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  1. The return of baseball to Japan is not being met with unequivocal joy

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows

    Baseball is resuming in Japan, delayed a few weeks by the earthquake and tsunami. Everyone in a position of authority is noting how baseball coming back will restore a sense of normalcy to life.  But as Robert Whiting — the author of the fabulous book about baseball in Japan, You Gotta Have Wa — notes,…

  2. Magglio Ordonez out indefinitely with Achilles’ tendon injury

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    Magglio Ordonez returned to the Tigers’ lineup and started in right field today and sitting out Sunday’s game … and lasted just seven innings before leaving with what the team is calling an Achilles’ tendon injury. Presumably today’s Achilles’ tendon problem is related to the broken ankle that caused him to miss the final 65…

  3. An Irish wake for Manny Ramirez

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    I’m probably in the distinct minority of people who are kind of bummed that Manny Ramirez‘s career is over. I mean, yes, I can agree that his time was up whether he was getting suspended or not. I can see now that my preseason optimism about his stint with the Rays was misguided.  Whatever the…

  4. Why did Manny Ramirez retire instead of serve suspension?

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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    We covered Manny Ramirez‘s retirement from all angles here Friday, but I had one lingering question about the whole situation: Why did Ramirez retire rather than simply serve his impending 100-game suspension? After all, if he served the suspension Ramirez could have conceivably returned to the Rays’ lineup in August and September. And even if…

  5. Kettmann: Bonds will eventually make the Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    My view: no matter what happens with the perjury trial — and the jury is still deliberating, by the way — Barry Bonds should still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Sure, we can disagree about Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmiero’s worthiness or unworthiness, but Bonds is so far over the line that no one…

  6. Alexi Ogando throws seven shutout innings, exits with blister

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    alexi-ogando-rangers

    Alexi Ogando‘s transition from reliever to starter has gone brilliantly, as he shut out the Tigers for seven innings this afternoon to give him 13 scoreless innings in two starts. Unfortunately, he also left this afternoon’s start “because of fluid under a callous on his index finger,” according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. Ogando pitched…

  7. Ryan Zimmerman headed to disabled list with abdominal strain

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Ryan Zimmerman suffered an abdominal strain while sliding into second base Saturday and finished the game, but he sat out yesterday’s win over the Mets and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that he’ll be placed on the disabled list tomorrow following the Nationals’ off day. Zimmerman missed part of spring training with a groin…

  8. Update to the Pittsburgh police beating/tazing

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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    In the wake of that video we posted earlier of the guy getting beaten and the tazed by police at PNC Park in Saturday — posted again below for your convenience — the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (via Big League Stew) has tracked down the police report and has comments from the Pittsburgh Police Department: “We both feared…

  9. Jose Canseco is a manager now. And Ozzie is his bench coach.

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    ozzie and jose canseco

    I have total faith that this will work out just fine and will last the entire season. Because I am an insane person: The Yuma Scorpions announced today that Jose Canseco has been named as the Manager of the minor league baseball team for this coming season in the North American League.  He will also play…

  10. Details of Clay Buchholz’s contract extension with Red Sox

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has the year-by-year breakdown of Clay Buchholz‘s new contract extension with the Red Sox: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012 – $3.5 million 2013 – $5.5 million 2014 – $7.7 million 2015 – $12 million 2016 – $13 million team option or $245,000 buyout 2017 – $13.5 million team option…

  11. Is the Hall of Fame a victim of silly idealism?

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Tom Boswell of the Washington Post was asked about the Hall of Fame cases for baseball’s black sheep in a Q&A today: Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez.  His answer says an awful lot about why the Hall of Fame discussion has gotten so rancorous and complicated in recent years:…

  12. Duaner Sanchez signs with independent Long Island Ducks

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    duaner sanchez mets

    Duaner Sanchez, who was a solid setup man for the Mets and Dodgers from 2004 to 2008, has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Sanchez’s career was knocked of course when a 2006 car accident left him with a separated shoulder that caused the right-hander to miss the entire 2007…

  13. HBT Daily: Are the Indians, Royals and/or Orioles for real?

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about those three early season surprises, Jered Weaver and whether Phil Hughes or John Lackey is a bigger concern for their respective teams

  14. Angels setup man Kevin Jepsen says demotion to Triple-A is “difficult to swallow”

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Jepsen

    Kevin Jepsen has been one of the Angels’ primary setup men since 2009 and posted a 3.97 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 59 innings last season, so he was understandably caught off guard when they demoted him to Triple-A yesterday: You think? Yeah, it caught me by surprise. This is always difficult to swallow. Mike…

  15. Two links to strange 1980s Royals-related content

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Brett Wilson

    Did you know that … A: The Royals tried to lock up George Brett, Willie Wilson and Dan Quisenbery to lifetime deals after the 1985 season via side deals involving investments in a suburban Nashville, Tennessee apartment complex?; and B. That this is what George Brett would have looked like on his 1986 Topps baseball…

  16. J.J. Hardy out 2-3 weeks with strained oblique muscle

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    J.J. Hardy is expected to miss 2-3 weeks after an MRI exam revealed a strained oblique muscle, which qualifies as good news considering the initial reports that he could miss six weeks. However, because oblique strains tend to linger 2-3 weeks is hardly a guaranteed return timetable. Hardy played well for Minnesota last season, hitting…

  17. Video: Fan beaten by police, tazed at Pirates-Rockies game on Saturday night

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    No clue what happened before this video to justify this man being escorted out of PNC park by police on Saturday night (UPDATE:  We now have more information), but I’m sure that his jacket and jean shorts didn’t help the situation any. And here’s the guy before the game, captured by the ballpark’s Fan Photos…

  18. Mark Prior works back-to-back games as reliever at Single-A

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Sent all the way down to Single-A at age 30 to continue his comeback as a reliever, Mark Prior pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend and threw a pair of scoreless innings. Prior told the Associated Press afterward that his arm “feels fine” and his fastball reportedly averaged 90 miles per hour. He can…

  19. About those glossy free agent brochures …

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Scott Boras famously makes up these big crazy notebooks for his free agent clients, talking up their skills, their marketability and all of that. This past winter we heard about how Carl Crawford’s agent, Brian Peters, made up an iPad presentation (along with a free iPad) for teams interesting in his client’s services.  I always…

  20. Tsuyoshi Nishioka will miss 4-6 weeks with fractured fibula

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka received relatively positive news on his fractured fibula, as doctors determined that he won’t need surgery and could potentially return in 4-6 weeks. It was sad to see Nishioka on the field supporting himself with crutches during the Twins’ home opener ceremonies Friday, particularly since his parents flew in from Japan to be…

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