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  1. Rays fans are already booing Manny Ramirez

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Ramirez watches a MLB spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles from the dugout in Sarasota

    Tampa Bay is 0-4, Manny Ramirez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts yesterday to make him 1-for-16 on the season, and Rays fans are already booing the 39-year-old designated hitter. Manager Joe Maddon described the situation as “very unfair” while adding that the fans should know “this man really cares” and “the last thing I want…

  2. Selig talks about the Wilpons, contraction, expanding the playoffs and more

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    Bud Selig was on SiriusXM with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo yesterday, and he held forth in his usual Budly manner on the topics of the Mets financial situation, that contraction nonsense, realignment, expanded playoffs and the Barry Bonds trial.  The highlights: The most newsworthy thing of the interview was Bud’s statement that the Mets did not ask…

  3. Grady Sizemore “shooting for mid-April to late April” return

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    sizemore spring

    Grady Sizemore continued his comeback from microfracture knee surgery by going 0-for-4 while playing in a minor-league exhibition game against Ohio State yesterday. Sizemore, who has been sidelined since last May, is scheduled to take today off before heading to Double-A for the Eastern League season opener Thursday. Sizemore told Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland…

  4. Adam Dunn had an emergency appendectomy

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Dunn_Adam

    UPDATE: Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports that the procedure was a laproscopic appendectomy — which is far less-invasive than the slice-and-dice you got as a kid — and that the team estimates that Dunn will only be out up to five days. 9:55AM: Tough break for the White Sox as it’s being reported that Adam…

  5. Rafael Soriano’s media snub is a legitimate problem

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    New York Yankees pitcher Soriano flips a ball during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    UPDATE: Our long national nightmare is over: Soriano has apologized. 9:34 AM: There is a lot of back and forth on the Internets this morning about Rafael Soriano‘s decision to dress quickly and leave the clubhouse before the reporters could get to him after last night’s debacle. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, Joel Sherman…

  6. Ozzie Guillen on Will Ohman: “he has to get his head out of his ass”

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Dear lord, do I love Ozzie Guillen. If, for no other reason, than because he says what everyone else thinks but which no one in an official position besides him ever, ever says. Things like this, which Brent Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports Guillen said about White Sox reliever Will Ohman, who has had a rough…

  7. Swagger Alert! Apparently the Red Sox need some of it

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Headline in Rob Bradford’s column about the reeling Red Sox over at WEEI: “Red Sox in search of their swagger (and a win).”  Content: Everybody understands that the Red Sox have the potential to be what Ortiz mandated all who wear the uniform be back in ’07 — bad blankety-blanks. And every player Tuesday night…

  8. Mark Cuban would like the reporters out of his locker room

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is a basketball owner, not a baseball owner, but I’ve gone on enough in recent weeks about team and league-controlled media usurping the role of the outside press that Cuban’s little rant from the other day is still within my bailiwick. So let’s talk about it, shall we? Cuban’s piece is long and has…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    A night of some lights-out pitching performances. Which can mean only one thing: Bud Selig switched out the juiced baseballs because he knows we’re on to him!

  10. Ubaldo Jimenez still uncertain for Friday start

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    Jimenez_Ubaldo

    Ubaldo Jimenez didn’t look anything like his usual dominant self on Opening Day against the Diamondbacks last Friday, giving up six runs — five earned — over six innings while striking out just one and sitting between 89-91 mph on the radar gun. It turns out Jimenez aggravated a cuticle of his right thumb, a…

  11. The Orioles are sniffing around for some starting pitching help

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

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    Orioles’ starting pitchers have allowed just two runs across 26 innings (0.69 ERA) over the first four games of the season, but don’t let that fool you. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Orioles are currently “poking around” for fifth-starter types. Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matusz are both on the disabled list and will…

  12. Matt Holliday won’t go on disabled list after appendectomy

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:05 PM EST

    Matt Holliday AP

    According to Rick Hummel and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed earlier today that Matt Holliday will not require a stint on the disabled list following his appendectomy last Friday. “He is not being disabled. He’s making enough progress now that he’ll be back before 15 days. So we’ll…

  13. Franklin Gutierrez could play in some minor league games this week

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    gutierrez_franklin

    According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Franklin Gutierrez could play in a few minor league games before the end of the week. The Gold Glover is currently on the disabled list with a stomach issue that dates back to last season. The Mariners are still awaiting the results of one final test before…

  14. Carl Crawford batting out of the No. 2 spot tonight

    Apr 5, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

    Crawford_Carl

    Carl Crawford is batting No. 2 against the Indians tonight, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Red Sox manager Terry Francona raised some eyebrows by dropping Crawford to the seventh spot in the order on Sunday. Crawford batted third for the first two games of the season. While Francona said that Crawford was bumped Sunday…

  15. 0-for-13 start gets Ian Desmond dropped in lineup

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    desmond_ian

    The Nationals entered spring training with Nyjer Morgan and Ian Desmond at the top of their order, but less than a week into the season, Morgan is long gone and Desmond has been dropped to seventh following an 0-for-13 start. Desmond, who moved up to the leadoff spot when Morgan was traded to Milwaukee last…

  16. Jason Bay probably won’t be back this weekend

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay was hoping to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible Saturday, but GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that it probably won’t happen. Bay is still experiencing soreness around his strained left intercostal muscle and has yet to try swinging a bat. “The doctors thought he might be ready when his days on…

  17. The Giants are sticking with Aubrey Huff in right field

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Aubrey Huff

    With a day off to reflect on Aubrey Huff‘s trainwreck of a weekend in right field against the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy has decided to stay the course. The lineup for this evening’s game in San Diego: CF: Andres Torres 2B: Freddy Sanchez RF: Aubrey Huff C: Buster Posey 3B: Pablo Sandoval LF: Pat Burrell 1B:…

  18. Why is Jeff Samardzija in the majors?

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Jeff Samardzija

    This isn’t a piece designed to answer that question. It’s an actual inquiry. What on earth is Jeff Samardzija doing in the Cubs bullpen? Going into the spring, it seemed to be pretty much a given that Samardzija would have a roster spot because he was out of options and because the Cubs had so much…

  19. Fernando Rodney loses closer job to rookie Jordan Walden

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    That was quick. Earlier today I wondered if Scott Downs might be an option to replace Fernando Rodney as the Angels’ closer if he came off the disabled list before manager Mike Scioscia was comfortable giving rookie Jordan Walden a shot at the job, but apparently he was already comfortable. Scioscia announced this afternoon that…

  20. Mike Stanton aiming to rejoin Marlins’ lineup Friday

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Mike Stanton hasn’t played since Opening Day because of a hamstring injury, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that there are no plans to place him on the disabled list and Stanton is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday. In the meantime he’ll be available to pinch-hit, although if the…

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