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  1. Quote of the Day: Gregg Doyel

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    The Phillies aren’t stupid. People are. People like Keith Law of ESPN.com, and anyone out there who thinks like Law  when Law wrote that “this is one of the worst extensions of its kind.” – The always civil Gregg Doyel, taking issue with those who take issue with the Ryan Howard extension. This is the…

  2. Protestors to picket the Cubs-Dbacks game. I kinda wish they wouldn't

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    As you probably know, Arizona passed a law that makes the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and gives the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Supporters believe it to be a necessary move to combat illegal immigration to the state. Opponents call it an open invitation…

  3. Tim Lincecum buzzes the home plate umpire

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Aaron just told you about the blown save that cost Tim Lincecum and the Giants the game yesterday, but perhaps the most interesting thing that happened in the game occurred when Lincecum faced Cole Hamels in the top of the third. With the count 1-2 to an obviously overmatched Hamels, Lincecum threw a fastball. It…

  4. Blown save keeps Tim Lincecum from 5-0

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum was brilliant Wednesday afternoon, racking up 11 strikeouts while holding the Phillies to one run through eight innings. He stayed in to start the ninth inning, but was yanked at 106 pitches after walking Shane Victorino with one out and watched closer Brian Wilson cough up a 4-1 lead. Wilson came into the…

  5. Jeremy Guthrie likes to hit the Yankees

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada was plunked in the knee with a Jeremy Guthrie pitch in the second inning of yesterday’s Yankees-O’s game and is likely to miss today’s game due to what’s being called a contusion (“bruise” is much too pedestrian a word to use for one of the Core Four). Joe Girardi didn’t like it: “I…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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