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  1. Clayton Kershaw skips bullpen session due to stiff back

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Much like Giants ace Tim Lincecum, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has experienced back stiffness following his first couple of workouts in spring camp. Also like Lincecum, who was able play to play catch Wednesday, Kershaw’s issue is thought to be minor. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that Kershaw’s scheduled Wednesday bullpen session…

  2. Ryan Howard takes first round of live batting practice

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is slowly but surely making progress from the torn Achilles tendon that he suffered on the final play of the 2011 NLDS. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, Howard took batting practice from a live pitcher Wednesday in Phillies camp for the first time since the injury. The first baseman spoke…

  3. Angels, Jason Isringhausen reach minor league deal

    Feb 22, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Jason Isringhausen has found a home for 2012. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the veteran reliever agreed to terms on a minor league contract Wednesday evening with the Angels. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where Izzy will presumably have a shot at claiming a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen…

  4. The league needs to address Terry Collins’ comments

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    It’s one thing for a manager to be peeved that his young player decided not to report early to camp. It’s another thing when he starts airing out that grievance to the media. Mets manager Terry Collins did just that on Wednesday. According to MLB.com, Collins was quite disappointed that shortstop Ruben Tejada is deciding…

  5. Matt Kemp needs to bat fourth, not third for the Dodgers

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Fact: people like me spend way too much worrying about how lineups are arranged. Simulations suggest that only the worst lineups, ones that even Dusty Baker would never conceive of, have a real impact on run scoring. The difference between what a major league manager would typically run out there and a supposed optimal lineup…

  6. Quote of the Day: Ron Gardenhire on the Prince Fielder signing

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

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    We began the day with some gratuitous profanity, so let’s end the day with some gratuitous profanity.  This is from Phil Mackey’s Twins’ notebook at 1500ESPN.com: “(Expletive).” — Gardenhire, when asked by a reporter what his thoughts where when the Tigers signed Prince Fielder. Concise. To the point. I like it.

  7. Jay Gibbons signs minor-league contract with Brewers

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Jay Gibbons, who spent the past two seasons as a role player for the Dodgers, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers. Gibbons was a regular in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup from 2001-2007, but was named in the “Mitchell Report” and suspended for the beginning of 2008, getting released by the…

  8. Yu Darvish plays catch with his left hand? OK.

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    See anything wrong with this picture? Like, say, the righty Yu Darvish playing catch with the glove on his right hand? According to Evan Grant, Darvish does that sometimes to keep balance. Or something. Looks cool. But remember, Meat: If you win 20 in the show, you can throw with your left hand and the press’ll think…

  9. Brandon Phillips on contract talks with Reds: “I haven’t heard anything”

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips arrived at Reds camp today and naturally got some questions about the status of long-term contract negotiations as the second baseman enters his final season before free agency. Phillips told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the two sides haven’t talked about a deal since “before Redsfest … it’s been a long…

  10. Lou Piniella hired by YES Network

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Lou Piniella has been out of the game for a year, randomly showing up as an analyst here and there. But now he has a more permanent job: YES Network has hired him to do some Yankees games. Not a ton of them — between 20-30 of them — but more than his cameo appearances…

  11. Indians cancel Jon Garland signing after pitcher doesn’t take physical exam

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Last week the Indians and Jon Garland agreed to a minor-league contract and as usual with such deals it was pending a physical exam. Those are usually just a formality, but Garland is coming back from shoulder surgery and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he never took the physical exam ……

  12. Terry Collins is mad at a player for not reporting to camp early. Again.

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Remember last year when Mets manager Terry Collins was upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report to camp on time? No, of course you don’t, because Castillo did report to camp on time.  Collins was mad that Castillo didn’t report to camp early. It’s just that when you’re Terry Collins, on time is late and early…

  13. Indians finalize minor-league deal with Cristian Guzman

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s now a done deal. ========== After sitting out all of last season Cristian Guzman is expected to sign a minor-league contract with the Indians, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Guzman, who made All-Star teams as a shortstop in 2001 and 2008, will be invited to spring training to compete for a bench…

  14. There will be no Chipper Jones is in The Worst Shape of His Life posts

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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    I wasn’t gonna say anything about this, but you people won’t leave me alone, so here it is: no, I am not going to do a “Chipper Jones is in the Worst Shape of His Life” post. And it has nothing to do with me being a Braves homer. I just don’t see the evidence…

  15. Albert Pujols doesn’t like the Angels calling him “El Hombre” on their billboards

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Albert Pujols never liked the “El Hombre” nickname while he was in St. Louis, but the Angels decided to use it on their billboards promoting his arrival without asking him and Pujols isn’t happy. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that there are 20 billboards around Southern California with the “El Hombre” nickname and…

  16. Someone is suing the Marlins, claiming they bought the team for $10 million at an auction

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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    This is fun. In 2008, Marlins’ president David Samson apparently served as auctioneer at what I can only guess was a charity auction at a Florida Marlins awards banquet at a country club. At the outset of the auction, he said, in what I can only guess was a joking manner, that the Marlins were…

  17. Jose Reyes isn’t the only Marlins star cutting off his hair for charity

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Jose Reyes cutting his hair and selling it for $10,200 in a charity auction was such a big deal (or there was such little in the way of real news) that MLB Network broadcast the clipping of his dreadlocks live in prime time. Reyes’ new teammate, ace Josh Johnson, didn’t get quite the same attention…

  18. The Rays are giving away a horrifying promotional item

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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    The Rays must have some weird tax situation that absolutely requires that no one show up for their June 29 game against the Tigers.  How else to explain them giving away a promotional item that, if there is a God in Heaven, should send people running for the hills or an exorcist or something. From…

  19. Tony La Russa will be in Cardinals camp too

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Much has been made of Tony La Russa hanging out in Tigers camp with his friend Jim Leyland, but the retired manager will soon be making an appearance in Cardinals camp as well. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that La Russa will be participating in a charity golf tournament next week…

  20. The Yankees sign David Aardsma

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed former Mariners’ closer David Aardsma. It’s a major league deal. There’s an option for 2013 too, and Brian Cashman told reporters a few minutes ago that the deal is more for 2013 than it is for 2012. Aardsma underwent Tommy John surgery last summer and won’t be…

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