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  1. Fake trade: Mike Napoli to Texas for Frank Francisco

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Rangers acquire C Mike Napoli from the Angels for RHP Frank Francisco and RHP Brandon McCarthy Why it works for Texas: The Rangers were thought to have an embarrassment of riches behind the plate a couple of years ago, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia hasn’t hit or remained healthy and Taylor Teagarden has been a strikeout machine.…

  2. Bob Feller on Willie Mays' catch in the '54 Series: "Meh"

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I missed this last week, but my buddy Vince Grzegorek pointed me to a two-part interview of Bob Feller from the Cleveland Plain Dealer in which the living legend disses Willie Mays’ amazing catch of Vic Wertz’s fly ball in the 1954 World Series: PD: The 1954 World Series? BF: The first thing that comes…

  3. Mike Cameron is being checked for appendicitis; Jacoby Ellsbury still hurting

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Rough day for Boston. First they got abused by Francisco Liriano, and now their starting centerfielder is, as we speak, sitting in a Minnesota hospital being checked for appendicitis after experiencing lower abdominal pain before the game. He was scratched, with the team thinking it was a muscle strain, but that may not be the…

  4. Francisco Liriano shuts down Red Sox

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    After dominating in both winter ball and spring training to get Twins fans optimistic again following a disastrous 2009 season Francisco Liriano kept rolling this afternoon versus the Red Sox, tossing seven shutout innings against a David Ortiz-less lineup. Liriano struck out eight and induced nine ground-ball outs while allowing just four hits and two…

  5. Hal Steinbrenner to Joe Giradi: "I can't imagine this team without you"

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Barry Bloom sat down with Hal Steinbrenner recently. During their conversation Little Stein, after first reiterating that he doesn’t do contract extensions until the current contracts actually end, strongly suggested that Joe Girardi isn’t going anywhere: “Quite frankly, I had a talk with him,” Steinbrenner said. “I said, ‘Joe, this is something you can’t…

  6. Take in a Cavs-Indians doubleheader

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    The Indians have a home game scheduled for Saturday at 4:10 PM.  Problem: the Cavaliers have their first round playoff game against the Bulls scheduled for around 3PM.  The arena and the ballpark are right next to each other, however, so that brings opportunity: ticket holders for the Cavs-Bulls game will be allowed to purchase…

  7. Russ Ortiz and Ramon Ortiz in the same game? Dodgers deserved to lose

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Russ Ortiz took the loss in last night’s marathon Dodgers-Diamondbacks game, but a terrible play from Matt Kemp in center field was actually to blame. With that said, at this point any major-league team using Russ Ortiz in a game that counts in the standings probably deserves to lose. Ortiz went 103-60 with a 4.00…

  8. Joel Piniero on the Mets' pursuit last winter: "it was weird"

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Many people assumed that the Mets, obviously short of starting pitching, would go after Joel Piniero last winter. According to the Daily News, first among them was Joel Piniero. The Mets’ Alex Cora is reportedly tight with Omar Minaya, and he told Piniero that the Mets were definitely going to try to sign him. But…

  9. Phillies may not hand closer duties back to Brad Lidge right away

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge tossed a scoreless inning at Single-A yesterday in his third rehab appearance and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said afterward that “he threw extremely well.” “He took a nice step forward,” Amaro said. “His slider was tighter. He had better location. I guess his velocity was 90-91. He felt good. He was much…

  10. The Indians make quick work of the Rangers

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    For the second post in a row I mean this quite literally: The Tribe took two hours, three minutes to beat the Rangers this afternoon.  I had the game on in the background and was kind of ignoring it for a while. I had plans to settle into it, oh, about 25 minutes ago, looked…

  11. Your team is toast

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Quite literally, courtesy of an entrepreneur named Josh Fink: Starting in May, Pangea will roll out ProToast, a line of toasters – available in every team from the four major sports – that pops out with the teams logo burned into it. “Our motto is ‘Toast Your Team,‘” Fink says. Fink has big plans for…

  12. No ligament damage, so Miguel Montero due back in 4-6 weeks

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Miguel Montero is undergoing knee surgery today, but the Diamondbacks got some relatively good news in that no ligament damage was found. That means rather than potentially missing the entire season Montero is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus. Chris Snyder was the Diamondbacks’ primary catcher from 2005 until Montero’s…

  13. Counterpoint: Some Yankees fans are totally awesome

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Not everyone was booing Javy Vazquez yesterday. Some were saving people’s lives. From the Daily News: An Army medic who served in Iraq became a hero in the stands at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday when he saved a prominent Bronx rabbi’s wife choking on a piece of kosher London broil. John Stone 38, of Montville,…

  14. David Ortiz benched against Francisco Liriano

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Three regulars are absent from the Red Sox’s lineup for today’s game against the Twins. Jacoby Ellsbury is still recovering from bruised ribs suffered Sunday in a collision with Adrian Beltre, Mike Cameron was a last-minute scratch with a strained abdomen, and David Ortiz has been benched in favor of Mike Lowell. Ortiz taking a…

  15. The worst baseball song in the history of baseball songs

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    There’s not much worse in this world than Creed, but I’d rather listen to a Creed album than listen to their lead singer remake one of their songs to be about the Florida Marlins.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Question: if you’re a Marlin, do you really want to “soar?”  You’re a fish. If…

  16. Another year, another slow start for Mark Teixeira

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira went hitless yesterday for the seventh time in eight games this season, going 0-for-4 to drop him to 3-for-31 (.097) on the year and earn him some boos once Yankees fans were sick of harassing Javier Vazquez. Slow starts are actually nothing new for Teixeira and in fact April struggles have been a…

  17. The Dodgers and Dbacks make the Yankees and Red Sox look fast

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    One outlier of a game is not enough to say that Major League Baseball’s efforts at speeding things up are futile, but last night’s Dodgers-Dbacks game is probably worth pointing out if for no other reason than to show that long games are not the exclusive province of the Yankees and Red Sox. Extra innings?…

  18. Orioles' manager Dave Trembley is in trouble

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    How do you know that? Because people who know things — people like Ken Rosenthal — are talking about who should replace him.  Rosenthal’s choice: Phil Garner. He notes that Andy MacPhail interviewed Garner when MacPhail was president of the Cubs. I was rather surprised that Trembley was even brought back for 2010. He’s a…

  19. "Closer" should be a dirty word

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    I and many others wondered why Trey Hillman never called Joakim Soria from the pen during the team’s seventh inning meltdown on Tuesday. He tried to explain himself yesterday: “There’s a thought there, but, No. 1, it’s a very unusual time for Joakim Soria to pitch in a ballgame. No. 2, you’ve still got those…

  20. Do guys turn it up a notch in a contract year?

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    That’s the conventional wisdom: players try harder when free agency looms, resulting in big walk years and big contracts handed out by teams who get hung up on the whole recency thing. But it’s not true say the boys who run Bloomberg’s new baseball stats outfit: Over the past nine years, 177 players performing in…

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