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  1. Charlie Manuel on Brad Lidge’s return timetable: “All-Star break or just before that”

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    brad-lidge-and-charlie-manuel-phillies

    During a radio interview today Phillies manager Charlie Manuel gave an update on Brad Lidge‘s health status, saying he’s “probably looking at maybe All-Star break or just before that” for the closer to return from a partially torn rotator cuff. That’s considerably longer than the initial timetable given late last month, which had Lidge missing…

  2. Lastings Milledge designated for assignment

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Lastings Milledge

    Lastings Milledge, who was at one time considered a top Mets prospect, has had quite an odyssey around baseball the past few years.  Ridiculed right out of the gate in Washington thanks to Manny Acta putting him in center field when he really wasn’t cut out for it, he struggled with the Nats and then…

  3. Jason Kendall’s return from shoulder surgery pushed back

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall‘s initial recovery timetable following September shoulder surgery had him missing the first two months of the season, but then in February the Royals revealed that he was several months ahead of schedule and might not miss any time at all. Several setbacks followed, causing Kendall to begin the season on the disabled list,…

  4. Manny Ramirez doesn’t feel the need to impress you

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    Manny Ramirez was asked if his early season struggles were the result of him pressing in an effort to make a good impression. Manny hasn’t hit much these days, but he smacked that one out of the park: “I don’t need to impress nobody. I’ve got almost 600 home runs.” Truth.  Maybe not as to…

  5. Miguel Cabrera hits 250th career homer before 28th birthday

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Last night Miguel Cabrera smacked his 250th career homer, which is remarkable considering he won’t be 28 years old for another two weeks.a Cabrera’s birthday is April 18, which means this is officially his “age-28 season.” Here are the all-time leaders in homers through age 28: Alex Rodriguez 381 Ken Griffey Jr. 350 Jimmie Foxx.…

  6. Rob Dibble still thinks Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up”

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    rob dibble announcing

    Last year Rob Dibble got canned from MASN after he said that Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up” and pitched despite having an elbow injury that went on to require Tommy John surgery. After he said it — but before he got fired — he apologized and said that his comments were “inappropriate and disrespectful.”…

  7. Yunel Escobar undergoes CAT scan and cervical X-ray for possible concussion

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar slides hard into third with a triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Yunel Escobar‘s helmet collided with Andy LaRoche‘s knee as the Blue Jays shortstop slid into third base for a fifth-inning triple last night and he later left the game after experiencing what manager John Farrell described as “persistent dizziness.” Escobar underwent concussion tests last night, which according to Farrell includes a CAT scan and cervical…

  8. The Jays are open to playing a game in Montreal

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Olympic Stadium

    Nothing is ever going to touch hockey in Canada or even come within sight of it, but it does seem like the Blue Jays, by virtue of being Canada’s only baseball team, have a pretty good opportunity to grow the fan base. To date they’ve made some tentative inroads into Quebec via TV and radio…

  9. Adam Dunn wants to play today

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

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    Adam Dunn had an appendectomy at 2AM yesterday morning. Despite this, he tells Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago that he’d like to play against the Rays today in the White Sox’ home opener.  He also said that he has healing powers like Wolverine, so it shouldn’t be a problem. It seems silly for Dunn to…

  10. No, the Giants don’t need to “do something” about Barry Bonds

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    bonds in att park

    In light of the Barry Bonds trial going to the jury as early as today, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News has a concern: Question: If the verdict is not guilty on all charges and Bonds wants to celebrate by making the short trip to AT&T Park for some baseball viewing, what happens?…

  11. The Dodgers are reviewing their security procedures

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    In the wake of the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, the Dodgers have hired former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton — who is now a private security consultant — to assess the team’s security policies. If this increases security at Dodgers games, great. But…

  12. Ryan Howard is delusional

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Ryan Howard had a great game last night — 4 for 4, a homer, two doubles, a walk and two RBI — and he’s had a hot start. So maybe what he had to say after last night’s game can be chalked up to adrenaline or something. But whatever caused him to say this, it’s not…

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 8, Padres 4: Lincecawesome. I can only say that once a year in ATH or else people start yelling at me, but I figured I’d get it out of the way early. Lincecum struck out 13 dudes in seven innings of work while allowing only three hits. He was buoyed by Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval,…

  14. Erick Aybar’s MRI reveals left oblique strain

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:28 PM EST

    aybar getty

    The Angels might be without shortstop Erick Aybar for the next several days. According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, Aybar underwent an MRI on his left side Wednesday that revealed an oblique muscle strain. The Angels have not yet placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list and are obviously hoping that he…

  15. Jurrjens stays on track with successful simulated game

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:16 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    The Braves placed right-hander Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique. On Wednesday, he made his first big step toward what looks to be a mid-April return. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jurrjens tossed a four-inning simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Triple-A Gwinnett, firing a…

  16. Brian Wilson talks oblique strain recovery and the “chaos” planned for Giants’ opener on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

    wilson beard

    Since videos of Giants closer Brian Wilson are all the rage these days and because we aim to please, here is a pre-game chat with the fiery right-hander that our friends at CSN Bay Area put together. Wilson talks about his recovery from a late-spring oblique injury, the Giants’ start thus far, staff ace Tim…

  17. Jack Wilson pulled from game due to defensive issues

    Apr 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    Jack Wilson

    The Mariners decided before the start of the regular season to move Jack Wilson over to second base in order to open the shortstop position for the younger and more defensively capable Brendan Ryan. Wilson should be fine at the new spot eventually, but he had quite a bit of trouble during Wednesday’s loss to…

  18. Mark Cuban pays a visit to the HBT comments section

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    The other day Mark Cuban put up a lengthy post over at his blog about his views on the media and their access to the locker room.  It’s here. This morning I wrote a lengthy post responding to it in which I, as I am wont to do, went on about my view of the…

  19. Why political bloggers should stick to politics

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    spock

    I read a lot of political blogs and think a lot of political thoughts. And despite the fact that I often pretend to be a flaming commie, I’m actually a fairly middle-of-the-road guy. I mean, I lean left on many things and I’m pretty far left on a lot of social issues, but I have…

  20. Bummer: Harmon Killebrew won’t be throwing out the first pitch in Minnesota on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Killebrew

    There was word earlier this week that Harmon Killebrew — who has been battling esophageal cancer — was going to throw the first pitch out at the Twins’ home opener on Friday. Now it seems that he won’t make it due because he doesn’t want to interrupt his treatment schedule. Tony Oliva will do the honors…

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