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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. The Rays have jumped all over the Red Sox

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Everyone I know who has ever lived in Boston tells me that Patriots Day is their favorite day in the city. They get the day off work and school, the Marathon is run and best of all the Red Sox play a game at 11 in the morning. Sadly for Sox fans, however, they were…

  15. Eric Gagne retires

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Given his release from the Dodgers even though he accepted a minor league assignment it’s no surprise that Eric Gagne has decided to retire. For about three years there — 2002 to 2004 — Gagne was the best closer in baseball, going 152 for 158 in save opportunities, including a perfect 55 for 55 in…

  16. Hundreds protest extending the draft to the Dominican Republic

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Nick Collias MLB Trade Rumors has a must-read story up this morning about a protest which took place outside the hotel in which MLB Dominican baseball czar, Sandy Alderson, was staying last week. The purpose: opposing the implementation of an amateur draft in the Dominican Republic, which is high on Bud Selig’s list for the…

  17. Mike Cameron scratched, taken to the hospital

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron was in the original lineup for this morning’s Red Sox-Rays game — remember: 11:05 A.M. start due to the Patriots’ Day thing they do in Boston! — but was scratched a few minutes after he arrived in the clubhouse and replaced in centerfield by Bill Hall. The thinking right now is that Cameron…

  18. Bad day? At least you didn't get hit in the head with Pablo Sandoval's cup

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    This happened back on April 9th, but it’s just now coming to light. I’m assuming that, like all major news stories, it was held up out of an abundance of caution so that the critical details could be verified: In the bottom of the 12th inning Friday, with Eli Whiteside at the plate and Sandoval…

  19. Kaz Matsui may be out of a job in Houston

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Astros manager Brad Mills is being non-committal about whether Jeff Keppinger has taken the second base job from Kaz Matsui, but it certainly seems like Matsui is now the backup. Mills was asked if Matsui is now the utility guy: “I don’t want to label it that way yet. We’re still just a dozen games…

  20. Rich Harden off to a terrible start for the Rangers

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Rich Harden looked horrible again Sunday versus the Yankees, lasting just 3.2 innings while allowing four runs on five hits and six walks. He managed five strikeouts, giving him 15 in 13 innings overall this season, but Harden has also handed out 14 walks and more importantly his raw stuff looks underwhelming after years of…

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