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  1. UPDATE: Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid broke up in ninth inning

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Marlins win 4-1. Sanchez ends up with a complete-game one-hitter. 9:35 PM: So much for that. Dexter Fowler just broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the ninth. It bounced just beyond Omar Infante‘s glove into right field. Is Edwin Rodriguez going to pull him now? 9:26 PM: Sanchez has made it…

  2. The Brewers will be paying Ryan Braun until 2031

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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    The Brewers announced a five-year, $105 million extension with Ryan Braun yesterday that will keep him in Milwaukee through at least 2020, but they’ll actually be paying him for much, much longer. According to Colin Fly of the Associated Press, the new contract includes at least $18 million in interest-free deferrals through 2031. In other…

  3. Justin Morneau receives cortisone shot for stiff neck

    Apr 22, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game this evening. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that while Morneau is still getting over the flu, he also needed a cortisone shot today to relieve vertebrae inflammation in his neck. “He had a neck issue before he even…

  4. Scott Rolen gets cortisone injections for shoulder

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is absent from Friday’s lineup and iffy for the weekend after receiving two cortisone injections for soreness in his left shoulder, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “I kind of tracked it back to San Diego,” he said, referring to an April 11-13 series. “I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but I haven’t…

  5. Rockies acquire Brad Emaus from Blue Jays

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Second baseman Brad Emaus, who was just returned from the Mets to the Blue Jays under the terms of his Rule 5 status, was traded from Toronto to Colorado for right-hander Chris Malone on Friday. The Rockies, presumably, will stick Emaus at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Had they wanted him for the major league team, they…

  6. Should the Mets move the wall in at Citi Field?

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    This comes up about twice a year and people like to talk about it, so hey, why not?  Go read Marty Noble over at MLB.com opining that the Mets should move the fences in at Citi Field because it’s killing David Wright and making home runs scarce and all of that: Right field at Citi…

  7. Johnny Damon playing through hairline fracture in finger tip

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Johnny Damon missed three games after being hit on the hand by a pitch Sunday and revealed today that he has a hairline fracture in the tip of his left ring finger. Damon played last night, going 1-for-4 with a single, and is back in the lineup tonight against the Blue Jays, telling Roger Mooney…

  8. Dodgers payroll to be unaffected during the MLB takeover

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    We need a name for this thing. The Bud Protectorate?  Something Oliver Cromwell-ish seems to fit.  I’ll think about it. Anyway, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has been told that his payroll will be unaffected while MLB runs the Dodgers and that things will be business as usual.  Which makes…

  9. Mets to place Angel Pagan on DL, call up Jason Pridie

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    Angel Pagan left Tuesday’s game after pulling a muscle in his side and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will place him on the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks. Pagan had hoped to return in a few days, but clearly the Mets didn’t want to play short-handed in center…

  10. Selig: baseball will be better off if Albert Pujols stays in St. Louis

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Bud Selig spoke about a lot of stuff during his news conference yesterday. Here’s one that seemed to fall through the cracks, but which is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I was talking once with Robin Yount and George Brett and said they were getting to be the exceptions (players who stayed in…

  11. Derek Jeter leads MLB in ground ball percentage, ranks 188th in slugging percentage

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter quickly ditching the “new swing” he worked on with hitting coach Kevin Long hasn’t helped his production, as the Yankees shortstop is batting just .219 with a .282 on-base percentage and .234 slugging percentage in 16 games. Jeter is still doing a fine job controlling the strike zone, drawing six walks compared to…

  12. Pirates claim Brandon Wood off waivers from Angels

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Brandon Wood, Howard Kendrick

    Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Brandon Wood has predictably been claimed off waivers by the Pirates, who had the No. 1 waiver position by virtue of their MLB-worst 57-105 record last year. That the Angels couldn’t find a team willing to give up something of even marginal value for Wood shows just…

  13. Brewers GM says Ryan Braun extension won’t impact Prince Fielder’s status

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told reporters that Ryan Braun signing a five-year, $105 million extension yesterday won’t impact impending free agent Prince Fielder‘s status with the team, calling them “different situations.” Milwaukee also signed Rickie Weeks to a four-year, $50 million extension during spring training, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that Fielder rejected…

  14. Vicente Padilla returns from DL eight weeks after arm surgery

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    When Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery in February there was speculation that he could miss the entire first half, but today the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list just eight weeks after going under the knife. Padilla is expected to work out of the bullpen, although if the Dodgers need some rotation help down…

  15. David Purcey has big feet

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    You know what they say about guys with big feet, right?  Yeah: they have really big shoes. Susan Slusser of the Chronicle tells us about new Oakland A David Purcey‘s big ones: Purcey wears size 17 spikes, and the A’s haven’t had a player above size 14; manager Bob Geren is a size 15, the previous Vucinich-era…

  16. Brian McRae arrested for his third DUI

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Brian McRae mugshot

    Nowhere near the ink that Mike Leake is getting will be given to this, but it’s way sadder and way more dangerous: Former Royals outfielder Brian McRae was arrested early this morning in Overland Park on a DUI charge … This is McRae’s third citation for driving under the influence. He’s not in the game…

  17. Ozzie Guillen not worried about being fired, discusses options if he does get fired

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Last night the White Sox beat the Rays to snap a seven-game losing streak and before the game manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that he’s not worried about being fired despite the slow start. And he said it in typically amusing Ozzie fashion: I come to work, put a smile on my face, talk to…

  18. Dusty Baker on Mike Leake: “his eyes were gentle eyes”

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Mike Leake took the hill again yesterday, his first appearance since he been caught stealin’.  And it was a good outing: seven innings in which he gave up three runs and picked up the win.  That shows some toughness. Or does it? Because Dusty Baker saw something other than toughness when he talked about how…

  19. Nationals return Jesus Flores to Triple-A after brief comeback

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    After missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 with shoulder problems Jesus Flores made it back to the majors last week for his first game action since September 12, 2009, singled in his first at-bat … and is now going back to Triple-A. Flores’ comeback story is a good one, but when the Nationals…

  20. HBT Daily: The Dodgers’ plight, the Braun deal and looking ahead to Reds vs. Cardinals

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I were talking about Pujols’ struggles right as he hit that monster home run yesterday, so my “Albert will be OK” comments aren’t exactly a matter of prescience

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