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  1. Erick Aybar’s agent to talk contract extension with Angels

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Back in January the Angels were said to be interested in long-term contract extensions with impending free agent middle infielders Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar. They got a deal done with Kendrick, signing the second baseman for $33.5 million over four years, but talks with Aybar have stalled. Until now perhaps, as Mark Saxon of…

  2. Michael Wuertz to hold tryout for teams next week

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Michael Wuertz is one of the few intriguing pitchers still left unsigned and his lengthy injury history has no doubt scared teams off, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the reliever will hold a tryout next week. According to Wolfson the Twins are among the teams expected to attend, which makes sense because they…

  3. Sandy KOH’-faks to be a witness in the Mets-Madoff case

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    The Bernie Madoff-New York Mets trial begins soon. As baseball has cranked back up, our blow-by-blow of that stuff has scaled back, if for no other reason than it has gotten a tad boring. But this is interesting: NEW YORK (AP) – Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax (KOH’-faks) is among witnesses scheduled to testify…

  4. Chipper Jones was just kidding about the “I don’t know if I can make it through this year” stuff

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones made headlines yesterday for his “I don’t know if I can make it through this year” quote, but not surprisingly he clarified those comments today and made it very clear that he was just kidding around: Unfortunately, I said it around two guys who don’t know me very well and they didn’t realize…

  5. Stephen Drew “looks very unlikely” for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Two weeks ago Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew admitted that missing the beginning of the season was a possibility as he recovers from last year’s broken ankle and now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic takes it one step further. Piecoro writes that no one has ruled out Drew being ready for the opener, but “the…

  6. “Rival executives” believe Fredi Gonzalez is on the hot seat

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Those Rival Executives. Always taunting me like this. Rosenthal, after reminding us that the Braves are 1-10 this spring, reports: Gonzalez, unlike the Boston Red Sox’s Terry Francona, survived his team’s collapse, in large part because the Braves value stability. A poor start, though, could alter the equation. Rival executives believe that Gonzalez, entering the second…

  7. Shockingly, the Nationals’ new eight-pound “StrasBurger” is really, really bad for you

    Mar 13, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    I posted yesterday about the new eight-pound “StrasBurger” the Nationals will be selling at their concession stands this season and Adam Vingan of NBCWashington.com took a closer look at the monstrous hamburger. Turns out, not so healthy: Colleen Gerg, a registered dietitian from Chevy Chase, Md., did a general breakdown of the “nutritional value” —…

  8. Terry Collins is not happy with the Mets’ injuries

    Mar 13, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    UPDATE: Terry Collins has clarified his comments. Says he wasn’t mad at Tejada specifically. Just mad about injuries in general. 12:30 PM: There have been a lot of injuries in Mets camp this spring. And Terry Collins is not happy about it. Who would be? But I do think that most people would chalk it…

  9. Joe Maddon is G.I. Jane

    Mar 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Since announcing last week that he planned to shave his head for charity Joe Maddon has talked “more than 20 players” into joining him to raise money for pediatric cancer research, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Included in the bunch are James Shields, Sam Fuld, Matt Moore, and Matt Joyce, and…

  10. MRI exam on Taylor Teagarden’s back injury “raised some concerns”

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles Photo Day

    X-rays last week revealed no major damage after Taylor Teagarden tweaked his lower back lifting weights, but Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam “raised some concerns.” Teagarden is scheduled to be examined by a back specialist “to go over options” and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com writes that there’s “no talk of surgery…

  11. Michael Young: “Father Time doesn’t mean anything to me”

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Michael Young had a pretty damn good last year for a dude who was 34 years-old. But according to this feature by — let me see … oh, it’s Evan Grant, imagine — Young is pretty defiant when it comes to aging: “Father Time doesn’t mean anything to me. People who lose their competitive edge or…

  12. Nolan Reimold returns to Orioles lineup four days after being hit in the face

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Nolan Reimold was hit in the face by a pitch Friday, but the Orioles outfielder somehow avoided a serious injury and is back in the lineup today. Alex Cobb of the Rays plunked Reimold in the left cheek, but a chipped tooth is the worst of the damage and Brittany Ghiroli reports that he already…

  13. Yoenis Cespedes is not guaranteed a job either. Or so says Billy Beane.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    It’s understandable that Manny Ramirez is going to be out of the picture for a while. But would you believe Yoenis Cespedes could be shuffled off to the minors too? I don’t believe it, but Billy Beane is at least making noises that Cespedes will not simply be given a job: Beane would not guarantee…

  14. Manny Ramirez, minor leaguer

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez‘s playing time in big-league camp will be limited going forward because the A’s need to give at-bats to players who aren’t suspended for the first 50 games of the season. Ramirez has just eight at-bats in major-league games so far and manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com that most of his…

  15. Carlos Beltran offers his thoughts on the Mets

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals are facing the Mets today. It’s Beltran’s first action against his old team. And if Beltran facing Adam Wainwright in freaking early-spring batting practice was deemed newsworthy, you can bet than him facing the Mets is too. To that end, Jon Paul Morosi asked Beltran for his thoughts on the…

  16. Jim Leyland won’t be removing Miguel Cabrera from games for defensive purposes

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Publicly at least the Tigers have been saying good things about Miguel Cabrera‘s transition back to third base this spring and yesterday manager Jim Leyland took it a step further by reiterating that Cabrera will not be removed from regular season games in the late innings for a better defender. “He’s the third baseman,” Leyland…

  17. Dusty Baker on Chicago: “patience wasn’t a real virtue here”

    Mar 13, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

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    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com spoke to current Reds and former Cubs manager Dusty Baker about the Cubs’ rebuilding effort. And about how Theo Epstein, Dale Sveum and the new regime are basically asking that Cubs fans be patient during the team’s rebuild. Baker wishes Sveum the best, but he noted that, based on his experience,…

  18. It was a rough day for the Royals’ young stars yesterday

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    Hard day in Surprise for the Royals’ promising young lads: Eric Hosmer left yesterday’s game against the Giants after landing awkwardly on his right shoulder while making a diving stop at first base; and Mike Moustakas left Monday’s game against the Giants after being hit in the right knee by a pitch. They’re both probably…

  19. “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…

  20. 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…

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