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  1. Maicer Izturis calls fans doubting durability “ignorant people”

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    Maicer Izturis fired back at fans who question his durability, as the Angels infielder told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times that “those are ignorant people who say that” and “they don’t know the game.” Izturis, who was on the disabled list three times last season and has played just 254 of a possible…

  2. The right field foul pole in Petco Park is now a golf club

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Petco foul pole

    While I’m sort of blah on the idea of advertising taking up every available inch in ballparks these days, I realize why that’s the case and that there’s not a heck of a lot that can be done about it. So hey, if it’s going to happen anyway, we may as try to have fun…

  3. Joel Zumaya opts for rehab rather than exploratory surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Joel Zumaya said this offseason that he might retire if faced with another arm surgery, so not surprisingly the oft-injured Tigers reliever has opted to try rest and rehab rather than undergo exploratory surgery on his elbow. Surgery likely would have ruled Zumaya out for this season, whereas in theory at least rehabbing gives him…

  4. The anti-Franklin? Rick Ankiel thanks the fans of St. Louis

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Ankiel Ad

    Ryan Franklin may be on the outs with the fans of St. Louis, but a former Cardinal — Rick Ankiel — is in warm fuzzy land. In town as an opposing player for the first time, Ankiel took out a full-page ad in the sports section of the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, thanking Cardinals fans for…

  5. Stat-head setup man? Daniel Bard reads Fan Graphs

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    In general pitchers seem much more willing to embrace sabermetrics than position players, as guys like Zack Greinke, Brian Bannister, and Max Scherzer have been vocal about their interest in and reliance on various new-school numbers. Daniel Bard joined that club yesterday by admitting to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he visits Fan…

  6. On second thought, Frank McCourt may be ready to fight Bud Selig like there’s no tomorrow

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    “We need more people like Frank McCourt.” You will not be at all surprised to learn that that is the assessment of Frank McCourt’s newest employee, Steve Soboroff, who was hired as the Dodgers’ Vice Chairman on Tuesday. Soboroff was hired in order to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order, but based…

  7. Geoff Blum likely to miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Arizona just announced that utility man Geoff Blum will likely miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery, although Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that an official return timetable won’t be set “until doctors see the extent of the damage.” Kirk Gibson revealed that it won’t be microfracture surgery, which qualifies as good news. Blum…

  8. Deep Thought: remember when Frank McCourt tried to buy the Red Sox?

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Frank McCourt’s turmoil has contributed to a state of affairs in which a team that should have a tremendous financial advantage over all of its competitors has basically punted that advantage. Given their attendance, market size and revenue — as cash cow regional sports network would make perfect sense for them — the Dodgers truly could…

  9. Andrew McCutchen leaves Pirates for “personal matter”

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen missed last night’s game after leaving the Pirates to attend to what the team is calling a “personal matter.” No other details have been offered, with manager Clint Hurdle saying only that McCutchen “went home today to deal with a personal matter” and “we’re respecting his privacy.” Left fielder Jose Tabata shifted to…

  10. Jered Weaver continues to mow ‘em down

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Given his early season dominance, I had made a mental note to keep a close eye on Jered Weaver. So of course I kicked myself when I realized that I had missed his start against the Rangers last night. And it was kick-worthy: Weaver gave up only one run on six hits while striking out eight…

  11. Bartolo Colon is delivering for the Yankees

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    I laughed when the Yankees signed Bartolo Colon. A lot of people did. I figured that he’d come to camp, not make the team, get assigned to extended spring training in Tampa and — as he has done a couple of times in recent years — decide that he’d prefer to be back home doing…

  12. R.A. Dickey wants the Mets to get real with themselves

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey spoke after the Mets lost to the Astros last night. And if there are any illusions about why this guy seems so likable, they’re put to rest when he says decidedly non-platitudey things like this: “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are.…

  13. Frank and Jamie McCourt respond to the MLB takeover in expected fashion

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Ever since the Dodgers’ financial turmoil was made public, Frank McCourt has seemed to be in denial. When criticized over the team’s sordid  affairs, his response has been to assert that there is no problem whatsoever. Jamie McCourt, in contrast has exhibited more in the way of — what shall we call it? — magical…

  14. Frank McCourt may sue Major League Baseball

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    This nugget in the AP’s report about Major League Baseball’s takeover of the Dodgers is every bit expected as it is depressing: a baseball executive familiar with the situation said that McCourt is preparing to sue Major League Baseball.  He has reportedly hired the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell to do it, too. Good luck. My…

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:34 AM EST

    Jered Weaver

    Angels 4, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver remains insanely good, winning his fifth while pitching a complete game, striking out eight and walking no one while allowing a lone run. Your move, Dan Haren. Marlins 6, Pirates 0:  Man, they were right about Charlie Morton looking just like Roy Halladay! Both of them got beat up while…

  16. Franklin: “They’re supposed to be the best fans in baseball”

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:20 PM EST

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    Veteran reliever Ryan Franklin has allowed a whopping seven earned runs in 6 2/3 innings so far this season. He has blown four saves in five chances and has surrendered four home runs. The guy has made mistake after mistake on the mound and has been mercifully stripped of closing duties. But his biggest flub…

  17. Dallas Braden undergoes MRI, only has shoulder inflammation

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

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    The A’s placed left-hander Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with discomfort in his throwing shoulder. On Wednesday, they got a promising diagnosis from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum. According to our good friends at CSN Bay Area, an MRI taken of Braden’s left shoulder revealed only inflammation and no structural…

  18. Eric Hurley diagnosed with skull fracture and concussion

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

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    Rangers minor leaguer Eric Hurley was struck on the side of the head by a comebacker during an appearance Monday night at Triple-A Round Rock. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the Round Rock training staff thought it best that he spend a night in the hospital for…

  19. Logan Morrison undergoes MRI on injured left foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Mariners skipper Edwin Rodriguez said Tuesday night that he wasn’t overly concerned about the left foot injury that Logan Morrison suffered during the Marlins’ 6-0 victory against the Pirates. He’s probably worried now. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Morrison underwent an MRI on his foot Wednesday evening, the results…

  20. Report: The McCourts are being investigated by the IRS too

    Apr 20, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If the MLB takeover of the Dodgers isn’t enough, check this out. It’s from TMZ so consider the source, but really, would any of this surprise you at this point? The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the finances surrounding the Dodgers as well as Frank and Jamie McCourt … the IRS investigation was triggered by…

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