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  1. Eric Gagne retires

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Given his release from the Dodgers even though he accepted a minor league assignment it’s no surprise that Eric Gagne has decided to retire. For about three years there — 2002 to 2004 — Gagne was the best closer in baseball, going 152 for 158 in save opportunities, including a perfect 55 for 55 in…

  2. Hundreds protest extending the draft to the Dominican Republic

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Nick Collias MLB Trade Rumors has a must-read story up this morning about a protest which took place outside the hotel in which MLB Dominican baseball czar, Sandy Alderson, was staying last week. The purpose: opposing the implementation of an amateur draft in the Dominican Republic, which is high on Bud Selig’s list for the…

  3. Mike Cameron scratched, taken to the hospital

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron was in the original lineup for this morning’s Red Sox-Rays game — remember: 11:05 A.M. start due to the Patriots’ Day thing they do in Boston! — but was scratched a few minutes after he arrived in the clubhouse and replaced in centerfield by Bill Hall. The thinking right now is that Cameron…

  4. Bad day? At least you didn't get hit in the head with Pablo Sandoval's cup

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    This happened back on April 9th, but it’s just now coming to light. I’m assuming that, like all major news stories, it was held up out of an abundance of caution so that the critical details could be verified: In the bottom of the 12th inning Friday, with Eli Whiteside at the plate and Sandoval…

  5. Kaz Matsui may be out of a job in Houston

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Astros manager Brad Mills is being non-committal about whether Jeff Keppinger has taken the second base job from Kaz Matsui, but it certainly seems like Matsui is now the backup. Mills was asked if Matsui is now the utility guy: “I don’t want to label it that way yet. We’re still just a dozen games…

  6. Rich Harden off to a terrible start for the Rangers

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Rich Harden looked horrible again Sunday versus the Yankees, lasting just 3.2 innings while allowing four runs on five hits and six walks. He managed five strikeouts, giving him 15 in 13 innings overall this season, but Harden has also handed out 14 walks and more importantly his raw stuff looks underwhelming after years of…

  7. The Mets are going to call up Ike Davis

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    We suspected as much yesterday, but word on the street is that in light of Mike Jacobs being designated for assignment, Mets’ first base prospect Ike Davis will be called up this week. Are they rushing Davis? Doesn’t seem like it. He only a handful of at bats under his belt, but so far in…

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

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

    Braves 4, Rockies 3: Heymaker. The Braves trailed 3-2 with two-down in the bottom of the ninth. Heyward comes to the plate with the bases juiced and hits a two-run single to left field and that’s the ballgame. He had earlier walked with the bases loaded, giving him three RBI on the day. Martin Prado…

  9. The Week Ahead: Keep an eye on those Marlins

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

    The Florida Marlins are full of potential. The question has always been whether or not they can realize that potential before their young stars get too expensive and are sold off to their richer competitors. But this weekend, the promising young Fish showed that they just might realize their potential this season after taking two…

  10. Lance Berkman tells Astros he'll be ready to come off the disabled list Tuesday

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double in a rehab game today at Triple-A and’s Brian McTaggart reports that the switch-hitter called Astros manager Brad Mills afterward to say he’ll be ready to return from the disabled list Tuesday. Berkman, who hasn’t played since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on March 13,…

  11. Mets designate Opening Day cleanup hitter Mike Jacobs for assignment

    Apr 18, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    Only the Mets could bat someone in the cleanup spot Opening Day and then designate him for assignment less than two weeks later, but that’s what they did today with first baseman Mike Jacobs. After starting Jacobs in six of the first eight games with Daniel Murphy on the disabled list the Mets dropped him…

  12. Video: Ubaldo Jimenez no-hitter reactions

    Apr 18, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Here’s some video of Ubaldo Jimenez talking about his no-hitter and revealing the mid-game adjustment he made at the urging of pitching coach Bob Apodaca: One of the common themes of all the stuff being written and said about Jimenez today is that he’s a really good person and a hard worker, and sure enough…

  13. Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully celebrates 60 years calling Dodgers games

    Apr 18, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Today marks the 60th anniversary of legendary announcer Vin Scully calling Dodgers games. As usual, he had all the right words to describe the moment: I feel only overwhelming gratitude. You feel blessed that you’ve lived that long, that you’ve been allowed to do what you love to do for that long, and that my…

  14. The Marlins no longer have an out-of-town scoreboard

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I had missed this because, let’s face it, it’s easy to miss stuff that happens with the Marlins, but apparently there is no longer an out-of-town scoreboard in whatever the hell the Marlins are calling their ballpark these days. No more starting lineups either. In their place: advertisements for the MLB Network and a picture…

  15. Homers are down in Yankee Stadium

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    One of the reasons you don’t get so hung up on how homer-friendly a ballpark is in its debut year: it might not be so friendly in its next year. That appears to be the case with new Yankee Stadium in the early going. Last year there were 21 homers hit in the first five…

  16. Kelly Shoppach may have more than a sprain

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Kelly Shoppach was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a knee sprain, but it may be something worse. Shoppach’s swelling and pain hasn’t subsided, and now he’s scheduled to see the team’s orthopedist tommorw, and there is a possibility that he could need surgery.  Joe Maddon vibes pessimistic in the…

  17. Aaron Rowand placed on the disabled list

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    D.J. reported yesterday about Aaron Rowand’s crack to the face and presumed that it would lead to a trip to the DL.  Now that trip is official: Rowand was placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.  The time on the DL is probably just as much if not more necessary…

  18. Jerry Manuel killed K-Rod last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    I’m sure there are people who thought that Jerry Manuel was oh-so-clever for saving Francisco Rodriguez until the 19th inning last night, but he really didn’t save a thing. K-Rod was warming up constantly last night, and he told reporters after the game that he threw an estimated 100 pitches between the 9th and 19th.…

  19. Livan Hernandez, Pat Burrell pull the forks out of their backs

    Apr 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    At least temporarily. Yesterday Pat Burrell homered during the completion of the Rays-Red Sox game that was suspended on Friday, and then he had a three-run double in the scheduled game.  He hadn’t had any home runs or RBI entering play yesterday and was below the Mendoza Line. Overall that’s five straight wins for the…

  20. Ubaldo Jiminez had electric stuff last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Matthew wrote about it first last night, but I just got done watching the replay of the Ubaldo Jiminez no-hitter, and I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone pitch with that kind of gas in his tank. He struggled a bit early walking people, but it seemed like…

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