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  1. Mike Stanton aiming to rejoin Marlins’ lineup Friday

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Mike Stanton hasn’t played since Opening Day because of a hamstring injury, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that there are no plans to place him on the disabled list and Stanton is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday. In the meantime he’ll be available to pinch-hit, although if the…

  2. Cubs’ Andrew Cashner pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Potentially bad news from Wrigley Field: Cubs’ starter Andrew Cashner was pulled from today’s game against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right shoulder. He had thrown 72 pitches in five and a third innings at the time, and had allowed two hits, one of which was a homer. The game is still going on…

  3. Jose Bautista leaves Blue Jays for “personal family matter”

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays’ lineup tonight against the A’s and has left the team due to a “personal family matter,” according to John Lott of the National Post. He’s expected to miss the entire three-game series versus Oakland and for now Juan Rivera is taking his place in right field with…

  4. Early season TV ratings are booming

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

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    SportsBusiness Daily reports that multiple teams have seen increased ratings in the early going, as have the national networks who broadcast games: The Orioles’ four-game average in Baltimore has pulled in a 7.8 rating and 79,000 HHs. The team last season averaged a 3.4 rating in Baltimore … Meanwhile, WPHL-MYT’s broadcast of Friday’s Astros-Phillies game “set…

  5. Scott Downs throws simulated game, may return next week

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Downs_Scott

    Out since mid-March with a broken toe, Scott Downs threw a 15-pitch simulated game this afternoon and reported no problems. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that Downs also participated in some fielding drills and could be close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, with an eye toward joining the Angels’ bullpen at…

  6. Judge in Bonds case excludes newly discovered tape recording, prosecution rests

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    When she first considered the matter yesterday, Judge Susan Ilston strongly suggested that the newly-discovered tape recording of Dr. Arthur Ting and Steven Hoskins, allegedly discussing Barry Bonds’ steroids use, would not be admitted. Indeed, she characterized the tape as ”almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Judge Ilston has…

  7. We have a late “best shape of his life entry”

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal: In Gavin Floyd‘s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season. During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish…

  8. Juan Miranda, not Russell Branyan, to “get most of the starts” at first base in Arizona

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    One of Kevin Towers’ first moves as Diamondbacks general manager was to trade for Juan Miranda, who’d been stuck behind Mark Teixeira in the Yankees’ farm system despite consistently solid production at Triple-A. I liked the pickup at the time, seeing Miranda as a potentially useful platoon first baseman capable of putting up some nice…

  9. Derek Jeter needs his beauty rest, has lots of money

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    As only they can, “Page Six” in the New York Post reports that Derek Jeter has rented a $15,000-per-month apartment in the same Trump World Tower where he already owns a $20 million apartment because “a neighbor’s noisy construction was hampering the star shortstop’s crucial rest.” Rich people buying really expensive luxury items is hardly…

  10. For the last damn time: the Tampa Bay Rays are not going to be contracted

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    In Forbes, Mike Ozanian writes about how a “groundswell is building” to contract the Tampa Bay Rays. Read it if you want, but it’s a load of horse hockey. The arguments are not new. The counterarguments — which I offered here, here and here in the last month and which Maury Brown sharply offers again…

  11. Chase Utley could begin jogging “in the next couple days”

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. provided an update on the status of Chase Utley‘s knee injury, telling Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the second baseman could be cleared to begin jogging “in the next couple of days.” According to Amaro his return “could happen fast” once Utley is running without problems, but so far he’s…

  12. Brian Wilson to be activated Wednesday

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    CSN Bay Area reports that Brian Wilson is likely to be activated when he’s eligible to come of the disabled list on Wednesday. Wilson threw on Sunday and says he feels good. Bruce Bochy was on a San Diego radio show yesterday and said he looked to be on schedule. The Giants will need to make…

  13. Justin Morneau is healthy and hitting well after missing nine months with concussion

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau went just 1-for-10 in the Twins’ opening series against the Blue Jays, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism following his first game action in nine months. Morneau played all three games in his long-delayed comeback from a July concussion, struck out just once, and made three or four loud outs on…

  14. R.A. Dickey and Kevin Slowey are going to climb Kilimanjaro

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Kilimanjaro

    This is one of those deals in which the headline pretty much says it all: Dickey, a Twins reliever in 2009 who now is a top starting pitcher for the Mets, is organizing a group that will set off from Africa in January to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Slowey…

  15. Matt Holliday hoping to avoid disabled list after appendectomy

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Matt Holliday spoke to reporters yesterday for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy last week and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “it was quite clear that he’s not in any shape to be doing anything athletic right now.” Holliday has been shut down from all physical activity for at least five days,…

  16. HBT Daily: Three big injuries. Or are they?

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    In which Tiffany has occasion to ask me how old I am. In hindsight I should have said that I was old enough to be her, well, maybe not her father, but probably her uncle. Which is utterly depressing, but there you are.

  17. Ron Washington still doesn’t know how to leverage Neftali Feliz in non-save situations

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    I saw the “Feliz won’t be saved for saves” headline on ESPNDallas.com and thought maybe Rangers manager Ron Washington had finally figured out how to get value out of closer Neftali Feliz in non-save situations after repeatedly leaving him in the bullpen in key non-save moments throughout the playoffs. Turns out, it’s just more of…

  18. Holy schnikes! Jack Wilson made a heck of a play last night

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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    At this point I’ll offer my usual “man, I wish MLB.com let you embed their videos because it would be awesome to have this circulated to people who think baseball is boring” rant. There, with that out of the way, check out the play Jack Wilson made in last night’s Ms-Rangers game. It’s a double…

  19. Erik Bedard gets mixed reviews for first start since mid-2009

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    After missing the second half of 2009 and all of 2010 following shoulder surgery Erik Bedard returned to the mound last night against the Rangers and took a loss, allowing five runs in five innings. Bedard served up homers to Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus, but two of the runs were unearned thanks to an…

  20. Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens talk about the thrown bat

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza were in Las Vegas for a celebrity golf tournament the other day and they did some radio together. Of course, the topic turned to the bat incident from the 2000 World Series.  I’d like to say something super interesting happened during the interview, but not really. Here’s Piazza: I saw…

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