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  1. Yankees assign 29-year-old Mark Prior to Single-A

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior allowed just one run while striking out 11 batters in 7.2 innings this spring, but his comeback will have to continue in the low minors after the Yankees assigned him to Single-A yesterday. Prior’s minor-league contract with the Yankees includes an opt-out clause that would allow him to become a free agent if…

  2. We will be doing a live chat for the Tigers-Yankees game

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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    I just spoke with PFT’s Gregg Rosenthal, who lives in New York. I can’t use the word that he used to describe the weather in New York right now, but let’s just say that it rhymed with “kitty” and was a close synonym for “poopy.” Still, no matter how bad it is, I have this…

  3. Bonds Trial Update: A very yawny Wednesday

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    It was a great day at the Barry Bonds trial if you’re into chain-of-custody testimony and talk about urinalysis.  I think that covers approximately 0.0045% of the population, and that’s a generous estimate. There are, like, three dudes, however, who love both topics so yesterday was like Christmas for them. The day started with ballplayers at…

  4. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Based on my thoughts about Opening Day, you may not be surprised to learn that, like the hyped-up spectacle of Opening Day, I am less than enamored with other kinds of empty hype too.  Something that is usually empty hype: Power Rankings. Indeed, any team’s peak power — at least before the playoffs start —…

  5. Looking ahead to Opening Day’s six — what, only six? — games

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Opening Day flag

    Today is the day that everyone learns a little something about their employer. Like, whether he is so unreasonable as to not allow you to blow the day off to watch ballgames. Or, at the very least, if he’s so uptight that he won’t allow you download MLB.tv on the company machine — using the…

  6. Thoughts on Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Flag baseball

    It’s Opening Day. And as I do most Opening Days, I awake this morning struggling to place it in its proper perspective. On the one hand, it’s a time for celebration and jubilation. After a long cold winter, our passion is back. And as so many have before us, we’re tempted to render it into…

  7. Andrew Bailey placed on disabled list with forearm strain

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    bailey pose

    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his forearm back in mid-March and hasn’t been able to get back to full strength in time for Opening Day. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday evening, according to the A’s official Twitter feed, and is likely to miss the…

  8. Giants name Brandon Belt starting first baseman

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    belt pose

    Here’s some big (but somewhat expected) news out of San Francisco… According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have informed top prospect Brandon Belt that he will open the year as the club’s starting first baseman. Aubrey Huff is going to move out to right field for the time being…

  9. Curtis Granderson (oblique) cleared for Yankees’ opener

    Mar 30, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    When Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a strained oblique during the second-to-last week of spring training, he appeared destined for a season-opening disabled list stint. But he has apparently defied the odds. According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Granderson went 2-for-5 with two doubles in a minor league game Wednesday and…

  10. Roger Clemens is looking forward to his day in court

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I once had an argument with my colleagues at the law firm about the public relations tack to take with a criminal client. I told them that the whole “our client is looking forward to his day in court” stuff was tired and no one ever bought it.  Better to say nothing or to come…

  11. Zack Greinke is going to be out a bit longer than expected

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    When you’re talking about the ace pitcher for whom you traded the last vestiges of your farm system for a shoot-the-moon run at the title, here’s a quote you don’t want to hear: “It may be a little longer than what I thought it was going to be … I figured by now that he…

  12. Jason Bay to begin season on disabled list with rib injury

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    No official move has been made yet, but Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Jason Bay “will almost certainly” begin the season on the disabled list with an intercostal strain in his left rib cage. Bay flew back to New York to have the injury examined by doctors today and would be eligible to come…

  13. Quote of the Day: Happy two-year anniversary Oakland A’s/San Jose committee!

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Snail

    Has it been two years since Bud Selig convened the commission to study the viability of the A’s moving to San Jose already? My, how time flies! But yes, the San Jose Mercury News — which is the only entity on the planet that wants the A’s in San Jose more than Lew Wolff does…

  14. Jim Leyland won’t discuss his contract status … starting now

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland closeup

    Jim Leyland is in the final season of his contract, but today the 66-year-old manager responded to questions about his status by saying “I’m not going to discuss it.” And then he discussed it. A lot, actually: If we do all right, I assume I’ll be here. If we don’t, I probably won’t be. People…

  15. Photo of the Day: Sure, Opening Day is tomorrow …

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Today the Cleveland Indians were supposed to take on the Columbus Clippers in an exhibition game here in beautiful Columbus, Ohio.  I had toyed with the idea of calling to get a press pass but never got around to it.  I probably made the right decision given the weather here today.  As I look out…

  16. Must-click link: Other teams’ closers in the Mariano Rivera era

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera is entering his 15th season as the Yankees’ closer and the Washington Post has a very cool graphic showing how many closers the other 29 teams have each used during that reign, along with their respective save percentages. Washington Post: There’s Mariano … and everyone else I won’t ruin it for you, because…

  17. Great Moments in Cliff Lee Love

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Apparently ladies love cool Cliff: Cliff Lee love isn’t about box scores, ERAs, or innings pitched. You won’t understand it by dissecting interview transcripts, psychoanalyzing his heart, or rereading the fine print of the leaner contract he signed with Philadelphia at the expense of a fatter paycheck dangled by the Yankees. It is about animal…

  18. Braves finally remove retired Billy Wagner from 40-man roster

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    billy-wagner-braves

    Billy Wagner announced his retirement in October and has repeatedly stated since then that he has no plans to return, but the Braves kept him on the 40-man roster just in case. Today they finally removed him from the roster, but not before working out a deal to retain his rights should he decide to…

  19. The Indians have made a really nice promotional video

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Progressive Field

    I’ve been linking to various team’s promotional videos this spring. I know they’re advertisements, but I find them interesting. Some are funny. Some are effective. Some are awful. The Indians have what may be the most moving one I’ve seen so far.  Check it out. Biggest reason I like it: it doesn’t shy away from the…

  20. Braves send Kenshin Kawakami and his $6.7 million salary to Double-A

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    How far out of favor has Kenshin Kawakami fallen in Atlanta? Well, yesterday the Braves demoted him to Double-A, where he’ll earn $6.7 million while pitching against hitters a dozen years his junior. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that they sent Kawakami all the way down to Double-A because “they want to…

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