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  1. Pedro Martinez still merely Phillies' backup plan

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that the Phillies were negotiating with Pedro Martinez, but this afternoon David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News says “a return by Pedro is not imminent” and the two sides “are not close to an agreement.” Murphy notes that Martinez “remains an option for the Phillies should they find themselves in…

  2. Marlins prospect goes shopping for toilet paper, ends up stopping a purse snatching

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Marlins pitching prospect and 2008 fourth-round pick Curt Petersen is playing Single-A ball in North Carolina this season and was shopping at a local Walmart last week when he spotted a man stealing a woman’s purse. Here’s more of the story from the Greensboro News Record: April Dixon, told police she had stopped to get…

  3. Don Wakamatsu already has hands full managing Milton Bradley

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley has played just seven games for the Mariners, yet manager Don Wakamatsu has already had a pair of sit-downs with the troubled outfielder. Wakamatsu met with Bradley after he flipped off the crowd in Texas last week and they had a late-night, closed-door session yesterday to talk about his 1-for-22 start to the…

  4. Video: Five year-old phenom takes BP and infield

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Nothin’ creepy about this video. No siree: My son is going to be five this summer. He has a plastic tee he likes to hit wiffle balls off of. 60% of the time he hits the tee instead and, quite frankly, enjoys it more. I’m not sayin’ that my son is going to be in…

  5. What were the Pirates doing on defense?

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic observed something quite extraordinary: in the early going of the Pirates-Giants game, the Pirates consistently shifted all three outfielders towards right, even with right-handed batters at the plate. This allowed Aaron Rowand’s leadoff double and Mark DeRosa’s broken-bat, two-run single before the shift was removed. Kovacevic believes that Lastings Milledge could…

  6. Chan Ho Park had a good excuse for a bad Opening Day

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Chan Ho Park had a bad Opening Day last week but has since bounced back.  In the video below — which somehow stayed secret for a week — Chan Ho explains the problem.   Laugh all you want — and Mariano Rivera and friends seem to be doing plenty of that — but I prefer…

  7. Orlando Hudson suggests racism is the reason Jermaine Dye doesn't have a job

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:40 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan and Orlando Hudson spoke yesterday about this Thursday’s Jackie Robinson Day and about the still-unemployed Jermaine Dye. Culture warriors: let’s get ready to rumble: You’ve got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5, $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can’t get a job. A…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    Padres 17, Braves 2:  Er, um, yeah. I’m going to pretend that this was just an 8-2 game or something like it, because really, once Bobby Cox decided to let Jo-Jo Reyes mop up the game was already lost and the actual stats mere details. But enough about the Braves deplorable performance. Let’s talk about…

  9. At least smallest crowd in Camden Yards history has star power

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:49 AM EDT

    Remember the excitement when Camden Yards opened its gates 19 years ago? It was a beautiful baseball cathedral, combining modern day amenities with old-school charm and ushering in a new era in baseball. Goodbye cookie-cutter, multi-purpose stadiums. Hello expensive, eye-catching, baseball-only parks. The trend swept through the sport, with the Minnesota Twins being the latest…

  10. Quote of the Day: Mauer stayed for a reason

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    After the Twins’ win over the Red Sox this afternoon Joe Mauer was asked by a Boston newspaper writer if he gave any thought to playing for a “big market” team before inking an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with the Twins last month. His straightforward response made me smile: “I didn’t wanna go anywhere,…

  11. Big Unit, nostalgia no help for slumping Mariners

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Randy Johnson was back on a mound on Monday night, throwing out the first pitch in the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against the Oakland A’s. The future Hall of Famer, who rose to prominence in Seattle (winning the 1995 Cy Young) before moving on to win four more Cy Youngs and a World Series title…

  12. Carl Pavano beats Red Sox, continues to thrive for Twins

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire said before this afternoon’s Target Field opener that he was glad the Twins had Carl Pavano lined up for the start because the 34-year-old right-hander had pitched for the Marlins in the World Series and on a big stage with the Yankees. Yankees fans who watched his forgettable five-year stint in New York…

  13. X-rays on Derrek Lee's thumb come back negative

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    We’ve had a rash of injury updates today. Here’s another one, via Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Derrek Lee underwent precautionary X-rays on his right thumb after leaving Monday’s home opener against the Brewers. “[Lee] hit a ball that jarred his finger a little bit so we got him out of the ballgame,” Cubs manager Lou…

  14. Will Target Field favor hitters or pitchers?

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    During pregame workouts Michael Cuddyer held court with the media here at Target Field and speculated that the Twins’ new ballpark will prove fairly neutral in terms of impacting run scoring. That’s pretty difficult to tell after one season, let alone one game, but today at least a few well-stuck fly balls died in the…

  15. UPDATE: Jimmy Rollins to undergo MRI on right calf

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Rollins will undergo an MRI on his right calf on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jayson Werth, who left Monday’s game with a sore left hip, will not need an MRI exam. 3:57 PM: Jimmy Rollins was scratched from Monday’s home opener against the Nationals due to a right calf strain,…

  16. Jermaine Dye declines contract offer from Nationals

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals offered free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye a contract, however it wasn’t enough for him to uproot his family to the D.C. area. Meanwhile, Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that the club hasn’t had discussions with Dye “in a while” and they seem content to move forward with…

  17. UPDATE: Brian Roberts receives epidural in troublesome back

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Don’t count on seeing Roberts return after the minimum. Roberts will have to rest for 4-5 days after undergoing another epidural injection in his back on Monday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. Team doctors believe Roberts re-aggravated his back on the very same slide where he suffered an abdominal strain last Friday. 11:54…

  18. First Rollins, now Werth: Phillies dropping like Pflies

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins was scratched from the home opener due to a right calf strain, now Jayson Werth has been removed from the game due to an undisclosed injury while running down to first base. Costly day for the Phillies. UPDATE: Werth’s injury is reportedly “left hip soreness.”

  19. Aaron Hill lands on DL for fast-starting Jays

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    The AL East is down a second star second baseman after Aaron Hill was placed on the disabled list Monday because of a strained hamstring. While Brian Roberts appeared DL bound from the moment he suffered a strained abdominal muscle, the Hill moves comes as a surprise. Expectations were that he’d be back early this…

  20. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This is the first Power Rankings post that actually has some data behind it. But before you go crazy comparing records of the ranked teams and trying to find statistical inconsistencies and stuff, know this: my power rankings are not a highly empirical exercise. Yes, the Blue Jays lead the Yankees in the AL East,…

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