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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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:…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    don-mattingly-dodgers

    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…

  9. 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…

  10. Giants “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    schierholtz_nate

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Giants are “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available.” Crasnick writes that Schierholtz “could be the odd man out” once Andres Torres returns from the disabled list and the Giants’ outfield situation will get even more crowded once they deem Brandon Belt ready to return from a demotion…

  11. Jonathan Papelbon is “Cinco Ocho?”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    I’ve written on a number of occasions that no one really knows anyone; at least not that well.  The idea is that there is often more than meets the eye when it comes to people who we know primarily via their athletic exploits. They have entire lives away from the field, and we only see…

  12. Carl Everett arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Carl Everett

    Retired outfielder Carl Everett is in big trouble: he was arrested last night on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.  The details, according to the police report, are that he pointed a gun at his wife’s head and then broke two cell phones when she attempted to call 9-1-1. Yikes.…

  13. Gabe Gross retires

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Gabe Gross

    Gabe Gross didn’t have the most memorable major league career — I think I wrote his name as “Greg Gross” approximately 75% of the time I had occasion to refer to him — but he managed to hang around for seven years in the majors. And as I mentioned in my review for “Time in…

  14. That’s just Manny bein’ a high schooler

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There’s a neat feature by Sara Rimer over at the New York Times today: an in-depth remembrance of Manny Ramirez as Rimer first saw him: as a baseball-killing high schooler from Washington Heights. Rimer goes on to explore the essence of MbM, for all of its good and all of its ills.  And as is…

  15. The Dodgers’ pending deal with FOX is not worth $3 billion

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    When Major League Baseball moved to take over the Dodgers last week, Frank McCourt’s new attack dog Steve Soboroff claimed that McCourt was being done dirty. He claimed that MLB was holding McCourt’s ATM card and not letting him take advantage of the $3 billion TV rights offer FOX had made him. An offer that…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:57 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    I, for one, welcome our new Jered Weaver overlords.

  17. Chipper Jones becomes 52nd player to reach 500 doubles

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:18 AM EDT

    Braves batter Jones hits a double scoring three runs off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Lee in their home opening MLB baseball game in Atlanta

    Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones added another milestone to his collection Monday night, collecting his 500th career double in the 12th inning against the Padres. It was his seventh double in 23 games this season. Jones, who earlier this month reached 1,500 RBI for his career, is the fourth switch-hitter to reach 500 doubles,…

  18. Kendrys Morales hits another plateau in rehab

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

    Morales_Kendry

    While Kendrys Morales resumed running about two weeks ago, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times earlier today that he isn’t any closer to a minor league rehab assignment. “His progress has been slow,” Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. “He’s having problems getting…

  19. Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 22 games

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Andre Ethier extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games with a single in his first at-bat tonight against the Marlins, which matches his former manager Joe Torre for the longest hitting streak ever in April. Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games back in 1971 as a member of the Cardinals. It was the…

  20. Minor league home run leaders: Arizona’s Goldschmidt leads the way

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Here’s a list of everyone in the minor leagues with at least five homers headed into Monday’s action: 9 – Paul Goldschmidt (AA D’backs) – .345/.473/.845 8 – Jorge Vazquez (AAA Yankees) – .348/.361/.710 7 – Jaff Decker (AA Padres) – .359/.481/.859 7 – Ian Gac (A+ White Sox) – .300/.368/.700 7 – Kody Hinze…

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