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  1. Mark Prior works back-to-back games as reliever at Single-A

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Sent all the way down to Single-A at age 30 to continue his comeback as a reliever, Mark Prior pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend and threw a pair of scoreless innings. Prior told the Associated Press afterward that his arm “feels fine” and his fastball reportedly averaged 90 miles per hour. He can…

  2. About those glossy free agent brochures …

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Scott Boras famously makes up these big crazy notebooks for his free agent clients, talking up their skills, their marketability and all of that. This past winter we heard about how Carl Crawford’s agent, Brian Peters, made up an iPad presentation (along with a free iPad) for teams interesting in his client’s services.  I always…

  3. Tsuyoshi Nishioka will miss 4-6 weeks with fractured fibula

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka received relatively positive news on his fractured fibula, as doctors determined that he won’t need surgery and could potentially return in 4-6 weeks. It was sad to see Nishioka on the field supporting himself with crutches during the Twins’ home opener ceremonies Friday, particularly since his parents flew in from Japan to be…

  4. Bad news for Joel Zumaya

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    zumaya hurt

    Last week Tigers’ reliever Joel Zumaya was cleared to start a throwing program.  Now it has taken a turn for the ominous: The news about Joel Zumaya turned somber Sunday after the Tigers disclosed he felt pain during Thursday’s rehabilitation at Lakeland, Fla. … The Tigers will hold a conference call today that will include James…

  5. Mets shake up bullpen, add 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Jason Isringhausen convinced the Mets to give him a spring training invite following a tryout in February, looked good enough in camp to factor into their plans at age 38, and then agreed to stay behind in extended spring training while they sorted out other bullpen options. His patience has paid off, as the Mets…

  6. Milton Bradley wears earplugs to block the heckling

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    Will Milton Bradley be playing for the M’s come May? From Saturday: Milton Bradley was jeered by a few fans for the rest of the game after this error and at one point he even complained to the umpires to try and get the fans tossed. Later in the game Milton was seen at the plate…

  7. Derek Jeter ditches new swing after 7-for-34 (.206) start

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    Off to a slow start as he tries to bounce back from the worst season of his career, Derek Jeter has already ditched the “new swing” that made so many headlines throughout spring training. Hitting coach Kevin Long, who worked with Jeter to revamp his approach at the plate, told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that…

  8. Tony La Russa staying with Ryan Franklin as Cardinals’ closer despite three blown saves

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan franklin posing

    Ryan Franklin has blown three saves in four chances this season, allowing a total of four runs in 3.2 innings, but yesterday manager Tony La Russa made it clear that he’s sticking with the 38-year-old right-hander as the Cardinals’ closer: I don’t see anything that’s changed between anybody that’s his competition. … Somebody’s got to…

  9. Comment(s) of the Day: Great Moments in Phillies Fans

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    I engage in a fair amount of Phillies fan baiting — it’s a hoot! — but sometimes I don’t even have to bait them.  Here is some fun stuff from the ATH comments this morning: You mentioned Friday when the Phillies offense could only muster 3 runs saying “that’s what happens when you face a…

  10. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    As you will see, ranking teams based on eight or nine games is kind of a sucker’s game. But let no one say that I am nor a sucker.

  11. There are too many little leaguers in San Francisco

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Little League

    Not long ago we passed along a story about how interest in baseball is down among America’s youth and how little league participation is declining. Not so in San Francisco where Giants-inspired enthusiasm has leagues overflowing and a shortage of coaches and fields: The leagues are struggling to find enough fields for games and practices.…

  12. Marlon Byrd was caught stealing at a rather unfortunate time

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Byrd_Marlon

    The Cubs trailed the Brewers by one run in the ninth inning yesterday and they got their leadoff man — Marlon Byrd — on base.  And then, with a powerful hitter who had already stroked three doubles on the day at the plate, Byrd was … caught stealing. Strange play to say the least. Who…

  13. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Things you missed during the one weekend a year that you try to care about golf before remembering that it is a truly wretched sports.

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

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    David Freese

    High point of my weekend: a double shot of streptococcal pharyngitis in the Calcaterra household kept me from watching the Braves flail helplessly at Cole Hamels.

  15. Red Sox ink Clay Buchholz to four-year contract extension

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had a rough outing on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and five runs before getting yanked in the middle of the fourth inning. That one rough patch hasn’t scared off the well-run Sox. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Buchholz agreed to a four-year contract extension…

  16. Angels place Erick Aybar on DL with oblique strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    The Angels waited a couple of days to see how shortstop Erick Aybar would respond to the oblique strain that he suffered on Wednesday night. Today, they decided not to wait any longer. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels have placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list and recalled reliever…

  17. Ramon Ortiz, 37, signs minor league contract with Cubs

    Apr 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From MLB.com beat writer Carrie Muskat comes word that the Cubs have signed veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Ortiz spent the 2010 season with three different organizations — the Dodgers, Mets and Rays — and finished with a 6.30 ERA over 16 major league appearances…

  18. Clint Barmes plays catch for first time since hand fracture

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    barmes big

    For the first time since fracturing a bone in his left hand in late March, Astros infielder Clint Barmes was able to put on a glove Saturday and play catch. The 32-year-old reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his hand during or after the light workout and still has his sights set on a…

  19. Hanley Ramirez expecting to return to Marlins lineup Tuesday

    Apr 10, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    This tweet comes from the personal account of Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez: Feeling better today. Not in the lineup but hope to be in there Tuesday Ramirez gave fantasy owners around the world a scare on Friday when he had to be carried off the field after a takeout slide at second base. But he…

  20. Zimmerman not in Sunday’s lineup due to abdominal strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman got an on-field visit from a team trainer on Saturday night after taking a rough slide into second base. He stayed in the game and finished out the Nats’ 8-4 loss, but, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, he is not playing on Sunday. The Nationals haven’t yet…

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