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2011 March 08

  1. After eight months on the sidelines Justin Morneau is playing in a “B” game today

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Justin Morneau is starting at first base and batting cleanup in this morning’s “B” game between the Twins and Pirates, marking the first time he’s been in any lineup since suffering a concussion more than eight months ago. Normally a former MVP seeing game action for the first time since last July would have been…

  2. Twins to give away souvenir glorifying blatant cheating awful underhanded play*

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

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    I think approximately 500 people sent me links to the pic of this Kent Hrbek-Ron Gant bobblehead when it started making the rounds a couple of weeks ago.  I held off writing about it because it’s not good to blog angry, but now the Twins have officially announced it as a promotion, so what the…

  3. Joel Zumaya shut down for “at least” one week with more elbow problems

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Dr. James Andrews provided a second opinion on Joel Zumaya‘s injured elbow and confirmed that there’s no structural damage, but the Tigers announced that the oft-injured reliever will be shut down for “at least” one week. Zumaya has said–perhaps more out of frustration than fact–that he’d give serious thought to retiring if he suffers another…

  4. Carlos Beltran sits for the second straight day with a sore knee

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran sat out of the Mets game yesterday due to soreness in his knee and is out once again today, presumably for the same reason. Beltran has yet to play his new position — right field — and the plan has been for him to DH for a week or so before tacking the…

  5. Don’t taunt Bryce Harper

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is still a work in progress. He should spend the whole season in the minors and likely will barring some gimmick callup at the end of the year to goose attendance.  But even if he needs to work on messing with ungodly major league offspeed stuff, he already knows how to quiet the…

  6. Muhammad Ali to visit White Sox camp

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

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    The Greatest is going to go visit the Chisox: Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali visits with the team tomorrow, addressing his “Athletes for Hope” foundation, which asks that players give their time rather than money. “It’s a great inspiration for a lot of people,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said after the White Sox’s 12-1 win…

  7. Buster Posey to make $575K this year

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Buster Posey has less than a year’s worth of service time, so he has zero leverage. If the Giants wanted to, then, they could pay him $417, 000 which is the MLB minimum.  His Rookie of the Year season has earned him a slight bump, however, as the Giants have decided to give him $575,000…

  8. Assistant GM Kim Ng leaving the Dodgers, joining MLB

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Kim Ng

    You may recall that some vacancies were created in MLB Baseball Operations yesterday.Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng is leaving the franchise to become senior vice president of baseball operations with Major League Baseball. Most people know Ng as the first woman to be seriously considered for GM jobs in MLB.…

  9. Other ballplayers players to testify against Barry Bonds

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The judge in the Barry Bonds case is going to allow other ballplayers who worked with Greg Anderson to testify, with the idea that if they knew what they were taking, Bonds probably did too: In a ruling filed Monday, Illston wrote that the athlete witnesses would provide evidence that “is relevant to the question…

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