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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Stephen Strasburg needs a challenge

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Because he’s certainly not getting one down at AA.  Today: one hit in five shutout innings against the Reading Phillies.*  He struck out six and walked one, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  First pitch was 98 m.p.h., but then he settled into a 95ish groove, breaking off 78 m.p.h. curveballs and 88 m.p.h. changeups. In…

  7. UPDATE: Joe Morgan to work for the Reds, will still broadcast for ESPN

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  John Fay tweets that Joe Morgan’s job with the Reds will not affect his Sunday Night Baseball job because (a) his job with the Reds will not be in day-to-day operations and (b) the Reds aren’t scheduled to be on Sunday Night Baseball this year.  In other words, because the job is merely ceremonial…

  8. Kevin Millar retires and joins MLB Network

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Millar was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training after failing to beat out Chad Tracy for a bench spot and the 38-year-old veteran of a dozen seasons has apparently decided to call it quits. Millar has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst and will make his debut next week,…

  9. Jason Varitek gets the start for the Sox tonight

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said on his weekly radio show that Jason Varitek will catch Josh Beckett tonight.  This is the third straight time that Varitek has caught Beckett, but according to Francona he’s no personal catcher or anything. I guess he would have had a chance to prove that and use Martinez if…

  10. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    As has become a weekly occurrence, I will be talking baseball live at HotStove.com right about . . . . now.

  11. Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers are searching for answers

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley made his first All-Star team last season by going 9-4 with a 3.38 ERA in the first half, but then struggled so much in the second half that he was nearly left off the Dodgers’ postseason roster and has now allowed 14 runs in 14 innings this year. Through mid-June of last season…

  12. Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo set to sign with Diamondbacks

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Back in July the Cardinals signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo for a $3.1 million bonus only to void the deal over concerns about his eyesight. Since then Mateo has been shopping around for another team and now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are on the verge of signing him.…

  13. The Baseball Road Trip of a lifetime

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    There’s someone who does the whole visit-all-30-parks-road trip every year, but (a) I never get tired of hearing about it; (b) I never stop being jealous; and (c) I always root for the guy(s) to finish, whether or not they’ve given themselves a time limit. The latest is Navin Vaswani, a journalist/blogger who is chronicling…

  14. Adam Dunn says 'nothing going on' in contract extension talks with Nationals

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    During spring training Adam Dunn made it clear that he wants to remain with the Nationals long term, but he recently admitted that there’s “nothing going on” with contract extension negotiations. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the two sides “are seemingly at a momentary standstill” while “Dunn still believes a deal could…

  15. Teams gouge their fans when the Yankees come to town

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    It’s always a hot ticket when the Yankees come to town, so you’d understand if teams, say, raised the prices a bit to buy tickets for the matchup. Supply and demand and all of that, right? But what the Dodgers and Mets (and others) do leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Consumerist passes along…

  16. Jimmy Rollins is feeling better

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Good news for Phillies fans: Jimmy Rollins has resumed some baseball activities following his strained calf, and the reports are good.  The current thinking is that he should be able to return to the linuep as soon as he becomes eligible on April 28th. But it’s not perfect news: he was unable to successfully convert…

  17. Carlos Beltran still not clear to resume baseball activities

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll is hearing that the exam was way worse than is being let on by the earlier reports, and offers the quote “No progress. None at all.” 8:16 A.M. Carlos Beltran was seen by his doctor in Vail, Colorado yesterday for a routine visit following arthroscopic knee surgery, which was performed…

  18. The sound of silence: No Edinson Volquez outrage yet

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Unless my bookmarks have all been borked and my Google-fu has suddenly evaporated, I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t any columns this morning eviscerating Edinson Volquez or Major League Baseball over his positive PED test and suspension. The only thing close to that is Jon Paul Morosi’s thing about how the whole…

  19. Cubs' announcer Bob Brenly rips Alfonso Soriano

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    On Monday night Alfonso Soriano hit a long fly ball that, had he been running out of the box instead of watching his handiwork, would have probably been a triple. It did not go unnoticed by Cubs’ radio TV announcer Bob Brenly, who snarked “wouldn’t it be refreshing if we could get our left-fielder to…

  20. Nine stolen bases?! Here's how the Red Sox can stop the running game

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    I mentioned it in ATH, but it’s worth mentioning again: the Rangers stole nine bases off the Boston Red Sox last night. Nine. As in, the most any team has stolen in a game in eight years. Even Vlad Guerrero — who walks around like Fred Sanford half the time — swiped two. Obviously it’s…

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