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  1. Great Moments in fact checking the headline

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    In which, in the space of only a couple of lines, I take a swipe at Tony La Russa and a newspaper and get to have fun with Charlie Manuel anachronisms!

  2. The Phillies’ injuries mount: Placido Polanco tweaks his elbow

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Phillies’ third baseman Placido Polanco injured his left elbow yesterday, hyperextending it during a swing.  This is the same elbow on which he had surgery back in November.  He says it’s not serious, though, and it’s suspected that he’ll only miss a few days. I think most people agree that injuries are the only thing that…

  3. Few fans line up for Mets tickets. So what?

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    The Bergen Record reports on the first day of Mets single-game ticket sales and paints a gloomy picture: There was no wait at all until 10:25, when a line of just eight people formed. No one camped out overnight like years past; no one spent hours waiting. And plenty of good tickets still are available, as…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Is character and passion enough for the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    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 new-look Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Is character and passion enough for the Diamondbacks? This is Kirk Gibson’s team now, and it…

  5. Brian Sabean: “the game is East Coast-centric”

    Mar 16, 2011, 6:16 AM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    An article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat catches up with Giants GM Brian Sabean, who notes that life hasn’t changed all that much for the World Series champs in terms of hype or outside media interest or anything like that.  Part of that may be, he explains, because of the dreaded east coast bias:…

  6. Ian Stewart to return to Rockies’ lineup Wednesday

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Stewart_Ian

    We heard last week that Ian Stewart was a “longshot” to be ready for Opening Day, but it turns out he may cut things pretty close. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Stewart is scheduled to start at third base tomorrow against the Rangers. It will be his first Cactus League action since…

  7. Andrew Bailey diagnosed with strained right forearm

    Mar 15, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    It was easy to think the worst when Andrew Bailey crumpled down in pain on the mound yesterday, but a release from the Athletics this afternoon actually brings some good news. Bailey was diagnosed with a strained right forearm following an examination by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. In other words, no structural damage was…

  8. It doesn’t sound like Carlos Beltran is going to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York earlier this afternoon that while he has been cleared for some baseball activities, he will be limited to hitting and other non-running activities for the time being. Beltran reports that his knee currently feels “60 percent better” than it did one week ago and according to…

  9. Ryan Zimmerman to be shut down for a few days

    Mar 15, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    zimmerman_ryan

    I can’t remember who said it on Twitter yesterday, but someone said that the first two weeks of spring training are spent talking about how everyone is in such great shape and the next two weeks are spent talking about injuries.  Seems that way.  All of the injury news is starting to blend together for…

  10. Wojciechowski: the Giants won the world series because Barry Bonds was gone

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds first pitch NLCS

    ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski has made a mini-career out of moralizing about steroids in baseball.  Sure, lots of guys do that, but Wojciechowski isn’t exactly the straightest shooter in the bunch. Indeed, between Wojciechowski’s crocodile tears and his casual intellectual dishonesty, he’s basically the Glenn Beck of the steroids beat. Once he beat up on steroids users, equating…

  11. Ian Snell retires after being sent to minors by Cardinals

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    snell1

    Not so long ago Ian Snell was a promising young starter for the Pirates, throwing 208 innings with a 3.76 ERA and solid 177/68 K/BB ratio as a 25-year-old in 2007. Unfortunately it’s been all downhill since then, as Snell pitched his way out of Pittsburgh and then failed to resurrect his career in Seattle,…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Will the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season?

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    billy-butler-and-ned-yost-royals

    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 perpetually rebuilding Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Can the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season? Relative to the past 15…

  13. The NPB is undecided on when to start the season

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows

    Japan obviously has bigger problems than when to start the baseball season, but the Central and Pacific Leagues of the NPB met today to discuss when they should begin the 2011 baseball season in the wake of the tsunami and the mounting nuclear crisis. The NPB blog Yakyubaka reports that no decision has been made…

  14. Kendrys Morales “more and more likely” to begin year on DL

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    Initially there was talk that Kendrys Morales would be limited to designated hitter duties early on as he recovers from last season’s broken leg, but now Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it appears more and more likely Morales won’t be ready for the opener” at all. If he does play in…

  15. Chris Davis wants the Rangers to trade him if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    davis_chris

    The numbers don’t add up for Chris Davis in Texas. Between Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Michael Young, there just aren’t going to be enough opportunities for him at first base with the Rangers. Indeed, there’s probably not even going to be room for him on the roster.  He seems to know that, however, and…

  16. Ron Washington wants experienced closer to replace Neftali Feliz, who had zero experience before 40 saves

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Now that Neftali Feliz is apparently on board with the front office wanting to make him a starter Ron Washington is facing the very real possibility of being without his 40-save closer from last season and the manager told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com that he’d expect the Rangers to acquire a veteran reliever to fill…

  17. Tigers officially rule out Joel Zumaya and Carlos Guillen for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    In news that was more or less expected at this point, the Tigers announced today that Carlos Guillen and Joel Zumaya have both been officially ruled out for Opening Day. Guillen recently experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and Zumaya is likely still several weeks away from being cleared to throw following…

  18. Update: Not so fast on that Luis Hernandez-is-the-Mets-second baseman stuff

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Hernandez_Luis

    UPDATE: Andy Martino asked around and he says that Collins has not named Hernandez his second baseman. He’s merely in the mix, as they say.  We could parse this I suppose — Martino is reporting peoples’ “sense” of the matter while Mike Puma says he got it from someone who has “direct knowledge” of the…

  19. Ron Gardenhire’s “just fire it through the internet” quote is already a t-shirt

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    fire it through the internet gardenhire shirt

    I wrote yesterday about Twins manager Ron Gardenhire being annoyed with reporters using Twitter to relay his words to the public much quicker than they were able to in the past and took particular delight in his frustratedly telling them: You can tweet that. Just tweet it. You don’t even have to write it. Just…

  20. Sports teams are entering the news business. Good. Let them have it.

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Press

    There’s an illuminating story over at the Washington Post today about how sports leagues and clubs are, ever so slowly, trying to squeeze out the traditional media when it comes to breaking news about them: For sports journalists these days, the playing field isn’t always level. As the Iowa incident suggests, teams and leagues can…

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