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  1. 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…

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

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    press hat

    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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with pectoral injury

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    There was some mystery surrounding Franklin Gutierrez‘s health status yesterday after he hopped into a car with the team trainer and left camp while general manager Jack Zduriencik declined to comment on the situation. It turns out Gutierrez injured his right pectoral muscle while making throws from the outfield and went for an MRI exam,…

  7. Bummer: Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s a sad day when a cocksure young man who doesn’t have the best filter in the world decides that having a forum to instantly share his opinions is not a good idea.  But, alas, that day has come. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com: This may qualify as the biggest news of Nationals camp so far:…

  8. Miguel Tejada would like a job with the Athletics, please

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    With the Giants last year, Miguel Tejada  hit .239/.270/.326 in 343 plate appearances and played defense that experts in the field formally classify as “butt.”  That said, he’d still like a job.  With the A’s.  From Susan Slusser’s interview with Miggy, who said that, sure, he’d listen if Billy Beane were to call: “I would love…

  9. Yoenis Cespedes will be in A’s camp this weekend

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    yoenis cespedes airport

    Centerfielder/demigod Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t made it to A’s camp in Phoenix yet due to having to wait for a work visa to come through.  But Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that that should be resolved shortly and that Cespedes should join the team this weekend. He’ll still need to take a physical to,…

  10. The Yadier Molina extension is a go: five years, $75 million

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    They’ve been working on it for a while, but Heyman reports that they’re done working: the Cardinals and Yadier Molina have reached an agreement on a five year, $75 million contract extension.  Rosenthal first had the outline of the deal on Monday. It’s the second biggest deal ever for a catcher behind Joe Mauer‘s.  With…

  11. Braun vs. the Collector: they could both be right, you know

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    braun getty wide

    I was busy fighting crime yesterday afternoon when the sample collector from L’affaire Braun offered his statement. After that a bunch of people emailed me with some variation of “Ah-ha! Braun is a dirty stinkin’ lying cheater and the arbitrator was in the bag for him! Apologize now.” OK, maybe the emails weren’t quite so…

  12. Can Jesus Montero catch? He’s motivated to show he can

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

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    PEORIA, Ariz. – There are some who say Jesus Montero will never be a quality major league catcher. Analysts who rush to praise his quick, powerful bat are equally quick to pan his defensive skills. His receiving is poor, his footwork worse, they say. He’s too big (6-3, 235), and not athletic enough to play…

  13. Cubs plan to talk extension with Matt Garza

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    The rebuilding Cubs reportedly explored the possibility of trading Matt Garza over the winter, but the club is now considering keeping him in the fold for the long haul. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed earlier today that they plan to discuss a contract extension with the 28-year-old right-hander.…

  14. Bobby Valentine is already trolling Yankees fans

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:50 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

    If Bobby Valentine’s goal is to play the role of villain in the eyes of Yankees’ fans, he’s already off to a pretty good start. According to the Associated Press, earlier today the Red Sox were practicing relay throws and Valentine was asked about Derek Jeter‘s famous “flip” to home plate in Game 3 of…

  15. The Mets haven’t ruled out signing Ivan Rodriguez…or have they?

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com was told by multiple Mets’ sources that a deal with Rodriguez is unlikely. In fact, one source told him: “We are not bringing Ivan here.” The club appears content to go with Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson as Josh Thole‘s backup. 6:48 PM: 40-year-old Ivan Rodriguez is still out there…

  16. New Astros GM already a master in the art of saying nothing

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Luhnow

    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow did a Q&A session with Astros fans Tuesday. While it was nice to see him reaching out to the community, he wasn’t exactly illuminating with most of his answers. Alyson Footer has the full transcript, which includes some of the following gems: Q: What do the Astros have this year…

  17. Apparently, Gary Sheffield is an agent

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Gary Sheffield

    That veteran right-hander Josh Banks signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday will go unnoticed by most and rightfully so, but there was an interesting footnote to the story: Banks’ deal was negotiated by former major leaguer Gary Sheffield. “[Sheffield] brought him here,” Baltimore VP of baseball operation Dan Duquette said, “because…

  18. Yankees to force Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova to compete for rotation spots

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda

    With A.J. Burnett gone, expectations were that it would come down to Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes for one spot in the Yankee rotation. Manager Joe Girardi has other ideas, though, announcing Tuesday that CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda were his only starters guaranteed spots. That leaves Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova competing for jobs.…

  19. “Nothing new” in Royals’ contract talks with Alex Gordon

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    alex gordon getty

    Yesterday the Royals signed 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez to a long-term deal before he’s even played one full season in the big leagues, but apparently they aren’t close to locking up Alex Gordon to a contract extension. Several months ago Gordon and the Royals were said to be talking about a multi-year deal, but they…

  20. Nationals prospect Sammy Solis to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Feb 28, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    sammy solis

    UPDATE: It’s official, Solis will have Tommy John surgery next week. ========== Sammy Solis, a 2010 second-round pick Baseball America recently ranked as the Nationals’ sixth-best prospect, has been shut down after experiencing elbow pain during a throwing session and is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Solis left…

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