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  1. An MLB task force is in L.A. to assess Dodger Stadium security

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Earlier today I wondered what the Dodgers would do once the security theater on display at Dodger Stadium would run its course. Bill Shaikin reports that MLB is wondering too, and has sent a security task force to assess the situation. It’s a six-man crew led by MLB exec John McHale, Jr.  They’ll be on-site all…

  2. Tigers manager Jim Leyland one win from 1,500 for his career

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers manager Leyland argues with home plate umpire Cooper during their MLB American League game against the New York Yankee in New York

    Jim Leyland will be going for the 1,500th win of his managerial career tonight when his Tigers take on the A’s in Oakland. He’ll be the 19th manager in MLB history to reach 1,500 victories, joining Tony La Russa of the Cardinals as the only active managers in the club. Leyland has 851 wins with…

  3. Legal experts weigh in on Barry Bonds’ post-trial strategy

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    A lot of people have been asking in the comments recently about whether the somewhat inexplicable jury verdict against Barry Bonds will be overturned, vacated, appealed, whatever. I’m not a criminal procedure expert so the specific mechanics relating to a trial judge’s ability to set aside a jury verdict are a little amorphous to me,…

  4. Brian Giles wins the lawsuit in which there were nothing but losers

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Brian Giles

    We mentioned the ugly civil suit between Brian Giles and his ex-girlfriend the other day. The one in which the girlfriend sought millions in a breach of contract claim from Giles, claiming that he promised to take care of her financially following their breakup. There were also competing claims of domestic violence, fraud and all…

  5. No timetable for A’s closer Andrew Bailey’s return from DL

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:51 PM EST

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Andrew Bailey has been sidelined since mid-March with a strained forearm, but the Oakland closer told Jane Lee of MLB.com that “there’s really no timetable” for his return. Bailey threw a 25-pitch bullpen session yesterday, but hasn’t progressed to mixing in off-speed pitches yet and said afterward that “we’re just going as we feel.” Brian…

  6. Justin Duchscherer’s depression is pretty damn serious

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:36 PM EST

    duchscherer poses

    Those of us who haven’t had mental illness touch our lives can’t really relate to it too well.  I understand, intellectually, what clinical depression is, but I don’t understand it practically. And so when I hear things like “Justin Duchscherer suffers from clinical depression” — as I did in late 2009 — I didn’t really…

  7. Twins’ first-round pick Alex Wimmers shut down after six straight walks in first start

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    alex wimmers twins

    Alex Wimmers was the Twins’ first-round pick last June after winning back-to-back Big Ten pitcher of the year awards at Ohio State and ranked No. 5 on my annual list of the Twins’ top prospects. After signing Wimmers debuted with a 0.57 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings at Single-A, but his first…

  8. And now another edition of “Pete Rose wasn’t as bad as steroids users” theater

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Rose horizontal

    You knew this was coming, because it’s trotted out by someone whenever a big steroid user is in the news for something. This time it’s Paul Daugherty of SI regurgitating the semi-annual “Why should Pete Rose be punished more than steroids users” column. Which is fine as far as subject matter goes, because I think…

  9. Tim Lincecum donates $25,000 to help fund Bryan Stow’s medical bills

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Tim Lincecum has donated $25,000 to the Bryan Stow Fund, which will help pay the medical bills for the 42-year-old Giants fan who was attacked in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Stow remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma, with a $150,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest…

  10. Fredi Gonzalez continues to bat Jason Heyward sixth

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Jason Heyward

    I told myself that I wasn’t going to get too upset about the Braves batting order because batting order doesn’t matter a great deal, but I’m only human, my biggest fanboy crush of a baseball player continues to be left on the basepaths because no one behind him can drive him in and, dammit, I’m…

  11. Cliff Lee throws first shutout with double-digit strikeouts and under 100 pitches since 2009

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Cliff Lee was brilliant against the Nationals last night, hurling a complete-game shutout while allowing just three hits and one walk. He also struck out 12 and needed only 99 pitches to record 27 outs, becoming the first pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2009 to throw a complete-game shutout with double-digit strikeouts while using fewer…

  12. Happy Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Jackie Robinson

    April 15th is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut.  Tons of players will wear #42 in his honor today (which I don’t much care for, but that’s another rant).  That dude down at that university in Georgia or Florida or wherever will issue his annual report about minority participation in baseball (which I…

  13. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson released from hospital

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    brooks-robinson-orioles

    Brooks Robinson was hospitalized on March 31 following emergency surgery, but the 73-year-old Hall of Famer has been discharged. According to the hospital Robinson received more than 500 get-well e-mails during his stay and the longtime Orioles third baseman issued a statement noting that he “spent countless hours reading your kind words of encouragement.” Robinson…

  14. Don’t get too excited about replay yet

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:07 AM EST

    Cuzzi Mauer-thumb-250x165-2271

    Yesterday word got around that Major League Baseball was going to expand replay.  We should probably just say that they’re maybe leaning that way. Here’s the official word from MLB: To clarify, the Special Committee for On-Field Matters discusses many issues, but no decisions have been made regarding instant replay. Which makes sense. The Special…

  15. Phil Hughes struggles again as concerns about velocity mount

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Yankees' Hughes reacts as he walks back to the dugout  during fourth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tigers in New York

    Not only hasn’t Phil Hughes‘ velocity improved since initially emerging as an issue during spring training, his fastball was slower than ever in last night’s sub par outing against the Orioles. Hughes allowed five runs in four innings, serving up two homers and managing just one strikeout while his average fastball clocked in at a…

  16. HBT Daily: Now with more Ozzie Guillen rants!

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Tiffany and I look at the weekend ahead, including the Rangers-Yankees, Indians-Orioles and Ozzie Guillen at the end of his rope.

  17. Twins’ lack of catching depth makes replacing Joe Mauer even tougher

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Joe Mauer

    Minnesota has had to replace Joe Mauer for extended stretches before, but unfortunately by trading both Wilson Ramos and Jose Morales the Twins are exceptionally short on catching depth this time around. Drew Butera will take over as the primary catcher and the Twins have called up minor-league veteran Steve Holm from Rochester to serve…

  18. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp kicks it old school

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Oscar Gamble nods approvingly. Says “now grow it bigger.”

  19. Man who won’t make Hall of Fame says what hat he wants to wear on his plaque

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    I like Johnny Damon as a player. He’s had a nice career. He’s the archetypal Hall of Very Good guy.  The HoVG’s Mt. Rushmore* could easily have him, Mark Grace, Jack Morris and, I dunno, Vada Pinson on it.  But a Hall of Famer?  Eh: It stinks that [3,000 hits] might be my only chance [at the…

  20. Dodger Stadium was crawling with police last night, but how long will it last?

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

    Following the attack on Bryan Stow, it’s understandable that the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles would want to take visible measures to ratchet up safety. Emphasis on the visible, with police officers “on the streets leading up to the stadium and still more at the entrances to the parking lot, the stadium gates…

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