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  1. Let me tell you what you can do with your hitting streak…

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

    Since the Detroit broadcast team is my third least favorite from the 30 clubs and the Royals team is just blandly generic, I’ve now been subjected at least three times today to the fact that Jason Kendall has hit in every game this season. Yeah, Jason Kendall. It’s mind-blowing. So I check, and it’s the…

  2. Union head Michael Weiner to work cheap

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:25 PM EST

    SportsBusiness Journal reports that MLBPA head Michael Weiner is going to continue his predecessor Donald Fehr’s tradition of taking $1 million a year in salary. You may say that’s not exactly “working cheap,” but (a) that salary has remained flat since 1990, meaning that in real terms the MLBPA head has taken annual pay cuts;…

  3. Live from Target Field

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    I’m here at Target Field, the weather is just about perfect, and after a couple decades of watching the Twins in the Metrodome the whole experience almost doesn’t even feel real. The place is starting to fill up about 75 minutes from the first pitch. Actually, Joe Mauer was asked during batting practice about any…

  4. Is David Ortiz playing with an injury?

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that David Ortiz is telling friends that his left wrist is hurting. Remember, Ortiz missed nearly two months with a torn tendon sheath in the very same wrist during the 2008 season. The 34-year-old is just 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts to kick off the new season. He…

  5. Rich Aurilia hangs up his cleats after 15 years

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:55 PM EST

    Rich Aurilia officially announced his retirement from baseball Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Chris Haft, and may go to work for the Giants in some kind of broadcasting capacity. Aurilia, 38, posted a .275/.328/.433 batting line over 15 professional seasons, making stops in San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Cincinnati.  In fact, he was in San…

  6. Johan Santana would ditch the Mets if he could

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    Ian O’Connor is now a columnist for ESPN New York, but who knew that he also moonlights as Madam Ruby? So two seasons and two starts later, after knee and elbow surgeries, after his new team choked in Year 1, collapsed in Year 2 and finished its sixth home game of Year 3 with a…

  7. Padres throw Chris Young on disabled list

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    As expected, the Padres placed right-hander Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder tightness. Young was brilliant in his 2010 debut, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings to the Diamondbacks, but reported tightness in his throwing shoulder the next day and it has not subsided.  The move was made…

  8. Ian Kinsler (ankle sprain) works out in cleats

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

    According to Ray Buck of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is finally beginning to show progress in his recovery from a high ankle sprain.  He worked out Sunday in cleats for the first time since March 12, taking grounders and turning double plays.  He tried to run, though, and could only…

  9. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    “Hank Aaron told me, ‘We never got out of the batter’s box.’ And Joe Torre told me the same thing. You watch guys now. They’re in the batter’s box and it’s ball one. Then they get out and they’re adjusting everything. I said to the committee, ‘What are they adjusting? They didn’t swing.’” Commissioner Bud…

  10. "Target Field could very well be the AL version of Petco"

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    That’s the verdict of a Yale physicist who deftly notes that it’s colder outside at night in Minneapolis than it is inside the dome and a sabermetrician who has studied the effects of cold air on the trajectory of baseballs and has noted a few interesting things about the prevailing winds in Minnesota. But like…

  11. Jerry Manuel says the Mets "appeared unprepared" for Livan Hernandez

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Even for as big a hater as I am, I would not have guessed that things would get ugly in New York as quickly as they have this season.  Yesterday Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel said “I thought we appeared unprepared and I have to take responsibility for that. … I’m talking about having the information…

  12. Mike Leake jumps right to majors while Stephen Strasburg debuts at Double-A

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:47 AM EST

    Mike Leake made his MLB debut Sunday, becoming just the fourth pitcher in the past 32 years to go from being drafted to the majors without any time in the minors. He held the Cubs to one run in 6.1 innings, but handed out seven walks and rarely topped 90 miles per hour. Leake is…

  13. What kind of an innings limit does Stephen Strasburg have?

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    Stephen Strasburg’s debut yesterday was pretty electrifying. Supreme heat — his first pitch was 99 m.p.h. — and a good breaking ball clearly overmatched opposing hitters. As Keith Law notes, his changeup needs some work, but otherwise he’s a guy who looks like he won’t be spending a ton of time down on the farm.…

  14. Neftali Feliz replaces Frank Francisco as Rangers closer … for now

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Early on in spring training the Rangers were deciding whether to use Neftali Feliz as a starter or a reliever, but suddenly the 22-year-old phenom has been thrust into the closer role following two blown saves from Frank Francisco. Ron Washington made it clear that the switch is intended to be short term, saying: “We…

  15. Barry Bonds: "I don't lift as heavy weights anymore to be bulky"

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    I suppose that’s low-hanging fruit. Alas.  Point is that Barry Bonds was back in San Francisco yesterday for the reunion of the Giants 2000 team/celebration of ten years of that nice ballpark they have. He hasn’t done much media lately because someone who is indicted on perjury charges is well-advised to never say anything to…

  16. Chris Snyder goes from trade bait to starter after Miguel Montero's injury

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:44 AM EST

    Arizona unsuccessfully shopped Chris Snyder this offseason, with reports of Toronto pulling out of a swap for Lyle Overbay and Texas balking at an offer for C.J. Wilson, but suddenly the Diamondbacks have plenty of use for the former backup. Miguel Montero suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee Saturday and the injury will…

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

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:47 AM EST

    Brewers 8, Cardinals 7: I’m in the tri-state area today meeting NBC folks, planning for the future, talking about the State of the Blog, but mostly just convincing them that they’re entrusting their baseball coverage to a real person and not an android or one kid standing on another kid’s shoulders wearing a long overcoat…

  18. The Week Ahead: Twins move into new home

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:39 AM EST

    For the first time since 1981, the Minnesota Twins will be playing a regular season home game outdoors when they host the Boston Red Sox on Monday. The special occasion is the opening of Target Field, a sparkling new venue that opens its doors just nine years after folks were seriously considering contracting the Twins.…

  19. Former MLBer Benard admits to steroid use

    Apr 11, 2010, 7:02 PM EST

    Former Giants outfielder Marvin Benard told the Associated Press Sunday that he used steroids during the 2002 season, when the club lost in the World Series to the Angels. Benard played nine major league seasons — all of them with the Giants — and called it quits after 2003.  He hit .276/.321/.407 in ’02 with…

  20. UPDATED: Ellsbury diagnosed with rib contusion

    Apr 11, 2010, 6:18 PM EST

    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald says the X-rays were negative.  Ellsbury only has a contusion and should be back in a few days. 6:06pm: Dan Barbarisi of the Providence Journal reports that Red Sox left fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was pulled from Sunday’s game after a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre.  Ellsbury suffered…

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