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  1. Ozzie Guillen is very worked up about the White Sox's strikeouts

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Through three games the White Sox’s offense has scored 12 runs while batting .154, and manager Ozzie Guillen is already threatening changes after the lineup combined for 12 strikeouts last night: When we built this club, I didn’t want people to strike out, and we did too much. If they continue to strike out like…

  2. Hank Aaron: everyone should stop trying to hit home runs all the time

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Hank Aaron, as almost all former players of a certain age do, shakes his head at the kids today: Hank Aaron watches games these days and is perplexed as batter after batter tries to jack pitches out of the ballpark, obsessed with the long ball that made Hammerin’ Hank famous. “I don’t think they understand…

  3. Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo explains how a trade goes down

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    I’ve always wondered how trade talks actually happen. Who calls who first? Are the conversations frank or is there this whole dance like when you go to buy a used car or something? Thankfully Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo writes a column over at MASN today explaining how it all goes down. After reading it it’s…

  4. Camden Yards is getting a facelift

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    It’s not necessarily major surgery, but the mere fact that the words “renovation” and “modernize” are being used regarding Camden Yards makes me feel really really old.  Among the stuff they’re doing now and over the next year or two: New seats; New toilets; New concrete on the concourses; New roof on the B&O Warehouse;…

  5. Great moments in bathroom sex at U.S. Cellular Field

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Reviewing the box score of Monday’s White Sox-Indians game reveals that only Paul Konerko and Alexis Rios were credited with home runs. According to John Kass of the Tribune they missed one in the men’s room off the third base line upper deck concourse: “So I kicked the door, just to get a reaction. I…

  6. C.J. Wilson thrives in first start since 2005

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Despite a 3.75 ERA, 51 saves, and 231 strikeouts in 233 innings as a reliever over the past four seasons C.J. Wilson campaigned for a spot in the Rangers’ rotation this spring, won the third-starter gig, and tossed seven shutout innings Thursday in his first start since way back in August of 2005. Wilson was…

  7. Mariano Rivera on Joe West: "He should do his job"

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera has been a major league pitcher since 1995. In those 15 years, I can recall exactly zero instances of him being critical of someone in the press. The man does his job, takes a shower, goes home and does it again the next day and doesn’t let the petty affairs of the mere…

  8. Chicago White Sox fan suing the team over fan brawl

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Remember the brawl in the U.S. Cellular Field stands at that Cub-Sox game last June?  A White Sox fan named Rubin Lopez does because he was arrested, allegedly beat up by the off duty cops who served as security guards at the game and had his career as a Cook County corrections officer royally screwed…

  9. D-Train back on track in the Tigers' rotation?

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    After capturing a spot in the Tigers’ rotation this spring Dontrelle Willis made his 2010 debut Thursday with a Quality Start, allowing two runs over six innings in a no-decision. Willis has come a long way after not being able to throw the ball over the plate for the past two seasons, tossing 54 of…

  10. Nick Adenhart: One year later

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    One year ago this morning we woke up to the news of Nick Adenhart’s death. As Lyle Spencer of MLB.com reports, the Angels are still working through it all. “The shock … I don’t think you ever get over the shock,” Jered Weaver said. “Any time you bring it up, it’s there.” The Angels will…

  11. Arroyo and Penny both impressive in matchup

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo allowed just four hits in eight innings of one-run ball Thursday against the Cardinals despite taking an early Colby Rasmus comebacker off his calf, but got stuck with a no-decision and said afterward that his leg was “not real good.” Hopefully he can make his next start, because Thursday’s gem kept Arroyo on…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1: On the scale of unexpected and dramatic comebacks, Vernon Wells starting the season with four homers in three games falls somewhere south of Bruce Wayne donning the cape and cowl after a decade in retirement in The Dark Knight Returns, but somewhere north of Steely Dan releasing “Two Against Nature”…

  13. Carlos Beltran nearly ready to begin running

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin chatted Thursday with a “source with knowledge of [Carlos] Beltran’s progress” and learned that the Mets outfielder is just about to start a running program. Once Beltran is able to run sprints and travel the bases without discomfort, it will only be a week or two before he is cleared…

  14. Reds' Arroyo suffers calf injury in season debut

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:17 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo had an impressive 2010 debut on Thursday, holding the Cardinals to just one run and four hits over eight innings of work.  He did sustain an injury along the way, though, according to CNATI.com’s C. Trent Rosecrans.  The 33-year-old right-hander was nailed in the left calf with a Colby Rasmus comebacker in the…

  15. Opening Day in the minor leagues

    Apr 8, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    With the minor league season starting today, Baseball America has released a list of where its top 100 prospects will open the season. Among those skipping levels this year are Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles, both of whom are moving from low-A ball right to Double-A. It’s not surprising in either…

  16. Rangers offense in early slumber

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The 2010 Blue Jays probably won’t end up being known for their pitching or their defense (or their offense, for that matter), but the team came within a Jason Frasor blown save of sweeping the Rangers to open the season. Three games in, the Rangers have just two guys hitting their weight. Vladimir Guerrero, who…

  17. Another early oddity: Seattle catcher uses mask to field ball

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    It’s not just my imagination that we’ve had more than our usual share of weird plays these first few days, is it? With the A’s up 4-0 on the Mariners in the eighth inning and Travis Buck on first Thursday, Cliff Pennington dropped down a bunt that bounced off the glove of third baseman Jose…

  18. Target Field: totally green

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Target Field: Where the only thing that isn’t green are the seats: The ballpark has been awarded silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Twins announced Thursday that their LEED score of 36 points is the highest for an outdoor baseball facility in the United States.…

  19. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose on steroids

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Now, to answer your question about steroids, wouldn’t you like to ask Roger Maris how he feels about steroids? Or Babe Ruth how he feels about steroids? Or Hank Aaron, you could probably ask how he feels about steroids. Because those guys all lost records because of people who supposedly took steroids. So that’s a…

  20. Gomes' walkoff homer wins a pitchers' duel for the Reds

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I spent the last 20 minutes reading Masters coverage in which sportswriters talk about how wonderful it is that Player X is leading Player Y because we know a lot about Player Y’s sex life and disapprove of it.  Thank God for day baseball. Best game of the early going today: Reds-Cardinals.  It was a…

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