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  1. Brandon Beachy wins the Braves’ fifth starter’s job

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy pitches against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    It wasn’t much talked about this spring, but one of the more interesting  job competitions was for the Braves’ fifth starter’s job. The candidates: lefty Mike Minor and right hander Brandon Beachy.  Frank Wren announced today that Beachy is the victor, with Minor being sent down to, er, the minors. This is one of those…

  2. Jorge Posada would consider leaving Yankees in 2012 “if it’s the right situation”

    Mar 24, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Jorge Posada has no plans to retire, but his four-year, $52 million contract is up after this season and the career-long Yankee told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that he’d be willing to play for another team “if it’s the right situation.” Posada’s future in New York will obviously depend on how well…

  3. The Negro Leagues Museum rights a wrong

    Mar 24, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    I’ve written in the past about how, after the death of Buck O’Neill, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum screwed up by passing over O’Neill’s hand-picked successor, Bob Kendrick, and went instead with some political hack who I suspected would last a couple of years.  Well, the hack lasted a couple of years, screwed the place…

  4. New York tabloid: “Leave A-Rod alone!”

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Only Nixon could go to China, only Kirk could make peace with the Kilingons and only the New York Post can tell people that it’s time to stop going after Alex Rodriguez: Look, Alex Rodriguez always has been Alex Rodriguez’s worst enemy, and perhaps his litany of career sins — runaway ego and greed mixed…

  5. Marlins considering options at third base after sending Matt Dominguez to minors

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As recently as last week 21-year-old prospect Matt Dominguez was considered the favorite to make the jump from Double-A and claim the Marlins’ starting job at third base, but today they sent him to the minors. Florida newspapers were full of praise for Dominguez when it looked like he’d get the job and his defense…

  6. Must-Click Link: how the White Sox got those early 80s uniforms

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

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    No, not the pajamas avec shorts. Everyone knows those sprung from the addled mind of the great Bill Veeck. I’m talking about those tight doubleknit jobs with the numbers on the thigh. The ones that made Greg Luzinski look outrageously uncomfortable. Which, while it may be nostalgia speaking, I kind of liked. Or maybe I just…

  7. The Cleveland Indians are taking social media really, really seriously

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Progressive Field

    I may waste about 93% of my day cracking wise on Twitter, but I’m no social media expert. I can’t say, therefore, what an aggressive social media initiative can do for a business.  I understand how buzz can make people click YouTube videos and low transaction cost things like that, but I’m pretty ignorant when…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Will the Rangers be able to survive the departure of Cliff Lee?

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The defending AL Champs, the Texas Rangers The Big Question: Will the Rangers survive the departure of Cliff Lee? Well, sure, why wouldn’t…

  9. Freddy Garcia is likely to land the Yankees’ fifth starter job

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    So far this spring Bartolo Colon has pitched way better than Freddy Garcia has, with the former having a better ERA, allowing fewer hits, striking out more guys and only walking one in 15 innings of work.  But as you so often hear this time of year, spring stats should all but be ignored. The…

  10. Curtis Granderson blasts T.J. Simers

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

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    Curtis Granderson took to Twitter last night in the wake of T.J. Simers’ low-rent hatchet job on Marcus Thames the other day.  Granderson: I don’t like to criticize media. They have a job to do & sometimes have to be the bad guy. But @LATimesTJSimers should be ashamed of himself … Marcus Thames is one of…

  11. Bonds Trial Update: ex-friends and garbled recordings

    Mar 24, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    Taking the stand in the Bonds trial yesterday was Steven Hoskins, a childhood friend of Barry Bonds who grew up to be something of a fixer and lackey.  Hoskins would pay Bonds’ bills, make sure his baseball equipment was in order and pay off Bonds’ girlfriends with a wad of cash he kept in a…

  12. O’s skipper Buck Showalter rips Theo Epstein, Derek Jeter

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t usually one for trash talk, but, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the veteran skipper let some fellow members of the American League East have it in the April edition of Men’s Journal. These quotes come without the questions that prompted them, but they’re pretty revealing anyway…

  13. Peavy believes rotator cuff tendinitis is only “minor blip”

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Things are looking up for Jake Peavy. The White Sox right-hander is already a lock to open the season on the 15-day disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, but he should be back in action by mid-April. According to Doug Padilla with ESPN Chicago, Peavy paid a visit to a…

  14. Cody Ross suffers calf injury in Cactus League game

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Late-spring injuries are the worst. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants outfielder Cody Ross was lifted from the club’s Cactus League tilt with the Angels Wednesday due to a right calf strain. Ross was attempting to make a catch on a shallow line drive when he pulled up lame. He…

  15. Don Zimmer needs one more year to catch Connie Mack

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Don Zimmer, Evan Longoria

    I knew Don Zimmer had been around a long, long time, but I hadn’t seen it put into such perspective before: This season marks Zimmer’s 63rd consecutive year in professional baseball (major and minor leagues), and although baseball doesn’t keep track of longevity in both leagues, it’s likely that Zimmer’s streak is second only to…

  16. UPDATE: OK, so apparently Matt Albers isn’t going to Japan

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for all that. I’m now told by a reliable source that it’s not true. Kind of a weirdly random thing for Mullen to report inaccurately, but oh well. Sorry to get everyone so excited by the huge non-news! ========== Maureen Mullen reports that the Red Sox have released Matt Albers “to allow…

  17. Vice President visits Yankees camp; betrays his Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Joe Biden, Mariano Rivera

    Vice President Joe Biden is a Phillies fan, but today he visited Yankees camp in Tampa. Look at him there. Wearing the Yankees gear. I’m gonna be straight with you: I like Joe Biden. I find him to be a pretty interesting guy. But if I were the Vice President of the United States, I’d…

  18. Brian Wilson’s throwing session cut short, Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson is one of the legions of players who have strained their obliques this spring, but the other day he said, no worries, he’d be ready for Opening Day.  Not so, according to Andrew Baggarly: Brian Wilson’s ability to pitch on opening day is in significant doubt after the Giants’ right-handed closer had his…

  19. Nationals have “reached a near-final decision” to bench Nyjer Morgan for Rick Ankiel

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Last week there was speculation about the Nationals benching Nyjer Morgan in favor of Rick Ankiel and now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that they’ve “reached a near-final decision” to make Ankiel the starting center fielder. Morgan has certainly earned the demotion by hitting like a fifth outfielder, running the bases recklessly, and…

  20. Stop. Hammer Time.

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    MCHammer

    We’ve all heard the story of how a young Stanley Burrell — more famously and ridiculously known as M.C. Hammer — once worked for the Oakland A’s.  You may not know the details of that gig, however. If you don’t, The Common Man has a post up about it over at The Platoon Advantage this…

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