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  1. Adrian Gonzalez hopes to make spring debut next week

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Session

    Adrian Gonzalez took live batting practice earlier today for the second time in the past three days and told Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com that he hopes to make his spring debut sometime next week. “[Wednesday] I’ll hit again on the field if everything feels good,” he said. “And see how it responds hitting back-to-back days.…

  2. Benches clear in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game

    Mar 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    It’s one thing to take spring training results too seriously. It’s quite another to care enough to actually fight over them. That’s what nearly happened in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game, as Casey McGehee took offense to Roman Colon, who celebrated after he struck him out with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. Benches cleared…

  3. Zack Greinke to miss start of season with fractured rib

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Awful news out of Brewers’ camp this afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Zack Greinke will miss the start of the season with a fractured rib. You may remember that Greinke had his initial bullpen session this spring pushed back by a ribcage contusion, which he said at the time was the result of…

  4. Carlos Silva is calmed by … Carlos Zambrano

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times gives us a real man-bites-dog story today: Carlos Zambrano compassionately helping a teammate through a rough emotional time: “Right after I finished pitching, I texted Zambrano, and I was telling him, ‘Man, I don’t know what’s going on,’  ” Silva said. “What he told me in the text was, ‘You just need…

  5. Josh Beckett returns from concussion with good outing against Astros

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett shook off the mild concussion he sustained last Monday to toss 3.2 innings of one-run ball against the Astros today, striking out four batters. In addition to avoiding any post-concussion symptoms Beckett also told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that his back problems have improved after limiting him to just 21 starts last season:…

  6. Must-click link: Stephen Strasburg, mechanics and injuries

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    I tend to glaze over at most stories about pitching mechanics. They seem so jargony. I really have no idea what an “inverted W” is nor do I know why they don’t just call it an “M.” But today’s story by Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated is a different thing. It focuses on Stephen Strasburg…

  7. Rangers “clearly aren’t planning on Brandon Webb being ready for Opening Day”

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Somewhat lost in the “starter or reliever?” drama surrounding Neftali Feliz is that it sounds like Brandon Webb won’t be ready to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation. In fact, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes today that the Rangers “clearly aren’t planning on him being ready for Opening Day.” That news comes before Webb…

  8. The Major Leagues and Minor Leagues will stay together a while longer

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Minor League baseball

    Maury reports that Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues — which is what you had no idea the affiliated minor leagues were called — have reached an agreement on a new six-year Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), extending through the 2020 season. An agreement, you ask? Why on Earth would they…

  9. So far so good with Joe Nathan’s comeback from Tommy John surgery

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Justin Morneau‘s long-awaited return to the lineup after sitting out the past eight months with a concussion is the biggest news in Twins camp this week, but Minnesota also has another elite player coming back from an even longer absence in closer Joe Nathan. Right around this time last year Nathan left his first spring…

  10. UPDATE: It was Evan Longoria’s car that got boosted

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    UPDATE: Disregard all that wild speculation below. Turns out it was Evan Longoria’s car that was stolen, not Reggie Jackson’s. Oh well, I never was that good a detective. 3: 33 P.M.: I’m bored, so I’m going to channel my fictitious hero Daryl Zero and play detective with this story from Arizona that reader Bloodysock…

  11. Two members of my family and Manny Acta agree: Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz looks good

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    My uncle and cousin spent the past week in Arizona checking out a bunch of spring training games–they didn’t arrive until after Craig had gone home, just to be safe–and sent me a slew of text messages while watching Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz pitch Sunday. My uncle, a high school baseball coach, and my cousin,…

  12. Your obligatory Oliver Perez update

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    There are so many good players in Major League Baseball.  Why, then, I focus so much on one of the worst ones is beyond me. But I do, probably because of that contract. Anyway, here’s Oliver Perez‘s line against the Astros today: three innings, three earned runs — all in the first inning — four…

  13. Chris Carpenter throws problem-free bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Chris Carpenter left last week’s start with a hamstring injury and then had to cut short Sunday’s bullpen session when he felt a “twinge” in the same area, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he successfully completed a problem-free bullpen session today. Carpenter described the 12-minute session as “definitely way…

  14. Neftali Feliz scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    One day after admitting that he’d prefer to remain a closer rather than join the rotation the Rangers announced that Neftali Feliz will pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow against the A’s. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve given up on making him a starter, as Feliz is scheduled to go well beyond a closer’s workload…

  15. Corey Hart was in the best shape of his life but he’s not anymore

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post had the tweet of the day earlier when he said that now is that time of the spring when all of those guys who said that they were in the best shape of their lives are breaking down. I literally lol’d. Tom Haudircourt has a concrete example of…

  16. Derrek Lee to have injured right wrist examined by specialist

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters this afternoon that Derrek Lee‘s spring training debut “is not imminent” and revealed that the veteran first baseman will have his sore right wrist examined by a specialist. After struggling for much of last season Lee underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb in November…

  17. News you can use: Top 10 beers available at Major League ballparks

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Anchor Steam

    Rob Iracane has a print-and-save article for you over at Big League Stew: “The top 10 brews available at MLB parks.” Warning: he hates on Natty Boh and other local beers with a long history but with a bad taste.  Which is exactly what he should do because we’re in this for the beer, not…

  18. Mark Trumbo’s power is turning heads in Angels camp

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Kendry Morales‘ uncertain status as he comes back from the broken leg that ended his 2010 season after 51 games has potentially opened the door for a minor leaguer to grab a roster spot and perhaps even a prominent early season role for the Angels. So far at least Mark Trumbo looks like the man…

  19. So really, what does “he’s a ballplayer” actually mean?

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Yesterday I noted a couple of scouts referring to Melvin Mora as “a ballplayer” and mused what, if anything, that could mean. My suspicion was that it’s a term baseball people use to refer to a guy who they really like but whom it would be misleading to describe primarily in terms of phenomenal baseball…

  20. Ryan Madson hopes to stay with the Phillies, but wants to be a closer

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Ryan Madson is in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal and the setup man told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he “would love the opportunity to stay and finish my career here.” Madson also told Gelb that he’d like the chance to be a closer and with the Phillies likely…

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