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  1. The voice of your franchise

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Wezen-Ball is good at making charts of interesting things. The latest: inspired by Bob Uecker, a graph illustrating the tenures of some of the game’s greatest broadcasting voices. In other news, yes, I agree that the Predator monster would make a pretty good ballplayer.

  2. Jaime Garcia thriving as Cardinals' fifth starter

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jaime Garcia claimed the Cardinals’ final rotation spot with a standout spring training and is 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA through four starts after shutting out the Braves for seven innings Wednesday. Garcia struggled to consistently throw strikes in the minors after Tommy John surgery in 2008, but so far at least control hasn’t been…

  3. Piniella gets prickly

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella wasn’t in the mood to talk strategy with reporters after yesterday’s game.  The video is here. For those who can’t watch it for some reason, the reporter asked Lou whether he considered having Mike Fontenot bunt in the eighth inning when Marlon Byrd was on second base. Lou: “Bunting what? With a left-hand…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 2

    Apr 29, 2010, 7:12 AM EDT

    And now for the Senior Circuit. Pirates 6, Brewers 5: Oh, Trevor. We covered this as it happened yesterday, but to reiterate: Hoffman was taken long by Ryan Doumit in the ninth for the second game in a row, and has now blown four of seven save chances this season. He blew only four saves…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 1

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Because I’m running late with these, let’s break them up into two installments. Here’s the AL edition. The NL edition will follow later this morning.  Thanks for bearing with me. Tigers 11, Twins 6: Interesting play in the sixth, when Johnny Damon hit a deep drive to center. Denard Span caught it after a very…

  6. Programming note

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

    And That Happened will still happen this morning. Just a little later than normal is all, as real life interrupted a bit last night during my prime box score interpretation hours.  In the meantime, I leave you with a picture of Erick Aybar leaping over Luis Valbuena. Why? Because it’s cool, that’s why.

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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