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  1. Evan Longoria to begin rehab assignment Thursday, aiming to come off DL early next week

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria has been out since straining his oblique muscle in the second game of the season, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he’s scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. Assuming he can avoid a setback while playing at Double-A, Longoria is aiming to come off the disabled…

  2. UPDATE: The Dodgers are going to go closer-by-committee … or are they?

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Broxton_Jonathan

    UPDATE:  Well, this could be awkward.  Broxton said this afternoon that Mattingly told him that he’s still the closer. That’s going to make for an interesting day in the Dodgers’ clubhouse. Might make an even more interesting day for Ned Colletti who said something quite different on the radio today. 3:30 PM: As readers pointed…

  3. Josh Hamilton “still more than a month away from returning”

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    It’s been exactly two weeks since Josh Hamilton fractured his shoulder and was given a 6-8 week timetable, so T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reporting that he’s “still more than a month away from returning” makes sense. Sullivan notes that Hamilton has started “working out in left field” and is making some throws to second base,…

  4. Some Mets visited Walter Reed Hospital; some didn’t; world did not end

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Walter Reed Hospital

    Remember the ridiculous controversy — or was it a nontroversey? — last September when Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez failed to make the voluntary team visit to Walter Reed Hospital while in Washington to play the Nats?  How Jeff Wilpon and then the New York media went absolutely bonkers over this, calling out…

  5. Ian Desmond takes paternity leave from Nationals

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    desmond infield

    As expected, Ian Desmond has taken a paternity leave from the Nationals. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that outfielder Roger Bernadina has been called up from Triple-A to replace Desmond on the roster for what will likely be just a day or two. Desmond joins Colby Lewis as the first players to take advantage of…

  6. MLBPA: let’s not get ahead of ourselves on expanded playoffs

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    Bud Selig’s comments about the expanded playoffs being inevitable may have been a bit premature. That’s because, as Jayson Stark reports, the league and the union — which has to sign off on any plan — haven’t gotten all that far along in the process. Michael Weiner: “We’ve had healthy discussions at the bargaining table…

  7. Pirates claim outfielder Xavier Paul off waivers from Dodgers

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh is making good use of the No. 1 waiver position, claiming Brandon Wood from the Angels last week and now snagging Xavier Paul off waivers from the Dodgers today. I’m sure the Pirates will be mocked in some quarters for picking up other teams’ scraps and certainly neither waiver claim is going to be…

  8. Comment of the Day: Manny Ramirez was “La Tabla”

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    In this morning’s Manny Ramirez post, I excerpted a passage from Sara Rimer’s New York Times story in which she described a one-handed, 400+ foot home run Ramirez allegedly hit while in high school.  It elicited a comment from a former high school teammate of Ramirez’s, vouching for the veracity of the story and adding…

  9. Brandon Webb tops out at 84 mph in extended spring training

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb rangers

    Jason Grey of ESPN.com was on hand for Brandon Webb‘s extended spring training start yesterday and filed a report that suggests the former Cy Young winner is still nowhere near full strength more than two years after shoulder problems first surfaced. Webb threw two scoreless innings against the Mariners’ extended spring squad, but Grey notes…

  10. Wanna buy David Wright’s Manhattan loft?

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Wright_David

    I’m kind of a real estate voyeur. Maybe it’s a holdover from back in the day (like, say, 2005) when high end real estate seemed sexy and exotic rather than a horrible millstone around our nations’ economy and, some may argue, its soul. But hey, it’s fun. And it’s always fun when a ballplayer’s real…

  11. UPDATE: Corey Hart to return from disabled list Wednesday

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Corey Hart

    UPDATE: Now the Brewers are saying Hart will come off the disabled list tomorrow. ========== Corey Hart went just 2-for-15 with three strikeouts during a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A, but he’s rejoined the Brewers in Milwaukee and is expected to come off the disabled list in time for tonight’s game. Hart has been sidelined…

  12. So, how many people were at the Pirates-Nationals game last night?

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Nationals Pirates Baseball

    It’s understandable that there weren’t a lot of people at PNC Park to watch the Pirates-Nats game yesterday, what with the bad weather and the fact that the game was itself a makeup game. But the sheer emptiness of the place allowed for something awesome to happen: it allowed Sam Miller of the OC Register to…

  13. Converted shortstop Sergio Santos is White Sox’s new closer

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Chicago White Sox

    Ozzie Guillen has been playing musical relievers after Opening Day closer Matt Thornton blew all four of his early save chances (with the help of some shoddy defense). Sergio Santos was the latest White Sox reliever to be handed a late-inning lead last night and the converted shortstop closed out a 2-0 win with 1.1…

  14. Mallparks and ghost parks

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    tiger stadium

    I was almost ready to put one tentative foot on board The Common Man’s Mallparks-aren’t-so-bad-when-you-get-right-down-to-it bandwagon, but then I went and read David Fleming’s remembrance and revisiting of old Tiger Stadium which apparently coincided with a minor dust storm here in my den if my current eye irritation is any judge. I’ll go this far:…

  15. Charlie Manuel: “No way in hell we overused Jose Contreras”

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Jose Contreras was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a right flexor pronator strain and manager Charlie Manuel was questioned about whether the reliever’s recent heavy workload led to the elbow problems. Not only did Manuel deny that premise, he did so very strongly. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com has the details: I feel like,…

  16. Play of the Day: an apparently uncatchable infield popup in New York

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeter pop.bmp

    Yankees fans have likely seen this already and gnashed their teeth over it in appropriate measure. Or maybe in disproportionate measure, seeing as though the one run it led to didn’t matter given that the Yankees were shutout. Still, it was a monumentally poor effort for all involved. Ninth inning, nobody out, Alexi Ramirez at…

  17. What fluke? Jose Bautista hitting .364 with AL-high 8 homers

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Last night Jose Bautista homered for the fourth time in four games, giving him a league-leading eight homers on the season despite missing three games due to the birth of his daughter. Bautista, whose monster 2010 was deemed a fluke by nearly everyone because it came at age 29 and after six totally unremarkable seasons,…

  18. Most predictable thing ever: Charlie Sheen bails Lenny Dykstra out of jail

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Thelma and Louise

    Of course this happened: Charlie Sheen paid $22,500 to bail former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny “Nails” Dykstra out of jail, TMZ reported Tuesday. Nails had been jailed for bankruptcy fraud. When he bailed him out, Sheen said some bullsh** about him being a Vatican assassin and him being a warlock or…

  19. Against wife’s wishes, Don Mattingly is keeping his goatee

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Don Mattingly has decided to take the biggest risk of his young managerial career by going against his wife’s wishes and keeping his new goatee. Of course, he told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the goatee will stay only as long as the Dodgers keep winning, so Jonathan Broxton, James Loney, and…

  20. Quote of the Day: new Dodgers’ Monitor Tom Schieffer

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Schieffer

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! was the first one to get comments from Tom Schieffer following his appointment as the “Monitor” of the Dodgers’ organization.  The former ambassador to Japan and Australia was asked about whether he’s up to the challenge of fixing the dysfunctional Dodgers:  “Oh, I’ve had some pretty difficult jobs before. Dealing with…

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