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  1. Picture of the Day: Mini Yu Darvish

    Feb 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Remember Lil’ Ron Washington? Well, he’s not the only youngster impersonating a member of the Rangers. From the Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant comes this shot of Mini Yu Darvish, who was spotted walking around the Rangers’ spring training complex on Saturday with a “MINIVISH” uniform:

  2. Mets were “unimpressed” by Scott Kazmir during Friday throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Don’t hold your breath for a reunion between the Mets and former top prospect Scott Kazmir. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets were “unimpressed” with what they saw during a throwing session yesterday in Houston. One Mets’ source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that it was “fair” to characterize their…

  3. Scott Sizemore suffers left knee sprain during fielding drill

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a left knee sprain, though we’ll learn more once the MRI results are known. 4:26 PM: Slusser reports that Sizemore is set to undergo an MRI today on his left knee. She was also told that Wes Timmons and Josh Donaldson…

  4. Ryan Howard set for check-up with surgeon early next week

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Ryan Howard began fielding ground balls and taking batting practice this week, but his rehab from a torn Achilles will be put on hold for a couple of days so he can visit with surgeon Mark Myerson in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday. There appears to be a minor difference of opinion on the nature…

  5. The Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After the Red Sox collapsed in epic fashion down the stretch last season, reports surfaced that Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse on the days they weren’t pitching. The Red Sox still won 90 games last season and whether drinking beer in…

  6. The Nationals are interested in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals don’t appear content going into the season with Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina or Jayson Werth as the starting center fielder. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra. Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo signed Parra to his first professional contract when he was Arizona’s director…

  7. Mets to honor Gary Carter with No. 8 patch

    Feb 25, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Gary Carter’s memorial service was held last night at the Christ Fellowship church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Many of Carter’s family, friends, former teammates and colleagues paid tribute, including a speech by fellow Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. The Mets naturally had a large contingent on hand for the occasion and according to…

  8. Joel Zumaya to undergo MRI after abbreviated throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya AP

    UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that the injury was to the inside of Zumaya’s elbow. The Twins will know the MRI results either tomorrow or Monday morning. 12:54 PM: Uh-oh. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Zumaya is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow. 12:10 PM: Nothing official yet from the team, but Jon…

  9. Juan Uribe to miss first full-squad workouts due to trial with former landlord

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to the official Dodgers’ Twitter account, Uribe is among the players who have reported early to camp. He told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he will be in camp today and tomorrow before the trial starts Monday in San Francisco. 10:55 AM: Juan Uribe had a miserable first season with…

  10. The man who collected Ryan Braun’s sample is revealed

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Ryan Braun made some pretty strong comments yesterday about how his urine sample was handled by the collector, saying that he was a “victim of a process that completely broke down and failed.” We’re still hearing different information regarding where the sample was stored in the collector’s home — some reports say it was stored…

  11. Chris Sale wants to throw 200 innings this season

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Chris Sale logged 71 innings out of the White Sox bullpen in 2011 and hasn’t started a game since May of 2010 at Florida Gulf Coast University, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting the bar pretty high for his first season in the starting rotation. According to Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com, Sale said yesterday…

  12. Jason Kendall chips in as coach while hoping to play again

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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    37-year-old Jason Kendall is back with the Royals this spring, but this time it’s as a special assignment coach helping to work with the team’s catchers. After his latest shoulder surgery in November, his future as a player looks bleak, the Kansas City Star reports. “Can I play again?” Kendall asked. “I don’t know. I’m…

  13. Adam Wainwright throws first batting practice session of the spring

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright required Tommy John surgery after feeling discomfort in his right elbow while throwing batting practice almost exactly one year ago. Earlier today, Wainwright was right back at it, throwing batting practice to teammates at Cardinals’ camp in Jupiter, Florida. While Wainwright hasn’t felt any soreness or tightness in his surgically-repaired elbow thus far,…

  14. Yankees, Russell Martin give up on extension talks

    Feb 24, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Apparently the Yankees and Russell Martin have fairly different ideas of what the catcher’s long-term worth is. Following a round of negotiations this week, GM Brian Cashman said Friday that the two sides have “mutually agreed to wait” on working out an extension beyond 2012. The 29-year-old Martin will make $7.5 million this season after…

  15. Gary Carter’s memorial service to be held this evening

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Just a reminder that Gary Carter’s memorial service will be held this evening at 7 p.m. ET the at Christ Fellowship church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Many of Carter’s former teammates are expected to be in attendance, including Darryl Strawberry, Wally Backman, Bob Ojeda, Lenny Dykstra, Tim Teufel, Howard Johnson, Jesse Orosco, Andre Dawson…

  16. MLB responds to Ryan Braun, asserts that testing program is not “fatally flawed”

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun held a press conference earlier this afternoon, during which he said that “the system as it was applied to me in this case was fatally flawed.” Not surprisingly, MLB wasn’t too thrilled with how Braun characterized the program. Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive VP of labor relations, released the following statement late this afternoon,…

  17. Running down the rosters: San Diego Padres

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    One of the surprise teams of 2010, the Padres will try to rebound this year from a 2011 season that saw them lose an additional 19 games and finish 71-91. And just to make it a bit more of a challenge, the team will give it a go without ace Mat Latos, who was sent…

  18. Drug testing procedures expert dismisses the importance of drug testing procedures

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Best thing about PED stories? If you wait around long enough, you’re going to get a quote from Dick Pound. And who doesn’t love Dick Pound? Anyway, Pound used to be the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA styles itself as the foremost experts on drug testing and procedure. If you run a league…

  19. Former Marlins, Orioles, Royals, and Rangers reliever Terry Mathews passed away

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Terry Mathews, a right-handed reliever who spent eight seasons in the majors for the Marlins, Orioles, Royals, and Rangers, has passed away at age 47. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Mathews, who last pitched in 1999, suffered a heart attack at his home in Louisiana. Mathews, who was originally the Rangers’ fifth-round…

  20. Colby Rasmus: new attitude and “a little sumpin-sumpin”

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Rasmus stretches during practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    The National Post has a long interview with Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus.  Lots of good stuff in there.  Most of it about how he’s changed his attitude after his horrible 2011 season.  About how he’s just going to play the game.  About how he wants his dad to be less negative (Hi, Mr. Rasmus! I…

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