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  1. Baseball begins in Japan

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Sendai-based Japanese professional baseb

    There were no mentions of the considerable ambivalence regarding the opening of the NPB season in Japan today, but open it did: Local TV showed people in shelters watching the game, before which there was a moment of silence, and each fan in the Chiba cheering section held up signs of support for the disaster…

  2. Takashi Saito placed on disabled list with hamstring injury

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Takashi Saito strained his hamstring while pitching in the Brewers’ home opener on April 4 and the team initially hoped he’d be able to return in a few days, but now he’s been put on the disabled list and replaced on the roster by Triple-A call-up Brandon Kintzler. Saito, who missed the end of last…

  3. Manny Ramirez cost Bob Melvin his “chance at greatness”

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There’s all kinds of Manny Ramirez hate floating around the web right now. It’s expected and understandable and you kinda gotta let it run its course. But some of it is just plain insane. Like this post at Business Insider by Cork Gains. In it he argues that Manny Ramirez was responsible for Bob Melvin…

  4. Frank Francisco’s rehab assignment isn’t going very well

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Most of the time with minor-league rehab assignments the reports on injured players making their way back from the disabled list are overwhelmingly positive, but it doesn’t sound like Blue Jays reliever Frank Francisco is doing very well in his comeback from a strained pectoral muscle. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Francisco has allowed…

  5. Jayson Werth meets the Phillies again

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

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    It’s going to be a weird scene at Nats Park tonight for two reasons: 1. Jayson Werth is facing the Phillies for the first time since he signed his mega-deal with the Nats; and 2. Because it’s the Phillies in Washington, the park will likely be full of Philly fans invading the place like they did last…

  6. Jair Jurrjens “ready to go” after rehab start at Triple-A

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens pitch

    Jair Jurrjens pronounced himself “ready to go” after throwing six innings of two-run ball last night in a rehab start at Triple-A and is now scheduled to return from a strained oblique muscle Saturday against the Mets. Jurrjens threw 81 pitches in his rehab outing, allowing four hits and striking out three, and afterward told…

  7. Is PED use a lesser wrong in the drug testing era?

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    I don’t mean to make this post into a Manny Ramirez referendum — we’ve had plenty of those in the past few days — but in his defense of Ramirez’s Cooperstown credentials, Allen Barra raises a point I have yet to see addressed when he says “Manny paid his debt the first time and is…

  8. Jim Tracy “extremely encouraged” by Ubaldo Jimenez’s bullpen session

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    On the disabled list with a cut in his right thumb cuticle, Ubaldo Jimenez threw a bullpen session yesterday and afterward manager Jim Tracy said he was “extremely encouraged” by what he saw. Jimenez is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation Monday, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that first he’ll…

  9. Dice-K imploded last night. And it’s really no mystery why

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Daisuke Matsuzaka got creamed last night, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including two homers, in two innings.  This morning Rob Bradford of WEEI has a story up with the headline “One hundred starts later the Daisuke Matsuzaka mystery remains unsolved.” Bradford tries to figure out where it all went wrong for Dice-K, but…

  10. What’s the deal with all of the oblique injuries?

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    That’s a question we’ve asked around here a lot lately, although we’re doing it more or less rhetorically. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times really wanted to know, so he asked Stan Conte, the Dodgers head trainer about it.  Conte researched such injuries and discovered that, no, this was not just a matter…

  11. Frank McCourt’s former law firm sues him

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt got sued yesterday by his former law firm, Bingham McCutchen. This is a suit for declaratory judgment, which for all practical purposes means that they sued McCourt because it was obvious that he was going to sue them, and they wanted to get the drop on him. Bingham (a) is asking for a declaration…

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

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    An explosion of runs in Boston and an amazing comeback in Seattle. I’d like to think that my guest spot on 950 KJR in Seattle last night contributed to the comeback. Because I exude winning.

  13. Adam Dunn may be sidelined until the weekend

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn continues to take batting practice following his emergency appendectomy, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com hears that it’s increasingly possible that he’ll be sidelined until the weekend. “Yeah, when he tells me he’s ready to go, I am going to give him an extra day,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He talked to…

  14. Jack Wilson is out of Eric Wedge’s doghouse

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

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    Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Jack Wilson have apparently put their differences behind them. Wedge didn’t hide his frustration after Wilson pulled himself from a game last Wednesday against the Rangers. He called Wilson’s decision “unspeakable,” among other things, and held him out of the lineup over the weekend. However, following a conversation yesterday, Wedge…

  15. Manny Ramirez spoke with Joe Maddon on Friday

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Rays manager Joe Maddon told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times earlier today that Manny Ramirez called him following his shocking retirement announcement Friday afternoon. “He expressed disappointment in himself to me,” Maddon said, “but also had really high praise for us as an organization, as a group, so I felt pretty good about that.” Asked if…

  16. UPDATE: Rajai Davis placed on disabled list with ankle injury

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Blue Jays just announced that Davis has been placed on the disabled list. Mike McCoy will take his place on the roster, effective tomorrow. 7:00 PM: Rajai Davis, who had a huge spring for the Blue Jays before injuring his ankle on April 1, is expected to miss at least the next couple…

  17. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy returns from DL

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Brewers on Monday reinstated catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the disabled list and designated outfielder Jeremy Reed for assignment. Lucroy took over as the Brewers’ starting catcher after Gregg Zaun got hurt last season and hit .253/.300/.329 with four homers in 277 at-bats.   He missed the entire exhibition season and the first week and the…

  18. Rich Harden has throwing program shut down again

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Rich Harden was slated to throw to hitters Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list, but the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reports that he had to be shut down again because of his strained lat muscle. The 29-year-old Harden hasn’t been able to shake the ailment that took him off the mound just…

  19. There’s “growing suspicion” the Mets will clean house this season

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman reports in his latest column that “there’s growing suspicion” that the Mets will try trade Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez if they are not contending midseason. I don’t know what constitutes “growing suspicion,” but given the problems with the pitching staff, I think the “not contending” part of that equation is going to…

  20. Trevor Cahill agrees to long-term contract extension with A’s

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    Trevor Cahill and the A’s were said to be on the verge of a long-term contract extension last week and today the two sides made everything official, announcing a deal that’s essentially identical to the extension Clay Buchholz just signed with the Red Sox. Cahill, like Buchholz, would have been arbitration eligible for the first…

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