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  1. Grady Sizemore’s first two at-bats since 2011: Single, Homer

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Grady Sizemore’s comeback story keeps getting better. Playing in his first regular season game since 2011, the Red Sox center fielder singled in his first at-bat and then homered in his second at-bat.

  2. Expanded Instant Replay used for the first time in a regular season game

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Actually, it’s been used two times this afternoon, with one call upheld, one call overturned.

  3. Happy Fifth Anniversary to the Committee Studying the Oakland A’s move to San Jose

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Yesterday was an important day. It was the fifth anniversary of Bud Selig convening a committee to investigate the Oakland Athletics potential move to San Jose. Not that we shoulda expected anything by now. Anyone who has followed baseball’s business matters for any length of time can tell you that Bud Selig forms committees for one purpose…

  4. Released by the Angels, Joe Blanton signs with the A’s

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton is going back to where it all began, signing a minor-league contract with the A’s after being released by the Angels last week.

  5. Baseball: the only sport people expect to be stuck in the past

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    These two tweets came from ESPN’s Howard Bryant yesterday morning. They came exactly three minutes apart: “Baseball needs a reserve clause. It couldn’t survive if players were allowed to be free agents.” – Henry Aaron, 1969. NCAA will adapt, too — Howard Bryant (@hbryant42) March 30, 2014 @Ken_Rosenthal the junior GMs have tried to turn…

  6. The Home Run Summer of ’54

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Joe Posnanski tells the story of the man who hit .400 with 72 homers in The Home Run Summer of ’54.

  7. Ryan Braun given a thunderous standing ovation, media unhappy

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    And, as you may imagine, some reporters take issue with that.

  8. White Sox pick Matt Lindstrom as closer

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Matt Lindstrom

    Throughout spring training the widely held assumption was that the White Sox would use Nate Jones as their closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks, but manager Robin Ventura avoided making any sort of official announcement and now we know why: Matt Lindstrom is going to be Chicago’s closer.

  9. Barry Bonds booed, cheered, hated-on at PNC Park

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Barry Bonds was on hand at PNC Park to present Andrew McCutchen with his 2013 MVP Award this afternoon. Bonds is likely a polarizing figure in Pittsburgh. His leaving via free agency following the 1992 season kicked off the Pirates’ two decades plus in the wilderness. Plus all the PEDs stuff. As a result, you…

  10. Bryce Harper takes a leg to the head, collapses to the ground

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Scary stuff in the second inning of the Nationals’ first game of the season.

  11. HBT Daily: Do any of today’s games actually matter?

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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    No, not really. But there is one that I think may be a harbinger of a great race this season. Kay and I discuss:

  12. 30 Seconds to Know: Expanded Replay in MLB

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    NBC Sports has a new video feature that gives you all the basics of a given topic in lightning-round fashion. We call it 30 Seconds To Know, and the name pretty much says it all. Our first baseball installment: the replay rule. Let’s see if I can beat the buzzer:

  13. And now the HBT staff’s 2014 predictions

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    We’re usually way wrong with this stuff. Waaaay wrong. All of us picked the Phillies to win the NL East in 2012. We all picked the Nationals last year. Not picking the Braves is probably always madness, I have no idea. But we’re all likely going to all whiff on one or 24 of these…

  14. Rangers “very encouraged” by Yu Darvish’s bullpen session

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    Yu Darvish was scratched from his Opening Day start and placed on the disabled list with a strained neck, but the Rangers right-hander felt healthy enough to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Manager Ron Washington told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that onlookers were “very encouraged” by how Darvish threw, but no decision has been…

  15. 2014 Previews: National League West

    Mar 31, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West. Can anyone beat the Dodgers? Besides themselves, I mean? The Diamomdbacks have grit and stuff, but wouldn’t having Patrick Corbin be better? Do the Giants have another run in them? It…

  16. Red Sox place Shane Victorino on disabled list, recall Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Mar 31, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jackie Bradley Jr. is on the Red Sox’s Opening Day roster after all, but it took an injury for Shane Victorino to make it happen. Bradley lost the center field job to Grady Sizemore and was sent to Triple-A after hitting just .158 during spring training, but he’s been recalled from the minors because Victorino…

  17. 2014 Previews: American League West

    Mar 31, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Choo Fielder

    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West. The Rangers added Choo and Fielder and then lost many more players to injuries. The Athletics surprised everyone the past two seasons, are they going to sneak up on anybody now?…

  18. Paul Konerko is sitting out Opening Day after 15 years in the White Sox’s lineup

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    When Paul Konerko decided against retiring and re-signed with the White Sox both sides agreed that he’d be returning in a diminished role, but now that’s a reality: Konerko will not be in the Opening Day lineup today for the first time since 1998. Konerko is slated to play mostly versus left-handed pitchers and Twins…

  19. Opening Day: when you really find out what kind of mom you have

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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    My friend Michele has a son named Whitaker who is into baseball. Really into baseball. Like, I can’t tell you how much he’s into baseball. He plays on a traveling team called the Central Ohio Saints. Go to that link. Of the two tall kids, he’s the one on the left. By the way: he’s 12,…

  20. All the Mets are sick and Daniel Murphy is missing Opening Day because his wife is in labor

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy won’t be in the Opening Day lineup because his wife went into labor with their first child, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Murphy played all but one game last season, logging 697 plate appearances to rank sixth in the league. (Also: Congrats!) And because these things always seem…

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