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  1. A-Rod passes Mark McGwire on all-time home run list

    Apr 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez connected for his 584th career home run during the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday afternoon against the Rangers, passing Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time home run list. Rodriguez, who turns 35 in July, was homerless in his first 41 at-bats to begin the year, his…

  2. Jeff Francoeur says Mets are "110 percent" behind Jerry Manuel

    Apr 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    According to MetsBlog, last night on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, host Seth Everett said Jeff Francoeur, John Maine, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana were unhappy with manager Jerry Manuel. This forced Francoeur to issue a denial before Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “We’re 10 games into the season. We’ve lost a…

  3. Could the Angels trade one of their catchers?

    Apr 17, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Angels general manager Tony Reagins was asked about his catching surplus by Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com and he didn’t shoot down the possibility of making a trade: “You never close your mind to any potential deal that will make you better,” Angels general manager Tony Reagins said. Though Mike Napoli started behind the dish on…

  4. UPDATE: Angelos willing to talk if Ripken wants job with O's

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Angelos says Ripken has not offered himself to the team as a prospective employee, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com. “Quite simply, Cal Ripken did not offer to become part of the Oriole organization in any secondary position, such as manager or as an assistant to [team president] Andy MacPhail, or in some kind of…

  5. Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Holliday return to action

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman returned to the starting lineup for the Nationals on Saturday afternoon against the Brewers, batting third against left-hander Randy Wolf. Zimmerman had been sidelined since last Saturday due to a tight left hamstring, though he did have two pinch-hit appearances this week, including a home run against the Phillies on Thursday. As of…

  6. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez out of Saturday's lineup

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Ramirez is not in Saturday’s starting lineup, according to Jon Weisman of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Garret Anderson will start in left field. 11:23 AM: Manny Ramirez exited Friday’s game against the Giants after three innings due to tightness in his right calf, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Joe Torre acknowledged that he was removed simply for…

  7. What's up with Zack Greinke?

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    It’s the obvious storyline after Friday’s 10-3 loss to the Twins. Greinke allowed four runs — two earned — over five innings while walking five and striking out five. The five walks were the most Greinke had allowed in a start since June 13, 2008. Through his first three starts this season, Greinke has allowed…

  8. Royals activate Alex Gordon from the disabled list

    Apr 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    The Royals made a pair of roster moves early Saturday, placing Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique and activating Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Gordon began the season on the DL because of a broken right thumb…

  9. Roy Halladay wins home debut, improves to 3-0 with Phils

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay tossed eight innings of two-run ball in a rain-soaked 8-6 win over the Marlins on Friday night. Halladay threw exactly 100 pitches, striking out four without issuing a walk. The Marlins scored four in the ninth off David Herndon to cut it close, but Ryan Madson was able to come in and secure…

  10. Okay, so maybe Jose Reyes won't be batting third

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Before Friday’s game against the Cardinals, Mets manager Jerry Manuel seemed to backpedal about the possibility of moving Jose Reyes to the No. 3 spot in the batting order anytime soon, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “I’m going to reserve that a little bit until he feels comfortable, until he feels good about it,”…

  11. Rickey Henderson is proud of Mark McGwire

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Ricky Henderson, who is currently working in the Athletics’ organization as a roving instructor, talked about his former teammate and current Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire during a news conference with Single-A Stockton on Friday. “It made him a better man,” Henderson said. “He realized that the truth had to come out as it is.…

  12. Note: Friday's Red Sox-Rays game suspended due to rain

    Apr 17, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    The Red Sox and Rays were tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth on Friday night before the game was delayed to rain. After waiting it out for 63 minutes, the game was suspended and will resume at 7:10 pm ET on Saturday. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, it…

  13. Aaron Rowand suffers fractured cheek and concussion in beaning

    Apr 17, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Aaron Rowand sustained two small fractures in his cheekbone and a mild concussion after being hit in the helmet by Vicente Padilla during the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Dodgers. Padilla’s history as a headhunter is well-documented, of course, but he denied that he threw at Rowand intentionally, via Dylan Hernandez of the…

  14. UPDATE: Athletics lock up Brett Anderson through 2013

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Anderson could earn a maximum of $31 million if both option years are exercised. He’s guaranteed $12.5 million over the four year contract with a $1 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million buyout. He could potentially earn $8 million in 2014 and $12 million…

  15. Bobby Valentine downplays speculation about return to Mets

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    During an appearance on with Chris Russo on SIRIUS XM’s Mad Dog Radio Channel on Friday, Bobby Valentine addressed recent speculation that he could replace Jerry Manuel as manager of the Mets, via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “You know, the Mets are 3-6. It’s nine games,” Valentine said. “I mean, let’s not get…

  16. What's going on with Carlos Beltran?

    Apr 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    We know where he is: Port St. Lucie, Florida. But that’s about all we know as far as Carlos Beltran’s progress from knee surgery. Reports a week ago suggested that he’d start running last Saturday. But those were erroneous and he still hasn’t been cleared to do anything resembling a baseball activity. “There’s been no…

  17. Pic of the day: I got a hundred dollar bill, y'all

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This one comes from @leokitty, Yankees season ticket holder and keen observer of humanity. Yesterday she witnessed a man at Yankee Stadium paying for a box of Cracker Jack with a $100 bill: I was going to make some comment about the hoity toity fans at Yankee Stadium, but then it occurred to me that…

  18. Quote of the Day II: Jerry Manuel: Master Motivator

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    “St. Louis is always tough. If we can win two out of three, that will be outstanding. If we win one, I’ll take it.” – Jerry Manuel, daring to dream.

  19. Lance Berkman cleared for rehab assignment, hoping to return Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart today that his surgically repaired left knee has “turned the corner” and he’s now scheduled to begin a brief rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A. Berkman is expected to play two games in the minors and, barring a setback, hopes to come off the disabled list to rejoin the Astros’…

  20. OK, maybe Bobby Valentine isn't the best pick for the Mets

    Apr 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The morning I made a half-hearted case for Bobby Valentine to take over as the Mets’ manager if and when Jerry Manuel gets fired. Part of my half-heartedness about it all was that I was agreeing with Mike Lupica, but part of it was based on the sense that while hiring Bobby Valentine could maybe…

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