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  1. Ubaldo Jimenez cleared to return Monday against Giants

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

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    The Rockies are about to get their ace back. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez threw a successful simulated game Wednesday at extended spring training and has been cleared to return to the Colorado rotation Monday against the Giants. Jimenez threw 81 pitches in the simulated game, allowing seven hits and two…

  2. Jay Bruce sidelined Wednesday with tweaked groin muscle

    Apr 13, 2011, 7:28 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Wednesday’s lineup against the Padres because he tweaked a muscle in his groin on Tuesday night. This according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Reds are saying that Bruce is available to pinch-hit, a strong indication that the groin injury is minor and will not require…

  3. Carlos Delgado: MLB’s best two-time All-Star

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    carlos delgado blue jays

    Not to say that he was particularly unfortunate — he did make nearly $150 million in his career — but Carlos Delgado should have been more famous. He should have hit 500 homers, he should have made more than just one postseason and he should have gone to several All-Star games, not just two. Delgado,…

  4. Vote: Does verdict affect Barry Bonds’ legacy?

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    A jury has found Barry Bonds guilty on a charge of obstruction of justice, and was unable to come to a verdict on three other counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003. We can debate the sense of the jury’s conclusion elsewhere, but let’s also consider what — if anything — this does for…

  5. Deep Thought: Barry Bonds verdict edition

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    Still thinking about that verdict. And it still makes little sense to me. Seems like the jury just wanted to compromise on something, so compromise they did. Hey, I think we have the best legal system in the world, but I never said it was perfect. And just to be clear to those of you…

  6. Breaking: Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice, but not perjury. Which makes no sense at all.

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    The jury in the Barry Bonds case has reached a verdict. At least on one count: Barry Bonds is guilty on the charge of obstruction of justice.  The jury has reached a hung verdict on the other three remaining counts. This makes no sense at all. Bonds was facing four charges in all: three counts…

  7. Dennys Reyes clear waivers, remains with Red Sox at Triple-A

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Dennys Reyes

    Boston cut bait on Dennys Reyes following 1.2 poor innings, but the veteran situational left-hander will remain in the Red Sox’s organization at Triple-A after going unclaimed on waivers. Reyes told the Red Sox that he’d accept a potential demotion to Triple-A when they decided to designate him for assignment, so he’ll head to Pawtucket…

  8. Tigers win in a walkoff — Neftali Feliz remains well-rested

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    Neftali Feliz

    For the second straight day the Tigers have beat the Rangers in walkoff fashion. For the second straight day they did so while the Rangers’ relief ace — Neftali Feliz — watched from the comfort of his bench in the bullpen. Today the heroics came via a Brandon Inge home run with one out in…

  9. Eddie Joost: 1916-2011

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Eddie Joost, an All-Star shortstop who starred for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s and 1950s, died yesterday at age 94. Joost played 17 seasons in the majors but didn’t find consistent success until age 31, when he drew 100 or more walks in six consecutive seasons while posting a .391 on-base percentage with an…

  10. Angels top prospect Mike Trout off to great start at Double-A as 19-year-old

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Bryce Harper kept Mike Trout from ranking No. 1 on most prospect lists this year, but the 2009 first-round pick is a truly elite prospect and the Angels have pushed him very aggressively by sending him to Double-A as a 19-year-old this season. It takes a special prospect to even hold his own in the…

  11. Sherman: Pettitte would have come back if the Yankees had signed Lee

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    One thing the Yankee Universe is great at is coveting those who did something great yesterday. And on cue, Joel Sherman writes a column today talking about how great it would have been if the Yankees could have traded for Dan Haren last year. The Dan Haren who three a one-hitter last night. But the…

  12. What happens when Francisco Liriano “pitches to contact”

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Prior to this afternoon’s game Ron Gardenhire told reporters that he and pitching coach Rick Anderson have been trying to convince Francisco Liriano to “pitch to contact” rather than focusing on racking up strikeouts. Liriano apparently listened, because this is what happened in the fourth inning: Single Single Single Single Single Double Ground out Single…

  13. UPDATE: Carlos Delgado officially announces his retirement

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    Yesterday Noel Pineiro of Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia reported that Carlos Delgado was going to retire.  It’s now official: Delgado announced his decision at a news conference in Puerto Rico a little while ago. As we noted yesterday, this comes as something of a relief, as Delgado had been was trying to come back from multiple hip…

  14. Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole lead Baseball America’s top draft prospects

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    Baseball America has released a midseason update ranking the top 50 prospects for June’s draft and Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon remains atop the list, but UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole is gaining on him. Rendon has been primarily a designated hitter so far because of a shoulder injury, but BA says it “doesn’t affect his…

  15. John Steigerwald explains himself

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    John Steigerwald — the guy who blamed Bryan Stow for his own beating in a recent column — took to his blog today to say that he did not blame Bryan Stow for his own beating.  The blog has been flooded with traffic so it’s been down much of the afternoon, but here’s a Google…

  16. Robinson Tejeda’s missing velocity leads to bullpen demotion

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

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    After struggling as a starter early in his career Robinson Tejeda found a home in the Royals’ bullpen setting up closer Joakim Soria, as the shorter appearances allowed shaky command to take a backseat to his overpowering raw stuff. Unfortunately so far this season Tejeda’s velocity is down significantly, with his fastball averaging just 88.6…

  17. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    The Question

    As you may have seen on HBT Daily, I asked people on Twitter for questions they’d like to have answered. I got way more than the handful I answered on the video, however, and I hate to have them go to waste, so let’s clean out the inbox, shall we?  And remember, these are actual…

  18. Zack Greinke on yesterday’s simulated game: “It went OK”

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    greinke getty

    Zack Greinke took the mound for a 25-pitch simulated game yesterday and afterward sounded more or less as optimistic as Zack Greinke tends to get about such things when speaking to reporters: It went OK. I threw and I was healthy, so that’s good. It was nothing special, it was in the batting cages, so…

  19. Marginal celebrities are not concerned about the Red Sox

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Duff McKagan

    I think everyone who works in baseball is tired of talking about whether the Red Sox will turn it around.  So it’s nice that some people from the larger world of entertainment are picking up the slack. First comes a guy who I wouldn’t have guessed would have an ESPN column someday, former Guns ‘N…

  20. Cliff Pennington sits out game with infected sweat gland

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Cliff Pennington missed yesterday’s game against the White Sox “with an infected sweat gland under his left arm,” according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser notes that the infected sweat gland “makes swinging difficult” for Pennington, which explains why he unsuccessfully attempted to bunt for a hit in the 10th inning after…

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