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  1. 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…

  2. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

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

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Realignment? No way. How about "unalignment"

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    In reaction to the “radical realignment” proposals that floated around last month I made an off-hand suggestion to do something far more simple and far more elegant in order to address the temporary problem of the Yankees and Red Sox hegemony: break all of baseball down to two leagues, with no divisions, a fully-balanced schedule…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Braves 4, Phillies 3: Troy Glaus hit a two-out, two-run homer to kick off the comeback in the ninth, and Nate McLouth hit the walkoff job in the tenth, but make no mistake about it: Jason Heyward — whose two-out solo shot tied things up right after Glaus’ jack — is The Man. I keep…

  15. UPDATE: Jeff Mathis to miss at least six weeks with fractured wrist

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Mathis is expected to miss at least six weeks with the injury. Tuesday, 9:19 PM: The Angels have placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register. Mathis suffered the injury…

  16. Ted Lilly on track to return from disabled list this weekend

    Apr 20, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed that Ted Lilly will return from the disabled list this weekend in Milwaukee, according to Carrie Muskat of Lilly made his final tuneup start on Monday night, tossing 88 pitches over seven innings for Single-A Peoria. Piniella indicated that Lilly could make his season debut on either Saturday or…

  17. UPDATE: Joe Maddon now permitted to wear hoodie

    Apr 20, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: After “reinterpreting” the ruling, major league baseball will allow Joe Maddon to wear his hoodie, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. It’s a victory for the little, err, casual people. Monday, 5:43 PM: Rays’ manager Joe Maddon likes to wear a hoodie over his jersey — or more likely, over a…

  18. Corey Patterson rejoins Orioles on minor league deal

    Apr 20, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Corey Patterson, who opted for free agency after failing to make the Mariners as a non-roster player this spring, is back with the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Patterson was last a useful major leaguer in his first year with the Orioles in 2006. After coming over from the Cubs…

  19. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury joins Mike Cameron on DL for Red Sox

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    The Boston Globe reports that Jacoby Ellsbury will land on the 15-day disabled list nine days after he suffered bruised ribs in a collision with Adrian Beltre while trying to catch a foul popup. Replacing him on the roster will be veteran Darnell McDonald, who was off to a stellar .341/.372/.683 start in 41 at-bats…

  20. All-Star balloting has begun already

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Really. We’re 12 or 13 games into the season, and you can already vote for All-Stars.  It’s no different than every year, I suppose, but ever year I continue to be shocked that some guys are going to make the mid-summer classic based on stuff they did in the first two or three weeks of…

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