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  1. Swarm of bees delays Diamondbacks-Giants game, sends Angel Pagan running for cover

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Giants Diamondbacks Spring Baseball

    Yesterday afternoon’s Giants-Diamondbacks game was delayed for 41 minutes when a swarm of bees made its way into right field. Fans along the first base dugout were evacuated, Ian Kennedy‘s first spring start was cut short, and the Associated Press reports that “the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to…

  2. Don Mincher: 1938-2012

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    don mincher

    Don Mincher, who played 13 seasons in the majors and made a pair of All-Star teams as a slugging first baseman, passed away last night at age 73 in Alabama. Mincher served as president of the Double-A Southern League until retiring last year due to health problems and was previously general manager of the league’s…

  3. Ryan Madson sidelined by “a little irritation in his arm”

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Ryan Madson was unavailable for the Reds’ first two spring training games because of what manager Dusty Baker describes as “a little irritation in his arm.” More specifically Madson has a minor elbow injury, but according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com the Reds aren’t particularly worried about his status yet. Madson was on the verge…

  4. Evan Longoria aiming to return from bruised hand Monday

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria went for X-rays yesterday after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his right hand, but he was diagnosed with merely a bruise and is now hoping to resume playing Monday. Longoria told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that as soon as the swelling goes down and he’s able to pick up a bat he’ll…

  5. Carl Crawford had a setback in recovery from wrist surgery

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Carl Crawford was not able to swing a bat today and has resumed taking medication after experiencing a setback in his recovery from left wrist surgery. Crawford told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that the setback occurred when he was practicing bunting Wednesday and the medication is for inflammation in the wrist. As recently…

  6. Brian Cashman on Yankees’ future payroll: “We’re still going to outspend everybody else”

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Hal Steinbrenner made headlines yesterday for saying that the Yankees will get their payroll below $189 million by 2014 despite spending at least $200 million every season since 2007. Today reporters asked general manager Brian Cashman for his thoughts about that plan and his answer was a good one: “We’re still the Yankees. We’re still…

  7. Joe Magrane’s daughter is one of 13 American Idol finalists

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    shannon magrane

    Shannon Magrane, the 16-year-old daughter of former big-league pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Joe Magrane, has been chosen as one of 13 finalists on “American Idol.” Six weeks ago during the episode in which Shannon Magrane was selected from the audition process Joe Magrane made an appearance and Steven Tyler made things awkward by…

  8. Phillies to give Chase Utley limited playing time this spring

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    utley ap

    In an effort to keep him healthy after last season’s knee problems the Phillies are planning to limit Chase Utley‘s playing time during spring training. Charlie Manuel told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inqurier that Utley won’t be in the lineup for the Phillies’ spring opener Saturday and “it might be a little while before…

  9. Video of the Day: Steve Carlton was born to throw a slider

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley passes along this great old video about Steve Carlton’s amazing slider: “I hold it like this and I throw the s*** out of it.”

  10. Shane Victorino softens stance on demand for five-year deal

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    One day after saying he wanted a five-year contract extension from the Phillies free agent-to-be Shane Victorino backtracked a bit, telling Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.” Most of all, Victorino said, he’d like to get a new contract figured…

  11. Nick Johnson is likely to make the Orioles … “if healthy”

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Johnson reaches for a grounder during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota

    When it comes to Nick Johnson, using the “if healthy” caveat makes anything that follows sound sort of silly, but manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that the perpetually injured first baseman is likely to make the Orioles out of spring training … if healthy. “I think he brings some things that I’d really like to…

  12. Angels undecided on where Albert Pujols will bat in lineup

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Albert Pujols had 7,433 plate appearances for the Cardinals and 82.6 percent of those came as a No. 3 hitter, but the Angels aren’t certain yet where he’ll bat in their lineup. Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward keeping Pujols in the No. 3 spot, in part because it guarantees…

  13. Shane Victorino wants a five-year deal from the Phillies

    Mar 1, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino will make $9.5 million this season in the final year of a three-year deal and the center fielder told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he’d like to re-sign with the Phillies on a five-year contract because “my agents say I can get a five-year deal on the market … why not trust them?”…

  14. Grady Sizemore out 8-12 weeks following back surgery

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    sizemore

    When the Indians told reporters that they’d have an update on Grady Sizemore‘s health status today Jordan Bastian of MLB.com immediately tweeted that it “sounds ominous” and … well, he was right. Sizemore, who was already expected to miss Opening Day because of a back injury suffered three weeks ago, underwent micro discectomy surgery on…

  15. Evan Longoria is day-to-day with a bruised right hand

    Mar 1, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria gave the Rays a scare this morning. Or, more accurately, Matt Bush gave them the scare by plunking Longoria in the hand with a fastball. Longoria immediately left the game and later went for X-rays, but they came back negative and he’s been diagnosed with a bruised hand. He’s officially listed as day-to-day.…

  16. Johan Santana throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana faced live hitters today for the first time this spring, throwing a two-inning simulated game against a lineup that included David Wright, Ike Davis, and Daniel Murphy. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Santana threw 43 pitches and is scheduled to make his first spring training start Tuesday against the Cardinals.…

  17. Hal Steinbrenner wants the Yankees’ payroll down to $189 million by 2014

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Hal Steinbrenner said today that the Yankees plan to decrease their payroll to below the $189 million luxury tax figure by 2014, which is when the new collective bargaining agreement threshold kicks in. Steinbrenner called it “streamlining” the payroll, which is currently at around $210 million. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York notes that Alex…

  18. Billy Beane went to the Oscars and hung out with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and … Tim Tebow

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    It was a surprise to see Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti at the Oscars, sitting right behind Michelle Williams, but A’s general manager Billy Beane showing up in support of “Moneyball” was certainly to be expected. Beane told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he was shocked to find that his seats were in the fourth…

  19. A.J. Burnett diagnosed with orbital fracture, needs surgery

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett pirates

    A.J. Burnett may want to skip bunting practice for a while. Yesterday the Pirates’ newest pitcher fouled a ball off his face while trying to lay a bunt down and the team just announced that he’s been diagnosed with an orbital fracture around his right eye. Ouch. Burnett, who immediately left Pirates camp and traveled…

  20. Joe Maddon bought himself a present with his contract extension money

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    joe maddon car

    Fresh off a three-year extension with the Rays, manager Joe Maddon decided to get himself “a new contract present.” Maddon bought a 1956 Chevy BelAir in Arizona, had it restored and updated, and then got it shipped to Rays camp in Florida so he can drive it around spring training. Maddon told Marc Topkin of…

  21. Rockies expect Jorge De La Rosa back from surgery in July

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    A few weeks ago Jorge De La Rosa was said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, leading to speculation that he might return to game action sooner than expected, but the Rockies are still being cautious with his timetable. Pitching coach Bob Apodaca told Patrick Saunders of the…

  22. GM: Yoenis Cespedes to arrive in A’s camp “very soon”

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    yoenis cespedes airport

    Yoenis Cespedes has yet to obtain a work visa from the Dominican Republic three weeks after signing a four-year, $36 million contract with the A’s, but general manager Billy Beane said yesterday that the team expects him in camp “very soon.” Jane Lee of MLB.com writes that “there’s a strong possibility” Cespedes will arrive at…

  23. Do the Indians have bad news about Grady Sizemore?

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    Grady Sizemore is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day after being shut down with a back injury and today manager Manny Acta told reporters that the Indians would provide a further update on his status tomorrow. No reason to be alarmed by that alone, obviously, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com tweets: “Sounds ominous. Stayed…

  24. Luke Scott on Red Sox fans: “They’re ruthless and vulgar”

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Luke Scott made headlines last year for his comments about Barack Obama and already this week he’s brought seven-foot-long, pig-killing spears into the Rays clubhouse and expressed his hatred for communists, so today he shifted his attention to Red Sox fans. He doesn’t like them either, as Scott told Bill Chastain of MLB.com: Just their…

  25. A.J. Burnett traveling to Pittsburgh to have eye examined

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett pirates

    UPDATE: Apparently the eye injury is more serious than initially believed, because Burnett is leaving Pirates camp and traveling to Pittsburgh to have it examined by doctors. ========== A.J. Burnett seems thrilled to be with Pittsburgh, but his Pirates career got off to a rough start today when he had to leave the field with…

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