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  1. Jason Heyward: MLB’s best No. 6 hitter

    Mar 31, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Braves' Heyward hits a home run against the Nationals during the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    For the second straight Opening Day, Jason Heyward homered in his first at-bat Thursday, drilling a Livan Hernandez offering barely over the wall in right field in the second inning. As it turned out, it was the Braves’ second and final run of the day.  Heyward received just two more plate appearances, walking in one…

  2. Indians’ Trevor Crowe out four months after surgery

    Mar 31, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    Trevor Crowe, who spent much of last year as the Indians’ center fielder, underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least four months. The switch-hitting Crowe batted .251/.302/.333 with 20 steals in 442 at-bats for the Indians last season.  He’s hit .246/.295/.333 with three homers and 53 RBI in 625 at-bats…

  3. Update: Barry Zito sent for MRI on neck after car accident

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Update: Zito was experiencing soreness in his neck and upper body as a result of the accident and was scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday morning, Giants spokesman Jim Moorehead said. /// Barry Zito was taken to the hospital and later released after sustaining injuries in a two-car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday…

  4. Unsigned Jermaine Dye opts for retirement

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Jermaine Dye

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said he talked to Jermaine Dye today and that the 37-year-old has chosen to retire after sitting out the 2010 season. Dye had a terrific first half in 2009, but after fading all of the way to .179 after the All-Star break, he failed to attract much interest as a free agent…

  5. HBT Opening Day Live Chat

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Yankee Baseball

    Aaron and I are live chatting the Tigers vs. the Yankees! Come on in to join the fun! And the snark! And the complaining about the weather!

  6. HBT Extra: Three potential breakout stars for 2011

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I blatantly rip off Aaron Gleeman’s previews of potential breakout stars for 2011 and set it to video. See you in court, Aaron!

  7. The Red Sox want to serve more liquor in Fenway. What could possibly go wrong?

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Fenway

    As a rule, I’m pro-liquor. But then again, I don’t have to police 40,000 Red Sox fanatics 81 nights a year, so this may be a big fight: As the Boston Red Sox prepare for their April 8 home opener at Fenway Park, the team is moving to expand the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages…

  8. Rays and Wade Davis agree to long-term contract worth up to $35.1 million

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Wade Davis is entering his second full season in the majors and wouldn’t have been arbitration eligible until 2013, but today the Rays announced that they’ve signed the 25-year-old right-hander to a long-term contract extension worth up to $35.1 million. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times the contract is worth at least…

  9. Justin Morneau will be in the Twins’ Opening Day lineup

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    After spending eight months on the sidelines following a concussion last July the Twins have their cleanup hitter back, as manager Ron Gardenhire announced today that Justin Morneau will be in the Opening Day lineup when Minnesota kicks off the season in Toronto tomorrow night. Gardenhire told reporters that he plans to give Morneau frequent…

  10. Your kids aren’t playing baseball

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Little League

    In this morning’s invocation I said that people will, come August, start slagging on baseball.  Well, some aren’t waiting. The Wall Street Journal sounds an alarm today about how kids just aren’t playing the game anymore: As for Little League, which covers kids aged 4 to 18, about two million kids played in the U.S.…

  11. Mariners “still have no timetable” for David Aardsma’s return

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma reported no problems following a bullpen session earlier this week, but manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that the Mariners “still have no timetable” for the closer’s return from hip surgery. Wedge told Quinn Roberts of MLB.com that “the physical side is good, but he is still getting built up.” Immediately after the surgery…

  12. Obama will not be at Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Obama First Pitch

    In case you care about such things: The White House and the Washington Nationals say President Barack Obama is skipping the season opener, despite a standing invitation for the first fan to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. What is there, a war on? Oh, yeah. Well, I suppose there is. Look, I’m going to level…

  13. Yankees assign 29-year-old Mark Prior to Single-A

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior allowed just one run while striking out 11 batters in 7.2 innings this spring, but his comeback will have to continue in the low minors after the Yankees assigned him to Single-A yesterday. Prior’s minor-league contract with the Yankees includes an opt-out clause that would allow him to become a free agent if…

  14. We will be doing a live chat for the Tigers-Yankees game

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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    I just spoke with PFT’s Gregg Rosenthal, who lives in New York. I can’t use the word that he used to describe the weather in New York right now, but let’s just say that it rhymed with “kitty” and was a close synonym for “poopy.” Still, no matter how bad it is, I have this…

  15. Bonds Trial Update: A very yawny Wednesday

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    It was a great day at the Barry Bonds trial if you’re into chain-of-custody testimony and talk about urinalysis.  I think that covers approximately 0.0045% of the population, and that’s a generous estimate. There are, like, three dudes, however, who love both topics so yesterday was like Christmas for them. The day started with ballplayers at…

  16. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Based on my thoughts about Opening Day, you may not be surprised to learn that, like the hyped-up spectacle of Opening Day, I am less than enamored with other kinds of empty hype too.  Something that is usually empty hype: Power Rankings. Indeed, any team’s peak power — at least before the playoffs start —…

  17. Looking ahead to Opening Day’s six — what, only six? — games

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Opening Day flag

    Today is the day that everyone learns a little something about their employer. Like, whether he is so unreasonable as to not allow you to blow the day off to watch ballgames. Or, at the very least, if he’s so uptight that he won’t allow you download MLB.tv on the company machine — using the…

  18. Thoughts on Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Flag baseball

    It’s Opening Day. And as I do most Opening Days, I awake this morning struggling to place it in its proper perspective. On the one hand, it’s a time for celebration and jubilation. After a long cold winter, our passion is back. And as so many have before us, we’re tempted to render it into…

  19. Andrew Bailey placed on disabled list with forearm strain

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

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    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his forearm back in mid-March and hasn’t been able to get back to full strength in time for Opening Day. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday evening, according to the A’s official Twitter feed, and is likely to miss the…

  20. Giants name Brandon Belt starting first baseman

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Here’s some big (but somewhat expected) news out of San Francisco… According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have informed top prospect Brandon Belt that he will open the year as the club’s starting first baseman. Aubrey Huff is going to move out to right field for the time being…

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