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2014 March 31

  1. Tyler Chatwood headed to disabled list with hamstring strain

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    Tyler Chatwood AP

    Rockies’ right-hander Tyler Chatwood is headed to the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Jordan Lyles will replace him.

  2. Jose Reyes placed on disabled list with hamstring tightness

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes AP

    Jose Reyes’ hamstring strikes again.

  3. Brewers to go with Francisco Rodriguez over Jim Henderson as closer for now

    Mar 31, 2014, 9:39 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez AP

    The Brewers have booted Jim Henderson from the closer role in favor of Francisco Rodriguez. At least for now.

  4. Vladimir Guerrero will retire as an Angel

    Mar 31, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers

    Vladimir Guerrero will sign a one-day contract to retire with the Angels.

  5. Report: Three Marines stabbed in fight between Dodgers and Angels fans

    Mar 31, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Three Marines were attacked and stabbed during a street fight early Sunday in Huntington Beach, California.

  6. Mets sign Bobby Abreu

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    UPDATE: The Mets have signed Abreu to a minor league contract. He’ll report to Triple-A Las Vegas. 5:40 p.m. ET: The Phillies didn’t have any room for Bobby Abreu, but maybe someone else does? #mets considering adding bobby abreu for OF insurance. likely start at AAA. scouts say he looked decent w/phils in spring —…

  7. Henry Blanco joins Diamondbacks coaching staff

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco Getty

    After losing out on backup catcher job in the spring, Henry Blanco joins Arizona’s coaching staff.

  8. Cliff Lee gives up 8 runs vs. Rangers, still gets win

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee AP

    Cliff Lee, it turns out, just knows how to win.

  9. David Hernandez needs Tommy John surgery

    Mar 31, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    David Hernandez

    A second opinion confirmed the initial diagnosis on David Hernandez’s elbow injury, so the Diamondbacks reliever will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

  10. SportsDash: Five Storylines to watch for the 2014 season

    Mar 31, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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    I was on SportsDash today and Kay, Dave and I talked about the stories to watch for the upcoming season.

  11. Wilson Ramos to see hand specialist after injury

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos AP

    Wilson Ramos’ bad injury luck continues, as James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals catcher exited the season opener with a broken bone in his left hand.

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

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore Red Sox

    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.

  13. 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.

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

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    oakland a's logo

    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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. The Home Run Summer of ’54

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT


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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    Premiere Of Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" - Red Carpet

    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…

  21. 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.

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

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

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

  23. 30 Seconds to Know: Expanded Replay in MLB

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    30 Seconds To Know

    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:

  24. And now the HBT staff’s 2014 predictions

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Oracle of Delphi

    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…

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