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  1. Derek Jeter ditches new swing after 7-for-34 (.206) start

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    Off to a slow start as he tries to bounce back from the worst season of his career, Derek Jeter has already ditched the “new swing” that made so many headlines throughout spring training. Hitting coach Kevin Long, who worked with Jeter to revamp his approach at the plate, told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that…

  2. Tony La Russa staying with Ryan Franklin as Cardinals’ closer despite three blown saves

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Ryan Franklin has blown three saves in four chances this season, allowing a total of four runs in 3.2 innings, but yesterday manager Tony La Russa made it clear that he’s sticking with the 38-year-old right-hander as the Cardinals’ closer: I don’t see anything that’s changed between anybody that’s his competition. … Somebody’s got to…

  3. Comment(s) of the Day: Great Moments in Phillies Fans

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    I engage in a fair amount of Phillies fan baiting — it’s a hoot! — but sometimes I don’t even have to bait them.  Here is some fun stuff from the ATH comments this morning: You mentioned Friday when the Phillies offense could only muster 3 runs saying “that’s what happens when you face a…

  4. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    As you will see, ranking teams based on eight or nine games is kind of a sucker’s game. But let no one say that I am nor a sucker.

  5. There are too many little leaguers in San Francisco

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Little League

    Not long ago we passed along a story about how interest in baseball is down among America’s youth and how little league participation is declining. Not so in San Francisco where Giants-inspired enthusiasm has leagues overflowing and a shortage of coaches and fields: The leagues are struggling to find enough fields for games and practices.…

  6. Marlon Byrd was caught stealing at a rather unfortunate time

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    The Cubs trailed the Brewers by one run in the ninth inning yesterday and they got their leadoff man — Marlon Byrd — on base.  And then, with a powerful hitter who had already stroked three doubles on the day at the plate, Byrd was … caught stealing. Strange play to say the least. Who…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Things you missed during the one weekend a year that you try to care about golf before remembering that it is a truly wretched sports.

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

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    David Freese

    High point of my weekend: a double shot of streptococcal pharyngitis in the Calcaterra household kept me from watching the Braves flail helplessly at Cole Hamels.

  9. Red Sox ink Clay Buchholz to four-year contract extension

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had a rough outing on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and five runs before getting yanked in the middle of the fourth inning. That one rough patch hasn’t scared off the well-run Sox. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Buchholz agreed to a four-year contract extension…

  10. Angels place Erick Aybar on DL with oblique strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    The Angels waited a couple of days to see how shortstop Erick Aybar would respond to the oblique strain that he suffered on Wednesday night. Today, they decided not to wait any longer. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels have placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list and recalled reliever…

  11. Ramon Ortiz, 37, signs minor league contract with Cubs

    Apr 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From MLB.com beat writer Carrie Muskat comes word that the Cubs have signed veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Ortiz spent the 2010 season with three different organizations — the Dodgers, Mets and Rays — and finished with a 6.30 ERA over 16 major league appearances…

  12. Clint Barmes plays catch for first time since hand fracture

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

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    For the first time since fracturing a bone in his left hand in late March, Astros infielder Clint Barmes was able to put on a glove Saturday and play catch. The 32-year-old reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his hand during or after the light workout and still has his sights set on a…

  13. Hanley Ramirez expecting to return to Marlins lineup Tuesday

    Apr 10, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    This tweet comes from the personal account of Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez: Feeling better today. Not in the lineup but hope to be in there Tuesday Ramirez gave fantasy owners around the world a scare on Friday when he had to be carried off the field after a takeout slide at second base. But he…

  14. Zimmerman not in Sunday’s lineup due to abdominal strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman got an on-field visit from a team trainer on Saturday night after taking a rough slide into second base. He stayed in the game and finished out the Nats’ 8-4 loss, but, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, he is not playing on Sunday. The Nationals haven’t yet…

  15. Jason Bay finally cleared to take live batting practice

    Apr 10, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    A bit of welcome news here from Dan Martin of the New York Post. Mets outfielder Jason Bay, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since the start of the regular season, is scheduled to take live batting practice Sunday afternoon for the first time since suffering a late-spring intercostal muscle strain. Bay has…

  16. Andres Torres diagnosed with strained left Achilles tendon

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    torres achilles

    The Giants may be without starting center fielder Andres Torres for the next several days. According to MLB.com beat writer Chris Haft, Torres had to be pulled from Saturday’s game against the Cardinals in the fourth inning after straining his left Achilles tendon while coming in on a Colby Rasmus shallow pop fly. Torres was…

  17. O’s lefty Zach Britton shuts down Rangers, moves to 2-0

    Apr 10, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Zach Britton

    Early season injuries to Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matusz have caused the Orioles only a minor headache. Why? Because young left-hander Zach Britton probably wouldn’t have opened the year in the major leagues otherwise. Britton, 23, spun another gem on Saturday night in the second half of a doubleheader against the hot-hitting Rangers, tossing 7.2…

  18. And That Happened Express: Saturday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:51 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    White Sox 4, Rays 2: Holy crap, did Sam Fuld make a spectacular catch, or what? Yankees 9, Red Sox 4: Two homers for Russell Martin. I’d say more, but apparently this game was force-fed to the nation by FOX, even in places where the other FOX regional games should probably have been going. Such as…

  19. Pedro Martinez wouldn’t mind finishing career with Red Sox

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

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    Every once in a while someone gets ahold of Pedro Martinez, talks to him about what he’s doing these days, and then gets around to asking the inevitable question: “Are you going to play again?” Martinez has consistently said his return to baseball is unlikely, and that might still be true. But his tune is…

  20. J.J. Hardy leaves Saturday’s game with strained left oblique

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been dealing with discomfort in the left side of his body for a couple of days now. On Saturday, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he was finally diagnosed with a strained left oblique. Recovery times tend to differ for oblique strains, but it’s a near certainty that…

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