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  1. Justin Duchscherer’s depression is pretty damn serious

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:36 PM EST

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    Those of us who haven’t had mental illness touch our lives can’t really relate to it too well.  I understand, intellectually, what clinical depression is, but I don’t understand it practically. And so when I hear things like “Justin Duchscherer suffers from clinical depression” — as I did in late 2009 — I didn’t really…

  2. Twins’ first-round pick Alex Wimmers shut down after six straight walks in first start

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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    Alex Wimmers was the Twins’ first-round pick last June after winning back-to-back Big Ten pitcher of the year awards at Ohio State and ranked No. 5 on my annual list of the Twins’ top prospects. After signing Wimmers debuted with a 0.57 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings at Single-A, but his first…

  3. And now another edition of “Pete Rose wasn’t as bad as steroids users” theater

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    You knew this was coming, because it’s trotted out by someone whenever a big steroid user is in the news for something. This time it’s Paul Daugherty of SI regurgitating the semi-annual “Why should Pete Rose be punished more than steroids users” column. Which is fine as far as subject matter goes, because I think…

  4. Tim Lincecum donates $25,000 to help fund Bryan Stow’s medical bills

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Tim Lincecum has donated $25,000 to the Bryan Stow Fund, which will help pay the medical bills for the 42-year-old Giants fan who was attacked in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Stow remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma, with a $150,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest…

  5. Fredi Gonzalez continues to bat Jason Heyward sixth

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Jason Heyward

    I told myself that I wasn’t going to get too upset about the Braves batting order because batting order doesn’t matter a great deal, but I’m only human, my biggest fanboy crush of a baseball player continues to be left on the basepaths because no one behind him can drive him in and, dammit, I’m…

  6. Cliff Lee throws first shutout with double-digit strikeouts and under 100 pitches since 2009

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Cliff Lee was brilliant against the Nationals last night, hurling a complete-game shutout while allowing just three hits and one walk. He also struck out 12 and needed only 99 pitches to record 27 outs, becoming the first pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2009 to throw a complete-game shutout with double-digit strikeouts while using fewer…

  7. Happy Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Jackie Robinson

    April 15th is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut.  Tons of players will wear #42 in his honor today (which I don’t much care for, but that’s another rant).  That dude down at that university in Georgia or Florida or wherever will issue his annual report about minority participation in baseball (which I…

  8. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson released from hospital

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Brooks Robinson was hospitalized on March 31 following emergency surgery, but the 73-year-old Hall of Famer has been discharged. According to the hospital Robinson received more than 500 get-well e-mails during his stay and the longtime Orioles third baseman issued a statement noting that he “spent countless hours reading your kind words of encouragement.” Robinson…

  9. Don’t get too excited about replay yet

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:07 AM EST

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    Yesterday word got around that Major League Baseball was going to expand replay.  We should probably just say that they’re maybe leaning that way. Here’s the official word from MLB: To clarify, the Special Committee for On-Field Matters discusses many issues, but no decisions have been made regarding instant replay. Which makes sense. The Special…

  10. Phil Hughes struggles again as concerns about velocity mount

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Yankees' Hughes reacts as he walks back to the dugout  during fourth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tigers in New York

    Not only hasn’t Phil Hughes‘ velocity improved since initially emerging as an issue during spring training, his fastball was slower than ever in last night’s sub par outing against the Orioles. Hughes allowed five runs in four innings, serving up two homers and managing just one strikeout while his average fastball clocked in at a…

  11. HBT Daily: Now with more Ozzie Guillen rants!

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Tiffany and I look at the weekend ahead, including the Rangers-Yankees, Indians-Orioles and Ozzie Guillen at the end of his rope.

  12. Twins’ lack of catching depth makes replacing Joe Mauer even tougher

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Joe Mauer

    Minnesota has had to replace Joe Mauer for extended stretches before, but unfortunately by trading both Wilson Ramos and Jose Morales the Twins are exceptionally short on catching depth this time around. Drew Butera will take over as the primary catcher and the Twins have called up minor-league veteran Steve Holm from Rochester to serve…

  13. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp kicks it old school

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Oscar Gamble nods approvingly. Says “now grow it bigger.”

  14. Man who won’t make Hall of Fame says what hat he wants to wear on his plaque

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    I like Johnny Damon as a player. He’s had a nice career. He’s the archetypal Hall of Very Good guy.  The HoVG’s Mt. Rushmore* could easily have him, Mark Grace, Jack Morris and, I dunno, Vada Pinson on it.  But a Hall of Famer?  Eh: It stinks that [3,000 hits] might be my only chance [at the…

  15. Dodger Stadium was crawling with police last night, but how long will it last?

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

    Following the attack on Bryan Stow, it’s understandable that the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles would want to take visible measures to ratchet up safety. Emphasis on the visible, with police officers “on the streets leading up to the stadium and still more at the entrances to the parking lot, the stadium gates…

  16. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox agree on a seven-year, $154 million deal

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

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    Sean McAdam of Comcast New England reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $154 million extension with Adrian Gonzalez. The team plans to announce the deal at press conference later today. This has been in the works for a long time. Many believe that it was agreed to in principle several months…

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

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:48 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Today on And That Happened: Imagining what Ron Gardenhire would say if he were Ozzie Guillen, peeking in on Dustin Mosely’s budding singing career and another installment of “Find the Hunter S. Thompson Reference!”

  18. Joe Mauer hits disabled list with bilateral leg weakness

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:13 PM EST

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    From LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes some unfortunate news. Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who was held out of the Minnesota starting lineup on Wednesday and Thursday, has now been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to bilateral leg weakness. The Twins aren’t giving out too much information at the moment,…

  19. Evan Longoria says injured oblique already feels “really good”

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:49 PM EST

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    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went down with a left oblique strain in the second game of the regular season. With the exception of this week’s rain-shortened series at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Tampa Bay lineup has struggled mightily to score runs consistently in his absence. Good news. Longoria is on schedule — and maybe…

  20. Corey Hart takes outdoor batting practice, nearing return

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:56 PM EST

    Corey Hart

    Brewers outfielder Corey Hart opened the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and manager Ron Roenicke said at the time that there was no timetable for his return. Now, about two weeks later, that has changed. From MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy comes word that Hart was able to take live batting practice…

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