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Baseball Insider: April, 2011

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/30/2011

Leading off: Blue Jays look to close ground against Yankees

Toronto is only 2 1/2 games behind New York in the American League East.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Giants hope Tejada’s April struggles are only a slump

The defending World Series-champion Giants are wondering how long until shortstop Miguel Tejada breaks out of an early-season slump. The alternative view — that it isn’t a slump at all — is too ugly to consider.

By Dave Sheinin  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Leading off: Veteran aces face off in Cardinals-Braves opener

Chris Carpenter will start for the Cardinals, while Tim Hudson is the scheduled starter for the Braves.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/28/2011

From The Farm: Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs open season, Loudoun Hounds can’t wait for 2012

The Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs start play Friday night with Patrick Osborn as manager, while the Loudoun Hounds can’t wait for next year.

By Lacy Lusk  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/28/2011

A big weekend for Giants with D.C. ties

D.C.-area natives Javier Lopez and Emmanuel Burriss will enjoy triumphant homecomings this weekend when the defending World Series-champion San Francisco Giants visit the Washington Nationals.

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Leading off: Mariners’ Pineda vs. Tigers’ Penny

The Mariners and Tigers play at 1:05 today, pitting rookie Michael Pineda against veteran Brad Penny.

By Chris Rukan  |  11:31 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Another wild card is fine, but history could change

A second wild card in each league could make quite a difference, especially with a game or best-of-three series to decide a spot.

By Lacy Lusk  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Leading off: Reds battle Brewers as NL Central remains tight

Five teams are within two games of each other in baseball’s most evenly-matched division.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Why Roy Halladay is the most valuable pitcher in baseball

It is arguable that Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball. What is unquestionable is that he is its most valuable.

By Dave Sheinin  |  09:55 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Leading off: Angels starter Jered Weaver goes for his sixth win of the season

The Angels’ Jered Weaver is 5-0 with an American League-leading 1.23 ERA after his first five starts

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/24/2011

Leading off: Josh Johnson of the Marlins looks to continue strong start

Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson has flirted with no-hitters in his last two starts. He faces the Rockies today.

By Christopher Rukan  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Leading Off: Chris Carpenter looks for first win against Reds

Cardinals right-hander is 12-3 in his career against Cincinnati

By Greg Schimmel  |  12:48 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 04/22/2011

An RBI infield fly, but no sacrifice fly

In Sunday’s first game of a doubleheader between the Nationals and Brewers, Milwaukee scored a run in unusual fashion.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:31 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Leading off: Rockies visit Marlins

Colorado is 9-2 against teams outside the NL West. Florida is 5-1 against non-division opponents. They begin a series today.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Baseball unites against embattled Dodgers owner McCourt

With seemingly everyone from Los Angeles to New York lined up against Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, will he do the right thing and step aside, or will he fight to the bloody end?

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Jesse Biddle is a real homegrown Philadelphia prospect

Left-hander Jesse Biddle was born and raised in Philadelphia, and this year the 2010 first-round pick is pitching nearby in Lakewood, N.J.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Leading off: Indians and Royals could run up the score

Cleveland and Kansas City, two of the top scoring teams in the majors, are leading the AL Central.

By Christopher Rukan  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/20/2011

In the year of the closer crisis, it pays to have a solid Plan B

As a large number of teams go through crises in the closer’s role, those who have planned for such possibilities are looking very smart.

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Leading off: Weaver, Harrison off to hot starts

Jered Weaver and the Angels take on Matt Harrison and the Rangers.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Leading Off: A.J. Burnett, Yankees set to take on Blue Jays

New York starter pitched for Toronto from 2006-2008.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Are the Royals arriving early?

Kansas City has a talented group of prospects on the way, but it’s not doing too badly at the start of this season.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:15 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Leading off: Tim Lincecum tries to slow down Rockies

Esmil Rogers counters for Colorado in an NL West showdown.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/17/2011

Leading off: Division leaders Rangers and Yankees face off

The AL West-leading Rangers take on the AL East leading Yankees tonight as Alexi Ogando squares off against CC Sabathia.

By Christopher Rukan  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/16/2011

Leading off: Marlins look to tie Phillies atop NL East

The top two teams in the National League East square off in a matchup of pitchers with electric, if inconsistent stuff.

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:14 PM ET, 04/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 04/15/2011

The Lineup: Scrabble All-Stars

What do Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider have in common? Their names are playable Scrabble words, of course. An All-Star team made up entirely of players whose names are in the Scrabble dictionary.

By Christopher Rukan  |  01:34 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Leading off: Zach Britton looks to end Baltimore’s skid

Rookie left-hander has 0.66 ERA through first two starts

By Greg Schimmel  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 04/14/2011

In Bonds trial, more steroids ambiguity

ON BASEBALL | There were no definitive answers provided in the Barry Bonds verdict, which is what we have come to expect with baseball and steroids.

By Dave Sheinin  |  09:32 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hp

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Leading off: Cardinals look to stay hot against Dodgers

St. Louis has won three of four while batting .356 with 15 doubles, nine homers and 37 runs. Over their first eight games, they hit .216.

By Christopher Rukan  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Minor leagues: White Sox’ Jared Mitchell aims to return to fast track

White Sox outfield prospect Jared Mitchell is back on the field after a serious ankle injury kept him from playing in the minors last year.

By Lacy Lusk  |  03:15 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Is Josh Hamilton injury-prone, or just really unlucky?

Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton is sidelined with another injury. Why can’t one of the most talented players in the game stay on the field?

By Dave Sheinin  |  01:45 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Leading off: Orioles at Yankees, take two

Baltimore tries to protect its AL East lead as it visits second-place New York.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:14 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Leading off: Division-leading Orioles set to take on Yankees

Baltimore enters three-game series with one-game lead over New York in American League East

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:05 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 04/11/2011

‘My Oh My!’ What a tribute to Dave Niehaus

By Lacy Lusk  |  05:49 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Strong start may alter plans for Orioles, Britton

Thanks to the Orioles’ hot start, and Zach Britton’s strong performance, it’s no longer so easy for the team to play the popular service-time-manipulation game with their top pitching prospect.

By Dave Sheinin  |  01:30 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Leading Off: Red-hot Rangers set to face Verlander

Tigers right-hander is 6-1 in his career against Texas.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:32 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Strange trips, speedy recoveries for Cardinals

A few members of the Cardinals — including Tony La Russa — have a short and scary plane ride. Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have short and speedy post-op recoveries.

By Micah Pollack  |  01:41 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:18 AM ET, 04/09/2011

Leading Off: Manny Ramirez retires 14th all-time on career home run list

Rays outfielder had 555 home runs and .312 career batting average.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:18 AM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Leading Off: Reeling Red Sox set to host Yankees

After another loss in Cleveland, Boston heads home to face its archrival.

By Greg Schimmel  |  09:37 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Is it possible we were all wrong about the Red Sox?

The Red Sox are off to a horrible start, but it’s way too early to write them off.

By Dave Sheinin  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Leading off: Bryce Harper’s minor league debut

The minor leagues open play as Bryce Harper plays his first game as a professional.

By Christopher Rukan  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Minor leagues open Thursday and Friday

Though Bryce Harper and Hagerstown start their season in Georgia, there’s plenty to see Thursday and Friday within driving distance of D.C.

By Lacy Lusk  |  05:21 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Red Sox fans hoping for turnaround tonight

At 0-4, Boston has already equaled its longest skid since the last time the team won it all in 2007.

By Thomas Heleba  |  04:50 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Leading off: Hellickson makes debut for Rays

Top rookie Jeremy Hellickson makes his first start of the year for the Rays against the Angels.

By Greg Schimmel  |  08:51 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Looking for a reason to dismiss O’s hot start? Try a lack of pitching depth

Despite the Orioles’ great start, a lack of organizational pitching depth could prove to be their undoing.

By Dave Sheinin  |  03:58 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Leading off: Beckett looks to rally Red Sox, Hamels takes his turn for Phillies and Pineda debuts for Mariners

Josh Beckett looks to rally Red Sox, Cole Hamels takes his turn for Phillies and Michael Pineda debuts for Mariners

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 04/03/2011

Kinsler, Cruz and Teixeira are each one home run away from tying record for consecutive games with a homer to start season

By Christopher Rukan  |  09:40 PM ET, 04/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 PM ET, 03/31/2011

The lineup: Who starts strongest?

A look at some of the players who have gotten off to the fastest starts in baseball over the past five years.

By Christopher Rukan  |  11:52 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 03/31/2011

MLB opening day 2011: late games

Here is some handy information about today’s games.

By Washington Post editors  |  03:55 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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