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  1. Brewers bench Corey Hart for Jim Edmonds

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Not only did Jim Edmonds earn a spot on the Brewers at age 39 after sitting out all of last season, he’s in their Opening Day lineup starting in place of Corey Hart in right field and batting fifth behind Prince Fielder. Hart was brutal this spring, batting 11-for-64 (.172) with 18 strikeouts while Edmonds…

  2. Brewers having ongoing talks with Prince Fielder

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brewers’ owner Mark Attansio just told the assembled Milwaukee beat writing brigade that the team is having ongoing “discussions” with Prince Fielder regarding a contract extension. No word if there have been offers exchanged or anything. Not that anyone should fret if they’re not talking money yet. First contact was made on this subject during…

  3. UPDATE: USA TODAY Average MLB salary up 1% from last year

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Earlier USA Today ran a story saying that the average salary in baseball dropped 17%.  Now they’re running a correction: CORRECTION: The average salary of players on opening-day rosters was incorrectly stated in the original version of this story. The average player salary is $3.27 million, a 1% increase from $3.26 million in 2009. I…

  4. Red Sox set to announce Josh Beckett extension

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have scheduled a press conference about Josh Beckett for three o’clock this afternoon, which likely means the two sides have officially agreed to the contract extension that was reported to be close last week. Beckett’s new deal is expected to cover four seasons and pay the 31-year-old right-hander about $68 million. Toss…

  5. Adam Dunn and the Nationals aren't talking extension

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Stories all over the place in recent days about Adam Dunn wanting to stay in D.C.  Dunn is certainly saying the right things: This is the place I want to be at. I want to be here. This team is obviously going in the right direction. I’m all for it. That’s why I don’t want…

  6. Hank Blalock changes mind, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Last week, when the Rays were still deciding whether or not to keep him around, Hank Blalock made it abundantly clear that he would not accept an assignment to the minors. I don’t have any plans on playing minor-league baseball this year. At this time in my life, if there’s no major-league opportunities for me…

  7. The Mets have a Hall of Fame and it sounds nice

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Daily News’ Flip Bondy took a tour of the Mets’ new Hall of Fame inside Citi Field, and it sounds pretty nice: It’s hard to be pompous when you have the Mets’ modest history. Luckily, that isn’t the feel or intent of this Hall of Fame, which has a refreshing, lighthearted feel. The Mets…

  8. The Atlanta Braves: third place team

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    That’s not me talking. Remember, I’m a big fat fanboy. That’s Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, throwing cold water on the optimism that has pervaded Braves Nation Universe Republic Township this spring: Me, I’m still skeptical. I eagerly await the coming of Jason Heyward, but I also wonder if the age on this team…

  9. Josh Beckett, Red Sox extension talks "in final stages"

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    ESPN’s Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are in the final stages of negotiations over the four-year, $70.5 million deal that was first reported last week. I’m assuming his poor command and lifeless fastball from last night has no bearing on the deal.

  10. The Mets' Opening Day lineup is . . . curious

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel announced the Mets’ Opening Day lineup yesterday. Here it is: 1. SS Alex Cora 2. 2B Luis Castillo 3. 3B David Wright 4. 1B Mike Jacobs 5. LF Jason Bay 6. CF Gary Matthews Jr. 7. RF Jeff Francoeur 8. C Rod Barajas 9. SP Johan Santana In other words, Omar Minaya just…

  11. K-Rod's brothers are in bad shape

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    For those of you wondering about K-Rod’s hasty trip to Venezuela over the weekend, the Post’s Kevin Kernan reports that it was occasioned by what sounds like a dreadful truck crash involving two of his brothers and three other passengers. The truck rolled down a hill several times after the driver fell asleep. No fatalities,…

  12. Winners! Losers! Awards! Your 2010 predictions, guaranteed correct or your money back

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Never make predictions, especially about the future. – Casey Stengel That’s some great advice, Casey, but it’s Opening Day, we’re all happy and giddy and optimistic and everything, so let’s moot the entire season right now by telling you everything that’s going to happen.  As the headline says, 100% correct or your money back. THE…

  13. Who was most out-of-place at Fenway last night?

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Here’s a question for you:  Which of the following people who participated in last night’s festivities seemed the most awkward and out-of-place? Neil Diamond, wearing a “keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn” jacket that’s only a half-century too late; Pedro Martinez, throwing the first pitch out as if he were all retired and everything, which frankly,…

  14. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:33 AM EDT

    Red Sox 9, Yankees 7:  The Yankees were supposed to have a great bullpen. The Red Sox weren’t supposed to have enough offense because of all that run prevention they had imported. Well, The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men gang aft agley, and all that. The Yankees blew a 5-1 lead. The Red Sox…

  15. The Week Ahead: Hot matchups, big debuts, and a new ace in Philly

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:41 AM EDT

    The 2010 season started beautifully on Sunday night with a thriller between the Red Sox and Yankees. If you could ignore the dog-and-pony show that comes with an ESPN Sunday night telecast, you were able to enjoy quite the treat – even if you don’t have a horse in the Yankees-Red Sox race. But believe…

  16. Daily Dose: Opening Dose

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    While the Red Sox and Yankees give us a pretty decent Game 1 of 2,430, here are some news and notes from around baseball … * As expected, the Rockies placed Huston Street on the disabled list Sunday with a sore shoulder. Street already experienced a setback with the injury during spring training, so while…

  17. Yankees vs. Red Sox: Preview of Opening Night

    Apr 4, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    The Yankees and Red Sox will open the 2010 baseball season this evening with a game under the lights at Fenway Park.  It will be televised on ESPN2, while women’s college basketball teams from UConn and Baylor duke it out on ESPN.  That’s a blog post for a different day.  Here’s a look at tonight’s…

  18. UPDATED: Bucs DFA infielder Ramon Vazquez

    Apr 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Langosch notes that Vazquez wasn’t actually released, just designated for assignment.  The Pirates now have 10 days to find a trade partner for him or grant him his release.  He can also accept an assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. 2:33pm: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (and MLB.com’s Jen Langosch confirms) that the Pirates…

  19. Cliff Lee (abdomen) placed on disabled list

    Apr 4, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Janie McCauley of the Associated Press (via NBCSports.com) reports that the Mariners have placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list to start the season as he continues his recovery from an abdominal strain. Lee enjoyed a pain-free throwing session late last week and is making progress toward a return, but the M’s have…

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