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  1. Don Mattingly calls Ozzie Guillen “a little sh*t”

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins manager Guillen talks during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers

    Sadly, there was no malice in it. He was just talking about how Guillen runs his mouth all the time and tries to get under people’s skin. Guillen has admitted that multiple times. Video/audio of Mattingly on the Dan Patrick Show saying so is here. Now, between him being a butt man and being a…

  2. Royals put Felipe Paulino on disabled list with elbow injury

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino looked like a candidate for a mini-breakout this season after throwing 125 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 119 strikeouts following a trade to the Royals last year, but instead the 28-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Manager Ned Yost indicated to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the…

  3. The Marlins release Aaron Rowand

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Aaron Rowand

    Aaron Rowand signed a minor league deal with the Marlins back in December, but it never got beyond that, as the Marlins released him today.  Don’t cry for Rowand, though: he’s still being paid on that five-year, $60 million deal the Giants gave him. He might be done playing, though. He hit .233/.274/.347 with four homers…

  4. And the season’s first disabled list trip goes to … Mike Carp

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    It took exactly one game for a player to suffer an injury that requires a disabled list stint, as Mariners left fielder Mike Carp hurt his right shoulder diving for a ball against the A’s in Japan and has been placed on the shelf. Carp played the entire 11-inning game, but was later diagnosed with…

  5. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL West

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Tiffany and Craig

    I continue my lack of originality, once again picking the team that won it last year. I did that in five of the six divisions.  In the last one, I picked the defending World Series champs.  I live life on the edge.

  6. Dan Haren is going through a “dead arm” phase

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Dan Haren had a sloppy start against the Reds yesterday, allowing two runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, and afterward revealed that he’s going through a “dead arm” phase. Haren downplayed the situation by telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he “should be fine” and “it usually lasts about a week…

  7. Jeff Samardzija wins spot in Cubs rotation, Randy Wells demoted to minors

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Randy Wells

    Randy Wells is 29 years old and has started at least 23 games for the Cubs in each of the past three seasons, posting a 4.01 ERA in 500 innings overall, yet today they demoted him to the minors as part of the latest round of spring training cuts. Sending down a veteran with that…

  8. Quote of the Day: Brendan Ryan on his ring bearer, Felix Hernandez

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    If you’re into the sappy love stuff, there’s a story over at MLB.com about how the Mariners’ Brendan Ryan proposed to his girlfriend in Tokyo yesterday. Just … awwwwwww. But the best part was when Ryan was talking about the logistics of his proposal. Specifically, how he got the rock over to Japan: The hyperactive…

  9. Fresh off contract extension, Dustin McGowan to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Earlier this week the Blue Jays gave Dustin McGowan a two-year contract extension worth at least $4 million in guaranteed money despite the oft-injured right-hander throwing a grand total of 21 (terrible) innings since 2009. In a fitting follow-up to that surprising move McGowan is now expected to begin the season on the disabled list…

  10. R.A. Dickey: Real Man

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    Andy Martino has a really nice column up about R.A. Dickey today. The upshot: in the wake of the revelations about his personal life the other day, Dickey’s ability to be open, frank and to stand up and answer questions about the sorts of things most of us — and virtually all professional athletes —…

  11. Rangers moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    After an excellent rookie season as a reliever in 2010 the Rangers moved Alexi Ogando into the rotation last year with good results, as he started 29 games with a 3.51 ERA and 126/43 K/BB ratio in 169 innings. Normally that would be enough to lock a 28-year-old pitcher into the rotation long term, but…

  12. Curt Schilling says Red Sox players hate Bobby Valentine

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Schilling

    You’re not gonna believe this, but Curt Schilling has some hard, controversial truths about the Boston Red Sox which were revealed to him, Curt Schilling, because he is, in fact, Curt Schilling: Speaking on WEEI earlier this week, he said that several players have complained to him about Valentine’s behavior: “I thought that the manager…

  13. Springtime Storylines: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs?

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs? The Braves didn’t get…

  14. Ozzie Guillen is a butt man

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    I’m not even joking.  Ozzie did a Twitter interview with GQ — you can read it here — and they specifically asked him if he prefers the T or the A. And he went with A. Well, C, but that’s just because the question was in Spanish: @GQ: ¿Prefieres tetas o culo? @OzzieGuillen: Prefiero culo. Gracias…

  15. Carl Pavano was the target of an extortion plot

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    When you think of celebrity extortion plots you tend to think of super famous people with sterling reputations they’d do anything to protect. Someone tried to extort Bill Cosby once, for example. That’s pretty major because he’s an icon.  You tend not to think of extortion plots aimed at guys like Carl Pavano. But they…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Are the San Francisco Giants going to give Brandon Belt a chance?

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the San Francisco Giants The Big Question: Are they going to give Brandon Belt a chance? One would think that a…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:31 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Athletics 4, Mariners 1:  As you would expect, the A’s and M’s were all about the home runs today. All the game’s runs were scored on bombs, in fact, though they gave us their de riguer 0-0 tie through six innings. Three of the four dingers came in the seventh, with Justin Smoak going deep…

  18. Springtime Storylines: What will the Astros’ final year in the National League look like?

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The departing ‘Stros. The Big Question: What will Houston’s farewell season in the National League look like? The short answer…

  19. Corey Hart doubles, singles in minor league spring game

    Mar 28, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    corey hart getty

    Brewers outfielder Corey Hart took a significant step forward Wednesday in his recovery from minor knee surgery, going 2-for-4 with a double and a single in a Triple-A game. It was his first live action of the spring, and he reported feeling zero lingering discomfort. This all comes courtesy of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel beat writer Tom…

  20. Phillies “know how much” Cole Hamels is going to cost

    Mar 28, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    hamels wide ap

    There may be a positive development in the ongoing long-term contract negotiations between the Phillies and left-hander Cole Hamels. Or maybe not. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies “know how much” Hamels will cost annually “and are set to pay it.” But the Philadelphia front office would rather do a four-year deal and…

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