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  1. Red Sox make two bullpen changes, including designating Dennys Reyes for assignment

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Dennys Reyes

    After six straight losses the Red Sox have made their first moves of the season, placing Matt Albers on the disabled list and designating Dennys Reyes for assignment while replacing them in the bullpen with Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront. Reyes beat out Hideki Okajima for the left-handed specialist gig during spring training, but is…

  2. Tito tinkers with the lineup, but it doesn’t really matter

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona is tinkering with the lineup for today’s game with the Yankees: he has moved Carl Crawford to the top of the order — his fourth different slot in seven games — and he’s rounding it out with Pedroia second, Gonzalez third and then Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew, Saltalamacchia, Ellsbury and Scutaro. Lineup order doesn’t interest…

  3. Jake Peavy to make first of four rehab starts in minors tonight

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jake Peavy will begin his rehab assignment tonight at Double-A and pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that he’ll be asked to make three additional starts in the minors before potentially rejoining the White Sox’s rotation. That would put Peavy on track to come off the disabled list around May 5, which is the start of…

  4. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I — yes, Tiffany is back! — talk Yankees-Red Sox, Phillies-Braves and Tony La Russa’s blowup and the Cardinals bats

  5. Johnny Damon leads “players only meeting” as Rays fall to 0-6

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Rays lost their sixth straight game to begin the season and afterward Johnny Damon led “a brief players-only meeting,” according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Topkin reports that “Damon didn’t talk for long, and he wasn’t the only one, as Felipe Lopez also spoke up, in stressing to the others…

  6. We’re nearing round two of the Mets-seek-investors thing

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    A source tells the Daily News that the list of potential investors in the Mets has been whittled down to eight, and that those eight have all been vetted by Major League Baseball, leaving the decision solely in the hands of the Wilpons.  The offers are characterized as ranging from “marginally acceptable” to “very acceptable.”…

  7. Carlos Silva “has several offers” after being released by Cubs

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    Carlos Silva, who was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training, “has several offers and will probably pick soon,” according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. By cutting Silva the Cubs ate his entire $11.5 million salary for this season, so any new team that signs him could do so for as little…

  8. Stephen Strasburg begs to differ with Rob Dibble

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Remember yesterday how Rob Dibble said that it was an email from Stephen Strasburg‘s father to the Lerners that got him fired?  Well, Strasburg took to Twitter last night to take issue with that: For those of you wondering my dad doesn’t even have the Lerners’ email… Actually was a fan of Dibble believe it…

  9. Broadcasters: please stop calling players by their first name all the time

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Chip Caray

    I meant to mention this in ATH, but it got a bit long talking about my treadmill and everything. Anyway: While watching the Marlins broadcast last night I noticed that the announcers for FSN Florida — I believe it was Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton — were constantly calling Marlins players by their first name.…

  10. Checking in with this morning’s Red Sox hyperbole

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

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    I know a lot of Red Sox fans in that way you know people on the Internet. Twitter and message boards and stuff. Most of them are understandably bummed about the team’s start, but almost none of them are wallowing or anything. The consensus is “this is straight shite, but they’ll turn it around.”  It’s…

  11. Bonds Trial Update: It’s now in the jury’s hands

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    Closing statements were made at the Barry Bonds trial yesterday. And while closings aren’t evidence — and while in my view they aren’t nearly as important as openings — they always feel like a high point.  The final opportunity to pound the theme of the case home. But they also serve as something of a…

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

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ian Desmond, Wes Helms

    Before I let you know what happened in the Nats-Marlins game, I’d like to tell you about my treadmill.

  13. Bryce Harper smacks RBI single in first pro plate appearance

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    For Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, adversity has not been a common life theme. The Las Vegas native was drafted first overall in last summer’s MLB Amateur Draft at the age of 17 and inked a seven-year, $9.9 million major league contract in August. Then this winter, without an ounce of professional experience to his name,…

  14. Brandon Morrow allows five runs in three-inning start at Single-A

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Photo Day

    The Blue Jays placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the regular season due to forearm inflammation. On Thursday, he took a big but shaky step toward returning. According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Morrow allowed five runs — four earned — over just three innings in…

  15. Joel Zumaya cleared to begin throwing program

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

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    Tom Gage of the Detroit News brings us some good news about Tigers setup man Joel Zumaya. Dr. James Andrews took a look at Zumaya’s ailing right elbow on Wednesday afternoon and found nothing structurally out of place, so the Tigers cleared him to begin a throwing program. Zumaya will start with games of catch,…

  16. Adam Moore has torn right meniscus, will need surgery

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

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    Mariners backup catcher Adam Moore was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in the eighth inning after injuring his knee while trying to chase after a ball in the dirt. Moore had to be helped off the field by two trainers and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times noticed that the 26-year-old could barely…

  17. Zack Greinke throws first bullpener since breaking rib

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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    Brewers starter Zack Greinke took his first big step toward returning from a rib fracture on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the right-hander stepped atop a mound and fired off around 30 pitches, reporting no abnormal pain or discomfort in the area of his cracked rib. The Brewers are…

  18. Blue Jays make room for Octavio Dotel by sending Casey Janssen to Triple-A

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    When it comes to demoting players to Triple-A sometimes having a minor-league option remaining takes precedence over everything else and Casey Janssen learned that the hard way today, as the Blue Jays sent him to Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Octavio Dotel‘s return from the disabled list. Janssen certainly isn’t deserving…

  19. The Red Sox aren’t the only 0-6 team

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    The Red Sox are not the only 0-6 team out there. They’re not the only one in the division, either. And they’re not even the 0-6 team with the worst chances of a turnaround. Ladies and gentlemen: the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay dropped its sixth straight game today, losing 5-1 to the White Sox…

  20. Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffers fractured fibula in collision with Nick Swisher

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    UPDATE: Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Nishioka has a fractured fibula and (obviously) is headed for the disabled list. At minimum he’ll be out for a month and possibly much longer. As expected, Hughes is coming up from Triple-A to replace him. ========== Moments after botching a tailor-made double play ball…

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