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  1. Marcum gets Opening Day nod after sitting out '09

    Mar 22, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Cito Gaston announced that Shaun Marcum will be the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter, which is noteworthy given that he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Roy Halladay started each of the past seven Opening Days for the Blue Jays, but he’ll be taking the mound for the Phillies in Game…

  2. Don't call it a setback: Erik Bedard cancels bullpen session

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard was slated to throw off a mound today for the first time since August shoulder surgery, but the Mariners canceled those plans with trainer Rick Griffin explaining: “He’s not ready, in our opinion.” Griffin went on to clarify that the cancellation isn’t a “setback” for Bedard, but given that the bullpen session was…

  3. Mauer contract a big risk the Twins had to take

    Mar 21, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer’s new eight-year extension is worth $100 million more than any other contract the Twins have ever handed out and committing to pay a catcher $23 million per year through his age-35 season in 2018 represents a massive amount of risk. With that said, it was a no-brainer. First and foremost, if reasonably healthy…

  4. Brian Roberts back on the field after epidural shot

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports that Brian Roberts has been cleared to resume “baseball-related activities” after getting an epidural shot Monday for the herniated disk in his back. I’ll do a little bit of everything. Nothing too crazy yet. A little bit of moving around and running, field a ground ball or two, try to hit…

  5. Chris Carpenter stays in after six first-inning runs

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    This afternoon Chris Carpenter got knocked around for six first-inning runs against the Marlins, including a pair of hits from reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, and made a diving play to tag Emilio Bonifacio just to get out of the opening frame. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch notes that Carpenter…

  6. Gardner, not Winn, likely to start for Yankees

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com “all indications” are that Brett Gardner will be the Yankees’ starting left fielder, with veteran free agent pickup Randy Winn “serving more of a fourth outfielder’s role.” When the Yankees signed Winn in January the opposite was thought to be true, but manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that Gardner…

  7. Tommy Hunter questionable for Opening Day

    Mar 19, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Tommy Hunter was scratched from yesterday’s scheduled start after straining his left oblique during pregame warmups: I was feeling strong in the bullpen. Throwing great. I was spotting a perfect game, a no-hitter in the bullpen. Then I went, “Oh poop,” and said all kinds of choice words. Right, like “oh poop.” Hunter and his…

  8. Lilly throwing again, hopes to debut by late April

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly threw live batting practice yesterday and reported no pain in his surgically repaired shoulder or recently injured knee, indicating that he hopes to join the Cubs’ rotation by late April: I feel pretty darn good. I don’t know how close to normal. The most important thing is when you get up there on…

  9. Oft-injured Guzman opts for shoulder surgery

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    As expected, Angel Guzman has opted for season-ending shoulder surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week. Guzman has a lengthy history of arm problems, including a previous Tommy John elbow surgery, and the latest injury is a significant ligament tear in his right shoulder. Andrews advised him to go under the knife…

  10. Brad Lidge unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he was “pretty pleased” with his 16-pitch appearance in a minor-league game this afternoon, but also admitted afterward that he’s unlikely to be ready for Opening Day following offseason knee and elbow surgeries: It’s going to be really tough to be ready for the opener. In my…

  11. Nationals talking to Dunn's agent about extension

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said yesterday that he’s met with Adam Dunn’s agent about a contract extension since spring training started and described the talks as “amicable and upbeat”: It’s something we think about all the time, and we’re discussing that. I hate to put any date restrictions on anything, because I don’t want…

  12. Ozzie: 'As long as they don't check for Vodka and Corona I'll be fine'

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, on Ron Washington testing positive for cocaine: One thing about it, it ain’t going to happen to me, I guarantee you that. I grew up in some bad stuff, I know how that stuff is so bad. I support him. He made a mistake. I’m not saying he did the right thing, but…

  13. Street's injury has Rockies interested in Beimel

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have “expressed interest” in free agent reliever Joe Beimel following yesterday’s news that closer Huston Street will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Last month the Mets were said to be making a run at Beimel, but he remains unsigned deep into spring…

  14. Matt Holliday still sidelined by strained rib cage

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday was scratched from the Cardinals’ lineup last Wednesday, with manager Tony La Russa explaining that he “felt something in his rib cage.” Eight days later he’s still on the sidelines. La Russa replied “not yet” when asked by Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch if he’s worried about Holliday’s status, adding: “He’s…

  15. Ron Washington's official statement

    Mar 17, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Here’s the full transcript of Ron Washington’s official statement, released by the Rangers following news that he tested positive for cocaine last year: I am here today to apologize for a huge mistake I made during the first half of the season in 2009. I am not here to make excuses. There are none. I…

  16. Nationals may look into replacing Dukes with Dye

    Mar 17, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    After releasing Elijah Dukes this morning the Nationals may look to replace him with Jermaine Dye, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. Ladson notes that platooning the left-handed-hitting Willie Harris with right-handed hitters Justin Maxwell or Mike Morse in right field is the Nationals’ most likely post-Dukes plan, but adds that “they do have interest in”…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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,…

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