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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Webb 'running out of time' to avoid disabled list

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch admitted today that “we are running out of time” for Brandon Webb to be ready for Opening Day, with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reporting that “it’s becoming more and more clear” that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Webb hasn’t pitched since complaining of shoulder soreness on…

  4. Desmond Jennings is having a rough spring

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings is one of the truly elite prospects in baseball, ranking No. 6 on Baseball America‘s annual top 100 list, but things aren’t going smoothly for him this spring. Jennings was plunked on the elbow in his very first Grapefruit League at-bat, missed a few days, returned to the lineup, and then sprained his…

  5. Jose Reyes told to rest 2-8 weeks and will begin season on disabled list

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    General manager Omar Minaya and agent Peter Greenberg just announced that Jose Reyes will “refrain from athletic activity” for 2-8 weeks after follow-up tests showed that his thyroid levels rose again when he did controlled physical activity this week. He’s expected to begin the season on the disabled list, and in addition to resting will…

  6. Mets considering 20-year-old Mejia for bullpen

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Showing yet again that they’ve never met a prospect they won’t rush, the Mets have reportedly decided to keep Jenrry Mejia in big-league camp through the end of spring training to evaluate him as an Opening Day bullpen option. Mejia is one of the game’s best pitching prospects and has looked great so far this…

  7. Milton Bradley, Jim Hendry, and Britney Spears

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley has made headlines lately for basically refusing to stop talking about how miserable he was in Chicago, but did have some nice words for one member of the Cubs: I have nothing bad to say about Jim Hendry. He gave me $30 million. God bless Jim Hendry and his family. Most of the…

  8. Bret Boone to manage independent league team

    Mar 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Aaron Boone officially retired last month to join the Baseball Tonight crew on ESPN and five years after calling it quits his brother Bret Boone has now found a job managing the Victoria Seals of the independent Golden Baseball League. Boone spent most of his 14-year career with the Mariners and Reds, but finished on…

  9. Guzman not at full strength after shoulder surgery

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    I tuned into yesterday afternoon’s Nationals-Tigers game just to see Stephen Strasburg’s spring training debut, but also got a look at Cristian Guzman’s surgically repaired right shoulder as he lobbed a weak, high-arcing throw to first base after fielding a Strasburg-induced grounder. Even before the injury Guzman was pretty lax with his throws to first…

  10. Curt Schilling, Electronic Arts partner for 'fantasy role playing' video game

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Electronic Arts has signed a deal to produce a video game from Curt Schilling’s company 38 Studios. Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe reports that the product “has nothing to do with sports” and will instead be “a single-player fantasy role playing game, still under development and code-named Project Mercury.” Here’s more from the story:…

  11. Shoulder setback sends Flores to Dr. Andrews

    Mar 10, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    When the Nationals signed Ivan Rodriguez to a two-year, $6 million deal I wondered, among other things, why they were paying so much for another catcher when they already had 25-year-old Jesus Flores atop the depth chart. At the time Flores was recovering from shoulder surgery, but most reports had him being ready as soon…

  12. Minaya clarifies: Reyes has elevated thyroid level

    Mar 10, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Responding to conflicting reports about Jose Reyes’ thyroid condition, general manager Omar Minaya said this afternoon that the Mets’ shortstop “has elevated thyroid levels” and is “waiting for test results.” The confusion came yesterday, when Reyes was quoted by ESPN Deportes as saying: “The specialists who took care of me in New York have told…

  13. Pujols, Holliday scratched from Cardinals' lineup

    Mar 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    After sitting out two games with back soreness Albert Pujols was slated to return to the lineup this afternoon, but instead he was a late scratch. Pujols did take batting practice before the game, so obviously the injury isn’t particularly serious. Matt Holliday will also join Pujols on the bench after he “felt something in…

  14. Twins join Cubs in hunt for reliever Jason Frasor

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Earlier this week the Cubs were said to be interested in Jason Frasor, and now the Twins have reportedly joined the mix for the Blue Jays’ reliever following news that Joe Nathan likely needs season-ending Tommy John surgery. Frasor is a solid reliever coming off a career-year, but prior to posting a 2.50 ERA in…

  15. Former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis dies

    Mar 9, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Andrew Blankstein of the Los Angeles Times reports that 69-year-old former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis was found dead in his apartment this morning: Davis … became one of the Dodgers’ early stars after the team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958. Known for his offense, Davis played center field for the Dodgers…

  16. Blalock can opt out of 'convoluted' deal with Rays

    Mar 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Hank Blalock’s minor-league contract with the Rays includes an opt-out clause that allows him to request his release and become a free agent if not added to the 40-man roster by April 1. He can also choose to accept an assignment to the minors, which seems like it could be a decent option given that…

  17. Jason Kendall involved in ugly custody battle

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    TMZ had it first and now the Kansas City Star has picked up on Jason Kendall’s appearance yesterday in a Los Angeles court, where the Royals catcher tried to get permission to bring his two children with him to Kansas City during the season. His ex-wife Chantel Kendall tried to block the move while appearing…

  18. Strasburg looks good in spring training debut

    Mar 9, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg just finished his spring training debut, tossing two scoreless innings against the Tigers. The immortal Don Kelly produced the first hit against the No. 1 overall pick with a sharp single to left field and Strasburg also gave up a second single that hit the mound before skipping into center field. He was…

  19. More shoulder problems for Mat Gamel

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mat Gamel exited yesterday’s game with a sore right shoulder, which is the same injury that caused him to sit out the Brewers’ first three spring training games last week. He suffered the initial injury while taking batting practice last Thursday, but was also sidelined by a right shoulder impingement last spring. Gamel insists that…

  20. How will the Twins replace Joe Nathan at closer?

    Mar 9, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan is likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery and suddenly the Twins are faced with replacing a closer who’s converted 91 percent of his save chances with a 1.87 ERA during six seasons in Minnesota. Truly replacing Nathan will be impossible, because few closers in baseball history have had a six-year stretch that…

  21. UPDATE: Hank Blalock signs minor league deal with Rays

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Blalock has agreed to a minor league contract with the Rays, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. He’ll receive a $925,000 base salary if he makes the team plus $350,000 in performance incentives. Monday 11:58am: MLB.com’s Bill Chastain reports that “the Rays appear to be close to signing Hank Blalock to a minor-league deal.”…

  22. Cubs looking for relief help, interested in Frasor

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs are “urgently seeking relief help” following Angel Guzman’s latest injury setback and have shown interest in Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays. Frasor is technically in a three-way battle for closing duties with Kevin Gregg and Scott Downs, but will almost surely begin the season in his usual…

  23. Mariners may use Figgins at second base, with Lopez at third

    Mar 8, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    When the Mariners signed Chone Figgins to a four-year, $36 million contract this offseason the assumption was that he’d play third base after manning the position in 96.7 percent of his defensive innings with the Angels over the past two seasons. However, early in camp Don Wakamatsu has frequently used Chone Figgins at second base…

  24. Aaron Cook is in the best shape of his life

    Mar 8, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    We can add Aaron Cook to the ever-expanding “best shape of his life” list, because the 31-year-old right-hander shed 20 pounds during the offseason and Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post is now calling him “Aaron Cook Lite.” Armstrong notes that Cook lost so much weight that he actually “planned to gain a few pounds…

  25. Sandy Alderson hired to 'reform' MLB's office in Dominican Republic

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure reports that former A’s general manager and MLB vice president of baseball operations Sandy Alderson has been hired to “reform the league’s Dominican Republic office.” According to Arangure the job’s focus will be “further preventing age and identity fraud and performance-enhancing drug use” among the prospects who can begin signing with big-league…

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