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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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 –…

  13. 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…

  14. The Astros former scouting director has sued the team

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Chalres Norton, the Astros former director of baseball research/pro scouting coordinator, has sued the team, claiming they breached his contract when they terminated him on January 12. Kind of strange in that, with a new owner, president and general manager, you expect house to have been cleaned. And the man who presided over a scouting…

  15. Do the Indians have bad news about Grady Sizemore?

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Grady Sizemore is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day after being shut down with a back injury and today manager Manny Acta told reporters that the Indians would provide a further update on his status tomorrow. No reason to be alarmed by that alone, obviously, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com tweets: “Sounds ominous. Stayed…

  16. Shin-Soo Choo is probably in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

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    So Shin-Soo Choo had a bad year.  So he goes back home to South Korea and his doctor, he suggested taking one these uh, aggression training courses. You know these aggression training courses like EST, those type of things? Anyway, it cost 400 bucks! 400 bucks to join this thing? Well he didn’t have the…

  17. Luke Scott on Red Sox fans: “They’re ruthless and vulgar”

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Luke Scott made headlines last year for his comments about Barack Obama and already this week he’s brought seven-foot-long, pig-killing spears into the Rays clubhouse and expressed his hatred for communists, so today he shifted his attention to Red Sox fans. He doesn’t like them either, as Scott told Bill Chastain of MLB.com: Just their…

  18. Minor league free agent Justin Dowdy suspended for refusing a drug test

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Here’s one way to avoid there being and errors or irregularities in the testing procedures: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Justin Dowdy has received a 50-game suspension after refusing to take a drug test, a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment…

  19. A.J. Burnett traveling to Pittsburgh to have eye examined

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Apparently the eye injury is more serious than initially believed, because Burnett is leaving Pirates camp and traveling to Pittsburgh to have it examined by doctors. ========== A.J. Burnett seems thrilled to be with Pittsburgh, but his Pirates career got off to a rough start today when he had to leave the field with…

  20. Wanna buy Babe Ruth’s 1920 jersey?

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Some people are saying that it’s the most valuable piece of memorabilia ever: The 92-year-old professional-grade wool flannel jersey has enough soiling, stains and fabric repairs to establish that its owner tumbled after fly balls and slid into second base. More often he trotted around the bases in his signature choppy steps. The Y in…

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