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  1. Mat Latos has lost nine straight starts dating back to last year

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    I’m not normally one to treat win-loss records for pitchers as being particularly meaningful, but this stat has to be pretty scary for Padres fans: Mat Latos has lost nine consecutive starts dating back to last season. Latos was 14-5 with a 2.21 ERA in 26 starts through September 7 of last year. Since then…

  2. Bryce Harper vs. Jameson Taillon: 2010’s top draft picks square off

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    OK, so it was just one plate appearance and it ended in a walk, which is hardly especially dramatic. But it still seems like a good time to provide an update on last year’s top two picks. Taillon, drafted second overall by the Pirates, made his pro debut for low Single-A West Virginia on Wednesday,…

  3. Twins trainer says Joe Mauer “wasn’t strong enough” to start season as everyday catcher

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    How bad have the mounting injuries gotten for the Twins? Today they had trainer Rick McWane speak directly to the media because Ron Gardenhire was sick of answering all the health-related questions and the front office was likely sick of the manager giving non-expert half-information to frustrated reporters. McWane gave an update on Joe Mauer‘s…

  4. MLB is not pleased with Ozzie Guillen’s post-ejection tweeting

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago comes word that Major League Baseball isn’t too happy with Ozzie Guillen’s use of Twitter following his ejection from Wednesday night’s game: MLB saying Oz tweeting last nite is their first issue involving social media during a game. Sounds about right. While we might think it’s great having access…

  5. TCU lefty, projected top 10 draft pick Matt Purke diagnosed with shoulder bursitis

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    TCU left-hander Matt Purke has been diagnosed with bursitis in his shoulder following a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, which actually qualifies as good news after the projected top-10 draft pick was shut down last week. Purke lost out on millions of dollars when he failed to sign with the Rangers coming out of high…

  6. Logan Morrison expected to miss a couple more weeks

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    morrison getty

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison told reporters earlier this week that he is aiming to return from his sprained left foot soon after he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. He was being overly optimistic. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, “it could be another couple weeks” before Morrison is cleared…

  7. How long will the Padres stick with struggling Brad Hawpe?

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    Beginning the season in a 9-for-63 (.143) slump is bad enough, but yesterday Brad Hawpe‘s early struggles extended to his defense at first base, as his misplay contributed to the Braves’ five-run inning in a 7-0 defeat of the Padres. Hawpe had started a grand total of eight career games at first base prior to…

  8. Rays bounce back from 1-8 start to climb above .500

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    joe-maddon-rays

    Tampa Bay began the season 1-8 as many people rushed to write the Rays off after numerous key players departed as free agents, but with last night’s win over the Twins they’re now 12-11 overall, going 11-3 since the dreadful start. What’s particularly remarkable about the Rays climbing above .500 is that they’re winning with…

  9. Padres reliever Joe Thatcher to undergo shoulder surgery

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    thatcher_joe

    Joe Thatcher was a key part of the Padres’ excellent bullpen last season, making 65 appearances as a left-handed specialist while logging 35 innings with a 1.29 ERA and 45/7 K/BB ratio. He began this season on the disabled list with a strained shoulder and the Padres announced yesterday that the 28-year-old left-hander will need…

  10. Kendrys Morales still not running at full speed, re-examined by foot specialist

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    It’s hard to remember now, but at one point the Angels were hoping to have Kendrys Morales in the Opening Day lineup. Now they might settle for having him in the second half. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Morales still isn’t running at full speed on the fractured ankle that ended…

  11. One of the worst calls you’ll see this year

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Chip Hale, Jose Reye, Marvin Hudson

    Jose Reyes hit a triple in the eighth inning of last night’s Mets-Nationals game. And then he was called out for allegedly taking his hand off the bag. Watch the replay — the second, super slow motion one — and note just how not off the bag he came. Luckily the Mets went on to win…

  12. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Frank McCourt on “transparency”

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    While taking in Frank McCourt’s rants against Major League Baseball last night, I neglected one particular passage that is worthy of greater scrutiny: “There are core values in this country, and fairness is one of them. Transparency is another, and private property is another. Thankfully, it’s not appropriate for one person’s property to be seized…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Colon follows through on a pitch to Chicago White Sox during their MLB baseball game in New York

    In which I ask the time-travelling Bartolo Colon to send me a message in the past and in which we have the latest mid-20th-century Charlie Manuel sighting.

  14. Phil Hughes might have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:23 PM EDT

    ap hughes

    The Yankees put right-hander Phil Hughes through four hours of testing on Tuesday, including two MRIs and a vascular exam. On Wednesday they ran him through five more hours of testing and did dye-contrast blood work. Yet here we stand with no real answers. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the Yankees are now sending Hughes…

  15. Mark Teixeira pulled Wednesday night with sore shoulder

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was lifted from Wednesday night’s defeat of the White Sox in the eighth inning due to soreness in his right shoulder. He’s had to dive for balls in back-to-back games and the bruises finally caught up to him. Teixeira told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger that he was…

  16. Neftali Feliz already cleared to begin throwing program

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Texas Rangers

    When the Rangers placed Neftali Feliz on the disabled list last week, they said his injury was minor. They said he’d be back within two weeks. So far, it looks like they’re going to be right. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Feliz was cleared to begin a throwing program on Wednesday…

  17. Twins lose more offense, place Delmon Young on disabled list

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    getty young

    Twins outfielder Delmon Young hasn’t appeared in a game since April 18 — last Monday — due to discomfort on the left side of his ribcage. He tried returning tonight and was actually penciled into the Twins’ initial starting lineup. But Young couldn’t get through pregame warmups without feeling pain and was scratched before first…

  18. Domonic Brown homers in first minor league rehab game

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    brown headshot

    The Phillies were ready to hand starting right field duties to Domonic Brown this season before he suffered a broken hamate bone in the middle of spring training and required surgery. The 23-year-old is finally healthy again and possibly closing in quickly on a return to the major leagues. According to Danny Wild, who covers…

  19. Ozzie Guillen gets ejected, tweets about it moments later

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    About five minutes after getting ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen took to his personal Twitter account with these gems: This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium What a strange, strange world we live…

  20. It’s time to play “Let’s Jerk Alex Gordon Around!”

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    So, you’re the Royals, longtime laughing stock of the AL. Your 2011 season starts with some definite promise, but a losing streak inevitably follows. Everyone in baseball knows you’re not going anywhere anyway. The goal for this season all along should have been to figure out what pieces were worth keeping around as baseball’s best…

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