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  1. Red Sox' Junichi Tazawa to have Tommy John surgery

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    Rob Bradford of WEEI tweets that Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa is going to have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, thus ending his season. Tazawa had a a 2-3 record and a 7.46 ERA last year but, as D.J. noted the other day, he was 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 starts between AA…

  2. Jose Reyes to begin season on disabled list

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:40 AM EST

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Jose Reyes will begin the season on the disabled list “despite feeling great making a headfirst slide into second base while playing against minor leaguers Wednesday.” According to Rubin “team officials have concluded out of caution that Reyes ought to work into baseball shape deliberately and not be rushed…

  3. Cardinals trade Julio Lugo to the Orioles

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:25 AM EST

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Julio Lugo to the Orioles.  No word on what they’re getting back, but the roster spot is plenty valuable given that the Cards would like to keep outfielders Allen Craig, Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather on the team and, before the trade,…

  4. Cristian Guzman will be the Nationals' super utility guy

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    Guzman lost the starting shortstop gig to Ian Desmond and now the Nationals are planning on using him as a super utility guy, playing him at all four infield positions over the course of the season. He got his first start at second base in a game yesterday, turning two double plays and going 3…

  5. Cliff Lee throws without pain; return to action still uncertain

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    The good news is that Cliff Lee completed a 55-pitch throwing session yesterday without any of the pain in his abdomen that he had last week. The bad news is that neither Lee or the Mariners yet know when he can return and actually pitch in a game. In a chat yesterday the Seattle Times’…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade?

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Redlegs The big question: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade? I’m pretty optimistic…

  7. Red Sox' Bernie Carbo was as high as a kite during the '75 Series

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

    Bernie Carbo cemented his legend, such as it is, in the 1975 World Series. The Red Sox were on the brink of losing Game 6 and the series to the Reds when Carbo hit a three-run pinch hit home run to tie the score and to set up Carlton Fisk’s famous extra-innings shot.  Thank God…

  8. Curt Schilling rips the Phillies for not keeping Cliff Lee

    Apr 1, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

    Curt Schilling was asked how he likes the Phillies this year. If you think his response was a diplomatic and conventional “I think they’ll be a good ballclub” kind of thing then you’re not familiar with Curt Schilling’s work: “I think trading Cliff Lee was the stupidest thing they’ve ever done, and they didn’t have…

  9. UPDATE: Beckett, Sox close to $68M extension

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:05 PM EST

    UPDATE: The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber hears from colleague Michael Silverman that Beckett’s deal will be worth $68 million over four years. 6:11pm: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Red Sox and right-hander Josh Beckett are close to agreement on a four-year contract extension worth around $70 million. The Red Sox set out to…

  10. Street halts throwing program, out indefinitely

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:24 PM EST

    The Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports that Rockies closer Huston Street has halted his throwing program due to tightness in his right shoulder and won’t resume his ongoing recovery from shoulder inflammation until the issue subsides.  It’s not a significant setback, but the Rox don’t have a workable timetable for his return to a major…

  11. The Braves' Matt Diaz is no fool; praises Jason Heyward's ascension

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:58 PM EST

    If there’s anyone who has a right to be bummed by Jason Heyward winning the Braves’ starting right field job it’s Matt Diaz who is basically losing his starting job to Heyward. But part of what makes Diaz a useful player is that he’s pretty smart, and his brains were on full display today when…

  12. Minor leaguers are practically starving

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:04 PM EST

    Think minor leaguers don’t have every incentive to do whatever they can to make the big leagues? Check out Garrett Broshuis’ latest story in Baseball America about living on the verge of poverty in the minor leagues. I’d normally blockquote something here, but this is better if read in full and in context. The details…

  13. Marc Rzepczynski out 6 weeks with broken finger

    Mar 31, 2010, 5:47 PM EST

    Marc Rzepczynski was battling for a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation after posting a 3.67 ERA in 11 starts as a rookie last season, but took a ground ball off his left hand in yesterday’s game and has been diagnosed with a fractured middle finger. He won’t be cleared to pick up a ball…

  14. The Red Sox impose plan to sucker, tax poor people

    Mar 31, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    The Red Sox and the Massachusetts State Lottery are partnering up for a new lottery game called “Monster Money.”  It’s a $10 scratch ticket game that debuted yesterday. The game offers three $3 million instant prizes and seven prizes of $1 million. Other prizes include Red Sox gear such as jackets, pants, warm-up jerseys and…

  15. Rangers reportedly still talking to Red Sox about Mike Lowell

    Mar 31, 2010, 4:42 PM EST

    Reports have varied this week regarding Texas’ interest in working out a new deal for Mike Lowell, but Gordon Edes’ latest at ESPNBoston.com says the Rangers “have accelerated” talks with the Red Sox and “a trade remained a possibility.” Back in December the two sides had a deal in place that would have sent Lowell…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Is Albert Pujols' supporting cast good enough to help him win it all?

    Mar 31, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Cardinals The big question: Is Albert Pujols’ supporting cast good enough to help him win it all? This isn’t…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo hires Scott Boras, denies Indians' contract attempts

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    Last month Shin-Soo Choo fired his agent and hired Scott Boras, and it didn’t take long for the Indians to feel the impact. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians have approached Choo about a long-term contract extension, but “negotiations don’t seem to be going anywhere.” Choo won’t even be eligible for arbitration until…

  18. The Dodgers neglected to tell Jason Repko that he was released

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reported last night that Jason Repko had been released by the Dodgers. About an hour ago, The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez reported that Repko had not been told of his release.  As of a half hour ago or so Hernandez was not yet even sure if Repko even knew about…

  19. Ian Kinsler to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    Ian Kinsler hasn’t played since suffering a high-ankle sprain on March 11 and MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the All-Star second baseman will begin the season on the disabled list. Because the Rangers can backdate Kinsler’s trip to the disabled list he’ll be eligible to return on April 10, but high-ankle sprains can be a…

  20. Roy Halladay, Denard Span have tough first innings today

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    UPDATE: Denard Span tweets that his mom is doing OK. Spring training is winding down poorly for a couple of players. In the space of about 15 minutes: The Phillies’ Roy Halladay gave up 4 runs, 5 hits, 3 doubles, and 1 homer to the Blue Jays, who may suddenly feel a bit better about…

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