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  1. Brad Lidge skipping today’s appearance with biceps soreness

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Rather than make an appearance against the Astros in today’s game Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been scratched with biceps soreness, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Brookover that the Phillies “just wanted to back him off for a couple days.” Lidge was also scheduled to pitch…

  2. The Reds and Ryan Hanigan agree to a three-year deal

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    Ryan Hanigan is something more than a backup catcher for the Reds. It’s a split job, really, with he and Ramon Hernandez each taking roughly half the load (but for an injury to Hanigan last year it would have been closer to even workload).  Hanigan responded to this arrangement fairly well in 2010, hitting .300/.405/.429.…

  3. Nyjer Morgan thinks Ricky Nolasco purposely plunked him

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Ricky Nolasco hit Nyjer Morgan with a pitch yesterday and Morgan said afterward that he believes it was on purpose, as payback for his a) separating catcher Chris Hayes’ shoulder on a collision at the plate and then b) charging the mound and throwing a punch at Chris Volstad the next day. Both those incidents…

  4. HBT Q&A: Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jonah Keri

    Earlier this morning I reviewed Jonah Keri’s new book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. Yesterday he took some time to answer some of my burning questions.  Well, maybe not burning. Just mildly irritating. The kind that go away with a cold compress or by…

  5. Labor talks: Now baseball is just rubbing it in

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The NFL labor situation turned apocalyptic on Friday, with talks breaking off, lawsuits being filed and rhetoric being unleashed that will take months to walk back before real progress can be made.  In light of this, it’s almost as if baseball is gloating, what with it being ahead of schedule in its efforts to get…

  6. Review: Jonah Keri’s The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Extra 2%

    You gotta love it when someone messes up an accepted narrative.  And there hasn’t been a narrative in Major League Baseball over the past several years that has been more widely accepted than “The Yankees and Red Sox have an unfair advantage.”  And, sure, structurally-speaking they do. They’re richer than Croesus and are run by…

  7. Johan Santana: whoever says I’m not going to pitch this year “is lying”

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    On Saturday Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reported that Johan Santana‘s rehab has not been progressing well and that Mets sources are concerned that he may not pitch at all in 2011.  The team refuted that report yesterday.  But in today’s Daily News, Santana refutes it even more strongly: “I don’t…

  8. MLB network to air footage of the Big Train, the Georgia Peach and the Sultan of Swat

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Walter Johnson

    This is neat: The MLB Network got its hand on some rare 9.5mm footage of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson warming up at an event at Yankee Stadium in 1924. There’s a small snippet of it in this promo here, though you have to watch Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter farting around for a…

  9. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 14, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Takashi Saito, Ron Roenicke, Ed Sedar

    What you missed while beginning the process of gambling on amateur basketball players who themselves would be be punished for (a) participating in your tournament pool; or (b) receiving one red cent of the billions of dollars about to be generated by virtue of their unpaid labor.

  10. Wandy Rodriguez scratched from start with shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 13, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start and is going to be sidelined for the next week or so due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. This according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, who began his story on the matter with a great sentence: The closest thing to…

  11. Ryan Braun: I’m feeling “better than I’ve ever felt”

    Mar 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    All-star outfielder Ryan Braun gave the Brewers a big scare Saturday when he left the club’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks with a strained intercostal muscle. It turns out he’s going to be just fine. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Braun actually suffered the injury while shagging fly balls against the outfield wall…

  12. Zach Duke struck with comebacker, has broken hand

    Mar 13, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Diamondbacks acquired Zach Duke in a trade with the Pirates this winter with the intention of adding depth to their starting rotation. Arizona was thinking that the 27-year-old southpaw would do well with a change of scenery after finishing with a 5.72 ERA over 29 starts for the Bucs in 2010. But things have…

  13. Chien-Ming Wang won’t be ready for the start of the season

    Mar 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    wang pose

    That’s the most predictable headline of the spring so far, isn’t it? Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Sunday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang showed progress in a recent bullpen session but has no chance of breaking camp as a member of the club’s 25-man roster. He’s still recovering from…

  14. Mitchell Page: 1951-2011

    Mar 13, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    page oakland card

    ESPN analyst and former big leaguer Eduardo Perez passes along the sad news of Mitchell Page’s sudden passing. Born Mitchell Otis Page, he played eight years in the majors — seven for the A’s and one for the Pirates, serving mostly as a designated hitter and outfielder. He retired after the 1984 season with a…

  15. Duchscherer likely to open season on disabled list?

    Mar 13, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    duchscherer pose

    It’s looking more and more like Justin Duchscherer isn’t going to be ready for action when the Orioles open their regular season. According to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, “The Duke of Hurl” had to be scratched from a scheduled intrasquad game appearance Sunday due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired left hip. He won’t throw on…

  16. Bengie Molina retired for now, will consider comeback

    Mar 13, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported earlier this month that the Padres were looking into signing catcher Bengie Molina to serve as a backup to Nick Hundley but found the veteran free agent to be in “retirement mode.” He remains in that “mode.” Molina told Kevin Davidoff of Newsday this weekend that he has not…

  17. Red Sox shopping Daisuke Matsuzaka and others?

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The Red Sox may be looking to unload some of their depth at various positions before the start of the 2011 regular season schedule. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Sawx have let other major league teams know that starters Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield are available via trade and that outfielders Mike…

  18. Report: Johan Santana may miss all of the 2011 season

    Mar 13, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    “Internally, the Mets believe they’ll be “lucky” if Santana pitches this year.” That is a stand-alone paragraph in a Sunday morning report by Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. According to their sources, Santana has made very little progress in his ongoing recovery from September shoulder surgery and the Mets are ready…

  19. Nationals option Bryce Harper to Single-A Hagerstown

    Mar 12, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    bryce-harper-nationals

    C’mon Nats fans, you knew this sneak preview would end eventually. Though the Nationals didn’t include last year’s No.1 overall pick Bryce Harper in their first round of cuts yesterday, he was sent to low-Class A Hagerstown following this afternoon’s win over the Yankees, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. The Nationals insisted that Harper…

  20. Ryan Braun leaves game with strained intercostal muscle

    Mar 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Ryan Braun left this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks after the top of the first inning due to a strained left intercostal muscle, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. The team has him listed as day-to-day right now, but there’s some reason for concern here. Braun has suffered intercostal injuries multiple times in the past,…

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