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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.”…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Baseball and movies: Renner looks like Peavy, Hill doesn't look like DePodesta

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Jeremy Renner was seemingly the only person involved with The Hurt Locker not to take home an Oscar last night, but as seemingly everyone in my Twitter feed pointed out at least he still looks like a dead ringer for Jake Peavy (or perhaps at this point Peavy looks like a dead ringer for him):…

  11. Pujols sitting out today's game with sore back

    Mar 8, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Albert Pujols has been scratched from today’s lineup after receiving chiropractic treatment on his sore lower back. Pujols remained at the Cardinals’ spring training complex and told reporters that he feels good enough to potentially be back in the lineup as soon as tomorrow. “It’s…

  12. Specialist says thyroid imbalance 'should have no long-term affect on' Reyes

    Mar 5, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Brian Costa of the Newark Star Ledger talked to New York Thyroid Center co-director Robert McConnell about Jose Reyes’ overactive thyroid gland: I wouldn’t think he should be inconvenienced for more than a few weeks or a month or so. This should have absolutely no long-term affect on his career. Depending on the level of…

  13. Looper at home, 'waiting for an acceptable offer'

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Braden Looper “is doing all he can to stay in shape at home near Chicago, waiting for an acceptable offer” from the Dodgers (or another team, in theory). Los Angeles was linked to Looper throughout the offseason, particularly once their other starter targets like Joel Pineiro and Jon Garland signed…

  14. One practice, two leg injuries for Grilli, Brown

    Mar 5, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Today’s practice was a costly one for the Indians, who lost both reliever Jason Grilli and outfield prospect Jordan Brown to leg injuries during the same workout. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that “Grilli’s leg was immobilized as he was taken off the field” after suffering the injury during an agility drill.…

  15. Street back to throwing after shoulder soreness

    Mar 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Huston Street has been unavailable for game action since his shoulder began hurting after throwing batting practice last week, but the Rockies’ closer was able to play catch from 120 feet today and even threw 15 pitches off flat ground. “We just want to make sure we get a couple good days under our belt,”…

  16. After disappointing debut, Viciedo likely moving to first base

    Mar 5, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Billed as a big-bat third baseman when the White Sox spent $10 million to sign him out of Cuba last offseason, Dayan Viciedo “certainly appears to be gradually making his move across the diamond” according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin. Viciedo still considers third base his primary position after playing there almost exclusively at Double-A last…

  17. Jose Reyes exits camp to have thyroid imbalance tested in New York

    Mar 5, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes was removed from yesterday’s lineup when his physical exam “raised a small concern with doctors.” He skipped the game, went in for some additional blood work, and was cleared to return a few hours later. However, he was again scratched from today’s lineup and is now reportedly headed back to New York to…

  18. UPDATE: Blalock picking between Marlins, Rays

    Mar 4, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times confirms that the Rays have interest in Blalock on a minor league deal. 4:44pm: Two weeks ago Matthew named Tampa Bay and Florida as the best remaining fits for Hank Blalock, and sure enough now SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the 29-year-old free agent is indeed deciding…

  19. Bum wheel hurting Giles in fight for bench job

    Mar 4, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    After just one week of spring training Brian Giles told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that his oft-injured right knee hasn’t responded as well he’d like: Not as much as I’d like at this point. It’s just okay. Obviously, I’ll give it a few more days. It’s not where I want it to be. I’ll see if…

  20. Mets sign Kiko Calero to minor-league deal

    Mar 4, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Despite varying reports about his health status Kelvim Escobar seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list, so the Mets have smartly added another right-handed reliever by signing Kiko Calero to a minor-league contract. Calero is 35 years old and also has a lengthy history of arm injuries, but the fact that he…

  21. Carlos Lee misses early games to attend rodeo

    Mar 4, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee missed the Astros’ spring training opener today and will also be absent for Friday’s game because he’s attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He got manager Brad Mills’ blessing, of course. And this is not, as they say, his first rodeo. Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Lee is “an…

  22. Abreu sells old New York condo for $5.1 million

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu left the Yankees as a free agent about 16 months ago, but just recently sold his New York condo for a whopping $5.1 million. I’m a lifelong Minnesota, so that seems like an insanely high price for a place that’s only 2,444 square feet, but the condo is apparently in an up-scale neighborhood…

  23. Voter who kept Joe Mauer from unanimous MVP explains himself … sort of

    Mar 4, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Just one vote kept Joe Mauer from joining Albert Pujols as a unanimous MVP last season and Tyler Kepner of the New York Times recently spoke to Keizo Konishi of the Kyodo News about why he cast his ballot for Miguel Cabrera instead. In addition to going into some convoluted logic about the Twins’ lineup…

  24. Brett Cecil cuts thumb in 'kitchen-type accident'

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil has been scratched from his scheduled spring training debut today after cutting his left thumb in what pitching coach Bruce Walton called “a kitchen-type accident.” That could mean Cecil sliced his thumb cutting bagels or it could mean he got into a brawl with Gordon Ramsay, because so far no further details have…

  25. Arizona finalizes $51.5 million deal with Upton

    Mar 3, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    This afternoon the Diamondbacks officially announced their six-year, $51.5 million deal with Justin Upton. Here are the year-by-year salaries: Signing Bonus – $1.25 million 2010 – $500,000 2011 – $4.25 million 2012 – $6.75 million 2013 – $9.75 million 2014 – $14.25 million 2015 – $14.5 million Essentially the Diamondbacks have pre-paid around $21 million…

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