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  1. Brian Wilson to be activated Wednesday

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    CSN Bay Area reports that Brian Wilson is likely to be activated when he’s eligible to come of the disabled list on Wednesday. Wilson threw on Sunday and says he feels good. Bruce Bochy was on a San Diego radio show yesterday and said he looked to be on schedule. The Giants will need to make…

  2. Justin Morneau is healthy and hitting well after missing nine months with concussion

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau went just 1-for-10 in the Twins’ opening series against the Blue Jays, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism following his first game action in nine months. Morneau played all three games in his long-delayed comeback from a July concussion, struck out just once, and made three or four loud outs on…

  3. R.A. Dickey and Kevin Slowey are going to climb Kilimanjaro

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Kilimanjaro

    This is one of those deals in which the headline pretty much says it all: Dickey, a Twins reliever in 2009 who now is a top starting pitcher for the Mets, is organizing a group that will set off from Africa in January to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Slowey…

  4. Matt Holliday hoping to avoid disabled list after appendectomy

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Matt Holliday spoke to reporters yesterday for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy last week and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “it was quite clear that he’s not in any shape to be doing anything athletic right now.” Holliday has been shut down from all physical activity for at least five days,…

  5. HBT Daily: Three big injuries. Or are they?

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    In which Tiffany has occasion to ask me how old I am. In hindsight I should have said that I was old enough to be her, well, maybe not her father, but probably her uncle. Which is utterly depressing, but there you are.

  6. Ron Washington still doesn’t know how to leverage Neftali Feliz in non-save situations

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    I saw the “Feliz won’t be saved for saves” headline on ESPNDallas.com and thought maybe Rangers manager Ron Washington had finally figured out how to get value out of closer Neftali Feliz in non-save situations after repeatedly leaving him in the bullpen in key non-save moments throughout the playoffs. Turns out, it’s just more of…

  7. Holy schnikes! Jack Wilson made a heck of a play last night

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    wilson_jack

    At this point I’ll offer my usual “man, I wish MLB.com let you embed their videos because it would be awesome to have this circulated to people who think baseball is boring” rant. There, with that out of the way, check out the play Jack Wilson made in last night’s Ms-Rangers game. It’s a double…

  8. Erik Bedard gets mixed reviews for first start since mid-2009

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    After missing the second half of 2009 and all of 2010 following shoulder surgery Erik Bedard returned to the mound last night against the Rangers and took a loss, allowing five runs in five innings. Bedard served up homers to Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus, but two of the runs were unearned thanks to an…

  9. Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens talk about the thrown bat

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza were in Las Vegas for a celebrity golf tournament the other day and they did some radio together. Of course, the topic turned to the bat incident from the 2000 World Series.  I’d like to say something super interesting happened during the interview, but not really. Here’s Piazza: I saw…

  10. Mat Latos “looked sharp” in 70-pitch simulated game Monday

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    Mat Latos is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the right-hander “looked sharp” during a 70-pitch bullpen session yesterday and will be reevaluated by the Padres today. Latos is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but manager Bud Black was…

  11. Did they mess with the balls this year?

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rawlings baseball

    You and I are men of action. Simplistic projections based on small sample sizes do not become us. So please, while there have been a lot of home runs hit in the season’s first five days, let’s not play the “on pace” game. Not yet anyhow. But we can listen to the anecdotes, can’t we?…

  12. MLB tweaks the humidor procedure at Coors Field

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Coors Field

    Last year there were rumblings — primarily from the Giants, but from others as well — that the Rockies were messing with the baseballs from the humidor at Coors Field, giving their pitchers the deader ones and the opposing pitchers the good old, high-flying dried out balls. Baseball now has a new policy, explained by…

  13. Nelson Cruz ties a record

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    I noted in ATH that Nelson Cruz had homered in four straight games to open the season, but I wasn’t aware that this was a record. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, only two others have done that before: Willie Mays in 1971 and Mark McGwire in 1998. Cruz faces Mariners’ rookie…

  14. Quote of the Day: Steve Phillips on steroids

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    STEVE PHILLIPS

    Sirius/XM radio has what seems to be part of some continuing employment plan for former GMs, and the latest enrollee is former Mets’ GM Steve Phillips. Yes, the man who was fired from the Mets for poor performance, fired from ESPN for shtupping the help and who sat on the deck of AOL FanHouse as…

  15. The McCourts may settle soon. And then Frank would have to deal with Bud Selig

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt may settle soon. That’s the good news. The bad news — or, at the very least, the uncertain news — is that the settlement may once again involve a scenario in which part of the payoff to Jamie comes in exchange for Frank…

  16. Carlos Pena day-to-day with sprained thumb

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Carlos Pena exited this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks due to a mild sprain of his right thumb, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com. Pena was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning after injuring the thumb while trying to catch a throw from Starlin Castro in the top half of…

  17. UPDATE: Judge in Bonds trial calls newly-discovered tape “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant”

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    UPDATE:  Judge Susan Illston said in court today that the tape prosecutors claim will rebut the damaging (to the prosecution) testimony of Dr. Arthur Ting is “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” She added that the contents of the tape “were not very substantive,” and that “almost all of this is people’s comments being driven by what is…

  18. Kyle Kendrick had his World Series ring stolen

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    According to Jennifer Sullivan of the Seattle Times, burglars broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s home in Washington state late last month and stole several personal items, including his 2008 World Series ring. Here’s part of the report from the Times: Detectives believe thieves spent several hours inside the home on Beaver Pond Drive South, because of…

  19. Pedro Feliciano vows revenge against Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen

    Apr 4, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    feliciano throws

    Remember Brian Cashman’s silly comments on Saturday about Pedro Feliciano being “abused” during his time with the Mets? They were quickly answered by Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who said something to the effect of, “duh, obviously.” Well, Feliciano spoke with Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York earlier today and told him that he didn’t appreciate…

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