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  1. Cliff Lee progressing towards bullpen session

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee, who was forced to begin the season on the disabled list due to a strained abdominal muscle, played catch for a second straight day on Monday without incident, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. “It’s pretty good,” he said. “I felt absolutely nothing.” Now that he’s throwing without discomfort, the goal…

  2. Huston Street visits Dr. James Andrews

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    Just don’t call it a setback. According to what Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd told Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, Huston Street was simply seeking a second opinion on his nagging right shoulder. “Everything looked great. I was told they didn’t see any issues at all, so we are going to keep doing…

  3. Braves phenom Jason Heyward homers in first at-bat

    Apr 5, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    I figured Craig would be all over this one, but in case you missed it, 20-year-old Jason Heyward homered off Carlos Zambrano in his first major league at-bat Monday. The majestic three-run shot put the Braves up 6-3 in the first inning, and Atlanta went on to 16-5 in a rout. Howard, who started in…

  4. Say goodbye to the Coca-Cola slide in San Francisco

    Apr 5, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Maybe not officially or anything, but the big slide in the Coke bottle at AT&T Park may not be around much longer: The famous Coca-Cola bottle slide at the San Francisco Giants’ waterfront ballpark is becoming known for another reason: lawsuits. The team, which starts its season Monday, is facing a $6 million suit by…

  5. Cameron Maybin gets lost in Citi Field

    Apr 5, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin’s body was in Citi Field on Monday afternoon, but he may have left his head somewhere in the depths of Roger Dean Stadium. The Marlins’ center fielder, who just turned 23 on Sunday, was 0-for-4 with three swinging strikeouts, narrowly avoiding the dreaded golden sombrero. But that’s not even the worst of it.…

  6. Reds lead the way in stupid Opening Day lineups

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    It’s usually about putting your best foot forward when it comes to setting a lineup on Opening Day. Dusty Baker, though, decided to lead with his head up his ass. The Reds played both their fourth and fifth outfielders Monday, with Chris Dickerson leading off and Laynce Nix in the seventh spot. The choice to…

  7. Roy Halladay: yeah, he was a good pickup

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Between Aaron’s last post and this post we’re sort of recapping games which is not what we usually do, but (a) it’s Opening Day and everyone has been good enough not to mess up the vibe with real news; and (b) these sorts of recaps pretty much capture what Opening Day is all about: renewal…

  8. Albert Pujols homers twice in Opening Day win

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    New season, same best player in the world. Albert Pujols went 4-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs, and four runs this afternoon as the Cardinals blew out the Reds in Cincinnati. He now has the following career numbers in 142 games versus the Reds: .365 with 42 homers, 48 doubles, 121 RBIs, and 131 runs.…

  9. Pedro Martinez plans on pitching this year

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Watching Pedro lob up last night’s first pitch while wearing a baggy jersey and a pair of old man slacks gave off the impression of a man retired. Not so, says Pedro: Pedro Martinez did not exactly light up the radar guns with his ceremonial first pitch, or lob, last night at the Red Sox-Yankees…

  10. Why are the Reds rushing prospect Mike Leake?

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    In my “Daily Dose” column this morning I wondered why the Reds decided to have last year’s first-round pick, Mike Leake, completely skip the minors to join their rotation. To me it makes little sense on several different levels, because at 22 years old giving him a couple months at Double-A or Triple-A would probably…

  11. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Here’s something new. And something that, once we get a couple of weeks under our belt, will hopefully be fun.  Power rankings. Yes, lots of places do them. No they don’t mean a thing, especially in baseball. But I’m a college football fan who is kind of addicted to arguing over arbitrary rankings that are…

  12. Neftali Feliz will be Rangers' primary setup man

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ron Washington just confirmed that Neftali Feliz will be the Rangers’ eighth-inning setup man in front of closer Frank Francisco. Feliz established himself as an elite starter prospect in the minors, but joined the Rangers’ bullpen for his big-league debut last August and was nearly unhittable down the stretch, tossing 31 innings with a 1.74…

  13. President Obama throws out first pitch

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The President threw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Nats game a little over an hour ago.  You can see video of it here, at least until Major League Baseball’s lawyers go and shut down the Sporting News for what I presume is some retransmitting and/or rebroadcasting the descriptions and/or accounts of the game without…

  14. Brewers bench Corey Hart for Jim Edmonds

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Not only did Jim Edmonds earn a spot on the Brewers at age 39 after sitting out all of last season, he’s in their Opening Day lineup starting in place of Corey Hart in right field and batting fifth behind Prince Fielder. Hart was brutal this spring, batting 11-for-64 (.172) with 18 strikeouts while Edmonds…

  15. Brewers having ongoing talks with Prince Fielder

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brewers’ owner Mark Attansio just told the assembled Milwaukee beat writing brigade that the team is having ongoing “discussions” with Prince Fielder regarding a contract extension. No word if there have been offers exchanged or anything. Not that anyone should fret if they’re not talking money yet. First contact was made on this subject during…

  16. UPDATE: USA TODAY Average MLB salary up 1% from last year

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Earlier USA Today ran a story saying that the average salary in baseball dropped 17%.  Now they’re running a correction: CORRECTION: The average salary of players on opening-day rosters was incorrectly stated in the original version of this story. The average player salary is $3.27 million, a 1% increase from $3.26 million in 2009. I…

  17. Red Sox set to announce Josh Beckett extension

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have scheduled a press conference about Josh Beckett for three o’clock this afternoon, which likely means the two sides have officially agreed to the contract extension that was reported to be close last week. Beckett’s new deal is expected to cover four seasons and pay the 31-year-old right-hander about $68 million. Toss…

  18. Adam Dunn and the Nationals aren't talking extension

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Stories all over the place in recent days about Adam Dunn wanting to stay in D.C.  Dunn is certainly saying the right things: This is the place I want to be at. I want to be here. This team is obviously going in the right direction. I’m all for it. That’s why I don’t want…

  19. Hank Blalock changes mind, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Last week, when the Rays were still deciding whether or not to keep him around, Hank Blalock made it abundantly clear that he would not accept an assignment to the minors. I don’t have any plans on playing minor-league baseball this year. At this time in my life, if there’s no major-league opportunities for me…

  20. The Mets have a Hall of Fame and it sounds nice

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Daily News’ Flip Bondy took a tour of the Mets’ new Hall of Fame inside Citi Field, and it sounds pretty nice: It’s hard to be pompous when you have the Mets’ modest history. Luckily, that isn’t the feel or intent of this Hall of Fame, which has a refreshing, lighthearted feel. The Mets…

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