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  1. Jack Cust accepts minor league assignment

    Apr 10, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jack Cust has officially accepted a minor league assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, reports Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse. Cust was pretty upset — and rightfully so — when he was designated for assignment just one week ago, calling the decision “a joke,” but he would have been a dope to pass up $2.65 million guaranteed.…

  2. Jose Reyes back in Mets' lineup on Saturday

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    As expected, Jose Reyes will make his return to the Mets on Saturday afternoon against the Nationals, leading off against left-hander John Lannan. It will be Reyes’ first game since May 20 of last season. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York just tweeted the lineup a little earlier, but after all the stops and starts…

  3. Javier Vazquez gets rocked; commence freakout

    Apr 10, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    The early returns on Javier Vazquez’s to pinstripes? Deja vu all over again. He was torched for eight runs on eight hits — including two home runs — a 9-3 loss to the Rays on Friday night. I’d show you the back pages of the New York tabloids panicking and overreacting, but they are too…

  4. Jason Heyward is who we thought he is…

    Apr 10, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    A 20-year-old rookie. Jason Heyward got his rudest awakening yet during Friday’s extra-inning 5-4 loss to the Giants, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and a walk. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury news that they intended to pitch the rookie phenom “under the ground,” and they did just that, getting him to…

  5. Scott Boras says five teams are interested in Jarrod Washburn

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: These could be two of them. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and Indians are possibilities for Washburn, while the Mariners are becoming “a long shot.” 7:00 pm: Agent Scott Boras told Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse that “as many as five clubs” are interested in free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.…

  6. Cliff Lee won't be back this month

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    If it wasn’t plainly obvious already, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu made it official on Friday, telling Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Cliff Lee will not return from the disabled list until next month. “Safely, I think we’re looking at, hopefully, the first week in May,” he replied. “Again, anything before that, I don’t…

  7. Mike Gonzalez blows save in O's home opener

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez isn’t doing much to endear himself to Baltimore right now. After blowing a save on Opening Night against the Rays, he proceeded to cough up the lead in Friday’s home opener against the Blue Jays, as well. Handed a one-run lead in the ninth, Gonzalez didn’t waste any time, walking Edwin Encarnacion, throwing…

  8. A very cool first pitch in San Francisco

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s the Giants home opener this afternoon, and they don’t skimp on the pageantry. For example, this pic of the opening festivities is about as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet as you can get.  And then there was the first pitch, which I missed, but which was described thusly by the Merc’s Andrew…

  9. Buck Showalter on Derek Lee's butt: "I look at it I say, wow"

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Slate’s Josh Levin has surveyed the experts, and it’s pretty clear: if you want to really know what you’ve got in a young prospect, you gotta inspect his butt.  The scouts’ consensus: if you have a flat butt, you’re just not gonna make it in this game because it means that you’ll never fill out…

  10. Please, please stop saying there will never be a 300-win pitcher again

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    One of the reasons sports journalism gets disrespected so much is that it is standard operating procedure for sports writers to simply repeat evidence-free and even counter-factual assertions about things with little regard for how easily disprovable or unprovable the assertion may be. Case in point: the “no one will ever reach 300 wins again”…

  11. Orioles lose Brian Roberts to abdominal strain

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, who had to overcome a back injury to open the season on time, was forced from Friday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays due to a strained abdominal muscle. It’d be a big blow if the Orioles lost their second baseman for any length of time, though they are better covered now with…

  12. Indians stud prospect Carlos Santana homers twice in Triple-A debut

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Part of the reason why the Indians were willing to trade both Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach last season is that they have stud catching prospect Carlos Santana waiting in the wings at Triple-A. Acquired from the Dodgers in mid-2008 as part of the Casey Blake deal, Santana was initially expected to begin this season…

  13. Chipper Jones out until at least Monday but the Braves will be fine without him

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As was mentioned in the recaps this morning, Chipper Jones hurt his oblique in yesterday’s loss to the Cubs. He was originally listed as day-to-day, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he got a cortisone shot today and because of whatever voodoo accompanies cortisone shots he’s out until at least Monday, and may miss…

  14. After entering priesthood, Grant Desme doesn't regret giving up baseball

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    A’s prospect Grant Desme made headlines back in January for abruptly quitting baseball to join the priesthood and when Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with him earlier this week the 24-year-old former outfielder said: “I didn’t even realize it was Opening Day.” “I know it’s hard for some people to…

  15. Man of the Day: Brandon Inge

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    I won’t run this feature every day because, let’s face it, you can go many days in a row without finding examples of bonafide manhood, but I have one for today at least. Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers’ third baseman. I’m watching him in the Indians-Tigers game right now. It was 39 degrees and windy at…

  16. Jack Cust and $2.65 million salary clear waivers

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Oakland designated Jack Cust for assignment over the weekend to clear space on the 25-man roster for several out-of-options players, but he’ll likely remain in the organization and head to Triple-A after clearing waivers yesterday. Perhaps if the A’s would have waived Cust a month ago another team would have had the budget space to…

  17. Japanese schoolgirl Eri Yoshida to play pro ball in the United States

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Japanese schoolgirl pitcher Eri Yoshida* — fresh off her tutoring session with The Knuckle Knuckle King — has signed with the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League. Yoshida will be the first woman to play professional baseball in the U.S. since Ila Borders played in the Northern League and Western Baseball League in…

  18. Josh Beckett is marrying a rocket scientist

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    So sayeth the Boston Herald: Now, here’s something you haven’t read about the Red Sox $68 million man Josh Beckett: He’s engaged to a rocket scientist! It’s supposed to be on the DL, but we hear the Sox starter popped the question to Holly Fisher around Valentine’s Day when they attended the Daytona 500 together.…

  19. Remember when people thought AT&T Park was going to be a bandbox?

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    In my Twins preview I wondered how Target Field will play this season. We get a chance to see it in action on Monday. But based on Henry Schulman’s excellent walk down AT&T Park memory lane in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, we shouldn’t necessarily take what we see in the early going at face value:…

  20. Ozzie Guillen is very worked up about the White Sox's strikeouts

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Through three games the White Sox’s offense has scored 12 runs while batting .154, and manager Ozzie Guillen is already threatening changes after the lineup combined for 12 strikeouts last night: When we built this club, I didn’t want people to strike out, and we did too much. If they continue to strike out like…

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