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  1. Cliff Lee to throw a simulated game today

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee’s march back to the Mariners’ rotation continues today as he is set to throw a simulated game (a what?).  Assuming it all goes well, he’ll be off to Tacoma or someplace like it for a rehab start. The Mariners are penciling him in for a May 2nd start against the Rangers, but we’re…

  2. The Indians create a blogger press box

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Maybe “press box” is the wrong term, but SportsBusiness Daily’s Eric Fisher reports on what sounds like a cool little initiative: The Indians have created the Tribe Social Deck at Progressive Field, one of the first major efforts under a new social media strategy being pursued by the club. The 10-seat section in the ballpark…

  3. The Orioles send Brad Bergesen down

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Brad Bergesen turned a lot of heads with a nice little run when he came up last year, but then he took a comebacker at the end of July and didn’t pitch again all season. Then, this winter, he injured his shoulder while filming a television commercial. After three horrendous starts this season — he’s…

  4. Was Ike Davis "mismanaged"?

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    I catch a lot of hell for ripping the Mets, but I like to at least think that I have a reason for it when I do it. Compare this to Joel Sherman who — and I am not making this up — anchors this morning’s column accusing the Mets of “mismanaging” Ike Davis’ career…

  5. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Mets 6, Cubs 1: A pitchers’ duel until the 7th when the Mets unloaded on the Cubs’ bullpen, courtesy of an Angel Pagan homer, a Jason Bay double, an Ike Davis single and a Sean Marshall wild pitch. The Pagan at bat was hilarious. Jose Reyes was on first base, getting a few throws over,…

  6. Report: O's Felix Pie could miss three months

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Roch Kubatko of reports that Felix Pie could miss up to three months with an injury to his latissimus dorsi muscle. Pie was placed on the disabled list on Friday with a strained muscle in his upper back, but further examination on Monday revealed a more serious injury. Orioles president Andy MacPhail told the…

  7. Eric Gagne's historic three-year run

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    We can speculate all we want about the methods he used to achieve it, but Eric Gagne’s three-year run of dominance as the Dodgers’ closer should never be forgotten. From the time Los Angeles converted a struggling starter to relief in the spring of 2002 until the then 30-year-old right-hander got hurt at the beginning…

  8. Return of B.J. Upton's power stroke the best news for Rays

    Apr 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    While I’m pretty excited about David Price’s performance through two starts, the most promising development for the Rays during their 10-3 run to begin the season has been B.J. Upton’s power surge. Upton, of course, looked for all of the world like a future superstar when he hit .300/.386/.508 with 24 homers in 474 at-bats…

  9. Kelly Shoppach out four to six weeks after knee surgery

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that catcher Kelly Shoppach will miss at least four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday. Shoppach suffered the injury while trying to block Curtis Granderson from home plate during last Saturday’s game against the Yankees. He was placed on the…

  10. Ron Villone is back with the Nats

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Old lefties are like zombies or something: you just can’t kill them. Take Ron Villone for example. He’s played for 12 teams in 15 seasons and aside from a little stretch which coincided with him doing things that got him named in the Mitchell Report, he’s never been much better than average. But he throws…

  11. J.A. Happ will miss his next start with sore elbow

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT’s Todd Zolecki reports that J.A. Happ will miss his next scheduled start with what the Phillies are calling “a very mild flexor pronator muscle strain.” In other words, he has a sore elbow. Happ is slated to throw a bullpen session Thursday, so for now at least the Phillies think he’ll be able to…

  12. Indians activate Russell Branyan

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The Indians are going to activate Russell Branyan from the 15-day DL before tomorrow’s game in Minnesota and will install him at first base. That means Matt LaPorta will head to left and rookie Michael Brantley will head down I-71 to beautiful Columbus, Ohio.  Don’t forget to stop at Grandpa’s Cheese Barn at Exit 186,…

  13. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    1. Yankees: The only critical thing I can say is that for the past few years the Yankees have gotten off to slow starts and everyone with half a brain has said “don’t panic, it’s early.” I suppose that’s a two-way street and that we shouldn’t become overly optimistic before the break of May. But…

  14. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia on today's loss

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, on the Red Sox dropping to 4-9 with today’s 8-2 loss to the Rays: When you don’t show up, you’re going to get beat. Doesn’t matter if it’s the Rays or [bleep]ing Brookline High. Well said, even if that quote is about a thousand words shorter than Craig’s breakdown of the Red Sox’s…

  15. Tony La Russa would have asked Rick Ankiel to pitch in the 20-inning game

    Apr 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Saturday night’s marathon Cardinals-Mets game has everyone thinking about crazy extra-inning scenarios, so Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch asked manager Tony La Russa if he would have used Rick Ankiel on the mound had the pitcher-turned-outfielder still been with the Cardinals: I would have asked him. I would have hoped he said,…

  16. So what's wrong with the Red Sox?

    Apr 19, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    As I type this the Red Sox are down 8-2 to the Rays, and are about to lose their fifth straight game and their sixth out of seven. In ATH this morning I wrote that we’d see a bunch of “what’s wrong with the Red Sox” articles today, but I didn’t see any. With this…

  17. The Royals = the Peanuts baseball team

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    This comparison between the Peantus’ baseball team and the Kansas City Royals is pure genius. I especially recommend the conversation between Jason Kendall and Kyle Farnsworth. The only bit of comparative dissonance: Charlie Brown inspires sympathy whereas Trey Hillman does not. A hearty round of applause for Jeff Zimmerman at Royals Review for seeing the…

  18. It's official: Ike Davis is joining the Mets tonight

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Originally in the lineup at Triple-A this afternoon and then scratched about 30 minutes before the first pitch, Ike Davis is officially on his way to Citi Field and will probably be in the Mets’ lineup tonight against the Cubs. If you’re wondering why a non-elite prospect like Davis gets minute-by-minute coverage here and elsewhere…

  19. Miguel Cabrera in some elite company at age 27

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera turned 27 years old yesterday and celebrated with his 212th career homer, which got me curious about where his production at his age ranks in baseball history. After all, Cabrera was a full-time player for a World Series team at age 20, has played at least 155 games in every year since then,…

  20. UPDATE: Ike Davis scratched from Triple-A lineup

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Originally in the Triple-A lineup, Ike Davis was removed about 30 minutes before game time. He’s in Buffalo, New York and the Mets are playing at Citi Field tonight, so … * * * * * * * * * * Every media outlet in New York seems to agree that 23-year-old prospect Ike…

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