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  1. Jake Peavy scheduled to make Double-A rehab start Friday

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jake Peavy began this year on the disabled list following setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery, but the rehabbing former Cy Young winner threw a 59-pitch simulated game yesterday and is now scheduled to start an actual game Friday at Double-A. Scott Merkin of MLB.com notes that Peavy said previously he’d want to throw…

  2. Edgar Martinez had a bad weekend

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Edgar Martinez

    Well, I’m sure he’s fine, but he watched as two of his marks were surpassed on Saturday. First, David Ortiz set the major league record for RBIs by a designated hitter, passing Martinez’s mark of 1,003. Then, later that night, Ichiro Suzuki broke Edgar Martinez’s franchise record for career hits, notching his 2,248th hit in a Mariners uniform. Both were…

  3. Joe Nathan gets shaky save in first appearance since 2009

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joe Nathan successfully converted a two-run save yesterday in his first appearance since 2009, but his return from Tommy John elbow surgery wasn’t pretty. He threw just 15 of 31 pitches for strikes and allowed a run on two hits and two walks, with his first out coming on a long fly ball from Blue…

  4. The Panic Index: The Red Sox, Giants, Rays and Brewers

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Panic on the streets of Boston … St. Pete, Frisco and Milwaukee … OK, fine, so the Smiths sang about panic better than I can, but the “oh noes!” quotient is pretty high among some fans this morning. Fans who, it seems, forgot that baseball is not football and three or four games don’t really…

  5. How ’bout them rookie Royals?

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tim Collins

    We’re going to have a lot of Small Sample Size Theater this week. Stuff we observe during the season’s infancy that, while unsustainable and probably meaningless in the grand scheme of things, is fun to observe all the same.  One of the first things that fit this bill in 2011 is the Royals’ relievers, particularly…

  6. Bonds case update: the prosecution will rest today

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    Today will be the last day of the prosecution’s case-in-chief in the Barry Bonds trial, as they finish with Don Catlin, the anti-doping expert, and have the grand jury testimony read to the jury. The defense will then start their case, either today or tomorrow, but it will be a shorter deal than the prosecution’s.…

  7. Phil Hughes looks for answers as he struggles with his velocity

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    As I noted in ATH this morning, people were talking during yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game that Phil Hughes‘ velocity was way down. The last time this was mentioned, during spring training, some dismissed the idea as a function of uncalibrated Juggs guns or, even if the observations were accurate, as something not worth worrying about.  It…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Stuff you missed while you willingly ignored the sample size problem while declaring that the NCAA tournament is, like, totally the best thing ever.

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Matt Treanor

    Royals 12, Angels 9 (13 innings): Fernando Rodney blew the save in the bottom of the ninth by allowing two runs. More inexcusable than the runs, however, is that he walked Jeff Francoeur in the process. Actually, he walked the bases loaded before Wilson Betemit doubled in the tying runs. Angels pitchers walked ten Royals…

  10. David Price open to extension with Rays ‘if it’s realistic’

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

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    A big part of the Tampa Bay Rays’ strategy to compete with the big-market bullies in the AL East is to sign their young, talented players to long-term deals, giving those players some long-term security while buying out their arbitration-eligible years and ideally a year or two of free agency as well. It worked with…

  11. Aardsma on track after “lights out” bullpen session

    Apr 3, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Mariners closer David Aardsma underwent surgery on his hip in late winter and barely got off his crutches during spring training, but he’s made significant progress in the past couple of weeks and appears likely to reach his goal of returning sometime in late April. Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle reports that…

  12. Justin Duchscherer to undergo minor back procedure

    Apr 3, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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    The injury-related problems continue for veteran right-hander Justin Duchscherer. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Duchscherer will undergo an ablation procedure on his lower back Sunday and won’t be able to pick up a baseball for the next four or five days. It’s a minor surgery designed to heat up never endings and…

  13. McCutchen scratched from Saturday’s lineup with stiff neck

    Apr 3, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen tried to talk himself into Sunday’s lineup against the Cubs and was successful at first, but Pittsburgh’s coaches and trainers eventually decided to play it safe. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jose Tabata is playing center field on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field with Matt Diaz covering…

  14. Braves re-sign Scott Proctor to minor league contract

    Apr 3, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Scott Proctor is back with the Braves. Kind of. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran right-hander agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday morning and will report to Triple-A Gwinnett this week. Proctor was cut by the Braves at the end of spring training after allowing 12 hits and 14…

  15. Victorino expects to return from tight calf on Tuesday

    Apr 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    The Phillies got some good news Sunday on center fielder Shane Victorino, the morning after he made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of tightness in his left calf. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Victorino is aiming to return to the Phils’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s series-opening tilt against the Mets. The Phillies have…

  16. Evan Longoria headed to disabled list with oblique injury

    Apr 3, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

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    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria began feeling discomfort in his left oblique before Saturday’s game against the Orioles. But he didn’t ask out of the starting lineup and now it might cost him. Longoria had to be lifted from the game at the start of the…

  17. Jurrjens placed on disabled list, Minor to start Wednesday

    Apr 3, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens began feeling discomfort in the left side of his body during the final week of spring training. Now it has carried over into the regular season. From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that, in somewhat expected news, Jurrjens has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to…

  18. SNY employee channels Family Guy, takes jab at Mets

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Note to current and future employees and interns of broadcasting companies: not everyone has a great barometer for sarcasm and parody. According to this report from Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, a SportsNet New York (SNY) employee is in hot water for playing a Mets-mocking clip from the show Family Guy at the end of the…

  19. Jimenez could miss next start due to small cut on thumb

    Apr 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered six runs over six innings Friday in a rough debut loss to the Diamondbacks. A report Saturday from the Denver Post may give us an idea of why he looked so shaky. According to the Post‘s Troy Renck, Jimenez has a small cut along his right thumb cuticle and it…

  20. Orioles’ Luke Scott suffers groin injury

    Apr 3, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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    The Orioles are going to be without one of their main sluggers for the next couple of days. Or maybe longer. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, outfielder Luke Scott had to be lifted from Saturday night’s game — the same game that saw Rays third baseman Evan Longoria suffer an oblique injury…

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