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  1. There is a museum devoted to Ichiro. And it’s run by his mom.

    Mar 23, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Geoff Baker is in Japan, getting ready for the season-opening series between the Mariners and A’s.  He got there a couple of days before the team and has been doing so sightseeing. One thing he saw: the Ichiro museum.  It’s right in front of his parents’ house. And his mom and dad run it. And…

  2. Cubs demote top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    Neither player was expected to crack the Opening Day roster and today the Cubs made it official, optioning top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A. Rizzo was acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January and is the Cubs’ long-term answer at first base, but the team made it pretty clear that…

  3. Joe Torre rejoins Major League Baseball

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre spent a year in the league office of Major League Baseball, handing out discipline to players, dealing with postponements in the playoffs and pretending to supervise umpires while really doing nothing to fix bad umpiring all. Then he quit to try to buy the Dodgers. That didn’t work and, Major League Baseball just…

  4. Joakim Soria needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria got second and third opinions after being diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and they all agreed, so the 27-year-old Royals closer will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on April 3. Typically recovery timetables are 12-18 months, so Soria will miss the entire season and could be limited in early 2013 as…

  5. Matt Thornton favored over Jesse Crain and Addison Reed as White Sox’s closer

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura has avoided naming a closer or even giving strong hints about which way he’s leaning among Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed, but Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “the smart money” is on Thornton getting the job. Thornton struggled with some save chances early…

  6. Bobby Jenks: “I took too many muscle relaxers”

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks mugshot

    Kirk Minihane of WEEI has more on the Bobby Jenks DUI arrest. Seems Jenks was pulled over for driving erratically, and when questioned, he told the deputy that the “took too many muscle relaxers.” He had dilated pupils, glassy eyes and slurred speech. Then this: When Deputy Sutphin asked Jenks if he had taken anything else other than the muscle relaxers,…

  7. Now the Phillies and Chase Utley won’t even talk about his health status

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    For a while the Phillies tried to downplay the fact that Chase Utley wasn’t playing in any games this spring, insisting that it was being done to keep the second baseman and his bad knees from wearing down during the long season. Eventually they had to give up that ghost because Utley left camp to…

  8. Quote of the day: Don Cooper don’t need to think about no stinkin’ biomechanics

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    There’s a long article in the ESPN the Magazine season preview issue about pitching and biomechanics. About how a pitchers’ motion and physical approach could make all the difference in terms of whether that pitcher maintains his health and avoids those visits to Dr. James Andrews. I’m not gonna say I fully understand this stuff.…

  9. Astros send Mets castoff Fernando Martinez to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    Back in January the Astros claimed outfielder Fernando Martinez off waivers from the Mets and today Houston optioned the one-time top prospect to Triple-A. Being cut loose by the Mets for nothing and not being able to crack the Astros’ roster certainly aren’t good signs for Martinez, but he’s still just 23 years old and…

  10. Joba Chamberlain shouldn’t have been on that trampoline

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Trampoline center

    Since the Joba Chamberlain news came out, a debate has sprung up about the wisdom employed by Mr. Chamberlain in being on that trampoline in the first place.  Between the comments and Twitter, I’ve seen opinion range from “leave Joba alone!” to “Joba is the biggest idiot in the history of idiots.” I think both…

  11. Reds “don’t know” whether Aroldis Chapman will start or relieve

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched well as a starter this spring, but manager Dusty Baker said yesterday that the Reds remain unsure whether he’ll be in the rotation or the bullpen to begin the season. And according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer sending Chapman to Triple-A so he can continue starting there is also…

  12. Bobby Jenks was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run at 4am this morning

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks mugshot

    Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was arrested in Ft. Myers at 3:43 AM this morning. The charges: DUI, property damage and hit-and-run, suggesting that he crashed his car and tried to take off.  Here’s his charging report. There aren’t any big details yet. Jenks was not expected to pitch for a long, long time —…

  13. Orioles prospect Matt Hobgood, picked No. 5 overall in 2009, to miss season following surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt hobgood bowman

    Matt Hobgood has been a disappointment since the Orioles selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, throwing 158 innings with a 5.48 ERA in the low minors, and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the 21-year-old right-hander will miss the entire season following shoulder surgery. According to Connolly…

  14. Joba Chamberlain dislocated his ankle while jumping on a trampoline with his son

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Face meet palm: Joba Chamberlain dislocated right ankle yesterday and had surgery last night. Cashman called it a significant injury. — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 23, 2012 Cashman said Joba injured himself while playing with his son. They were jumping around on a “trampoline” of sorts. — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 23, 2012 He’s still…

  15. Tim Hudson “felt really good” after first BP session

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Tim Hudson continues to make good progress in his recovery from November back surgery, throwing live batting practice yesterday for the first time. Hudson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he “felt really good” and “felt like my stuff was pretty good for the first day out there.” He’s slated to throw another round of…

  16. The Phillies send Domonic Brown to minor league camp

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    This was pretty inevitable, but the Phillies have shipped Domonic Brown to minor league camp. As Matt Gelb notes, injuries had a lot to do with it. He hurt his hand, his thumb and his neck at various times.  Though his less-than-spectacular, albeit short, stints in the bigs didn’t help either.  To his credit, Brown…

  17. Terry Francona: “I’m still trying to stop the bleeding”

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona leaving the field after being ejected from the game by umpire after arguing a controversial call with officials during the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Seattle

    Terry Francona was in Ft. Myers to cover a Red Sox game for ESPN.  And yes, the topic of his unceremonious departure from Boston and the subsequent crap anonymous Red Sox front office people shoveled on to him came up. Francona tells the Boston Herald that, as far as all that goes, he is moving…

  18. Lance Berkman apologizes for calling Bud Selig an extortionist

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    The other day Lance Berkman said that Bud Selig “extorted” Jim Crane into moving the Astros to the American League. It was kind of surprising to hear Berkman using such charged language. He seems more like a “gosh, that’d be swell” kind of guy, not the sort of guy who ruffles feathers like that. Well,…

  19. This Jamie Moyer thing is gonna happen, huh?

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    As D.J. mentioned the other day, with Jamie Moyer, every outing matters. Well, his latest outing was outstanding: four perfect innings, striking out four. The Giants had a lot of starters in the lineup. While he had that one really bad start in a minor league game, in nine innings of major league action Moyer has…

  20. Bobby Valentine is irked at Joe Girardi

    Mar 23, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Just so you know, I have created a “Bobby Valentine is irked at ____” template for the year. Figure it will save time.  Anyway, here is what he’s irked at now: What could possibly be controversial about a 4-4 tie in spring training? Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine found something, objecting to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s…

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