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  1. CC Sabathia throws no-hit ball through seven

    Apr 10, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    Yankees ace CC Sabathia delivered 7 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball on Saturday against the Rays.  He cruised through the Tampa lineup with the the help of some excellent defensive plays and came close to making history before catcher Kelly Shoppach blooped a single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning.  The…

  2. Ted Lilly scratched (again) from rehab start

    Apr 10, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Ted Lilly’s rehab start on Sunday has been pushed back for a second time due to a stiff back. He was originally supposed to start on Friday night. According to Wittenmyer, he’ll throw a bullpen on Monday and is tentatively scheduled to start again on Wednesday. Despite…

  3. Is Mike Lowell ready to hang 'em up?

    Apr 10, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell told reporters that he will “almost certainly” retire at the end of this season, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe. Lowell, 36, is in the final season of a three-year, $37.5 million contract, so it seems only appropriate. The .280/.343/.468 lifetime hitter has broken down in recent seasons and hasn’t fully…

  4. Dice-K tosses five scoreless innings in rehab outing

    Apr 10, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka kicked off a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday afternoon by allowing two hits over five scoreless innings. He issued one walk while hitting two batters and striking out three. He topped out at 93 mph on the radar gun, according to the Associated Press. Dice-K was pulled after throwing 73 pitches,…

  5. Milton Bradley knows how to greet old friends

    Apr 10, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu tells Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Milton Bradley will have to learn how to deal with distractions: “It’s tough,” Wakamatsu said. “There have been players in the past who’ve had to deal with it. I played with Barry Bonds and Barry Bonds was as good as anybody in…

  6. Carlos Silva tweaked his right shoulder

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    Believe it or not, Carlos Silva actually pitched quite well in his Cubs’ debut against the Reds on Friday night, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings while fanning three and walking none. Unfortunately for him, Drew Stubbs cranked a grand slam off rookie Esmailin Caridad in the eighth inning to spoil…

  7. Jack Cust accepts minor league assignment

    Apr 10, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jack Cust has officially accepted a minor league assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, reports Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse. Cust was pretty upset — and rightfully so — when he was designated for assignment just one week ago, calling the decision “a joke,” but he would have been a dope to pass up $2.65 million guaranteed.…

  8. Jose Reyes back in Mets' lineup on Saturday

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    As expected, Jose Reyes will make his return to the Mets on Saturday afternoon against the Nationals, leading off against left-hander John Lannan. It will be Reyes’ first game since May 20 of last season. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York just tweeted the lineup a little earlier, but after all the stops and starts…

  9. Javier Vazquez gets rocked; commence freakout

    Apr 10, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    The early returns on Javier Vazquez’s to pinstripes? Deja vu all over again. He was torched for eight runs on eight hits — including two home runs — a 9-3 loss to the Rays on Friday night. I’d show you the back pages of the New York tabloids panicking and overreacting, but they are too…

  10. Jason Heyward is who we thought he is…

    Apr 10, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    A 20-year-old rookie. Jason Heyward got his rudest awakening yet during Friday’s extra-inning 5-4 loss to the Giants, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and a walk. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury news that they intended to pitch the rookie phenom “under the ground,” and they did just that, getting him to…

  11. Scott Boras says five teams are interested in Jarrod Washburn

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: These could be two of them. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and Indians are possibilities for Washburn, while the Mariners are becoming “a long shot.” 7:00 pm: Agent Scott Boras told Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse that “as many as five clubs” are interested in free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.…

  12. Cliff Lee won't be back this month

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    If it wasn’t plainly obvious already, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu made it official on Friday, telling Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Cliff Lee will not return from the disabled list until next month. “Safely, I think we’re looking at, hopefully, the first week in May,” he replied. “Again, anything before that, I don’t…

  13. Mike Gonzalez blows save in O's home opener

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez isn’t doing much to endear himself to Baltimore right now. After blowing a save on Opening Night against the Rays, he proceeded to cough up the lead in Friday’s home opener against the Blue Jays, as well. Handed a one-run lead in the ninth, Gonzalez didn’t waste any time, walking Edwin Encarnacion, throwing…

  14. A very cool first pitch in San Francisco

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s the Giants home opener this afternoon, and they don’t skimp on the pageantry. For example, this pic of the opening festivities is about as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet as you can get.  And then there was the first pitch, which I missed, but which was described thusly by the Merc’s Andrew…

  15. Buck Showalter on Derek Lee's butt: "I look at it I say, wow"

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Slate’s Josh Levin has surveyed the experts, and it’s pretty clear: if you want to really know what you’ve got in a young prospect, you gotta inspect his butt.  The scouts’ consensus: if you have a flat butt, you’re just not gonna make it in this game because it means that you’ll never fill out…

  16. Please, please stop saying there will never be a 300-win pitcher again

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    One of the reasons sports journalism gets disrespected so much is that it is standard operating procedure for sports writers to simply repeat evidence-free and even counter-factual assertions about things with little regard for how easily disprovable or unprovable the assertion may be. Case in point: the “no one will ever reach 300 wins again”…

  17. Orioles lose Brian Roberts to abdominal strain

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, who had to overcome a back injury to open the season on time, was forced from Friday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays due to a strained abdominal muscle. It’d be a big blow if the Orioles lost their second baseman for any length of time, though they are better covered now with…

  18. Indians stud prospect Carlos Santana homers twice in Triple-A debut

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Part of the reason why the Indians were willing to trade both Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach last season is that they have stud catching prospect Carlos Santana waiting in the wings at Triple-A. Acquired from the Dodgers in mid-2008 as part of the Casey Blake deal, Santana was initially expected to begin this season…

  19. Chipper Jones out until at least Monday but the Braves will be fine without him

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As was mentioned in the recaps this morning, Chipper Jones hurt his oblique in yesterday’s loss to the Cubs. He was originally listed as day-to-day, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he got a cortisone shot today and because of whatever voodoo accompanies cortisone shots he’s out until at least Monday, and may miss…

  20. After entering priesthood, Grant Desme doesn't regret giving up baseball

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    A’s prospect Grant Desme made headlines back in January for abruptly quitting baseball to join the priesthood and when Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with him earlier this week the 24-year-old former outfielder said: “I didn’t even realize it was Opening Day.” “I know it’s hard for some people to…

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