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  1. Chris Young hoping to return to Mets’ rotation Tuesday

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

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    Not much has been going right for the Mets this season. They’re stuck in the bottom of the National League East standings and most experts have already written them off for the postseason. Chris Young has been a bright spot. Signed to a bargain one-year, $1.1 million contract this winter, he posted a 1.46 ERA…

  2. Blue Jays accept infielder Brad Emaus back from Mets

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    emaus mets

    The Mets selected infielder Brad Emaus from the Blue Jays in last December’s Rule 5 Draft and were set on giving him regular looks at second base when the 2011 regular season opened. Emaus batted just .162 with a .424 OPS across 42 plate appearances, however, and was designated for assignment by New York earlier…

  3. Evan Longoria hits off tee, continues to make progress

    Apr 21, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    longo getty

    Though returning by April 29 may be an overly optimistic goal, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is making progress from his strained left oblique and should be ready not too long after that date. From Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times comes word that Longoria took swings off a tee Thursday for the first…

  4. Baseball announces expanded pension benefits for players who retired between 1947 and 1980

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Retirement

    Prior to 1980, players were vested in baseball’s pension plan after completing at least four years of service time. Since the 1980 season, all players are vested after just one day of service in the majors (as your service time increases, you get greater benefits). Baseball and the MLBPA announced today that players who retired during…

  5. Justin Morneau missing fifth straight game with flu

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Justin Morneau is out of the Twins’ lineup tonight for the fifth straight game with the same flu bug that exacerbated Joe Mauer‘s health problems last week. Morneau missing five games with a flu has understandably raised some eyebrows after last year’s concussion sidelined him for eight months, but Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul…

  6. Selig: baseball “moving inexorably” toward a ten-team playoff

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    Selig hands up

    We’ve seen this coming for some time, but Bud Selig today said that baseball is “moving inexorably” toward an expanded playoff beginning with the 2012 season, and said that, while there are details to be worked out, it will likely be a ten-team affair. Specifically, he said “ten is a fair number.” This is a more…

  7. Logan Morrison has a sprained foot, is awesome

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Logan Morrison “felt a pop” in his foot Tuesday and an MRI exam revealed a sprained ligament that’s expected to keep him out for 2-4 weeks. Morrison reacted to the news on Twitter, further solidifying his status as the best-tweeting MLB player: Breaking news: sprained ligament in my foot out 2 to 4 weeks. Suck…

  8. Bud Selig is not going to take Barry Bonds out of the record book

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    We’re all entitled to believe what we want to believe. There are people out there who insist that Roger Maris is still the single-season home run champ and Hank Aaron is still the all-time home run champ.  I hold no more of a grudge against people who think that stuff than I hold for someone who…

  9. Blue Jays demote struggling starter Brett Cecil to Triple-A

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Along with activating Brandon Morrow from the disabled list the Blue Jays have made another rotation move, surprisingly demoting left-hander Brett Cecil to Triple-A. Cecil has struggled early on with a 6.86 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio in 21 innings spread over four starts, but he went 15-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 117/54 K/BB…

  10. That Richie Whitt guy isn’t backing off his stance on Colby Lewis witnessing the birth of his child

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer isn’t backing down from his belief that Colby Lewis was wrong to leave the Rangers in order to be with his wife for the birth of his daughter. Indeed, he’s doubling down: Because, honestly, I don’t care if Lewis is a good dad. If I wanted to root for…

  11. Ryan Braun and Brewers agree to 5-year, $105 million contract extension through 2020

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Ryan Braun was already under contract through 2015 thanks to a seven-year, $45 million deal signed in mid-2008, but today the Brewers and the slugging left fielder agreed to an extension that will keep him in Milwaukee through 2020. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the new deal is worth $105 million for five seasons…

  12. Looking deeper at Luke Scott

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Luke Scott caused a stir back in December when, during an interview with Dave Brown of Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, his belief that President Obama wasn’t born in America came out into the open.  This piqued the interest of Amy K. Nelson of ESPN, who spent some time with Orioles’ outfielder Luke Scott this spring. Her…

  13. Jason Bay batting fifth for Mets in return from disabled list

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay has been activated from the disabled list after going 6-for-12 with two homers during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A and he’ll bat fifth in the Mets’ lineup tonight against the Astros. Bay hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on July 25 of last year, but his season-opening DL stint was…

  14. Looking back at previous league takeovers

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Montreal Expos

    This business with the Dodgers isn’t the first time Major League Baseball as taken over a team.  You all remember the Rangers’ thing last year. That wasn’t total control, of course, but it was something. More significant, however, were when the Expos in 2002 and the 1936 Boston Bees. The Boston Bees? Yep. Or as they…

  15. Blue Jays activate Brandon Morrow from DL for Saturday start

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Out since mid-March with a strained forearm, Brandon Morrow has been activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays and will make his season debut tomorrow afternoon against the Rays. I tabbed Morrow as one of my “breakout picks” for 2011, which naturally led to him being shut down with arm problems, but the…

  16. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Mets with Ted Berg

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Come for the Mets talk. Stay for the awesome pic of Ted’s mustache.

  17. Michael Young will be able to veto any trade starting on May 7

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Right now Michael Young‘s contract has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 22 of 29 teams, but Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com notes that come May 7 he’ll be able to veto all potential moves. That’s when Young will become a “10-and-5″ player, meaning he has 10 full seasons of MLB…

  18. The percentage of U.S.-born blacks in baseball drops again

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jackie Robinson sliding

    In what has become an annual tradition — usually on Jackie Robinson Day, but a few days later this year — the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports has counted the beans and announced that, once again, the percentage of black ballplayers is lower than it has been in years: The…

  19. Maicer Izturis calls fans doubting durability “ignorant people”

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Maicer Izturis fired back at fans who question his durability, as the Angels infielder told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times that “those are ignorant people who say that” and “they don’t know the game.” Izturis, who was on the disabled list three times last season and has played just 254 of a possible…

  20. The right field foul pole in Petco Park is now a golf club

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Petco foul pole

    While I’m sort of blah on the idea of advertising taking up every available inch in ballparks these days, I realize why that’s the case and that there’s not a heck of a lot that can be done about it. So hey, if it’s going to happen anyway, we may as try to have fun…

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