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  1. Ryan Zimmerman tweaks his hammy

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    It’s never a good time to strain your hamstring, but Ryan Zimmerman is 9 for his last 20 with three doubles and a home run, so the fact that he did it last night made for particularly bad timing. The injury occurred when he thought about stretching a double into a triple, but he pulled…

  2. The Rangers sale is getting uglier

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    The basic dynamic of the sale of the Texas Rangers has been (1) Tom Hicks trying to settle his issues with his creditors; (2) Chuck Greenberg and Major League Baseball getting increasingly annoyed at Hicks for not doing so; and (3) everyone speaking optimistically all the same. According to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram, Tom…

  3. Francisco Liriano throws another gem as Twins win fifth straight series

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano was fantastic again last night, following up seven shutout innings last week against Boston with eight scoreless frames against Cleveland. In those 15 innings he got 14 strikeouts versus four walks while inducing 23 ground-ball outs, which along with significantly increased velocity is creeping ever closer to 2006 territory. Best of all the…

  4. Chris Carpenter ignites a ruckus in the Cardinals-Diamondbacks game

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    It wasn’t really a fracas, and it was far short of a brawl, so ruckus is the best I can do. It started when Edwin Jackson hit Chris Carpenter with a pitch in the second inning. Actually, it may have started when Jackson hit Ryan Ludwick in the first, but hitting Carpenter is what set…

  5. Roy Halladay following in Cliff Lee's footsteps

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay hurled a complete-game shutout Wednesday against Atlanta, allowing just four hits and one walk while improving to 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA on the season. In an odd coincidence the man Halladay was essentially traded for, Cliff Lee, also began his Phillies career with an identical 4-0 record and 0.82 ERA last season.…

  6. Phil Hughes' near no-no vindicates Girardi

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    I’ll admit it: I was Team Joba as far as the Yankees’ fifth starter race went this spring. I thought that he had a better repertoire of pitches and a better chance to be a dominant starter than did Phil Hughes. He may one day be that kind of guy — and one game, or…

  7. Jason Marquis has 'floating bodies' in his elbow

    Apr 22, 2010, 7:43 AM EDT

    I criticized the Nationals for signing Jason Marquis to a two-year, $15 million deal this offseason, but his first month has gone far worse than I ever could have imagined. He went 0-3 with a 20.52 ERA through three starts, coughing up 20 runs in 8.1 innings, and was placed on the disabled list Wednesday…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Phillies 2, Braves 0: Roy Halladay can pitch a little. The Braves threatened exactly once, in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases on hits from Chipper Jones and Brian McCann and a walk from Jason Heyward. This was the baseball equivalent of the cat letting the mouse run a few feet just so…

  9. Milton Bradley sued by former Chicago landlord

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley burned a lot of bridges in the city of Chicago, some private and others very public.  Here’s one you probably haven’t heard about: According to the Chicago Tribune, Bradley’s former landlord at a swanky Michigan Ave. condo complex is suing the major league outfielder for unpaid rent and damages to the unit.  The…

  10. Dave Trembley is done covering for his pathetic Orioles

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

    Heading into the season, the common phrase bandied about regarding the Baltimore Orioles was “they’re on the right track.” Sure, no one really expected them to compete with the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays in the AL East, but at least they were stockpiling some promising young talent and looking like they had the potential to…

  11. Cliff Lee scheduled to make M's debut April 30

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said on Wednesday that Cliff Lee will make a rehab start in Triple-A on Sunday. (As you can tell by the photo, they’re quite excited about his arrival in Tacoma!) Then assuming there are no setbacks, he will make his regular season debut for the Mariners on April 30 against…

  12. Rizzo: Stephen Strasburg will not be rushed

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg boasts a 2-0 record, 0.73 ERA and a 17/3 K/BB ratio through three starts (12 1/3 innings) at Double-A Harrisburg and is certainly ready for more of a challenge.  But don’t expect a promotion to the big leagues anytime soon. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo hinted to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman on Wednesday that…

  13. We've located Jorge Sosa… in case anyone cares

    Apr 21, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel passes along word that veteran right-hander Jorge Sosa has joined up with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Sosa has pitched for the Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Mets and Nationals over the course of his eight-year professional career.  He was a member of Washington’s bullpen last…

  14. Just when I didn't think the Cubs could get more foolish…

    Apr 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    There are nine active pitchers with at least 100 victories and a win-loss percentage better than .600: 1. Johan Santana 2. Roy Halladay 3. Roy Oswalt 4. Tim Hudson 5. Andy Pettitte 6. CC Sabathia 7. Chris Carpenter 8. Josh Beckett 9. Carlos Zambrano This is just a guess, but I don’t think the teams…

  15. Satire: Joe Morgan's very special advice to the Reds

    Apr 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It took a few hours of digging, but HardballTalk has uncovered Joe Morgan’s first memo to GM Walt Jocketty issued under his new title as Special Adviser to Baseball Operations. Apparently typed by the same person who used to handle his ESPN chats, it reads as follows: Dearest Walter, While our 2010 Reds are undoubtedly…

  16. Quote of the Day: Carlos Zambrano in the pen

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    So to recap: The Cubs are paying $19 million to a bad DH to play LF and $19 million to a long reliever. Jim Hendry for Mayor! – ‘Duk of Big League Stew on the Cubs’ curious decision to move Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.

  17. Video of the Day: Leaping over the catcher

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    If you only watch one video of a college player doing a Willie Mays Hayes impression today, make it this one: Almost as amusing as the ridiculous play? The announcing.

  18. Holy Cow! The Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the pen

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    A mere half hour ago I pondered who the Cubbies might move to the bullpen. In that post I said  “lord knows that Carlos Zambrano does not exactly have the temperament to live down in the pen.” So naturally, the Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. That report comes from Paul Sullivan of…

  19. Ted Lilly to come back Saturday, so which Cubs' starter loses his job?

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Holy Cow, it’s Zambrano! Jon Heyman notes in his latest column that Ted Lilly is set to make his season debut for the Cubs on Saturday and that his return to the rotation will require that someone get sent to the bullpen.  Heyman reports that the Cubs are inclined to keep Tom Gorzelanny in…

  20. Aaron Hill set to come off the disabled list Friday

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    Out since the second game of the season with a hamstring injury, Aaron Hill is expected to return from the disabled list Friday against the Rays. Hill is skipping the usual minor league rehab assignment route, instead staying behind at the Blue Jays’ spring training complex to rehab in Florida. Picked by many to finish…

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