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  1. Ryan Raburn in the mix for Tigers’ starting job at second base

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Carlos Guillen‘s slower than expected recovery from knee surgery has opened the door for Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes to compete for the Tigers’ starting job at second base, but Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that Ryan Raburn has emerged as a contender for the gig as well. Raburn has never started more than 15…

  2. Kudos to Rafael Belliard. For two reasons.

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Photo Day

    There are two notable things about this article in the Detroit Free Press: It catches us up with former Pirates and Braves shortstop Rafael Belliard, who is friends and neighbors with Luis Salazar. Belliard passes along some encouraging words Salazar told him during a recent hospital visit; and There’s a picture of Belliard — who…

  3. Ichiro Suzuki donates $1.2 million to Japanese relief efforts

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Ichiro Suzuki hasn’t talked to the media about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he donated 100 million yen to the Red Cross’ relief efforts. That works out to around $1.2 million, depending on the current conversion rate. According to Baker the Mariners have also announced…

  4. When baseball teams started wearing green

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Green Phillies

    A lot of teams wear green caps and jerseys and stuff for spring training games around St. Patrick’s Day. I assumed this was hatched as a marketing thing. A way to sell more merch.  It may be now, but apparently is started with a bit of a prank by Tug McGraw. You can read the…

  5. Astros pick Brett Myers over Wandy Rodriguez as Opening Day starter

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Brett Myers

    Today the Astros announced that Brett Myers, not Wandy Rodriguez, will start on Opening Day against Roy Halladay and the Phillies. Myers is coming off a career-year that saw him post a 3.14 ERA and 180/66 K/BB ratio in 224 innings to earn a two-year, $23 million contract extension, but Rodriguez was also plenty effective…

  6. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Heyman on Luis Castillo

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Well, it’s either chutzpah or it’s deliciously but somewhat cruelly tongue-in-cheek.  Here’s Heyman on Twitter a few minutes ago, talking about Luis Castillo: not sure castillo gets a job. backup 2b aren’t in demand, even for the minimum. bad pub doesn’t help either.   Gee, I wonder where that “bad pub” came from. If only…

  7. Andy Martino asks: Was Luis Castillo hate a racial thing?

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    You can’t really win when it comes to talking about race on the record.  Even if there’s something to a charge of racism it’s always denied. Denied so often that, if you take people’s word for it, you’d have to conclude that there are no racists in this country anymore, the last of their kind…

  8. Jake Fox has an MLB-high seven homers, but do spring stats really matter?

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Yesterday my Twitter feed lit up with Orioles writers marveling at Jake Fox hitting his sixth and seventh homers of the spring, which is good for the MLB lead and suddenly makes his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster a popular topic. While no doubt impressed by the power display, manager Buck Showalter explained…

  9. And now for another episode of “Hitting Made Easy” with Nate McLouth

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Buster Olney discusses the key to Nate McLouth‘s hitting success this spring training: Nate McLouth has never discussed hitting mechanics with the Braves’ new hitting coach, Larry Parrish. The only thing they’ve talked about getting McLouth back to being aggressive at the plate, and so in his at-bats this spring, he’s gone to the plate…

  10. C.J. Wilson on extension talks: “It doesn’t look like a deal is going to get done”

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    CJ Wilson pitching

    C.J. Wilson dramatically altered the course of his career last year by requesting a chance to move from the bullpen to the rotation and after thriving as a starter he’s potentially now just one season from a big payday as a free agent. Wilson and the Rangers have had some talks about a contract extension,…

  11. The Mets release Luis Castillo

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Sandy Alderson is about to have one less thing to be bewildered about.  WFAN is reporting that the Mets are about to release Luis Castillo. UPDATE: Adam Rubin says it’s done. If true, some people will be really happy.  Jon Heyman.  Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Luis Hernandez. People who won’t like it: folks who have spent…

  12. Brad Lidge hoping for return to game action next week

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Brad Lidge threw a problem-free bullpen session this morning and afterward told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’s hoping to return to game action within 3-4 days. Lidge has been sidelined for a week with right biceps tendinitis, but said his arm “felt really good” while throwing 35 pitches today and is scheduled for another…

  13. Photo of the day: Leprechaun National Anthem

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Yeah, this actually happened.

  14. DL bound Kendrys Morales “still isn’t running full speed”

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Mike Scioscia has said that Kendrys Morales needs to see game action by Sunday if he’s to have any chance of being on the Opening Day roster, but there’s almost zero chance of that happening with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reporting that Morales “still isn’t running full speed.” Morales is 10 months…

  15. Another Greatest Living Player oversight: Jim Fregosi

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Portrait of California Angels' Jim Fregosi

    More fun stuff continues to spin out of that Greatest Living Player post from the other day. This one comes from Bill Parker over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot, running down a list of underappreciated non-Hall of Famers.  Guys like Dave Stieb, Reggie Smith, Jimmy Wynn and … Jim Fregosi. As Bill notes, Fregosi definitely should have made…

  16. Another spring cliche: “we want to run more”

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro, Jason Bartlett, Paul Emmel

    “Best shape of his life” is so last month.  “I’m just working on stuff, just trying to get my work in,” is old hat.  The new one — and it may not be new; I’m just noticing it now –  is “we’re gonna run some more.”  The Royals are saying it. The Pirates are saying it…

  17. You a lawyer? Wanna work for the Athletics?

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Sticking with the Athletics theme this morning, Maury Brown alerts us to a job opening in Oakland. I don’t pass these along very often, but I know a lot of lawyers read this blog, so do with this what you will: Under the direction and supervision of the General Counsel, the Oakland Athletics are currently…

  18. How to jazz up the “Moneyball” movie

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    Sticking with the movie theme this morning, Bruce Jenkins of the Chronicle is not optimistic about the upcoming adaptation of “Moneyball.” Problem? Too boring.  He makes suggestions: As the production of “Moneyball” grinds on, let’s hope the filmmakers take great liberties with the facts. Michael Lewis’ book was superbly written, but there’s nothing more boring…

  19. The “Michael Corleone” contraction theory

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Michael Corleone

    Let’s be clear at the outset: contraction is not happening. Even in the articles that talk about people talking about contraction — like Joel Sherman’s from yesterday — it is stipulated that, no this is a non-starter. So what I’m saying is, don’t cite this post or the Sherman column I’m linking as “continuing contraction…

  20. Joe Torre to attend Yankees Old-Timers Day

    Mar 18, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Jim Bouton wrote a tell-all book that angered the Yankees. They kept him away from Old Timers Day for close to 30 years and, if it wasn’t for an emotional plea in the New York Times by one of his sons following the tragic death of Bouton’s daughter, they may not have even invited him…

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