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

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.  

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

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    Chilaquiles

    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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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 CSNBayArea.com, 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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 CSNBayArea.com 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Former top prospect Dennis Tankersley attempts comeback with Padres

    Mar 7, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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    Four years after his last minor league appearance and eight years since he last saw the majors, right-hander Dennis Tankersley is attempting a comeback. He signed a minor league deal with the Padres, his former team. Tankersley was just a 38th-round pick of the Red Sox in 1998, but given his early success, it appalled…

  17. Fenway Park is officially a Historic Place

    Mar 7, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Fenway Park

    Just in time for its 100th anniversary, Boston’s Fenway Park was added to the National Registry of Historic Places on Wednesday. Here’s the team’s statement: The Red Sox have been working with the Massachusetts Historic Commission and the National Park Service over the past few months to have Fenway Park added to the National Register…

  18. Would-be Yankee owner Steve Swindal now grooming prospects

    Mar 7, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Steve Swindal, Joe Torre

    Steve Swindal, originally the designated successor to George Steinbrenner, was at Yankees camp Wednesday, watching his daughter sing the national anthem and talking about his current enterprise; he runs a camp for prospects in the Dominican Republic. Swindal, former husband to Jennifer Steinbrenner, was supposed to to occupy the role currently held by Hal Steinbrenner.…

  19. Dontrelle Willis is hurting and “horse(bleep)”

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    Dontrelle Willis struggled today in his second appearance of spring training, allowing four runs, and afterward told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I was horse[bleep].” Willis also indicated that he was pitching through some arm fatigue–which isn’t a great sign so early in camp–and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’ll be “checked out”…

  20. Yu Darvish impresses in his first major league action

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Months of anticipation of Yu Darvish‘s debut led up to less than a half hour of baseball action, but it was exciting baseball action all the same. The tale of the tape: two innings, 36 pitches, 26 strikes, no runs, a couple of hits, three strikeouts, a spiffy defensive play and the beginning of what’s…

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