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  1. GM Jon Daniels close to signing extension with Rangers

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jon Daniels GM

    General manager Jon Daniels and the Rangers are on the verge of announcing a multi-year contract extension, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Rangers president Nolan Ryan called an extension for Daniels a “priority” earlier in the offseason and Grant reports that the deal could become official as soon as today. Daniels,…

  2. Here’s the dirt on the Mets’ infield

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    No, really: the actual dirt: About two weeks before the players reported for spring training in February, a firm called Natural Sand Company trucked in two loads of dark, brown clay from its mine in central Pennsylvania and, with the assistance of the grounds crew here, completely renovated the infield skin at the main stadium, creating…

  3. Today could be judgment day for Oliver Perez

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Andy Martino of the Daily News says that two major league sources are telling him that if Oliver Perez doesn’t show “significant improvement” over his last outing when he takes the hill this afternoon that the Mets are going to cut him.  This despite Terry Collins’ statement yesterday that Perez will have additional starts beyond…

  4. The Cubs don’t think yesterday’s dustup was a big deal

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    The little fracas between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez was just frustration at a bad, error-filled and dinger-filled inning, the Cubs said late yesterday. No biggie and they’re past it now.  Aramis Ramirez: “That was the only thing that happened, so it was obvious he was kind of upset … We talked about it, and…

  5. Coco Crisp is sorry

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Coco Crisp mugshot

    Coco Crisp tweets a lot. He didn’t tweet after his DUI the other night or most of the day yesterday, but late last night he did, and he tweets his regrets over his DUI: Sorry to everyone! my family, friends, MLB and my fans. I know I let a lot of ppl down and again…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: Beer, Voros McCracken and almost getting my butt kicked over a misunderstanding

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    George and Dragon

    I had an interesting evening. Went out for beers with my friend Connor Doyle who, long ago, was one half of a good (mostly) sports blog called Two Guys who, like, never agree. It’s defunct now, but back in 2007 and 2008 he and I were occupying the same general Blogspot world.  Also joining us:…

  7. Matt Cain skipping Thursday start with elbow inflammation

    Mar 3, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    According to the great Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced late Wednesday evening that right-hander Matt Cain has inflammation in his throwing elbow and will skip his scheduled Thursday Cactus League start against the Rockies. Not to worry, though. The Giants ran an MRI on his arm and…

  8. Cervelli injures foot, undergoes inconclusive MRI

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli steps into the batting cage at the team's spring training camp

    Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was lifted prematurely from Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Astros after fouling a ball off his left foot. Trainers immediately took him for an MRI to make sure that he suffered no structural damage, but the results came out inconclusive. According to Dan Barbarisi of the Providence Journal, they plan…

  9. Pierzynski issued speeding ticket while in uniform

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn

    White Sox catcher (and avid Creed lover) A.J. Pierzynski was issued a speeding ticket on Wednesday morning while on his way to the club’s spring training facility for an afternoon Cactus League game against the Reds. Why is this interesting? Well, he was in his White Sox uniform when he was pulled over … and…

  10. Mariners acquire lefty Aaron Laffey from the Indians

    Mar 2, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes word that the Indians have traded left-hander Aaron Laffey to the Mariners. There’s no word yet on what the Tribe might be getting in return from the M’s, but we can safely guess that it won’t be much. Laffey, a 16th-round pick in the 2003 MLB…

  11. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp’s mugshot

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Not surprisingly, he looks slightly less happy than Miguel Cabrera looked for his mugshot.

  12. Dwight Gooden to appear on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    dwight-gooden

    TMZ reports that former Mets ace Dwight Gooden will be part of the cast for the upcoming season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” on VH1. The other cast members really stretch the definition of celebrity: Michael Lohan, Jeremy Jackson, Bai Ling, and Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Or: A famous person’s father, a guy who…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: My favorite thing to happen yet this spring

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

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    That’s Hideki Matsui taking strike two on what turned out to be a strikeout in the fifth inning.  In spite of this — and in spite of him grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in the first — I still liked Hideki Matsui’s performance and I would like to have a player…

  14. Barry Zito and Bruce Bochy have closed-door meeting to discuss release rumor

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    barry-zito-and-bruce-bochy

    I wrote this morning about Bruce Jenkins’ column in the San Francisco Chronicle, which suggested that the Giants are considering releasing Barry Zito and eating the $65 million remaining on his contract. The whole thing seemed far-fetched to me and the logic Jenkins employed appeared to be particularly lacking, with the goal seemingly being to…

  15. Ron Gardenhire says Brian Duensing will “absolutely” be in Twins’ rotation

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    brian-duensing-twins

    Brian Duensing tossed two scoreless innings against the Pirates this afternoon, but the bigger news came just before he took the mound when Ron Gardenhire replied “absolutely” when asked if Duensing would be in the Opening Day rotation. After re-signing Carl Pavano the Twins have six starters for five rotation spots and Duensing has the…

  16. Ubaldo Jimenez’s infected right thumb is “nothing serious”

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Ubaldo Jimenez “won’t pitch for a few days” because of an infection in his right thumb, but manager Jim Tracy called it “absolutely nothing serious.” Maybe not, but Armstrong writes that Jimenez “had the thumb lanced and fluid removed from the infected area.” Here’s more from Tracy:…

  17. The Cubs are in midseason form: they have a fight in the dugout

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    Looks like I picked the wrong game to see today. The A’s and Indians are kind of snoozy. Much more fun is being had between the Cubs and the Brewers over at Maryvale Baseball Park. Well, the Cubs are having fun anyway: as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports, after the first inning there…

  18. Mariners spent MLB-high $6.5 million signing international prospects in 2010

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Mariners logo

    Ben Badler of Baseball America has put together a ton of great content breaking down the 2010 international prospect class in every possible way, including a list of team-by-team spending. Seattle leads the way by shelling out $6.47 million on international prospects in 2010, including $2.2 million for Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo, $1.1 million on…

  19. White Sox giving Dayan Viciedo a look in the outfield

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Between re-signing first baseman Paul Konerko to a three-year, $37.5 million deal and seemingly clearing the way for rookie Brent Morel to take over as the everyday third baseman the White Sox pushed prospect Dayan Viciedo out of the infield picture, but now Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’re giving him a…

  20. The A’s release a statement on Coco Crisp’s DUI

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    The Athletics just released a statement regarding Coco Crisp’s DUI: “Coco Crisp was arrested and detained early this morning under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  He was released from the City of Scottsdale Jail this morning and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time for team pre-game drills.  The A’s are…

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