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  1. The All-Star Game is now all-DH, all the time

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Ever since Ron Blomberg and his ilk ruined our national pastime lo those 37 years ago, the rule has been that the designated hitter is to be used when an American League team hosts the All-Star Game, and that the pitchers will bat when in a Senior Circuit park. That is no more, as baseball…

  2. Trevor Hoffman blows another save

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Brewers up by one, Trevor Hoffman comes into the game, Ryan Doumit at the plate and . . . wham! it’s gone. This is not a repeat from yesterday. It just happened in the Brewers-Pirates game, and now Trevor Hoffman has given up six home runs on the season and has blown yet another save.…

  3. Bobby Cox thinks slumping Jason Heyward is being too patient

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward is in the midst of his first extended slump, going 1-for-20 in his last seven games, and Braves manager Bobby Cox thinks he’s being too patient at the plate: We’re going to talk to him. He’s taking way too many pitches for strikes. [As a result] he’s getting one pitch to swing at…

  4. Jimmy Rollins is running, could be back by mid-May

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Jimmy Rollins has begun a light running program and has been taking batting practice. The Phillies aren’t setting any timetables, but Murphy passes on word from anonymous team sources that the second week of May is a realistic expectation for Rollins’ return to the lineup.  That…

  5. Jerry Manuel: 'I'm going to stay with Ollie'

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning last night despite being handed an early 3-0 lead, getting yanked after a four-pitch walk to opposing starter Charlie Haeger. Perez has a decent-looking 4.25 ERA in four starts thanks largely to not serving up a homer yet, but has averaged just 5.1 innings per…

  6. I bet you can't guess who the most hated team in baseball is

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Nope. No, not them either.  You should probably just stop guessing, because you probably won’t get it right: The Cleveland Indians. That’s right, according to a Nielsen survey which uses various keywords in an effort to determine whether people have positive, negative or neutral reactions to different brands and product, the Cleveland Indians are the…

  7. The winds are whipping the Mets and Dodgers

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    I’m watching the Mets-Dodgers game right now, and the wind is gusting to 42 miles per hour.  The Dodgers are in the field right now, and there is garbage everywhere. Lots of trash on the field too. Mets lead 5-1.

  8. Miguel Olivo has kidney stones, is a tough guy

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Miguel Olivo passed two kidney stones Monday … and still started at catcher for the Rockies and played all nine innings behind the plate that night. By comparison, I’m giving serious thought to taking the rest of the day off after writing about his kidney stones. Mike…

  9. A couple of things of note from the Brewers-Pirates game

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    They’re underway with their nooner in Milwaukee, and it’s worth noting a couple of things: The roof is open despite the fact that the game time temperature is 55 degrees. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy thinks it may be the coldest it’s ever been for the start of a game. He was going to say more about…

  10. The Phillies turn the most spectacular fielder's choice you'll ever see

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Deep thought: is a spectacular double play really a spectacular double play when the runner was actually safe at first but the ump blows the call? See here to judge for yourself!

  11. Dusty Baker denies asking the Reds for contract extension

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that “Reds manager Dusty Baker asked management about a contract extension … but evidently the team is not yet ready to decide upon his future.” Baker was asked about the report yesterday and responded: “I haven’t talked to them. I don’t know where he heard that. It’s…

  12. Ned Colletti calls out Matt Kemp

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Ned Colletti has determined that the best way to light a fire under the Dodgers is to rip Matt Kemp. After criticizing Kemp’s baserunning and defense to Peter Tilden of 790-KABC, he said: “Why is it? Because he got a new deal? Can’t tell you. But you know, it’s below-average. If this is the last…

  13. Strikeouts and grounders: Francisco Liriano is dealing again

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I’ve often suggested that the Francisco Liriano who was the best, most overpowering pitcher in all of baseball as a rookie in 2006 was lost for good when he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery. I still believe that to be true, but a) the version we’ve seen so far this year is pretty damn close,…

  14. Denard Span has a temper tantrum, throws bat

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There were a lot of strikeouts in last night’s Twins-Tigers game, many of which were called third strikes. This is not necessarily surprising given that Fransico Liriano and Justin Verlander were pitching, but it’s also likely that the ump was being a bit generous with the zone too. It happens. Not that Denard Span was…

  15. The Red Sox call up Alan Embree

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Yesterday I took crap from everyone for wondering why the Sox didn’t call up Alan Embree instead of Fabio Castro to aid the bullpen. After last night’s game the Red Sox called up Alan Embree and sent down Fabio Castro, who didn’t throw a pitch in last night’s game, so maybe I’m not as dumb…

  16. MLB denies Twitter crackdown, but facts say otherwise

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    After posting my story last night about MLB.com writers being banned from using Twitter for non-baseball topics and MLB players being told their tweets will be monitored, I was contacted by a spokesperson for MLB who essentially said I was 100 percent wrong. In fact, he went so far as to say my story was…

  17. Jake Peavy thinks he has figured it out

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Here’s Jake Peavy not making sense when talking about people criticizing his early season performance: ”I didn’t hear all these critics talking last year, when I did what I did after about the same amount of starts that I’ve made this year. [When I was] 3-0 with a low ERA, nobody was talking then.” There’s…

  18. Ladies and Gentlemen: Your First Place New York Mets

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    There aren’t many people who have ragged on the Mets more than I have over the past few years. But if you’re going to be negative, you have to be fair, and fairness demands that the Mets be given their due. Correction: fairness demands that the first place New York Mets be given their due.…

  19. J.D. Drew hit with vertigo again

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew said after last night’s game that he suffered a case of vertigo Sunday night and early Monday.  This is not the first time Drew has suffered from the condition. It hit him back in June 2008 as well, clearing up almost as soon as it arrived.  As someone whose only real familiarity with…

  20. If you have a DH you should probably use it

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Pfun Pfact, via FanGraphs: The White Sox, Indians, Athletics, Red Sox and Mariners have DHs that are hitting worse than the pitchers for the Astros and Diamondbacks. Pitchers for the Padres and Rockies are hitting better than the DHs for Boston and Seattle. In other news, Jermaine Dye and Gary Sheffield are out of work…

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