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  1. Blue Jays interested in Twins starter Kevin Slowey

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Twins pitcher Slowey throws against Tigers during their MLB game in Minneapolis

    Minnesota has six starters for five rotation spots and Kevin Slowey looks likely to be the odd man out, with Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reporting that the Blue Jays “had three scouts watching” his start yesterday. According to Christensen the Blue Jays “like Slowey and have relievers to spare,” which makes them…

  2. Chase Utley’s status for Opening Day in doubt as he seeks “additional opinions” on knee injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    As expected, the Phillies’ announcement this morning regarding Chase Utley‘s knee injury doesn’t contain any good news. Team trainer Michael Ciccotti issued a statement saying that the knee problems have not responded to treatment as well as they have in the past and “an MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone…

  3. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL East

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I are back and today we talk the AL East. Well, we actually talked about it yesterday, but nothing new has happened since then, so we’re cool.

  4. An Utley update should come sometime this morning

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We’re hearing rumblings out of Philly that an update on Chase Utley‘s knee is going to come this morning. I’m hearing non-specific rumblings that it’s not going to be great news. No idea if that’s reliable or not — people are kind of freaking, so it may be hyperbole — but we’ll obviously update it…

  5. There will be a public memorial service for Bob Feller

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Bob Feller

    For those of you who (a) were Bob Feller fans; and (b) will be in Cleveland at the end of the month — and who wouldn’t be in both of those categories? — you can go to the public memorial service that has been planned for him.  The Indians announced it this morning. It will…

  6. Zack Greinke didn’t violate his contract by playing basketball

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    When I saw that Zack Greinke’s broken rib came playing pickup basketball, my first thought was “man, that dude just cost himself some money.”  Tom Haudricourt reports, however, that the Brewers don’t agree: [Doug] Melvin said Greinke did not violate his contract by playing a game of pick-up basketball, which is how he was injured…

  7. It’s actually Carlos Beltran’s other knee that hurts

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The wonkiness of Carlos Beltran‘s knee has been cause for concern. Has he simply not healed properly from last year’s surgery? Was it just never meant to be right again?  Nope, those questions aren’t operative. Because it’s his other knee that is causing him problems. Seems that, though the surgery was on his right knee,…

  8. Adrian Gonzalez hopes to make spring debut next week

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Session

    Adrian Gonzalez took live batting practice earlier today for the second time in the past three days and told Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com that he hopes to make his spring debut sometime next week. “[Wednesday] I’ll hit again on the field if everything feels good,” he said. “And see how it responds hitting back-to-back days.…

  9. Benches clear in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game

    Mar 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    It’s one thing to take spring training results too seriously. It’s quite another to care enough to actually fight over them. That’s what nearly happened in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game, as Casey McGehee took offense to Roman Colon, who celebrated after he struck him out with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. Benches cleared…

  10. Zack Greinke to miss start of season with fractured rib

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Awful news out of Brewers’ camp this afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Zack Greinke will miss the start of the season with a fractured rib. You may remember that Greinke had his initial bullpen session this spring pushed back by a ribcage contusion, which he said at the time was the result of…

  11. Carlos Silva is calmed by … Carlos Zambrano

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times gives us a real man-bites-dog story today: Carlos Zambrano compassionately helping a teammate through a rough emotional time: “Right after I finished pitching, I texted Zambrano, and I was telling him, ‘Man, I don’t know what’s going on,’  ” Silva said. “What he told me in the text was, ‘You just need…

  12. Josh Beckett returns from concussion with good outing against Astros

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett shook off the mild concussion he sustained last Monday to toss 3.2 innings of one-run ball against the Astros today, striking out four batters. In addition to avoiding any post-concussion symptoms Beckett also told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that his back problems have improved after limiting him to just 21 starts last season:…

  13. Must-click link: Stephen Strasburg, mechanics and injuries

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    I tend to glaze over at most stories about pitching mechanics. They seem so jargony. I really have no idea what an “inverted W” is nor do I know why they don’t just call it an “M.” But today’s story by Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated is a different thing. It focuses on Stephen Strasburg…

  14. Rangers “clearly aren’t planning on Brandon Webb being ready for Opening Day”

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Somewhat lost in the “starter or reliever?” drama surrounding Neftali Feliz is that it sounds like Brandon Webb won’t be ready to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation. In fact, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes today that the Rangers “clearly aren’t planning on him being ready for Opening Day.” That news comes before Webb…

  15. The Major Leagues and Minor Leagues will stay together a while longer

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Minor League baseball

    Maury reports that Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues — which is what you had no idea the affiliated minor leagues were called — have reached an agreement on a new six-year Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), extending through the 2020 season. An agreement, you ask? Why on Earth would they…

  16. So far so good with Joe Nathan’s comeback from Tommy John surgery

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Justin Morneau‘s long-awaited return to the lineup after sitting out the past eight months with a concussion is the biggest news in Twins camp this week, but Minnesota also has another elite player coming back from an even longer absence in closer Joe Nathan. Right around this time last year Nathan left his first spring…

  17. UPDATE: It was Evan Longoria’s car that got boosted

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    UPDATE: Disregard all that wild speculation below. Turns out it was Evan Longoria’s car that was stolen, not Reggie Jackson’s. Oh well, I never was that good a detective. 3: 33 P.M.: I’m bored, so I’m going to channel my fictitious hero Daryl Zero and play detective with this story from Arizona that reader Bloodysock…

  18. Two members of my family and Manny Acta agree: Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz looks good

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    My uncle and cousin spent the past week in Arizona checking out a bunch of spring training games–they didn’t arrive until after Craig had gone home, just to be safe–and sent me a slew of text messages while watching Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz pitch Sunday. My uncle, a high school baseball coach, and my cousin,…

  19. Your obligatory Oliver Perez update

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    There are so many good players in Major League Baseball.  Why, then, I focus so much on one of the worst ones is beyond me. But I do, probably because of that contract. Anyway, here’s Oliver Perez‘s line against the Astros today: three innings, three earned runs — all in the first inning — four…

  20. Chris Carpenter throws problem-free bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Chris Carpenter left last week’s start with a hamstring injury and then had to cut short Sunday’s bullpen session when he felt a “twinge” in the same area, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he successfully completed a problem-free bullpen session today. Carpenter described the 12-minute session as “definitely way…

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