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  1. Kendrys Morales has been shut down

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Morales_Kendry

    Kendrys Morales hasn’t been right all spring, as he continues to struggle back from the broken leg that cost him the bulk of 2010.  Now Mike DiGiovanna reports that the Angels have shut him down due to soreness on the ball of his left foot.  He’s back to Los Angeles, where he saw a doctor…

  2. New footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig unearthed

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ruth Gehrig

    You may have seen still photos of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in their “Bustin’ Babes” and “Larrupin’ Lous” barnstorming uniforms before, but the New York Times has a story — and some footage — of some film of them wearing the duds.  Sadly it isn’t game action. They’re just hanging around. Ruth gets on…

  3. Greg Anderson goes back to jail

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    As expected, Barry Bonds’ former trainer Greg Anderson — the one man who could say if Barry Bonds knew what he was taking — was just called into the courtroom, was asked if he’d testify, refused through his lawyer, and was taken away to jail. Again. Not much else to say about it, I suppose.…

  4. So Mookie Wilson has a blog

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Mookie Wilson

    My daughter — who I taunt by calling her “Mookie” for reasons I can’t even recall at this point — isn’t going to like this: Mookie Wilson has his own blog now. And it’s a Blogspot number, just like the one most of us launched at some time over the past several years.  Mookie is…

  5. The Barry Bonds trial starts with a snore

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    I asked NBC if they’d send me to San Francisco to cover the Barry Bonds trial, live and in person. They were receptive until I started in with my accommodation demands, my per diem demands and stuff like that. Look, I may have overplayed my hand, but in my defense, I don’t get to go to…

  6. Comment of the Day: Marcus Thames is no stiff

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Thames_Marcus

    I’m still irked at T.J. Simers’ weapons-grade idiocy in his Marcus Thames column.  And a lot of what is animating that is something that I neglected to mention in the last post on it: Marcus Thames is a really, really nice guy.  I’ve never met him, but several reporters I know have talked about him…

  7. Curtis Granderson has a strained oblique

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Granderson_Curtis

    I sort of root for Curtis Granderson. I watched him play a lot when he was with the Tigers and rather like him. While his last couple of years — and the fact that he turned 30 last week — don’t give me hope that he’ll ever fulfill that All-Star promise he had when he…

  8. Charlie Manuel talks about Luis Castillo’s no-show

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Apparently Luis Castillo’s failure to report to the Phillies this morning was a misunderstanding. He thought he had all day today to report rather than to report in time to play in today’s game.  Buster Olney says that he had some personal matters to attend to as well.  It’s not like he blew the Phillies…

  9. One of the more insulting columns you’ll read this season

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times has a shtick. He’s used it over and over again.  It’s this: insult, bait and pester a given Dodgers or Angels player and hope against hope that they’ll spout off in anger so that he can print a juicy quote and follow it up with his “man, what’s his…

  10. Quote of the Day II: Adam LaRoche slams the Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    LaRoche_Adam

    Yesterday’s dustup elicited another fun reaction from a Washington Nationals player, this time Adam LaRoche: Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter had hit the Nationals’ Laynce Nix in the top of the inning in what the Nats believed was a response to outfielder Nyjer Morgan running into Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. “It’s very typical of playing…

  11. Two tidbits from Buster Olney’s “evaluators”

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Fielder_Prince

    I read Buster Oleny’s column every day. It’s handy, as he links the great bulk of the day’s major stories. And while I don’t always agree with Buster’s take on things, I think he gets stuff right more often than a lot of the other big national guys do when they take off their reporter’s hat…

  12. Barry Enright is the Dbacks’ fifth starter

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Enright_Barry

    Steve Gilbert reports that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has named Barry Enright the team’s fifth starter.  Gilbert says that Gibson will “discuss what that means” later today. Presumably it means that Armando Galarraga is heading to the bullpen or the scrapheap, as he and Enright were competing for the fifth starter’s job.  Given that Galarraga…

  13. Quote of the Day: Ian Desmond on Miguel Batista’s fastball

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Yesterday Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista hit Nationals’ infielder Ian Desmond, setting off a little brouhaha. Desmond wasn’t too steamed about it, though: “It was intentional, but Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.” I had forgotten about the Miss Iowa/Batista stuff.  Fun times! But it’s a new year now, and if you’re curious,…

  14. Chipper Jones believes the U.S. government whacked JFK

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    JFK

    I’m about as likely to listen to Chipper Jones‘ theories on the JFK assassination as I am to listen to Luke Scott‘s theories about President Obama’s place of birth, but for those of you who demand more of your baseball players than mere athletic prowess, please know that Jones does, indeed, have a theory. At…

  15. Luis Castillo must be taking the scenic route to Phillies camp

    Mar 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Castillo_Luis

    First thing this morning the lineup for today’s Phillies-Blue Jays game was posted, listing Luis Castillo as the second batter, playing second base. A few moments ago Castillo was scratched from the lineup because Castillo is not yet at Phillies camp in Clearwater. Personally, I blame the lack of high speed rail in this country for…

  16. The Barry Bonds trial has a jury and now Greg Anderson is on deck

    Mar 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    Twelve people have been picked to sit in judgment of Barry Bonds. A couple of them are baseball fans, but not serious ones. They haven’t heard of BALCO or, if they have, they don’t know anything about it, really. I sometimes find myself surprised that someone could not know anything about this stuff but then…

  17. Wanna see a Uniform Player’s Contract?

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Man Signing Contract

    Old Gator said in a comment a few minutes ago that I seem nostalgic for the halls of justice today. I don’t think it’s that dire, but yeah, there has been a lot of legal stuff on the blog today. I’ll risk one more quasi-legal item. This is just a link, though, via MLB Trade Rumors,…

  18. The Mets have another heavy lawsuit on their hands

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    It was nearly four years ago when I first heard the name Ellen Massey. She’s the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Mets that, while not as sexy as the Madoff stuff, has its own special appeal: On Opening Day, 2007, Massey was fallen on by a 300-pound man who came hurtling out of his seat in…

  19. Brian Wilson says he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    wilson_brian

    Last Thursday Giants’ closer Brian Wilson strained an oblique muscle. On Saturday he had an MRI that revealed a mild strain.  Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy was guarded in his comments, noting that oblique strains can be unpredictable. My thinking was that, given Wilson’s missed time at the beginning of spring and now more missed time to…

  20. Fisticuffsmanship in the Nationals-Cardinals game

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    More evidence that we need to suspend spring training and start games now: guys plunking one-another in spring training games, possibly on managers’ orders. Adam Kilgore has the description of the scene from Jupiter, where Cardinals reliever Miguel Batista hit Ian Desmond for no apparent reason, at least within the context of this game. Kilgore believes…

  21. Shane Victorino leaves Phillies-Red Sox game after outfield collision

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    With all of the injuries lately Phillies fans can be forgiven if they took to their fainting couches a few minutes ago when Shane Victorino collided with Raul Ibanez in the outfield during the Phillies-Red Sox game. Thankfully, however, everyone appears to be OK. Victorino took what looked to be an Ibanez elbow just above…

  22. Alex Rodriguez has been a Yankee longer than you think

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Rodriguez_Alex

    Some guys can play with a team for a few years and I have a hard time picturing them in any other uniform. Carlos Beltran springs to mind. He joined the Mets in 2005 and right now his time in Kansas City seems like it was decades ago. Other guys can play someplace for around the…

  23. Johnny Cueto has shoulder inflammation; will be shut down for 7-10 days

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto left his start Saturday after just one inning because he was suffering from biceps stiffness. The Reds flew Cueto to Cincinnati yesterday for an arm exam this morning with team doctors.  The verdict: “shoulder inflammation,” which seems more like a symptom than a malady, but what do I know? The upshot : he’ll be…

  24. Quote of the Day: Joe Posnanski on the Bonds trial

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    I’ve been ranting about the Barry Bonds trial for years now. Starting today we’ll see lots of people ranting about it.  I predict that there will be all kinds of zany things said. On one extreme we’ll hear how Barry Bonds is and should be public enemy number one. On another, I’m sure someone will…

  25. Neftali Feliz has a great start. And somehow this is a problem.

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    If a team had a new starting pitcher show up, throw high heat and exhibit good control over multiple innings, most people would think it was awesome. It’s only when the guy closed games the season before and got a bunch of saves that this somehow becomes a problem. Case in point: Neftali Feliz, who had…

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