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  1. Checking in with this morning’s Red Sox hyperbole

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    McDonald bag.bmp

    I know a lot of Red Sox fans in that way you know people on the Internet. Twitter and message boards and stuff. Most of them are understandably bummed about the team’s start, but almost none of them are wallowing or anything. The consensus is “this is straight shite, but they’ll turn it around.”  It’s…

  2. Bonds Trial Update: It’s now in the jury’s hands

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    Closing statements were made at the Barry Bonds trial yesterday. And while closings aren’t evidence — and while in my view they aren’t nearly as important as openings — they always feel like a high point.  The final opportunity to pound the theme of the case home. But they also serve as something of a…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Ian Desmond, Wes Helms

    Before I let you know what happened in the Nats-Marlins game, I’d like to tell you about my treadmill.

  4. Bryce Harper smacks RBI single in first pro plate appearance

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    For Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, adversity has not been a common life theme. The Las Vegas native was drafted first overall in last summer’s MLB Amateur Draft at the age of 17 and inked a seven-year, $9.9 million major league contract in August. Then this winter, without an ounce of professional experience to his name,…

  5. Brandon Morrow allows five runs in three-inning start at Single-A

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays Photo Day

    The Blue Jays placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the regular season due to forearm inflammation. On Thursday, he took a big but shaky step toward returning. According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Morrow allowed five runs — four earned — over just three innings in…

  6. Joel Zumaya cleared to begin throwing program

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:18 PM EST

    zumaya hurt

    Tom Gage of the Detroit News brings us some good news about Tigers setup man Joel Zumaya. Dr. James Andrews took a look at Zumaya’s ailing right elbow on Wednesday afternoon and found nothing structurally out of place, so the Tigers cleared him to begin a throwing program. Zumaya will start with games of catch,…

  7. Adam Moore has torn right meniscus, will need surgery

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:22 PM EST

    moore getty

    Mariners backup catcher Adam Moore was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in the eighth inning after injuring his knee while trying to chase after a ball in the dirt. Moore had to be helped off the field by two trainers and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times noticed that the 26-year-old could barely…

  8. Zack Greinke throws first bullpener since breaking rib

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EST

    greinke getty

    Brewers starter Zack Greinke took his first big step toward returning from a rib fracture on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the right-hander stepped atop a mound and fired off around 30 pitches, reporting no abnormal pain or discomfort in the area of his cracked rib. The Brewers are…

  9. Blue Jays make room for Octavio Dotel by sending Casey Janssen to Triple-A

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

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    When it comes to demoting players to Triple-A sometimes having a minor-league option remaining takes precedence over everything else and Casey Janssen learned that the hard way today, as the Blue Jays sent him to Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Octavio Dotel‘s return from the disabled list. Janssen certainly isn’t deserving…

  10. The Red Sox aren’t the only 0-6 team

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    Sam Fuld

    The Red Sox are not the only 0-6 team out there. They’re not the only one in the division, either. And they’re not even the 0-6 team with the worst chances of a turnaround. Ladies and gentlemen: the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay dropped its sixth straight game today, losing 5-1 to the White Sox…

  11. Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffers fractured fibula in collision with Nick Swisher

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    UPDATE: Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Nishioka has a fractured fibula and (obviously) is headed for the disabled list. At minimum he’ll be out for a month and possibly much longer. As expected, Hughes is coming up from Triple-A to replace him. ========== Moments after botching a tailor-made double play ball…

  12. Great Moments in Competitive Imbalance: Texas High School Baseball Edition

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Lake Highlands baseball

    This is what some Orioles fans want you think playing in the AL East is like: Late on a school night, in a game already delayed because of lightning, Richardson Lake Highlands High School came to bat in the top of the fifth inning leading Dallas Samuell by around 30 runs. Then they scored another 20…

  13. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Dustin Pedroia

    The Red Sox’ 0-6 homecoming to face the Yankees is going to dominate the discourse in the salons of baseball for the next 24 hours, and I predict that the amount of fretting will be more or less balanced out by the Don’t Panic Chorus. Dustin Pedroia, however, wants to make it clear to you,…

  14. Tigers reliever Ryan Perry placed on DL with infected eye

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    ryan-perry-tigers-spring

    Not to be outdone by Mark Ellis‘ inner-ear infection, Tigers setup man Ryan Perry has been placed on the disabled list with an eye infection. All the reports on the injury that I’ve seen so far are light on any further details, but “infected eye” certainly doesn’t sound very pleasant. Because the DL stint is…

  15. The Red Sox lose again, head back to Boston 0-6

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    McDonald bag.bmp

    I’ve been getting annoyed at all of the “no team who has ever started 0 and whatever has ever made the playoffs” stuff, but I suppose at some point those numbers are going to become relevant. And we’re a day closer to that, because Boston lost again this afternoon, and they did it in frustrating…

  16. Robert Redford to make a movie about Branch Rickey

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Redford Natural

    He’s a natural for the project, wouldn’t you agree? He starred in one of the most famous fictional baseball movies of all time. Now Robert Redford looks to play one of the most famous real-life baseball figures of all time. The “Natural” star is on board to play Branch Rickey in a long-gestating, recently jump-started version…

  17. Video: Tony La Russa lashes out at reporters, quits presser

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:36 PM EST

    Craig touched on this in his “And That Happened” this morning, but here’s the video of Tony La Russa getting incredibly annoyed at questions about the Cardinals’ offensive struggles, lecturing reporters about how silly it is to be asking this stuff after one week, and then quitting the press conference: I tend to agree with…

  18. Chicken and waffles sandwich 1, Heidi Watney 0

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Look, I love going to games at Progressive Field. Nice park, friendly people. But when I was there for Opening Day I saw their new concession, the chicken and waffle sandwich.  I could have had one for free too.  I declined.  From the looks of NESN’s Heidi Watney’s experience with this beast this afternoon, I…

  19. Yunel Escobar diagnosed with mild concussion, but won’t go on new seven-day disabled list

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:52 PM 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, who took a knee to the helmet while sliding into third base yesterday, has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion” following a CAT scan and other tests last night and this morning. That would seemingly make him an ideal candidate to be placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions that MLB…

  20. The Dodgers haven’t had a full-time security chief for four months

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:36 PM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    Reading Bill Shaikin’s report about the Dodgers undegoing a security overhaul in the aftermath of the Bryan Stow attack last week reveals that the Dodgers have been operating without a permanent head of security for four months: The Dodgers last December dismissed Ray Maytorena, a former Secret Service agent who had overseen the club’s security operations.…

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