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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. There's a chance Cliff Lee returns this month

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    The Mariners were so encouraged by Cliff Lee’s 63-pitch bullpen session on Monday that they haven’t ruled out his return before the end of the month. Here’s what manager Don Wakamatsu told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: “Yeah, that’s our tendency right now…that’s a possibility,” Wakamatsu said. Lee’s return might be expedited if the…

  15. Jimmy Rollins could be headed to DL on Wednesday

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    The Phillies will decide on Wednesday whether Jimmy Rollins will require a stint on the disabled list. Rollins was a late scratch from Monday’s home opener against the Nationals due to a right calf strain. Here’s the statement released by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com: “Jimmy had an MRI at…

  16. Jay Bruce apologizes for obscene gesture

    Apr 13, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce was caught on camera making an obscene gesture to teammates following a second-inning double against the Marlins on Monday night. If you’re all grown up, go ahead and check out the screengrab over at Deadspin. Naturally, it didn’t take Bruce very long to issue a pretty heartfelt apology for the incident, via Mark…

  17. Video: Dog poops on field during Double-A game

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Naturals, apparently have a “team dog” that recently got onto the field mid-inning, was ushered off the field, broke free, and then returned to … well, let’s say leave a little present for the groundskeepers. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog would surely say that the Naturals have a gorgeous…

  18. Rays place catcher Kelly Shoppach on 15-day DL

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Rays on Tuesday placed their new catcher, Kelly Shoppach, on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee and called up John Jaso to serve as a replacement. Shoppach, who was picked up from the Indians in the offseason and given a two-year contract, figured to get the majority of the starts over Dioner…

  19. UPDATE: The Nationals MAY pick Bryce Harper

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore is not nearly as sure about the Nats choosing Bryce Harper. He quotes the Nats Director of Amateur Scouting as saying “I don’t think that’s etched in stone” about it. Yeah, whatever. I suppose he has to say that because if he admits that the Harper is the guy…

  20. The NFL may go head to head with the World Series this year

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Our sister blog — a plucky little outfit called ProFootballTalk, which until this morning I had thought was covering English Premier League soccer or something — is hearing that the NFL may schedule an 18th Sunday night football game this year. The baseball implication of this is that it would make it very likely that…

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