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  1. Video: Dog poops on field during Double-A game

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Naturals, apparently have a “team dog” that recently got onto the field mid-inning, was ushered off the field, broke free, and then returned to … well, let’s say leave a little present for the groundskeepers. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog would surely say that the Naturals have a gorgeous…

  2. Rays place catcher Kelly Shoppach on 15-day DL

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    The Rays on Tuesday placed their new catcher, Kelly Shoppach, on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee and called up John Jaso to serve as a replacement. Shoppach, who was picked up from the Indians in the offseason and given a two-year contract, figured to get the majority of the starts over Dioner…

  3. UPDATE: The Nationals MAY pick Bryce Harper

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EST

    UPDATE: The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore is not nearly as sure about the Nats choosing Bryce Harper. He quotes the Nats Director of Amateur Scouting as saying “I don’t think that’s etched in stone” about it. Yeah, whatever. I suppose he has to say that because if he admits that the Harper is the guy…

  4. The NFL may go head to head with the World Series this year

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    Our sister blog — a plucky little outfit called ProFootballTalk, which until this morning I had thought was covering English Premier League soccer or something — is hearing that the NFL may schedule an 18th Sunday night football game this year. The baseball implication of this is that it would make it very likely that…

  5. Blue Jays officially sign Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for $10 million

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:43 PM EST

    In a deal that was first reported as done a month ago but not finalized until today because of visa issues, the Blue Jays have officially signed 21-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a four-year, $10 million contract. Hechavarria gets about $1.75 million more than fellow Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias, who signed with the Red…

  6. Man jumps to death outside Angels team hotel

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    Mark Saxon of reports that a 39-year-old man committed suicide this morning by jumping off the 42nd floor of the hotel where the Angels are staying in New York. According to Saxon “about 15 players witnessed the aftermath of the apparent suicide when they walked out the front door of Le Parker Meridien hotel…

  7. Pedro Martinez still merely Phillies' backup plan

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:43 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:44 PM EST

    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…

  9. Don Wakamatsu already has hands full managing Milton Bradley

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:38 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    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…

  11. What were the Pirates doing on defense?

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:40 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:38 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:49 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    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,…

  17. Big Unit, nostalgia no help for slumping Mariners

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:36 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    We’ve had a rash of injury updates today. Here’s another one, via Carrie Muskat of 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…

  20. Will Target Field favor hitters or pitchers?

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EST

    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…

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