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  1. Nelson Cruz powers his way into history books

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz joined an elite club of power-hitters Wednesday when he hit his sixth home run of the season.  The Rangers have only played eight games and Cruz has homered in six of those games — a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by any…

  2. Cliff Lee appeals suspension, says injury led to poor control

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee got his day in court on Wednesday, and he certainly can’t complain about being shortchanged on time. The Mariners left-hander spoke with baseball executives for two-plus hours via conference call as he appealed the five-game suspension he was handed for throwing a pitch over the head of Arizona’s Chris Snyder during a spring…

  3. Hicks Sports Group Creditors Threatening bankruptcy for the Rangers

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    It’s hard to tell if this afternoon’s BusinessWeek report represents something truly new or if it’s more of a rehash of what we already know, but for the record: The Texas Rangers, the Major League Baseball team controlled by billionaire Thomas Hicks, may be forced into bankruptcy unless terms of a planned sale of the…

  4. John Maine on thin ice in Mets' starting rotation

    Apr 14, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    John Maine allowed eight hits and four earned runs over over five innings in his 2010 debut last week against the Marlins and was pounded for eight earned over three innings Tuesday night against the Rockies.  Needless to say, he has struggled mightily.  And now we get this… ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin heard from…

  5. Angels' faith in Scot Shields misplaced

    Apr 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With Brian Fuentes on the DL, the Angels are definitely short-handed in the bullpen. I’d argue that they’re down to two above average relievers, one of whom, Fernando Rodney, happens to be struggling, having given up four runs in four appearances after finishing with an 8.53 ERA this spring. The other, Kevin Jepsen, is the…

  6. Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Tomorrow marks the 63rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. Last year baseball began encouraging all players and umpires to wear number 42 in Jackie’s honor. Most do it. Mariano Rivera, however, controversially refuses to change from the number he has always worn. How he doesn’t catch hell for this I have no…

  7. Alex Rodriguez might be dating Cameron Diaz

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    After dating Kate Hudson for much of last year, Alex Rodriguez has moved on to another overrated blond actress. Or at least that’s what the New York Post says: Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz have had a series of secret dates following their flirtation at the Creative Artists Agency Super Bowl party in February. The…

  8. Kurt Suzuki made the catching play of the year last night

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Athletics’ Kurt Suzuki made the defense play of the year, catchers’ division, in last night’s loss to the Mariners. Check it out here. Catching the ball would have been highlight enough. The fact that he caught it, stayed on his feet, saw Chone Figgins running and then threw a perfect strike down to Kouzmanoff…

  9. Rangers haven't ruled out Neftali Feliz starting

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since debuting last August and replaced Frank Francisco as the Rangers’ closer earlier this week, but general manager Jon Daniels wrote today in an online chat that the 22-year-old phenom may still end up in the rotation long term: Going to depend on the makeup of…

  10. Classless, ignorant Yankees fans boo Javier Vazquez

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    I’m not calling all Yankees fans classless and ignorant. Just the ones at Yankee Stadium today — and there were a lot of them — who booed Javier Vazquez. His line: Five and a third innings pitched, three four earned runs on six hits and a couple of walks.  Not a great line by any…

  11. Blue Jays see $10 million shortstop Hechavarria as 'the total package'

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Blue Jays signed Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a four-year, $10 million contract and today general manager Alex Anthopoulos gives a scouting report on the 21-year-old prospect: The financial commitment speaks for itself. We are hoping that this is someone who can emerge and be a core piece for us. This is a…

  12. Jimmy Rollins has a torn calf; heading to the DL

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    That’s the clear implication from Charlie Manuel’s comments on Sirius XM’s Home Plate show today: “Fella did a number on his gam, so he’s gonna cheese it for a few ticks. We’re gonna peep the rumpus when we get to the yard, but I ain’t whistlin’ Dixie when I let on that he’s gonna be…

  13. Orioles' closer Mike Gonzalez goes on the DL

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Yep, he’s hurt. Gonzalez is on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder. 12:13 P.M. The Orioles’ new $12 million closer hasn’t been worth a thin dime so far. Based on this mashed-up series of tweets from Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he may be more than merely ineffective. He may be…

  14. C.J. Wilson scratched from tonight's start with food poisoning

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Last week C.J. Wilson tossed seven shutout innings in his first start since way back in 2005, but his follow-up effort will have to wait thanks to food poisoning. Wilson has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled outing against the Indians, with Colby Lewis moving up in the rotation to take his place in Cleveland. Because…

  15. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss the next two games

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There was hope that with yesteday’s off-day, Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs would heal enough that he could come back and play today and/or tomorrow against the Twins, but Pete Abraham is reporting that it’s not going to happen.  Ellsbury is still sore, so Francona is going to hold him out until Friday’s home game against the…

  16. Back injury sends Angels closer Brian Fuentes to disabled list

    Apr 14, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Brian Fuentes not pitching since Opening Day didn’t raise many eyebrows because the Angels haven’t exactly had a ton of late leads to protect while starting the season 2-6, but apparently a back injury is also to blame. Fuentes has been placed on the disabled list with a strained back, but because the move is…

  17. Opening Day attendance down 3.4 percent

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    BizOfBaseball.com’s Maury Brown crunched the numbers on the 30 different home openers this season and reports that attendance was down 3.4 percent compared to the same 30 home openers last year. That amounts to an average of about 1,500 fewer fans per team, although as Brown notes some of that was inevitable because of the…

  18. Congress is butting into baseball again. This time: tobacco

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Can someone tell me why Congress has nothing better to do than this? MLBPA chief labor counsel David Prouty is among the witnesses who submitted written testimony ahead of Wednesday’s hearing before a House subcommittee about the use of smokeless tobacco by baseball players. Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, says he wants…

  19. John Maine may have pitched himself out of a job

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel, when asked about whether John Maine will remain in the Mets’ rotation after last night’s debacle said “I think those things we have to talk about.” You know what would also be worth talking about?  Why Jenrry Mejia is pitching mop-up duty in meaningless game in what is already looking like a lost…

  20. No fun allowed in the Dodger Stadium parking lot

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    Technically speaking, it’s always been illegal to tailgate in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, whether you’re drinking booze or not. Practically speaking you’ve always been able to do it. Until the last two years, anyway, when police have started cracking down.  Carla Hall of the L.A. Times has a story from yesterday’s home opener in…

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