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  1. Alex Gordon ready to begin rehab assignment

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list with a broken right thumb suffered early in spring training, Alex Gordon is now scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A. Gordon is eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday, but MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel reports that he won’t be ready quite that soon. Willie Bloomquist filled in…

  2. Orlando Hudson still has a banner in Dodger Stadium

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Sons of Steve Garvey blog has a photo up, which was apparently taken last week, showing an Orlando Hudson banner still hanging on the wall in Dodger Stadium. This despite the fact that they non-tendered him he left via free agency and signed with the Twins back in February. Maybe Jamie got custody of…

  3. Yankees at 3-to-1 lead World Series odds

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    One of the few things I like more than gambling is baseball, so the “futures” odds on teams winning the World Series are always interesting. Here’s what Bodog is offering right now (for entertainment purposes only, of course): AMERICAN LEAGUE ODDS NATIONAL LEAGUE ODDS New York Yankees 3-1 Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Boston Red Sox 6-1…

  4. Agents hate hate hate the Adam Lind deal

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that agents — or, at least the one agent that would allow Rosenthal to quote him — hates the deal Adam Lind signed with the Blue Jays: “Three club options? The union hates those deals and understandably so. He should have gotten those numbers without the options. The arbitration process rewards offensive…

  5. Rays start Dioner Navarro over Kelly Shoppach

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    When the Rays acquired Kelly Shoppach from the Indians this offseason I wondered what type of role that left for Dioner Navarro, because while the two catchers could form a platoon Tampa Bay seemingly paid too high a price for Shoppach to play him just 2-3 times per week. The jury is still out in…

  6. Phillies fans absolutely took over Washington yesterday

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Anyone who was at the Phillies-Nationals game or watched it on TV yesterday was well-aware that the joint was overrun by Philly fans, but I hadn’t realized how overrun until I read some of the commentary about it all this morning: “tens of thousands” of Philly fans came to Washington yesterday, many as the part…

  7. Scott Kazmir on track to return next week, but will his raw stuff come back?

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir admitted to being “very surprised” by the Angels’ decision to place him on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. Instead of beginning the season in the rotation Kazmir threw 77 pitches in a minor-league game and reported afterward that he felt “real good.” Kazmir is scheduled to start another minor-league game Friday…

  8. Comment of the Day: blown calls are part of the game

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Our friend Old Gator has made a disturbing (or refereshing, depending on your point of view) transition into lucidity since the season started. This morning he had some interesting things to say about the whole replay thing. The upshot: bad calls by umpires are plays that happen in games just like groundouts and unassisted triple…

  9. Carlos Zambrano is supposed to be a cow. Or a bell. Or a lawnmower. Or something.

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times has been saving his metaphors up all winter and was really excited to get them all out at once this morning: Being the Opening Day pitcher is supposed to mean something.You’re the tone setter, the bell cow, the big swinging medallion chosen by the manager as the symbol of…

  10. The 2010 Yankees are better than the 1998 Yankees: discuss

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    That’s the discussion they’re having over at IIATMS this morning. First up is the case for the 2010 Yankees, presented by Will.  Our friend The Common Man will be handling the case for the 1998 team a bit later today (UPDATE: TCM’s defense of the 1998 Yankees is now live). I’d rather have The Common…

  11. Government subsidies to corporate fat cats raise your ticket prices

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yeah, the headline was a bit much, but I like saying “fat cats” whenever I can. This is a story about why tickets to ballgames cost so much: There are many reasons for the price explosion, but a critical factor has been the ability of businesses to write off tickets as entertainment expenses — essentially…

  12. The Cardinals are complaining about slick balls again

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Last October John Smoltz and the Cardinals complained mightily about the balls being used in Great American Ballpark. The beef: that the Reds don’t properly rub them down with Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud to remove the gloss as God and Major League Baseball rule 3.01(c) intends. They’re at it again, with Chris Carpenter saying…

  13. The umps blow a would-be replay moment in the Cubs-Braves game

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    I’ve noticed a lot of great camera work in the first two days of the baseball season. That ESPN matrix-vision thing they used to show the double-steal on Sunday night was pretty spiffy. That Mark Buehrle gem was covered from a zillion angles. Also captured really well?  Nate McLouth having the ball pop out of…

  14. Billy Butler made me cry this morning

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Gettin’ a little misty in Chez Shyster. A tweet from the Royals’ Billy Butler a few minutes ago: Didn’t get the win in the end but I’m glad my Grandpa Butler got to watch me one last time on TV. RIP grandpa. I i love ya & will miss ya. Grandpa Butler left the Earth…

  15. Mets fans boo the team trainers

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Stay classy, New York! Boo to the medical crew — and Ollie, too. With the fans at Citi Field in no mood to forgive and forget, plenty of boos filled the air during yesterday’s pregame introductions. The loudest jeers were reserved for trainers Ray Ramirez and Mike Herbst, in addition to strength and conditioning coordinator…

  16. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Braves 16, Cubs 5: Yeah, I saw it. Right before it happened I even berated Chipper Jones for scoring from third because it screwed up Heyward’s inevitable debut at-bat grand slam. A few seconds later: bammo. By the way, everyone seems to want to go with “J-Hey” as a nickname. I suppose there’s no stopping…

  17. Daily Dose: Everyone, Meet Mr. Heyward

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    In a moment the baseball gods couldn’t have scripted much better, 20-year-old stud prospect Jason Heyward made his big-league debut Monday afternoon and blasted a three-run homer 450 feet off Carlos Zambrano in his first at-bat. The crowd in Atlanta chanted Heyward’s name before he stepped into the batter’s box and the post-homer scene can…

  18. Play of Opening Day: Mark Buehrle flashes leather

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward, whose middle name may as well be “Braves phenom,” announced his arrival with authority when he smashed a Carlos Zambrano offering into the cheap seats for a three-run home run in his first at-bat.  [Watch here] And Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew dazzled the crowd with his inside-the-park home run against the Padres. But…

  19. The stars and chumps of Opening Day

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:11 AM EDT

    It all started with a John Lannan pitch to Jimmy Rollins around 10 a.m ET, and ended when Denard Span’s fly ball settled into Bobby Abreu’s glove about 15 hours later. Once again, Opening Day didn’t disappoint, as there were stellar defensive plays, dramatic home runs, and dominant pitching performances. It was everything you want out…

  20. Little reason to intentionally walk Ichiro

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:53 AM EDT

    The A’s and Mariners were tied at 3 in the top of the ninth tonight when Rob Johnson walked with one out and advanced to second on an infield chopper. That brought up Ichiro Suzuki with the go-ahead run at second. Like most managers would have in that situation, Bob Geren opted for the intentional…

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