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  1. The sound of silence: No Edinson Volquez outrage yet

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Unless my bookmarks have all been borked and my Google-fu has suddenly evaporated, I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t any columns this morning eviscerating Edinson Volquez or Major League Baseball over his positive PED test and suspension. The only thing close to that is Jon Paul Morosi’s thing about how the whole…

  2. Cubs' announcer Bob Brenly rips Alfonso Soriano

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    On Monday night Alfonso Soriano hit a long fly ball that, had he been running out of the box instead of watching his handiwork, would have probably been a triple. It did not go unnoticed by Cubs’ radio TV announcer Bob Brenly, who snarked “wouldn’t it be refreshing if we could get our left-fielder to…

  3. Nine stolen bases?! Here's how the Red Sox can stop the running game

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    I mentioned it in ATH, but it’s worth mentioning again: the Rangers stole nine bases off the Boston Red Sox last night. Nine. As in, the most any team has stolen in a game in eight years. Even Vlad Guerrero — who walks around like Fred Sanford half the time — swiped two. Obviously it’s…

  4. Realignment? No way. How about "unalignment"

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    In reaction to the “radical realignment” proposals that floated around last month I made an off-hand suggestion to do something far more simple and far more elegant in order to address the temporary problem of the Yankees and Red Sox hegemony: break all of baseball down to two leagues, with no divisions, a fully-balanced schedule…

  5. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Braves 4, Phillies 3: Troy Glaus hit a two-out, two-run homer to kick off the comeback in the ninth, and Nate McLouth hit the walkoff job in the tenth, but make no mistake about it: Jason Heyward — whose two-out solo shot tied things up right after Glaus’ jack — is The Man. I keep…

  6. UPDATE: Jeff Mathis to miss at least six weeks with fractured wrist

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Mathis is expected to miss at least six weeks with the injury. Tuesday, 9:19 PM: The Angels have placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register. Mathis suffered the injury…

  7. Ted Lilly on track to return from disabled list this weekend

    Apr 20, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed that Ted Lilly will return from the disabled list this weekend in Milwaukee, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Lilly made his final tuneup start on Monday night, tossing 88 pitches over seven innings for Single-A Peoria. Piniella indicated that Lilly could make his season debut on either Saturday or…

  8. UPDATE: Joe Maddon now permitted to wear hoodie

    Apr 20, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: After “reinterpreting” the ruling, major league baseball will allow Joe Maddon to wear his hoodie, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. It’s a victory for the little, err, casual people. Monday, 5:43 PM: Rays’ manager Joe Maddon likes to wear a hoodie over his jersey — or more likely, over a…

  9. Corey Patterson rejoins Orioles on minor league deal

    Apr 20, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Corey Patterson, who opted for free agency after failing to make the Mariners as a non-roster player this spring, is back with the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Patterson was last a useful major leaguer in his first year with the Orioles in 2006. After coming over from the Cubs…

  10. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury joins Mike Cameron on DL for Red Sox

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    The Boston Globe reports that Jacoby Ellsbury will land on the 15-day disabled list nine days after he suffered bruised ribs in a collision with Adrian Beltre while trying to catch a foul popup. Replacing him on the roster will be veteran Darnell McDonald, who was off to a stellar .341/.372/.683 start in 41 at-bats…

  11. All-Star balloting has begun already

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Really. We’re 12 or 13 games into the season, and you can already vote for All-Stars.  It’s no different than every year, I suppose, but ever year I continue to be shocked that some guys are going to make the mid-summer classic based on stuff they did in the first two or three weeks of…

  12. 10 of the last 16 PED suspensions were pitchers

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Maury Brown has a list of all of the PED suspensions since the drug testing regime came into play. There have been sixteen major and minor league players suspended for drugs in 2010 (all but Volquez were minor leaguers actually).  Of those, ten were pitchers. Indeed, since the advent of drug testing, the majority of…

  13. Daniel Murphy isn't close to rejoining the Mets

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    It’s probably a moot point after Ike Davis was called up yesterday, but Mets general manager Omar Minaya told the New York Post that Daniel Murphy isn’t close to returning from a sprained knee. Minaya declined to reveal whether the Mets plan to keep Davis in the majors for good or potentially send him back…

  14. Volquez: the drugs were for fertility treatments

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The Reds’ flagship station, 700 WLW, reports that Edinson Volquez has released a statement. The upshot: the drugs he was taking were prescribed by a Dominican doctor to help Volquez and his wife “start a family,” and that the drugs just also happened to be on the MLB-banned drug list. I’ll defer to a fertility…

  15. Union head: "The Pirates have a plan"

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    It was a big deal when the MLBPA went after the Florida Marlins a few months ago, essentially accusing them of pocketing revenue sharing money and not investing enough  to improve the team anywhere apart from the bottom line.  It was a serious enough criticism that even Major League Baseball agreed and the league, the…

  16. Get ready for a media firestorm over the timing of the Edinson Volquez suspension

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    We’re about to have a major media firestorm over the nature of PED suspensions Why? Because, pursuant to the drug testing policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement,  Edison Volquez’s suspension begins immediately. As in, while he’s still on the disabled list due to recovery from Tommy John surgery. What this means is that the 50…

  17. UPDATE: Edinson Volquez suspended for PEDs

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE III:  Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman reports the identity of the PED positive: It’s Edinson Volquez of the Cincinnati Reds.  Volquez will be suspended for 50 games. Of course, he’s already out at least until the fall recovering from Tommy John surgery. UPDATE II:  I have learned that the player to be suspended is a…

  18. Shockingly, some Marlins actually like the Scott Stapp song

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post went in search of someone who might actually like the horrendous song Creed singer Scott Stapp recorded for the Marlins and shockingly found a few players who dig it. Seriously: Wes Helms–the veteran clubhouse leader known affectionately among his teammates as “Uncle Wes”–said he’s a huge fan of…

  19. Johnny Damon has a mohawk

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    When I started this gig I was so smitten with my personal freedom and the lack of any expectation to maintain a professional appearance that I grew out a big ugly beard. After a month or two the concept of rebelling got old so I shaved it off. Johnny Damon is going through the same…

  20. Angels sticking with Brandon Wood … for now

    Apr 20, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Handed the Angels’ starting job at third base following Chone Figgins’ departure as a free agent, Brandon Wood has made three errors in 97 innings defensively and is just 4-for-40 (.100) with 12 strikeouts at the plate. Wood also struggled in his previous stints with the Angels, and now has a .178 batting average and…

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