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  1. Struggling Scott Kazmir is going on the disabled list with a “back injury”

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir may have just reached Oliver Perez territory. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Angels have placed former phenom left-hander Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with lower back stiffness. Matt Palmer was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and will replace him in the starting rotation, at least in…

  2. And That Happened Express: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Braves batter Jones hits a double scoring three runs off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Lee in their home opening MLB baseball game in Atlanta

    I mentioned in the first “And That Happened” of the year that I may start doing weekend ATHs. ATH is a time-consuming endeavor, and I try to follow the normal social conventions in my personal life (i.e. Friday night is for girlfriends, Saturday night is for wives), so for now I think I’m going to…

  3. The Dodgers and Padres are still playing!

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley

    Well, sort of. The Dodgers and Padres trudged through four rain delays before last night’s game was suspended at 1:40 am local time with a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning. That’s right. Four rain delays in San Diego. Padres manager Bud Black put it best in his comments to Bill Center of the San Diego…

  4. Manny Ramirez speaks

    Apr 9, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Manny Rays intro AP

    We have our first comments from Manny Ramirez following his shocking retirement yesterday. The enigmatic slugger spoke with Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes and said the following: “I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be…

  5. Hanley Ramirez day-to-day with left leg contusion

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Just one day after Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula, we have another injury on a takeout slide at second base. And this time with one of the game’s best players. Hanley Ramirez had to carried off the field during the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Astros after Bill Hall tried…

  6. Eric Wedge is not happy with Jack Wilson right now

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Mariners manager Eric Wedge just made some interesting comments about Jack Wilson. We initially heard that Wilson was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers due to defensive issues after committing two errors in one inning, but Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times today that the infielder actually pulled himself from the game.…

  7. No verdict yet: The Bonds jury adjourns for the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The jury considering Barry Bonds’ fate deliberated for about seven hours today but reached no verdict. The judge thus dismissed them for the weekend. They’ll reconvene Monday. It’s hard to tell what to make of jury questions, but during the day today jurors asked the judge to have the recording of the conversation between Steve…

  8. Manny Ramirez by the numbers

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Forgetting all of the other stuff for a moment, let’s marvel at just how good of a hitter Manny Ramirez was over the course of 19 major league seasons. – Ramirez finishes his career with a .312/.411/.585 line.  He ranks 87th all-time in average, 32nd in on-base percentage and ninth in slugging percentage.  His .996…

  9. Vote: Will Manny Ramirez get into Cooperstown?

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    So everyone knows the big news by now: Manny Ramirez has called it a career after failing a drug test for the second time since 2009. Craig has a great analysis of Ramirez’s legacy right here, and also writes about the chances — or lack thereof — of the slugger being elected to the Hall…

  10. What does Manny’s retirement mean for the Rays?

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez‘s retirement has sent shockwaves through the baseball world, but it’s also left a pretty big hole in the middle of the Rays’ projected lineup. The Rays took a calculated risk by signing Ramirez this winter, but despite his lack of production with the White Sox down the stretch last season, he still batted…

  11. Manny and the Hall of Fame: Forget it, dude. But what of his legacy?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    Manny Ramirez has the statistical resume of a Hall of Famer. Now, in light of his second drug “issue” — which is being reported as a positive drug test — the viability of his candidacy is probably nil.  It may have been anyway given his 2009 PED suspension, but if there was any doubt about…

  12. Our long national nightmare ends: The Red Sox win a game

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates with teammate Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston

    It wasn’t pretty — God, it wasn’t pretty — but the Red Sox are finally in the win column, having beat the Yankees 9-6. This was a game, more than any other, that puts lie to the significance of the win stat. Because John Lackey got the win despite pitching terribly: five innings, seven hits…

  13. Shocker: Manny Ramirez retires following a second positive drug test

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Big news: Major League Baseball just announced that Manny Ramirez has retired. Major League Baseball said that his retirement came after he was told of “an issue” with the drug treatment and prevention program.  The statement: “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.…

  14. Yankees vs. Red Sox Live Blog/Chat: Come for the panic, stay for the chitchat!

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    It’s Friday. There isn’t a ton of actual news happening. The government is probably gonna shut down soon. And while those things are wonderful, the best part of the day is daytime baseball! We’re flexing our East Coast Bias muscles today, going with the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. The game starts at 2:05 Eastern.…

  15. Pirates reliever Tyler Yates has torn flexor tendon in elbow

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    tyler-yates-pirates-spring

    Tyler Yates was healthy enough to pitch during spring training after missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 following Tommy John surgery, but now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he has a torn flexor tendon in the same elbow. Yates got the bad news from Dr. James Andrews and will be re-examined in…

  16. Greg Anderson is released from prison

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Barry Bonds’ non-testifying former trainer has been released from prison, reports the Daily News. This is not terribly surprising given that the evidence-portion of the trial is over and his testimony is no longer required, thus no longer in need of being compelled.  It will be interesting to see now, however, whether he will be…

  17. The University of California’s baseball team is back

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    UC Berkeley baseball

    Remember in February how the University of California announced that it was cutting its baseball team due to funding problems?  Yeah, about that (via Baseball America): The University of California, Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future, as the result of a successful…

  18. Ron Gardenhire confirms Luke Hughes will replace injured Tsuyoshi Nishioka in Twins’ lineup

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    luke-hughes-twins-spring

    As expected, manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed this morning that the Twins will turn to Triple-A call-up Luke Hughes as their primary second baseman after Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula yesterday. Hughes failed to crack the Opening Day roster because Gardenhire preferred Matt Tolbert as his utility man, but will now get the opportunity to…

  19. “How are you a Yankees fan at all? It’s like being a huge fan of fascism”

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Yes, it’s a commercial — for New Era caps — but it’s funny, it has some good Yankees-Red Sox hate and it’s got Alec Baldwin in it, and I’d watch Alec Baldwin in just about anything, so there you are.

  20. Diamondbacks sign reliever Ron Mahay to minor league deal

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    With their current left-handed specialist Joe Paterson off to a shaky start the Diamondbacks have signed veteran reliever Ron Mahay to a minor-league contract, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Mahay, who was a replacement player during the 1994 strike and isn’t allowed into the MLBPA, has had a remarkably difficult time staying…

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