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  1. MLB: Mike Leake’s arrest is “a club issue”

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mike Leake

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Major League Baseball is not commenting on Mike Leake‘s arrest at this point, calling it “a club issue.” At least “as of now.” Which I like. If this was the NFL Leake would be fined a gajillion dollars and then a bunch of new rules would be…

  2. Ned Yost on Billy Butler wanting to play first base: “I’d like to be an astronaut”

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Billy Butler spent the past two seasons as the Royals’ primary first baseman, starting 143 games there in 2009 and another 126 games there in 2010, but this year manager Ned Yost has opted to go with Kila Ka’aihue at first base while using Butler at designated hitter. Butler is still holding out hope that…

  3. Meet the oldest man one of the oldest men in minor league baseball

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Andy Tracy is the oldest player is one of the oldest players in minor league baseball.* Affiliated minor league baseball anyway. Jose Canseco stunts and never-say-die stories like Oil Can Boyd who knock around the independent leagues are their own, often wonderful thing. But Tracy is a company man, still toiling for the Reno Aces in the…

  4. Peter Moylan hoping to avoid surgery for bulging disk in back

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan came back incredibly strong after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2008, posting a 2.84 ERA in 2009 and a 2.94 ERA last season, but now he’s facing the possibility of another extended stay on the sidelines thanks to a bulging disk in his back. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports…

  5. The Cardinals are only looking at internal options to replace Ryan Franklin at closer

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    ryan franklin posing

    With the off day there was not much news on the Cardinals’ closer front yesterday, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch did track down GM John Mozeliak, who confirmed that he’s not looking at making a deal at the moment: “Right now, (Franklin) is going through some tough times and we’ve got to figure out…

  6. What missing velocity? Aroldis Chapman hits 102.6 mph after taking four days off

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman had everyone worried last week when his triple-digit fastball dripped all the way into the low-90s, leading even teammates to publicly question his health. However, after being shut down for four days by the Reds he returned to the mound last night looking like his usual overpowering self against the Pirates, albeit in…

  7. Franklin Gutierrez taking stomach problems to Mayo Clinic

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    franklin-gutierrez-mariners-spring

    Franklin Gutierrez‘s ongoing stomach problems continue to stump the Mariners and various doctors he’s seen, so the Gold Glove center fielder is now headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Gutierrez, who’s been sidelined since mid-March and also struggled with the stomach issue for much of last season, began working out with the Mariners…

  8. Victor Martinez may be DL-bound

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez left last night’s Tigers-Mariners game with a groin injury. After the game he said he’d hope it would feel better in a couple of days, but that may be an overly optimistic assessment.  Jim Leyland said after the game that he’d have to speak to GM Dave Dombrowski and that “I’m sure we…

  9. Going to a Nats game? You may want to have alternative transportation plans if it runs late

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

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    I lived in the D.C. area for three years and one of the things I loved the most about it was Metro. As far as subway systems go it’s clean, easy-to-navigate and altogether swell.  The only problem — which was way bigger for me when I was 23 than it would be now — is…

  10. The invisible hand in action: cheap seats available for Mets games

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    Wanna go to a Mets game? It’s pretty darn affordable these days, reports the New York Times.  Seats directly behind home plate with a face value of $134 are going for $69. Seats in boxes between third base and home plate are going for $28, when they normally retail for $80 to $134. If merely getting…

  11. Jerry Sands had a nice debut for the Dodgers

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I didn’t mention this in ATH because I was more interested in the origin of Dan Uggla‘s last name, but it’s worth noting that Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands made his major league debut last night and it was good. Sands had a double in the first inning that may have scored a faster man than…

  12. Following up on the Mike Leake arrest

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    I think the strangest thing arising out of the Mike Leake shoplifting arrest yesterday is not the fact that a man who makes over $400,000 a year and recently got a $2 million signing bonus felt it necessary to steal. Rather, the strangest thing is that he somehow got caught stealing “six shirts worth $59.88.”…

  13. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Giants 8, Rockies 1: Lincecum had a no hitter into the seventh inning. As I was watching it in the den, my wife walked in. She loves Tim Lincecum, so I said “hey, your boyfriend has a no-hitter going in the seventh.”  She said “Is that good?”  I’ve been married to this woman for almost…

  14. Jake Peavy pulled from rehab start with discomfort

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    peavy pose

    Bad news for the White Sox at this hour. According to Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago, Jake Peavy left a minor league rehab start tonight with Double-A Birmingham tonight due to discomfort. Peavy was pulled after throwing just 15 pitches over two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on four hits. He’s scheduled for further evaluation…

  15. Brandon Belt could be headed to the minors tomorrow

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed a short while ago that Brandon Belt could be sent back to the minors if Cody Ross is activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Ross is scheduled to play nine innings in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Fresno tonight,…

  16. The Nationals are sniffing around for center fielders

    Apr 18, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals must have finally realized they are starting Rick Ankiel in center field on most nights, because Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that they are currently searching for an upgrade. Nyjer Morgan wore out his welcome in Washington, so it was hard to blame them for trading him to the Brewers before the start…

  17. In need of offense, Dodgers call up top prospect Jerry Sands

    Apr 18, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Jerry Sands

    After barely eeking out a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep at home, the Dodgers made a move to address their hitting problems Monday, calling up top prospect Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque. Sands, 23, was one of the PCL’s hottest hitters in the early going, having already homered…

  18. And now some non-specific Cabrera-related news

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Two random items on a slow news day (non-Mike Leake theft division): First, Jon Heyman writes that, in the offseason, Alex Rodriguez “begged the Yankees” to re-sign Melky Cabrera. Seems that Melky worked out with A-Rod in the offseason and was convinced that he’d be great. I’ve seen Melky play a couple of times this…

  19. Pedro Feliciano putting off decision on surgery for six weeks

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Pedro Feliciano said last week that he was leaning toward surgery on a torn shoulder capsule, but after meeting with Dr. James Andrews the Yankees reliever has decided to delay a decision for at least six weeks. Dr. Andrews advised against going under the knife, instead recommending a strength and conditioning program for the injured…

  20. Reds’ pitcher Mike Leake arrested for stealing $60 worth of stuff from a Macy’s

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    UPDATE: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has an update: Leake, of Ludlow, was arrested after Macy’s department store loss prevention employees stopped the Reds pitcher today after they say he took $59.88 in property from the store. He was apparently caught on video.  And here’s the police report. Leake makes around half a million…

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