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  1. Note to Jim Tracy: Chris Iannetta is good

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

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    No actual quote yet, but here’s one of Troy Renck’s latest tweets, as Jim Tracy takes on his usual whipping boy, Chris Iannetta. Tracy said iannetta in tough spot hitting 8th. He’s getting walks but has to be ready to hit when pitch shows up w risp And then there’s this quote from Sunday, indicating…

  2. Diamondbacks place Willie Bloomquist on 15-day DL

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

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    The honeymoon is over. Willie Bloomquist, who hit .394 with eight runs scored and six steals in his first seven games with the Diamondbacks, went on the disabled list Monday because of a strained hamstring suffered during Thursday’s game. Veteran utilityman Josh Wilson was called up to replace him. Bloomquist had been slumping of late…

  3. Just what you’ve been waiting for: Cacti on Parade

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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    For the last few years the All-Star Game host city has featured statues of some local symbol or icon plastered with MLB logos. The Statue of Liberty, the Gateway Arch, Mickey Mouse, etc.  I’m still waiting for them to do it with a beer in Milwaukee, but I’m not holding my breath. In the meantime…

  4. Dodgers activate Dioner Navarro from DL, option A.J. Ellis to Triple-A

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Out since mid-March with a strained oblique muscle, Dioner Navarro has returned from the disabled list and the Dodgers made room for him on the roster by optioning A.J. Ellis to Triple-A. That means Navarro will replace Ellis as Rod Barajas‘ backup behind the plate and … well, it sure seems like the Dodgers just…

  5. Phil Hughes had a “setback” in his bullpen session today

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Ruh-roh. Phil Hughes had a bullpen session on Saturday that, by all accounts, went well.  Today’s session? Not so good. In fact, Joe Girardi just told the Yankees beat reporters that Hughes had a “setback.” (one reporter quoted Girardi as saying it was a “significant setback”). Giradi said that Hughes’ arm didn’t bounce back from…

  6. Who is the most hated player in your team’s history?

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    John Rocker

    I try to ac-cent-u-ate the positive and e-lim-i-nate the negative as much as possible, but it’s a long baseball season so it’s easy to get negative. I tend to get the most negative about my own team when they’re not playing well. Oh, if you could take a man’s life for the thoughts that’s in…

  7. Brandon Belt homers in first at-bat after demotion to Triple-A

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt hit just .192 with one homer in 17 games before the Giants demoted him to the minors last week, but he wasted no time resuming his destruction of minor-league pitching by homering in his first Triple-A at-bat. Belt went deep against former big leaguer Micah Owings and played left field, with the Giants…

  8. Major League Baseball appoints J. Thomas Schieffer “Monitor” of the Dodgers

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    I was wondering what the title of the person baseball chose to run the Dodgers would be. I liked “Lord Protector,” but figured that wouldn’t fly.  “Trustee” seemed cool, but that may suggest some legal duties to the team and its stakeholders that baseball would rather not have. They have settled on “Monitor,” which is…

  9. Michael Cuddyer is now the Twins’ starting second baseman

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    In the wake of Tsuyoshi Nishioka‘s fractured fibula the Twins have occasionally moved Michael Cuddyer from right field to second base, where he hadn’t played regularly since 2005. Cuddyer hasn’t exactly thrived there, looking passable at best defensively while hitting just .160 in six games, but yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Cuddyer will be…

  10. Did you know that Prince Fielder has a “square body type?”

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Scott Boras is the best. If you give him lemons, he won’t be content to make lemonade, he’ll make a lemon curd white chocolate cheesecake. If he represented a pitcher with no arms and no legs he’d talk about how the guy should get big money because he’ll never tear a ligament. If Stephen Hawking…

  11. The real reason Chuck Greenberg was ousted as Rangers’ CEO

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    A headline like that suggests that there’s something juicy there. More juicy than the rumored displeasure Greenberg’s seemingly over-the-top courting of Cliff Lee was following the Winter Meetings, which was cited back when Greenberg stepped down. Actually, no: as Barry Shlachter reports in the Star-Telegram, it was really just a matter of personality clashes between…

  12. Pittsburgh media already turning on first-year Pirates manager Clint Hurdle?

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Clint Hurdle had to know what a tough job he was taking when he agreed to manage the Pirates. They’d had 18 straight losing seasons and during that time six other managers had tried and failed to turn things around. Hurdle probably thought he could do what the six before him couldn’t and if not…

  13. Movie Review: Time in the Minors

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Time in the Minors

    I got a chance to see a great documentary recently: Time in the Minors, by Tony Okun.  While the film has been around for a little while, it became available on DVD just last fall and, either way, its subject matter is timeless and compelling.  I loved it, I want to tell you about it…

  14. Zack Greinke makes second rehab start, eyes mid-May return

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke made his second minor-league rehab start yesterday at Triple-A, allowing two runs in 3.2 innings while throwing 54 pitches, and afterward said: “Maybe the velocity was still there, but the control wasn’t that sharp.” He’s scheduled to make a third rehab start Friday, at which point the Brewers may decide that he’s ready…

  15. HBT Daily: Who is that hot-hitting right fielder in Kansas City?

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany taunts me with Frenchy’s early-season firepower

  16. Mariners plan to limit 22-year-old Michael Pineda’s workload

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Michael Pineda has been fantastic through four starts with a 1.78 ERA, .202 opponents’ batting average, and 21/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, but pitching coach Carl Willis indicated yesterday that the Mariners plan to limit the 22-year-old’s workload. Doug Miller of MLB.com notes that in 2006 the Mariners capped a 20-year-old Felix Hernandez‘s innings…

  17. Defending Ron Washington from my cheap shots

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    I made a cheap joke at Ron Washington’s expense in the Power Rankings this morning regarding Neftali Feliz being in the bullpen. I don’t apologize for it because about 87% of my jokes are cheap, but I can at least admit it was a cheap joke. Most of the comments in my Power Rankings are…

  18. Tony La Russa’s daughter is an Oakland Raiders cheerleader

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Our blogmate Rick Chandler at Off The Bench passes along word that Tony La Russa’s daughter is now an Oakland Raiders cheerleader. Or more specifically, Bianca La Russa is a Raiderette. She tweeted the news: A goal and a dream come true- I’m a 2011 Raiderette! I’m so excited to rep an organization that does…

  19. Some of the dirt from the new Jeter book

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Following up on this morning’s post about the new Jeter book, there’s a story over at ESPN New York — home of the book’s author, Ian O’Connor — detailing some of the book’s anecdotes. Among them: Some background the contentious contract negotiations last winter, including the shocking fact that team President Randy Levine was the…

  20. Cardinals admit obvious, name Mitchell Boggs closer (sort of)

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    For whatever reason manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan have been reluctant to actually name a replacement for Ryan Franklin, who was stripped of closing duties last week. However, after giving Mitchell Boggs three straight save opportunities and watching him handle them successfully while looking very good in the process Duncan finally…

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