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  1. Wilson Ramos is back in the swing of things

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Today was Wilson Ramos‘ first day back in his usual major league routine since he was kidnapped in Venezuela last November.  Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has a story up about it. For the most part Ramos sounds like he’s all about getting back to business. But there is at least one thing suggesting that his…

  2. Dusty Baker on Aroldis Chapman: “We’re going to stretch him out” as a starter

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Initially the Reds planned to have Aroldis Chapman build up his arm strength as a starter in the Arizona Fall League and winter ball, but shoulder problems put that on hold and now the left-hander’s role for 2012 is somewhat unclear. Dusty Baker said today that they’ll give Chapman an opportunity to start this spring…

  3. One of the MLB Fan Cave guys is the Orioles new P.A. announcer

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Depending on how closely you followed the MLB Fan Cave thing last season, you may or may not know that Ryan Wagner was one of the two guys involved. I got to meet him once. Nice guy. With his iteration of the Fan Cave over, I was wondering what he’d be doing with his time.…

  4. Hanley Ramirez is just fine playing third base

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

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    From the moment the Marlins signed Jose Reyes in December there was speculation about how willing Hanley Ramirez would be to shift to third base. At various points he was said to be fine with it, totally against it, and undecided. Well, today in Marlins camp Ramirez took ground balls at third base and afterward…

  5. The Rangers trade for Indians minor leaguer Kelvin De La Cruz

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

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    This isn’t a big trade, but not a lot else is going on:  The Rangers acquired lefty Kelvin De La Cruz from the Indians for cash considerations. De La Cruz is 23 years-old. He has started all but 12 of his 105 minor league games in the Indians’ system.  He strikes out a fair number…

  6. Chone Figgins will serve as Mariners third baseman, leadoff hitter

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    UPDATE: Eric Wedge confirmed the news today, stating that the Mariners would move Ichiro into the third spot in the order and try Figgins at leadoff. Check back later for the Mariners edition of “Running down the rosters” for a guess at the full lineup. /// And why shouldn’t he be? He hit .188 last…

  7. Brian Cashman: the Yankees weren’t trying to win the AL East in late 2010

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    At the time it was going down it seemed pretty obvious that Joe Girardi and the Yankees, a playoff spot long-secured, were content to try to get healthy and optimized for the playoffs rather than to overtake the Rays for the AL East title.  But you don’t expect to hear anyone on the team admit…

  8. Giants prospect Angel Villalona cleared of murder charge, but still can’t get visa

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    Angel Villalona re-signed with the Giants and dropped his $5 million lawsuit against the team after being cleared of murder charges in the Dominican Republic, but the one-time top prospect has not been granted a visa and won’t be reporting to spring training on time. Giants vice president Bobby Evans said today that the visa…

  9. Davey Johnson thinks the Nationals have more potential than the mid-80s Mets

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson is no Sparky Anderson when it comes to hyperbole. Whereas Anderson would always talk up some young kid as the next Tony Perez and think that everything that ever happened was the most wonderful thing ever, Johnson tends to tell it like it is. Which is why what he told CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman…

  10. Tim Lincecum is day-to-day with lower back soreness

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum didn’t participate in the Giants group throwing session today because of lower back soreness, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. He did, however, throw alongside a trainer on a different field and is considered day-to-day with the minor injury, so nothing for Giants fans to get too worried about yet. Baggarly notes that…

  11. Mat Gamel is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt is in Brewers camp, and he spoke with the man who is tasked with replacing Prince Fielder: Mat Gamel. What say you, Mat? Feel up to the task? Gamel is focused on the opportunity at hand to replace Prince Fielder. “I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m excited about my opportunity.”…

  12. Former Mets equipment manager Charlie Samuels pleads guilty, gets probation

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary? The guy who was alleged to be running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? And who got arrested for it all last spring? Yeah, well he pleaded guilty today and was sentenced: five years probation and an order…

  13. Nationals prospect Chris Marrero expected to miss entire first half with torn hamstring

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Chris Marrero tore his hamstring while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals prospect is not expected to return to game action until after the All-Star break. Marrero would have been behind Adam LaRoche on the first base depth chart anyway, so he may have started…

  14. Dodgers likely to stick with Javy Guerra as closer

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra did an excellent job stepping into the Dodgers’ closer role as a rookie, converting 21-of-23 saves with a 2.31 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio in 47 innings after replacing Jonathan Broxton. Kenley Jansen was even better in a setup role, setting the all-time record for strikeouts per nine innings while holding opponents to…

  15. That time Ron Gant and Connie Mack got into a bar fight

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Ron Gant topless

    This has nothing to do with anything, but even I need a break from BSOHL stories for a little while. Congressman Connie Mack IV — who is now running for Senate — is the great grandson of Connie Mack the baseball guy. But that’s not his only baseball connection! Nope, seems that he has a…

  16. Terry Collins thinks Johan Santana will be ready to start Opening Day

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    At least one person is optimistic about Johan Santana‘s health status, as manager Terry Collins told reporters this morning that “in my mind, in my heart, he’ll be ready” to start on Opening Day. That came after Santana threw another bullpen session and reported no problems, although he still has a long way to go…

  17. Theo Epstein compensation watch: the Cubs send Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL to the Red Sox

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    No, not that Chris Carpenter. He’s still a Cardinal. This is the Cubs reliever. Who will now be a Boston Red Sox in exchange for the Cubs hiring away Theo Epstein. There will be a player to be named later too, so it’s not like this is ever ending, apparently. Not a significant player, really.…

  18. Charlie Morton is “ahead of schedule” after hip surgery

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Charlie Morton was a nice surprise for the Pirates last season, posting a 3.93 ERA in 172 innings after coming into the year with a 5.98 career mark, but he underwent hip surgery in October and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. However, manager Clint Hurdle said yesterday that Morton is “ahead…

  19. DAN UGGLA SMASH!!!!

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Florida Marlins

    Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has freakishly big arms. Just, giant iron-pumped guns, made to look all the bigger because he wears comically small jerseys with short short sleeves. I kinda love it. But it’s going to get even crazier this year. Because as Dave O’Brien of the AJC tweeted a few minutes ago, Uggla…

  20. Ivan Rodriguez is still looking for work

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Jason Varitek is said to be leaning toward retirement, but the other 40-year-old catcher on the free agent market, Ivan Rodriguez, is still trying to land a gig for 2012. Rodriguez told the Associated Press that he’s been “working out every day in the gym” and “can still play” if a team gives him a…

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