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  1. Nick Johnson’s minor league contract with Indians includes 2012 option

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson‘s minor-league deal with the Indians was first reported last Tuesday, but the two sides didn’t get around to actually finalizing (and announcing) the contract until this afternoon. Johnson won’t be ready for Opening Day after undergoing three wrist surgeries in the past year, but will be in line to receive $750,000 if he…

  2. Miguel Olivo out indefinitely with strained groin muscle

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Miguel Olivo was carted off the field during Saturday’s game after falling to the ground in pain from a groin injury and an MRI exam revealed that he has a strained adductor muscle. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times “there’s no real timeline on when he may be able to return to action”…

  3. Chris Carpenter doubtful for Friday start after feeling “twinge” in injured hamstring

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter had been hoping to get back on the mound Friday after leaving his start last week with a hamstring injury, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that’s now “doubtful” after the former Cy Young winner felt a “twinge” in the hamstring during a bullpen session yesterday. According to Strauss…

  4. Mat Latos freaked out a little bit after yesterday’s ugly outing

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    It’s not quite Carlos Silva scuffling with a teammate in the dugout because the defense made an error behind him in an exhibition game, but Padres ace Mat Latos had a mini-freakout following a rough spring training start yesterday. Don Norcross of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Latos, who has been known to…

  5. You decide: Twins beat reporter or 80s/90s utility infielder?

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Having witnessed an “are you Al Newman?” moment first-hand when I was in the press box at Target Field with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune last season, I got a chuckle out of this tweet from the Twins beat reporter who is frequently confused for the former Twins utility infielder: Don’t…

  6. Astros in market for catching help after Jason Castro’s injury

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Jason Castro‘s season-ending knee injury leaves the Astros with career-long backup Humberto Quintero and prospect bust J.R. Towles atop the catching depth chart, so not surprisingly Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that they’re now looking to add a veteran backstop. According to Campbell the Astros are already about $2 million over their $80…

  7. Former No. 1 overall pick Matt Anderson hoping comeback leads to spot in Phillies’ bullpen

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    Matt Anderson was a bust of a No. 1 overall pick for the Tigers in 1997, posting a 5.19 ERA in 257 career innings and throwing his last big-league pitch at age 28 despite lighting up radar guns with a high-90s (and sometimes low-100s) fastball. He was last seen coughing up 17 runs in 10…

  8. Adam Dunn should visit Baseball-Reference.com some time

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Jon Heyman has an article about Adam Dunn “embracing” the designated hitter role with the White Sox after initially wanting to remain in the National League. Most of the piece revolves around his $56 million contract and his plans for being comfortable at DH, but there’s also this section about Dunn and his new hitter-friendly…

  9. Tim McCarver signs two-year contract extension with FOX

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Tim McCarver portrait

    Presented without comment, from Michael McCarthy of USA Today: Fox Sports is signing two-year contract extensions with Tim McCarver and Darrell Waltrip, its lead TV analysts for baseball and NASCAR coverage, respectively. The extensions are expected to be announced this week, said Fox spokesman Dan Bell, and will take McCarver through the end of Fox’s…

  10. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar out with bug bite infection

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Alcides Escobar was removed from yesterday’s lineup and is expected to sit out today’s game as well with an infection on his arm from a bug bite that he scratched. According to manager Ned Yost the shortstop “scratched it and now he’s got red streaks and it’s swollen and warm.” Yost added that it’s “nothing…

  11. Rangers extend GM Jon Daniels’ contract through 2015

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels GM

    As expected the Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels have agreed to a contract extension, with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reporting that the deal will run through the 2015 season. Daniels was already signed for this season, so the new contract is a four-year deal. Texas has a 411-399 (.507) record since…

  12. Coco Crisp was being followed by “secret service” at time of DUI arrest

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp mugshot

    TMZ and the Arizona Republic have a more details on Coco Crisp‘s DUI arrest earlier this week, including that the police report notes he answered “secret service” when asked if he knew who was driving the other car on the road with him that also pulled over when the sirens flashed. Crisp told police “there…

  13. Aaron Cook has no structural damage in injured shoulder

    Mar 4, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Aaron Cook received some good news following his visit to a doctor, as the second opinion confirmed the initial diagnosis that there’s no structural damage in his shoulder. There’s still no timetable yet for his return from what is now being called merely inflammation, but Rockies trainer…

  14. WikiLeaks: American diplomat calls Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran”

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    WikiLeaks released State Department documents in which an American diplomat calls Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran” regarding what the Associated Press refers to as “the meddling with his country’s national soccer team.” Naturally the AP went to Steinbrenner’s son and Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner for comment and he called it “a…

  15. Francisco Cervelli out 4-8 weeks with broken foot, giving Jesus Montero a shot at backup job

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Francisco Cervelli has been diagnosed with a broken foot and will spend the next four weeks in a walking boot, with Ben Shpigel of the New York Times reporting that 6-8 weeks on the sidelines is “likely.” Cervelli was slated to back up Russell Martin and according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger…

  16. Brewers minor leaguer Wayne Dedrick suspended 50 games

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Brewers hat logo

    MLB has suspended Wayne Dedrick for 50 games after the Brewers minor leaguer violated the minor league drug program for a second time with a positive test for an undisclosed substance. Dedrick, who was a 30th-round pick in 2008 and missed last season with a knee injury, will likely serve the suspension in rookie-ball. He…

  17. Prime Minister Pete Nice on Charlie Sheen’s “winning” ring

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    charlie sheen ring

    One of the pictures Charlie Sheen posted on Twitter during his manic media tour showed him wearing Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring, which is part of the Major League star’s extensive collection of baseball memorabilia. In an effort to learn about the ring’s controversial history–which includes alleged theft and fraud–Deadspin turned to Pete Nash,…

  18. J.C. Romero’s $190,000 Porsche was stolen at spring training

    Mar 4, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    WTSP.com in Tampa Bay reports that Phillies reliever J.C. Romero‘s Porsche Panamera was stolen after he drove it to the team’s spring training camp in Florida from his offseason home in Alabama. The car, which is valued at $190,000, was being serviced at a local Porsche dealership when it was stolen last night. Hopefully he…

  19. Carlos Silva says dugout dustup with Aramis Ramirez “was my fault”

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    carlos-silva-cubs-spring

    Carlos Silva refused to speak to the media following Wednesday’s dugout altercation with teammate Aramis Ramirez, but attempted to explain himself to reporters today. Silva told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he was unaware the Cubs had made nine errors in their first three spring training games, so when he returned to the…

  20. Chien-Ming Wang halts intrasquad outing due to sore shoulder

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan with Washington Nationals new cap and uniform in Florida

    Chien-Ming Wang was supposed to pitch two innings in an intrasquad game today, but the rehabbing right-hander exited after one frame when his surgically repaired shoulder tightened up between innings. Pitching coach Steve McCatty downplayed the setback, telling Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post that “he was just a little tight” and “there’s no sense…

  21. Ron Washington is “very committed” to giving Neftali Feliz the chance to start

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Neftali Feliz made his spring training debut yesterday as a starter, throwing two scoreless innings against the Indians, and afterward manager Ron Washington told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the Rangers “are very committed to giving him the opportunity” to join the rotation. Feliz was primarily a starter in the minors, establishing himself as one…

  22. Milton Bradley accused of abusing wife in divorce papers

    Mar 4, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    Milton Bradley‘s wife has filed divorce paperwork and accuses the Mariners outfielder of abusing her during their five-year marriage, including a claim that a glass he threw struck her on the head and caused bleeding. According to RadarOnline.com the incident occurred on New Year’s Eve while the couple was staying at a hotel without their…

  23. Jason Castro likely to miss entire season with torn ACL

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro‘s season is over before it even began, as the Astros catcher has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Castro, who suffered the injury Wednesday while running to first base, is expected to be sidelined for at least six months. That leaves some chance…

  24. Reds unveil Dusty Baker bobblehead doll/toothpick holder

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    dusty baker toothpick

    From the Reds’ official Twitter feed, here’s a picture of the Dusty Baker bobblehead doll the team will be giving away for the July 2 game against the Indians, which pretty brilliantly incorporates the manager’s penchant for dugout toothpick usage:

  25. Lance Berkman sidelined by second injury of the spring

    Mar 3, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    When the Cardinals signed Lance Berkman to an $8 million deal this offseason guys like me wondered about the wisdom of asking a 35-year-old who’s not in particularly outstanding shape and hasn’t played the outfield since 2007 to be an everyday right fielder. Sub par defense is all but assured, as Berkman was hardly a…

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