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  1. Rumors continue to swirl around Twins ace Francisco Liriano and the Yankees

    Mar 1, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune got the Francisco Liriano rumor mill rolling two weeks ago by reporting that the Twins aren’t interested in signing the 27-year-old left-hander to a long-term contract extension and are open to the possibility of trading him before he becomes a free agent following the 2012 season. I speculated…

  2. Greg Goossen: 1945-2011

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

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    Greg Goossen, who played six seasons in the majors for the Mets, Pilots, Brewers, and Senators, passed away Saturday at age 65. Sadly, he was discovered in his home after failing to show up to the ceremony inducting him into the Notre Dame high school Hall of Fame. Goossen’s obituary in the Los Angeles Times…

  3. Brewers infielder Craig Counsell issues statement in support of Wisconsin union workers

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brewers infielder Craig Counsell, who went to high school in Milwaukee and has lived in Wisconsin while playing five seasons for the Brewers, issued a statement in support of the state’s union workers as they oppose a bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker: As a Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers who works…

  4. Mike Stanton out “at least two weeks” with strained quad

    Feb 28, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Mike Stanton left yesterday’s game with a strained right quadriceps muscle and told reporters this afternoon that he expects to miss “at least two weeks.” Manager Edwin Rodriguez told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the Marlins’ training staff is “going to wait two or three more days” before re-evaluating Stanton’s status, with Frisaro writing that…

  5. Corey Hart out two weeks with a strained oblique muscle

    Feb 28, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Another day, another oblique strain in Brewers camp. Mat Gamel was already shut down with a strained right oblique muscle and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Corey Hart is expected to miss at least two weeks with the same injury on the left side. Hart, unlike Gamel, won’t have to…

  6. Bryce Harper’s spring debut: Seven pitches, two strikeouts

    Feb 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper made his spring training debut today, coming off the bench against the Mets, and … well, it wasn’t pretty for the 18-year-old No. 1 overall pick. In his first at-bat Harper struck out on three pitches against left-hander Taylor Tankersley and in his second at-bat he whiffed on four pitches against right-hander Ryota…

  7. Bob Howry retires after 13 seasons in the majors

    Feb 28, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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    Bob Howry has announced his retirement at age 37 after spending 13 seasons as a reliever for the White Sox, Cubs, Red Sox, Indians, Diamondbacks, and Giants. Howry was drafted by the Giants in 1994 and came to the White Sox in the infamous “white flag” trade in mid-1997. He finally wound up in San…

  8. Josh Beckett sent home with “mild concussion symptoms” after being struck by ball

    Feb 28, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett was struck on the head by an errant batting practice ball this morning and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s been “sent home to rest” with “mild concussion symptoms.” According to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, the incident occurred when batting practice pitcher Ino Guerrero attempted to hit a shagged ball…

  9. Ozzie Guillen fires back at Bobby Jenks: “He did a lot of bad things … we lied for him, we protected him”

    Feb 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    After being non-tendered by the White Sox and signing with the Red Sox as a free agent Bobby Jenks commented that he’s “looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.” Ozzie Guillen remained remarkable silent after that, instead letting his son Oney Guillen rip Jenks repeatedly via Twitter, but…

  10. Ian Stewart sprained knee in collision with Carlos Gonzalez

    Feb 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Ian Stewart is expected to be out for 5-6 days with what Thomas Harding of MLB.com calls “a low-grade sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.” Stewart suffered the injury Saturday during an outfield collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who escaped with merely a bruised right shin. He initially didn’t think much of…

  11. Must-click link: Derrick Goold on Bill James

    Feb 28, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of my favorite beat reporters and he’s even better when he stretches his writing legs a bit for a story like this one on Bill James: Goold: Stats don’t tell the whole story of who Bill James is James’ legend has grown to the point…

  12. Brandon Phillips wants a long-term contract extension, but do the Reds?

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips said yesterday that he’d “love to get an extension” from the Reds, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it would be nice to be here for the rest of my career” and “I want to know a guarantee instead of a possibility.” So why haven’t the two sides worked something out…

  13. Carlos Beltran is moving to right field full time

    Feb 28, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Two weeks ago new Mets manager Terry Collins said of Carlos Beltran: “When he walks in the first day, he’s the center fielder.” Beltran may have walked into camp as the center fielder, but those plans have apparently already changed, as Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Beltran will be moved to right field full…

  14. J.J. Putz won’t make Diamondbacks debut before March 7

    Feb 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    J.J. Putz signed on to be the Diamondbacks’ closer with a two-year, $10 million deal this offseason, but the veteran right-hander won’t make his spring training debut until March 7 despite nothing being wrong with him physically. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson explained to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that Putz will focus on building up his…

  15. Cla Meredith is already hurt for the second time this spring

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Cla Meredith‘s bid to win a bullpen spot after signing a minor-league contract with the Nationals was delayed right away by elbow soreness and now, after his surgically repaired elbow checked out fine, the side-arming reliever tweaked his back during fielding drills today. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Meredith had to be…

  16. Carl Pavano seriously considered one-year offer from Yankees

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

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    It would have been tough for Carl Pavano‘s four-year stay in New York to go any worse and he’s one of the most hated players in Yankees history, yet after missing out on Cliff Lee general manager Brian Cashman offered him a one-year deal to return. Even more surprising? Pavano told Kelsie Smith of the…

  17. Kendry Morales “still not running anywhere near 100 percent”

    Feb 25, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

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    Kendry Morales is no sure thing to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of last season with a broken leg and if he is ready for game action on March 31 it’ll likely be as a designated hitter, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. DiGiovanna writes that Morales “is hitting…

  18. Joe Torre to replace Sandy Alderson as MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations

    Feb 25, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Last month Joe Torre was said to be “leaning toward” taking a job with Major League Baseball and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that commissioner Bud Selig will officially announce tomorrow that Torre has joined MLB as executive vice president for baseball operations. According to Heyman he’ll be “overseeing on-field activity for MLB” in…

  19. Odds: Over/under win totals for National League teams

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

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    Bookmaker.com has posted its initial over/under odds for regular season team wins. Here are the National League totals (for entertainment purposes only, of course): Phillies 97 Giants 88 Braves 88 Rockies 87 Reds 86.5 Brewers 85.5 Cardinals 83.5 Dodgers 83 Cubs 82 Marlins 81.5 Mets 77 Padres 76 Diamondbacks 72.5 Astros 72.5 Nationals 72 Pirates…

  20. Adrian Beltre out 10-14 days with a strained calf muscle

    Feb 25, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre‘s stained calf was initially believed to be a minor malady, but now Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that he’ll miss 10-14 days with what has been classified as a Grade 1 strain. He’s been shut down from all baseball activities until at least next week and will miss the first batch of exhibition…

  21. Odds: Over/under win totals for American League teams

    Feb 25, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Bookmaker.com has posted its initial over/under odds for regular season team wins. Here are the American League totals (for entertainment purposes only, of course): Red Sox 95 Yankees 91.5 Rangers 87 Twins 86.5 White Sox 85.5 Rays 84.5 Tigers 83.5 Athletics 83.5 Angels 83 Blue Jays 76 Orioles 76 Indians 71 Mariners 70 Royals 69.5…

  22. Adam Wainwright scheduled for Tommy John surgery Monday

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

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    There’s no official announcement yet from the Cardinals on when Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John elbow surgery, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll go under the knife Monday. Some pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery in 10 months, some pitchers need two years, and some are never…

  23. Vicente Padilla to resume throwing in 3-4 weeks after surgery

    Feb 25, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery yesterday and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are “optimistic” enough about how things went that he could be cleared to resume throwing in just 3-4 weeks. Add in some time to build back arm strength while showing he’s healthy and a late April or…

  24. Jonny Gomes “reached out” to Cardinals following reported celebration of Adam Wainwright injury

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News unknowingly created a controversy yesterday when he wrote about overhearing Jonny Gomes in the Reds’ clubhouse celebrating news of Adam Wainwright‘s elbow injury by singing. By last night McCoy had deleted the original excerpt while posting a follow-up article explaining his version of what happened and several other…

  25. Miguel Cabrera arrives at Tigers camp, MLB issues statement

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    In advance of Miguel Cabrera arriving at Tigers camp and speaking to reporters this afternoon, MLB has issued the following statement about his status following last week’s drunk driving arrest: Consistent with our policy, over the past several days Miguel Cabrera has been evaluated by representatives of the Treatment Board jointly operated by the commissioner’s…

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