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  1. No shock: Ricky Nolasco says he didn’t try to hit Nyjer Morgan

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    Not that there was much doubt in the mind of anyone but Nyjer Morgan, but Ricky Nolasco made it pretty clear today that he didn’t intend to hit Morgan with a pitch earlier this week: I don’t know what to tell Nyjer. I’m not trying to hit him. What’s happened last year is squashed. If…

  2. Pirates claim Garrett Olson off waivers from Mariners

    Mar 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    One of the benefits of finishing with the worst record in baseball last season is that the Pirates still have the No. 1 waiver priority and they used it today to claim Garrett Olson after he was let go by the Mariners. I once thought Olson had a future as a solid mid-rotation starter for…

  3. Scot Shields retires after 10 years as elite, underrated reliever

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Scot Shields was said to be pondering retirement throughout the offseason and the longtime Angels setup man officially called it quits today after a 10-year career in which he threw 697 innings with a 3.18 ERA. Because he never got a chance to be a full-time closer Shields was almost always overlooked during discussions of…

  4. Ryan Raburn in the mix for Tigers’ starting job at second base

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Carlos Guillen‘s slower than expected recovery from knee surgery has opened the door for Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes to compete for the Tigers’ starting job at second base, but Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that Ryan Raburn has emerged as a contender for the gig as well. Raburn has never started more than 15…

  5. Ichiro Suzuki donates $1.2 million to Japanese relief efforts

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Ichiro Suzuki hasn’t talked to the media about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he donated 100 million yen to the Red Cross’ relief efforts. That works out to around $1.2 million, depending on the current conversion rate. According to Baker the Mariners have also announced…

  6. Astros pick Brett Myers over Wandy Rodriguez as Opening Day starter

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Brett Myers

    Today the Astros announced that Brett Myers, not Wandy Rodriguez, will start on Opening Day against Roy Halladay and the Phillies. Myers is coming off a career-year that saw him post a 3.14 ERA and 180/66 K/BB ratio in 224 innings to earn a two-year, $23 million contract extension, but Rodriguez was also plenty effective…

  7. Jake Fox has an MLB-high seven homers, but do spring stats really matter?

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

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    Yesterday my Twitter feed lit up with Orioles writers marveling at Jake Fox hitting his sixth and seventh homers of the spring, which is good for the MLB lead and suddenly makes his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster a popular topic. While no doubt impressed by the power display, manager Buck Showalter explained…

  8. C.J. Wilson on extension talks: “It doesn’t look like a deal is going to get done”

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    CJ Wilson pitching

    C.J. Wilson dramatically altered the course of his career last year by requesting a chance to move from the bullpen to the rotation and after thriving as a starter he’s potentially now just one season from a big payday as a free agent. Wilson and the Rangers have had some talks about a contract extension,…

  9. Brad Lidge hoping for return to game action next week

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Brad Lidge threw a problem-free bullpen session this morning and afterward told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’s hoping to return to game action within 3-4 days. Lidge has been sidelined for a week with right biceps tendinitis, but said his arm “felt really good” while throwing 35 pitches today and is scheduled for another…

  10. DL bound Kendrys Morales “still isn’t running full speed”

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Mike Scioscia has said that Kendrys Morales needs to see game action by Sunday if he’s to have any chance of being on the Opening Day roster, but there’s almost zero chance of that happening with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reporting that Morales “still isn’t running full speed.” Morales is 10 months…

  11. What do the Twins really think of Delmon Young’s defense?

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

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    Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press did a terrific job incorporating advanced defensive metrics into a recent article about Delmon Young. She spoke to sabermetricians Bill James and John Dewan while noting that the 30 pounds Young lost last offseason didn’t actually lead to major improvement in his fielding numbers and then used…

  12. Andrew Bailey gets positive news on elbow, but status for Opening Day still uncertain

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey gave the A’s a scare when he left Monday’s game grabbing his surgically repaired elbow, but Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage and Bailey said today that the “ripping” sensation he felt was likely just scar tissue breaking up. Bailey told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he hopes to…

  13. Omar Minaya “antsy” to return to baseball, has offer from Mets

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Omar Minaya

    “An industry source” told Mike Puma of the New York Post that former general manager Omar Minaya is “antsy” to find another job in baseball after being fired by the Mets. However, according to Puma he “still is exploring options” while being paid $2 million this season as part of his contract with the Mets.…

  14. Chase Utley is visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist” today

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

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    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. revealed that Chase Utley and Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan are spending today visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist.” Amaro declined to give any other details, but told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Utley and the Phillies are “trying to exhaust all ways not to have surgery” for the patellar tendinitis in…

  15. Springtime Storylines: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders?

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Buck Showalter and the optimistic Orioles. The Big Question: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders? I tend…

  16. Chris Coghlan on injury: “My arm is just not ready to go”

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

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    All offseason I’ve been wondering if the Marlins are nuts for thinking Chris Coghlan can hack it defensively as an everyday center fielder, but it may be a while before we find out. Coghlan has been sidelined by a inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff and recently suffered a setback, with Joe Capozzi of…

  17. Corey Hart running out of time to get healthy as oblique “kills”

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

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    Three weeks ago Corey Hart was expected to miss two weeks with a strained oblique muscle, but he’s yet to rejoin the lineup and yesterday told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s worried about being ready for Opening Day: It’s still not coming as fast as I want it to. It won’t go away. I…

  18. Adrian Beltre’s head-rubbing nightmare continues in Texas

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Adrian Beltre really, really hates it when someone touches his head and his Red Sox teammates did it so much in the dugout last season that there’s a website filled with video clips of him freaking out. He changed teams during the offseason and signed a five-year, $80 million contract, but that won’t keep his…

  19. Adam Wainwright’s rotation replacement likely Kyle McClellan

    Mar 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    The competition to replace Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals’ rotation is still officially humming along, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that Kyle McClellan has all but locked up the job after spending the past three seasons in the bullpen. Tony La Russa was also full of praise for McClellan, but…

  20. Kevin Millwood threw this morning in front of several teams, including the Yankees

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood held a “showcase” for teams this morning on the UC-Irvine campus and the Yankees were among those scouting him. Last month Sherman reported that Millwood rejected a minor-league contract offer from the Yankees, which was exceptionally … well, let’s say “bold”…

  21. Felix Hernandez’s no-trade clause blocks 10 teams, including nearly all high-payroll clubs

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

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    No matter how many times the Mariners make it incredibly clear that they aren’t going to trade their 25-year-old Cy Young winner who’s signed through 2014 the speculation about Felix Hernandez deals doesn’t seem to stop, but perhaps this at least will cause it to die down for a while. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com…

  22. Are the Nationals getting fed up with Nyjer Morgan?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    We’ve been rough on Nyjer Morgan here at HBT, criticizing the Nationals outfielder for various on-field altercations, horrendous base-stealing, and his overall ineptitude last season. I’m sure annoying bloggers isn’t a particularly big concern for Morgan, but now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals may be getting sick of him too.…

  23. Scott Downs out a month after breaking toe “playing around with my kids”

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

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    Scott Downs, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Angels this offseason, revealed today that he broke the big toe on his left foot while “playing around with my kids” and “just doing normal dad stuff at home.” He’ll be out for at least two weeks and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  24. Marty Marion: 1917-2011

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

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    Marty Marion, an eight-time All-Star who spent 11 seasons as the Cardinals’ starting shortstop and won the NL MVP in 1944, has passed away at age 94. Marion’s reputation was always much bigger than his numbers, even during his MVP season, as he hit just .267 with six homers and a .686 OPS that ranked…

  25. Brian Cashman disagrees with Cliff Lee saying the Yankees “are getting older”

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Brian Cashman

    Last week during a radio interview Cliff Lee said that he chose Philadelphia over New York in part because “it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older.” First of all, technically “some of the Yankee guys are getting older” is a statement of fact. We’re all “getting older” (with the notable exceptions…

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