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  1. Rangers place Nelson Cruz on the disabled list

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz has had a heck of a time with his hamstring lately. He had to leave games in Boston last Tuesday and Wednesday because the hamstring tightened up on him, and after some time in and out of lineup since then, he had to leave last night’s game against the Tigers in the sixth…

  2. Quote of the Day: Baseball needs Jose Canseco

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball should bring Jose Canseco underneath their umbrella, and have him be a key spokesperson on steroids and making good decisions. – Matt Minkus of the Tucson Citizen without any apparent irony. You know, the reason why Jose Canseco was able to blow the whistle on steroids like he did was because he…

  3. Video: Yankees at the White House with POTUS

    Apr 27, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Yankees celebrated their 27th championship at the White House with president (and White Sox fan) Barack Obama: And now of course there’s some controversy (sort of) about whether or not Obama intentionally avoided mentioning Alex Rodriguez in his speech. Which might be something less than totally absurd if, you know, Obama actually wrote…

  4. News Flash: Andy Pettitte used to throw a knuckleball

    Apr 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Neat article at Yahoo! today as Jorge Posada goes back over his career and ranks the best pitches he has caught. Best fastball: Kyle Farnsworth or Scott Proctor, at least in terms of pure velocity. Best Curve: Hideki Irabu of all people. He goes on and on, and it’s a lot of fun. The real…

  5. Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers is toying with Double-A hitters

    Apr 27, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Tanner Scheppers fell to the Rangers with the 44th pick in last June’s draft because of concerns about his injury status and bonus demands, but he’s healthy now and the top-10 talent is blowing away hitters at Double-A. Scheppers struck out five batters in two perfect innings last night and has the following video game-like…

  6. The Giants may call up Buster Posey earlier than thought

    Apr 27, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    When Buster Posey was sent down during spring training the thought was that the team was doing the service time thing and wouldn’t think about calling him back up until June.  Henry Schulman of the Chronicle reports, however, that the Giants are reconsidering this and may call him up sometime in the next week or…

  7. Diamondbacks void contract of Socrates Brito after PED suspension

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Two months ago the Diamondbacks signed awesome-named Dominican outfielder Socrates Brito for $190,000, but the contract has been voided after the 17-year-old received a 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Brito “tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.” Brito is now…

  8. Deep Thoughts: Red Sox bullpen edition

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Red Sox called up lefty Fabio Castro from Pawtucket today to bolster the bullpen after yesterday’s slug fest. Castro has an ERA of 8.10 in AAA right now. With those numbers you’d figure that he’s going to get nothing but garbage time. Which makes me wonder what’s the point of having a knuckleballer in…

  9. Rays' Dioner Navarro suspended two games

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    That’s what happens when you bump an ump, which is what Navarro did on Friday night. Navaro was apologetic after the game, admitting that he just lost his temper.  Baseball seems to have acknowledged that in the form of a very brief suspension, though there’s a fine too. Navarro will really only have to miss…

  10. Rockies demoting Opening Day catcher Chris Iannetta to Triple-A

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    To make room on the roster for all their pitcher shuffling the Rockies are reportedly demoting Opening Day catcher Chris Iannetta to Triple-A. Iannetta is off to a 4-for-30 (.133) start, but it sure seems odd to demote a 27-year-old veteran of 293 career games to Triple-A based on 30 bad at-bats after handing him…

  11. It's no-hitter day

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Pfun pfactoid from MLB.com this morning: April 27th is tied for the title of most no-hittinest day of the baseball season, with six no-nos having occurred on this date in history.  What’s more, two of the 4/27 no hitters were tossed by guys getting starts today: Derek Lowe in 2002 and Kevin Millwood in 2003.…

  12. Jorge De La Rosa tears tendon in middle finger

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Jorge De La Rosa has been diagnosed with a torn tendon in his left middle finger following an MRI exam Monday and is expected to miss multiple starts. “He’s going to be out for a while,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “If he pushed it, he could be lost for the season.” De La Rosa…

  13. Ryan Howard is happy to be staying in Philly

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Here’s Ryan Howard talking about his contract extension. He’s obviously happy to be staying in Philly.  

  14. Gregg Zaun can't get the ball back to the mound

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    It was a laugher for the Brewers last night, but early on Gregg Zaun suffered through a catcher’s nightmare: an inability to throw the ball back to the mound after a pitch.  The video is here, and you can’t watch it without thinking back to Macky Sasser, who was unable to throw the ball back…

  15. Jim Leyland doesn't like the redeye flights

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    The Tigers played a night game in Anaheim on Thursday and took a late night flight that got them into Dallas early Friday morning before a game against the Rangers that evening.  Then they played a night game against the Rangers last night and took a late night flight that got them into Detroit early…

  16. OK, west coast and Midwest fans can be nuts too

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Eli Whiteside hit a home run off Roy Halladay in the seventh inning of last night’s Giants-Phillies game.  According to Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer, that caused some Giants fans to chant “overrated!” at Halladay. I suppose if anyone can talk smack to Roy Halladay it’s the fans who root for Tim Lincecum, but…

  17. Ian Kinsler goes hitless in first rehab game

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game Monday at Double-A, but played all nine innings defensively at second base. He’s slated for two more minor-league games before joining the Rangers this weekend, with manager Ron Washington revealing yesterday that Kinsler will switch from leading off to batting fifth in the lineup once he…

  18. The Pirates need a mercy rule for Brewers games

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Here are the scores of the last four Brewers-Pirates games. The Brewers have the big number in each of these, of course: 8-18-020-017-3. Not that the Brewers are good. After all, in between game three and four of that list they lost three in a row to the Cubs, being outscored 25-4 in the process. …

  19. Boy hit with shattered bat at Miller Park

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    He’s fine, but this is scary: In the bottom of the fourth, Alcides Escobar’s bat shattered when he grounded out to end the inning. A sharp piece of the barrel flew into the Miller Park stands about 10 rows behind the Pirates’ on-deck circle, careering off several fans and hitting the boy in the head.…

  20. Marlins ace Josh Johnson loving life after Tommy John surgery

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson notched a career-high 12 strikeouts in a complete-game victory Monday night and equaled the Padres’ hit total by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate. One of the biggest Tommy John surgery success stories, Johnson has upped both his strikeouts and ground balls while cutting his walks since returning and is now…

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