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  1. “That’s not an A-Rod statement; it’s a Derek statement”

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Donald Trump

    Not sure if the best thing about this is that it’s Donald Trump ripping A-Rod again or that he’s doing it in response to something Debbie Gibson said. From the New York Daily News: The Donald was back at it during Sunday’s episode of the NBC reality show, taking another shot at A-Rod while praising…

  2. Drew Cumberland forced back into retirement

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Drew Cumberland

    Sad news to pass along from Padres’ camp. Padres’ vice president of player development and international scouting Randy Smith told Corey Brock of MLB.com that prospect infielder Drew Cumberland has ended his comeback attempt. Cumberland retired for the first time last summer after being diagnosed with bilateral vestibulopathy, a rare inner-ear condition which can cause…

  3. Vinnie Catricala makes name for himself in Mariners camp

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Vinnie Catricala

    Dusty Bergman, who pitched one inning for the Angels in 2004, was the last player from the University of Hawaii to reach the majors. Vinnie Catricala, a 2009 10th-round pick of Seattle, is bidding to be the next. Catricala popped his second homer of the spring Monday against the Rangers. A corner infielder and outfielder,…

  4. Roberto Hernandez Heredia works out deal to have false identity charges dropped

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    According to the Associated Press, Roberto Hernandez Heredia struck a deal to have his false identity charges dropped in exchange for completing a work program in his native Dominican Republic. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, was placed on baseball’s restricted list in January after he was arrested for faking his identity. He is currently…

  5. Chipper Jones: “I don’t know if I can make it through this year”

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Braves Spring baseball

    Chipper Jones has hinted at retirement on numerous occasions over the past couple of seasons, but it’s hard to find a time where he was more gloomy about his outlook than he was earlier today. After going hitless in three at-bats against the Cardinals to drop to 0-for-8 during Grapefruit League action, Jones told David…

  6. David Robertson sheds walking boot, plays catch without pain

    Mar 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Robertson stretches during a workout at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

    David Robertson gave the Yankees quite the scare last week after falling down some stairs and suffering a bone bruise in his right foot, but early indications are that he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that Robertson was able to ditch his walking boot this afternoon and played…

  7. Tweet of the Day: Tommy Lasorda killed Jimmy Wynn, but only briefly

    Mar 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Tommy Lasorda was sending out some happy birthday messages on Twitter this afternoon when this happened:

  8. Vance Worley turns in the line of the spring so far

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    Vance Worley

    And then complains about it. Vance Worley, who was such a nice surprise as a rookie starter for the Phillies last season, struck out eight in four perfect innings Monday in a win over the Pirates. Apparently, though, he would have preferred some grounders. “It’s too early to strike out a bunch of guys,” Worley…

  9. Tigers release reliever David Pauley

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    David Pauley

    The Tigers hoped they were picking up two key pieces for their pitching staff when they acquired Doug Fister and David Pauley from the Mariners last summer, but while Fister exceeded even their highest expectations, Pauley was a dud, and the reliever earned his release from the team on Monday. Pauley, who had a 2.15…

  10. Today was Ozzie Guillen’s first ejection as Marlins manager

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    Not very many managers get ejected from spring training games, but then again no one has ever accused Ozzie Guillen of being the average manager. Guillen was arguing a call in the sixth inning against the Red Sox this afternoon when he got the boot for the first time as Marlins skipper. He was ejected…

  11. Brad Lidge says Nationals are “probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on”

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge said in a video interview with MLB.com that the Nationals are “probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on and I’ve been on some great teams.” Including, of course, the 2008 Phillies that won the World Series thanks in large part to Lidge’s dominance in the ninth inning. And also the 2009…

  12. Mets lose lefty reliever Tim Byrdak to knee surgery

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Tim Byrdak

    UPDATE: General manager Sandy Alderson expects Byrdak to be ready for game action in about six weeks, which could mean a late-April debut. ========== Scott Hairston‘s oblique injury means the Mets may look to a converted left-handed pitcher to serve as their backup center fielder and now Tim Byrdak‘s knee injury means they’re in need…

  13. Hector Sanchez adds two more homers in bid to make Giants

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Hector Sanchez

    No catcher has played in 100 major league games in his age-22 season since Brian McCann in 2006. Hector Sanchez probably won’t be the next — actually, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez figures to pull off the feat if he stays healthy this season — but he is bidding to make the Giants as a backup…

  14. Blue Jays interested in White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Over the weekend there was speculation about the Blue Jays pursuing Joe Blanton and apparently their search for a starting pitcher goes beyond the Phillies right-hander. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays are also interested in Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and the two sides “have had dialogue about Floyd since…

  15. Lance Lynn moving back to rotation with Chris Carpenter out

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    Fortunately for the Cardinals, Chris Carpenter got hurt in early March, rather than at the end of the month. Manager Mike Matheny made the curious decision last month to have Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs all prepare as relievers this spring, even though those three guys seemed to be his next best rotation…

  16. Nationals to sell eight-pound “StrasBurger” this season

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    eight pound weight

    Via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post comes this press release from the Nationals about a new concession item called the “StrasBurger”: Weighing eight pounds total (including toppings), the StrasBurger is a monstrous all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with our…

  17. Rays quick to demote Alex Cobb, Juan Miranda

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    While the first-round of spring cuts is usually reserved for guys with no major league experience, the Rays demoted some bigger names Monday, sending down pitchers Alex Cobb, Alex Torres and Chris Archer, as well as first baseman Juan Miranda. The 24-year-old Cobb went 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts for the Rays…

  18. Aaron Cook unlikely to be in Red Sox’s rotation mix

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    aaron cook getty

    Carlos Silva‘s shoulder problems took him out of the running for a spot in the Red Sox’s rotation and manager Bobby Valentine indicated today that Aaron Cook is also unlikely to win the fifth-starter competition while recovering from shoulder problems of his own. Valentine replied “I doubt it” when asked if Cook would have enough…

  19. A’s choosing between Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour for closer role

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    balfour getty

    A’s manager Bob Melvin revealed this morning that the closer battle is between left-hander Brian Fuentes and right-hander Grant Balfour. Fuentes has far more closing experience, with 199 career saves and a league-high 48 saves for the Angels in 2009, but struggled when filling in for Andrew Bailey last season and famously quarreled with then-manager…

  20. Mets bullpen catcher charged with DUI after flipping car

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    eric lanhill dui

    Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested last night and charged with a DUI after he crashed into a street sign and a concrete fountain near the team’s spring training complex in Florida, flipping his car over. WPTV-NBC reports that Langill drove his Honda Accord into the center of a traffic circle while turning into…

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