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  1. Brandon Webb still rehabbing, willing to pitch out of bullpen

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb is now more than two full years removed from his last big-league start, but the former Cy Young winner is still trying to get healthy following shoulder surgery and said yesterday that he’d be willing to pitch out of Texas’ bullpen once he does come off the disabled list. Webb, who threw a…

  2. Baseball players and bad music go together

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Guthrie_Jeremy

    Two items caught my eye this morning that make me realize how bad things have gotten with ballplayers and their love of bad music. First is a post by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, detailing the walkup (and walkout) music of the Cleveland Indians. The takeaway: the vast majority of Indians like very bad music.  There are…

  3. Dallas Braden placed on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden throwing

    UPDATE: Braden has been placed on the disabled list, so now he’ll miss at least 2-3 starts. ========== Dallas Braden was pulled from Saturday’s start after five innings because of shoulder soreness and told reporters yesterday that he expects to miss his next turn in the rotation at the very least. Having today off could…

  4. Ryan Franklin has probably lost his job as Cardinals’ closer

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    franklin_ryan

    The Cardinals have a day off today so Tony La Russa has some extra time to think about it, but it seems pretty clear that Ryan Franklin‘s time as the Cardinals’ closer is over. Or hell, maybe it ended yesterday and we just didn’t notice it. I mean, in a 1-0 game in the ninth…

  5. Red Sox recall reliever Hideki Okajima from Triple-A

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Despite re-signing with the Red Sox for $1.75 million this offseason Hideki Okajima lost the left-handed specialist competition to Dennys Reyes during spring training and began the season as a 35-year-old at Triple-A. Reyes lost his job after just one week and now the Red Sox have also sent the man who replaced him, Felix…

  6. The difference between the Bonds and Clemens trials

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The New York Times has an article up this morning in which various legal experts talk about the differences between the Barry Bonds trial and the upcoming Roger Clemens trial. Both are for perjury and both are about steroids, but the folks the Times spoke with believe that the fact that Clemens is accused of…

  7. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Still lots of random shifting around given that the first batch of rankings were based on early season weirdness. I figure that from here on out we’ll see things start to stabilize a bit more. Well, except for maybe the Royals/Indians thing, because that can’t hold. Um, can it?  As usual, last week’s rankings in parenthesis.…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    It seemed like all that happened this past weekend were injuries. And in one case a friggin’ death. How depressing.

  9. Photo of the Day: ESPN really misses football

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    I caught this during last night’s Rangers-Yankees game.  No word if Washington said that he was going to make some adjustments at halftime and recommit to the ground game or whatever the hell it is that “head coaches” say to sidelines reporters.

  10. Frank McCourt takes a $30 million loan from FOX in order to meet payroll

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    FOX used to own the Dodgers. At this rate, they’re going to own them again someday soon: Frank McCourt took a $30-million loan this week from Fox to meet the Dodgers’ payroll obligations, according to three people briefed on the arrangement. The arrangement is expected to cover the Dodgers’ expenses into next month … The loan marks…

  11. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Does anyone doubt that Matt Kemp is back?

  12. Brian Matusz not close to making 2011 debut

    Apr 17, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    matusz reuters

    Orioles starter Brian Matusz has been on the disabled list since spring training concluded due to an intercostal muscle strain. The 2011 season is over two weeks old now and Matusz isn’t anywhere close to returning. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the left-hander is still working out at the Orioles’ spring training…

  13. Bryan Stow placed back into medically-induced coma

    Apr 17, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi brings rough news. Bryan Stow, the Giants fan and paramedic who was attacked outside Dodger Stadium on the first day of the regular season, has been placed back into a medically-induced coma due to a “recurrence of seizures related to his head trauma.” Doctors think Stow may have suffered brain…

  14. Sizemore returns from disabled list, homers in second at-bat

    Apr 17, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    reuters homer grady

    Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore didn’t hit a single home run in the 33 games that he played last year. In fact, he hadn’t homered in a major league since August 27, 2009. That all changed Sunday. Sizemore was activated from the 15-day disabled list this morning after spending the first two weeks of the…

  15. Blue Jays planning to activate Frank Francisco on Tuesday

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    francisco throws

    The Blue Jays acquired right-hander Frank Francisco this winter from the Rangers with the hope that he might be able to bring stability to the back end of the club’s bullpen, but he had arm troubles all spring and was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day. This week, they’ll finally get their man.…

  16. Barry Zito lands on disabled list with right foot sprain

    Apr 17, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    zito scoul

    The Giants may finally have an excuse to try a new face in Barry Zito‘s rotation spot. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the left-hander suffered an injury Saturday while making a play on a Joe Saunders bunt and had to be pulled before the end of the second inning. It looked…

  17. Dodgers place Hong-Chih Kuo on DL with strained back

    Apr 17, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    kuo small

    Dodgers setup man Hong-Chih Kuo has been injured since spring training, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list just yesterday because he didn’t bother to tell anyone. According to Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News, Kuo strained a muscle in his lower back in March and tried to pitch through it…

  18. Tyler Chatwood, 21, earns first major league victory

    Apr 17, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    chatwood pose

    If you asked most baseball experts, they’d tell you that Angels prospect Tyler Chatwood is not ready for the big leagues. He made just one appearance above the Double-A level last season and turned 21 years old in December. There’s still an awful lot of polishing on the docket for the youngster. But he didn’t…

  19. With Nathan struggling, Twins name Matt Capps new closer

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    matt capps rueters

    Twins right-hander Joe Nathan blew his second consecutive save opportunity on Saturday afternoon against the Rays and has looked like a shell of his former self since spring training began. Only 13 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, the veteran Nathan simply doesn’t have the arm strength nor the command to handle high…

  20. Indians activate Sizemore, start him at leadoff vs. O’s

    Apr 17, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    The Indians are off to a fantastic 10-4 start and have provided Major League Baseball’s biggest feel-good story to this point as they sit atop the American League Central standings. Now they’re about to get a major piece of their starting lineup back. According to the organization’s official Twitter feed, center fielder Grady Sizemore has…

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