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  1. Jose Valverde is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Via our friend Nick Collias comes the translation of an interview Tigers closer Jose Valverde gave to Mañana Deportiva on Dominican radio the other day. Valverde has lost weight.  And he has a nice description of Prince Fielder: “I lost 40 pounds, because I was very obese.” “I had to undergo that process because I was…

  2. Video of the Day: Connor Powers is gonna owe the Padres some money

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    This is really short — and I apologize in advance for you having to sit through the ad that is longer than the actual video — but stuff like this cracks me up and there’s nothing else going on, so here you go. Description: Padres infield prospect Connor Powers is gonna get some money deducted…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: Easy come, easy go

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

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    Know what I have never done? I have never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. At least not a major league game. The only time I got anything was at a single-A game in Myrtle Beach back in 1989, and that hardly counts as the park then was smaller than some high school…

  4. Jimmy Rollins thinks Cole Hamels will re-sign with Phillies

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was asked Thursday by CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury where he envisions left-hander Cole Hamels opening the 2013 season: “He’ll be here,” Rollins replied. “He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that…

  5. Adam Dunn homers, doubles to lead White Sox

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Dunn waits for his pitch during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Let’s not read too much into it just yet, but Adam Dunn is giving some strong early indications that he’s ready to shake off his historically awful 2011 season. On Thursday, the big first baseman hit a three-run homer off Neftali Feliz in his first at-bat and collected an RBI double off left-hander Michael Kirkman…

  6. Starling Marte shines brightly in Pirates camp

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Pirates prospect Starling Marte homered in a second straight game Thursday against the Pirates, though he did make an out in his other at-bat, lowering his spring average to .692. The 23-year-old Marte busted out from a power standpoint last season in Double-A. His OBPs were nice in previous stops too, but he went from…

  7. Matt Moore scheduled to make spring debut Tuesday

    Mar 8, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore was shut down for a little over a week after feeling some abdominal discomfort while performing a fielding drill in late February. He’s still behind the other starters in Rays camp here in early March, but that should begin to change as Opening Day approaches. According to Roger Mooney of the…

  8. David Price injured his neck while wiping his head with a towel … again

    Mar 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    David Price had to leave today’s start after two innings because he injured his neck while toweling off his head in the dugout. Seriously. And that’s not even the most bizarre part of the story, because as Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune writes Price has done this before. Several times, in fact: It was…

  9. Yankees have “cause for concern” after David Robertson injures foot falling down stairs

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Robertson is undergoing further tests, including a CT scan, and manager Joe Girardi admitted that the undisclosed results from the MRI exam gave the Yankees “cause for concern.” ========== David Robertson fell down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring training home and has been diagnosed with a sprained right foot.…

  10. Must-Click Link: Who gained weight? Who lost weight? How much? And why?

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

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    Our BSOHL beat is fairly comprehensive in scope, but not detailed in execution. We’re doing poetry when it comes to ballplayer health and fitness, not prose. Thankfully, Deadspin has cataloged every ballplayer who has been reported to have gained or lost weight coming into the season. The headline: “Cardio and Pooping: A Chart Of Every…

  11. Bill Bray’s groin injury could send Aroldis Chapman back to the Reds’ bullpen

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Bill Bray had to cut a bullpen session short after aggravating a groin injury and if he’s unavailable for Opening Day the Reds may shift Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen. All offseason the Reds talked about stretching out Chapman for a potential move to the rotation, but they have plenty of starter depth even…

  12. HBT-endorsed candidate wins spot in MLB Fan Cave

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Last month when MLB announced the final 50 candidates for this year’s “Fan Cave” we gave Lindsay Guentzel the official HardballTalk endorsement for the gig, so I’m happy to say that she made the cut as one of nine fans chosen to participate all season long. Lindsay will be joined in New York by Ashley…

  13. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow apologizes to Rangers for “drunken sailors” comment

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    While speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow commented that the Rangers have spent money on the international market like “drunken sailors” recently. Today the GM told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he personally apologized to the Rangers their general manager Jon Daniels: I reached out to…

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: Manny Acta is on MY side

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Yeah, it’s another equipment bag shot. I can’t help myself. If you threw a bunch of equipment bags on someone’s front lawn on a cloudy day in November, I’d still take pictures of it. Hanging around the Indians complex here in Goodyear has been great fun today.  For one thing, the place is crawling with…

  15. Jonathan Papelbon: Phillies fans “tend to know the game a little better” than Red Sox fans

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Papelbon throws in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    Not only is Jonathan Papelbon ditching “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music, now he’s talking about how Phillies fans are better than Red Sox fans. During an interview on 94-WIP in Philadelphia today Papelbon said: The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes…

  16. Anibal Sanchez is having shoulder problems again

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Anibal Sanchez has yet to make his spring training debut because of a shoulder injury and manager Ozzie Guillen said today that it’ll probably be a while before the right-hander is cleared for game action. “We’re not going to put a guy out there just because,” Guillen told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. “When…

  17. The Astros likely to get the gun back on their Colt .45s throwback uniforms

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

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    A couple weeks ago we heard that Major League Baseball — in a fit of nanny mania — decided that the the Astros could not put the guns on their throwback Colt .45s uniforms this season. It was a crazy decision, mostly because it flew in the face of historical accuracy. Also: if you make…

  18. Domonic Brown headed for MRI exam on sprained thumb

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Domonic Brown injured his right thumb diving for a ball in the outfield earlier this week and now he’s headed for an MRI exam. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the initial diagnosis is a sprained thumb, but the Phillies will have a better idea about his recovery timetable once the MRI results are in.…

  19. Jonathan Papelbon ditches “Shipping Up To Boston” as entrance song

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    There was some confusion earlier this week regarding statements the Dropkick Murphys made about whether or not they wanted Jonathan Papelbon to continue using their song “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music now that he’s pitching in Philadelphia. Turns out, it was a moot point. Papelbon told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’s…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: My annual Chief Wahoo observation

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    That block C is on the wall outside of the front door of the Indians’ complex here in Goodyear.  Note: it’s not a Chief Wahoo. Indeed, you have to look pretty hard to find a Chief Wahoo around here. There’s a picture of the 1995 ALCS celebration in the lobby, and there are Wahoos on…

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