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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Juan Gonzalez on steroids: "I never used any of that stuff"

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez sat for an interview with ESPNDeportes.com on Monday, during which he denied ever taking steroids, saying “I never used any of that stuff,” and saying “I have nothing to hide. Nothing.” This is consistent with what he said in 2005: “It’s not true . . . I never saw needles. I never saw…

  14. Blue Jays turning to Kevin Gregg at closer?

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Last week Ozzie Guillen ranted about the White Sox striking out too much after a dozen whiffs in a game, so he probably lost some sleep Tuesday night after they struck out 14 times against the Blue Jays. Ricky Romero actually took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before grazing leadoff man A.J. Pierzynski with…

  15. A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base last night

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    OK, I’ve finally had a chance to see the video of the A.J. Pierzynski hit-by-pitch. It’s here, and as you’ll see, he was so totally not hit by the pitch. It bounced in the dirt and then hit home plate umpire Tim McClelland, but it never touched Pierzynski, who flopped like a French soccer player.…

  16. Carlos Delgado still wants to play

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo caught up with Carlos Delgado, who says he’d still like to play this season after completing rehab on his still-wonky hip. Based on all the reports we saw from winter ball, however, Delgado simply can’t move around enough to play defense, and as we’ve seen everywhere, the market for designated hitters is…

  17. Dontrelle Willis looks so-so even against Royals

    Apr 14, 2010, 7:42 AM EDT

    Last week when Dontrelle Willis held the Royals to two runs over six innings in his first start of the season I warned against reading too much into one decent outing against a poor lineup and unfortunately it didn’t take long to see why. Facing the Royals a second time Tuesday afternoon, Willis narrowly escaped…

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

    Apr 14, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2: A no-hitter into the eighth inning for Ricky Romero, broken up by a two-run homer by Alexis Rios. Should it have been a solo shot? I’m not sure because I was on a plane last night when it happened and I haven’t gone back and checked the video yet…

  19. Jays' Romero pitches within six outs of no-hitter

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero put on a show this evening at the Rogers Centre, tossing seven innings of no-hit baseball before grazing White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski with an inside pitch and allowing a two-run homer to Alex Rios in the top of the eighth inning.  In all, Chicago managed just one hit on Romero…

  20. UPDATE: Nothing imminent between Diamondbacks and Wagner Mateo

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that there has been “very little recent dialogue” between the Diamondbacks and Mateo, concluding that there are “no indications” that a signing is imminent. 8:36 PM: According to Melissa Segura of SI.com, the Diamondbacks will sign 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo by the end of the month.…

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