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

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    An explosion of runs in Boston and an amazing comeback in Seattle. I’d like to think that my guest spot on 950 KJR in Seattle last night contributed to the comeback. Because I exude winning.

  2. Adam Dunn may be sidelined until the weekend

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn continues to take batting practice following his emergency appendectomy, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com hears that it’s increasingly possible that he’ll be sidelined until the weekend. “Yeah, when he tells me he’s ready to go, I am going to give him an extra day,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He talked to…

  3. Jack Wilson is out of Eric Wedge’s doghouse

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

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    Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Jack Wilson have apparently put their differences behind them. Wedge didn’t hide his frustration after Wilson pulled himself from a game last Wednesday against the Rangers. He called Wilson’s decision “unspeakable,” among other things, and held him out of the lineup over the weekend. However, following a conversation yesterday, Wedge…

  4. Manny Ramirez spoke with Joe Maddon on Friday

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times earlier today that Manny Ramirez called him following his shocking retirement announcement Friday afternoon. “He expressed disappointment in himself to me,” Maddon said, “but also had really high praise for us as an organization, as a group, so I felt pretty good about that.” Asked if…

  5. UPDATE: Rajai Davis placed on disabled list with ankle injury

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Blue Jays just announced that Davis has been placed on the disabled list. Mike McCoy will take his place on the roster, effective tomorrow. 7:00 PM: Rajai Davis, who had a huge spring for the Blue Jays before injuring his ankle on April 1, is expected to miss at least the next couple…

  6. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy returns from DL

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Brewers on Monday reinstated catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the disabled list and designated outfielder Jeremy Reed for assignment. Lucroy took over as the Brewers’ starting catcher after Gregg Zaun got hurt last season and hit .253/.300/.329 with four homers in 277 at-bats.   He missed the entire exhibition season and the first week and the…

  7. Rich Harden has throwing program shut down again

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Rich Harden was slated to throw to hitters Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list, but the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reports that he had to be shut down again because of his strained lat muscle. The 29-year-old Harden hasn’t been able to shake the ailment that took him off the mound just…

  8. There’s “growing suspicion” the Mets will clean house this season

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman reports in his latest column that “there’s growing suspicion” that the Mets will try trade Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez if they are not contending midseason. I don’t know what constitutes “growing suspicion,” but given the problems with the pitching staff, I think the “not contending” part of that equation is going to…

  9. Trevor Cahill agrees to long-term contract extension with A’s

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    Trevor Cahill and the A’s were said to be on the verge of a long-term contract extension last week and today the two sides made everything official, announcing a deal that’s essentially identical to the extension Clay Buchholz just signed with the Red Sox. Cahill, like Buchholz, would have been arbitration eligible for the first…

  10. The return of baseball to Japan is not being met with unequivocal joy

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Baseball is resuming in Japan, delayed a few weeks by the earthquake and tsunami. Everyone in a position of authority is noting how baseball coming back will restore a sense of normalcy to life.  But as Robert Whiting — the author of the fabulous book about baseball in Japan, You Gotta Have Wa — notes,…

  11. Magglio Ordonez out indefinitely with Achilles’ tendon injury

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Magglio Ordonez returned to the Tigers’ lineup and started in right field today and sitting out Sunday’s game … and lasted just seven innings before leaving with what the team is calling an Achilles’ tendon injury. Presumably today’s Achilles’ tendon problem is related to the broken ankle that caused him to miss the final 65…

  12. An Irish wake for Manny Ramirez

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    I’m probably in the distinct minority of people who are kind of bummed that Manny Ramirez‘s career is over. I mean, yes, I can agree that his time was up whether he was getting suspended or not. I can see now that my preseason optimism about his stint with the Rays was misguided.  Whatever the…

  13. Why did Manny Ramirez retire instead of serve suspension?

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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    We covered Manny Ramirez‘s retirement from all angles here Friday, but I had one lingering question about the whole situation: Why did Ramirez retire rather than simply serve his impending 100-game suspension? After all, if he served the suspension Ramirez could have conceivably returned to the Rays’ lineup in August and September. And even if…

  14. Kettmann: Bonds will eventually make the Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    My view: no matter what happens with the perjury trial — and the jury is still deliberating, by the way — Barry Bonds should still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Sure, we can disagree about Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmiero’s worthiness or unworthiness, but Bonds is so far over the line that no one…

  15. Alexi Ogando throws seven shutout innings, exits with blister

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Alexi Ogando‘s transition from reliever to starter has gone brilliantly, as he shut out the Tigers for seven innings this afternoon to give him 13 scoreless innings in two starts. Unfortunately, he also left this afternoon’s start “because of fluid under a callous on his index finger,” according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. Ogando pitched…

  16. Ryan Zimmerman headed to disabled list with abdominal strain

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Ryan Zimmerman suffered an abdominal strain while sliding into second base Saturday and finished the game, but he sat out yesterday’s win over the Mets and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that he’ll be placed on the disabled list tomorrow following the Nationals’ off day. Zimmerman missed part of spring training with a groin…

  17. Update to the Pittsburgh police beating/tazing

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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    In the wake of that video we posted earlier of the guy getting beaten and the tazed by police at PNC Park in Saturday — posted again below for your convenience — the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (via Big League Stew) has tracked down the police report and has comments from the Pittsburgh Police Department: “We both feared…

  18. Jose Canseco is a manager now. And Ozzie is his bench coach.

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    I have total faith that this will work out just fine and will last the entire season. Because I am an insane person: The Yuma Scorpions announced today that Jose Canseco has been named as the Manager of the minor league baseball team for this coming season in the North American League.  He will also play…

  19. Details of Clay Buchholz’s contract extension with Red Sox

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has the year-by-year breakdown of Clay Buchholz‘s new contract extension with the Red Sox: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012 – $3.5 million 2013 – $5.5 million 2014 – $7.7 million 2015 – $12 million 2016 – $13 million team option or $245,000 buyout 2017 – $13.5 million team option…

  20. Is the Hall of Fame a victim of silly idealism?

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Tom Boswell of the Washington Post was asked about the Hall of Fame cases for baseball’s black sheep in a Q&A today: Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez.  His answer says an awful lot about why the Hall of Fame discussion has gotten so rancorous and complicated in recent years:…

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