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  1. The Athletics now play in the Overstock.com Coliseum

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    The Contra Costa Times reports that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum — home of the A’s and the Raiders — will be renamed Overstock.com Coliseum. The deal will earn the county $1.2 million a year for the next six years.  I have two issues with this: 1. Anyone really betting that the Coliseum is going to…

  2. Casey Blake hospitalized with infected elbow, could miss four weeks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Casey Blake “appears to be headed back to the 15-day disabled list” after being hospitalized yesterday in Florida for a fever that the Dodgers believe stems from a swollen, infected elbow. Dodgers trainer Stan Conte believes that Blake could be sidelined for a month and Don…

  3. HBT Daily: The White Sox and the Phillies’ funks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The White Sox are turning it around against the Yankees, but the Phillies’ troubles are mounting. Tiffany and I chat about it.

  4. Astros announcer criticizes Lance Berkman in Houston return

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    lance-berkman-cardinals-spring

    Lance Berkman returned to Houston yesterday for the first time since being traded by the Astros last season and was met with some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Appearing on a radio show, Hamilton rhetorically asked of Berkman: Why did you think it wasn’t necessary to get in shape your last couple…

  5. Great moments in bad lip-synching: the Arizona Diamondbacks edition

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dbacks video.bmp

    After the Cory Lidle post we need a bit of levity. I got a chance to meet a bunch of Arizona Diamondbacks front office staffers in spring training. They were easily the nicest team officials I’ve met in the couple of years I’ve been doing this gig. But hey, just because you’re awesome doesn’t mean that…

  6. Hong-Chih Kuo struggles in rehab appearance at Single-A

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    kuo small

    Pitching in back-to-back games for the first time since being placed on the disabled list two weeks ago with a strained back, Hong-Chih Kuo allowed hits to four of the five batters he faced last night at Single-A. Kuo had been slated to be activated Friday, but now Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that his…

  7. The Cory Lidle wrongful death trial begins today

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cory Lidle

    Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle died when the plane he was piloting crashed into a Manhattan building on October 11, 2006. Today opening statements in the wrongful death case brought by his widow will take place. The FAA concluded that the crash was pilot errors and that Lidle who was flying with his instructor, misjudged a…

  8. Domonic Brown set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Domonic Brown was on the verge of replacing Jayson Werth as the Phillies’ starting right fielder when the 23-year-old top prospect suffered a broken hamate bone in mid-March. His comeback took a big step yesterday as Brown homered twice in an extended spring training game and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’s scheduled to…

  9. The Dodgers have selected a new security chief

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

    After a four month period in which the position was vacant — which became a major issue because of the Bryan Stow beating — the Dodgers have selected a chief of security. He is retired LAPD Captain Rich Wemmer.  His hiring is contingent on MLB approval due to the league takeover of the team’s day-t0-day…

  10. Johan Santana may not be back until August or September

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Santana_Johan

    The timeline for Johan Santana‘s return has been a bit of a moving target. At one point early in the process we heard May.  Mostly we’ve heard June and July.  Now Buster Olney is hearing that it could be as late as August or even September before the Mets’ ace is back on the hill.…

  11. Frank McCourt is not the master of P.R.

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    P.R. professionals like to use the term “optics” to refer to how things look (as opposed to what is really going on). You could have just given $100,000 to an orphanage, but if you are seen berating your assistant for sloppy writing on the big oversized check that will be paraded before the media, those…

  12. Is Roy Oswalt healthy?

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt got knocked around by the Diamondbacks last night and didn’t stick around after the game to talk to the media about it.  Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports that Ruben Amaro was meeting with Charlie Manuel just as the reporters arrived and that earlier he had “huddled with a team official” during…

  13. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred will accuse an MLB coach of making gay slurs today

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Ken Slayton Father Of Jaycee Dugard Gloria Allred Press Conference

    UPDATE:  It’s Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell.  Details here. 8:25 AM: Gloria Allred is someone with whom you’re familiar even if you don’t know it. She’s the extremely high-profile (mostly) civil rights lawyer who will, almost always, land some client or another in connection with whatever massive tabloidy and/or entertainment story is dominating the media at any…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano walks off the field as the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Brent Lillibridge made a diving catch to win in New York

    Water covers 75% of the Earth. The rest is covered by land and, in some cases ice, which may or may not be included in that 75% figure. In other news Brent Lillbridge had two great catches last night.

  15. Bombs away on Tuesday

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:20 AM EDT

    Jack Hannahan

    Update – And David Ross makes it five by homering twice against the Padres in San Diego. That’s as many homers as he had in 135 at-bats since the beginning of 2010. — There had been just 22 multihomer games in the first 26 days of the 2011 season, but already Tuesday evening there have…

  16. Brent Lillibridge is the White Sox’s new closer?

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    Lillibridge_Brent

    Sure, Sergio Santos got the save for the second straight day. But it was right fielder Brent Lillibridge who closed out the Yankees for the White Sox on Tuesday, making a pair of game-saving catches with two on in a 3-2 game in the ninth. With one out and runners on first and second, Alex…

  17. Jose Contreras expected to miss 3-4 weeks with elbow strain

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced earlier tonight that Jose Contreras is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 1 strain of his right elbow. The diagnosis was made following an MRI in Philadelphia earlier today. “It’s a very mild strain,” Amaro said. “Obviously you never want…

  18. Erick Almonte first player placed on seven-day DL for concussions

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Erick Almonte Getty

    According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Erick Almonte was placed on the seven-day disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Reds. He is the first player to go on MLB’s new disabled list specifically designed for players recovering from concussions. Almonte suffered the concussion when he was struck in the face by a thrown ball…

  19. Ryan Raburn gives Miguel Olivo a homer

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Detroit Tigers

    Count on it being a staple of blooper reels for years. Miguel Olivo hit a line drive to the warning track in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, and Ryan Raburn turned it into a homer as it bounced off his glove and flew another 20 feet into the bullpen. We can’t…

  20. Andre Ethier makes history with April hitting streak

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an RBI double off Chris Volstad in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Marlins, establishing a new record for the longest hitting streak ever in April. As mentioned yesterday, Ethier’s former manager Joe Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games as a member of…

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