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  1. Cubs, White Sox to play for a trophy

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The Mediocrity Cup? Multiple sources tell the Tribune that during a Monday morning news conference, the Cubs and White Sox will announce a new tradition — a trophy (and the public bragging rights) to the club which wins the annual city series between them. We’re told a tiebreaker is in place should the teams split…

  2. Despite solid start, Wakefield still bullpen bound

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    In his final start before giving way to Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Red Sox’s rotation, Tim Wakefield held the Orioles to two runs over 6.2 innings Sunday and afterward indicated that he’s unhappy about the impending move to the bullpen. Terry Francona quickly tried to bring some calm to the situation by saying: “This is…

  3. Chris Jakubauskas released from hospital, flies with team

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Here’s some good news: Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas was released from from the hospital yesterday and was able to fly with his team from Houston to Milwaukee.  He’s on the 15-day disabled list, however, diagnosed with a concussion and head contusion. In case you missed it, Jakubauskas was nailed in the side of the head…

  4. Former Nats pitcher Mike Bacsik is a racist

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Remember Mike Bacsik? He was the guy who served up home run number 756 to Barry Bonds back in 2007. Back in January he was accused by former teammate Tim Redding of grooving the pitch to Bonds, which caused a minor dustup. Bacsik came out of that looking OK, though, because it turns out that…

  5. Chad Billingsley bounces back versus Nationals

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley seemed to be in danger of losing his rotation spot after an ugly outing last week, but Joe Torre stuck with him and the 25-year-old right-hander bounced back with six innings of one-run ball Sunday. Billingsley actually took the tough loss in a 1-0 game as Scott Olsen surprisingly shut out the Dodgers…

  6. A-Rod is the slowest home run trotter on the Yankees

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Friend of the blog lar from Wezen-Ball has been keeping track of how long it takes hitters to circle the bases after hitting home runs. The feature — The Tater Trot Tracker — is all kinds of fun, and since he started it I find myself mentally timing home run trots and then going and…

  7. Joe Girardi's indecision leads to Kendry Morales' game-icing homer

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    A curious thing happened in Anaheim yesterday, as Joe Girardi decided to have Damaso Marte pitch to Kendry Morales in the bottom of the seventh with two on and two out, the Bombers down by one.  Fair enough. I hate intentional walks anyway, but especially hate them when first base isn’t open or when the…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:31 AM EDT

    Cubs 12, Brewers 2: The Cubs sweep the Brewers in convincing fashion, outscoring them 25-4. It’s like they’re the Pirates’ older brother or something, kicking the bully’s butt after that 20-0 beatdown. Astros 10, Pirates 3: Of course at some point the best way to defend your little brother is to let him get his…

  9. The Week Ahead: Cliff Lee to make Mariners debut

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee was dominant in his rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma, tossing six shutout innings against Salt Lake. The former AL Cy Young winner threw only 68 pitches, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four. Two of the hits were a bunt single and a fly ball that the center…

  10. Giants' Freddy Sanchez finally nearing return

    Apr 25, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez has played only 25 games in a Giants uniform despite being with the club since July 29 of last year.  It was a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined in 2009 and knee surgery has him on the disabled list this month.  Well, we finally have some good news on the 32-year-old second…

  11. Jeff Suppan demoted from rotation to bullpen

    Apr 25, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    The Brewers pulled a card out of the Cubs’ playbook on Sunday and demoted high-priced starter Jeff Suppan to the bullpen, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Anthony Witrado.  The Cubs, of course, did the same thing last week with Carlos Zambrano. Suppan posted a depressing 8.68 ERA and 2.04 WHIP in his first two…

  12. Hawpe hits disabled list with quadriceps strain

    Apr 25, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    The Rockies placed Brad Hawpe on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, a little under 24 hours after he left a Saturday afternoon doubleheader game with discomfort in his left quadriceps.  The injury was later revealed to be a strain and he’s likely to miss around three weeks. Hawpe, 30, was off to a superb start…

  13. Getting to know Keli McGregor a little too late…

    Apr 25, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Clark Spencer snapped a picture of today’s remembrance ceremony for the Miami Herald.  And here’s a recap of the day’s events. 12:02pm: ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson wrote a powerful piece this morning on Rockies president Keli McGregor, who died suddenly last week in a Salt Lake City hotel room.  McGregor wasn’t often in the…

  14. Fields to have season-ending hip procedure

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Ryan Young of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals infielder Josh Fields is about ready to undergo hip surgery that could sideline him for the remainder of the 2010 season. The Royals picked up Fields this offseason when they traded third baseman Mark Teahen to the White Sox.  Fields was placed on the disabled…

  15. Nick Johnson sidelined by back injury

    Apr 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Yankees DH Nick Johnson has missed two games in a row and is likely out until Tuesday due to lingering back stiffness, according to Chad Jennings of The Journal News. Johnson isn’t concerned that it will be a long-term issue, for what it’s worth.  But he has been plagued by injuries for most of his…

  16. Mauer collects five hits. The sun also rises.

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    We all know what a great player Joe Mauer is, and on Saturday evening in Kansas City he built on that legend.  The Twins catcher finished 5-for-6 with two RBI in Minnesota’s extra-innings victory over the Royals.  It was his third career five-hit game and the 14th time Mauer has tallied four-plus hits. Mauer, 27,…

  17. Rangers' Kinsler set to begin rehab assignment

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ian Kinsler is ready to kick off a rehab assignment this week at Double-A Frisco, where he will play three nine-inning games during the upcoming week. Kinsler has been sidelined all month with a high ankle sprain, but played in an extended spring training game on…

  18. Cubs' Lilly impressive in return from disabled list

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday afternoon and tossed six scoreless innings against the division rival Cubs.  He should help revitalize a Chicago rotation that has lost a bit of its identity since the demotion of Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. Lilly went 12-9 with a career-best 3.10 ERA and…

  19. Roy Oswalt's family home hit by tornado

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt has left the Astros temporarily to assist his parents, who suffered damage to their home Saturday when a tornado raged through Weir, Mississippi. Oswalt pitched on Friday, so he’s off for the early part of the upcoming week anyway.  He should be back in time for his next scheduled start, Thursday against the…

  20. UPDATE: Anderson elbow injury not serious

    Apr 24, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    7:12pm: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the injury is not considered serious.  Anderson likened it to a cramp and said that he expects to make his next scheduled start. 6:40pm: A’s youngster Brett Anderson was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Indians after just 80 pitches due to left elbow tightness. …

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