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  1. Zack Greinke is going to be out a bit longer than expected

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    When you’re talking about the ace pitcher for whom you traded the last vestiges of your farm system for a shoot-the-moon run at the title, here’s a quote you don’t want to hear: “It may be a little longer than what I thought it was going to be … I figured by now that he…

  2. Jason Bay to begin season on disabled list with rib injury

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    No official move has been made yet, but Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Jason Bay “will almost certainly” begin the season on the disabled list with an intercostal strain in his left rib cage. Bay flew back to New York to have the injury examined by doctors today and would be eligible to come…

  3. Quote of the Day: Happy two-year anniversary Oakland A’s/San Jose committee!

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

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    Has it been two years since Bud Selig convened the commission to study the viability of the A’s moving to San Jose already? My, how time flies! But yes, the San Jose Mercury News — which is the only entity on the planet that wants the A’s in San Jose more than Lew Wolff does…

  4. Jim Leyland won’t discuss his contract status … starting now

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland closeup

    Jim Leyland is in the final season of his contract, but today the 66-year-old manager responded to questions about his status by saying “I’m not going to discuss it.” And then he discussed it. A lot, actually: If we do all right, I assume I’ll be here. If we don’t, I probably won’t be. People…

  5. Photo of the Day: Sure, Opening Day is tomorrow …

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Today the Cleveland Indians were supposed to take on the Columbus Clippers in an exhibition game here in beautiful Columbus, Ohio.  I had toyed with the idea of calling to get a press pass but never got around to it.  I probably made the right decision given the weather here today.  As I look out…

  6. Must-click link: Other teams’ closers in the Mariano Rivera era

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera is entering his 15th season as the Yankees’ closer and the Washington Post has a very cool graphic showing how many closers the other 29 teams have each used during that reign, along with their respective save percentages. Washington Post: There’s Mariano … and everyone else I won’t ruin it for you, because…

  7. Great Moments in Cliff Lee Love

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Apparently ladies love cool Cliff: Cliff Lee love isn’t about box scores, ERAs, or innings pitched. You won’t understand it by dissecting interview transcripts, psychoanalyzing his heart, or rereading the fine print of the leaner contract he signed with Philadelphia at the expense of a fatter paycheck dangled by the Yankees. It is about animal…

  8. Braves finally remove retired Billy Wagner from 40-man roster

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Billy Wagner announced his retirement in October and has repeatedly stated since then that he has no plans to return, but the Braves kept him on the 40-man roster just in case. Today they finally removed him from the roster, but not before working out a deal to retain his rights should he decide to…

  9. The Indians have made a really nice promotional video

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Progressive Field

    I’ve been linking to various team’s promotional videos this spring. I know they’re advertisements, but I find them interesting. Some are funny. Some are effective. Some are awful. The Indians have what may be the most moving one I’ve seen so far.  Check it out. Biggest reason I like it: it doesn’t shy away from the…

  10. Braves send Kenshin Kawakami and his $6.7 million salary to Double-A

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    How far out of favor has Kenshin Kawakami fallen in Atlanta? Well, yesterday the Braves demoted him to Double-A, where he’ll earn $6.7 million while pitching against hitters a dozen years his junior. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that they sent Kawakami all the way down to Double-A because “they want to…

  11. Tryout over: Luis Castillo released nine days after signing with Phillies

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    luis-castillo-phillies-spring

    Nine days after signing Luis Castillo to a minor-league contract following news that Chase Utley would begin the season on the disabled list the Phillies have released the veteran second baseman. Castillo got off to a slow start after reporting to Phillies camp, but notched two hits Saturday and two hits with a stolen base…

  12. How to use Twitter properly to enhance your baseball experience

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    twitter follow me

    Moshe Mandel had a great post over at The Yankee Analysts yesterday. It’s about Twitter, and he keys on the biggest thing that keeps a lot of baseball fans off it: they misunderstand the point of it all. As an example, Moshe links to a Time Magazine list of the allegedly most important Twitter accounts…

  13. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Justin Upton

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    justin-upton-diamondbacks

    Justin Upton has yet to become the MVP-caliber superstar expected from the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft and actually took a major step backward last season following a very strong 2009 performance, but I’m not sure most people fully realize just how rare it is for someone to be as productive as Upton’s…

  14. Mets over Phillies? Well … that’s an interesting prediction

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    We run our own predictions because, well, they’re fun to do.  And since they’re almost always wrong anyway I don’t suppose there is any reason for anyone to get too worked up by them. But sometimes you see one that does sort of strain credulity a bit.  Like Mike Vaccaro’s in the New York Post. His…

  15. Jamie Moyer joins ESPN as “Baseball Tonight” analyst

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    jamie-moyer-phillies

    Jamie Moyer hasn’t given up hope of pitching again despite being 48 years old and sidelined for this season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but in the meantime he’s taken a job as a “Baseball Tonight” analyst, ESPN announced today. According to the press release his television debut will come tomorrow and Moyer “will provide…

  16. Jake Fox — gasp! — broke an unwritten rule

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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    I had missed this, but several readers have alerted me to the fact that Jake Fox of the Baltimore Orioles was excoriated by both the opposing manager — Jim Leyland — and his own manager following what they perceived to be a clear violation of one of baseball’s many, many unwritten rules the other day:…

  17. Ken Rosenthal will be wearing bow ties all year. And this is a very good thing.

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Rosenthal bow tie

    I think I may have been one of the only people on the planet who liked the fact that Ken Rosenthal wore bow ties while on camera for the FOX playoff broadcasts last fall. I thought it was dapper and rather charming. I’ve met Ken in person a couple of times and he totally fits…

  18. Jason Isringhausen agrees to stay behind in Mets’ extended spring training

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Yesterday the Mets chose Blaine Boyer over Manny Acosta for their final bullpen spot and also asked 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen to stay behind in extended spring training so they could make sure his elbow is healthy before potentially adding him to the relief mix. Isringhausen agreed to do that today and will remain in Florida…

  19. UPDATE: Royals have a 5-foot-7 strikeout machine in bullpen

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    tim-collins-royals-spring

    UPDATE: It’s official, he made the team as one of four rookie relievers. ========== Tim Collins has become sort of a cult favorite among prospect buffs for his small stature and big strikeout totals. He’s listed at 5-foot-7, might be an inch or two shorter than that, and struck out 108 batters in 71 innings…

  20. FOX is testing a new overhead camera

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    old TV

    Sticking with the Los Angeles Times, there was a report there yesterday about FOX’s desire to use a new “Field Cam,” which would travel overhead the diamond, giving all of us at home new angles. Apparently they used it last night in the Dodgers-Angels exhibition game.  There was something like this in the playoffs last…

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