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  1. Matt Holliday will return to the Cardinals’ lineup Sunday

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:12 PM EST

    Fans celebrate Matt Holliday's homerun during their MLB baseball game against San Diego Padres in St. Louis

    Good news here for the Cardinals, who haven’t been getting many breaks in the early going and currently sit three games back of the Reds in the National League Central standings. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Matt Holliday has been cleared to return to action and will be in the…

  2. Morgan Ensberg on Manny: “You are a fake and a cheat”

    Apr 9, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    ensberg pose

    Former MLB infielder Morgan Ensberg, who played against Manny Ramirez several times, is not happy with the way the slugger cheated the game and then retired before accepting a 100-game suspension: How could you?  You coward!  You are a fake and a cheat and now you want to retire?  No way!  You get back out…

  3. Zack Greinke could be back before the end of the month

    Apr 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers

    Good news for the Brewers. Zack Greinke threw another bullpen session this afternoon, his second since being shut down with a fractured rib in early-March. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the right-hander felt so good during the session that the Brewers are now considering moving up his timetable so that he’ll return…

  4. Report: Athletics and Trevor Cahill agree to multi-year contract

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Cahill_Trevor

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Athletics and Trevor Cahill have agreed to a multi-year contract, pending a physical. Crasnick reported last month that the Athletics were interested in exploring a multi-year contract with the 23-year-old right-hander. Specific terms of the contract aren’t yet available, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it was similar…

  5. We have a war of words between Stan Kasten and Rob Dibble

    Apr 9, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    rob dibble announcing

    As Craig told us earlier this week, Rob Dibble said in an interview with FOXSports.com that he was fired from his broadcasting gig with MASN because Stephen Strasburg‘s father sent an angry email to the Lerners. Strasburg has since denied that claim while former Nationals president Stan Kasten went a step further in his comments…

  6. Report: Yankees sign Carlos Silva

    Apr 9, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

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    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees have signed Carlos Silva. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms Heyman’s report and adds that it is a minor league deal. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 4.22 ERA and an 80/24 K/BB ratio over 21 starts last season, but posted an ugly 10.90 ERA over 17…

  7. Kevin Slowey placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

    Apr 9, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Kevin Slowey

    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have placed Kevin Slowey on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. The 26-year-old right-hander was shut down after an appearance Monday with what Twins manager Ron Gardenhire initially called “biceps discomfort.” Slowey was moved to the bullpen at the end of spring training after the…

  8. What they’re saying about Manny Ramirez’s retirement

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    You’ve already heard what we had to say about Manny Ramirez‘s shocking retirement, but what about the rest of the baseball world? From baseball writers to current players and former teammates and managers, here’s a quick sampling. Bobby Jenks (via WEEI.com): “I look at it as this. You do it, you get caught, you’re an idiot.…

  9. UPDATE: Brian Roberts cleared to play following hospital visit for stomach issue

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    UPDATE: According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Roberts is in the starting lineup for the first game of today’s doubleheader. 11:03 AM: According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, tests on Roberts’ stomach issue came back negative and he has been cleared to play. However, his availability for today’s doubleheader against the Rangers is not yet…

  10. Ian Snell is already considering a comeback

    Apr 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    Ian Snell announced last month that he was retiring rather than accept a minor league assignment from the Cardinals, but Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that he is already considering a comeback. “He told the world he’s retiring, and that’s what we thought was going to happen,” Snell’s agent Joe Sroba said Friday. Snell posted…

  11. Mixed results for Jake Peavy in first minor league rehab start

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Jake Peavy allowed two unearned runs on five hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings last night in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Birmingham. Peavy also struck out four and threw a wild pitch. He was originally expected to throw approximately 75 pitches over five innings, but was pulled once he…

  12. What should the Yankees do with Phil Hughes?

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Phil Hughes was flat-out awful against the Red Sox yesterday, giving up six runs on seven hits — including a home run — and two walks over just two innings. He now has an ugly 16.50 ERA through his first two turns in the starting rotation, but more alarming is that the velocity on his…

  13. Struggling Scott Kazmir is going on the disabled list with a “back injury”

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir may have just reached Oliver Perez territory. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Angels have placed former phenom left-hander Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with lower back stiffness. Matt Palmer was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and will replace him in the starting rotation, at least in…

  14. And That Happened Express: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Braves batter Jones hits a double scoring three runs off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Lee in their home opening MLB baseball game in Atlanta

    I mentioned in the first “And That Happened” of the year that I may start doing weekend ATHs. ATH is a time-consuming endeavor, and I try to follow the normal social conventions in my personal life (i.e. Friday night is for girlfriends, Saturday night is for wives), so for now I think I’m going to…

  15. The Dodgers and Padres are still playing!

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley

    Well, sort of. The Dodgers and Padres trudged through four rain delays before last night’s game was suspended at 1:40 am local time with a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning. That’s right. Four rain delays in San Diego. Padres manager Bud Black put it best in his comments to Bill Center of the San Diego…

  16. Manny Ramirez speaks

    Apr 9, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Manny Rays intro AP

    We have our first comments from Manny Ramirez following his shocking retirement yesterday. The enigmatic slugger spoke with Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes and said the following: “I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be…

  17. Hanley Ramirez day-to-day with left leg contusion

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Ramirez_Hanley

    Just one day after Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula, we have another injury on a takeout slide at second base. And this time with one of the game’s best players. Hanley Ramirez had to carried off the field during the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Astros after Bill Hall tried…

  18. Eric Wedge is not happy with Jack Wilson right now

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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    Mariners manager Eric Wedge just made some interesting comments about Jack Wilson. We initially heard that Wilson was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers due to defensive issues after committing two errors in one inning, but Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times today that the infielder actually pulled himself from the game.…

  19. No verdict yet: The Bonds jury adjourns for the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The jury considering Barry Bonds’ fate deliberated for about seven hours today but reached no verdict. The judge thus dismissed them for the weekend. They’ll reconvene Monday. It’s hard to tell what to make of jury questions, but during the day today jurors asked the judge to have the recording of the conversation between Steve…

  20. Manny Ramirez by the numbers

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Forgetting all of the other stuff for a moment, let’s marvel at just how good of a hitter Manny Ramirez was over the course of 19 major league seasons. – Ramirez finishes his career with a .312/.411/.585 line.  He ranks 87th all-time in average, 32nd in on-base percentage and ninth in slugging percentage.  His .996…

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