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  1. Hank Blalock changes mind, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Last week, when the Rays were still deciding whether or not to keep him around, Hank Blalock made it abundantly clear that he would not accept an assignment to the minors. I don’t have any plans on playing minor-league baseball this year. At this time in my life, if there’s no major-league opportunities for me…

  2. The Mets have a Hall of Fame and it sounds nice

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Daily News’ Flip Bondy took a tour of the Mets’ new Hall of Fame inside Citi Field, and it sounds pretty nice: It’s hard to be pompous when you have the Mets’ modest history. Luckily, that isn’t the feel or intent of this Hall of Fame, which has a refreshing, lighthearted feel. The Mets…

  3. The Atlanta Braves: third place team

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    That’s not me talking. Remember, I’m a big fat fanboy. That’s Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, throwing cold water on the optimism that has pervaded Braves Nation Universe Republic Township this spring: Me, I’m still skeptical. I eagerly await the coming of Jason Heyward, but I also wonder if the age on this team…

  4. Josh Beckett, Red Sox extension talks "in final stages"

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    ESPN’s Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are in the final stages of negotiations over the four-year, $70.5 million deal that was first reported last week. I’m assuming his poor command and lifeless fastball from last night has no bearing on the deal.

  5. The Mets' Opening Day lineup is . . . curious

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel announced the Mets’ Opening Day lineup yesterday. Here it is: 1. SS Alex Cora 2. 2B Luis Castillo 3. 3B David Wright 4. 1B Mike Jacobs 5. LF Jason Bay 6. CF Gary Matthews Jr. 7. RF Jeff Francoeur 8. C Rod Barajas 9. SP Johan Santana In other words, Omar Minaya just…

  6. K-Rod's brothers are in bad shape

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    For those of you wondering about K-Rod’s hasty trip to Venezuela over the weekend, the Post’s Kevin Kernan reports that it was occasioned by what sounds like a dreadful truck crash involving two of his brothers and three other passengers. The truck rolled down a hill several times after the driver fell asleep. No fatalities,…

  7. Winners! Losers! Awards! Your 2010 predictions, guaranteed correct or your money back

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Never make predictions, especially about the future. – Casey Stengel That’s some great advice, Casey, but it’s Opening Day, we’re all happy and giddy and optimistic and everything, so let’s moot the entire season right now by telling you everything that’s going to happen.  As the headline says, 100% correct or your money back. THE…

  8. Who was most out-of-place at Fenway last night?

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Here’s a question for you:  Which of the following people who participated in last night’s festivities seemed the most awkward and out-of-place? Neil Diamond, wearing a “keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn” jacket that’s only a half-century too late; Pedro Martinez, throwing the first pitch out as if he were all retired and everything, which frankly,…

  9. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:33 AM EDT

    Red Sox 9, Yankees 7:  The Yankees were supposed to have a great bullpen. The Red Sox weren’t supposed to have enough offense because of all that run prevention they had imported. Well, The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men gang aft agley, and all that. The Yankees blew a 5-1 lead. The Red Sox…

  10. The Week Ahead: Hot matchups, big debuts, and a new ace in Philly

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:41 AM EDT

    The 2010 season started beautifully on Sunday night with a thriller between the Red Sox and Yankees. If you could ignore the dog-and-pony show that comes with an ESPN Sunday night telecast, you were able to enjoy quite the treat – even if you don’t have a horse in the Yankees-Red Sox race. But believe…

  11. Daily Dose: Opening Dose

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    While the Red Sox and Yankees give us a pretty decent Game 1 of 2,430, here are some news and notes from around baseball … * As expected, the Rockies placed Huston Street on the disabled list Sunday with a sore shoulder. Street already experienced a setback with the injury during spring training, so while…

  12. Yankees vs. Red Sox: Preview of Opening Night

    Apr 4, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    The Yankees and Red Sox will open the 2010 baseball season this evening with a game under the lights at Fenway Park.  It will be televised on ESPN2, while women’s college basketball teams from UConn and Baylor duke it out on ESPN.  That’s a blog post for a different day.  Here’s a look at tonight’s…

  13. UPDATED: Bucs DFA infielder Ramon Vazquez

    Apr 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Langosch notes that Vazquez wasn’t actually released, just designated for assignment.  The Pirates now have 10 days to find a trade partner for him or grant him his release.  He can also accept an assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. 2:33pm: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (and MLB.com’s Jen Langosch confirms) that the Pirates…

  14. Cliff Lee (abdomen) placed on disabled list

    Apr 4, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Janie McCauley of the Associated Press (via NBCSports.com) reports that the Mariners have placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list to start the season as he continues his recovery from an abdominal strain. Lee enjoyed a pain-free throwing session late last week and is making progress toward a return, but the M’s have…

  15. UPDATED: Jack Cust designated for assignment

    Apr 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Cust told Slusser on Sunday that he thinks the A’s made a bad move by giving up on him.  It sure sounds like he would rather move on to another club: “I think it’s messed up,” Cust said. “They’re going to go on 50 at-bats after three years of what I’ve done here? It’s…

  16. Searching for fundamentals guru Tom Emanski…

    Apr 4, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Any fan of baseball — or television, for that matter — is probably familiar with Tom Emanski and his baseball fundamentals videos that produced “back-to-back-to-back AAU Championships.”  Heck, they were endorsed by The Crime Dog himself, Fred McGriff.  Well, Bill Reiter of the Kansas City Star did us all a favor this spring and attempted…

  17. LaRue likely to start Cardinals' season opener

    Apr 4, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been on the shelf for a little over a week with an oblique injury.  He hasn’t totally been ruled out for Opening Day, and the team’s recent run of roster decisions suggest that management does not believe the injury to be serious.  The Cards are bringing only two catchers to…

  18. Schilling hired by ESPN as baseball analyst

    Apr 4, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, six-time All-Star Curt Schilling has been hired as a baseball analyst for ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” and will make his debut during pregame coverage of tonight’s season opening game between the Yankees and Red Sox. He will also carry a few other responsibilities, including appearances on ESPN Radio and ESPNBoston.com.  The…

  19. Kazmir to open season on 15-day disabled list

    Apr 3, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports that Angels left-hander Scott Kazmir is going to open the 2010 season on the 15-day disabled list. Kazmir, acquired from the Rays last season, was scratched from a scheduled start last Thursday with shoulder soreness, which has cut into his ability to get properly stretched out for…

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