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  1. Umpire Bob Davidson had yet another “incident” last night

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    I wrote yesterday about how mainstream media members are thankfully beginning to take notice of how aggressively awful and confrontational umpire Bob Davidson has been for years and amazingly he had another “incident” last night. Of course, given how many “incidents” Davidson has every season the timing of the whole thing probably isn’t that remarkable.…

  2. There’s another ugly trial going on involving a former slugger

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Brian Giles

    If you think the Barry Bonds trial is weird and salacious, get a load of the Brian Giles trial.  He and his former girlfriend have a nasty civil suit going on in which their messy love life and dueling claims of domestic violence are front and center. And it involves Chuck Knoblauch of all people:…

  3. Kendrys Morales now aiming for early May return

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Kendry Morales

    There’s still no official timetable for his return from last year’s broken ankle, but Kendrys Morales took a big step in his recovery yesterday by running on the field wearing cleats for the first time since early spring training. Mike Scioscia was quick to point out that Morales was running at less than 100 percent,…

  4. Brandon Belt is moving to right field. For now.

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

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    While the Giants gave Aubrey Huff a vote of confidence following his adventures in right field following Opening Weekend, they’ve apparently seen enough. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brandon Belt has been shagging flies in right field and that Bruce Bochy is going to move him out there — and Huff…

  5. Ballplayers training with mixed martial arts

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua

    It’s all fun and games until someone takes their training out to the mound with them for a post-beanball donnybrook! Mixed martial arts may be illegal as a competitive sport in some states, but several baseball players are incorporating its fighting methods into their training routines. Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, Brad Penny of the Detroit…

  6. Potential Mets investors include a hedge fund manager

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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    I guess if you’re in he hedge fund business you’re going to have a lot of friends who are hedge fund managers. That seems to be the case with the Mets’ owners anyway, as it is being reported in the New York Times that hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen — you always get a…

  7. The Bonds jury deliberates into its fourth day today

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The Barry Bonds jury has now deliberated for two whole days and part of a third with no verdict and they’ll be back at it today for day 4. I’ve been asked by a lot of people if the jury taking this long is a good omen for Bonds or a bad one. Frankly, your…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:58 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Nationals 7, Phillies 4: Heavy matchup. Both literally — Livan Hernandez vs. Joe Blanton — and figuratively as Jayson Werth faced the Phillies for the first time since he signed with the Nats. A signing that the Phillies fans who made the now-customary trek to Washington and decided to boo Werth throughout the game apparently…

  9. Mike Scioscia benches slumping Vernon Wells

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:09 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels manager Mike Scioscia has benched the struggling Vernon Wells for tonight’s game against the Indians, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Wells, who was acquired from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January, is batting just .091 (4-for-44) over his first 10 games this season and currently…

  10. UPDATE: Rafael Furcal won’t need surgery for thumb; out 4-6 weeks

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Giants third baseman Sandoval is unable to tag out Dodgers baserunner Furcal during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco

    UPDATE: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier tonight that Rafael Furcal‘s broken thumb won’t require surgery, but that he’ll still be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. 8:48 AM: The Dodgers shut the Giants down yesterday, but now it looks like their shortstop is going to be shut down too: Rafael Furcal broke his left thumb sliding…

  11. Adam Moore likely done for the season after knee surgery

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 PM EST

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    According to Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners catcher Adam Moore will be sidelined for 4-6 months after undergoing “major” surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. Moore suffered the injury in the eighth inning of last Wednesday’s game against the Rangers while trying to chase after a ball in the…

  12. Pedro Feliciano to undergo another MRI on his left shoulder

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

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    The Yankees signed left-hander Pedro Feliciano to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2013 over the winter, but their new investment was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff. And it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing him anytime soon. According to Andrew…

  13. Jason Bay unlikely to return for at least another two weeks

    Apr 12, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    Jason Bay sliding

    Bad news for the middle of the Mets’ projected lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this afternoon that Jason Bay is unlikely to return from the disabled list until at least April 26 against the Nationals. “I think it’s unrealistic to expect him before then,” Alderson…

  14. Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with fractured humerus

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Update: Hamilton is out six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. /// While preliminary tests Tuesday showed no dislocation of Josh Hamilton‘s right shoulder, the Rangers were concerned enough to send the 2010 AL MVP for an MRI. According to ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett, Hamilton will be placed…

  15. Power Rankings: with great power comes great responsibility

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:38 PM EST

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    See, this is what I’m talking about when I say that Power Rankings are tricky things this early in the season.  I go and do something like put the Indians in the top 10 and all of a sudden we have bedlam: LOS ANGELES OF ANAHEIM, CA—Since the Indians are a consensus  Top 10 Most Powerful…

  16. Lastings Milledge clears waivers, remains with White Sox at Triple-A

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Lastings Milledge

    Designated for assignment by the White Sox last week, Lastings Milledge has cleared waivers and accepted and assignment to Triple-A, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. That means he’ll remain in Chicago’s organization, but won’t take up a spot on the 40-man roster and can’t be called up again unless the White Sox…

  17. That was quick: Blue Jays recall Casey Janssen from Triple-A

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

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    When the Blue Jays sent Casey Janssen to Triple-A last week I wrote that it was an undeserved demotion for a veteran reliever with a strong track record in the majors. I expected a quick return to Toronto for Janssen, but not this quick: Today the Blue Jays recalled him from Triple-A, as placing Rajai…

  18. Frank McCourt hits back at his old law firm’s lawsuit

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    I wrote this morning about the lawsuit Frank McCourt’s former law firm filed against him, seeking a declaration that they did no wrong. Since that time I’ve had a chance to read the complaint (thanks Dodger Divorce!).  It seems sillier to me now than it did then. Basically, the firm admits — as it must…

  19. Adam Dunn rejoins White Sox’s lineup after appendectomy

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Adam Dunn underwent an appendectomy last Wednesday and six days later he’s back in the White Sox’s lineup, starting at designated hitter and batting third tonight against the Trevor Cahill and the A’s. Chicago went 4-2 in his absence with Mark Teahen (three times), Carlos Quentin (twice), and Juan Pierre (once) filling in at DH.…

  20. Franklin Gutierrez has resumed working out with the Mariners

    Apr 12, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

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    On the disabled list while doctors try to determine the cause of his now year-long stomach problems, Franklin Gutierrez told reporters yesterday that he’s recently begun feeling better and putting back some of the 15 pounds he lost. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Gutierrez “will work out with the Mariners the next…

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