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  1. Jurrjens stays on track with successful simulated game

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    The Braves placed right-hander Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique. On Wednesday, he made his first big step toward what looks to be a mid-April return. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jurrjens tossed a four-inning simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Triple-A Gwinnett, firing a…

  2. Brian Wilson talks oblique strain recovery and the “chaos” planned for Giants’ opener on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Since videos of Giants closer Brian Wilson are all the rage these days and because we aim to please, here is a pre-game chat with the fiery right-hander that our friends at CSN Bay Area put together. Wilson talks about his recovery from a late-spring oblique injury, the Giants’ start thus far, staff ace Tim…

  3. Jack Wilson pulled from game due to defensive issues

    Apr 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Jack Wilson

    The Mariners decided before the start of the regular season to move Jack Wilson over to second base in order to open the shortstop position for the younger and more defensively capable Brendan Ryan. Wilson should be fine at the new spot eventually, but he had quite a bit of trouble during Wednesday’s loss to…

  4. Mark Cuban pays a visit to the HBT comments section

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    The other day Mark Cuban put up a lengthy post over at his blog about his views on the media and their access to the locker room.  It’s here. This morning I wrote a lengthy post responding to it in which I, as I am wont to do, went on about my view of the…

  5. Why political bloggers should stick to politics

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    spock

    I read a lot of political blogs and think a lot of political thoughts. And despite the fact that I often pretend to be a flaming commie, I’m actually a fairly middle-of-the-road guy. I mean, I lean left on many things and I’m pretty far left on a lot of social issues, but I have…

  6. Bummer: Harmon Killebrew won’t be throwing out the first pitch in Minnesota on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Killebrew

    There was word earlier this week that Harmon Killebrew — who has been battling esophageal cancer — was going to throw the first pitch out at the Twins’ home opener on Friday. Now it seems that he won’t make it due because he doesn’t want to interrupt his treatment schedule. Tony Oliva will do the honors…

  7. Rafael Soriano apologized for skipping out on media last night

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Soriano_Rafael

    Rafael Soriano drew the ire of Yankees beat writers last night after he left the clubhouse without talking to them about his poor outing against the Twins, with several media members taking him to task publicly. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com tweeted that Soriano apologized to reporters this afternoon: Soriano apologizes for not speaking to media.…

  8. Jeremy Guthrie released from hospital after being treated for pneumonia

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Jeremy Guthrie won’t be making his scheduled start tonight against the Tigers, but the Orioles right-hander has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for pneumonia. Guthrie actually broke the news himself via Twitter: I’m free! On my way out of hospital & on the road to recovery. Special thanx to the nurses, doctors…

  9. A’s should bail on Kouzmanoff, start LaRoche

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Now even his glove is letting him down: Kevin Kouzmanoff committed his fourth error in four games Tuesday, eclipsing his total from 2009 when he set a record for fielding percentage by a third baseman with three errors in 311 chances. But while that’s probably a fluke, Kouzmanoff’s atrocious hitting likely isn’t.  He’s opened this…

  10. Nevermind: Dallas Braden is starting tonight, as scheduled

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden 2

    UPDATE: I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but apparently Braden is just fine and will start as scheduled tonight. This morning Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: I’ve just had it confirmed: Tyson Ross will come up to start tonight in place of Dallas Braden. And now she writes: For the record,…

  11. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has until June

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Saltalamacchia_Jarrod

    One of the things I’ve been watching in the early going is who the scapegoat will be in Boston if things don’t turn around quick. The easy choice — and leader at the moment — is Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He fits for so many reasons. He’s more or less unproven. He’s been given a starting job more…

  12. Rangers close to signing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    leonys martin cuba

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram the Rangers are close to signing outfielder Leonys Martin, who was declared a free agent last month after defecting from Cuba in 2010. No word yet on how much the Rangers would be shelling out sign the 23-year-old, but last year John Manuel of Baseball…

  13. The NCAA may rethink their preposterous rules regarding amateurs and agents

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    NCAA Logo

    I’ve written about this several times before, but let’s sum up: the NCAA has a rule on the book that serves no purpose other than to exploit kids. It’s the no-agents rule, which allows college baseball players to have an “advisor,” but prohibits the advisor from talking to professional teams. And that’s the case even…

  14. Giants activate closer Brian Wilson from the disabled list

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    As expected, Giants closer Brian Wilson and his beard have been activated from the disabled list after sitting out the first five games with a strained oblique muscle. He returns after being sidelined for the minimum 15 days, with the DL stint backdated to his last spring training appearance on March 23. To make room…

  15. Miguel Cabrera could lose his license today

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Down in Florida — and just about everywhere else — you lose your license for a year if you refuse a breath test when pulled over for a DUI.  Miguel Cabrera did that when he was pulled over at the beginning of spring training and today is the hearing that will determine if his license…

  16. Rockies put Ubaldo Jimenez on disabled list with finger injury

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez had hoped to avoid the disabled list after a cut in his right thumb cuticle caused problems gripping the ball in his Opening Day start, but today the Rockies put him on the shelf and called up Greg Reynolds to take his spot in the rotation. Reynolds, who lost the fifth starter competition…

  17. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Red Sox, Giants and Padres with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Kind of a new thing today: me talking to someone who isn’t Tiffany. I’ll get better at this eventually. For now: try not to mock my lack of conversation skills

  18. Casey Blake is batting second in return from disabled list

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Casey Blake is off the disabled list and in the Dodgers’ lineup for today’s game after beginning the season on the sidelines with a back injury suffered in the middle of spring training. Blake is starting at third base and batting second, and his return also means the Dodgers have shifted Juan Uribe to second…

  19. Bonds Trial Update: A charge is dismissed and the defense rests without calling a single witness

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The evidence portion of the Bonds trial is over. The prosecution rested yesterday, and this morning prosecutors dropped one of the charges: the one about whether Greg Anderson induced him “to take anything before the 2003 season.”  Prosecutors had been of the view that the charge could mean that Bonds took any kind of steroid…

  20. Erick Aybar is out of the lineup and headed for an MRI exam

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar leaping

    Erick Aybar is absent from the Angels’ lineup this afternoon for the third straight game and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the shortstop will undergo an MRI exam on his injured oblique muscle. Aybar originally suffered the injury Saturday while sliding. Maicer Izturis replaced him at shortstop Sunday and Tuesday, but…

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