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  1. Brian Jordan says that Chipper Jones doesn't work out enough

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Former Braves outfielder Brian Jordan was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern today, and the subject of Chipper Jones’ health came up.  Stern asked Jordan if Chipper’s recent oblique injury suggested that he is “done.”  Jordan’s answer was interesting: Jordan: “Well, I mean, he leaves you scratching your head because, you know, it’s…

  2. CT scan shows Jacoby Ellsbury has cracked ribs

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury was initially diagnosed with bruised ribs anjd finally placed on the disabled list after being unavailable on the active roster for 10 days, but now Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports that a CT scan today revealed “four ribs with hairline fractures.” Benjamin adds that it “might or might not affect his…

  3. 20-0: The Pirates get keel-hauled by the Brewers

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    In this morning’s And That Happened recaps I said about the Pirates: “when they lose, they don’t mess around. They go out there and lose with gusto.”  They just took things to a whole new level, getting beat by the Brewers (gulp) 20-0 this afternoon, setting the mark for the worst shutout ever. The Brewers…

  4. Joe Maddon says ump Joe West is 'inappropriate'

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Veteran umpire Joe West made headlines earlier this month for saying the slow pace of Yankees-Red Sox games were “pathetic” and “embarrassing” and “a disgrace to baseball.” He’s apparently making it his personal mission to speed games up, but Joe Maddon wasn’t happy about West immediately walking to the mound as soon as the Rays…

  5. Classless and ignorant Mets fans boo David Wright

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Don’t look at me, Craig Carton: even a guy with a journalism background is saying it this time: Wright was struck on the wrist by a pitch in the first inning. He flubbed a tough backhand grounder for an error in the third. He ended his soggy day 1-for-2 at the plate, with an RBI…

  6. A's place Travis Buck on the disabled list, shut down Joey Devine

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    After battling back from the combination of an oblique injury and terrible hitting last season to reclaim a spot in the A’s starting lineup, Travis Buck has landed back on the disabled list with … another strained oblique. He suffered the injury while taking batting practice yesterday and the DL stint will be the fifth…

  7. Are the Red Sox showcasing Mike Lowell or giving him a job?

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was 2 for 4 with a solo homer, a walk and an RBI single in place of the slumping David Ortiz last night.  And he’s going to get the start again tonight. Yesterday I mentioned the Red Sox killing three birds with one stone.  Lowell’s hot bat and presence in the lineup against…

  8. Aaron Harang thinks his struggles are 'bad luck'

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    After dropping to 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA with an ugly start yesterday, Aaron Harang said: “It’s bad luck. This game’s about luck. I’m going through a bad spell right now.” Of course, as John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out, the “spell” of “bad luck” doesn’t just include this season. Dating back to…

  9. Baseball should ignore calls for "competitive balance"

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    A must-read article by Joe Sheehan at Sports Illustrated, um, illustrating why arguments comparing the NFL’s competitive balance to baseball’s competitive balance are simply wrongheaded. The hypothetical which kicks off the article — where baseball’s playoff races would stand right now if, like the NFL, the whole season was 16 games long — perfectly illustrates…

  10. Andre Dawson's funeral home is being sued

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Andre Dawson is reportedly being sued by “a publicly funded organization that cares for poor and disabled adults” that alleges “his family’s funeral home business reneged on a deal to provide prepaid memorial services and burials for deceased clients.” Here’s more from the Miami Herald: One man’s corpse lay in limbo for weeks because Dawson’s…

  11. The Mets' Ryota Igarashi hits the D.L.

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Just a week after Jerry Manuel declared Ryota Igarashi his setup man, his setup man has hit the disabled list with a hamstring tear suffered in Tuesday night’s game. Igarashi has a serious fastball and has been successful so far this season, even if he hasn’t been exactly dominant (3Ks and 4 BBs in 6…

  12. Will the Red Sox dump Buchholz or Wakefield to make room for Matsuzaka?

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Last night Daisuke Matsuzaka made what’s expected to be his final rehab start, allowing four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings at Triple-A. The outing was a bit of a letdown after Matsuzaka tossed 11 scoreless innings in his first two rehab starts, but he did manage eight strikeouts and zero walks to again show…

  13. So I'm in the World Series

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    I mentioned a long time ago that I was participating in a simulation league for media guys. The game: Rob Neyer Baseball. It’s a historical league based on the Diamond Mind platform, and I am owner/general manager/manager of the Matewan Massacre. Other owners include Neyer himself, Jonah Keri, ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, Baseball Prospectus’ Rany…

  14. Ryan Zimmerman tweaks his hammy

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    It’s never a good time to strain your hamstring, but Ryan Zimmerman is 9 for his last 20 with three doubles and a home run, so the fact that he did it last night made for particularly bad timing. The injury occurred when he thought about stretching a double into a triple, but he pulled…

  15. The Rangers sale is getting uglier

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    The basic dynamic of the sale of the Texas Rangers has been (1) Tom Hicks trying to settle his issues with his creditors; (2) Chuck Greenberg and Major League Baseball getting increasingly annoyed at Hicks for not doing so; and (3) everyone speaking optimistically all the same. According to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram, Tom…

  16. Francisco Liriano throws another gem as Twins win fifth straight series

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano was fantastic again last night, following up seven shutout innings last week against Boston with eight scoreless frames against Cleveland. In those 15 innings he got 14 strikeouts versus four walks while inducing 23 ground-ball outs, which along with significantly increased velocity is creeping ever closer to 2006 territory. Best of all the…

  17. Chris Carpenter ignites a ruckus in the Cardinals-Diamondbacks game

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    It wasn’t really a fracas, and it was far short of a brawl, so ruckus is the best I can do. It started when Edwin Jackson hit Chris Carpenter with a pitch in the second inning. Actually, it may have started when Jackson hit Ryan Ludwick in the first, but hitting Carpenter is what set…

  18. Roy Halladay following in Cliff Lee's footsteps

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay hurled a complete-game shutout Wednesday against Atlanta, allowing just four hits and one walk while improving to 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA on the season. In an odd coincidence the man Halladay was essentially traded for, Cliff Lee, also began his Phillies career with an identical 4-0 record and 0.82 ERA last season.…

  19. Phil Hughes' near no-no vindicates Girardi

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    I’ll admit it: I was Team Joba as far as the Yankees’ fifth starter race went this spring. I thought that he had a better repertoire of pitches and a better chance to be a dominant starter than did Phil Hughes. He may one day be that kind of guy — and one game, or…

  20. Jason Marquis has 'floating bodies' in his elbow

    Apr 22, 2010, 7:43 AM EDT

    I criticized the Nationals for signing Jason Marquis to a two-year, $15 million deal this offseason, but his first month has gone far worse than I ever could have imagined. He went 0-3 with a 20.52 ERA through three starts, coughing up 20 runs in 8.1 innings, and was placed on the disabled list Wednesday…

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