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  1. David Aardsma plays catch for first time since hip surgery

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma played catch yesterday, marking the first time the Mariners closer has thrown since undergoing hip surgery in January. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin called it “a good start” and told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Aardsma “felt good.” Aardsma just shed his crutches last week, so he still has a long way to go…

  2. Diamondbacks “renewed efforts to trade” for Michael Young

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported in mid-February that the Diamondbacks were interested in Michael Young and today he writes that they “renewed their efforts to trade” for him last week only to balk when the Rangers “asked for a strong package of prospects and major leaguers.” Rosenthal is probably the best national reporter in the…

  3. Someone should tell Nyjer Morgan to stop trying to steal bases

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Nyjer Morgan was caught stealing twice in yesterday’s game (although one came on a botched hit-and-run try) and manager Jim Riggleman revealed that he gave Morgan a little pep talk in the dugout following the first failed steal attempt: I said, “You know what? It seems like they throw the ball right on the button.”…

  4. Everyone has been spelling Kendry Morales’ name wrong

    Mar 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Kendry Morales revealed today that his actual name is Kendrys Morales–with an extra “S” in the first name–which means everyone has been spelling his name wrong for at least seven years. That seems like sort of a long time to let that type of thing go unchanged, but according to Kevin Baxter of the Los…

  5. Charlie Manuel close to two-year extension with Phillies

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel and the Phillies are “close to agreeing on a contract extension” that Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports will be worth “between $3.5 million and $4 million per season” for two years. Manuel is already under contract for $2.4 million this season, so a two-year extension would keep the 67-year-old managing the Phillies through…

  6. Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for Phillies as Chase Utley insurance

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler, who covered the Tigers in Detroit prior to working at CBSSports.com, reports that Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for the Phillies as they look to add depth following the latest news on Chase Utley‘s knee injury. Santiago has split time at shortstop for the Tigers during the past few seasons, but is…

  7. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen versus Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Here’s the latest “Quote of the Day” winner from manager/quote machine Ozzie Guillen: I’m the Charlie Sheen of baseball, but without drugs and a prostitute. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports provides a bit more context for the quote, noting that Guillen “was talking about the double-standard with him,” but it stands on its own pretty…

  8. Brendan Donnelly retires after nine seasons in the majors

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    brendan donnelly angels

    Brendan Donnelly has announced his retirement, ending what was a remarkable career for someone who didn’t reach the majors for the first time until age 30 and was never allowed to join the MLB players’ association. Donnelly spent a decade in the minors pitching for six different organizations–and was a spring training replacement player during…

  9. Oliver Perez to get brief bullpen tryout, followed by release

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    Oliver Perez is no longer competing for a rotation spot following another poor start yesterday, but the Mets aren’t ready to release him quite yet and will instead give him a chance to claim a bullpen job. Perez is much better suited for relief work at this point, as he actually remained somewhat effective against…

  10. Justin Morneau “pleased” with how he felt the morning after first game in eight months

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Throughout his eight-month recovery from a concussion Justin Morneau often felt good enough to workout on a particular day, only to have his symptoms return the next morning and sidetrack his progress. That was the fear after Morneau played in a game yesterday for the first time since July 7 and the former MVP admitted…

  11. Mike Pelfrey learns to never assume a woman is pregnant

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    not pregnant shirt

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com passes along the important life lesson Mike Pelfrey learned from Taylor Tankersley‘s wife: Pelfrey, himself a new father, asked Tankersley’s wife Lauren when she is due. “Due with what?” she deadpanned. Said Pelfrey: “My heart skipped a beat.” Rubin notes that she’s actually due to give birth Friday, but I’m guessing…

  12. Blue Jays interested in Twins starter Kevin Slowey

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Twins pitcher Slowey throws against Tigers during their MLB game in Minneapolis

    Minnesota has six starters for five rotation spots and Kevin Slowey looks likely to be the odd man out, with Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reporting that the Blue Jays “had three scouts watching” his start yesterday. According to Christensen the Blue Jays “like Slowey and have relievers to spare,” which makes them…

  13. Chase Utley’s status for Opening Day in doubt as he seeks “additional opinions” on knee injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    chase utley underrated

    As expected, the Phillies’ announcement this morning regarding Chase Utley‘s knee injury doesn’t contain any good news. Team trainer Michael Ciccotti issued a statement saying that the knee problems have not responded to treatment as well as they have in the past and “an MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone…

  14. Josh Beckett returns from concussion with good outing against Astros

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett shook off the mild concussion he sustained last Monday to toss 3.2 innings of one-run ball against the Astros today, striking out four batters. In addition to avoiding any post-concussion symptoms Beckett also told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that his back problems have improved after limiting him to just 21 starts last season:…

  15. Rangers “clearly aren’t planning on Brandon Webb being ready for Opening Day”

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Somewhat lost in the “starter or reliever?” drama surrounding Neftali Feliz is that it sounds like Brandon Webb won’t be ready to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation. In fact, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes today that the Rangers “clearly aren’t planning on him being ready for Opening Day.” That news comes before Webb…

  16. So far so good with Joe Nathan’s comeback from Tommy John surgery

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Justin Morneau‘s long-awaited return to the lineup after sitting out the past eight months with a concussion is the biggest news in Twins camp this week, but Minnesota also has another elite player coming back from an even longer absence in closer Joe Nathan. Right around this time last year Nathan left his first spring…

  17. Two members of my family and Manny Acta agree: Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz looks good

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    drew-pomeranz-indians-spring

    My uncle and cousin spent the past week in Arizona checking out a bunch of spring training games–they didn’t arrive until after Craig had gone home, just to be safe–and sent me a slew of text messages while watching Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz pitch Sunday. My uncle, a high school baseball coach, and my cousin,…

  18. Chris Carpenter throws problem-free bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Chris Carpenter left last week’s start with a hamstring injury and then had to cut short Sunday’s bullpen session when he felt a “twinge” in the same area, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he successfully completed a problem-free bullpen session today. Carpenter described the 12-minute session as “definitely way…

  19. Neftali Feliz scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    One day after admitting that he’d prefer to remain a closer rather than join the rotation the Rangers announced that Neftali Feliz will pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow against the A’s. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve given up on making him a starter, as Feliz is scheduled to go well beyond a closer’s workload…

  20. Derrek Lee to have injured right wrist examined by specialist

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    derrek-lee-orioles-spring

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters this afternoon that Derrek Lee‘s spring training debut “is not imminent” and revealed that the veteran first baseman will have his sore right wrist examined by a specialist. After struggling for much of last season Lee underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb in November…

  21. Mark Trumbo’s power is turning heads in Angels camp

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    mark-trumbo-angels-spring

    Kendry Morales‘ uncertain status as he comes back from the broken leg that ended his 2010 season after 51 games has potentially opened the door for a minor leaguer to grab a roster spot and perhaps even a prominent early season role for the Angels. So far at least Mark Trumbo looks like the man…

  22. Ryan Madson hopes to stay with the Phillies, but wants to be a closer

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Ryan Madson is in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal and the setup man told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he “would love the opportunity to stay and finish my career here.” Madson also told Gelb that he’d like the chance to be a closer and with the Phillies likely…

  23. Baby steps: A.J. Burnett throws three perfect innings

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    It says a lot about how far A.J. Burnett has fallen that his throwing three perfect innings in an early March spring training game qualifies as news, but here we are. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Burnett threw 30 of 45 pitches for strikes yesterday and drew positive reviews from both…

  24. Matt Cain “let it go with no hesitation” in bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start last week with elbow inflammation, but returned to the mound yesterday for a bullpen session and manager Bruce Bochy said afterward that “he let it go with no hesitation.” Bochy told Chris Haft of MLB.com that Cain will likely be asked to throw batting practice or a…

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

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    morneau b squad

    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…

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