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  1. Brace yourselves for another drug suspension appeal!

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I’m guessing this one won’t be as contentious as the Braun one, but still. Remember yesterday how minor leaguer James Dowdy was suspended for 50 games for refusing a drug test?  Well, he tells Deadspin that he didn’t refuse anything.  Dowdy says that the urine collector — a job we didn’t think much about until…

  2. Hal Steinbrenner wants the Yankees’ payroll down to $189 million by 2014

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Hal Steinbrenner said today that the Yankees plan to decrease their payroll to below the $189 million luxury tax figure by 2014, which is when the new collective bargaining agreement threshold kicks in. Steinbrenner called it “streamlining” the payroll, which is currently at around $210 million. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York notes that Alex…

  3. Looking back at Game 6

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz misses a two RBI double off the wall by St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese in the ninth inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Rangers fans may not want to read it, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today has a great story about Game 6 of the World Series from the Rangers’ perspective.  It’s a fantastic blow-by-blow of what went down after the Rangers left the field with a 7-5 lead at the end of the eighth inning. And…

  4. Billy Beane went to the Oscars and hung out with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and … Tim Tebow

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    It was a surprise to see Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti at the Oscars, sitting right behind Michelle Williams, but A’s general manager Billy Beane showing up in support of “Moneyball” was certainly to be expected. Beane told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he was shocked to find that his seats were in the fourth…

  5. Quote of the Day II: Pilates: it’s not just “for chicks”

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Dillon Gee

    Dillon Gee of the Mets has embraced a new training regimen. And you can read all about it over at NJ.com. His trenchant analysis of it: “Pilates is awesome,” Gee said. “You think it’s for chicks, and it should be easy — and it’s hard.” I guess Pilates is not one of those things like…

  6. A.J. Burnett diagnosed with orbital fracture, needs surgery

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett may want to skip bunting practice for a while. Yesterday the Pirates’ newest pitcher fouled a ball off his face while trying to lay a bunt down and the team just announced that he’s been diagnosed with an orbital fracture around his right eye. Ouch. Burnett, who immediately left Pirates camp and traveled…

  7. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  8. Joe Maddon bought himself a present with his contract extension money

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

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    Fresh off a three-year extension with the Rays, manager Joe Maddon decided to get himself “a new contract present.” Maddon bought a 1956 Chevy BelAir in Arizona, had it restored and updated, and then got it shipped to Rays camp in Florida so he can drive it around spring training. Maddon told Marc Topkin of…

  9. Rockies expect Jorge De La Rosa back from surgery in July

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    A few weeks ago Jorge De La Rosa was said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, leading to speculation that he might return to game action sooner than expected, but the Rockies are still being cautious with his timetable. Pitching coach Bob Apodaca told Patrick Saunders of the…

  10. Must-click link: Meet Evan Gattis, who has lived a hell of a life so far

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Braves have a catching prospect named Evan Gattis. He turned heads by hitting .322/.386/.601 and socking 22 homers in a mere 377 plate appearances in the Sally League last year at the age of 24. Your first thought may be “well, yeah, but 24 is pretty old for the Sally League.”  That’s true. Which means…

  11. GM: Yoenis Cespedes to arrive in A’s camp “very soon”

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes has yet to obtain a work visa from the Dominican Republic three weeks after signing a four-year, $36 million contract with the A’s, but general manager Billy Beane said yesterday that the team expects him in camp “very soon.” Jane Lee of MLB.com writes that “there’s a strong possibility” Cespedes will arrive at…

  12. The players are not happy with the Braun decision

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

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    At least the ones Buster Olney has spoken to.  He reports that he has spoken with dozens and dozens of ballplayers off the record in the past week, and that as many as 80-90% of them are upset at the Braun decision.  They don’t like that he challenged procedure as opposed to substance, and they…

  13. Jose Canseco is sorry he wrote “Juiced”

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Being an outspoken iconoclast and revealing the dirty secrets of one’s peers can be a brave and noble thing. But if you do it, you gotta be prepared for the fact that it’s gonna turn you into an outcast. Sadly, that’s something Jose Canseco never realized. For whatever else he has done, he will always…

  14. Warning: Old men talking about how it was back in their day

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    Tino Marintez is five and a half years older than me.  Andy Pettitte is only one year older than me. And after reading their “back in my day” rebop from yesterday, I feel like we’re all 80 years-old. It came in Bob Klapisch’s column in which those two, along with David Wells, talked about how…

  15. Quote of the Day: The expanded playoffs aren’t fair

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Wild

    Unearthed this gem of a quote from Bobby Cox, former manager of the “Great in the Regular Season But Flame Out in the Playoffs Against Inferior Opposition” Atlanta Braves. Certainly has relevance today in light of the playoffs being expanded once again: “You shouldn’t get nothing for second or third. Baseball has set it up…

  16. Mike Napoli: “I’ll test the [free agent] market”

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals’ five-year, $75 million contract with catcher Yadier Molina is already creating quite a ripple effect around the major leagues. Miguel Montero officially cut off long-term talks on Wednesday afternoon with the D’Backs, and now Mike Napoli has done the same with the Rangers. Napoli told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram late…

  17. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with torn pectoral muscle

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

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    From beat reporter Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s ESPN 710 AM comes word that Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle. Gutierrez suffered the injury Tuesday while making a throw during a drill and flew to Seattle on Wednesday to get a full examination from team…

  18. Kendrys Morales plans to begin running bases next week

    Feb 29, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales is ready for a big step forward. According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels slugger told reporters in spring camp Wednesday that he is planning to begin running the bases next week. Morales has progressed recently from straight-line jogging to taking zig-zag cuts, and has experienced no…

  19. Running down the rosters: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    While it was a 19th straight sub-.500 season, the Pirates did finish with their best record since 2004 by going 72-90 last year. They’ve since added two starters to an already much-improved pitching staff. As for the offense, well, they’re just going to have to hope that the incumbents get better. Rotation A.J. Burnett –…

  20. Brewers negotiating long-term deal with closer John Axford

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    John Axford

    It’s probably not coming this week, but the Brewers could soon have closer John Axford locked up through his arbitration years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Assistant GM Gord Ash said the two sides have been negotiating since Axford reported to spring training, and while a deal isn’t close yet, progress has been made. Says…

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