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  1. Reds unveil Dusty Baker bobblehead doll/toothpick holder

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

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    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:

  2. Lance Berkman sidelined by second injury of the spring

    Mar 3, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

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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…

  3. Koji Uehara out “a few days” after cortisone injection in elbow

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

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    Koji Uehara won’t throw for at least a few days after getting a cortisone injection today in his right elbow. Uehara told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that the injury “is not even serious” and described it as merely “arm fatigue,” but the closer candidate has had elbow problems in the past and re-signed with the…

  4. Carlos Ruiz’s wife gave birth exactly nine months after Roy Halladay’s perfect game

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Carlos Ruiz‘s wife gave birth yesterday and, as Bryan Graham of SI.com amusingly points out, the couple’s second child arrived “nine months to the day of Roy Halladay‘s perfect game.” Even better, the baby boy’s name is Carlos. But not Carlos Jr., because Ruiz’s first son already got that name when he was born eight…

  5. Dodgers put AWOL reliever Ronald Belisario on restricted list

    Mar 3, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    Ronald Belisario thinks he’ll be joining the Dodgers as soon as he finds his passport and his agent thinks he’ll sit out the entire season due to visa issues, but whatever the case he’s a no-show at spring training and has now been placed on the restricted list. That doesn’t necessarily change Belisario’s status with…

  6. Phillies GM says Red Sox are “the best team in baseball”

    Mar 3, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Prior to today’s Red Sox-Phillies spring training game Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters that he believes Boston is “the best team in baseball.” He added: “I think, the combo of speed, power, bullpen … they’re a helluva ball club. They don’t have a lot of holes.” Bookmakers disagree, at least right now,…

  7. Wanna see the big hole in Michael Cuddyer’s foot where a wart used to be?

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Michael Cuddyer, who’s expected to miss the next couple weeks, posted the picture on Twitter and … well, you were warned:

  8. Josh Beckett cleared for three-inning simulated game Friday

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

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    Two days after experiencing “mild concussion symptoms” from an errant batting practice ball to the head Josh Beckett has been cleared for a “normal day” of workouts and is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game tomorrow. Beckett passed various brain function tests yesterday and barring a setback he’ll be lined up to start Tuesday,…

  9. Astros catcher Jason Castro likely to undergo knee surgery

    Mar 3, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

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    Astros manager Brad Mills announced today that 24-year-old starting catcher Jason Castro will likely need surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. According to Mills there’s no timetable yet for Castro’s recovery because “they’re going to have to see once they get in there how much damage and what they have…

  10. Owners and MLBPA start talks with first “bargaining session”

    Mar 3, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

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    As the NFL labor situation gets uglier and uglier Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner said this morning that the union and owners held their first “bargaining session” yesterday in Florida. Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that “the meeting was attended by many of the player reps” and Jeremy Guthrie…

  11. Elijah Dukes arrested, accused of hitting pregnant ex-girlfriend

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Elijah Dukes’ big-league career is likely over, but the former Rays and Nationals outfielder continues to make headlines for his off-field behavior. Dukes was arrested Wednesday night in Florida for allegedly slapping his pregnant ex-girlfriend multiple times during a verbal altercation, with Ileana Morales of the St. Petersburg Times reporting that Dukes also has outstanding…

  12. GM Jon Daniels close to signing extension with Rangers

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    General manager Jon Daniels and the Rangers are on the verge of announcing a multi-year contract extension, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Rangers president Nolan Ryan called an extension for Daniels a “priority” earlier in the offseason and Grant reports that the deal could become official as soon as today. Daniels,…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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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:…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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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.…

  21. Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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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,…

  22. Mark Teixeira parts ways with longtime agent Scott Boras

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:47 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

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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…

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