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  1. What a surprise: Tom Brady loves the way Derek Jeter plays the game

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Super Bowl XLVI - Media Day

    What’s more soul-killing: the lack of substantive baseball stories in the dead of winter or the proliferation of fluffy-nothing football stories a few days before the Super Bowl? Kind of an existential question. Maybe the fluff football stories are worse in some way because, really, it’s not like there isn’t a lot of substantive, legit…

  2. The Mets hope to sell ten minority shares by the end of February

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    When last we heard of the Mets’ sale of $20 million minority stakes in the team, they were allegedly close to closing on the sale of five shares.  That as early January, and as of yet, they haven’t closed.  At least as far as we know. Here’s the latest from Steven Marcus of Newsday: The…

  3. MLB Network will broadcast Jose Reyes’ haircut

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    What does a television channel devoted to baseball show in the middle of the winter? Haircuts, apparently. Jose Reyes‘ agent revealed that the Marlins shortstop will get his dreadlocks cut off Friday and it will air live on MLB Network. Reyes knew he’d have to cut his hair when he signed with the Marlins, who…

  4. Roy Oswalt is not happy with the Cardinals’ offer

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    We’ve known that the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt have been pussy-footing around one another. But now we know that Roy Oswalt does not like the Cardianls’ pussy-footing:  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have not made Roy Oswalt an offer “that the pitcher deems anywhere close to sufficient.” As Rosenthal notes, Oswalt is much to blame…

  5. Jorge De La Rosa pitched through pain, lied about injury before Tommy John surgery

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As Jorge De La Rosa progresses in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery Thomas Harding of MLB.com revealed some interesting details about how the veteran left-hander pitched through the pain initially and lied to the Rockies about the injury. Harding of course doesn’t frame the information that way, calling it merely “stretching the truth,”…

  6. Mark Teixeira is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Overlooked this in that Mark Teixeira-will-bunt-article, but … Teixeira tweeted Tuesday that he lost 14 pounds this offseason.  “I didn’t feel like I needed to, but I’m always trying to get better. I know that the older that I get, the more important nutrition is, any chance I get to make myself lighter, faster, more…

  7. In Kansas City, “your beer is going to be cooled by the sun”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    But wait? How?! The Kansas City Royals baseball team is getting greener with the largest in-stadium solar array generating electricity in Major League Baseball. The 160 solar panels, which have been installed and tested, are expected to produce 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power for four homes. That won’t…

  8. OK, so Mark Teixeira will bunt after all

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Yesterday I mocked the idea that the Yankees may ask their power-hitting first baseman to eschew trying to hit the ball to Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field like God and Nature intended and, instead, try to square around to bunt or to slap it the other way when batting left-handed so as to…

  9. Columnist Phil Rogers has decided Ryan Braun’s appeal for us

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes an overview of the Brewers.  He devotes much of it to arguing that the Ryan Braun contract was a terrible move by the Brewers, and even compares it unfavorably to Alex Rodriguez‘s original $250 million deal with the Rangers. Yes, the contract that will never pay him more…

  10. Matt Garza had his American League Championship ring stolen

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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    From the Fresno Bee comes word that burglars recently broke into Matt Garza‘s Fresno County, California home and stole his 2008 American League championship ring which he earned while pitching with the Rays. The robbery happened at some point between January 26 and this morning. The ring, which is engraved with Garza’s name and has several white diamonds and…

  11. Nyjer Morgan will practice with the San Jose Sharks tomorrow

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    We’ve seen Nyjer Morgan cross-check major league catchers in the past, but he’ll have a chance to go back to his roots tomorrow. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the outspoken outfielder will suit up to practice with his hometown San Jose Sharks. “I’m really excited to get on the ice with the team,” said Morgan.…

  12. Padres and Dustin Moseley avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The Padres just announced that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Dustin Moseley by agreeing on a one-year contract. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’ll make $2.0125 million. Moseley was arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason after earning $900,000 in 2011. The 30-year-old requested $2.55 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Padres…

  13. The worst All-Stars of all-time

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Ken Harvey

    Even with rosters expanded and more and more players seemingly sitting out the game, there aren’t quite as many bad All-Stars as their used to be, at least not by my research. The list of the worst All-Stars is mostly comprised of old timers, but I’ve squeezed a couple of more recent players in. Here’s…

  14. The Astros sign Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Houston Astros have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal. On a personal note, allow me to say how happy I am that he’s out of the NL East. He could be 98 years-old with an ERA of infinity and he’d still go eight innings while giving up one…

  15. Cubs and A’s interested in reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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    I’ve been confused about why the Twins haven’t snatched up one of the many low-cost veteran relievers who’ve signed recently and of the remaining options Todd Coffey would seemingly be a good fit, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com in Minnesota reports that they aren’t even in the mix for him. According to Wolfson the Cubs…

  16. Edwin Jackson is willing to accept a one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    He entered the free agent market last fall with such high expectations, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Edwin Jackson is likely to accept a one-year deal. This is somewhat surprising given that the multiple teams were reported to have three-year deals on the table. Unless those reports were a function of…

  17. Insurance to cover “about half” of Victor Martinez’s salary

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Victor Martinez underwent microfracture knee surgery yesterday and is slated to undergo another surgery to repair his torn ACL in 6-8 weeks, leaving no doubt that he’ll miss the entire season. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the Tigers’ insurance policy on Martinez’s four-year, $50 million contract is “expected to cover about half of the…

  18. Great Moments in Consistency: Mark Teixeira-against-the-shift edition

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira has had a tough time hitting left-handed. Teams are pulling the old Ted Williams shift on him, stationing everyone on the right side and daring him to keep pulling the ball.  Which he has been, to less-than-great results of late. Last August, the New York Times ran an article on this, and reported…

  19. Dirk Hayhurst to play ball in Italy this year

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dirk Hayhurst

    Dirk Hayhurst, author of “The Bullpen Gospels” and the upcoming “Out of my League,” is a personal favorite of mine. Yes, because of the books, but also because he lives in Ohio and I got to meet him last fall and I found that he is just as neat a guy in person as he…

  20. Ronald Belisario is already at Dodgers camp, but drug suspension looms

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Ronald Belisario missed all of last season because he couldn’t secure a visa, but this year the Venezuelan reliever has already reported to Dodgers camp in Arizona in the hopes of reclaiming a bullpen job. Of course, since nothing ever seems to come easy with Belisario he’d first have to serve a 25-game suspension for…

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