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  1. The Marlins are interested in Vlad Guerrero? Really?

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Not much to this story, but Vladimir Guererro told Dominican newspaper El Caribe that the Marlins have expressed interest in him as a bench player. You know, to DH. Oh, wait, can’t do that in the NL.  Or to be a backup outfielder. Oh wait, he doesn’t play defense anymore either. Look, I’m sure there’s something…

  2. A movie about Dummy Hoy? Sure, why not?

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dummy Hoy

    A guy from here in Columbus, Ohio has written a movie about Dummy Hoy, the man who played for 14 years in the majors in the late 19th and early 20th century, stealing over 500 bases despite being deaf. The name: “The Silent Natural”: Steve Sandy of Columbus has a screenplay ready for a movie…

  3. Carl Crawford had a setback in recovery from wrist surgery

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Carl Crawford was not able to swing a bat today and has resumed taking medication after experiencing a setback in his recovery from left wrist surgery. Crawford told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that the setback occurred when he was practicing bunting Wednesday and the medication is for inflammation in the wrist. As recently…

  4. Quote of the Day: Ivan Nova feels closer to Mark Teixeira

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Yankees pitcher Nova reacts after getting the Tigers out to end fifth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Out of context, this quote is tender and sweet. Like, I picture Teixeira riding on the handlebars of Nova’s bike and then them having a picnic: “I saw Teix today in a way that I could have never imagined,” pitcher Ivan Nova said. “You should have seen him. I couldn’t stop smiling. It made me…

  5. Brian Cashman on Yankees’ future payroll: “We’re still going to outspend everybody else”

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Hal Steinbrenner made headlines yesterday for saying that the Yankees will get their payroll below $189 million by 2014 despite spending at least $200 million every season since 2007. Today reporters asked general manager Brian Cashman for his thoughts about that plan and his answer was a good one: “We’re still the Yankees. We’re still…

  6. MLB makes the expanded playoffs official for 2012

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 3 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Just got the press release. It’s official: expanded playoffs for 2012. The 2012 Postseason will feature a 10-team format that includes two additional Wild Card Clubs and an elimination game in each League prior to the Division Series, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today … a single Postseason game would be played between each…

  7. Joe Magrane’s daughter is one of 13 American Idol finalists

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    shannon magrane

    Shannon Magrane, the 16-year-old daughter of former big-league pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Joe Magrane, has been chosen as one of 13 finalists on “American Idol.” Six weeks ago during the episode in which Shannon Magrane was selected from the audition process Joe Magrane made an appearance and Steven Tyler made things awkward by…

  8. Emilio Bonifacio has a new catchphrase and hand gesture for the Marlins: Lo Viste

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Emilio Bonifacio

    Beast mode? Antlers? A lot of teams develop little hand gesture things over the course of the season.  Emilio Bonifacio has one that seems to be catching on with the Marlins. Lo viste: Lo Viste?  When Miami Marlins outfielder Emilio Bonifacio holds a sideways ‘V’ with his index and middle fingers to his eye he is asking that question. Lo…

  9. Darwin Barney is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Or the freakiest. Guy is like 5’10″. How this can work is somewhat perplexing: Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney put on 20 pounds of muscle over the winter to try to avoid the second-half slump he experienced last year in his first full season. “I’m a little bit overwhelmed from watching him (while coaching in Milwaukee),” manager Dale Sveum said.…

  10. Phillies to give Chase Utley limited playing time this spring

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    utley ap

    In an effort to keep him healthy after last season’s knee problems the Phillies are planning to limit Chase Utley‘s playing time during spring training. Charlie Manuel told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inqurier that Utley won’t be in the lineup for the Phillies’ spring opener Saturday and “it might be a little while before…

  11. Former Yankees prospect Brien Taylor arrested for cocaine trafficking

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Brien Taylor mugshot

    Baseball fans who walked the Earth in awareness in 1991 know who Brien Taylor is.  The number one overall pick of the draft, taken by the New York Yankees, and expected to be anchoring their rotation within a year or two. As most folks know, his career flamed out not long after he severely injured…

  12. Video of the Day: Steve Carlton was born to throw a slider

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley passes along this great old video about Steve Carlton’s amazing slider: “I hold it like this and I throw the s*** out of it.”

  13. Division winners may open on the road in expanded playoffs

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 3 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    One of the big sells for proponents of the expanded playoffs is that it will reward division winners by making wild card winners play in that one-game playoff. But what expanded playoffs giveth to division winners, expanded playoffs may taketh away.  Here’s a report from Amy Nelson of SBNation: The addition of another wild card…

  14. Shane Victorino softens stance on demand for five-year deal

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    One day after saying he wanted a five-year contract extension from the Phillies free agent-to-be Shane Victorino backtracked a bit, telling Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.” Most of all, Victorino said, he’d like to get a new contract figured…

  15. The Dodgers try to cut a deal in the Bryan Stow lawsuit

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Bryan Stow and his family have sued the Dodgers over the attack that severely injured him last Opening Day. The Dodgers have tried to have the lawsuit thrown out in bankruptcy court, because it’s way easier to dispose of such claims in bankruptcy court.  Last week Stow’s attorneys filed a motion ripping the Dodgers a…

  16. Nick Johnson is likely to make the Orioles … “if healthy”

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Johnson reaches for a grounder during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota

    When it comes to Nick Johnson, using the “if healthy” caveat makes anything that follows sound sort of silly, but manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that the perpetually injured first baseman is likely to make the Orioles out of spring training … if healthy. “I think he brings some things that I’d really like to…

  17. Who’s gonna DH in Detroit?

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Lynn Henning has a story up today about how hard it’s going to be for Jim Leyland to find someone to pencil into the DH slot every day this year without ruffling feathers. One of the options that seems to not be on the table at the moment is just making Delmon Young the DH:…

  18. Angels undecided on where Albert Pujols will bat in lineup

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Albert Pujols had 7,433 plate appearances for the Cardinals and 82.6 percent of those came as a No. 3 hitter, but the Angels aren’t certain yet where he’ll bat in their lineup. Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward keeping Pujols in the No. 3 spot, in part because it guarantees…

  19. Mariano Rivera’s cutter: “a gift from God”

    Mar 2, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    I’m guessing Yankees fans have heard this story before, but I don’t recall it.  Here’s Bob Klapisch, relating the story of Mariano Rivera discovering his cutter.  Given how dominant and unique Rivera is, it’s not terribly unlike a superhero creation story: Its genesis is well known in the Yankees’ family, although Rivera still takes pleasure…

  20. Phillies front office: “Sabermetrics? We don’t need no stinkin’ sabermetrics!”

    Mar 2, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    That may not be an exact quote. And really isn’t anything close to what the Phillies people said in the article. I just like “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and try to use that construction whenever possible. But Bob Brookover of the Philly Inquirer does write today about how Ruben Amaro and his team aren’t…

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