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  1. A.J. Burnett traveling to Pittsburgh to have eye examined

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett pirates

    UPDATE: Apparently the eye injury is more serious than initially believed, because Burnett is leaving Pirates camp and traveling to Pittsburgh to have it examined by doctors. ========== A.J. Burnett seems thrilled to be with Pittsburgh, but his Pirates career got off to a rough start today when he had to leave the field with…

  2. Wanna buy Babe Ruth’s 1920 jersey?

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Ruth Called Shot Baseball

    Some people are saying that it’s the most valuable piece of memorabilia ever: The 92-year-old professional-grade wool flannel jersey has enough soiling, stains and fabric repairs to establish that its owner tumbled after fly balls and slid into second base. More often he trotted around the bases in his signature choppy steps. The Y in…

  3. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero end extension talks

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Shortly after Yadier Molina and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal that will keep him from hitting the open market next offseason fellow impending free agent catcher Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks announced that they’ve stopped negotiating a long-term extension. While standing alongside Montero at a podium general manager Kevin Towers told…

  4. Rangers sign Dominican prospect Jairo Beras; face age investigation

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Earlier today it was reported that the Rangers had signed Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million.  But, there could be a problem:  As Jeff Passan reports, Major League Baseball was of the impression that Beras was 16 years-old and thus not eligible to be signed at this time and at that price.  It’s being reported,…

  5. Mark Trumbo’s broken foot cleared for full baseball activities

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    It remains to be seen how well Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base will fare–he took a ground ball off the face there earlier this week–but in the meantime doctors have deemed his fractured right foot healed enough to resume full baseball activities. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times notes that Trumbo “has…

  6. Report: Expanded playoffs will be a go for 2012

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Ken Rosenthal tweets: Sources: Additional wild cards a “go” for this season. Playoffs to expand from eight to 10 teams. Announcement tomorrow. #MLB — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 29, 2012 The decision is not terribly surprising.  While this year’s schedule is already set, thus making it difficult to build in room for the expanded playoffs,…

  7. Cartoon of the Day: Derrick Goold on Albert Pujols’ legacy

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of the best beat reporters in the country and one of my favorite follows on Twitter, and it turns out he’s also a really good artist, as evidenced by his cartoon of Albert Pujols‘ empty chair at “The One-Team Icons Club” meeting:

  8. The Yankees aren’t feeding the trolls

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    As D.J. noted last night, yesterday Bobby Valentine tried to troll the Yankees, talking smack about the famous flip play from the 2001 ALDS and about the famous Jason Varitek-A-Rod fight. Today the Yankees were asked about it.  And they weren’t gonna get down on Bobby V’s level.  Here’s Jeter: “… who cares? I mean,…

  9. Mike Stanton wants to be called Giancarlo Stanton now

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Mike Stanton

    Mike Stanton‘s birth name is actually Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton and apparently the 22-year-old Marlins slugger wants to be called Giancarlo from now on. Steven Wine of the Associated Press writes that the Marlins now list Stanton as “Giancarlo” rather than “Mike” on their roster and also display “Giancarlo” on his locker and his paychecks.…

  10. Tautology warning: “The Dodgers are the Dodgers”

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Don Mattingly was asked about the Angels and all of their high-profile signings. And how, in light of the Dodgers’ recent doldrums, the Angels may be the number one show on grass in Los Angels now. In his response, Mattingly was either zen or tautologous, depending on your point of view: “At the end of…

  11. Remember him? Daniel Cabrera signs with Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Here’s a blast from the past: Daniel Cabrera, who last pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2009, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Pirates. Cabrera got more chances than his performance deserved because teams remained infatuated with his 6-foot-7 frame and mid-90s fastball, but his average velocity dipped from 96.2 miles per hour in…

  12. Mike Scioscia is in The Best Shape Of His (Managing) Life

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia, Albert Pujols

    Mike Scioscia was in perfectly good shape during his 13-year career as the Dodgers’ catcher, so adding him to the ever-growing “Best Shape Of His Life” list wouldn’t really be accurate. But after packing on quite a bit of weight during his 12-year managing career Scioscia dropped nearly 40 pounds this winter and told Bill…

  13. Davey Johnson is not in The Best Shape of His Life, but he’s preparing for it

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Nationals manager may be 69 years-old, but if Danny Espinosa can’t play, it’s go-time: This spring, Johnson brought a cup and jock strap. It’s hanging up in his locker right now … On Tuesday, a representatives from Dinger bats came through the Nationals clubhouse. Johnson sat down with him and asked, “Do you guys make…

  14. Ryan Howard sidelined indefinitely after developing an infection

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    Matt Gelb of Philly.com reports that Ryan Howard has suffered a setback.  Specifically, on Monday he underwent a procedure to clean an infection from his original wound, and the healing from that procedure will sideline him from action indefinitely. We first caught wind of this last week when Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported that Howard had “a…

  15. Tommy Hanson returns from concussion, throws off mound

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Good news for the Braves this morning, as Tommy Hanson threw off a mound for the first time since suffering a minor concussion in a one-car accident on the way to spring training. Hanson was initially expected to miss just a day or two, but as is so often the case with concussions the absence…

  16. A Pittsburgh Pirates executive delivered a baby at the friggin’ ballpark last night

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    McKechnie Field

    Well, this is certainly way better than the last news we heard about a Pittsburgh Pirates exec.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Trevor Gooby, the director of Florida operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders and as of last night, an emergency obstetrician. Gooby was at McKechnie Field for a “soft opening” event involving fans…

  17. Jayson Werth, back spasms, and the life of a beat reporter

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Sure, writing about baseball for a living is great, but for a beat reporter having to ask players for updates on their injuries every day isn’t quite as fun, especially when they react like Jayson Werth did this morning: Asked Jayson Werth how his back felt. “I don’t care,” he said. Then he walked away.…

  18. Quote of the Day: How Albert Belle mellowed

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga

    Still struck by that pic of Albert Belle from yesterday. Guy used to be absolutely intimidating and now he looks like someone’s jolly uncle. Time takes its toll. As do little girls.  Because here’s what Albert has to say about the retired life: “I’m a stay-at-home dad,” said Belle. “I’m Mr. Mom. My wife and…

  19. Angels’ logjam means Mike Trout is likely bound for minors

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One way for the Angels to lessen their first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam would be to have stud prospect Mike Trout begin the season in the minors and it sure sounds like manager Mike Scioscia thinks that would be a smart idea. Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos, and Torii Hunter are cemented as the Angels’ starting…

  20. Freddie Freeman is feeling much better

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman partially dislocated his kneecap yesterday. Which sounds utterly horrifying. It hurts just to type those words.  First reports had him missing a couple of weeks. Well, Freeman showed up to camp this morning without crutches and said that he was feeling much better.  Still sore, but he hopes to get…

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