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  1. Quote of the day: Dustin Pedroia on hitting leadoff, or something

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    He doesn’t look the part, but Dustin Pedroia is a California boy at heart.

  2. Cardinals convert former second-round pick Robert Stock from catcher to pitcher

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    robert stock getty

    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals have converted prospect Robert Stock from a catcher to a pitcher. Rather, they’re going to try to, sending him to minor league camp to begin the process. Stock, the No. 67 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, batted just .241/.320/.347…

  3. Francisco Cordero is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cordero throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Bradenton

    Maybe it’s just a bad angle or some weird lighting or whatever, but after looking at this picture of Francisco Cordero it’s safe to say we finally found a player who didn’t report to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life. Those giant eyes staring at him in the background seem awfully judgmental.…

  4. Evan Longoria not ready to return from bruised hand

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Evan Longoria had been hoping to rejoin the Rays’ lineup tomorrow after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his hand Thursday, but it looks like the bruise will keep him sidelined longer. Longoria told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he had to cut today’s batting practice session short and “shut it down” after…

  5. Lenny Dykstra sentenced to three years in state prison

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    When last we checked in on Lenny Dykstra he was living in a Los Angeles rehab center, seemingly showing some semblance of self awareness for the first time in a long time while awaiting his sentencing for a grand theft auto plea. That sentencing arrived today and a judge ruled that Dykstra will spend three…

  6. Bryan Stow moved to new rehab facility

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Bryan Stow Thanksgiving

    No longer in need of constant medical care, beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow was moved to a new rehab facility, his family stated on its blog. Stow, who was left in a coma after an attack at Dodger Stadium nearly a year ago, now shares an apartment with two other patients, with the group getting…

  7. Carl Crawford out at least 5-7 more days, unlikely for opener

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    Last week Carl Crawford suffered a setback with his surgically repaired wrist and an examination today revealed inflammation, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters. Crawford is expected to be sidelined for at least 5-7 more games and Valentine indicated that he doesn’t expect the left fielder to be ready for Opening Day. Obviously the setback is…

  8. Details of Andrew McCutchen’s $51.5 million extension

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Late last night Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates announced a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension and now Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has the year-by-year breakdown: 2012: $0.5 million, plus $1.25 million signing bonus 2013: $4.5 million 2014: $7.25 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $13 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14.75 million option…

  9. Scott Elarton begins comeback with two perfect innings

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Scott Elarton

    36-year-old Scott Elarton, last seen in the majors four years ago with the Royals, started his comeback with the Phillies on Monday and pitched two perfect innings against the Yankees. He got four groundouts and a flyout before punching out Eric Chavez to conclude his day. Elarton picked an odd team with which to attempt…

  10. Daric Barton gets cortisone shot in shoulder, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Oakland’s first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam won’t include Manny Ramirez for at least 50 games and may also be lessened by Daric Barton‘s shoulder problems. Barton, who underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in September, received a second cortisone injection this morning and will be shut down for at least a few days.…

  11. Want a sexy job with the Tacoma Rainiers? Well, do ya?

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Tacoma Rainiers

    Because it may be your lucky day, assuming that you’re Hard Working, Teachable and Driven to be the Best. Seattle’s Triple-A farm club has openings for a corporate sales manager and a group event coordinator. And who wouldn’t want to work with this bunch of wild and crazy guys? The sports industry is sexy and…

  12. CC Sabathia is brown bagging his meals in Yankees camp

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bag Lunch with Fruit

    In an effort to lose weight or at least keep himself from packing on more pounds CC Sabathia brings his own breakfast and lunch to Yankees camp each day in a brown paper bag. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger notes that those meals are prepared by Sabathia’s personal chef, but still: Sabathia said…

  13. Olney: Cole Hamels unlikely to give the Phillies a discount

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in on a popular topic around Philadelphia these days: Some of you suggesting Hamels will take a hometown discount. IMO, little chance that will happen. Santana money (about $120m) or he’s gone. Which sounds about right, except for the fact that Santana money isn’t about $120 million. Six pitchers in big-league…

  14. Drew Storen’s new nickname is “Tinkerbell”

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    tinkerbell

    I often lament the lack of interesting nicknames in baseball compared to decades ago, so this note from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post makes me very happy: Drew Storen overmatched all thee hitters he faced, striking out two and getting a ground ball using only 11 pitches. Afterward, [manager Davey] Johnson coined a nickname…

  15. Recovered from January hernia surgery, Mike Adams set to make spring debut Friday

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    Mike Adams‘ recovery from January hernia surgery is well ahead of schedule and the Rangers reliever is expected to make his spring training debut Friday against the Dodgers. Adams told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s slightly behind the other pitchers in camp and is still “building up arm strength.” However, he’s been throwing…

  16. Mets owners out $83 million pre-Madoff trial

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    The trial hasn’t even started yet, but Mets owner Fred Wilpon is already going to have to shell out as much as $83.3 million to the trustee recovering funds from the losers in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. That was the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Monday. The two sides will go…

  17. Marlins hitters already annoyed by the home run sculpture

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Most of the focus on the “home run sculpture” in left-center field at the Marlins’ new ballpark has been on the garish look, but multiple players have expressed concern that it could also make things difficult on left-handed hitters trying to, you know, see the baseball. For instance, Greg Dobbs told Clark Spencer of the…

  18. Baseball-reference adds stats for pre-1903 postseasons

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    1884 Providence Grays

    The World Series as we know it began in 1903, when the Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 in a best-of-nine series. There were some postseason series before that, though. From 1884-1890, the champions of the National League and American Association met for series of various lengths. Baseball-reference now has the stats from those…

  19. Swarm of bees delays Diamondbacks-Giants game, sends Angel Pagan running for cover

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Giants Diamondbacks Spring Baseball

    Yesterday afternoon’s Giants-Diamondbacks game was delayed for 41 minutes when a swarm of bees made its way into right field. Fans along the first base dugout were evacuated, Ian Kennedy‘s first spring start was cut short, and the Associated Press reports that “the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to…

  20. Don Mincher: 1938-2012

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Don Mincher, who played 13 seasons in the majors and made a pair of All-Star teams as a slugging first baseman, passed away last night at age 73 in Alabama. Mincher served as president of the Double-A Southern League until retiring last year due to health problems and was previously general manager of the league’s…

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