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  1. Rosenthal: teams "probably" colluded against the players, but it's a tough case to make

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    Rosenthal pretty much sums up my exact thinking when it comes to the collusion stuff from the past couple of days when he says: Do I think baseball teams engaged in collusion to hold down free-agent salaries? Probably. Do I think the players’ union can prove that the teams engaged in such an illegal conspiracy?…

  2. Unable to trade him, Pirates release utility man Ramon Vazquez

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:41 PM EST

    After designating him for assignment last week and apparently finding no takers via trade, the Pirates released Ramon Vazquez today. Pittsburgh signed Vazquez to a two-year, $4 million deal last offseason, but he hit just .230/.335/.279 as a part-time player and then struggled this spring following winter knee surgery at age 33. With the Pirates…

  3. Jimmy Rollins on keeping Cliff Lee: "I guess that's just a move the Yankees do"

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins was on Dan Patrick’s radio show yesterday. He’s always a great interview. Very thoughtful. Despite the reputation he (unfairly) got early in his career, he’s pretty self-deprecating too. And, based on his comments when asked about why the Phillies traded Cliff Lee, very candid: That, I have no idea. I’m sure we could…

  4. After hiding injury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back on the disabled list

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:44 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of last season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Sydrome, which causes neck and shoulder problems due to a rib pushing against a nerve. Now he’s headed to the disabled list again, but this time around upper back soreness is to blame. Saltalamacchia injured his back Monday, presumably before delivering…

  5. Shameless self promotion: Talk radio on the Internet

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    If you’re into this sort of thing, I’m going to be on the Paul and Tom Show at at HotStove.com at 2pm this afternoon talking about all manner of things baseball. Be there or be square. Or not. I can’t really make you do anything.

  6. The Marlins: baseball's most profitable team

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    People complain all the time, but why on Earth would the Florida Marlins want to do things like pay money to bolster their bullpen or spend money on marketing and fan appreciation stuff in order to fill even a quarter of the seats in their ballpark? Especially when even without doing that they are baseball’s…

  7. UPDATE: Brewers agree to long-term contract with Yovani Gallardo

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    UPDATE: Gallardo gets a five-year deal (including 2010) with a sixth-year team option, so the Brewers potentially bought out his first two seasons of free agency. 11:45 AM ET: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers “are believed to be closing in on contract extension” with Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo.…

  8. Dodgers empty the bench against Pirates

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:44 PM EST

    Sure, the team has only played twice so far and already got Tuesday off, but with the Dodgers playing this afternoon following a game last night manager Joe Torre has given regulars Manny Ramirez, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, and Blake DeWitt the day off. That means Reed Johnson, Brad Ausmus, Garret Anderson, Jamey…

  9. Wait, there was a beanball fatality that wasn't Ray Chapman?

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    From the Department of Things I Did Not Know Until A Couple of Hours Ago:  The Indians’ Ray Chapman is not the only ballplayer to die after being struck in the head by a pitched ball. And he’s not even the only one to be buried at Lake View Cemetary in Cleveland. Courtesy of a…

  10. The slick balls affair seems to be over in Cincinnati

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EST

    Aaron Harang pitched on Opening Day just like Chris Carpenter did, and yesterday he said that, despite Carpenter’s complaints that the baseballs felt slick, as though they had not been properly rubbed down, there was nothing wrong with them: “Sometimes they have a little chalky feel to them. The mud just kind of dries up…

  11. The Cuban government's futile attempt to erase defecting ballplayers from history

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    Missed this one the other day, but the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Kat O’Brien reports on the efforts the Cuban government takes to erase from history those ballplayers who defect to the U.S.: Another taxi driver, Jose, said: “When the players go, then we don’t have any more news about them.” A waiter at the upscale Havana…

  12. Ricky Nolasco runs afoul of the new finger licking rule

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    There’s a new rule in place this year that, for the first time, allows pitchers to lick their fingers while on the mound as long as (a) they’re not on the rubber when you do it; and (b) they wipe their hand on their shirt or their pants or something before they grab the ball.…

  13. Umpire Joe West calls the Red Sox and Yankees "pathetic" and "embarrassing"

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:57 AM EST

    I said I’d stop complaining about Yankees-Red Sox game times, but that doesn’t mean I can’t quote other people who are doing it. Especially when they’re the ones in charge of moving the game along. Veteran crew chief Joe West, who had the plate for Sunday Night’s game: “They’re the two clubs that don’t try…

  14. UPDATE: I got suckered by T.J. Simers

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    UPDATE: OK, pretty much ignore everything that follows. I didn’t read all the way to the end and thus didn’t realize that the “Manny Ramirez” The Los Angeles Time’s T.J. Simers interviewed was not, in fact, the Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez. It was a jockey who is also named Manny Ramirez who works at the race…

  15. Kyle Blanks, Troy Glaus wear the golden sombrero

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Stuff I missed in the recaps this morning: both the Padres’ Kyle Blanks and the Braves’ Troy Glaus went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts last night. I always like to see the clean statistical purity of a hitless, walkless four K performance. So clean, so satisfying on a perverse level. I’ve only witnessed the…

  16. Bad call leads to a strange double play in the Rays-Orioles game

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    Carl Crawford was up with Reed Brignac at first in the Rays-Orioles game last night. Crawford quite obviously checked his swing at what appeared to be ball four. Brignac begins trotting down to second base as is right and proper. Except home plate umpire Kerwin Danley quite slowly and quite incorrectly ruled that Crawford went…

  17. Jose Reyes could be back in action as early as Saturday

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:43 AM EST

    The earliest possible day the Mets’ Jose Reyes could be activated is for Saturday’s game against the Nats. Based on how well his extended spring training is going, it’s looking more and more likely that, yes, he will be activated and back in the lineup that day. “Barring setbacks,” Jerry Manuel says. Given that Reyes’…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:56 AM EST

    Giants 10, Astros 4: Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand combine to go 9 for 11 with four RBI. Nineteen hits in all for San Francisco, who pretty much abused the Astros for the past three days. And they didn’t care how they looked doing it, as infielder Eugenio Velez took the field wearing a jersey…

  19. Daily Dose: All's Wells for Vernon Again?

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:32 AM EST

    Vernon Wells went 3-for-4 with a homer on Opening Day and followed that up with two more homers Wednesday, showing some serious signs of life after a terrible 2009. Last year was either the worst or second-worst of Wells’ career, with the other forgettable campaign being 2007, and he bounced back from that to hit…

  20. Trey Hillman's money isn't near his mouth

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:48 AM EST

    Here’s Royals manager Trey Hillman on Mitch Maier, as quoted in the Kansas City Star on March 30. “Full package. Honestly, no reservation saying this: I know I’ve never seen this much development at this level in one year for a position player.” And here’s Mitch Maier’s batting line two games into the 2010 season:…

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