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  1. Carlos Guillen heading to the DL

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tigers’ DH Carlos Guillen has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, suffered when he fell between third base and home in the fifth inning. Or maybe he fell because he got hurt. One of them chicken-egg things, ya know. The Tigers have promoted Brennan Boesch, meaning that he will now…

  2. Is Bryce Harper a jerk? And does it matter?

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The more we hash over the physical and mental tools of a 17 year-old kid the more creepy it feels, but he’s put himself out there and it’s gonna happen anyway, so there’s no sense in ignoring it. The latest: Bryce Harper is apparently a jerk. Really. That’s the story according to Kevin Goldstein of…

  3. Jake Peavy walks career-high seven in ugly start

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    I expected Jake Peavy to be a disappointment this season because he was switching to the tougher league and moving from MLB’s most extreme pitcher-friendly ballpark to a power-boosting home, but now he’s apparently also forgotten how to throw strikes. He had a career-high seven walks while allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings Thursday versus…

  4. The latest on HGH testing: Bud embarks on another "study"

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Bud Selig says baseball’s new science adviser — Dr. Gary Green — is examining the human growth hormone blood test that the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) is peddling but he isn’t sure when the study will be completed. This is classic Bud: when he doesn’t want to deal with something he commissions another “study.”  I’m…

  5. Ubaldo Jimenez's encore: 7.1 shutout innings

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez put on quite an encore performance Thursday, following his no-hitter by shutting out the Nationals for 7.1 innings. Jimenez allowed five hits and two walks while improving to 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA, although Jim Tracy letting him throw 121 pitches after needing 127 pitches for the no-hitter is worrisome. He also threw…

  6. The Tampa Bay Rays, Ben Zobrist agree to a five-year contract extension

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have agreed to a contract extension with 2B/RF Ben Zobrist that could amount to a five-year deal.  Three years — which would be his arbitration years — are guaranteed. The next two years — covering 2014 and 2015, which would be his first two…

  7. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Brewers 20, Pirates 0: I think the most remarkable thing about this game is that the Brewers were set down 1-2-3 in the first inning. Phillies 8, Braves 3: This series began with the Phillies bullpen breaking down, but that ended up being a fluke. The real story of the series was that the Phillies…

  8. Rangers promote top 1B prospect Justin Smoak

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have promoted first base prospect Justin Smoak (pictured right) from Triple-A Oklahoma City and demoted struggling first baseman Chris Davis in a corresponding move. Smoak will take over starting first base duties for the Rangers and could hang onto the gig for a long while if he performs…

  9. Manny Ramirez leaves early with calf injury

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:24 PM EDT

    Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez departed Thursday’s game against the Reds in the sixth inning after straining his left calf, or rather aggravating a previous calf injury. Manny hit a single in the sixth, trotted down the first base line, but pulled up lame just before hitting the bag.  He missed a handful of games last…

  10. Braden, Rodriguez spice up the day in Oakland

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    A’s starter Dallas Braden and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez exchanged words (well, yells) in the sixth inning of Thursday’s 4-2 Oakland victory.  It wasn’t immediately clear what the two were jawing about, but MLB.com’s Jane Lee got to the bottom of the story during a round of post-game interviews. It turns out Braden was…

  11. Dice-K ready to rejoin Sox; Wakefield to bullpen

    Apr 22, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka has looked fairly impressive in three minor league rehab starts at Triple-A Pawtucket.  The next time he takes a mound, he will be donning a Red Sox uniform, and will be a member of Boston’s starting rotation.  Of course, that means one of the current members of the Red Sox’ five-man rotation must…

  12. Rickie Weeks: All-Star

    Apr 22, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    We know who the NL’s best second baseman is, and Chase Utley doesn’t figure to lose his title any year soon. Second in line is an open question. Brandon Phillips is an excellent defender and a solid hitter, albeit one who is miscast as a cleanup man in Cincinnati. Dan Uggla last year reached the…

  13. Johnny Damon ejected for arguing balls and strikes; bad haircut

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon was ejected from last night’s Tigers-Angels game, ostensibly for arguing balls and strikes.  Word on the street, however, is that home plate umpire Dale Scott was less angry about his judgment being questioned than he was about his judgment being questioned by a 36 year-old man with this haircut: If I was the…

  14. The Yankees turn a triple play

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees are playing the A’s as we speak.  A few moments ago they turned a 5-4-3 triple play (A-Rod, Cano, Teixeira).  Daric Barton was on second and Ryan Sweeney was on first. Kurt Suzuki was at the plate. I don’t care who you are. That was cool.

  15. Brian Jordan says that Chipper Jones doesn't work out enough

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Former Braves outfielder Brian Jordan was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern today, and the subject of Chipper Jones’ health came up.  Stern asked Jordan if Chipper’s recent oblique injury suggested that he is “done.”  Jordan’s answer was interesting: Jordan: “Well, I mean, he leaves you scratching your head because, you know, it’s…

  16. CT scan shows Jacoby Ellsbury has cracked ribs

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury was initially diagnosed with bruised ribs anjd finally placed on the disabled list after being unavailable on the active roster for 10 days, but now Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports that a CT scan today revealed “four ribs with hairline fractures.” Benjamin adds that it “might or might not affect his…

  17. 20-0: The Pirates get keel-hauled by the Brewers

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    In this morning’s And That Happened recaps I said about the Pirates: “when they lose, they don’t mess around. They go out there and lose with gusto.”  They just took things to a whole new level, getting beat by the Brewers (gulp) 20-0 this afternoon, setting the mark for the worst shutout ever. The Brewers…

  18. Joe Maddon says ump Joe West is 'inappropriate'

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Veteran umpire Joe West made headlines earlier this month for saying the slow pace of Yankees-Red Sox games were “pathetic” and “embarrassing” and “a disgrace to baseball.” He’s apparently making it his personal mission to speed games up, but Joe Maddon wasn’t happy about West immediately walking to the mound as soon as the Rays…

  19. Classless and ignorant Mets fans boo David Wright

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Don’t look at me, Craig Carton: even a guy with a journalism background is saying it this time: Wright was struck on the wrist by a pitch in the first inning. He flubbed a tough backhand grounder for an error in the third. He ended his soggy day 1-for-2 at the plate, with an RBI…

  20. A's place Travis Buck on the disabled list, shut down Joey Devine

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    After battling back from the combination of an oblique injury and terrible hitting last season to reclaim a spot in the A’s starting lineup, Travis Buck has landed back on the disabled list with … another strained oblique. He suffered the injury while taking batting practice yesterday and the DL stint will be the fifth…

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