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  1. Chase Utley is visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist” today

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. revealed that Chase Utley and Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan are spending today visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist.” Amaro declined to give any other details, but told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Utley and the Phillies are “trying to exhaust all ways not to have surgery” for the patellar tendinitis in…

  2. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I waltz through the Midwestern portion of the Junior Circuit

  3. Sandy Alderson doesn’t understand why people pay attention to Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo

    Mar 17, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Bewildered Sandy Alderson is bewildered: So the new GM conceded he is bewildered by the attention fans and the media have heaped on the second base and lefty specialist competitions – and the two least popular entrants. “It’s a little odd,” Alderson said. “I think it does distract one from taking a look at the…

  4. The Padres may go retro with their uniforms in the future

    Mar 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    At least sort of retro. They won’t bring back anything that looks like the handsome ensemble this man is wearing, but they may bring back that old quasi-Pac Man font from the mustard and brown jerseys while retaining the white and blue color scheme they currently have. A glimpse of it — with a suggestion…

  5. Springtime Storylines: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders?

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Buck Showalter and the optimistic Orioles. The Big Question: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders? I tend…

  6. The push for Brandon Belt to break camp with the Giants is on

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    As I sit here today I will still be rather surprised if the Giants don’t send first base prospect Brandon Belt down to Fresno to start the year, but that hasn’t stopped the Bay Area press from beating the drum for Belt. Here’s the Chronicle: “After Brandon Belt’s big day, where does he start?”  Here’s the…

  7. Chris Coghlan on injury: “My arm is just not ready to go”

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    All offseason I’ve been wondering if the Marlins are nuts for thinking Chris Coghlan can hack it defensively as an everyday center fielder, but it may be a while before we find out. Coghlan has been sidelined by a inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff and recently suffered a setback, with Joe Capozzi of…

  8. GQ names Phillies fans “The Worst Sports Fans in America”

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    It’s actually a tie between Phillies and Eagles fans as the worst — the subheading to their ranking being “the meanest fans in America” — but I imagine there’s substantial overlap.  GQ: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. “Some of these people would boo…

  9. Corey Hart running out of time to get healthy as oblique “kills”

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Three weeks ago Corey Hart was expected to miss two weeks with a strained oblique muscle, but he’s yet to rejoin the lineup and yesterday told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s worried about being ready for Opening Day: It’s still not coming as fast as I want it to. It won’t go away. I…

  10. Jerry Reinsdorf talks about why the White Sox have gone “all-in”

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

    It’s so rare that you hear a team owner talk frankly about the big picture decisions that come with running a team. They all say they’re always trying to win. When they tear down and rebuild, they all talk about it being some inevitable process that was forced on them by the laws of Man…

  11. Adrian Beltre’s head-rubbing nightmare continues in Texas

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre really, really hates it when someone touches his head and his Red Sox teammates did it so much in the dugout last season that there’s a website filled with video clips of him freaking out. He changed teams during the offseason and signed a five-year, $80 million contract, but that won’t keep his…

  12. Ken Griffey Jr. talks about why he retired

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    File photo of Seattle Mariners' Griffey Jr. following through a three-run home run against the Yankees in Seattle

    When Ken Griffey Jr. retired last year, he did so pretty quietly.  Yes, there was a bit of rancor around the time it happened, but there wasn’t much to the actual announcement. An announcement which almost got lost in the shuffle because it happened on the same night as the Armando Galarraga Jim Joyce game.…

  13. The government would like you to know that Barry Bonds is a big jerk

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The prosecution in the Barry Bonds case wants to introduce into evidence recordings of voice mails from Bonds to his ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell in which Bonds uses bad language and says abusive things to her. Which is despicable. Unless the government is willing to submit that the only thing that ever causes people in romantic…

  14. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann really, really like to fish

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Fishing

    If there is anyone wondering why TMZ sports never took off, look no further than this article in the St. Pete Time about the Rays’ Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann.  I submit that there are way, way more ballplayers with their particular obsession than there are ballplayers who like to go to clubs and movie…

  15. Did you like those Mariners commercials? Then you’ll hate this Mets commercial!

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is a definite difference in professionalism between those Seattle Mariners commercials we linked yesterday and this Mets commercial to which reader Jovian Jamian alerted me this morning. Although with his innocent amateurism, Jose Reyes‘ specific segment is probably more warm and endearing than anything…

  16. News flash: Jeffrey Loria says something stupid

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Maybe it really is a news flash and not just an ironic one. Loria usually does stupid thins as opposed to saying them publicly. I’ll leave that analysis to someone who can stomach thinking about Jeff Loria for more than the time it takes me to do this post and then go cleanse my psyche…

  17. The Greatest Living Ballplayer: Continued

    Mar 17, 2011, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Berra watches players during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    Yesterday’s post about the Greatest Living Ballplayer for each team struck a nerve. Lots of folks around the Internets linked it and talked about, which doesn’t happen a lot with my stuff. Indeed, I tend to think that people mostly read what I write and either nod politely or roll their eyes and then move…

  18. Robinson Cano says ‘no chance’ he hits 40 homers

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:25 AM EDT

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    New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is a very good player, and with a few more seasons like 2010 (.319, 29 HRs, 109 RBIs, 103 runs), he could even become great. But even he knows it’s wise to keep expectations in check. So on Wednesday when Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said he wouldn’t…

  19. Lincecum’s diet secret? In-N-Out Burger

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

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    Tim Lincecum is beefing up his diet in an attempt to put on some weight this spring. From the sound of things, the Giants would be smart to keep Pablo Sandoval far, far away from their ace pitcher. According to John Schlegel of MLB.com, Lincecum is dining with gusto this spring, devouring fast food as…

  20. Ivan Nova throws six no-hit innings in statement outing

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

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    For players with job security, spring box scores usually mean very little. But for players auditioning for new roles, a quality stat line can mean everything. Enter Ivan Nova. According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, the 24-year-old right-hander hurled six no-hit innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night in Tampa. He was…

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