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  1. Gordon Beckham out 6-8 weeks with fractured hamate bone

    Apr 11, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham

    Gordon Beckham exited Tuesday’s game after tweaking his left wrist on a swing and the White Sox just announced that he has a fractured hamate bone. Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Beckham will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which could knock him out until July. Beckham has mostly struggled since…

  2. Gordon Beckham out with nerve irritation in wrist

    Apr 10, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Gordon Beckham

    Gordon Beckham exited last night’s game after tweaking his left wrist on a swing and Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the White Sox second baseman “will be out of action on Wednesday and could be sidelined longer after suffering nerve irritation.” According to Merkin no structural damage was found in an X-ray, but Beckham…

  3. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:09 AM EDT

    Country Breakfast

    Royals 9, Phillies 8: Country. Breakfast. Billy Butler drives in seven via a grand slam and a three-run double. The loss is an especially disheartening one for Philly, as they were staked to a 4-0 lead early with their ace on the hill. Cole Hamels was rocked, though, and now stands at 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  5. Duck! Ervin Santana picked up right where he left off

    Apr 3, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Ervin Santana served up an AL-high 39 homers in 178 innings last season on the way to posting a 5.16 ERA that convinced the Angels to dump him on the Royals. Santana made his Royals debut today and allowed three homers in six innings, as Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, and Tyler Flowers all took him…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Kershaw watches solo home run in eighth inning against San Francisco Giants during MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    Dodgers 4, Giants, 0: I watched part of this game with my kids after they got home from school. When they were showing the lineups, they showed Clayton Kershaw‘s career .146 average and my son asked me why it was so low compared to the other players’. I explained to him that pitchers can’t really…

  7. Royals set lineup has a disastrous debut

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Mike Moustakas

    Despite facing a very tough left-hander in Chris Sale, the Royals had Mike Moustakas batting cleanup today. Why? Because Ned Yost wants a set lineup. Pay no attention to those splits behind the curtain. That set lineup: LF Alex Gordon SS Alcides Escobar DH Billy Butler 3B Moustakas C Salvador Perez 1B Eric Hosmer CF…

  8. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000’s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  9. 75% of baseball teams’ political donations went to conservative causes in 2012

    Mar 29, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Republican and Democrat symbols

    Via Nathaniel Rakich, here’s a report from the Sunlight Foundation chronicling political donations by Major League Baseball teams, as well as the league itself, in 2012. Shockingly, rich business owners who aren’t big fans of regulation and change spend the bulk of their dough on conservative causes: indeed, 75% of all political donations from teams,…

  10. The Big Read: From Elijah Dukes to Bryce Harper: How the Nats made it to the top

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Yesterday I called the Nationals the best team in baseball. Today Joe Posnanski explains how they got there. But first he reminds us of how truly wretched they were just a few short years ago: Their right fielder, Elijah Dukes, had been involved in so many off-field incidents, the team hired a former police officer…

  11. White Sox place John Danks on disabled list

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    John Danks AP

    As expected the White Sox have placed John Danks on the disabled list as he recovers from August shoulder surgery. Danks was a mess this spring with a 16.36 ERA in four starts, allowing 21 runs in 11 innings, and general manager Rick Hahn told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that “it could be a couple…

  12. The Steak is Served. Was it worth it?

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    kyle lohse getty

    Back in January, Scott Boras said this to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick regarding his then un-signed free agent clients, Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse: “People call me all the time and say, ‘Man, your players aren’t signed yet. Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when you’re the steak.” Now steak is served, and…

  13. Mets officially name David Wright as team captain

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    David Wright AP

    We already knew this was coming at some point, but the Mets made it official this afternoon. David Wright was named the fourth captain in the team’s history, joining John Franco, Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko are the only other active designated “captains” in…

  14. Reds moving Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman has been preparing all spring as if he’ll be in the starting rotation, but Paul Daughtery of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have decided to shift him back to the closer role. Chapman always wanted to remain in the bullpen and manager Dusty Baker wanted to leave him at closer too,…

  15. John Danks rocked for 10 runs, likely to begin season on DL

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Danks AP

    Last week there was some talk of John Danks beginning the season on the disabled list as he comes back from shoulder surgery and then yesterday the White Sox left-hander was knocked around for 10 runs in three innings against the Reds. Danks insisted afterward that he feels fine physically, but both Scott Merkin of…

  16. Dominican Republic defeats the Netherlands, will face Puerto Rico in WBC final

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes Reuters

    The championship game for the 2013 World Baseball Classic is set. The Dominican Republic defeated the Netherlands by the score of 4-1 this evening at AT&T Park in San Francisco and will advance to face Puerto Rico in the WBC finals tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. Samuel Deduno is slated to start for the…

  17. 2013 Preview: Chicago White Sox

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Will the White Sox again exceed low expectations? Last year at this time the…

  18. Quote of the Day: Undermining The Basis of the WBC Edition

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Semifinals - Puerto Rico v Japan

    My thing on the World Baseball Classic is not that it isn’t fun and cool. It is! Having gone to a couple of games and having talked to people involved with it, there’s no denying that it’s fun. Especially this time of year when all of the other baseball being played consists of meaningless exhibitions.…

  19. Puerto Rico ousts two-time champ Japan from the World Baseball Classic, heads to Championship Game

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Semifinals - Puerto Rico v Japan

    There will be a new World Baseball Classic champ this year, as Puerto Rico eliminated Japan last night, winning 3-1 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Alex Rios led the charge, singling in a run in the first inning and hitting a two-run homer in the seventh. Puerto Rico starter Mario Santiago shut down the…

  20. White Sox tab Chris Sale as Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Via ESPN’s Bruce Levine, as the title suggests: Robin Ventura names Chris Sale opening day starter. Jake Peavy was the other candidate for the honor, but wholeheartedly endorsed sale. Peavy said, “Chris is the best pitcher on the team. Your best guy goes opening day.” Sale, who turns 24 years old in two weeks, finished the…

  21. John Danks might begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

    John Danks AP

    White Sox left-hander John Danks was limited to just three starts last season due to a shoulder injury which required surgery. While he’s healthy now, he could get a late start on the 2013 season. Danks has been shaky over his first three Cactus League outings, posting an 11.74 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over…

  22. Puerto Rico boots the U.S. out of the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Nelson Figueroa

    Puerto Rico starter Nelson Figueroa was in top form in an elimination game tonight against the United States. The well-traveled right-hander tossed six shut-out innings, holding the opposition to four base runners on two hits, one walk, and one error. He was staked to an early 1-0 lead when Mike Aviles hit a two-out RBI…

  23. Jesse Crain still not ready for game action due to hip injury

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Crain_Jesse

    Jesse Crain hasn’t pitched since February 25 and had to bail on Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic because of a hip injury, but the White Sox setup man expects to be ready for Opening Day. Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Crain threw a bullpen session Wednesday, but then decided against pitching in…

  24. R.A. Dickey back on the mound for Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dickey Arencibia Getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Thursday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Jose Reyes, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Miguel Tejada, 3B…

  25. Puerto Rico rallies in eighth to eliminate Italy from WBC

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Giancarlo Alvarado pitches against Italy in the 1st inning of a 2013 World Baseball Classic game at Marlins Stadium in Miami

    Puerto Rico scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to beat Italy 4-3 and keep its World Baseball Classic hopes alive on Wednesday night. Italy was eliminated after losing its second straight game. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo put Italy on the board in the fifth, delivering a bases-loaded double that plated three…

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