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  1. Judge to Roger Clemens: zip it

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Well, I haven’t seen the order from the judge, but I assume that, seeing it was going to Clemens, it had to contain short, easily readable words. “Zip it” seems to fit the bill: A federal judge is not happy that baseball’s Roger Clemens talked to the media about his upcoming perjury trial. U.S. District…

  2. Brandon Webb threw batting practice today and “it went bad”

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb‘s ongoing recovery from 2009 shoulder surgery hit another potential roadblock today, as the former Cy Young winner threw 70 pitches of batting practice and said afterward that “it went bad”: I was pretty wild. I felt fine, but I was just all over the place. It wasn’t like my last pen. After my…

  3. Once again, Boston and New York have the highest priced beer in baseball

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    generic beer

    Each year the company Team Marketing Report puts out a list of who has the highest ticket prices, lowest ticket prices, hot dogs, parking, beers, etc.  It’s pretty much what you’d expect: stuff in big cities with big crowds is higher than it is here in the hinterlands.  You can check it all out here.…

  4. Cubs’ announced attendance at Wrigley Field under 27,000 for first time since 2002

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    wrigley-field-cubs

    The announced attendance at Wrigley Field this afternoon is 26,292, which according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is the first time the Cubs have been under 27,000 since 2002. Worse yet, even that modest total is misleadingly good in terms of actual fans in the seats, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that…

  5. How the teams got their names

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Old baseball team

    There’s not a heck of a lot happening this afternoon — that is, unless you (a) have MLB.TV; and (b) are a masochist. If so, you can listen to Chip Caray call the Braves-Brewers game.  At least until you realize that you can just switch to the audio feed and listen to Bob Uecker, which…

  6. AL out-spends NL by $10 million per team, AL East out-spends other divisions by wide margin

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    I wrote earlier about the Yankees having MLB’s highest payroll at $202 million, but I decided to crunch a few more numbers using USA Today‘s excellent salary database and break spending down by league and division. American League teams have an average Opening Day payroll of $97.7 million, compared to $88.6 million for National League…

  7. Scott Kazmir is toast

    Apr 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Kazmir_Scott

    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…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    stack of money

    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…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    corey-hart-brewers

    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…

  10. 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

  11. Is Dodger Stadium truly dangerous?

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    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?…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    casey-blake-dodgers-spring

    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…

  13. 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

    Matt Holliday

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    peavy white sox

    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…

  17. 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…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    joe-nathan-first-save-of-2011

    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…

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Help Button

    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…

  20. 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…

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