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  1. Geoff Blum likely to miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    geoff-blum-diamondbacks

    Arizona just announced that utility man Geoff Blum will likely miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery, although Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that an official return timetable won’t be set “until doctors see the extent of the damage.” Kirk Gibson revealed that it won’t be microfracture surgery, which qualifies as good news. Blum…

  2. Deep Thought: remember when Frank McCourt tried to buy the Red Sox?

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Fenway

    Frank McCourt’s turmoil has contributed to a state of affairs in which a team that should have a tremendous financial advantage over all of its competitors has basically punted that advantage. Given their attendance, market size and revenue — as cash cow regional sports network would make perfect sense for them — the Dodgers truly could…

  3. Andrew McCutchen leaves Pirates for “personal matter”

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen missed last night’s game after leaving the Pirates to attend to what the team is calling a “personal matter.” No other details have been offered, with manager Clint Hurdle saying only that McCutchen “went home today to deal with a personal matter” and “we’re respecting his privacy.” Left fielder Jose Tabata shifted to…

  4. Jered Weaver continues to mow ‘em down

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Given his early season dominance, I had made a mental note to keep a close eye on Jered Weaver. So of course I kicked myself when I realized that I had missed his start against the Rangers last night. And it was kick-worthy: Weaver gave up only one run on six hits while striking out eight…

  5. Bartolo Colon is delivering for the Yankees

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    I laughed when the Yankees signed Bartolo Colon. A lot of people did. I figured that he’d come to camp, not make the team, get assigned to extended spring training in Tampa and — as he has done a couple of times in recent years — decide that he’d prefer to be back home doing…

  6. R.A. Dickey wants the Mets to get real with themselves

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey spoke after the Mets lost to the Astros last night. And if there are any illusions about why this guy seems so likable, they’re put to rest when he says decidedly non-platitudey things like this: “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are.…

  7. Frank and Jamie McCourt respond to the MLB takeover in expected fashion

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Ever since the Dodgers’ financial turmoil was made public, Frank McCourt has seemed to be in denial. When criticized over the team’s sordid  affairs, his response has been to assert that there is no problem whatsoever. Jamie McCourt, in contrast has exhibited more in the way of — what shall we call it? — magical…

  8. Frank McCourt may sue Major League Baseball

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    This nugget in the AP’s report about Major League Baseball’s takeover of the Dodgers is every bit expected as it is depressing: a baseball executive familiar with the situation said that McCourt is preparing to sue Major League Baseball.  He has reportedly hired the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell to do it, too. Good luck. My…

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

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:34 AM EST

    Jered Weaver

    Angels 4, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver remains insanely good, winning his fifth while pitching a complete game, striking out eight and walking no one while allowing a lone run. Your move, Dan Haren. Marlins 6, Pirates 0:  Man, they were right about Charlie Morton looking just like Roy Halladay! Both of them got beat up while…

  10. Franklin: “They’re supposed to be the best fans in baseball”

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:20 PM EST

    franklin cards

    Veteran reliever Ryan Franklin has allowed a whopping seven earned runs in 6 2/3 innings so far this season. He has blown four saves in five chances and has surrendered four home runs. The guy has made mistake after mistake on the mound and has been mercifully stripped of closing duties. But his biggest flub…

  11. Dallas Braden undergoes MRI, only has shoulder inflammation

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

    braden getty

    The A’s placed left-hander Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with discomfort in his throwing shoulder. On Wednesday, they got a promising diagnosis from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum. According to our good friends at CSN Bay Area, an MRI taken of Braden’s left shoulder revealed only inflammation and no structural…

  12. Eric Hurley diagnosed with skull fracture and concussion

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    hurley getty

    Rangers minor leaguer Eric Hurley was struck on the side of the head by a comebacker during an appearance Monday night at Triple-A Round Rock. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the Round Rock training staff thought it best that he spend a night in the hospital for…

  13. Logan Morrison undergoes MRI on injured left foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Mariners skipper Edwin Rodriguez said Tuesday night that he wasn’t overly concerned about the left foot injury that Logan Morrison suffered during the Marlins’ 6-0 victory against the Pirates. He’s probably worried now. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Morrison underwent an MRI on his foot Wednesday evening, the results…

  14. Report: The McCourts are being investigated by the IRS too

    Apr 20, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If the MLB takeover of the Dodgers isn’t enough, check this out. It’s from TMZ so consider the source, but really, would any of this surprise you at this point? The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the finances surrounding the Dodgers as well as Frank and Jamie McCourt … the IRS investigation was triggered by…

  15. The Rangers call up Brett Tomko

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    tomko mad

    Yay! Another baseball player who is older than I am — there aren’t many left! — will play in the bigs this year, as the Rangers have purchased Brett Tomko‘s contract from Round Rock. Tomko will pitch middle relief, filling in for Mason Tobin, who hurt his elbow. Tomko hasn’t pitched in a major league game since…

  16. Yankees promote Mark Prior to Triple-A … and put him on DL

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior reported to Single-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees, but after allowing two runs in three innings there they promoted him to Triple-A. And now–you may want to sit down for this–he’s on the disabled list. The good news is that is has nothing to do with his arm, as the…

  17. Breaking: MLB to take over the Dodgers

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball has announced that it is going to take over the financial and day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.  The move, first reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, was detailed in the following statement that was just released by Major League Baseball on behalf of Bud Selig: “Pursuant to my authority…

  18. Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    1918 Cubs

    This isn’t exactly new — there was a book written about it a couple of years ago — but the Associated Press is circulating the story in light of some of the relevant documents becoming public, so why not:  Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox, inspiring the White Sox…

  19. Mets place Bobby Parnell on disabled list with numb finger

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Bobby Parnell has been experiencing numbness in the middle finger of his right hand and the Mets placed him on the disabled list, with the reliever scheduled to undergo further testing on the injury. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com there’s speculation that the problem may have to do with blood clotting, which “may be…

  20. Attendance is down? Eh, no big deal

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    empty ballpark

    There has been an awful lot of chatter about attendance in the first couple weeks of season, driven mostly by empty seats in places that aren’t usually empty like Dodger Stadium. Yankee Stadium has had some small crowds too (for the Yankees anyway) and we’ve had the usual shots of nearly abandoned ballparks in Cleveland…

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