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  1. Man of the Day: Brandon Inge

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:14 PM EST

    I won’t run this feature every day because, let’s face it, you can go many days in a row without finding examples of bonafide manhood, but I have one for today at least. Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers’ third baseman. I’m watching him in the Indians-Tigers game right now. It was 39 degrees and windy at…

  2. Jack Cust and $2.65 million salary clear waivers

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:43 PM EST

    Oakland designated Jack Cust for assignment over the weekend to clear space on the 25-man roster for several out-of-options players, but he’ll likely remain in the organization and head to Triple-A after clearing waivers yesterday. Perhaps if the A’s would have waived Cust a month ago another team would have had the budget space to…

  3. Japanese schoolgirl Eri Yoshida to play pro ball in the United States

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Japanese schoolgirl pitcher Eri Yoshida* — fresh off her tutoring session with The Knuckle Knuckle King — has signed with the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League. Yoshida will be the first woman to play professional baseball in the U.S. since Ila Borders played in the Northern League and Western Baseball League in…

  4. Josh Beckett is marrying a rocket scientist

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    So sayeth the Boston Herald: Now, here’s something you haven’t read about the Red Sox $68 million man Josh Beckett: He’s engaged to a rocket scientist! It’s supposed to be on the DL, but we hear the Sox starter popped the question to Holly Fisher around Valentine’s Day when they attended the Daytona 500 together.…

  5. Remember when people thought AT&T Park was going to be a bandbox?

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    In my Twins preview I wondered how Target Field will play this season. We get a chance to see it in action on Monday. But based on Henry Schulman’s excellent walk down AT&T Park memory lane in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, we shouldn’t necessarily take what we see in the early going at face value:…

  6. Ozzie Guillen is very worked up about the White Sox's strikeouts

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:43 AM EST

    Through three games the White Sox’s offense has scored 12 runs while batting .154, and manager Ozzie Guillen is already threatening changes after the lineup combined for 12 strikeouts last night: When we built this club, I didn’t want people to strike out, and we did too much. If they continue to strike out like…

  7. Hank Aaron: everyone should stop trying to hit home runs all the time

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    Hank Aaron, as almost all former players of a certain age do, shakes his head at the kids today: Hank Aaron watches games these days and is perplexed as batter after batter tries to jack pitches out of the ballpark, obsessed with the long ball that made Hammerin’ Hank famous. “I don’t think they understand…

  8. Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo explains how a trade goes down

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    I’ve always wondered how trade talks actually happen. Who calls who first? Are the conversations frank or is there this whole dance like when you go to buy a used car or something? Thankfully Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo writes a column over at MASN today explaining how it all goes down. After reading it it’s…

  9. Camden Yards is getting a facelift

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    It’s not necessarily major surgery, but the mere fact that the words “renovation” and “modernize” are being used regarding Camden Yards makes me feel really really old.  Among the stuff they’re doing now and over the next year or two: New seats; New toilets; New concrete on the concourses; New roof on the B&O Warehouse;…

  10. Great moments in bathroom sex at U.S. Cellular Field

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

    Reviewing the box score of Monday’s White Sox-Indians game reveals that only Paul Konerko and Alexis Rios were credited with home runs. According to John Kass of the Tribune they missed one in the men’s room off the third base line upper deck concourse: “So I kicked the door, just to get a reaction. I…

  11. C.J. Wilson thrives in first start since 2005

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:29 AM EST

    Despite a 3.75 ERA, 51 saves, and 231 strikeouts in 233 innings as a reliever over the past four seasons C.J. Wilson campaigned for a spot in the Rangers’ rotation this spring, won the third-starter gig, and tossed seven shutout innings Thursday in his first start since way back in August of 2005. Wilson was…

  12. Mariano Rivera on Joe West: "He should do his job"

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:59 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera has been a major league pitcher since 1995. In those 15 years, I can recall exactly zero instances of him being critical of someone in the press. The man does his job, takes a shower, goes home and does it again the next day and doesn’t let the petty affairs of the mere…

  13. Chicago White Sox fan suing the team over fan brawl

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    Remember the brawl in the U.S. Cellular Field stands at that Cub-Sox game last June?  A White Sox fan named Rubin Lopez does because he was arrested, allegedly beat up by the off duty cops who served as security guards at the game and had his career as a Cook County corrections officer royally screwed…

  14. D-Train back on track in the Tigers' rotation?

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    After capturing a spot in the Tigers’ rotation this spring Dontrelle Willis made his 2010 debut Thursday with a Quality Start, allowing two runs over six innings in a no-decision. Willis has come a long way after not being able to throw the ball over the plate for the past two seasons, tossing 54 of…

  15. Nick Adenhart: One year later

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    One year ago this morning we woke up to the news of Nick Adenhart’s death. As Lyle Spencer of MLB.com reports, the Angels are still working through it all. “The shock … I don’t think you ever get over the shock,” Jered Weaver said. “Any time you bring it up, it’s there.” The Angels will…

  16. Arroyo and Penny both impressive in matchup

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:00 AM EST

    Bronson Arroyo allowed just four hits in eight innings of one-run ball Thursday against the Cardinals despite taking an early Colby Rasmus comebacker off his calf, but got stuck with a no-decision and said afterward that his leg was “not real good.” Hopefully he can make his next start, because Thursday’s gem kept Arroyo on…

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

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:46 AM EST

    Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1: On the scale of unexpected and dramatic comebacks, Vernon Wells starting the season with four homers in three games falls somewhere south of Bruce Wayne donning the cape and cowl after a decade in retirement in The Dark Knight Returns, but somewhere north of Steely Dan releasing “Two Against Nature”…

  18. Carlos Beltran nearly ready to begin running

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:34 PM EST

    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin chatted Thursday with a “source with knowledge of [Carlos] Beltran’s progress” and learned that the Mets outfielder is just about to start a running program. Once Beltran is able to run sprints and travel the bases without discomfort, it will only be a week or two before he is cleared…

  19. Reds' Arroyo suffers calf injury in season debut

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:17 PM EST

    Bronson Arroyo had an impressive 2010 debut on Thursday, holding the Cardinals to just one run and four hits over eight innings of work.  He did sustain an injury along the way, though, according to CNATI.com’s C. Trent Rosecrans.  The 33-year-old right-hander was nailed in the left calf with a Colby Rasmus comebacker in the…

  20. Opening Day in the minor leagues

    Apr 8, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    With the minor league season starting today, Baseball America has released a list of where its top 100 prospects will open the season. Among those skipping levels this year are Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles, both of whom are moving from low-A ball right to Double-A. It’s not surprising in either…

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