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  1. Quote of the Day: GM on criticism of Howard deal

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., on criticism of the Ryan Howard contract extension: The sabermetricians are welcome to have their opinions about our business. However, I choose to ignore their opinions. Fair enough. However, as Ken Rosenthal of notes: “Amaro is getting criticized for the Howard deal not just by sabermetricians, but also…

  2. Players' Union to Arizona: modify or repeal your immigration law

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    MLBPA head Michael Weiner has issued a statement opposing Arizona’s recently-passed SB 1070 immigration law: “The recent passage by Arizona of a new immigration law could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States.  These international players are very much a part of…

  3. Ryan Madson goes on the DL with a broken toe after kicking a chair

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge came off the disabled list today, and as Aaron pointed out yesterday, there is an open question as to whether he jumps right back into his customary role as the Phillies’ mediocre closer or if, instead, Ryan Madson will retain the job of Phillies’ mediocre closer for the time being. Or at least…

  4. Ryan Zimmerman back in the Nationals' starting lineup after seven games

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    After missing seven straight starts with a strained hamstring Ryan Zimmerman is back in Washington’s lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman stayed off the disabled list while making two pinch-hitting appearances since his last start on April 21, which is the same approach the Nationals took when he initially missed time with a…

  5. Cliff Lee to make his Mariners debut tonight

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    He’s facing the Rangers and he’s more than ready.* He says “my sights have been set on them for several days now. I’m preparing the best I can for them.” Lee threw six shutout innings during his rehab start for Tacoma on Sunday, which suggests that the Cliff Lee we’ve seen the last two years…

  6. Did you know? Barry Zito has a 2.46 ERA since last season's All-Star break

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Barry Zito is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a lengthy article about the oft-criticized southpaw’s resurgence, noting that he’s gone from “the most sunken of sunk costs” to thinking about pitching until he’s Jamie Moyer’s age. One great month after multiple hugely disappointing seasons obviously…

  7. U2 is messing with the baseball schedule

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    I’m sure Bono didn’t mean to bug ya, but he’s doing it all the same: Don’t know whether or not Bono favors the designated hitter rule, but based on U2’s summer concert tour, they’re definitely American Leaguers. The band is playing Angels Stadium (June 6-7), the Oakland Coliseum (June 16) and Toronto’s Rogers Center (July…

  8. Red Sox coach blames 'bad habits' from Indians on Victor Martinez's throwing struggles

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Rob Bradford of reports that Victor Martinez has tried to improve his woeful throwing numbers by participating in twice-daily workout sessions with catching instructor Gary Tuck. Tuck praised Martinez’s work ethic while adding that “he came over here with some really bad habits” and “you can’t break them overnight.” I’d be interested to hear…

  9. Shelley Duncan, Dave Duncan in his underwear, my daughter and me

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    I’ll bore you with one more story about my trip with the kids to the Columbus Clippers-Charlotte Knights game last night. Shelley Duncan’s name is announced as he comes to bat for Columbus. Anna, my six year-old daughter, hears this and giggles a bit that a man is named Shelley.  I tell her that Shelley…

  10. Rick Ankiel likely sidelined through the weekend

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Rick Ankiel got off to a great start with the Royals, hitting .308 with three homers and three doubles through 11 games, but then went into a 1-for-21 slump that dropped his OPS nearly 250 points and suffered a strained right quadriceps muscle while running out a ground ball Saturday. Ankiel hasn’t played since the…

  11. Jermaine Dye is unemployed for a reason

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley wrote a story in the Sun-Times today about how the White Sox (or anyone) should give Jermaine Dye a contract. Quote of the article from Dye: ”I’m not going to a bad team, and I’m not playing for $1.5million,” Dye said. And people are suggesting that race has something to do with him…

  12. Great Moments in Customer Appreciation: The Mets

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    Perhaps the Mets would draw better if they offered their season ticket holders better swag than a floaty magnetic baseball thing that doesn’t work.

  13. The San Francisco Giants want to get into the basketball business

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The San Francisco Giants may join the bidding for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The California iteration of the franchise is 48 years-old, so it makes sense that the organization that employs Brian Sabean would be interested. Heck, if the deal goes through he’s likely to play the entire basketball team at second base and…

  14. Are there some players who just can't hack it in New York?

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    I’m extremely reluctant to give credence to the “Player X just can’t handle New York” line of reasoning because as explanations go, it rarely if ever accounts for all of the variables. Javy Vazquez is a good example, inasmuch as that meme doesn’t account for the fact that he handled things just fine in New…

  15. Toronto fan makes the supreme sacrifice

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    No, he didn’t die or anything, but giving up an $8 beer in order to grab a baseball, the sort of which you can get for something like $20 a dozen down at Dick’s represents the kind of sacrifice that neither you nor I would normally be willing to make. So here’s to you, smell-like-a-beer-all-night-in-exchange-for-a-Ryan-Sweeney-foul-ball…

  16. The Nats aren't worried about Bryce Harper's attitude

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Last week reports swirled that Bryce Harper was a no-goodnik. The Nats? They’re not worried: A high-ranking club official said a recent report slamming the 17 year-old catcher for having attitude issues was “way overblown” and the Nats have no qualms about selecting him first overall in the June draft based on personality traits. “Is…

  17. "Shin-Soo Choo has a chance to be the best Pacific Rim player ever"

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Those are bold words given that Ichiro Suzuki still walks the Earth and gets 200 hits a year, but when you realize that it’s Choo’s agent Scott Boras saying it, all becomes clear. That aside, Tim Brown’s profile on Choo in which that quote appears is a great read about the baseball’s least-known superstar.  For…

  18. Some of the best A-Rod hate you'll read in a while

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Some people — myself included on occasion — toss out lazy Alex Rodriguez criticism. Others — like FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby — aren’t content dabbling in idle hate. They work extra hard at it, finding reasons to attack him which have eluded everyone else. For example, after rehashing the 2007 opt-out controversy, Ringolsby shows us just…

  19. Carl Crawford, Rays destroy the Royals

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    I punted the recap of the Rays-Royals game this morning in favor of talking about my kids, so let’s make up for it.  Short version: the Rays remain en fuego. Longer version: did someone catch the plate of that truck that ran over Luke Hochevar (2.2 IP, 11 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1K)?  Back-to-back…

  20. It can't get any lower than this: The Dodgers are shut out by the Pirates

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    I basically retweeted Ned Colletti’s comments back at Matt Kemp in the recaps this morning because I thought it’d be funny, but let’s be clear about something: Kemp’s misplay on that two-run triple was not the death blow in the Dodgers’ loss to the Pirates. It was the fact that the Dodgers were blanked by…

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