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  1. Andruw Jones says he can play for five more years

    Apr 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones celebrated his 33rd birthday in style on Friday night, slugging two solo home runs, including a walk-off shot in a 7-6 win over the Mariners. Jones, who reportedly lost 15 to 20 pounds over the winter, is off to a fantastic start in Chicago, batting .293/.408/.756 with six home runs and nine RBI…

  2. Don't freak out about Cole Hamels

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley comes to a similar conclusion, if you are looking for a more in-depth analysis. 1:45 PM: Facts are facts. Cole Hamels was knocked around pretty good by the Diamondbacks on Friday night, giving up a career-high four home runs, including three in the fourth inning. Hamels has allowed seven…

  3. Dioner Navarro ejected on Friday; suspension looming?

    Apr 24, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Dioner Navarro was ejected during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Dan Bellino. After Bellino gave him the ol’ heave-ho, Navarro gave him a nice little bump with his chest protector. MLB won’t like that. After the game, Navarro told Bill Chastain…

  4. Mark Teixeira destroys Bobby Wilson

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Angels catcher Bobby Wilson, who was making his first major league start on Friday, was forced to leave the game after being barreled over by Mark Teixeira while trying to block the plate in the third inning. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Wilson was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and…

  5. Jeff Francoeur drives Atlanta's new "Golden Boy" to the ballpark

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Don’t tell Craig, but according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jeff Francoeur drove 20-year-old phenom Jason Heyward to Citi Field on Friday night. As O’Brien relays, Francoeur originally intended to pick up old chum Brian McCann, but when he arrived at the Manhattan hotel where the Braves were staying, Chipper Jones and…

  6. Mark McGwire takes "high road" on question about Canseco

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Mark McGwire and the Cardinals made a stop in the Bay Area for this weekend’s series against the Giants, prompting the obvious rehashing of steroids and timelines, all of which he side-stepped for the most part. Feel free to read all of John Shea’s article from the San Francisco Chronicle if you are truly interested.…

  7. John Maine leaves game after injuring his left (non-throwing) arm

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    John Maine was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Braves in the fourth inning due to muscle spasms and pain in his left (non-throwing) elbow. It’s odd, but certainly nothing new for Maine, who left a a start against the Phillies on July 5, 2008 with a cramp in his left forearm. According to…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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 that he was embarrassed when Mike Lowell pinch-hit for him against left-hander Darren Oliver on Tuesday: “It…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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 package will be available on PlayStation 3 consoles. I have 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…

  18. Red Sox interested in Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder?

    Apr 23, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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