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  1. Ozzie Guillen on Will Ohman: “he has to get his head out of his ass”

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Dear lord, do I love Ozzie Guillen. If, for no other reason, than because he says what everyone else thinks but which no one in an official position besides him ever, ever says. Things like this, which Brent Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports Guillen said about White Sox reliever Will Ohman, who has had a rough…

  2. Swagger Alert! Apparently the Red Sox need some of it

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Headline in Rob Bradford’s column about the reeling Red Sox over at WEEI: “Red Sox in search of their swagger (and a win).”  Content: Everybody understands that the Red Sox have the potential to be what Ortiz mandated all who wear the uniform be back in ’07 — bad blankety-blanks. And every player Tuesday night…

  3. Mark Cuban would like the reporters out of his locker room

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is a basketball owner, not a baseball owner, but I’ve gone on enough in recent weeks about team and league-controlled media usurping the role of the outside press that Cuban’s little rant from the other day is still within my bailiwick. So let’s talk about it, shall we? Cuban’s piece is long and has…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    A night of some lights-out pitching performances. Which can mean only one thing: Bud Selig switched out the juiced baseballs because he knows we’re on to him!

  5. Ubaldo Jimenez still uncertain for Friday start

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

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    Ubaldo Jimenez didn’t look anything like his usual dominant self on Opening Day against the Diamondbacks last Friday, giving up six runs — five earned — over six innings while striking out just one and sitting between 89-91 mph on the radar gun. It turns out Jimenez aggravated a cuticle of his right thumb, a…

  6. The Orioles are sniffing around for some starting pitching help

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

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    Orioles’ starting pitchers have allowed just two runs across 26 innings (0.69 ERA) over the first four games of the season, but don’t let that fool you. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Orioles are currently “poking around” for fifth-starter types. Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matusz are both on the disabled list and will…

  7. Matt Holliday won’t go on disabled list after appendectomy

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:05 PM EST

    Matt Holliday AP

    According to Rick Hummel and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed earlier today that Matt Holliday will not require a stint on the disabled list following his appendectomy last Friday. “He is not being disabled. He’s making enough progress now that he’ll be back before 15 days. So we’ll…

  8. Franklin Gutierrez could play in some minor league games this week

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

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    According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Franklin Gutierrez could play in a few minor league games before the end of the week. The Gold Glover is currently on the disabled list with a stomach issue that dates back to last season. The Mariners are still awaiting the results of one final test before…

  9. Carl Crawford batting out of the No. 2 spot tonight

    Apr 5, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

    Crawford_Carl

    Carl Crawford is batting No. 2 against the Indians tonight, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Red Sox manager Terry Francona raised some eyebrows by dropping Crawford to the seventh spot in the order on Sunday. Crawford batted third for the first two games of the season. While Francona said that Crawford was bumped Sunday…

  10. 0-for-13 start gets Ian Desmond dropped in lineup

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

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    The Nationals entered spring training with Nyjer Morgan and Ian Desmond at the top of their order, but less than a week into the season, Morgan is long gone and Desmond has been dropped to seventh following an 0-for-13 start. Desmond, who moved up to the leadoff spot when Morgan was traded to Milwaukee last…

  11. Jason Bay probably won’t be back this weekend

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay was hoping to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible Saturday, but GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that it probably won’t happen. Bay is still experiencing soreness around his strained left intercostal muscle and has yet to try swinging a bat. “The doctors thought he might be ready when his days on…

  12. The Giants are sticking with Aubrey Huff in right field

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Aubrey Huff

    With a day off to reflect on Aubrey Huff‘s trainwreck of a weekend in right field against the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy has decided to stay the course. The lineup for this evening’s game in San Diego: CF: Andres Torres 2B: Freddy Sanchez RF: Aubrey Huff C: Buster Posey 3B: Pablo Sandoval LF: Pat Burrell 1B:…

  13. Why is Jeff Samardzija in the majors?

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Jeff Samardzija

    This isn’t a piece designed to answer that question. It’s an actual inquiry. What on earth is Jeff Samardzija doing in the Cubs bullpen? Going into the spring, it seemed to be pretty much a given that Samardzija would have a roster spot because he was out of options and because the Cubs had so much…

  14. Fernando Rodney loses closer job to rookie Jordan Walden

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    That was quick. Earlier today I wondered if Scott Downs might be an option to replace Fernando Rodney as the Angels’ closer if he came off the disabled list before manager Mike Scioscia was comfortable giving rookie Jordan Walden a shot at the job, but apparently he was already comfortable. Scioscia announced this afternoon that…

  15. Mike Stanton aiming to rejoin Marlins’ lineup Friday

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Mike Stanton hasn’t played since Opening Day because of a hamstring injury, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that there are no plans to place him on the disabled list and Stanton is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday. In the meantime he’ll be available to pinch-hit, although if the…

  16. Cubs’ Andrew Cashner pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EST

    Andrew Cashner

    Potentially bad news from Wrigley Field: Cubs’ starter Andrew Cashner was pulled from today’s game against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right shoulder. He had thrown 72 pitches in five and a third innings at the time, and had allowed two hits, one of which was a homer. The game is still going on…

  17. Jose Bautista leaves Blue Jays for “personal family matter”

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays’ lineup tonight against the A’s and has left the team due to a “personal family matter,” according to John Lott of the National Post. He’s expected to miss the entire three-game series versus Oakland and for now Juan Rivera is taking his place in right field with…

  18. Early season TV ratings are booming

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    old TV

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that multiple teams have seen increased ratings in the early going, as have the national networks who broadcast games: The Orioles’ four-game average in Baltimore has pulled in a 7.8 rating and 79,000 HHs. The team last season averaged a 3.4 rating in Baltimore … Meanwhile, WPHL-MYT’s broadcast of Friday’s Astros-Phillies game “set…

  19. Scott Downs throws simulated game, may return next week

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    Out since mid-March with a broken toe, Scott Downs threw a 15-pitch simulated game this afternoon and reported no problems. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that Downs also participated in some fielding drills and could be close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, with an eye toward joining the Angels’ bullpen at…

  20. Judge in Bonds case excludes newly discovered tape recording, prosecution rests

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    When she first considered the matter yesterday, Judge Susan Ilston strongly suggested that the newly-discovered tape recording of Dr. Arthur Ting and Steven Hoskins, allegedly discussing Barry Bonds’ steroids use, would not be admitted. Indeed, she characterized the tape as ”almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Judge Ilston has…

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