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  1. Did they mess with the balls this year?

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Rawlings baseball

    You and I are men of action. Simplistic projections based on small sample sizes do not become us. So please, while there have been a lot of home runs hit in the season’s first five days, let’s not play the “on pace” game. Not yet anyhow. But we can listen to the anecdotes, can’t we?…

  2. MLB tweaks the humidor procedure at Coors Field

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Coors Field

    Last year there were rumblings — primarily from the Giants, but from others as well — that the Rockies were messing with the baseballs from the humidor at Coors Field, giving their pitchers the deader ones and the opposing pitchers the good old, high-flying dried out balls. Baseball now has a new policy, explained by…

  3. Nelson Cruz ties a record

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    I noted in ATH that Nelson Cruz had homered in four straight games to open the season, but I wasn’t aware that this was a record. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, only two others have done that before: Willie Mays in 1971 and Mark McGwire in 1998. Cruz faces Mariners’ rookie…

  4. Quote of the Day: Steve Phillips on steroids

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    STEVE PHILLIPS

    Sirius/XM radio has what seems to be part of some continuing employment plan for former GMs, and the latest enrollee is former Mets’ GM Steve Phillips. Yes, the man who was fired from the Mets for poor performance, fired from ESPN for shtupping the help and who sat on the deck of AOL FanHouse as…

  5. The McCourts may settle soon. And then Frank would have to deal with Bud Selig

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt may settle soon. That’s the good news. The bad news — or, at the very least, the uncertain news — is that the settlement may once again involve a scenario in which part of the payoff to Jamie comes in exchange for Frank…

  6. Carlos Pena day-to-day with sprained thumb

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Pena_Carlos

    Carlos Pena exited this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks due to a mild sprain of his right thumb, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com. Pena was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning after injuring the thumb while trying to catch a throw from Starlin Castro in the top half of…

  7. UPDATE: Judge in Bonds trial calls newly-discovered tape “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant”

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    UPDATE:  Judge Susan Illston said in court today that the tape prosecutors claim will rebut the damaging (to the prosecution) testimony of Dr. Arthur Ting is “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” She added that the contents of the tape “were not very substantive,” and that “almost all of this is people’s comments being driven by what is…

  8. Kyle Kendrick had his World Series ring stolen

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    According to Jennifer Sullivan of the Seattle Times, burglars broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s home in Washington state late last month and stole several personal items, including his 2008 World Series ring. Here’s part of the report from the Times: Detectives believe thieves spent several hours inside the home on Beaver Pond Drive South, because of…

  9. Pedro Feliciano vows revenge against Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen

    Apr 4, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

    feliciano throws

    Remember Brian Cashman’s silly comments on Saturday about Pedro Feliciano being “abused” during his time with the Mets? They were quickly answered by Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who said something to the effect of, “duh, obviously.” Well, Feliciano spoke with Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York earlier today and told him that he didn’t appreciate…

  10. UPDATE: Jeremy Guthrie scratched from Wednesday start with pneumonia

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    UPDATE: Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Guthrie has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Brad Bergesen will take his place in the starting rotation Wednesday against the Tigers. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the hope is that Guthrie will be able to pitch on Sunday against the Rangers. 12:48 PM: Jeremy Guthrie, who beat…

  11. Judge to Roger Clemens: zip it

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    Well, I haven’t seen the order from the judge, but I assume that, seeing it was going to Clemens, it had to contain short, easily readable words. “Zip it” seems to fit the bill: A federal judge is not happy that baseball’s Roger Clemens talked to the media about his upcoming perjury trial. U.S. District…

  12. Brandon Webb threw batting practice today and “it went bad”

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb‘s ongoing recovery from 2009 shoulder surgery hit another potential roadblock today, as the former Cy Young winner threw 70 pitches of batting practice and said afterward that “it went bad”: I was pretty wild. I felt fine, but I was just all over the place. It wasn’t like my last pen. After my…

  13. Once again, Boston and New York have the highest priced beer in baseball

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:08 PM EST

    generic beer

    Each year the company Team Marketing Report puts out a list of who has the highest ticket prices, lowest ticket prices, hot dogs, parking, beers, etc.  It’s pretty much what you’d expect: stuff in big cities with big crowds is higher than it is here in the hinterlands.  You can check it all out here.…

  14. Cubs’ announced attendance at Wrigley Field under 27,000 for first time since 2002

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    wrigley-field-cubs

    The announced attendance at Wrigley Field this afternoon is 26,292, which according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is the first time the Cubs have been under 27,000 since 2002. Worse yet, even that modest total is misleadingly good in terms of actual fans in the seats, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that…

  15. How the teams got their names

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Old baseball team

    There’s not a heck of a lot happening this afternoon — that is, unless you (a) have MLB.TV; and (b) are a masochist. If so, you can listen to Chip Caray call the Braves-Brewers game.  At least until you realize that you can just switch to the audio feed and listen to Bob Uecker, which…

  16. AL out-spends NL by $10 million per team, AL East out-spends other divisions by wide margin

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Money Bag

    I wrote earlier about the Yankees having MLB’s highest payroll at $202 million, but I decided to crunch a few more numbers using USA Today‘s excellent salary database and break spending down by league and division. American League teams have an average Opening Day payroll of $97.7 million, compared to $88.6 million for National League…

  17. Scott Kazmir is toast

    Apr 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Kazmir_Scott

    CBS’ Danny Knobler spoke with a scout who said this about Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir, who gave up five runs in an inning and a third over the weekend: “Terrible. No velocity. No command. No nothing” Quit beatin’ around the bush, man, tell me: how’s he doing? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen…

  18. Yankees lead Opening Day payrolls at $202 million, followed by Phillies and Red Sox

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    stack of money

    USA Today has compiled the Opening Day payrolls for all 30 teams and to the surprise of no one the Yankees lead the way by a wide margin, as their $202 million payroll is $30 million higher than the second-ranked Phillies and $40 million more than the next-closest AL team, the Red Sox. Those three…

  19. Corey Hart has no timetable for return from strained oblique

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    corey-hart-brewers

    Ron Roenicke told reporters this morning that there’s no timetable for Corey Hart‘s return from a strained oblique muscle and the right fielder isn’t healthy enough to begin a minor-league rehab assignment: We’re still trying to push things and get him to 100 percent. He still feels that if he does throw, there’s going to…

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