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  1. Red Sox ink Clay Buchholz to four-year contract extension

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had a rough outing on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and five runs before getting yanked in the middle of the fourth inning. That one rough patch hasn’t scared off the well-run Sox. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Buchholz agreed to a four-year contract extension…

  2. Angels place Erick Aybar on DL with oblique strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    The Angels waited a couple of days to see how shortstop Erick Aybar would respond to the oblique strain that he suffered on Wednesday night. Today, they decided not to wait any longer. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels have placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list and recalled reliever…

  3. Ramon Ortiz, 37, signs minor league contract with Cubs

    Apr 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From MLB.com beat writer Carrie Muskat comes word that the Cubs have signed veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Ortiz spent the 2010 season with three different organizations — the Dodgers, Mets and Rays — and finished with a 6.30 ERA over 16 major league appearances…

  4. Clint Barmes plays catch for first time since hand fracture

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

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    For the first time since fracturing a bone in his left hand in late March, Astros infielder Clint Barmes was able to put on a glove Saturday and play catch. The 32-year-old reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his hand during or after the light workout and still has his sights set on a…

  5. Hanley Ramirez expecting to return to Marlins lineup Tuesday

    Apr 10, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    This tweet comes from the personal account of Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez: Feeling better today. Not in the lineup but hope to be in there Tuesday Ramirez gave fantasy owners around the world a scare on Friday when he had to be carried off the field after a takeout slide at second base. But he…

  6. Zimmerman not in Sunday’s lineup due to abdominal strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman got an on-field visit from a team trainer on Saturday night after taking a rough slide into second base. He stayed in the game and finished out the Nats’ 8-4 loss, but, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, he is not playing on Sunday. The Nationals haven’t yet…

  7. Jason Bay finally cleared to take live batting practice

    Apr 10, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    A bit of welcome news here from Dan Martin of the New York Post. Mets outfielder Jason Bay, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since the start of the regular season, is scheduled to take live batting practice Sunday afternoon for the first time since suffering a late-spring intercostal muscle strain. Bay has…

  8. Andres Torres diagnosed with strained left Achilles tendon

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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    The Giants may be without starting center fielder Andres Torres for the next several days. According to MLB.com beat writer Chris Haft, Torres had to be pulled from Saturday’s game against the Cardinals in the fourth inning after straining his left Achilles tendon while coming in on a Colby Rasmus shallow pop fly. Torres was…

  9. O’s lefty Zach Britton shuts down Rangers, moves to 2-0

    Apr 10, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Zach Britton

    Early season injuries to Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matusz have caused the Orioles only a minor headache. Why? Because young left-hander Zach Britton probably wouldn’t have opened the year in the major leagues otherwise. Britton, 23, spun another gem on Saturday night in the second half of a doubleheader against the hot-hitting Rangers, tossing 7.2…

  10. And That Happened Express: Saturday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:51 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    White Sox 4, Rays 2: Holy crap, did Sam Fuld make a spectacular catch, or what? Yankees 9, Red Sox 4: Two homers for Russell Martin. I’d say more, but apparently this game was force-fed to the nation by FOX, even in places where the other FOX regional games should probably have been going. Such as…

  11. Pedro Martinez wouldn’t mind finishing career with Red Sox

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

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    Every once in a while someone gets ahold of Pedro Martinez, talks to him about what he’s doing these days, and then gets around to asking the inevitable question: “Are you going to play again?” Martinez has consistently said his return to baseball is unlikely, and that might still be true. But his tune is…

  12. J.J. Hardy leaves Saturday’s game with strained left oblique

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been dealing with discomfort in the left side of his body for a couple of days now. On Saturday, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he was finally diagnosed with a strained left oblique. Recovery times tend to differ for oblique strains, but it’s a near certainty that…

  13. Matt Holliday will return to the Cardinals’ lineup Sunday

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Fans celebrate Matt Holliday's homerun during their MLB baseball game against San Diego Padres in St. Louis

    Good news here for the Cardinals, who haven’t been getting many breaks in the early going and currently sit three games back of the Reds in the National League Central standings. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Matt Holliday has been cleared to return to action and will be in the…

  14. Morgan Ensberg on Manny: “You are a fake and a cheat”

    Apr 9, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    ensberg pose

    Former MLB infielder Morgan Ensberg, who played against Manny Ramirez several times, is not happy with the way the slugger cheated the game and then retired before accepting a 100-game suspension: How could you?  You coward!  You are a fake and a cheat and now you want to retire?  No way!  You get back out…

  15. Zack Greinke could be back before the end of the month

    Apr 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers

    Good news for the Brewers. Zack Greinke threw another bullpen session this afternoon, his second since being shut down with a fractured rib in early-March. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the right-hander felt so good during the session that the Brewers are now considering moving up his timetable so that he’ll return…

  16. Report: Athletics and Trevor Cahill agree to multi-year contract

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Athletics and Trevor Cahill have agreed to a multi-year contract, pending a physical. Crasnick reported last month that the Athletics were interested in exploring a multi-year contract with the 23-year-old right-hander. Specific terms of the contract aren’t yet available, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it was similar…

  17. We have a war of words between Stan Kasten and Rob Dibble

    Apr 9, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    rob dibble announcing

    As Craig told us earlier this week, Rob Dibble said in an interview with FOXSports.com that he was fired from his broadcasting gig with MASN because Stephen Strasburg‘s father sent an angry email to the Lerners. Strasburg has since denied that claim while former Nationals president Stan Kasten went a step further in his comments…

  18. Report: Yankees sign Carlos Silva

    Apr 9, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees have signed Carlos Silva. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms Heyman’s report and adds that it is a minor league deal. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 4.22 ERA and an 80/24 K/BB ratio over 21 starts last season, but posted an ugly 10.90 ERA over 17…

  19. Kevin Slowey placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

    Apr 9, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have placed Kevin Slowey on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. The 26-year-old right-hander was shut down after an appearance Monday with what Twins manager Ron Gardenhire initially called “biceps discomfort.” Slowey was moved to the bullpen at the end of spring training after the…

  20. What they’re saying about Manny Ramirez’s retirement

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    You’ve already heard what we had to say about Manny Ramirez‘s shocking retirement, but what about the rest of the baseball world? From baseball writers to current players and former teammates and managers, here’s a quick sampling. Bobby Jenks (via WEEI.com): “I look at it as this. You do it, you get caught, you’re an idiot.…

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