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  1. Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine last year

    Mar 17, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Wow: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season, SI.com has learned. Washington, 57, has been subject to increased drug testing since his failed test, which was administered by Major League Baseball last July, and he has passed all of his subsequent tests. In deciding to support Washington and retain…

  2. Where did those green St. Patricks Day uniforms come from?

    Mar 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    You can blame/thank the Reds for all the green you see in teams’ uniforms today. It was them — or more specifically, their GM Dick Wagner — who started the tradition in 1978.  While it went over pretty well, the initial reactions were fun: After workouts, the Reds dragged their perspiring bodies off the field…

  3. Nats' GM Mike Rizzo to blog

    Mar 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Well, he’s going to be on a blog — Ben Goessling’s MASN blog — doing Q&As, taking reader questions and stuff like that.  It will be a weekly feature. The only interesting front office blog or blog-like experience I’ve really ever seen was Padre assistant GM Paul DePodesta’s, which was kind of interesting for a…

  4. Looks like Carlos Silva will make the Cubs' rotation

    Mar 17, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    From the Department of Stuff You Never Expected a Few Months Ago comes Carlos Silva: starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Looks like it’s gonna happen, as Silva threw four scoreless innings yesterday. In fact, he hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven innings. Ted Lilly’s injury is obviously a contributor here, but between…

  5. The Nationals release Elijah Dukes

    Mar 17, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    11:07:  A couple of conflicting reports are emerging regarding Dukes. A few minutes ago former Nats’ GM and current XM radio host Jim Bowden said “After latest incident, credit Nats for making right decision.” No mention of what the “incident” was. Bowden can be a tremendous tool at times, but he also still has some…

  6. They want to put a big old billboard in Wrigley Field

    Mar 17, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    When the Ricketeseses took over a few months ago they said that they were going to ensure that Wrigley Field maintained “it’s essential character.”  Apparently part of that character — in addition of the urinal troughs, which will not be touched — includes a big billboard above the left field bleachers: The Cubs filed a…

  7. Jed Lowrie has mono

    Mar 17, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie has been suffering from fatigue lately. Turns out it was for good reason:  he has mono. No word on who he was kissing to get it. Between this and K-Rod’s pinkeye we’ve had a couple of illnesses this spring that are usually associated with youngins. Next up: someone on the Dodgers gets hand,…

  8. Francoeur's arm is pretty awesome

    Mar 17, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    I slam Jeff Francoeur a lot for the things he does poorly, but I should be fair and note one thing he does really well, and that’s kill runners from the outfield.  MLB.com has a feature on that today.  Most interesting quote comes from Andre Dawson, who was rumored to have a bit of his…

  9. Scout: Mike Lowell not moving well

    Mar 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Gordon Edes passes along word that scouts are saying that Mike Lowell “isn’t moving well.”  Edes notes, however, that Mike Lowell never really moved well anyway.  Edes has a point. For his part, one Miami writer thinks the Feesh should bring back Lowell.  I suppose warm and fuzzy memories count for something, but unless the…

  10. Domonic Brown impresses, departs

    Mar 17, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    There was a reason the Phillies didn’t want to include Domonic Brown in the Roy Halladay trade. He’s really good, see, as evidenced by the fact that he went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs against the Tigers yesterday. One of the homers came off Justin Verlander. Big celebration after the game? Nah:…

  11. Chuck Knoblauch pleads guilty to spousal abuse

    Mar 17, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    An ugly scene involving the former Twins and Yankees second baseman comes to a close: Former New York Yankees star Chuck Knoblauch pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting of a family member in exchange for a year of deferred adjudication, according to court records. The Houston native was accused of choking his…

  12. Scout: Joe Mauer will be the next Yankees catcher

    Mar 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Reporters like to talk to scouts before games. They’re more available than front office people, usually just sitting out in the stands or walking around the ballpark before games. They’re less guarded, too. Like the reporter they’re kind of out there on their own on the road a lot, and when you engage them they’re…

  13. Phil Hughes out front in fifth starter's race

    Mar 17, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    That seems to the be the consensus after last night’s game anyway, in which he blanked the Astros over four innings. It wasn’t a start — he got the four inning save — and it wasn’t really against major league hitters, but Joe Girardi and the gang were pleased with his command, the fact that…

  14. Quote of the Day: Jamie McCourt

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    “I’m Jewish. I can be bought. But he likes litigation. We’ll see what happens.” – Jamie McCourt, joking about the ongoing saga over the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a Monday luncheon put on by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Orange County, California. In other news, Jamie McCourt’s publicity campaign in…

  15. Comment of the Day: In which my evil plot is uncovered

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    I’ve come to the conclusion a long time ago that Craig is a big fan of one of the aforementioned steroid cheats.  I’m not sure which one. He’s upset that said cheat won’t be voted into the Hall of Fame and is on a mission to clear the cheat’s name by muddying the waters and…

  16. Friends don't let Adam Dunn play defense

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn had to leave today’s Nats-Marlins game due to back spasms. According to Bill Ladson, he hurt his back trying to make a defensive play in the top of the second inning. Dunn says he’ll be fine and will probably play tomorrow, but add this to the ever-growing list of bad things that have…

  17. Attention general managers: No one cares about your injuries

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    I’m usually not a big fan of the football mindset infiltrating baseball, probably because I’m not a football guy by nature.  But Peter Gammons has an anecdote involving Bill Parcells in his latest column that hit the spot: When Parcells’ daughter married now-Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, the best man was Indians GM…

  18. Sidney Ponson signs with the Long Island Ducks

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    John Smoltz was forced into the broadcast booth, but everyone’s favorite Knight of the Netherlands/problem drinker/starting pitcher, Sidney Ponson, has landed a job. He has signed a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.  OK, I suppose they would have taken Smoltz over Ponson if the former would have made himself available,…

  19. The Angels are going for the Snuggie record

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    This press release came out of Anaheim Angels central earlier today: On Tuesday April 6, 2010, the Angels will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets.” All fans in attendance at the Angels vs. Minnesota Twins game (7:05PM) will receive a complimentary Hideki Matsui Blankie courtesy…

  20. The A's in San Jose: what's it gonna be, Bud?

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    So Bud Selig appointed a committee to study the intricacies of maybe possibly hopefully hypothetically moving the Athletics to San Jose.  The problem: the Giants’ territorial rights.  I’m not expert of decision making, but it strikes me that Bud’s committee had to answer a relatively small, relatively simple few questions: (1) Are the A’s viable…

  21. Florida vs. Arizona

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner runs down the differences between spring training in Florida vs. spring training in Arizona. He focuses on how as of next year every Cactus League team will play in the greater Phoenix area and how everything in Florida is spaced out. He could have added that the weather, generally…

  22. Buster Olney defends his Pujols-Howard story

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Everyone has had a lot of fun with Buster Olney’s report about the Phillies having internal discussions about trading Ryan Howard for Pujols.  Today Buster strikes back. After making it clear that he never said that any St. Louis-Philly negotiations took place and that neither team was inclined to make such deal, Buster says he…

  23. Brandon Wood to get the nod at third for Anaheim

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia more or less confirmed what folks who think a lot about baseball had been hoping for: Brandon Wood will break Angels’ camp as the starting third baseman.  There had been concerns that the three-year, $10-million deal the club gave to Maicer Izturis this winter would serve to block Wood. Again.  Scioscia says, however,…

  24. Manny under the microscope

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    A summary of Bob Klapisch’s take on Manny Ramirez:  He was totally awesome until he tested positive for PEDs, and then we all realized that he was a fraud and now he needs to prove he can still produce without the drugs. But if he does produce this season we’ll have no idea if he’s…

  25. Who is the face of your franchise?

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Stuff like this post — looking at all the preseason annuals like Sporting News and Athlon, and determining whether their choices of the face of each franchise as evidenced by the cover photos they use makes rational sense — is why I keep Wezen-Ball bookmarked and you should too. Anyone can tell you who won…

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