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  1. Quote of the Day II: Jerry Manuel: Master Motivator

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    “St. Louis is always tough. If we can win two out of three, that will be outstanding. If we win one, I’ll take it.” – Jerry Manuel, daring to dream.

  2. Lance Berkman cleared for rehab assignment, hoping to return Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart today that his surgically repaired left knee has “turned the corner” and he’s now scheduled to begin a brief rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A. Berkman is expected to play two games in the minors and, barring a setback, hopes to come off the disabled list to rejoin the Astros’…

  3. OK, maybe Bobby Valentine isn't the best pick for the Mets

    Apr 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The morning I made a half-hearted case for Bobby Valentine to take over as the Mets’ manager if and when Jerry Manuel gets fired. Part of my half-heartedness about it all was that I was agreeing with Mike Lupica, but part of it was based on the sense that while hiring Bobby Valentine could maybe…

  4. A good reason for Padres fans not to worry about trading Adrian Gonzalez

    Apr 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby writes today about just how big the Mark Teixeira trade was for the Rangers. As a Braves fan it pains me to no end, but the cold hard facts of it all must be repeated whenever possible: With Teixeira slightly more than a year from reaching free agency, the Rangers dealt him…

  5. Ted Lilly could be ready to rejoin Cubs' rotation next weekend

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that Ted Lilly “will make what should be his final rehabilitation start Monday” at Single-A and could rejoin the Cubs’ rotation as soon as next weekend against the Brewers. Lilly is coming back from shoulder surgery and a knee injury suffered during spring training. He reported no…

  6. The best idea I've heard all day

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Commenter CG Hudson had a great idea in the No. 42 thread this morning about how to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day next year: This wearing of the 42 is all well and good but how about MLB getting creative next year (I know; no chance) and having each team wear the number of its first…

  7. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Short notice, but I’ll be going on the Paul and Tom Show at Hotstove.com at 2PM (i.e. like, right now). We talk about a little of everything over there, but I have this feeling we’ll be discussing my fun morning over at WFAN as well. Click on over if your afternoon schedule allows.

  8. Daisuke Matsuzaka looks ready to return, but are Red Sox ready to have him back?

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka made his second rehab start last night at Triple-A, tossing six shutout innings, and afterward pronounced himself “ready to pitch in the big leagues.” Matsuzaka struck out two, walked none, and allowed just three hits after hurling five scoreless innings in his first rehab outing last week, so he’s definitely pitching well. However,…

  9. A refreshing mea culpa from Ken Rosenthal

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    You may recall that I took Ken Rosenthal to task for calling Mark McGwire a “distraction” and demanding that he resign back in January.  Rosenthal, however, unlike the majority of big time baseball writers out there, will admit when he’s wrong. He does that today: In late January, when the furor over Mark McGwire was…

  10. Diamondbacks bypass prospects, tab 35-year-old Kris Benson as fifth starter

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    I wondered yesterday why teams give endless chances to washed-up veterans rather than turning to minor leaguers who might actually prove to have some long-term value. My specific example was Russ Ortiz and Ramon Ortiz both being on the Dodgers’ pitching staff despite neither having a decent season since 2004 and I also brought up…

  11. The Dodgers may bench Blake DeWitt

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Blake DeWitt won the second base job outright this spring, but he has struggled early and may soon be out of a job, writes Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. His 0-5 on Wednesday was probably the kicker, as Dilbeck notes that Joe Torre said encouraging things about him before that game, and then…

  12. Giants prospect Madison Bumgarner is a mess

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner was the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft and ranked as the game’s ninth-best prospect by Baseball America heading into last season, one spot ahead of Rangers flamethrower Neftali Feliz. He lived up to the hype, going 12-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 25 starts between Single-A and Double-A, and reached the…

  13. Tom Hicks is selling his soccer team

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    One highly-leveraged English Premier League for sale. Inquire to one Mr. Tom Hicks. He’ll take cashier checks, but they must be made out to Chuck Greenberg and/or various creditors of the Texas Rangers.  Do not — repeat — do not make any checks out to Mr. Hicks personally. Just spitballin’ here, but I wonder if…

  14. Quote of the Day: Ortiz and Jay-Z

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    It’s actually a tweet today, by @punditreview, who has some breaking news regarding the Jay-Z, David Ortiz lawsuit Drew mentioned yesterday: BREAKING: David Ortiz settled Jay Z lawsuit, will rename his 40/40 club “The .206/15 Club.” It’s funny because it’s true . . .

  15. Ron Washington is past the cocaine scandal and appears to be thriving

    Apr 16, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner catches up with Ron Washington, indirect author of one of the offseason’s most sensational stories. The biggest takeaway: it sounds like, if anything, the experience has made the Rangers’ team cohesion stronger than it was. The players have rallied around Washington, actually. Which isn’t necessarily surprising. Washington is almost…

  16. UPDATE Mike Cameron has kidney stones

    Apr 16, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Mike Cameron’s agent has confirmed that it’s kidney stones. He’s day-to-day, and will be reevaluated this afternoon. Yesterday Mike Cameron was scratched with a sore abdomen, and it was thought initially that it was a muscle strain. Later he was taken to a hospital for tests because it was feared that he had appendicitis. …

  17. Phil Hughes' debut goes about as good as one could hope

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Sure, he could have thrown a three-hit shutout and fanned 11, but that wasn’t realistic. As it was, the winner of the most over-hyped competition for a fifth starter’s slot in baseball history was respectable against the Angels last night: Two runs in five innings and change, striking out six. He walked too many guys…

  18. The last players to wear 42 on each team

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    I wish I had seen this yesterday, but better late then never. A graphical representation of the last player to wear number 42 on each team. Shocking: the Dodgers actually gave someone number 42 before they retired it themselves. A fellow by the name of Ray Lamb, who wore it in 1969. That would be…

  19. Drunk charged with intentionally throwing up on little girl at Phillies game

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    Yankees fans could boo Mariano Rivera and ignore choking rabbi’s wives and they still wouldn’t be as bad as this guy at the Phillies game Wednesday night: Police arrested a Cherry Hill man after he was accused of intentionally vomiting on a young girl at the Phillies game Wednesday evening. I’m not going to go…

  20. So apparently I'm a jackass

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    So yesterday Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason of 660 WFAN went crazy on me for calling Yankees fans “classless and ignorant” for booing Javy Vazquez on Wednesday. The audio of that is here, beginning at around the nine minute mark.  It starts with Carton calling me a “jackass” and it goes downhill from there.  Good…

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