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  1. Opening Day in the minor leagues

    Apr 8, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    With the minor league season starting today, Baseball America has released a list of where its top 100 prospects will open the season. Among those skipping levels this year are Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles, both of whom are moving from low-A ball right to Double-A. It’s not surprising in either…

  2. Rangers offense in early slumber

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The 2010 Blue Jays probably won’t end up being known for their pitching or their defense (or their offense, for that matter), but the team came within a Jason Frasor blown save of sweeping the Rangers to open the season. Three games in, the Rangers have just two guys hitting their weight. Vladimir Guerrero, who…

  3. Another early oddity: Seattle catcher uses mask to field ball

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    It’s not just my imagination that we’ve had more than our usual share of weird plays these first few days, is it? With the A’s up 4-0 on the Mariners in the eighth inning and Travis Buck on first Thursday, Cliff Pennington dropped down a bunt that bounced off the glove of third baseman Jose…

  4. Target Field: totally green

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Target Field: Where the only thing that isn’t green are the seats: The ballpark has been awarded silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Twins announced Thursday that their LEED score of 36 points is the highest for an outdoor baseball facility in the United States.…

  5. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose on steroids

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Now, to answer your question about steroids, wouldn’t you like to ask Roger Maris how he feels about steroids? Or Babe Ruth how he feels about steroids? Or Hank Aaron, you could probably ask how he feels about steroids. Because those guys all lost records because of people who supposedly took steroids. So that’s a…

  6. Gomes' walkoff homer wins a pitchers' duel for the Reds

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I spent the last 20 minutes reading Masters coverage in which sportswriters talk about how wonderful it is that Player X is leading Player Y because we know a lot about Player Y’s sex life and disapprove of it.  Thank God for day baseball. Best game of the early going today: Reds-Cardinals.  It was a…

  7. Video of the Day: David Wright and 'The Situation'

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    I’m guessing there’s a pretty sizable overlap between Mets fans and Jersey Shore fans, so when you guys are finished with the daily “GTL” routine check out this amusing commercial featuring David Wright and “The Situation”: What’s more amazing? Wright already has as many homers as he hit through May 2 last season or The…

  8. Rosenthal: teams "probably" colluded against the players, but it's a tough case to make

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Rosenthal pretty much sums up my exact thinking when it comes to the collusion stuff from the past couple of days when he says: Do I think baseball teams engaged in collusion to hold down free-agent salaries? Probably. Do I think the players’ union can prove that the teams engaged in such an illegal conspiracy?…

  9. Unable to trade him, Pirates release utility man Ramon Vazquez

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    After designating him for assignment last week and apparently finding no takers via trade, the Pirates released Ramon Vazquez today. Pittsburgh signed Vazquez to a two-year, $4 million deal last offseason, but he hit just .230/.335/.279 as a part-time player and then struggled this spring following winter knee surgery at age 33. With the Pirates…

  10. Jimmy Rollins on keeping Cliff Lee: "I guess that's just a move the Yankees do"

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins was on Dan Patrick’s radio show yesterday. He’s always a great interview. Very thoughtful. Despite the reputation he (unfairly) got early in his career, he’s pretty self-deprecating too. And, based on his comments when asked about why the Phillies traded Cliff Lee, very candid: That, I have no idea. I’m sure we could…

  11. After hiding injury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back on the disabled list

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of last season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Sydrome, which causes neck and shoulder problems due to a rib pushing against a nerve. Now he’s headed to the disabled list again, but this time around upper back soreness is to blame. Saltalamacchia injured his back Monday, presumably before delivering…

  12. Shameless self promotion: Talk radio on the Internet

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    If you’re into this sort of thing, I’m going to be on the Paul and Tom Show at at HotStove.com at 2pm this afternoon talking about all manner of things baseball. Be there or be square. Or not. I can’t really make you do anything.

  13. The Marlins: baseball's most profitable team

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    People complain all the time, but why on Earth would the Florida Marlins want to do things like pay money to bolster their bullpen or spend money on marketing and fan appreciation stuff in order to fill even a quarter of the seats in their ballpark? Especially when even without doing that they are baseball’s…

  14. UPDATE: Brewers agree to long-term contract with Yovani Gallardo

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Gallardo gets a five-year deal (including 2010) with a sixth-year team option, so the Brewers potentially bought out his first two seasons of free agency. 11:45 AM ET: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers “are believed to be closing in on contract extension” with Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo.…

  15. Dodgers empty the bench against Pirates

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Sure, the team has only played twice so far and already got Tuesday off, but with the Dodgers playing this afternoon following a game last night manager Joe Torre has given regulars Manny Ramirez, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, and Blake DeWitt the day off. That means Reed Johnson, Brad Ausmus, Garret Anderson, Jamey…

  16. Wait, there was a beanball fatality that wasn't Ray Chapman?

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    From the Department of Things I Did Not Know Until A Couple of Hours Ago:  The Indians’ Ray Chapman is not the only ballplayer to die after being struck in the head by a pitched ball. And he’s not even the only one to be buried at Lake View Cemetary in Cleveland. Courtesy of a…

  17. The slick balls affair seems to be over in Cincinnati

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang pitched on Opening Day just like Chris Carpenter did, and yesterday he said that, despite Carpenter’s complaints that the baseballs felt slick, as though they had not been properly rubbed down, there was nothing wrong with them: “Sometimes they have a little chalky feel to them. The mud just kind of dries up…

  18. The Cuban government's futile attempt to erase defecting ballplayers from history

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Missed this one the other day, but the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Kat O’Brien reports on the efforts the Cuban government takes to erase from history those ballplayers who defect to the U.S.: Another taxi driver, Jose, said: “When the players go, then we don’t have any more news about them.” A waiter at the upscale Havana…

  19. Ricky Nolasco runs afoul of the new finger licking rule

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    There’s a new rule in place this year that, for the first time, allows pitchers to lick their fingers while on the mound as long as (a) they’re not on the rubber when you do it; and (b) they wipe their hand on their shirt or their pants or something before they grab the ball.…

  20. Umpire Joe West calls the Red Sox and Yankees "pathetic" and "embarrassing"

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    I said I’d stop complaining about Yankees-Red Sox game times, but that doesn’t mean I can’t quote other people who are doing it. Especially when they’re the ones in charge of moving the game along. Veteran crew chief Joe West, who had the plate for Sunday Night’s game: “They’re the two clubs that don’t try…

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