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  1. Nationals return Jesus Flores to Triple-A after brief comeback

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Jesus Flores

    After missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 with shoulder problems Jesus Flores made it back to the majors last week for his first game action since September 12, 2009, singled in his first at-bat … and is now going back to Triple-A. Flores’ comeback story is a good one, but when the Nationals…

  2. HBT Daily: The Dodgers’ plight, the Braun deal and looking ahead to Reds vs. Cardinals

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Tiffany and I were talking about Pujols’ struggles right as he hit that monster home run yesterday, so my “Albert will be OK” comments aren’t exactly a matter of prescience

  3. Brewers to put Nyjer Morgan on disabled list with thigh bruise

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Nyjer Morgan was off to a great start in Milwaukee, hitting .455 in 27 plate appearances as a part-time player, but now he’s headed for the disabled list with a deep thigh bruise suffered in collision at the plate with Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit. Brandon Boggs, who last saw extended action in the majors with…

  4. The Cardinals may want to add some security tonight

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    franklin_ryan

    Reader Spudchukar alerts us to something fun. The St. Louis Cardinals’ promotional schedule, which features something on Friday nights called the “Busch Bash,” in which there is music and fun and prizes and — best of all — the chance for the fans to meet past and present Cardinals greats and get their autographs prior…

  5. MLB celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Green Baseball

    It’s Earth Day. And I didn’t buy you a gift. Drat, I always forget. Baseball hasn’t forgotten, however, and it’s doing a lot of stuff in honor of the occasion: The Indians and Twins will wear green caps during their game Friday night at Target Field; the Mariners will introduce a new environmental mascot called…

  6. MLB’s takeover of the Dodgers could imperil baseball’s antitrust exemption

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Yesterday I noted that Major League Baseball may be wary of a fight with Frank McCourt because it has a lot of rules with respect to club ownership that exist simply because owners agree to them and that, if challenged, there are likely several that wouldn’t hold up in court.  One of them — Major League…

  7. Tom Glavine: NHL mogul?

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Tom Glavine

    As most Braves fans of a certain age know, Tom Glavine was a fourth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1984 and seriously considered making hockey his sport. He was informed, however, that you don’t get credited with a goal when you miss the net by several inches to the left, so he…

  8. Great moments in chutzpah: The Dodgers call MLB irresponsible in connection with stadium security

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    The Dodgers have gone months and months without having a head of security in place. No one is quite sure why. They just fired the last one and still haven’t gotten around to hiring a replacement. No biggie, though. I mean, it’s not like a fan was friggin’ beat almost to death in the Dodger…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:43 AM EST

    Matt Kemp

    Dodgers 5, Braves 3: A gut punch of a game for the Braves. Having rallied back against Clayton Kershaw in the 9th — Mattingly, seriously, what was he still doing out there? — and having squandered their own opportunities in extra innings, they watch as Matt Kemp hits his second walkoff homer of the week. Given the…

  10. Colby Lewis succeeds because of family, not despite it

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:59 AM EST

    Spring Training -Texas Rangers - Colby Lewis

    Craig has been all over the Richie Whitt-Colby Lewis story, rightly pointing out the absurdity of the whole thing. If you’re unfamiliar with this story, the writer (Whitt) thinks that the Rangers pitcher (Lewis) should be ashamed of himself for missing a start to witness the birth of his child because … (a) It’s Lewis’ second…

  11. Angel Pagan lifted from game with pulled left side muscle

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:36 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Anthony DiComo of MLB.com passes along word that Mets outfielder Angel Pagan had to be lifted from Thursday night’s game against the Astros after pulling a muscle on the left side of his body. Pagan suffered the injury in a collision with new Mets second baseman Justin Turner. The two were both trying to track…

  12. Chris Young hoping to return to Mets’ rotation Tuesday

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:52 PM EST

    chris young mets

    Not much has been going right for the Mets this season. They’re stuck in the bottom of the National League East standings and most experts have already written them off for the postseason. Chris Young has been a bright spot. Signed to a bargain one-year, $1.1 million contract this winter, he posted a 1.46 ERA…

  13. Blue Jays accept infielder Brad Emaus back from Mets

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:29 PM EST

    emaus mets

    The Mets selected infielder Brad Emaus from the Blue Jays in last December’s Rule 5 Draft and were set on giving him regular looks at second base when the 2011 regular season opened. Emaus batted just .162 with a .424 OPS across 42 plate appearances, however, and was designated for assignment by New York earlier…

  14. Evan Longoria hits off tee, continues to make progress

    Apr 21, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    longo getty

    Though returning by April 29 may be an overly optimistic goal, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is making progress from his strained left oblique and should be ready not too long after that date. From Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times comes word that Longoria took swings off a tee Thursday for the first…

  15. Baseball announces expanded pension benefits for players who retired between 1947 and 1980

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

    Retirement

    Prior to 1980, players were vested in baseball’s pension plan after completing at least four years of service time. Since the 1980 season, all players are vested after just one day of service in the majors (as your service time increases, you get greater benefits). Baseball and the MLBPA announced today that players who retired during…

  16. Justin Morneau missing fifth straight game with flu

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

    Morneau catch

    Justin Morneau is out of the Twins’ lineup tonight for the fifth straight game with the same flu bug that exacerbated Joe Mauer‘s health problems last week. Morneau missing five games with a flu has understandably raised some eyebrows after last year’s concussion sidelined him for eight months, but Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul…

  17. Selig: baseball “moving inexorably” toward a ten-team playoff

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:08 PM EST

    Selig hands up

    We’ve seen this coming for some time, but Bud Selig today said that baseball is “moving inexorably” toward an expanded playoff beginning with the 2012 season, and said that, while there are details to be worked out, it will likely be a ten-team affair. Specifically, he said “ten is a fair number.” This is a more…

  18. Logan Morrison has a sprained foot, is awesome

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Logan Morrison “felt a pop” in his foot Tuesday and an MRI exam revealed a sprained ligament that’s expected to keep him out for 2-4 weeks. Morrison reacted to the news on Twitter, further solidifying his status as the best-tweeting MLB player: Breaking news: sprained ligament in my foot out 2 to 4 weeks. Suck…

  19. Bud Selig is not going to take Barry Bonds out of the record book

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    We’re all entitled to believe what we want to believe. There are people out there who insist that Roger Maris is still the single-season home run champ and Hank Aaron is still the all-time home run champ.  I hold no more of a grudge against people who think that stuff than I hold for someone who…

  20. Blue Jays demote struggling starter Brett Cecil to Triple-A

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Along with activating Brandon Morrow from the disabled list the Blue Jays have made another rotation move, surprisingly demoting left-hander Brett Cecil to Triple-A. Cecil has struggled early on with a 6.86 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio in 21 innings spread over four starts, but he went 15-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 117/54 K/BB…

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