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  1. Milton Bradley returns to Chicago, says things

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

    Naturally, reporters and columnists were licking their chops for Milton Bradley’s return to Chicago this weekend, so even though he didn’t play on Friday due to a sore left calf, it was awful nice of him to throw everyone a bone by continuing to say some rather silly things. Here’s a sample, via Scot Gregor…

  2. Adrian Gonzalez to the Braves? No thanks!

    Apr 24, 2010, 6:56 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez is going to be the biggest story of the trade deadline this year. Everyone assumes that the Red Sox will be the front runners for him. And if they continue to stink, they may push even harder for him than they otherwise would. But they’re not the only team in baseball who could…

  3. Kevin Kennedy helps thwart hijacking on flight

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

    Yes, you read that correctly. Former major league manager and current Rays color analyst Kevin Kennedy was one of eight passengers who helped subdue a man who threatened to blow up an airplane druing a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Florida early Friday morning. Kennedy described the experience to Marc Topkin of the St.…

  4. David Ortiz: being pinch-hit for was "embarrassing"

    Apr 23, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Talk about great timing. Ortiz just slugged his first home run of the season to the “Monster Seats” in center field. 7:11 PM: Prior to Friday’s game against the Orioles, David Ortiz told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he was embarrassed when Mike Lowell pinch-hit for him against left-hander Darren Oliver on Tuesday: “It…

  5. Not so fast. Dice-K isn't in the rotation quite yet

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    As Drew detailed on Thursday, Daisuke Matsuzaka is set to replace Tim Wakefield in the starting rotation, but it turns out that won’t happen until next weekend in Baltimore, according to Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal. Wakefield will make one more start this Sunday against the Orioles, meanwhile, Matsuzaka will stay fresh with a…

  6. Zobrist's extension: $18 million; potentially $30 million

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Here are the details on the Ben Zobrist extension we mentioned this morning. The deal guarantees him $18 million through 2013, partially in salary, partially in buyouts if the team options aren’t exercised. Those options are valued at $7 million for 2014 and $7.5 million for 2015. Given that Evan Longoria is making — six…

  7. Carlos Zambrano wants back into the rotation at some point this season

    Apr 23, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano is apparently fine with the Cubs moving him to the bullpen … for now. He reportedly told manager Lou Piniella that he’d like to rejoin the rotation in time for the playoffs, which is both interesting from a strategic standpoint and wishful thinking from a Cubs player. Here’s what Piniella said about Zambrano’s…

  8. Manny Ramirez causes Larry Bowa to lose sleep

    Apr 23, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Sticking with Manny Ramirez, here’s some fun from Larry Bowa, Dodgers third base coach, who appeared on Sirius/XM’s Ripken Show today to talk about what it’s like to coach Manny Ramirez: Larry Bowa: Believe me, when Manny’s up I hope for two things.  I hope he hits a home run or he’s on third with…

  9. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez placed on disabled list

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Manny Ramirez has been placed on the disabled list, with Xavier Paul being called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Paul is 25 years old and deserving of a shot after putting up some nice numbers in the minors, so it’ll be interesting to see if Joe Torre actually plays him over…

  10. Watch baseball games on your PlayStation

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Sony have struck a deal in which the MLB.tv package will be available on PlayStation 3 consoles. I have MLB.tv for the first time this year. After some initial hiccups borne of what I suspect was just a lot of first-week-of-the-season traffic, I have come…

  11. Red Sox interested in Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder?

    Apr 23, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote this morning that Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder is on the Red Sox’s “down-the-road hit list” as a potential midseason trade target. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe also seems to think Snyder is a possible fit. Arizona spent the offseason trying to deal Snyder, with rumored trades for Lyle Overbay…

  12. Dusty Baker obviously doesn't read Hardball Talk

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Asked yesterday whether Opening Day starter Aaron Harang will be removed from the Reds’ rotation after going 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA, manager Dusty Baker said: I can’t tell you before I talk to him. Plus, we’re talking about it but this guy is getting paid handsomely to be a starter. At this point, who…

  13. A-Rod, Dallas Braden and baseball etiquette

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    We talked about this one a bit already, but let’s go deeper.  Here’s Dallas Braden after l’affaire A-Rod-walky-over-the-moundy: “The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette. He should probably take a note from his captain over there, because you don’t run across the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during…

  14. Jose Reyes to finally bat third

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel has been wanting to do it for a while, and despite Reyes’ own initial protests and the lobbying of Jeff Francoeur to have the issue tabled, it’s going to happen during this weekends’ series against the Braves, as Manuel says he wants to jump start the lineup (note to self: never hire Jeff…

  15. It's kinda nice to root for a loser

    Apr 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    I disagree with Charles Krauthammer on almost everything, but he and I are hand in hand about the pleasure of rooting for a losing team. He’s a Nats’ fan, you see, and though he’d like to see some winning baseball, he’s just fine if it takes its sweet time arriving: I go for relief. For…

  16. Chicago beat reporter ready to bury White Sox

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports on the White Sox and is one of the more, let’s say, outspoken MLB beat writers. He typically injects far more humor and opinion into his articles than the average beat writer, and in some cases far more criticism. With the White Sox off to an ugly 5-11…

  17. Is K-Rod old school, or is he being abused?

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    I have a lot of friends in academia. When they talk about the things they love about that world, they talk about the free exchange of opposing viewpoints. The ability to lay one’s intellectual cards upon the table and engage with those who subscribe to competing philosophical creeds in pitched, but respectful battle. What they…

  18. Carlos Guillen heading to the DL

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tigers’ DH Carlos Guillen has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, suffered when he fell between third base and home in the fifth inning. Or maybe he fell because he got hurt. One of them chicken-egg things, ya know. The Tigers have promoted Brennan Boesch, meaning that he will now…

  19. Is Bryce Harper a jerk? And does it matter?

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The more we hash over the physical and mental tools of a 17 year-old kid the more creepy it feels, but he’s put himself out there and it’s gonna happen anyway, so there’s no sense in ignoring it. The latest: Bryce Harper is apparently a jerk. Really. That’s the story according to Kevin Goldstein of…

  20. Jake Peavy walks career-high seven in ugly start

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    I expected Jake Peavy to be a disappointment this season because he was switching to the tougher league and moving from MLB’s most extreme pitcher-friendly ballpark to a power-boosting home, but now he’s apparently also forgotten how to throw strikes. He had a career-high seven walks while allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings Thursday versus…

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