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  1. Dwight Gooden to appear on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

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    TMZ reports that former Mets ace Dwight Gooden will be part of the cast for the upcoming season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” on VH1. The other cast members really stretch the definition of celebrity: Michael Lohan, Jeremy Jackson, Bai Ling, and Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Or: A famous person’s father, a guy who…

  2. Barry Zito and Bruce Bochy have closed-door meeting to discuss release rumor

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    I wrote this morning about Bruce Jenkins’ column in the San Francisco Chronicle, which suggested that the Giants are considering releasing Barry Zito and eating the $65 million remaining on his contract. The whole thing seemed far-fetched to me and the logic Jenkins employed appeared to be particularly lacking, with the goal seemingly being to…

  3. Ron Gardenhire says Brian Duensing will “absolutely” be in Twins’ rotation

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

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    Brian Duensing tossed two scoreless innings against the Pirates this afternoon, but the bigger news came just before he took the mound when Ron Gardenhire replied “absolutely” when asked if Duensing would be in the Opening Day rotation. After re-signing Carl Pavano the Twins have six starters for five rotation spots and Duensing has the…

  4. Ubaldo Jimenez’s infected right thumb is “nothing serious”

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Ubaldo Jimenez “won’t pitch for a few days” because of an infection in his right thumb, but manager Jim Tracy called it “absolutely nothing serious.” Maybe not, but Armstrong writes that Jimenez “had the thumb lanced and fluid removed from the infected area.” Here’s more from Tracy:…

  5. Mariners spent MLB-high $6.5 million signing international prospects in 2010

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America has put together a ton of great content breaking down the 2010 international prospect class in every possible way, including a list of team-by-team spending. Seattle leads the way by shelling out $6.47 million on international prospects in 2010, including $2.2 million for Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo, $1.1 million on…

  6. White Sox giving Dayan Viciedo a look in the outfield

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Between re-signing first baseman Paul Konerko to a three-year, $37.5 million deal and seemingly clearing the way for rookie Brent Morel to take over as the everyday third baseman the White Sox pushed prospect Dayan Viciedo out of the infield picture, but now Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’re giving him a…

  7. San Francisco Chronicle columnist says Giants might release Barry Zito before Opening Day

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Bruce Jenkins is a longtime San Francisco Chronicle writer, so his column today suggesting the Giants may release Barry Zito and eat the remainder of his contract is likely to get a lot of attention, but … well, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Jenkins starts by writing that Zito “is walking…

  8. Apparently his agent was right: Ronald Belisario is still a no-show at Dodgers camp

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Two weeks ago Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario and his agent had an odd back-and-forth in the media, with Paul Kinzer saying that he didn’t expect Belisario to pitch at all this season due to visa problems in Venezuela and Belisario responding that he simply lost his passport and would soon be reporting to spring training.…

  9. Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Cla Meredith had bone chips removed from his elbow during the offseason and it took just 20 throws for his arm to start barking again this spring, but unfortunately the injury is more serious this time around. Today the Nationals announced that Meredith, who was competing for a middle relief job on a minor-league contract,…

  10. Mark Teixeira parts ways with longtime agent Scott Boras

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira called reporters over to his locker this morning to announce that he’s dropped agent Scott Boras, who’s represented Teixeira since he was a first-round pick in 2001. Teixeira explained the move by saying: Sometimes, business relationships just run their course. Now that the contract is over with, I don’t want to be “Scott…

  11. Josh Beckett cleared to return from concussion, but won’t pitch until next week

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Josh Beckett passed a series of brain function tests this morning after displaying “mild concussion symptoms” when struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice Monday and has been cleared to resume light activities, but Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox have scratched him from tomorrow’s scheduled…

  12. Justin Morneau visits doctor, but still not cleared for game action eight months after concussion

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

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    After being examined by a doctor yesterday Justin Morneau was not cleared for game action despite suffering a concussion eight months ago. Morneau and the Twins continue to talk about the progress he’s made recently and from a quality of life standpoint it truly sounds like he’s significantly improved, but eight months after the concussion…

  13. Jake Locker won’t play baseball even if there’s an NFL lockout

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Last week general manager Tony Reagins expressed some optimism that former University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker may decide to play baseball if there’s an NFL lockout, as the Angels own his MLB rights through 2015 after giving him a $250,000 bonus as a 10th-round pick in 2009. Locker squashed that idea today while appearing…

  14. Oft-injured Nick Johnson signs minor league deal with Indians

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Johnson hits solo home run in first inning against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in New York

    Last offseason Nick Johnson signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Yankees, but after yet another injury wrecked season the 32-year-old disabled list regular has had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. If healthy Johnson brings excellent on-base skills to the lineup, but that’s sort…

  15. Michael Cuddyer out 7-14 days after having wart removed

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Michael Cuddyer‘s attempt to self-treat a wart on his foot during the offseason proved unsuccessful, so now he’s expected to miss 7-14 days after leaving Twins camp and returning to Minnesota to have it removed by a doctor. Aside from it probably being pretty embarrassing for Cuddyer to have his foot wart make headlines, this…

  16. Garret Anderson retires after 17 seasons and 2,529 hits

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Unable to find a job this spring after hitting just .181 in 80 games for the Dodgers last season, Garret Anderson has decided to call it a career after 17 years in the majors. Fifteen of those years were spent with the Angels and Anderson is the franchise’s all-time leader in games (2,013), plate appearances…

  17. Josh Beckett after being hit on the head: “I feel better today”

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett was sent home from Red Sox camp yesterday with “mild concussion symptoms” after being struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice and was held out of all activities today, but told Ian Browne of MLB.com that he’s feeling better: How do I feel? I feel all right. I feel…

  18. Chris Carpenter leaves start with strained hamstring

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    More bad news for the Cardinals, as Chris Carpenter left this afternoon’s start with a strained hamstring. Given how depressing spring training has been for the Cardinals so far perhaps the injury being to Carpenter’s leg rather than his arm almost qualifies as good news. Of course, in the same game reliever Mitchell Boggs departed…

  19. Indians choose Fausto Carmona as Opening Day starter

    Mar 1, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Manny Acta became the latest manager to name his Opening Day starter a month before the season begins, saying yesterday that Fausto Carmona will get the Game 1 assignment for the Indians. It’ll be Carmona’s first Opening Day start, as CC Sabathia (twice), Cliff Lee, and Jake Westbrook got the nod during his first four…

  20. Joe Beimel shut down and headed for MRI exam on elbow

    Mar 1, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Pirates reliever Joe Beimel is headed for an MRI exam after experiencing elbow soreness during a throwing session this morning. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com “he first felt pain in his left forearm on Saturday and took the next two days off as a precautionary measure.” Beimel signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates…

  21. Jeremy Bonderman is “likely going to sit this year out”

    Mar 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Jeremy Bonderman was linked to several teams this offseason, but the right-hander remains unsigned after coming back from shoulder surgery to post a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings last season and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com “talked to a player who knows Bonderman” and believes “more than likely he’s going to sit this year out.” Crasnick…

  22. Austin Kearns was arrested for a DUI in Kentucky last month

    Mar 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    After news of the incident somehow remained silent for three weeks, the Indians announced today that Austin Kearns was arrested in Kentucky on February 12 and charged with a DUI. Asked why he didn’t tell the Indians about the arrest and instead let them find out only after it was published in a Kentucky newspaper,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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