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  1. Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully celebrates 60 years calling Dodgers games

    Apr 18, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Today marks the 60th anniversary of legendary announcer Vin Scully calling Dodgers games. As usual, he had all the right words to describe the moment: I feel only overwhelming gratitude. You feel blessed that you’ve lived that long, that you’ve been allowed to do what you love to do for that long, and that my…

  2. The Marlins no longer have an out-of-town scoreboard

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I had missed this because, let’s face it, it’s easy to miss stuff that happens with the Marlins, but apparently there is no longer an out-of-town scoreboard in whatever the hell the Marlins are calling their ballpark these days. No more starting lineups either. In their place: advertisements for the MLB Network and a picture…

  3. Homers are down in Yankee Stadium

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    One of the reasons you don’t get so hung up on how homer-friendly a ballpark is in its debut year: it might not be so friendly in its next year. That appears to be the case with new Yankee Stadium in the early going. Last year there were 21 homers hit in the first five…

  4. Kelly Shoppach may have more than a sprain

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Kelly Shoppach was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a knee sprain, but it may be something worse. Shoppach’s swelling and pain hasn’t subsided, and now he’s scheduled to see the team’s orthopedist tommorw, and there is a possibility that he could need surgery.  Joe Maddon vibes pessimistic in the…

  5. Aaron Rowand placed on the disabled list

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    D.J. reported yesterday about Aaron Rowand’s crack to the face and presumed that it would lead to a trip to the DL.  Now that trip is official: Rowand was placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.  The time on the DL is probably just as much if not more necessary…

  6. Jerry Manuel killed K-Rod last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    I’m sure there are people who thought that Jerry Manuel was oh-so-clever for saving Francisco Rodriguez until the 19th inning last night, but he really didn’t save a thing. K-Rod was warming up constantly last night, and he told reporters after the game that he threw an estimated 100 pitches between the 9th and 19th.…

  7. Livan Hernandez, Pat Burrell pull the forks out of their backs

    Apr 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    At least temporarily. Yesterday Pat Burrell homered during the completion of the Rays-Red Sox game that was suspended on Friday, and then he had a three-run double in the scheduled game.  He hadn’t had any home runs or RBI entering play yesterday and was below the Mendoza Line. Overall that’s five straight wins for the…

  8. Ubaldo Jiminez had electric stuff last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Matthew wrote about it first last night, but I just got done watching the replay of the Ubaldo Jiminez no-hitter, and I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone pitch with that kind of gas in his tank. He struggled a bit early walking people, but it seemed like…

  9. The Mets and Cardinals played an epic game last night. Kinda.

    Apr 18, 2010, 7:46 AM EDT

    Epic may be too strong a word, because make no mistake about it kids: this was 20 innings of some really, really dumb baseball. But you know what? I’m going to give it a “so-bad-it’s-good” rating. There were so many head scratching “I-can’t-believe-what-I-just-saw” moments that, eventually, it reached the point of the sublime.  Let’s cover…

  10. Mets edge Cardinals 2-1 in 20-inning game

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    FOX certainly picked the right game of the week this time. The Mets and Cardinals went scoreless for 18 inning Saturday before Jeff Francoeur’s sac fly off position player Joe Mather in the top of the 19th. But that still wasn’t enough baseball for the teams. Francisco Rodriguez, held in reserve for 6 1/2 hours,…

  11. Ubaldo Jimenez throws first no-hitter in Rockies history

    Apr 17, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    It should come as no surprise who pulled it off. The execution, though, was rather shocking. After battling command woes early in the game, Ubaldo Jimenez started working exclusively out of the stretch in the sixth inning Saturday on his way to a no-hitter against the Braves. Jimenez retired 15 straight after walking Jason Heyward…

  12. Jonathan Papelbon now fourth smartest member of family

    Apr 17, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was expected to pitch the 10th inning Saturday upon the resumption of Friday’s suspended game, will be unavailable following the birth of his baby boy. 8-pound, 8-ounce Gunner is the newest addition to the Papelbon family, which includes wife Ashley and 15-month-old Parker. Boston’s plan was to stick with…

  13. A-Rod passes Mark McGwire on all-time home run list

    Apr 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez connected for his 584th career home run during the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday afternoon against the Rangers, passing Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time home run list. Rodriguez, who turns 35 in July, was homerless in his first 41 at-bats to begin the year, his…

  14. Jeff Francoeur says Mets are "110 percent" behind Jerry Manuel

    Apr 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    According to MetsBlog, last night on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, host Seth Everett said Jeff Francoeur, John Maine, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana were unhappy with manager Jerry Manuel. This forced Francoeur to issue a denial before Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, via Adam Rubin of “We’re 10 games into the season. We’ve lost a…

  15. Could the Angels trade one of their catchers?

    Apr 17, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Angels general manager Tony Reagins was asked about his catching surplus by Mark Saxon of and he didn’t shoot down the possibility of making a trade: “You never close your mind to any potential deal that will make you better,” Angels general manager Tony Reagins said. Though Mike Napoli started behind the dish on…

  16. UPDATE: Angelos willing to talk if Ripken wants job with O's

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Angelos says Ripken has not offered himself to the team as a prospective employee, reports Buster Olney of “Quite simply, Cal Ripken did not offer to become part of the Oriole organization in any secondary position, such as manager or as an assistant to [team president] Andy MacPhail, or in some kind of…

  17. Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Holliday return to action

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman returned to the starting lineup for the Nationals on Saturday afternoon against the Brewers, batting third against left-hander Randy Wolf. Zimmerman had been sidelined since last Saturday due to a tight left hamstring, though he did have two pinch-hit appearances this week, including a home run against the Phillies on Thursday. As of…

  18. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez out of Saturday's lineup

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Ramirez is not in Saturday’s starting lineup, according to Jon Weisman of Garret Anderson will start in left field. 11:23 AM: Manny Ramirez exited Friday’s game against the Giants after three innings due to tightness in his right calf, reports Tony Jackson of Joe Torre acknowledged that he was removed simply for…

  19. What's up with Zack Greinke?

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    It’s the obvious storyline after Friday’s 10-3 loss to the Twins. Greinke allowed four runs — two earned — over five innings while walking five and striking out five. The five walks were the most Greinke had allowed in a start since June 13, 2008. Through his first three starts this season, Greinke has allowed…

  20. Royals activate Alex Gordon from the disabled list

    Apr 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    The Royals made a pair of roster moves early Saturday, placing Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique and activating Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Gordon began the season on the DL because of a broken right thumb…

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