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  1. GM: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal”

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt is expected to make his long-awaited decision today and finally sign with a team, but in the meantime we know one place where he won’t be going: St. Louis. General manager John Mozeliak appeared on AM-590 in St. Louis this morning and said: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal.” Joe…

  2. You’re not gonna believe this, but Elijah Dukes was arrested again

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    We all have to change our “days since Elijah Dukes was arrested” signs back to zero: Former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested early Thursday after he tried to eat a plastic bag of marijuana and had marijuana blunt tucked behind his ear, police said … He faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of…

  3. True to his word, Carlos Beltran will pay for Jon Niese’s nose job

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jon Niese showed up to spring training earlier this week with a reconstructed schnoz, relaying the story of how former Mets teammate Carlos Beltran encouraged him to get a nose job and even offered to pay for the operation. That was before Beltran got traded to the Giants around midseason, but apparently he’s living up…

  4. Matt Kemp plans to be the first member of the 50/50 club

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Everyone’s gotta have a goal. Mine was get a job where I didn’t have to wear pants one day, and dadgummit, I did it. Matt Kemp‘s is somewhat less grand: he wants to be the first member of the 50/50 club: “I know what I’m capable of doing,” he said. “I’ve shown it.” Fifty-fifty? Really?…

  5. Jenrry Mejia to begin throwing again

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    People who I totally forgot about since last season: Mets’ pitcher Jenrry Mejia. Who, once upon a time, was mentioned in every Mets trade rumor around, but who then had his season derailed with Tommy John surgery last May. Well, he’s on the mend and, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, is scheduled to return…

  6. The Marlins are nickel-and-diming their young players

    Feb 23, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    When I was a teenager working at the radio station, I made $3.35 an hour. That was a the minimum wage back then, and my employer was smart enough to realize that lots of kids would love my job, so there was no incentive to pay me any more than the minimum wage. But then,…

  7. Roy Oswalt is expected to make an announcement of some kind today

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:46 AM EDT

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    UPDATE:  Or not St. Louis.  At this point I think Oswalt is going to announce where he intends to eat lunch later today. UPDATE: Signs may be pointing to St. Louis, as Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch hears.  Heyman, meanwhile, is hearing that it’s not Boston or Texas. 7:46 AM: Roy Oswalt’s agent tells Gordon Edes…

  8. Running down the rosters: New York Mets

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jason Bay, David Wright

    As depressing as all things Mets have been lately, the team on the field still finished a respectable 77-85 last season. Unfortunately, it seems likely that things will get worse before they get better. Rotation Johan Santana – L R.A. Dickey – R Mike Pelfrey – R Jon Niese – L Dillon Gee – R…

  9. Clayton Kershaw skips bullpen session due to stiff back

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Much like Giants ace Tim Lincecum, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has experienced back stiffness following his first couple of workouts in spring camp. Also like Lincecum, who was able play to play catch Wednesday, Kershaw’s issue is thought to be minor. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that Kershaw’s scheduled Wednesday bullpen session…

  10. Ryan Howard takes first round of live batting practice

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is slowly but surely making progress from the torn Achilles tendon that he suffered on the final play of the 2011 NLDS. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, Howard took batting practice from a live pitcher Wednesday in Phillies camp for the first time since the injury. The first baseman spoke…

  11. Angels, Jason Isringhausen reach minor league deal

    Feb 22, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Jason Isringhausen has found a home for 2012. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the veteran reliever agreed to terms on a minor league contract Wednesday evening with the Angels. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where Izzy will presumably have a shot at claiming a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen…

  12. The league needs to address Terry Collins’ comments

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    It’s one thing for a manager to be peeved that his young player decided not to report early to camp. It’s another thing when he starts airing out that grievance to the media. Mets manager Terry Collins did just that on Wednesday. According to MLB.com, Collins was quite disappointed that shortstop Ruben Tejada is deciding…

  13. Matt Kemp needs to bat fourth, not third for the Dodgers

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Fact: people like me spend way too much worrying about how lineups are arranged. Simulations suggest that only the worst lineups, ones that even Dusty Baker would never conceive of, have a real impact on run scoring. The difference between what a major league manager would typically run out there and a supposed optimal lineup…

  14. Quote of the Day: Ron Gardenhire on the Prince Fielder signing

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

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    We began the day with some gratuitous profanity, so let’s end the day with some gratuitous profanity.  This is from Phil Mackey’s Twins’ notebook at 1500ESPN.com: “(Expletive).” – Gardenhire, when asked by a reporter what his thoughts where when the Tigers signed Prince Fielder. Concise. To the point. I like it.

  15. Jay Gibbons signs minor-league contract with Brewers

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Jay Gibbons, who spent the past two seasons as a role player for the Dodgers, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers. Gibbons was a regular in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup from 2001-2007, but was named in the “Mitchell Report” and suspended for the beginning of 2008, getting released by the…

  16. Yu Darvish plays catch with his left hand? OK.

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    See anything wrong with this picture? Like, say, the righty Yu Darvish playing catch with the glove on his right hand? According to Evan Grant, Darvish does that sometimes to keep balance. Or something. Looks cool. But remember, Meat: If you win 20 in the show, you can throw with your left hand and the press’ll think…

  17. Brandon Phillips on contract talks with Reds: “I haven’t heard anything”

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips arrived at Reds camp today and naturally got some questions about the status of long-term contract negotiations as the second baseman enters his final season before free agency. Phillips told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the two sides haven’t talked about a deal since “before Redsfest … it’s been a long…

  18. Lou Piniella hired by YES Network

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Piniella

    Lou Piniella has been out of the game for a year, randomly showing up as an analyst here and there. But now he has a more permanent job: YES Network has hired him to do some Yankees games. Not a ton of them — between 20-30 of them — but more than his cameo appearances…

  19. Indians cancel Jon Garland signing after pitcher doesn’t take physical exam

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Last week the Indians and Jon Garland agreed to a minor-league contract and as usual with such deals it was pending a physical exam. Those are usually just a formality, but Garland is coming back from shoulder surgery and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he never took the physical exam ……

  20. Terry Collins is mad at a player for not reporting to camp early. Again.

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Remember last year when Mets manager Terry Collins was upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report to camp on time? No, of course you don’t, because Castillo did report to camp on time.  Collins was mad that Castillo didn’t report to camp early. It’s just that when you’re Terry Collins, on time is late and early…

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