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  1. Video: Bill James chats it up on 'Geoff Baker Live'

    Mar 17, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    If you’ve ever wondered what Bill James looks like, sounds like, and thinks like, check out the video of Geoff Baker from the Seattle Times interviewing him for over an hour yesterday. Some really interesting stuff, including James’ thoughts on the current state of sabermetrics (a word he literally invented), the Mariners’ chances this season,…

  2. Ubaldo Jimenez chose strikeouts over medicine

    Mar 17, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote a great article about Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, whose working-class family in the Dominican Republic made him turn down $20,000 to sign with the Mets as a 16-year-old: They didn’t want me to sign until I finished high school. I always respected my parents, and I knew it was…

  3. NBC Sports' NCAA tournament bracket contest

    Mar 17, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    According to an annual report on workplace productivity the NCAA tournament is expected to cost the United States’ economy approximately $1.8 billion in lost production. Yes, that’s “billion” with a “b.” Oh, and that total only accounts for the first week of March Madness. We here at NBCSports.com would really like to see that number…

  4. Street has setback, likely to begin season on DL

    Mar 17, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Huston Street has been shut down indefinitely and will likely begin the season on the disabled list after experiencing shoulder soreness while playing catch today. Street was sidelined early in camp with what the Rockies deemed shoulder inflammation, but had progressed to throwing regularly before this setback.…

  5. Marlins release Turnbow and his exploding toe

    Mar 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Last week Derrick Turnbow’s big toe “exploded” into “a bloody mess” before he took the mound, yet he still threw a bullpen session moments later because … well, that’s what you do when you’re trying to salvage your career on a minor-league contract. Unfortunately his comeback attempt hit another snag yesterday when Turnbow’s shoulder began…

  6. Bengie Molina was a college shortstop (seriously)

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes the most shocking thing you’ll read today: Bengie Molina was a shortstop in college. It turns out that before Molina settled in for a career behind the plate, before he became the Sultan of Squat, he was a lithe and rangy shortstop for Arizona Western Community…

  7. Cory Wade to miss at least 3 months after surgery

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Cory Wade missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, but upon arriving at spring training last month the 26-year-old reliever said: “My shoulder is healthy. My back is strong. This is the best I’ve felt since 2008.” Unfortunately that was short-lived, as Wade complained of shoulder pain just two weeks later and is…

  8. John Smoltz joins TBS as announcer, but still not officially retiring

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Turner Sports announced that John Smoltz has joined the TBS broadcast team as an analyst for their Sunday afternoon games and select Braves games. Smoltz joins a lineup of color commentators that includes Ron Darling, Buck Martinez, David Wells, and Dennis Eckersley, with Ernie Johnson, Brian Anderson, and Dick Stockton filling play-by-play duties. Chip Caray’s…

  9. Geoff Blum and the uselessness of spring stats

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman is questionable to be ready for Opening Day following knee surgery last week and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are leaning toward veteran utility man Geoff Blum as his replacement at first base. In his absence, Geoff Blum started in the No. 5 spot in the lineup Sunday,…

  10. Lowrie cleared to 'resume some activities' after 'mystery' illness

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie has been sidelined for the past four days because of a so-called “mystery” illness that sapped his energy and accelerated his heart rate. He underwent a stress test and various blood work yesterday and has apparently been cleared of anything serious, with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reporting that he “could resume…

  11. Brewers and Indians work out a deal for Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Yesterday several Rule 5 picks were sent back to their original teams, but the Brewers worked out a deal with the Indians for Chuck Lofgren to remain in the organization without being on the big-league roster all season. In exchange for being able to keep Lofgren and, just as importantly, demote him to the minors…

  12. Theriot to lead off for Cubs, with Fontenot likely starting at second base

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella revealed a few tidbits this afternoon, most notably that Mike Fontenot has a leg up on Jeff Baker as the Cubs’ starting second baseman. “Right now, as we speak, I think that Fontenot has probably jumped ahead a little in the second base slot,” Piniella told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. “It…

  13. Wood's injury may be more serious than believed

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood was scratched from his scheduled appearance Saturday with a sore right lat muscle, but the Indians quickly announced Sunday that he was already back on track and would be able to throw a bullpen session today followed by game action Wednesday. Unfortunately, those plans have changed. Wood did not throw a bullpen session…

  14. Reynolds, Diamondbacks agree to three-year deal with option for 2013

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds and the Diamondbacks were said to be in contract talks for months now, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the two sides have finally agreed to a three-year, $14.5 million contract with an $11 million team option for 2013. Reynolds is coming off a career-year that saw him hit .260/.349/.543…

  15. Dodgers re-assign Gagne to minor-league camp

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    This morning the Dodgers re-assigned Eric Gagne to minor-league camp, removing whatever slim chance he had of claiming an Opening Day bullpen spot. Gagne hasn’t been an effective major-league pitcher since mid-2007 and spent last year pitching poorly in an independent league, so his demotion is certainly no surprise. He chose a minor-league deal from…

  16. Hoping to avoid surgery, Nathan will 'test' injured elbow Saturday

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan is still likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins’ closer will give his injured elbow “a vigorous test” by playing catch Saturday. Complicating matters is that Nathan was “bedridden Saturday and Sunday with a virus and still had a sore throat…

  17. So far, so good for Dustin McGowan's comeback

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan missed all of last season following shoulder surgery, but manager Cito Gaston reports that he “looked good” during a two-inning simulated game yesterday. McGowan tossed 44 pitches, after which Gaston noted that “he threw well, free and easy.” He’s now scheduled to appear in a minor-league game Friday and if that goes well…

  18. Blue Jays sign 19-year-old Cuban shortstop for $10 million

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    No official announcement has been made, but various sources report that the Blue Jays have signed 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria for $10 million. Hechevarria headed to the Dominican Republic after defecting from Cuba and held workouts for at least a half-dozen teams last month. He must have impressed, because he ended up with nearly…

  19. Lance Berkman needs knee surgery, making him doubtful for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Update: According to Alyson Footer, Astros Sr. Director of Social Media, Berkman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. Dr. David Crumbie removed loose cartilage debris from the knee and did not see any sign of ligament or meniscus damage. He’s still expected to miss 2-4 weeks, leaving Opening Day in doubt. Friday…

  20. Ozzie Guillen isn't much of a Sean Penn fan

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    In case you had any doubts about just how much entertainment value the White Sox have cost the world by blocking Ozzie Guillen from creating his own website, here are his latest couple posts on Twitter today: Oh my god seam penn defended ours president hugo chavez thas easy when you no leave in venezuela…

  21. Indians lose Grilli for season, Brown for 8 weeks

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Last week two Indians players went down with injuries during the same workout and now we know the damage. Outfield prospect Jordan Brown will miss 4-8 weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Brown was competing for a bench job following a breakout 2009 season in the minors, but instead…

  22. Shields gets Opening Day nod for Rays again

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    James Shields has started Game 1 for the Rays for the past two seasons and manager Joe Maddon just announced that he’ll get the Opening Day nod again this year: We feel very good about him being the opening day starter. We feel as though he’s earned the right to maintain that position. He was…

  23. White Sox won't let Ozzie have his own website

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen has racked up nearly 40,000 followers in just three weeks on Twitter, but the White Sox apparently squashed the manager’s plans for a personal website. I’ll let Guillen explain: It was something we tried to do, and Major League Baseball was going to help us. All of a sudden the front-office people didn’t…

  24. Picture of the Day: Manny en route to Taiwan

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Via the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed, here’s a picture of Manny Ramirez (plus Angel Berroa and Ronnie Belliard) on the 15-hour trip to Taiwan: Once there Manny went 0-for-3 as the Dodgers lost the first of three games against a Taiwanese All-Star team, but it looks like he made a few new friends on the…

  25. Lowell's spring debut pushed back to next week

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was initially hoping to make his spring training debut tomorrow, but now it sounds like he won’t play until Monday at the earliest. Here’s manager Terry Francona: We’re probably shooting more for Monday with Mikey Lowell. That’s probably a realistic target. I don’t know if it will happen. Normally teams have every reason…

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