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  1. Curtis Granderson has a strained oblique

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    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…

  6. Barry Enright is the Dbacks’ fifth starter

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EST

    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…

  11. Wanna see a Uniform Player’s Contract?

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    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,…

  12. The Mets have another heavy lawsuit on their hands

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    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…

  14. Fisticuffsmanship in the Nationals-Cardinals game

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    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…

  20. HBT commenters are on fire today

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    megaphone

    It’s not even noon yet and we’ve already had a good half dozen stone cold awesome comments today.  Here are my two favorites so far. First, from commenter xnumberoneson in the Oliver Perez/Sandy Koufax thread, with a nod to the Wilpon/Maddoff story: So let me see if I understand this: the people who bought into the idea…

  21. UPDATE: Bryce Harper sprained his ankle; is day-to-day

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    bryce-harper-nationals

    UPDATE: Ben Goessling updates us: Harper sprained his left ankle. He’s day-to-day.  Thank goodness it wasn’t worse. 11:04 A.M.: We don’t have any details yet, but The Nats Blog just tweeted that Bryce Harper hurt his ankle running down to first base and was “carted off the field.”  They have a pic of him on…

  22. Market research firm names Phillies fans the most loyal in baseball

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Phillies-Fans

    On Thursday, GQ opined that that Philly fans are the worst sports fans in America. Today a market research firm released its annual Sports Loyalty Index and named Phillies fans the most loyal in the game: The survey, conducted by market research firm Brand Keys, a company focused on customer and brand loyalty metrics, interviewed…

  23. Remembering when Oliver Perez was Sandy Koufax

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    As we bid our final farewell to Oliver Perez — I have this on constant repeat right now — let us recall what led to the big contract that contributed mightily to Perez’s massive disdain among the Mets’ faithful. You’ll remember that Perez is a Scott Boras client and you’ll remember that Boras makes big…

  24. Joe Maddon has a racist fan ejected from yesterday’s Rays-O’s game

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

    maddon

    The beauty of spring training is that the ballparks are so cozy and intimate that you can hear conversations going in in the stands. That is also the curse. Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times: Rays manager Joe Maddon summoned security to remove a fan – wearing an Orioles jersey – who he said…

  25. Springtime Storylines: Do the Yankees have enough pitching?

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Yankees' pitcher Burnett works from the mound against the Phillies during their MLB American League spring training baseball game in Tampa

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: A team you may or may not have heard of: The New York Yankees. The Big Question: Do the Yankees have enough starting…

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