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  1. The Cubs' Carlos Silva is good? The White Sox's Jake Peavy is bad? This has got to be an April Fools' prank

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

    There is something odd going on with the Chicago sports scene. No, Jay Cutler has not acquired the, umm, intestinal fortitude necessary to play quarterback. That would be too unbelievable to entertain even on April Fools’ Day. But what is happening is so puzzling it makes you rethink everything you know about baseball. Yes, as…

  2. Schoeneweis earns job in Red Sox' bullpen

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    In somewhat shocking news, the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham reports that 36-year-old left-hander Scott Schoeneweis has been awarded the final spot in Boston’s Opening Day bullpen.  Schoeneweis was signed to a minor league contract only a few days ago and managed to beat out 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson for the role.  He allowed seven hits…

  3. Brian Anderson to try his hand at pitching

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Royals outfielder Brian Anderson told the club this afternoon that he wants to try pitching. Anderson inked a minor league contract with the Royals worth $700,000 this winter and was hoping to earn a spot on the 25-man roster this spring as a backup outfielder.  He…

  4. Dodgers name Blake DeWitt their starting second baseman

    Apr 1, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Ronnie Belliard may have lost the weight and Jamey Carroll may have come to town as, um, the Dodgers’ highest-profile free agent signing, but, as Aaron suspected yesterday, Joe Torre has named Blake DeWitt the team’s starting second baseman. DeWitt earned the job in spring training, hitting .367/.456/.592.  And obviously the Dodgers would have preferred…

  5. K-Rod leaves the Mets due to a family emergency

    Apr 1, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Ugh, this doesn’t sound good: The Daily News reports that Francisco Rodriguez just hopped a flight to Venezuela after a family member was involved in “a serious accident.” I don’t do the “thoughts and prayers” thing very often, but if there ever was a good time for it, this is it.

  6. What the heck is Jermaine Dye waiting for?

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    We heard over the winter that Jermaine Dye rejected a $3 million offer from the Cubs.  Today we learn, via Morosi and Rosenthal, that Dye rejected the overtures of the Milwaukee Brewers in just the past week. We don’t know how much the Brewers offered Dye, of course, but if the guy really wants to…

  7. I'm still confused by this Heyman-Washburn stuff

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The latest from Jon Heyman on Jarrod Washburn: The Royals are believed to be offering significantly more money. But it’s thought that Washburn would prefer a return to Seattle, where he thrived last year. That’s if the dollars can be worked out. Like I said yesterday, when it comes to Heyman reporting on a Boras…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Wait! What's that? Is there actually hope for the Pittsburgh Pirates?

    Apr 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: A team they used to call the Buccos, but no one seems to do anymore. The big question: Wait! What’s…

  9. For the 1000th time, baseball does not need fixing

    Apr 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    You know what you rarely see from a legitimate baseball publication? An article about how to “fix” baseball. This is mostly because baseball folks tend not to think that there’s a ton wrong with the game, and they realize that that which is wrong is complicated enough to justify a dedicated article as opposed to…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Will the Astros ever rebuild?

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The ‘Stros. I’ll explain my use of the logo to the right in a moment. The big question: Will the…

  11. New York Times' steroids beat writer gets some perspective

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Michael Schmidt is the New York Times’ steroids beat writer. He’s probably best remembered for taking a lot of heat last year after reporting names from the famous list of 103 ballplayers who tested positive back in 2003. The reason for the heat: the list was and remains subject to a court order sealing its…

  12. Rangers likely done pursuing Mike Lowell after claiming Ryan Garko off waivers

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Cut by the Mariners earlier this week, Ryan Garko has been claimed off waivers by the Rangers and fits as the right-handed bench bat manager Ron Washington has been clamoring for recently. His arrival seemingly also makes the Rangers significantly less likely to trade for Mike Lowell, because Garko is every bit as good a…

  13. Springtime Storylines: is Alfonso Soriano toast?

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Cubbies The big question: Is Alfonso Soriano toast? Kind of seems like it, doesn’t it? 109 games in 2008.…

  14. Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent, reunited at last

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and the rest of the Giants’ division-winning 2000 squad will be reunited April 11 in San Francisco as the team holds a 10th-anniversary celebration for AT&T Park (which was then called Pacific Bell Park). Bonds and Kent famously didn’t get along (to say the least) during their hugely successful run with…

  15. Brandon Webb appears to have suffered a setback

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched since March 4th, and yesterday he met with more doctors and had an MRI. Results of that won’t be ready until later today, but Yahoo’s Mark Miller reports that it could be another month before Webb is pitching. It had originally been hoped that he’d make Opening Day. By the way,…

  16. New York Times sells part of stake in Red Sox

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Back in 2002 the New York Times bought 17.75 percent of the Boston Red Sox (along with Fenway Park, the New England Sports Network, and a few other properties) as part of an investment group led by principal owner John Henry. Eight years later the newspaper has sold off 1.18 percent of New England Sports…

  17. Springtime Storylines: Did the Brewers do enough to fix their godawful rotation?

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Brew Crew The big question: Did the Brewers do enough to fix their godawful rotation? With the nice crowds,…

  18. Teixeira returns, but Yankees' catchers hurting

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees’ lineup today after being plunked on the elbow by a Jeremy Guthrie pitch Monday, but Jorge Posada was a last-minute scratch because of neck stiffness. Posada’s injury is not believed to be serious and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that he’ll try to play as…

  19. The Phillies place Joe Blanton on the DL

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    So much for that fifth starter’s race. Now that the Phillies have placed Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, it looks like both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick will get to start, at least for a while. Zolecki says Blanton could be out anywhere from 3-6 weeks. He also…

  20. Red Sox' Junichi Tazawa to have Tommy John surgery

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford of WEEI tweets that Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa is going to have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, thus ending his season. Tazawa had a a 2-3 record and a 7.46 ERA last year but, as D.J. noted the other day, he was 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 starts between AA…

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