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  1. Photo of the Day: Bryce Harper may regret this one

    Mar 15, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Camera

    With all apologies to Will Leitch, the below photo, from his GQ interview of Bryce Harper — which the good people of GQ gave us permission to run — may be the best part of the interview: To reiterate, my thing on Bryce Harper: he’s young and brash and says stuff I’d never say. But…

  2. Scott Baker’s elbow again has the Twins worried

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Last season Scott Baker made just four starts in the second half, including zero after August 8, spending two stints on the disabled list because of elbow problems that once again have the Twins worried this spring. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Baker’s “inability to get loose in a B game…

  3. Aroldis Chapman had family problems last year

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Aroldis Chapman took a step back last year, walking a ton more guys than he had previously. Yesterday Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that Chapman had some family issues that may have affected his focus, and that, for him, family problems are trickier than they are for other guys: “Last year…

  4. Anibal Sanchez makes spring debut, says shoulder problems are “no big deal”

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez was sidelined by shoulder problems early in camp, but made his spring training debut yesterday and said afterward that he felt fine. Sanchez’s history of shoulder problems, including surgery as a minor leaguer, make any issues in that area a bigger concern than usual, but he tossed two scoreless innings against the Rays…

  5. Giants, Matt Cain not getting anywhere in contract talks

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are not making progress in extension talks with Matt Cain.  Given that he’s already said that he’s not going to talk about an extension once spring training is over, it likely means that he’s gonna hit the market next fall. Which leads to an interesting question: can Yankees fans’…

  6. Bryce Harper cranks it up to 11 in GQ interview

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Will Leitch interviewed Bryce Harper for GQ, and the interview just went live.  It’s fantastic.  If for no other reason than the picture of Harper with a baseball in his mouth right at the top. But it can also be summed up with Leitch’s observation that “Harper seems to have emerged fully formed to piss…

  7. Roy Halladay topped out at 89 m.p.h. yesterday

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Matthew had a post about Roy Halladay’s spring training struggles yesterday. The general notion is, well, yeah, Halladay hasn’t been himself. But hey, it’s spring and while this is worth watching, it’s probably too early to freak out. But Ken Rosenthal said something last night that maybe there something to be concerned about: Halladay’s velocity…

  8. Jeremy Hellickson doesn’t believe in BABIP. Which is fine, because he doesn’t have to.

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Interesting article in the Tampa Bay Times. Marc Topkin spoke to Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson about BABIP — batting average on balls in play. The idea of BABIP, in case you’re unfamiliar, is that a pitcher can control walks, strikeouts and homers, but once the ball is in play, the fates and team defense have…

  9. Report: Steve Cohen has top Dodgers bid, would hire Tony La Russa as club president

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale comes this intriguing update on the looming sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers: Hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen emerged Wednesday as the strongest bidder to purchase the Dodgers, and plans to hire Tony La Russa to a key front-office position, according to two Major League Baseball officials familiar with the process…

  10. Josh Hamilton suffers “jammed heel” in spring game

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    hamilton getty

    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was lifted from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Rockies after suffering what is being called a “jammed right heel” while chasing after a double. According to beat writer Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton was spotted icing his right foot in the clubhouse after the 6-1 loss to…

  11. Stephen Strasburg gives up two homers in third spring start

    Mar 14, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg showed great velocity in a four-inning outing Wednesday, but he gave up two homers and four runs to what had been a slumbering Braves offense. Strasburg was taken deep twice on fastballs, first to the opposite way by Dan Uggla in the first inning and later on a laser from Jason Heyward in…

  12. Albert Pujols hits first two homers in Angels uniform

    Mar 14, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Already off to a 6-for-14 start this spring, Albert Pujols made some more noise Wednesday, homering in both of his official at-bats against the White Sox. Pujols delivered a three-run homer off Chris Sale in the first. He was then plunked by Sale next time up, though there was nothing deliberate about it. In the…

  13. Cardinals demote top prospects Shelby Miller, Zack Cox

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    Any speculation that Shelby Miller might be the choice to replace Chris Carpenter in early April ended Wednesday with the Cardinals’ decision to reassign him to minor league camp. Among the others also demoted today were fellow starter Brandon Dickson and third baseman Zack Cox. Miller, one of baseball’s top prospects, went 11-6 with a…

  14. Judge rules that the Mets owners have the burden of proof in the upcoming Madoff trial

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Jim Forkin of CNBC reports the judge in the upcoming Madoff/Wilpon/Mets trial ruled this afternoon that it is the defendants — meaning the Mets owners — who have the burden of proof. Not the bankruptcy trustee. This is a pretty big deal.  I haven’t seen the exact ruling, but it would seem that rather than…

  15. What ever is wrong with Roy Halladay?

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay gave up a homer to Alex Rodriguez in his first spring start, which is fine because that’s Alex Rodriguez, the active major league leader in home runs. In his second spring start, Halladay gave up two homers to Eric Patterson, a journeyman most famous for being the younger brother of a former top…

  16. Freddy Garcia leaves start after taking comebacker off hand

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative. ========== Freddy Garcia walked off the mound and into the clubhouse after taking a comebacker off his right hand in the fourth inning of this afternoon’s start. Garcia tried to field the ball hit by Edwin Encarnacion and then immediately exited. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that…

  17. Nick Markakis makes spring debut, says “it was fine”

    Mar 14, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis made his spring training debut today after having abdominal surgery in January, going 0-for-2 with a walk as the Orioles’ designated hitter. Afterward he told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that “it was fine” and “I was just happy to get out there and get some at bats and start this thing…

  18. Major League Baseball releases its social media policy — and it’s pretty good

    Mar 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Social Media

    Part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached last November was the implementation of a social media policy for players. They didn’t come up with one, actually, but they said they were going to.  Now they have, and it was just forwarded to me. It’s in two parts, one for major leaguers and one for…

  19. Diamondbacks still not looking to trade benched Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    parra getty

    From the moment the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to be their new starting left fielder general manager Kevin Towers has insisted that the team is merely benching Gerardo Parra, not actually looking to trade him. Towers stuck with that stance yesterday, telling Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that despite other teams scouting Parra he’s not interested…

  20. Salvador Perez needs knee surgery

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Bad news in Royals camp: Catcher Salvador Perez was diagnosed with a left lateral meniscus tear and will require surgery. Perez was hurt while warming up the starting pitcher prior to yesterday’s game against the Reds.  There’s no word on how long he’ll be out, though it’s not unreasonable to think that it will be several weeks after…

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