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  1. Earthquake shakes up Rollins' wedding prep

    Jan 19, 2010, 8:57 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins received quite a scare in preparation for his upcoming wedding in Cayman Islands when an earthquake struck the Caribbean territory on Tuesday morning. From CBS3.com: Rollins, who was at the Grand Cayman Beach for his upcoming wedding to Jahori Smith, sent a message to teammates saying he was ok. Several…

  2. UPDATE: Felix Hernandez deal for five years, $78 million

    Jan 19, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    9:52: Heyman and others are now tweeting that it is a five year deal worth $78 million. 9:19 A.M:  Francisco Blavia tweets that the deal is worth $78MM over five years. However,  Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider says the deal “may very well be six years guaranteed and less than $100 million, with some incentives…

  3. While honoring MLK, also remember Robinson

    Jan 18, 2010, 9:47 PM EDT

    As everyone takes the time to honor Martin Luther King today, let’s also take a moment to remember Jackie Robinson, was breaking down racial barriers before King sparked the Civil Rights movement. Robinson played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues in 1945. Two years later, he would break the Major League’s color…

  4. Miss baseball? Spring training is a month away

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:41 AM EDT

    With apologies to the likes of Joel Pineiro and Johnny Damon, who are still looking for work, the hot stove has pretty much cooled down to a slow, dull simmer. These are the dog days of the offseason. But for those of you – like myself – who are missing baseball, we have some good…

  5. You can still get your Steve Phillips fix

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    Steve Phillips’ voice may be gone from our collective consciousness after he was dumped by ESPN for his, um, indiscretions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your Phillips fix. All you have to do is buy the upcoming MLB 2K10 game. (From Pasta Padre, via Awful Announcing) Of note is the commentary which has…

  6. Glavine can't bring himself to announce retirement, yet

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    Tom Glavine isn’t showing a lot of common sense regarding his pitching career, and he knows it. “I haven’t officially [retired] yet,” Glavine said. “I don’t know why. I think if anybody has any common sense, they can figure out that I’m probably not going to pitch again.” The 43-year-old, who will start the countdown…

  7. Can't afford tickets? Indians might give you some for free

    Jan 15, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

    We all know things are rough out there. A lot of people are out of jobs, struggling to make ends meet. The Cleveland Indians are trying to help, offering fans the ability to win 12-game ticket packages through an essay contest. But for those feeling a bit strapped on the cash front in these tough…

  8. Mets officially deemed not sponge-worthy

    Jan 14, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Yesterday, in the wake of Carlos Beltran’s surgery spat with his team, I wondered what else could go wrong for the Mets? I shouldn’t have asked, because today I saw this story in the New York Daily News: The Mets are suing a major advertiser they claim bounced $400,000 in checks. The Mets want the…

  9. Colbert, Clark, Grace take shots at McGwire

    Jan 14, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    If you think the Mark McGwire steroids saga has been played out, think again. Reactions just keep rolling in from all sorts of folks like Jack Clark (ban him from baseball!), Mark Grace (why would you do steroids and ruin your sex life?), and Christine Brennan (hey everybody, let’s talk about Pete Rose!) While each…

  10. Mets threaten action after Beltran opts for surgery

    Jan 14, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    As if the Mets haven’t had enough bad news to deal with in the past year, star center fielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery on his right knee on Wednesday and will miss the start of the season. In addition to Beltran missing time, the Mets are apparently rankled that he used his personal physician for…

  11. Piniella is cute when he talks about Cubs, World Series

    Jan 13, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    You’ve got to love baseball’s offseason. In addition to the non-stop carousel of rumors, free-agent signings and blockbuster trades, you’ve got the sense of eternal optimism heading into the upcoming season (unless you’re a Royals fan). No one is in last place. No one is cursed, and no one is worried about Milton Bradley. Which…

  12. Valverde's best offer reportedly from Tigers

    Jan 13, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

    The Detroit Tigers are making a bit of noise today regarding their bullpen situation. First, Jason Beck of MLB.com tweets that they have avoided arbitration with reliever Joel Zumaya, signing him to a one-year contract at undisclosed terms (he made $735,000 last season). Zumaya, a strikeout and walk machine who battled injuries all of last…

  13. Marlins sending group to visit troops in Iraq

    Jan 13, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

    Finally, we have figured out what the Florida Marlins are doing with all that revenue sharing money they haven’t been spending on players. The AP reports that the team is sending several members of the team to visit U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, catcher John Baker, manager…

  14. Jimmy Fallon and the art of the non-interview

    Jan 13, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

      If you need any more evidence that NBC is destroying its late night lineup by driving off Conan O’Brien, look no further than Monday night’s appearance by David Ortiz on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. (kudos to Dan Lamothe at Red Sox Monster) We all know that celebrities use talk shows to promote things…

  15. Buy A-Rod's 500th home run ball while it's somewhat hot

    Jan 12, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    Come buy an A-Rod souvenir! This from AP: The ball Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th home run will be auctioned off online. SCP Auctions said bidding will begin Jan. 20 for the ball recovered by a college student at the old Yankee Stadium when A-Rod hit No. 500 on Aug. 4, 2007. Considering A-Rod…

  16. McLane is considering selling Astros

    Jan 11, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Drayton McLane is considering selling the Houston Astros, according to the Associated Press. McLane, who’s owned the team since 1993, has signed a working letter of intent to sell the team to a group consisting of local and out-of-town investors, KTRK-TV reported. Interestingly, McLane sounds like he doesn’t know a whole lot about the potential…

  17. Dodgers (still) want to sign Pineiro

    Jan 11, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Dodgers want everyone to know they’re trying really, really hard. Honestly, folks. According to Yahoo!’s Tim Brown, the Dodgers are trying to figure out away to sign free agent pitcher Joel Pineiro, who is coming off perhaps his finest season. The Dodgers have reportedly been on the Pineiro hunt for awhile, but…

  18. Pirates have the answer: Ryan Church

    Jan 11, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Pirates have agreed to terms on a contract with outfielder Ryan Church, a free agent who played just 111 games last season as he battled back problems. The signing is contingent on Church passing a physical, which will come later his week. This isn’t a huge…

  19. Giants to sign Huff, likely keeping Sandoval at 3B

    Jan 10, 2010, 11:39 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with 1B/3B Aubrey Huff. The deal is reportedly for $3 million. Huff provides a solid left-handed bat with power (career line of .282/.340/.472) and seems likely to slot in at first base for the Giants, keeping Pablo Sandoval…

  20. Don't get defensive over Red Sox's moves

    Jan 8, 2010, 12:45 AM EDT

    For those Red Sox fans out there grousing about Theo Epstein electing to replace Jason Bay with Mike Cameron, and Mike Lowell with Adrian Beltre (for far less money, too), remember that a run prevented is just as good as a run scored. And with Cameron in center field pushing Jacoby Ellsbury to left, and…

  21. Mindy McCready (finally!) has a TV show

    Jan 7, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

    Remember country music singer and Roger Clemens temptress Mindy McCready? You probably thought she went away right? Not so lucky, I’m afraid: McCready, whose long-term romance with former Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens was exposed in the Daily News in April 2008, is one of nine cast members in the third season of VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab…

  22. Hall voting is tough, but not as tough as Bill Conlin makes it

    Jan 7, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

    You know how every few years you have to go to the DMV to renew your driver’s license? They check your vision and take a new photo and make sure your stats are up to date? I’ve always thought that at a certain age – much older than my own, of course – you should…

  23. Wang could join a rotation 'at some point in May'

    Jan 7, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe backs up this earlier report that the Red Sox are still in the mix for Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman. He also reports that the Yankees are out, and the Marlins have bowed out as well. For those of you keeping score, that leaves the Blue Jays and Angels –…

  24. Reliever Luis Ayala unharmed in kidnapping attempt

    Jan 5, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

    Relief pitcher Luis Ayala, who is under a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was unharmed when gunmen stormed his house in Culiacan, Mexico, on Tuesday in an apparent kidnapping attempt. Martin Robles, a spokesman for the state prosecutors’ office, said investigators believed Ayala was the intended victim, whom police prevented from being…

  25. Tyler Flowers wants to start … if they let him

    Jan 5, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

    My favorite catcher is now Tyler Flowers of the Chicago White Sox, simply because he has the guts to say he’s ready to be the starter, never mind that A.J. Pierzynski fellow. From MLB.com: “When I look at the whole offseason, I’m preparing myself to be the starting catcher for the White Sox,” said Flowers,…

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