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  1. Jonathan Papelbon: Phillies fans “tend to know the game a little better” than Red Sox fans

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Papelbon throws in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    Not only is Jonathan Papelbon ditching “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music, now he’s talking about how Phillies fans are better than Red Sox fans. During an interview on 94-WIP in Philadelphia today Papelbon said: The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes…

  2. Anibal Sanchez is having shoulder problems again

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Anibal Sanchez has yet to make his spring training debut because of a shoulder injury and manager Ozzie Guillen said today that it’ll probably be a while before the right-hander is cleared for game action. “We’re not going to put a guy out there just because,” Guillen told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. “When…

  3. The Astros likely to get the gun back on their Colt .45s throwback uniforms

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

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    A couple weeks ago we heard that Major League Baseball — in a fit of nanny mania — decided that the the Astros could not put the guns on their throwback Colt .45s uniforms this season. It was a crazy decision, mostly because it flew in the face of historical accuracy. Also: if you make…

  4. Domonic Brown headed for MRI exam on sprained thumb

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Domonic Brown injured his right thumb diving for a ball in the outfield earlier this week and now he’s headed for an MRI exam. Jim Salisbury of reports that the initial diagnosis is a sprained thumb, but the Phillies will have a better idea about his recovery timetable once the MRI results are in.…

  5. Jonathan Papelbon ditches “Shipping Up To Boston” as entrance song

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    There was some confusion earlier this week regarding statements the Dropkick Murphys made about whether or not they wanted Jonathan Papelbon to continue using their song “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music now that he’s pitching in Philadelphia. Turns out, it was a moot point. Papelbon told Todd Zolecki of that he’s…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: My annual Chief Wahoo observation

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT


    That block C is on the wall outside of the front door of the Indians’ complex here in Goodyear.  Note: it’s not a Chief Wahoo. Indeed, you have to look pretty hard to find a Chief Wahoo around here. There’s a picture of the 1995 ALCS celebration in the lobby, and there are Wahoos on…

  7. Orioles laugh at Jon Heyman’s report that they “haven’t ruled out” signing Johnny Damon

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed and then replied “I don’t think so” when asked about Heyman’s report that they “haven’t ruled out” signing Damon. Shocking. ========== Remember last month, when we had a post about how Jon Heyman was trying his best to get Johnny Damon a…

  8. Pirates send No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole to minor league camp

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Gerrit Cole’s first taste of big-league camp is over, as the Pirates reassigned last year’s No. 1 overall pick to the minor-league side of spring training this morning. Cole is 21 years old and has yet to officially pitch in the minors, so the move is anything but a surprise. He appeared in a couple…

  9. Adam Moore breaks wrist after missing last season with knee injury

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez, Adam Moore

    Mariners catcher Adam Moore, a former top prospect who missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury suffered in his second game, broke his right wrist Tuesday when a ball in the dirt struck his throwing hand. There’s no word yet on how long the Mariners expect Moore to be sidelined, but he’s…

  10. Twins ink Glen Perkins to three-year, $10.3 million extension

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Minnesota and reliever Glen Perkins have agreed to a three-year, $10.3 million contract extension that includes a team option for 2016. Perkins, who avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.55 million deal this season, was under team control via arbitration again for 2013 and then would have been a free agent. By signing him the Twins…

  11. Shocker: Jose Canseco banned from Mexican league due to doping claim

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Jose Canseco was all set to play in the Mexican League this year — or open up a hug store or something — but that’s on hold now. He has been banned from the league after Mexican officials said that Canseco refused to take a drug test and admitted to taking testosterone. Wish he would…

  12. Great Moments in forgetting it’s March 8

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Jeter reaches for a ground ball at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

    This, from Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, is not something you’d think that someone who has spent many years covering spring training would say, but he says it anyway: Now that we’ve been through the starting rotation once, it is time to turn our attention to more pressing matters. As in Derek Jeter. On Wednesday, Jeter…

  13. NBC SportsTalk: Impressions of Yu

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Diego Padres

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking to Russ about the Yu Darvish debut. If you read my reports from the ballpark you got the general gist. But this time you get it from a parking lot in front of a ballpark while holding a mic, so there’s that.  

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: We hate your favorite team

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT


    I ate that thing pictured to the right last night. It’s a chilaquiles verde, and yeah it has a fried egg on top. Between that and the In-N-Out the other night I realize I’m going to die soon, but it’s worth it. I’ve lived a good life. Dinner last night was with Keith Law of…

  15. Fun with live audio: Jason Kipnis sings Adele

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    The MLB Network experimented with live audio during Wednesday’s Cactus League game between the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. The broadcast featured several players on each team wearing live microphones, and also had mics at each base, down the first- and third-base lines, as well as along the outfield wall. A pretty cool idea overall,…

  16. We have different definitions of the term “fresh start”

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

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    Player A here is back with the same team he was with a year ago. In fact, it’s the same team he’s been with his entire career. He’s not playing for a new manager. He’s not learning a new position. He’s healthier than he was a year ago at this time, but given that he…

  17. Buster Posey to make Cactus League debut Friday

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Buster Posey is back!  Or, he will be soon. According to beat writer Andrew Baggarly of, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Wednesday that he’s planning to have Posey catch “a few innings” in Friday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Reds. Posey was unable to return to action last season after suffering a…

  18. Jamie Moyer helps his comeback cause with two strong innings

    Mar 7, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer helped himself nicely in his attempt to make the Colorado Rockies rotation out of spring training on Wednesday, breezing through two scoreless innings. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that his fastball topped out at 82 mph and that he kept the Giants hitters off-balance, allowing just one hit and throwing only…

  19. Bruce Bochy not apologizing for tossing Angels scout

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of that he doesn’t regret booting Angels scout Jeff Schugel from the stands Wednesday during a team practice. In fact, Bochy thinks it was completely justified: “You want to go through a fundamental (drill) and I don’t think that’s the time for scouts to be there,” said…

  20. Andrew Bailey over lat pull, cleared to face live hitters

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey suffered a minor lat pull while performing vertical leap drills on one of the first days of spring training. But he has already moved past the injury and is ready to begin playing catch-up with the other relievers in camp. According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine…

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