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  1. Brett Anderson could miss up to six weeks

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Uh-oh. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that Brett Anderson will miss four to six weeks with a flexor tendon strain. The Athletics placed the 22-year-old southpaw on the disabled list on Tuesday due to a left forearm strain and elbow irritation. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI earlier today. Anderson emerged as one of…

  2. Rangers send their Opening Day catchers to the minors

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden began the season sharing the catching position in the major leagues. Now they’ll do it again with Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. It’s quite a surprising change of course, but now Max Ramirez will share catching duties with Matt Treanor for the time being. The move…

  3. Carlos Silva's comeback hard to buy

    Apr 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    The Cubs did need some help setting up for Carlos Marmol, but the biggest reason Carlos Zambrano is in the bullpen right now is Carlos Silva’s exceptional start. He’s followed a rather strong spring by going 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA through four outings. This from a pitcher who went 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA…

  4. Meet Dustin Pedroia's new favorite player

    Apr 27, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Reliever Fabio Castro arrived in Boston’s clubhouse Tuesday only to be put to the test immediately. No, not on the mound. 5-foot-10 Marco Scutaro had the supposedly 5-foot-9 Dustin Pedroia and the 5-foot-7 Castro stand back-to-back to figure out who was taller. According to the Boston Globe: “The winner by an inch or so was…

  5. NBC Sports interviews Jason Heyward

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    They wouldn’t let me near him, what with that restraining order and everything (it’s OK Jason! I mean you no harm!), but NBC Sports’ own Tiffany Simons caught up with The Heymaker before last Friday night’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. Among the subjects they discuss: Heyward growing up as a Braves fan,…

  6. Take the ferry to Mets, Yankees games

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    There’s a new ferry service that takes fans from pier 11 in Manhattan to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. Sponsored by Delta Airlines, the ferry makes it all the easier to get to Yankees and Mets games.  That is, if you don’t need to get back because it’s one way. And if you are one…

  7. Bob Uecker to have heart surgery

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Turns out that Uecker is going to have his aortic valve replaced and his aortic root replaced on Friday morning. The surgery was described by his doctor as “relatively common.” Trevor Hoffman, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee, Craig Counsell and Ken Macha were all at the presser, inspiring Uecker to say that “I’m…

  8. Forearm strain puts A's ace Brett Anderson on DL

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s will place Brett Anderson on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Anderson left his Saturday start after just 80 pitches because of tightness in his elbow and forearm. He initially deemed it merely cramping and there’s no indication that the A’s feel it’s…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

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