and then quitting the press conference: I tend to agree with…

  3. Chicken and waffles sandwich 1, Heidi Watney 0

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Look, I love going to games at Progressive Field. Nice park, friendly people. But when I was there for Opening Day I saw their new concession, the chicken and waffle sandwich.  I could have had one for free too.  I declined.  From the looks of NESN’s Heidi Watney’s experience with this beast this afternoon, I…

  4. Yunel Escobar diagnosed with mild concussion, but won’t go on new seven-day disabled list

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar slides hard into third with a triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Yunel Escobar, who took a knee to the helmet while sliding into third base yesterday, has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion” following a CAT scan and other tests last night and this morning. That would seemingly make him an ideal candidate to be placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions that MLB…

  5. The Dodgers haven’t had a full-time security chief for four months

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Reading Bill Shaikin’s report about the Dodgers undegoing a security overhaul in the aftermath of the Bryan Stow attack last week reveals that the Dodgers have been operating without a permanent head of security for four months: The Dodgers last December dismissed Ray Maytorena, a former Secret Service agent who had overseen the club’s security operations.…

  6. Rich Harden is on the comeback trail again

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    Shut down in mid-March with a strained shoulder, Rich Harden threw a bullpen session this morning and reported no problems. Harden is still a simulated game followed by a minor-league rehab assignment from potentially coming off the disabled list, and given his extensive injury history counting on him to avoid further setbacks is obviously wishful…

  7. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Rays with Jonah Keri

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    I’ll admit, it takes a strange turn when we start talking about murdered ex-girlfriends …

  8. Inner-ear infection knocks Mark Ellis out of A’s lineup

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Mark Ellis is out of the A’s lineup for today’s game and may not travel with the team to Minnesota tonight because of an inner-ear problem, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Ellis experienced dizziness during yesterday’s game and may not be cleared to fly, leaving him in Toronto looking for other…

  9. Minnie Minoso for the Hall of Fame

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Minnie Minoso

    Minnie Minoso is throwing out the first pitch for today’s White Sox home opener. And there’s a great feature on him over at the Chicago Tribune today. There really is no one like him. No one who had a career with the arc of the one he had.  Just an astounding man and an astounding…

  10. Charlie Manuel on Brad Lidge’s return timetable: “All-Star break or just before that”

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    brad-lidge-and-charlie-manuel-phillies

    During a radio interview today Phillies manager Charlie Manuel gave an update on Brad Lidge‘s health status, saying he’s “probably looking at maybe All-Star break or just before that” for the closer to return from a partially torn rotator cuff. That’s considerably longer than the initial timetable given late last month, which had Lidge missing…

  11. Lastings Milledge designated for assignment

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Lastings Milledge

    Lastings Milledge, who was at one time considered a top Mets prospect, has had quite an odyssey around baseball the past few years.  Ridiculed right out of the gate in Washington thanks to Manny Acta putting him in center field when he really wasn’t cut out for it, he struggled with the Nats and then…

  12. Jason Kendall’s return from shoulder surgery pushed back

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall‘s initial recovery timetable following September shoulder surgery had him missing the first two months of the season, but then in February the Royals revealed that he was several months ahead of schedule and might not miss any time at all. Several setbacks followed, causing Kendall to begin the season on the disabled list,…

  13. Manny Ramirez doesn’t feel the need to impress you

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Manny Ramirez was asked if his early season struggles were the result of him pressing in an effort to make a good impression. Manny hasn’t hit much these days, but he smacked that one out of the park: “I don’t need to impress nobody. I’ve got almost 600 home runs.” Truth.  Maybe not as to…

  14. Miguel Cabrera hits 250th career homer before 28th birthday

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Last night Miguel Cabrera smacked his 250th career homer, which is remarkable considering he won’t be 28 years old for another two weeks.a Cabrera’s birthday is April 18, which means this is officially his “age-28 season.” Here are the all-time leaders in homers through age 28: Alex Rodriguez 381 Ken Griffey Jr. 350 Jimmie Foxx.…

  15. Rob Dibble still thinks Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up”

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    rob dibble announcing

    Last year Rob Dibble got canned from MASN after he said that Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up” and pitched despite having an elbow injury that went on to require Tommy John surgery. After he said it — but before he got fired — he apologized and said that his comments were “inappropriate and disrespectful.”…

  16. Yunel Escobar undergoes CAT scan and cervical X-ray for possible concussion

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar slides hard into third with a triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Yunel Escobar‘s helmet collided with Andy LaRoche‘s knee as the Blue Jays shortstop slid into third base for a fifth-inning triple last night and he later left the game after experiencing what manager John Farrell described as “persistent dizziness.” Escobar underwent concussion tests last night, which according to Farrell includes a CAT scan and cervical…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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?…

  20. 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…

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