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  1. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred will accuse an MLB coach of making gay slurs today

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Ken Slayton Father Of Jaycee Dugard Gloria Allred Press Conference

    UPDATE:  It’s Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell.  Details here. 8:25 AM: Gloria Allred is someone with whom you’re familiar even if you don’t know it. She’s the extremely high-profile (mostly) civil rights lawyer who will, almost always, land some client or another in connection with whatever massive tabloidy and/or entertainment story is dominating the media at any…

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

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:55 AM EST

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano walks off the field as the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Brent Lillibridge made a diving catch to win in New York

    Water covers 75% of the Earth. The rest is covered by land and, in some cases ice, which may or may not be included in that 75% figure. In other news Brent Lillbridge had two great catches last night.

  3. Bombs away on Tuesday

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:20 AM EST

    Jack Hannahan

    Update – And David Ross makes it five by homering twice against the Padres in San Diego. That’s as many homers as he had in 135 at-bats since the beginning of 2010. — There had been just 22 multihomer games in the first 26 days of the 2011 season, but already Tuesday evening there have…

  4. Brent Lillibridge is the White Sox’s new closer?

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:22 PM EST

    Lillibridge_Brent

    Sure, Sergio Santos got the save for the second straight day. But it was right fielder Brent Lillibridge who closed out the Yankees for the White Sox on Tuesday, making a pair of game-saving catches with two on in a 3-2 game in the ninth. With one out and runners on first and second, Alex…

  5. Jose Contreras expected to miss 3-4 weeks with elbow strain

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced earlier tonight that Jose Contreras is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 1 strain of his right elbow. The diagnosis was made following an MRI in Philadelphia earlier today. “It’s a very mild strain,” Amaro said. “Obviously you never want…

  6. Erick Almonte first player placed on seven-day DL for concussions

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Erick Almonte Getty

    According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Erick Almonte was placed on the seven-day disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Reds. He is the first player to go on MLB’s new disabled list specifically designed for players recovering from concussions. Almonte suffered the concussion when he was struck in the face by a thrown ball…

  7. Ryan Raburn gives Miguel Olivo a homer

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Detroit Tigers

    Count on it being a staple of blooper reels for years. Miguel Olivo hit a line drive to the warning track in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, and Ryan Raburn turned it into a homer as it bounced off his glove and flew another 20 feet into the bullpen. We can’t…

  8. Andre Ethier makes history with April hitting streak

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an RBI double off Chris Volstad in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Marlins, establishing a new record for the longest hitting streak ever in April. As mentioned yesterday, Ethier’s former manager Joe Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games as a member of…

  9. Ryan Zimmerman resumes baseball activities

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Ryan Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list for the past two weeks with an abdominal strain, resumed some light baseball activities at Nats Park this afternoon. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Zimmerman played catch from 60 feet, fielded some light grounders and jogged about 90 feet several times. It’s good news, but…

  10. Victor Martinez on track for May 4 return

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    Seven days after going on the disabled list with a strained right groin, Victor Martinez returned to the field Tuesday, playing catch and hitting without pain. “I’m feeling great, man,” he said afterwards. “This is the day that I can say it, because this is the first day I went outside and did something.” Martinez is…

  11. Albert Pujols out Tuesday due to tight hamstring

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    The Cardinals thought Albert Pujols‘ hamstring problem was mild enough that they didn’t bring him in for treatment on Monday’s off day, but he is out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game in Houston. Pujols left the Sunday night game against the Reds in the seventh inning because of what was originally called tightness and…

  12. All-Star balloting underway on MLB.com

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Major League Baseball unveiled the 2011 All-Star ballot on Tuesday for the July 12 game in Phoenix. And, fear not, Sam Fuld did make the cut, as the league chose to list Johnny Damon at DH and Ben Zobrist at second base for the Rays. So, head over and cast your vote. Or, better yet,…

  13. Major League Baseball is going to have an “All-Star Charity Dance-a-Thon.”

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Stewart Reed

    What’s the matter, Othello, jealous? Well, did you know there’s a swimming pool under this floor? And did you know that button behind you causes this floor to open up? And did you further know that George Bailey is dancing right over that crack? And I’ve got the key? Stand back, everybody! Stand back! They’re cheering us! We must…

  14. Joe Mauer not ready to return from DL when eligible Thursday

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, but general manager Bill Smith confirmed today that he won’t be ready to return then. In fact, there’s no official timetable for Mauer’s return and his status continues to be somewhat mysterious between the initial diagnosis of bilateral leg weakness and a subsequent…

  15. Evan Longoria to begin rehab assignment Thursday, aiming to come off DL early next week

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria has been out since straining his oblique muscle in the second game of the season, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he’s scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. Assuming he can avoid a setback while playing at Double-A, Longoria is aiming to come off the disabled…

  16. UPDATE: The Dodgers are going to go closer-by-committee … or are they?

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    Broxton_Jonathan

    UPDATE:  Well, this could be awkward.  Broxton said this afternoon that Mattingly told him that he’s still the closer. That’s going to make for an interesting day in the Dodgers’ clubhouse. Might make an even more interesting day for Ned Colletti who said something quite different on the radio today. 3:30 PM: As readers pointed…

  17. Josh Hamilton “still more than a month away from returning”

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton injury

    It’s been exactly two weeks since Josh Hamilton fractured his shoulder and was given a 6-8 week timetable, so T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reporting that he’s “still more than a month away from returning” makes sense. Sullivan notes that Hamilton has started “working out in left field” and is making some throws to second base,…

  18. Some Mets visited Walter Reed Hospital; some didn’t; world did not end

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Walter Reed Hospital

    Remember the ridiculous controversy — or was it a nontroversey? — last September when Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez failed to make the voluntary team visit to Walter Reed Hospital while in Washington to play the Nats?  How Jeff Wilpon and then the New York media went absolutely bonkers over this, calling out…

  19. Ian Desmond takes paternity leave from Nationals

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    desmond infield

    As expected, Ian Desmond has taken a paternity leave from the Nationals. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that outfielder Roger Bernadina has been called up from Triple-A to replace Desmond on the roster for what will likely be just a day or two. Desmond joins Colby Lewis as the first players to take advantage of…

  20. MLBPA: let’s not get ahead of ourselves on expanded playoffs

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    Bud Selig’s comments about the expanded playoffs being inevitable may have been a bit premature. That’s because, as Jayson Stark reports, the league and the union — which has to sign off on any plan — haven’t gotten all that far along in the process. Michael Weiner: “We’ve had healthy discussions at the bargaining table…

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