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  1. 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…

  2. 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!

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. What's up with Trevor Hoffman?

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, Trevor Hoffman got creamed last night. He came in to preserve a 3-2 lead in the ninth against the Pirates, but gave up a leadoff homer to Ronny Cedeno which tied the game. He then loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam to Ryan Doumit.…

  14. Stephen Strasburg continues to toy with minor leaguers

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    When grade school kids are faced with what Stephen Strasburg is currently faced with — the total lack of a challenge — they are double promoted. Or at least put in the gifted class or something, because if they get bored they start setting fires and stuff. Strasburg pitched five no-hit innings yesterday with no…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

    Twins 2, Tigers 0: Francisco Liriano dominates again. Jon Rauch gets his seventh save in eight chances. Jim Thome, Jason Kubel and Delmon Young all get in the game and provide some production. As long as it doesn’t snow during the Twins’ next homestand, I think we’ll be able to say that all of the…

  16. Major League Baseball bans MLB.com writers from using Twitter for non-baseball topics

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Major League Baseball is cracking down on Twitter usage, ordering MLB.com writers to cease tweeting about all non-baseball topics and scolding players for their Twitter usage in general. As someone who has every MLB.com beat writer and several MLB players in my Twitter feed, this is very unfortunate…

  17. Brett Anderson could miss up to six weeks

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Uh-oh. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that Brett Anderson will miss four to six weeks with a flexor tendon strain. The Athletics placed the 22-year-old southpaw on the disabled list on Tuesday due to a left forearm strain and elbow irritation. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI earlier today. Anderson emerged as one of…

  18. Rangers send their Opening Day catchers to the minors

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden began the season sharing the catching position in the major leagues. Now they’ll do it again with Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. It’s quite a surprising change of course, but now Max Ramirez will share catching duties with Matt Treanor for the time being. The move…

  19. Carlos Silva's comeback hard to buy

    Apr 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    The Cubs did need some help setting up for Carlos Marmol, but the biggest reason Carlos Zambrano is in the bullpen right now is Carlos Silva’s exceptional start. He’s followed a rather strong spring by going 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA through four outings. This from a pitcher who went 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA…

  20. Meet Dustin Pedroia's new favorite player

    Apr 27, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Reliever Fabio Castro arrived in Boston’s clubhouse Tuesday only to be put to the test immediately. No, not on the mound. 5-foot-10 Marco Scutaro had the supposedly 5-foot-9 Dustin Pedroia and the 5-foot-7 Castro stand back-to-back to figure out who was taller. According to the Boston Globe: “The winner by an inch or so was…

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