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  1. Running down the rosters: San Diego Padres

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    One of the surprise teams of 2010, the Padres will try to rebound this year from a 2011 season that saw them lose an additional 19 games and finish 71-91. And just to make it a bit more of a challenge, the team will give it a go without ace Mat Latos, who was sent…

  2. Drug testing procedures expert dismisses the importance of drug testing procedures

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    syringe

    Best thing about PED stories? If you wait around long enough, you’re going to get a quote from Dick Pound. And who doesn’t love Dick Pound? Anyway, Pound used to be the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA styles itself as the foremost experts on drug testing and procedure. If you run a league…

  3. Former Marlins, Orioles, Royals, and Rangers reliever Terry Mathews passed away

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    terry mathews

    Terry Mathews, a right-handed reliever who spent eight seasons in the majors for the Marlins, Orioles, Royals, and Rangers, has passed away at age 47. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Mathews, who last pitched in 1999, suffered a heart attack at his home in Louisiana. Mathews, who was originally the Rangers’ fifth-round…

  4. Colby Rasmus: new attitude and “a little sumpin-sumpin”

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Rasmus stretches during practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    The National Post has a long interview with Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus.  Lots of good stuff in there.  Most of it about how he’s changed his attitude after his horrible 2011 season.  About how he’s just going to play the game.  About how he wants his dad to be less negative (Hi, Mr. Rasmus! I…

  5. Yadier Molina and Cardinals moving closer to extension

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Yesterday the Cardinals were said to have “re-engaged” in contract talks with Yadier Molina after negotiations were previously tabled and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides could be nearing a deal. According to Strauss “movement on Molina is significant enough that source familiar with the situation believes…

  6. Not sure how to break this to you, but Grady Sizemore will not be able to go on Opening Day

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. But the cold hard truth is staring us right in the face: Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff says Sizemore is “unikely” for Opening Day to a lower back strain suffered 3 weeks ago. — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 24, 2012   Someone hold me. I don’t…

  7. Welcome to the hot corner: Mark Trumbo takes a ground ball off the face

    Feb 24, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Trumbo_Mark

    How is Mark Trumbo‘s transition to third base going after never playing the position before in the majors or minors? It’s off to a rough start, says Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles: He took a ground ball off the nose and had to cut short his workout Friday morning. The ball came off the…

  8. Many Mets players think that Ryan Braun’s appeal was a joke

    Feb 24, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Andy Martino of the Daily News is in Mets camp, and overheard a bunch of Mets players talking about the Ryan Braun news today.  The peanut gallery is not impressed: “Ryan Braun is out there saying this shows he is innocent,” one Met said. “Does that mean O.J. Simpson is innocent, too?” … “Oh, wow,” a Mets…

  9. Jack Wilson out until mid-April with calf strain

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Jack Wilson, who re-signed with the Braves last month for $1 million, is expected to miss the beginning of the season with a strained calf suffered early in camp. Wilson was slated to push rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky during spring training, so that job now falls to Drew Sutton, Josh Wilson, and Brandon Hicks. Once…

  10. Ryan Braun press conference notes and quotes

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    braun getty

    Some notes and quotes from Ryan Braun‘s press conference this afternoon: • He thanked fans who “withheld judgements as I respected the confidentially of this case.” • “I tried to respect this process even though the confidentially was breached early on.” • “If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally I’d have been the first…

  11. Mike Lupica seems to think the Braun arbitration was rigged

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Lupica

    Mike Lupica has a pretty Mike Lupica column up about the Ryan Braun arbitration today.  The upshot: who cares what some arbitrator says, we all know Braun is dirty and blah, blah, blah.  Lots of people are actually writing that column today, of course. I’m sure it makes them feel good. But more notable to…

  12. Ryan Madson sticking with agent Scott Boras despite disappointing contract

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Scott Boras was able to land Prince Fielder a massive contract, but two of his other clients, Ryan Madson and Edwin Jackson, ended up settling for one-year deals well below what they were expecting when the offseason began. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that “there’s a lot of buzz in baseball circles that Madson might…

  13. Manny found God

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Manny Ramirez arrived at A’s camp in Phoenix today.  After hitting several home runs in batting practice, he addressed the media.  Among the things he had to say: Manny was worried he might lose his family and his career last year and he found God and is working to turn life around. #Athletics — Susan…

  14. Josh Hamilton: “I don’t feel I owe the Rangers”

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton arrived at Rangers camp today and was predictably asked about both his recent alcohol relapse and contract, which is up after this season. His reply: The Rangers have done a lot of me. I have a question. Have I done a lot for the Rangers? I think I have given them everything I’ve…

  15. Jerry Sands is not available for substitute teaching this spring

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Jerry Sands

    If I ever knew that Jerry Sands was a substitute teacher in the offseason, I forgot it.  But this little anecdote from the L.A. Times made me laugh:  Jerry Sands was awakened at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday by a phone call. The automated call was from the Johnston County School District in North Carolina, where the second-year…

  16. Manny Ramirez is making fast friends in A’s camp

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Brett Anderson tweets about his first interaction with Manny Ramirez in A’s camp: Manny just asked if I was the video coordinator…our relationship can only go up from here. — Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) February 24, 2012 Sounds about right.

  17. Orioles hire sports psychologist “to provide mental performance services”

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dan Duquette’s latest move as the Orioles’ new executive vice president of baseball operations is hiring a sports psychologist who, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com will “provide mental-performance services.” Ghiroli reports that the sports psychologist, Seth Kaplan, will focus on working with pitchers and Duquette noted that he’ll attempt to improve “mental toughness.” Kaplan, who’s…

  18. MLB to appeal Braun ruling to federal court? Good luck with that.

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is considering appealing the arbitrator’s decision in the Ryan Braun case to federal court: Sources said MLB is livid and is evaluating the possibility of suing in federal court to have Das’ decision overturned, but that they did not expect a decision to be made until after Das…

  19. Ryan Zimmerman sets Saturday deadline for contract talks

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    zimmerman face

    Yesterday afternoon Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported that Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals were “close to a resolution” with his long-term contract talks, but apparently that didn’t necessarily mean they were close to a resolution that ends in an extension being signed. Ladson now reports that Zimmerman has set a Saturday deadline for negotiations, telling…

  20. Mike Minor: start me in the majors or trade me

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Minor_Mike

    Braves starter Mike Minor is likely to be the Braves’ fifth starter. But yesterday he made it clear that, if there’s any doubt about that, he’d just as soon be traded: “Overall, it’s not really – it’s about making the team, but if … I can control my third pitch and have a decent fourth…

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