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  1. Joe Maddon, Bill Belichick are brothers in casual wear

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    It’s a little bit late since the Great Joe Maddon Hoodie Controversy was solved last week, but the Tampa Bay Rays manager nonetheless received some support in his quest for wardrobe freedom when he received a hoodie in the mail from none other than Patriots coach – and noted hoodie enthusiast — Bill Belichick. The…

  2. O's Chris Tillman throws no-hitter at Triple-A

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    The future just got a little brighter for the Orioles.  Well, if you’re into immediate over-reactions and things of that nature.  But enough with the pessimism.  Chris Tillman, a 22-year-old right-hander in the O’s system, tossed nine innings of no-hit baseball on Wednesday night against the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, Georgia. MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli,…

  3. Trevor Hoffman in hot water in Milwaukee?

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Brewers manager Ken Macha suggested for the first time Wednesday that Trevor Hoffman might not be the best fit for the club’s ninth-inning role.  The suggestion, via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, came moments after the 42-year-old right-hander blew his fourth save of the regular season, leading to a 14-inning 6-5 loss to the Pirates. “That’s two…

  4. Jorge Posada exits with right knee contusion

    Apr 28, 2010, 7:54 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada was lifted from Wednesday’s game in the second inning after taking a Jeremy Guthrie fastball to the right knee.  He was later diagnosed with a knee contusion and is listed as day-to-day. Francisco Cervelli, the Yankees’ 24-year-old backup, will finish out the rest of the game and may need to play Thursday as…

  5. Great Moments in Straw Man Arguments: Jon Heyman

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman was the first major national writer to weigh in on the Ryan Howard contract the other day, tweeting his strong approval of the pact. Today he has a lengthy column up elaborating on his support for the deal. There are some passable, though ultimately unconvincing (in my view) arguments in the piece,…

  6. The All-Star Game is now all-DH, all the time

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Ever since Ron Blomberg and his ilk ruined our national pastime lo those 37 years ago, the rule has been that the designated hitter is to be used when an American League team hosts the All-Star Game, and that the pitchers will bat when in a Senior Circuit park. That is no more, as baseball…

  7. Trevor Hoffman blows another save

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Brewers up by one, Trevor Hoffman comes into the game, Ryan Doumit at the plate and . . . wham! it’s gone. This is not a repeat from yesterday. It just happened in the Brewers-Pirates game, and now Trevor Hoffman has given up six home runs on the season and has blown yet another save.…

  8. Bobby Cox thinks slumping Jason Heyward is being too patient

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward is in the midst of his first extended slump, going 1-for-20 in his last seven games, and Braves manager Bobby Cox thinks he’s being too patient at the plate: We’re going to talk to him. He’s taking way too many pitches for strikes. [As a result] he’s getting one pitch to swing at…

  9. Jimmy Rollins is running, could be back by mid-May

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Jimmy Rollins has begun a light running program and has been taking batting practice. The Phillies aren’t setting any timetables, but Murphy passes on word from anonymous team sources that the second week of May is a realistic expectation for Rollins’ return to the lineup.  That…

  10. Jerry Manuel: 'I'm going to stay with Ollie'

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning last night despite being handed an early 3-0 lead, getting yanked after a four-pitch walk to opposing starter Charlie Haeger. Perez has a decent-looking 4.25 ERA in four starts thanks largely to not serving up a homer yet, but has averaged just 5.1 innings per…

  11. I bet you can't guess who the most hated team in baseball is

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Nope. No, not them either.  You should probably just stop guessing, because you probably won’t get it right: The Cleveland Indians. That’s right, according to a Nielsen survey which uses various keywords in an effort to determine whether people have positive, negative or neutral reactions to different brands and product, the Cleveland Indians are the…

  12. The winds are whipping the Mets and Dodgers

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    I’m watching the Mets-Dodgers game right now, and the wind is gusting to 42 miles per hour.  The Dodgers are in the field right now, and there is garbage everywhere. Lots of trash on the field too. Mets lead 5-1.

  13. Miguel Olivo has kidney stones, is a tough guy

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Miguel Olivo passed two kidney stones Monday … and still started at catcher for the Rockies and played all nine innings behind the plate that night. By comparison, I’m giving serious thought to taking the rest of the day off after writing about his kidney stones. Mike…

  14. A couple of things of note from the Brewers-Pirates game

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    They’re underway with their nooner in Milwaukee, and it’s worth noting a couple of things: The roof is open despite the fact that the game time temperature is 55 degrees. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy thinks it may be the coldest it’s ever been for the start of a game. He was going to say more about…

  15. The Phillies turn the most spectacular fielder's choice you'll ever see

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Deep thought: is a spectacular double play really a spectacular double play when the runner was actually safe at first but the ump blows the call? See here to judge for yourself!

  16. Dusty Baker denies asking the Reds for contract extension

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that “Reds manager Dusty Baker asked management about a contract extension … but evidently the team is not yet ready to decide upon his future.” Baker was asked about the report yesterday and responded: “I haven’t talked to them. I don’t know where he heard that. It’s…

  17. Ned Colletti calls out Matt Kemp

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Ned Colletti has determined that the best way to light a fire under the Dodgers is to rip Matt Kemp. After criticizing Kemp’s baserunning and defense to Peter Tilden of 790-KABC, he said: “Why is it? Because he got a new deal? Can’t tell you. But you know, it’s below-average. If this is the last…

  18. Strikeouts and grounders: Francisco Liriano is dealing again

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I’ve often suggested that the Francisco Liriano who was the best, most overpowering pitcher in all of baseball as a rookie in 2006 was lost for good when he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery. I still believe that to be true, but a) the version we’ve seen so far this year is pretty damn close,…

  19. Denard Span has a temper tantrum, throws bat

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There were a lot of strikeouts in last night’s Twins-Tigers game, many of which were called third strikes. This is not necessarily surprising given that Fransico Liriano and Justin Verlander were pitching, but it’s also likely that the ump was being a bit generous with the zone too. It happens. Not that Denard Span was…

  20. The Red Sox call up Alan Embree

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Yesterday I took crap from everyone for wondering why the Sox didn’t call up Alan Embree instead of Fabio Castro to aid the bullpen. After last night’s game the Red Sox called up Alan Embree and sent down Fabio Castro, who didn’t throw a pitch in last night’s game, so maybe I’m not as dumb…

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