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  1. Lance Berkman now aiming to return from knee surgery next week

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman said this afternoon that he’s hoping to return from knee surgery for the Astros’ six-game road trip that begins Monday. “I had it in my mind I would like to be back in that series, anyway,” Berkman told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. “I’m not guaranteeing it … but I’m starting to feel better and…

  2. Your annual (erroneous) "baseball needs a salary cap" column

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The venerable Frank Deford writes the same column that has been written every year since time immemorial: baseball needs a salary cap if it wants to stay competitive: Because baseball begins as life afield is renewed, tra-la, you can always count on two things this time of year. One: In trees, the sap is rising.…

  3. Mets lose Nelson Figueroa to Phillies on waivers

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Wanting some extra pitching depth with Joe Blanton hurting and both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick in the rotation, the Phillies claimed right-hander Nelson Figueroa off waivers from the Mets. Figueroa had a 4.28 ERA in 115.2 innings for the Mets over the past two seasons, but his 95/50 K/BB ratio was sub par and…

  4. Did the owners collude against free agents this past winter?

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    As has been widely reported in the past 24 hours, the player’s union is mulling a collusion grievance.  In the stories that have circulated since yesterday, the primary allegation cited has been that agents have claimed that they received multiple similar offers for free-agent clients last winter, thereby driving salaries down. My first thought upon…

  5. Jeff Suppan close to rejoining Brewers' rotation

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    When the Brewers placed Jeff Suppan on the disabled list last week there was some speculation that the move was made in part to delay a decision on whether or not to add the 35-year-old right-hander to the rotation. However, today’s news that he’s slated to come off the shelf following just one minor-league rehab…

  6. Blocked by Joey Votto, Reds prospect Yonder Alonso moves to left field

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Yonder Alonso has played exclusively first base in the minors since being the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft, but with Joey Votto blocking his path to Cincinnati for the next decade or so the Reds have decided to shift him to the outfield. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that Alonso will begin this season…

  7. Ichiro is Hall of Fame eligible (and a digression about Pete Rose)

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Stuff you don’t think about very much: you have to have played in the majors for ten years to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Doesn’t come up too often of course because it’s hard to imagine a nine-year career that would be worthy of discussion. I mean, sure, Lynn Jones may have his…

  8. Jason Giambi replaces Todd Helton in Game 3

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    When the Rockies re-signed Jason Giambi in January they talked about wanting to work him into the lineup by giving 36-year-old Todd Helton more frequent days off and sure enough he’s already getting a rest in Game 3 this afternoon. It seems kind of silly that someone would need a day off less than a…

  9. OK, I'll stop complaining about game times now

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Why? Because people have been complaining for years. (thanks to Howie B. for the link)

  10. The Astros are having fun with throwback uni-night

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Got this via Neyer: the Astros’ turn-back-the-clock promotion this weekend is going to be sweet. In addition to going back to what were some pretty nifty uniforms (no, not the rainbow ones), the team is going to put the grounds crew and ushers in 1960s garb too, and that 1960s garb was pretty unique. Lots…

  11. Browns to retire Eddie Gaedel's number

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Not the St. Louis Browns because they don’t exist anymore, but this is kinda close: On July 17, the Farmington Browns Baseball Club will retire Eddie Gaedel’s famous number 1/8 in ceremonies between games of a twi-night doubleheader at Lemay Baseball Association’s Heine Meine Field in St. Louis. Farmington is one of those wooden bat…

  12. MLB is pushing Hicks' creditors to sign-off on the Rangers sale

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram reports that MLB is stepping in to the Tom Hicks-HSG Creditors dispute in an effort to get the Rangers sale locked down: The last obstacle delaying the sale of the Texas Rangers could be cleared this week, thanks to an assist from Major League Baseball. Sources confirmed that the lenders…

  13. MLB Official meets with the mayor of San Jose

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Three things occurred in the Bay Area yesterday: Continued silence from Bud Selig’s little committee about what will become of the Athletics; MLB President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy had lunch with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed; and The A’s drew a mere 10,000 people for their second game of the season, and it…

  14. Time out? Sorry fellas, you gotta stay in there and hit

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    In the recaps I called the Sox-Yankees game “boring.”  Upon reflection that was unfair. It wasn’t a boring game. While not the most crisp affair imaginable, it was close and competitive and I shouldn’t really be complaining. It was long, sometimes unnecessarily so, and that’s really what I was reacting against. “Boring” was not the…

  15. David Ortiz is 0 for 7 and he doesn't want to hear bleep about it

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    David Ortiz after last night’s game: “(Bleep) happens. Then you guys talk (bleep). Two (bleeping) games already. (Bleepers) are going crazy. What’s up with that, man? (Bleep). There’s (bleeping) 160 games left. Y’all (bleepers) go ahead and hit for me.” I’m with Papi on this one. Two games is way, way too early to start…

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

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    Rays 4, Orioles 3: Opening Day comes a day late for the Rays and Orioles. And only the Rays and Orioles. Why they didn’t get to play on Monday when everyone else did is beyond me. Maybe there was a gun show or a regional numismatic convention scheduled for the Trop over the weekend and…

  17. Daily Dose: Reyes Ready to Return?

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:02 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 with two steals in an extended spring training game Monday and followed that up by going 2-for-5 with two walks in another extended spring game Tuesday night. Perhaps just as importantly, Reyes played all nine innings at shortstop, possibly signaling that he could be cleared to return from his thyroid disorder…

  18. Lance Berkman receives cortisone shot in knee

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman had his right knee drained for a fifth time and received a cortisone shot on Monday, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The 34-year-old first baseman underwent arthroscopic surgery last month, and after a series of recent setbacks, he doesn’t sound any closer to returning from the disabled list. “My wife asked me…

  19. Chone Figgins, Ichiro look to improve communication

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    “The Gnats” made their debut for the Mariners on Monday night, and Chone Figgins and Ichiro were as pesky as expected in Seattle’s 5-3 victory over Oakland. Figgins stole second base twice, each time advancing to third on throwing errors by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki. Ichiro stole second once, but was then thrown out at…

  20. Aroldis Chapman to make U.S. pro debut on Sunday

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman will make his U.S. professional debut with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. His first start will be on the road against the Toledo Mudhens, though he’ll undoubtedly be quite the gate attraction no matter where he pitches. Chapman made his unofficial debut with the Reds during spring training,…

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