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  1. Running down the rosters: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey

    Coming off a disappointing 86-76 finish in 2011, the Giants’ big moves this winter were a pair of underwhelming trades: Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera and Andres Torres plus Ramon Ramirez for Angel Pagan. To say the least, they didn’t make the kind of splash their fans were hoping for (but have come not to…

  2. Ryan Braun may report to spring training without decision on appeal

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this week that we would learn the fate of Ryan Braun‘s appeal before the outfielder reports to spring training, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was told by a source “familiar with the appeal” that there’s a possibility a decision could take longer. While there’s hope for…

  3. Brandon Webb is throwing again

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since Opening Day of the 2009 season due to lingering shoulder woes. He latched on with the Rangers last offseason, but struggled over four minor league rehab starts before requiring another surgery in August. However, he’s still working hard to get his career back on track.…

  4. Reds sign Brett Tomko to a minor league contract

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Brett Tomko’s career is about to come full circle. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Reds have agreed to sign Tomko to a minor league contract. Tomko, who turns 39 in April, was originally drafted by the Reds in the second round of the 1995 draft and spent his first three major…

  5. What they’re saying about the passing of Gary Carter

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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    Gary Carter passed away this afternoon at the age of 57 following a fight with brain cancer. Here’s some reaction from around a baseball world in mourning. Mets chairman & CEO Fred Wilpon, president Saul Katz and COO Jeff Wilpon: “On behalf of everyone at the Mets, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Gary’s family…

  6. Gary Carter’s Hall of Fame induction speech

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

    More from The Baseball Hall of Fame. This time it’s Gary Carter’s induction speech from 2003.

  7. Gary Carter: The Hall of Fame Biography

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    A quick video from the Hall of Fame showing Gary Carter as an Expo and his big hit in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Red Sox:

  8. It’s possible, but not certain, that Geovany Soto is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Giants Cubs Baseball

    I have to put a caveat on this report from Carrie Muskat at MLB.com: It’s all a matter of balance for Cubs catcher Geovany Soto. He’s working on better balance in his diet, which should help Soto keep off the 25 pounds he dropped this offseason. The caveat being that he lost 40 pounds prior to…

  9. Gary Carter by the numbers

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Gary Carter Mets

    As we mourn the passing of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, here’s a look at the numbers for “The Kid.” – Carter played 19 seasons in the big leagues before retiring after 1992; 12 with the Expos, five with the Mets and one each with the Giants and Dodgers. – He hit .262/.335/.439 with…

  10. Gary Carter loses his battle with cancer

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    It was inevitable. But it doesn’t make it any less sad. Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who put the Montreal Expos on the map and helped the New York Mets win a World Series died today at the age of 57. Carter had been battling brain cancer for the past nine months. While…

  11. Tigers will give Brandon Inge a chance to play second base

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Miguel Cabrera‘s planned shift across the diamond means Brandon Inge is no longer the Tigers’ starting third baseman, but manager Jim Leyland said today that the team will give him an opportunity to compete for the job at second base. Inge is 34 years old and has played 1,800 professional games without logging even one…

  12. Hey look, it’s the inevitable “is Josh Hamilton getting off easy because he’s white?” column!

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    I was surprised we didn’t see this within a couple of days of the Josh Hamilton story breaking, but I’m glad it’s here all the same. Not because I think it’s worth a damn — it’s not! — but because no story about a scandal involving an athlete feels complete without it. Take it away…

  13. As a matter of law, the Twins are the White Sox’ arch rivals

    Feb 16, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

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    There was a ruckus in the stands at a White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field back in 2004. A woman, among others, was arrested and charged with battery. The charges were eventually dismissed. The woman then turned around and sued the White Sox for violating her civil rights in removing her from the ballpark.…

  14. Zach Britton’s arm felt “like brand new” after 30-40 pitches

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jim Duquette of MLB.com (not to be confused with Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette) reported earlier this week that Orioles starter Zach Britton‘s shoulder injury “is still lingering” and his “workload will be limited in spring training.” That may still prove accurate, but Britton took the mound today and threw 30-40 pitches, reporting no problems…

  15. If it’s February, it must be time for Jon Heyman to stump for Johnny Damon

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

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    My favorite all-time “Jon Heyman trying to get Johnny Damon a job” column came two years ago when Heyman noted Damon’s “matinee-idol looks and obvious love of the big stage,” and parroted previous Scott Boras comments about Damon’s love of Detroit while wondering why oh why Damon had not yet been signed by someone. He’s got…

  16. Juan Nicasio “will have no limitations” after broken neck

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio , Bob Apodaca

    Juan Nicasio‘s recovery from a broken neck has gone so well that he “will have no limitations this spring,” according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Renck that Nicasio “has a very, very good chance to be a member of our rotation” and “is coming into camp with the…

  17. There will be no discipline for Josh Hamilton

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Because of Josh Hamilton‘s severe substance abuse history, MLB has taken an interest in the young man since he resumed his baseball career following all of that time in the wilderness.  He has to check in with the league’s substance abuse panel and stuff.  And according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, he…

  18. Nationals think Edwin Jackson has been tipping his pitches

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post interviewed Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty about a variety of topics today, including the idea that Edwin Jackson has been tipping his pitches for years now. McCatty reviewed video of Jackson’s starts and thinks he was letting batters know what was coming out of the windup: These guys are…

  19. The Yankees and Pirates expected to have a Burnett deal done in 24 hours

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I can’t remember trade talks/rumors that have gone on this long. Especially not for a pitcher as mediocre as A.J. Burnett. But they’re still going on. But today Jim Bowden said that the end is nigh: NYY-PGH close to finalizing deal w/ Burnett.should get done in next 24 hours according to source;NYY weighing one last…

  20. A handy sabermetric primer

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Some of you are statheads. Many of you aren’t.  I don’t care what you are, but I do hope that if you take issue with sabermetrics that you at least know what the hell it is you’re criticizing. To that end, go read Amanda Rykoff’s very useful yet very accessible sabermetrics primer over at espnW.…

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