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  1. Scott Kazmir is toast

    Apr 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

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    CBS’ Danny Knobler spoke with a scout who said this about Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir, who gave up five runs in an inning and a third over the weekend: “Terrible. No velocity. No command. No nothing” Quit beatin’ around the bush, man, tell me: how’s he doing? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen…

  2. Yankees lead Opening Day payrolls at $202 million, followed by Phillies and Red Sox

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

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    USA Today has compiled the Opening Day payrolls for all 30 teams and to the surprise of no one the Yankees lead the way by a wide margin, as their $202 million payroll is $30 million higher than the second-ranked Phillies and $40 million more than the next-closest AL team, the Red Sox. Those three…

  3. Corey Hart has no timetable for return from strained oblique

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Ron Roenicke told reporters this morning that there’s no timetable for Corey Hart‘s return from a strained oblique muscle and the right fielder isn’t healthy enough to begin a minor-league rehab assignment: We’re still trying to push things and get him to 100 percent. He still feels that if he does throw, there’s going to…

  4. HBT Daily: Assessing the struggling teams

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    In keeping with this morning’s “panic button” post, Tiffany Simons and I discuss the early-season plight of the Red Sox, Rays and Giants

  5. Is Dodger Stadium truly dangerous?

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The incident at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day has led to a lot of discussion about fan safety, but for some people who are familiar with Dodger Stadium, this is not a new problem. Here’s freelancer Paul Oberjuerge: Aside from what appears to be the seriousness of the victim’s injuries, what is new about this?…

  6. Casey Blake hoping to come off the disabled list Thursday

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Casey Blake has been trying to talk the Dodgers into activating him from the disabled list once he becomes eligible to return Thursday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Initially the plan was for Blake to rejoin the lineup Saturday or Sunday, but he told Gurnick that he already feels “good enough to compete” and…

  7. Matt Holliday’s status still up in the air, which gives me an excuse to talk about ESPN’s new broadcast team

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    There has yet to be a decision by the Cardinals as to whether they will put Matt Holliday on the disabled list in the wake of his appendectomy. He was reported to be feeling better yesterday, so the Cards are taking a wait-and-see approach and, in the meantime, going with a 24-man roster, effectively. ESPN’s…

  8. Jeff Suppan returns to Royals on a minor league contract

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jeff Suppan

    Released by the Giants near the end of spring training Jeff Suppan has found a new home with the Royals, signing a minor-league contract today. Suppan pitched for Kansas City from 1998 to 2002, going from journeyman to consistent 200-inning starter during that time, and also knows current Royals manager Ned Yost from their days…

  9. Los Angeles, San Francisco city leaders condemn ballpark violence

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    There was a time from the late 60s through to about the mid-80s when going to the ballpark was an unpleasant and, at times, dangerous experience. Alcohol flowed too freely, security was lax and ticket prices were cheap enough to where people who weren’t particularly invested in baseball games for baseball games’ sake didn’t think…

  10. Jake Peavy scheduled to make Double-A rehab start Friday

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jake Peavy began this year on the disabled list following setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery, but the rehabbing former Cy Young winner threw a 59-pitch simulated game yesterday and is now scheduled to start an actual game Friday at Double-A. Scott Merkin of MLB.com notes that Peavy said previously he’d want to throw…

  11. Edgar Martinez had a bad weekend

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Edgar Martinez

    Well, I’m sure he’s fine, but he watched as two of his marks were surpassed on Saturday. First, David Ortiz set the major league record for RBIs by a designated hitter, passing Martinez’s mark of 1,003. Then, later that night, Ichiro Suzuki broke Edgar Martinez’s franchise record for career hits, notching his 2,248th hit in a Mariners uniform. Both were…

  12. Joe Nathan gets shaky save in first appearance since 2009

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joe Nathan successfully converted a two-run save yesterday in his first appearance since 2009, but his return from Tommy John elbow surgery wasn’t pretty. He threw just 15 of 31 pitches for strikes and allowed a run on two hits and two walks, with his first out coming on a long fly ball from Blue…

  13. The Panic Index: The Red Sox, Giants, Rays and Brewers

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Panic on the streets of Boston … St. Pete, Frisco and Milwaukee … OK, fine, so the Smiths sang about panic better than I can, but the “oh noes!” quotient is pretty high among some fans this morning. Fans who, it seems, forgot that baseball is not football and three or four games don’t really…

  14. How ’bout them rookie Royals?

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tim Collins

    We’re going to have a lot of Small Sample Size Theater this week. Stuff we observe during the season’s infancy that, while unsustainable and probably meaningless in the grand scheme of things, is fun to observe all the same.  One of the first things that fit this bill in 2011 is the Royals’ relievers, particularly…

  15. Bonds case update: the prosecution will rest today

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    Today will be the last day of the prosecution’s case-in-chief in the Barry Bonds trial, as they finish with Don Catlin, the anti-doping expert, and have the grand jury testimony read to the jury. The defense will then start their case, either today or tomorrow, but it will be a shorter deal than the prosecution’s.…

  16. Phil Hughes looks for answers as he struggles with his velocity

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Yankees' Hughes reacts as he walks back to the dugout  during fourth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tigers in New York

    As I noted in ATH this morning, people were talking during yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game that Phil Hughes‘ velocity was way down. The last time this was mentioned, during spring training, some dismissed the idea as a function of uncalibrated Juggs guns or, even if the observations were accurate, as something not worth worrying about.  It…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Stuff you missed while you willingly ignored the sample size problem while declaring that the NCAA tournament is, like, totally the best thing ever.

  18. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Matt Treanor

    Royals 12, Angels 9 (13 innings): Fernando Rodney blew the save in the bottom of the ninth by allowing two runs. More inexcusable than the runs, however, is that he walked Jeff Francoeur in the process. Actually, he walked the bases loaded before Wilson Betemit doubled in the tying runs. Angels pitchers walked ten Royals…

  19. David Price open to extension with Rays ‘if it’s realistic’

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

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    A big part of the Tampa Bay Rays’ strategy to compete with the big-market bullies in the AL East is to sign their young, talented players to long-term deals, giving those players some long-term security while buying out their arbitration-eligible years and ideally a year or two of free agency as well. It worked with…

  20. Aardsma on track after “lights out” bullpen session

    Apr 3, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Mariners closer David Aardsma underwent surgery on his hip in late winter and barely got off his crutches during spring training, but he’s made significant progress in the past couple of weeks and appears likely to reach his goal of returning sometime in late April. Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle reports that…

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