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  1. Manny Ramirez likes PDAs, seems to be enjoying A’s camp

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, Juliana Ramirez

    Despite the best efforts of certain national baseball writers, Manny Ramirez and his family appear to have had a great time during media day in A’s camp: And there’s more where that came from.

  2. Wisconsin man who collected Ryan Braun’s urine sample issues statement “to set the record straight”

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    DinoLaurenzi

    Dino Laurenzi, the Wisconsin man who was in charge of Ryan Braun‘s urine sample, issued the following lengthy statement following the overturning of Braun’s suspension: On February 24th, Ryan Braun stated during his press conference that “there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way…

  3. Jesse Litsch shut down for a week with shoulder soreness

    Feb 28, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Litsch throws to the  Rays during their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Jesse Litsch came back from Tommy John elbow surgery to throw 75 reasonably effective innings last season, but now he’s been shut down for at least a week after experiencing shoulder soreness in Blue Jays camp. John Lott of the National Post reports that Litsch was examined yesterday by Dr. James Andrews, which is so…

  4. Freddie Freeman injures knee, likely to miss two weeks

    Feb 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Freddie Freeman reported to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but the Braves’ first baseman is expected to sit out at least two weeks after injuring his right knee in this morning’s workout. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that “Freeman’s right knee popped out of place as he reached to pick a…

  5. Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp with trainer

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez

    Franklin Gutierrez, who had all sorts of health problems last season but was said to be at full strength this spring, left Mariners camp this morning in a car driven by the team’s trainer. No further details are known yet, but when asked about the situation by Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times general manager…

  6. Jamie Moyer “feels good” after throwing batting practice

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer threw batting practice to Rockies hitters yesterday and the 49-year-old who’s coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery felt just fine when he woke up this morning, telling Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post: My arm feels good and my body feels good. I felt like I could have thrown another 30 or…

  7. David Wright doesn’t want to think of the Mets as underdogs

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Underdog

    Yesterday, Jeff Wilpon gave Mets players t-shirts with a “U” on them — the Underdog symbol, reflecting that no one really thinks the Mets are gonna do anything this year. T-shirts with slogans on them don’t really do anything — I still haven’t found the beef and I am not, in fact, a pepper, despite…

  8. Ron Washington: Mike Napoli is “60-70 percent” recovered from World Series ankle injury

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Mike Napoli played a game-and-a-half on the gruesome-looking ankle injury he suffered during the World Series, but four months later manager Ron Washington describes him as being “60-70 percent” recovered as Rangers camp begins. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Napoli’s ankle is strong enough that he’s been able to catch multiple bullpen sessions, but…

  9. Photo of the Day: Holy crap, Albert Belle looks old

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Camera

    Since Albert Belle’s career ended rather abruptly after the 2000 season, we didn’t get to see him age all that much in the public eye.  He turned 34 in his last season and then just disappeared to wherever crazy, occasionally criminal elite power hitters go.  I picture a fortress carved in a foreboding mountain, for what it’s…

  10. Luke Scott brought seven-foot-long, pig-killing spears into Rays clubhouse

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times had an interesting note about new Rays designated hitter Luke Scott, who in addition to being a good baseball player is well known for hunting large animals and saying controversial things about Barack Obama: Scott brought the two 7½-foot spears that he has used to kill wild pigs…

  11. Joba Chamberlain has first mound session since Tommy John surgery

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v New York Yankees

    Joba Chamberlain took the mound this morning for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery eight months ago, making 16 throws in Yankees camp. Chamberlain said afterward that “everything went great” and so far at least his recovery has been setback-free, but he’s still a long way from potentially re-entering the Yankees’ plans.…

  12. The Cubs will play with computers live on video tonight

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Cubs logo

    This is kind of neat. Back in January we learned that the Cubs had made it to the 21st century by forming a partnership with Bloomberg Sports to design a new player-evaluation system.  Very statty for the historically non-statty Cubs. Tonight CSNChicago.com will live stream a thing — they’re calling it a “chalk talk” — in…

  13. Ozzie Guillen has one rule: Don’t be late for the [bleeping] National Anthem

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    Ozzie Guillen had a nice rant yesterday, explaining that one of his few rules as a manager is making sure all players are on time and in the dugout when the National Anthem is performed before each game. And because Ozzie is Ozzie, the explanation for why that’s so important to him was both insightful…

  14. “Al Hrabosky… is the reason I am an alcoholic”

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    old TV

    Last fall FanGraphs asked readers to offer their comments and observations about their team’s TV announcers.  They’re now starting a countdown of all of them, from worst to best.  Today’s installment has numbers 30-21. I like it because, unlike a lot of broadcaster ratings, it has examples of some of the guys’ bad behaviors, good…

  15. The Astros have made Brett Myers their new closer

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brett Myers

    This is unexpected: the Houston Astros have moved Brett Myers out of the rotation and have made him their new closer. Announced it this morning. This is not an unprecedented role for Myers. He was the Phillies closer for most of the 2007 season, moving back to the rotation after they picked up Brad Lidge.  As…

  16. Angels say they’ve “handled” the “El Hombre” billboards that Albert Pujols didn’t like

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Last week Albert Pujols expressed his displeasure with the Angels’ marketing campaign that used billboards bearing his face and the “El Hombre” nickname that he’s never liked being associated with and now the team has responded. Angels president John Carpino told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the situation has been “handled” and after…

  17. The Nationals’ “Take back the Park” thing turns stupid

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember how the Nationals launched an initiative to keep Phillies fans from taking over their ballpark during Nats-Phillies series?  How they won’t sell tickets to people not from D.C., Virginia or Maryland? I think that’s kind of pointless and silly because (a) it’s not like the secondary ticket market doesn’t exist; and (b) money is money…

  18. Great Moments in Not Letting Go of the Past

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Beltran NLCS 2006

    You may have forgotten that Adam Wainwright struck out Carlos Beltran looking to end the 2006 NLCS.  That is, unless you read the New York tabloids because they have never let that go. And so it was this morning, that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that Beltran was going to face his…

  19. You can get your “Si, Motherf****r” shirts now

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    Last week Buster Olney passed along a great anecdote of Miguel Cabrera hitting bombs in BP: When Cabrera took his turns in the box, he carved long liners to right field, over and over, shouting to the others to guess whether they would clear the fence. “SI OR NO?” Cabrera yelled. “SI OR NO? SI…

  20. Deadspin has a pretty controversial theory on the Braun decision

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    ryan braun wide getty

    Over at Deadspin, Tommy Craggs offers a potential theory of why Ryan Braun won his arbitration, even though many believe the case against him was so strong: Over the weekend, however, I spoke with someone familiar with the arbitration process in general. He had another theory: Ryan Braun didn’t get off because of the merits…

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