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  1. Alex Rodriguez aims to return to starting lineup Wednesday

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez was held out of the starting lineup tonight for the second straight day with continued soreness in his oblique/lower back, but told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that he expects to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Blue Jays. “We decided to take one more day and play tomorrow,” Rodriguez said. “I…

  2. Cardinals remove struggling Ryan Franklin from closer role

    Apr 19, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals have finally done the inevitable. While Tony La Russa wouldn’t say the change is permanent, he told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest this afternoon that struggling closer Ryan Franklin will not be used in the ninth inning for the time being. Franklin has allowed six runs on eight hits — including three…

  3. Victor Martinez lands on DL with groin strain

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    MLB.com’s Jason Beck confirmed Tuesday that the Tigers are placing Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list because of the strained right groin he suffered Monday night. It’s certainly not the way the Tigers wanted to go about it, but it does alleviate the playing-time conundrum that had arisen with Magglio Ordonez back from his…

  4. Giants to activate Cody Ross, could demote Brandon Belt

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    The Giants decided to hold off on activating Cody Ross on Tuesday, but they’ll make the move Wednesday and the writing appears to be on the wall for Brandon Belt. Belt was excluded from the Giants lineup for a second straight day Tuesday, as the team is again using Aubrey Huff at first base. Nate…

  5. Mariners’ Justin Smoak to go on bereavement list

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

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    The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone reports that Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will go on the bereavement list following a death in his family. The Mariners have yet to make it offical, but they do have backup catcher Chris Gimenez listed as their starting first baseman for Wednesday’s game versus Detroit. Mike Carp would be…

  6. Jake Peavy to miss next scheduled rehab start

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    peavy white sox

    While an MRI Tuesday showed no major problems, Jake Peavy will miss his next rehab start after leaving Monday’s outing with what the White Sox are describing as muscle tenderness and irritation in his right shoulder. Peavy, who is trying to make his way back from surgery to repair a detached lat muscle in his…

  7. Rockies send struggling third baseman Ian Stewart to Triple-A

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Ian Stewart has been Colorado’s starting third baseman since mid-2008, turned 26 years old earlier this month, and has more than 1,300 career plate appearances in the majors, but today the Rockies demoted him to Triple-A following a 2-for-26 start. Stewart missed time during spring training with knee and hamstring injuries and started just five…

  8. Woman sues Yankees, claims her uncle invented the top hat logo

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Top hat logo

    You’d think that at some point in the past 75 years this would have been sorted out, but I guess not: In a suit filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court, Tanit Buday claims the Bronx Bombers copied their famed top-hat logo from a design dreamed up by her late uncle in 1936 at the request…

  9. Justin Morneau out of Twins’ lineup for third straight game with flu

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau successfully came back from the concussion that sidelined him for eight months, but now he’s out with the same flu that has contributed to Joe Mauer‘s muddled health status. Morneau is absent from the Twins’ lineup tonight for the third straight game after serving as their designated hitter Saturday, leaving the Twins without…

  10. And now a mid-afternoon video interlude

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    I know that the Brian Wilson phenomenon is pretty played out, but there are four individuals in this video, Wilson is the least interesting and it still made me smile, so there.

  11. Cardinals place Skip Schumaker on DL, activate Nick Punto

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    St. Louis placed starting second baseman Skip Schumaker on the disabled list with a strained right biceps that he suffered Friday and Nick Punto was activated to take his spot on the roster after being sidelined since late February following hernia surgery. Schumaker’s injury likely pushed up the timetable on Punto’s return a bit, as…

  12. Robot to throw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Brewers game tomorrow

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Johnny 5

    Roy Halladay is going to watch this guy’s mechanics, shake his head in disgust and call him an amateur: PhillieBot for Cy Young? It’s unlikely. But the one-armed, three-wheeled robot, designed by engineers at the University of Pennsylvania, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers as…

  13. Evan Longoria hoping to come off disabled list by April 29

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria hasn’t been cleared to take swings against live pitching yet, but the Rays third baseman told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that he expects to return from a strained oblique muscle by April 29. He has quite a few hurdles to clear (and setbacks to avoid) before then, but Longoria is slated to take…

  14. Mike Leake had $250 cash and credit cards with him when he stole those shirts

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    Which isn’t surprising or anything because need was not exactly on his mind when it all went down, but there you are. Of more substance from the latest report is that Leake’s attorney is going to try to get him into the first-time offender diversion program that could result in his record being wiped clean.…

  15. Phillies lose J.C. Romero to calf injury, call up Mike Zagurski

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    J.C. Romero went down in a heap after throwing a pitch in the ninth inning last night and today the Phillies placed him on the disabled list with a strained right calf. Romero’s overall numbers are usually ugly because he struggles so much against right-handed hitters and often can’t find the strike zone, but he’s…

  16. HBT Daily: Talking Cardinals — and fandom — with Will Leitch

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    New York Magazine’s Will Leitch joins me for a chat about the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans, who are alleged to be baseball’s greatest.

  17. Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus goes from Mets’ Opening Day starter to designated for assignment

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    brad-emaus-mets-spring

    Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus won the starting job at second base by hitting .294 with an .831 OPS in 24 games this spring, but after playing poorly in 14 games to begin the season the Mets have decided to cut him loose. Emaus, who got the Opening Day nod and started 10 of the…

  18. “Thank you for enjoying the Mariners’ game. Here’s your compost.”

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Personally, I prefer bobblehead night. But hey, this is cool too.

  19. Blue Jays activate closer Frank Francisco from disabled list

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    Sidelined since mid-March with a strained pectoral muscle, Frank Francisco has been activated from the disabled list and figures to take over as the Blue Jays’ closer fairly soon. Much like he did stepping for Joe Nathan with the Twins last season Jon Rauch has done a solid job in place of Francisco, converting all…

  20. The guy who composed “da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” is suing everyone

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Organ

    Good rule to live by in this world: someone owns just about everything. For example, you know that “”da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” thing they play at every ballgame? Well … What you might not know is that a Pompano Beach man says he composed it — and says he is entitled to compensation every time it…

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