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  1. White Sox ink Matt Thornton to two-year, $12M extension

    Mar 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    According to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract extension on Sunday morning with left-handed reliever Matt Thornton. The deal also carries a club option for 2014. The 34-year-old Thornton registered a strong 2.67 ERA and 1.01 WHIP across 60.2 innings for the Pale Hose…

  2. The Mariners take an easy step to prevent players driving drunk

    Mar 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Car Service

    By definition, a person who gets behind the wheel of a car while drunk isn’t operating at full mental capacity. I mean, even a guy who hired people whose job it is to keep him safe got behind the wheel while drunk, so you can see that even the outrageously well-reasoned notion of “driving drunk is…

  3. Frank Catalanotto retires

    Mar 6, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    It’s not exactly major news, but Frank Catalanotto has announced his retirement. When last we heard from him he was being designated for assignment by the Mets to make room for Chris Carter after 25 dismal games last spring. But before that Catalanotto was the kind of player it was hard not to root for.  He…

  4. Phillies fans probably shouldn’t worry too much about Domonic Brown’s injury

    Mar 6, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees

    I know that (a) Domonic Brown‘s broken hand is troublesome; and (b) spring stats should be given almost zero weight, but it’s probably worth noting that the guy who will likely start in right field for the Phillies — Ben Francisco — hit another home run yesterday and is now batting .421/.476/.947 in seven spring…

  5. In case you had any doubts: no, contraction isn’t happening

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    michael-weiner-with-reporters

    Beyond some half-crazed ravings from Hank Steinbrenner and a speculative column by Ken Rosenthal, no one has seriously been discussing contracting any teams.  To the extent anyone is taking the ravings or the speculation at all seriously, however, MLBPA leader Michael Weiner put it to rest in an interview with the St. Pete Times yesterday:…

  6. Video of the Day: former ballplayer declines to overstate how good the game was back in his day

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    When was the last time you heard an old retired ballplayer going on about how the game today is better than it was back in his day?  Ladies and gentleman, the intellectually honest Jerry Remy: Wait, I take it back. I can remember at least one instance of an old-timer talking about how the game…

  7. Miguel Olivo carted off field with groin injury

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo injured

    Scary moment in yesterday’s Indians-Mariners game. Miguel Olivo, who scored a two-year, $7 million deal with the Mariners over the winter, had to be carted off the field after grabbing his left leg and falling face first onto home plate while scoring on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. The initial diagnosis was a…

  8. Dustin Pedroia grabs a hot dog

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Pedroia fist pump

    Did I mention that spring training is a bit different than the regular season?  I mean, I thought it was neat that some Dodgers players took a shortcut down the concourse at Tempe Diablo Stadium last weekend.  Turns out that was nothing: Dustin Pedroia went out onto the concourse at City of Palms Park and bought…

  9. The Braves aren’t sweating Craig Kimbrel’s slow start

    Mar 5, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT

    craigkimbrel

    It’s only the first week of March, but there are already questions about young fireballer Craig Kimbrel, someone who many expect to be closing games for the Braves this season. Or sharing the job with left-hander Jonny Venters, at the very least. Kimbrel has made three appearances so far during exhibition action. One good, two…

  10. UPDATE: Domonic Brown has fracture in right hand

    Mar 5, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    UPDATE: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Domonic Brown has a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his right hand. Unbelievable. Surgery is likely, according to David Hale of the News Journal, and would likely sideline him for 3-to-6 weeks. In other words, Ben Francisco is your Opening Day right fielder. 4:17 PM: Domonic…

  11. Brian Matusz back on track after having wart removed

    Mar 5, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Brian Matusz threw a bullpen session today, just one day after from having a wart removed from his left middle finger. “It feels fine. It doesn’t feel irritated at all. It feels normal. Like I said before, it never affected me on the mound. It didn’t affect any of…

  12. James Loney undergoes MRI on left knee

    Mar 5, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, James Loney is scheduled for an MRI on his left knee today. The 26-year-old has been bothered by tightness in the knee over the past few days. For now, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t appear too concerned. “He feels it when he gets to a certain point…

  13. Ron Gardenhire names Tsuyoshi Nishioka as his second baseman

    Mar 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins

    According to Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire named Tsuyoshi Nishioka as his second baseman this morning. This isn’t completely unexpected. Many scouts believed that his game was better suited to playing second base in the majors rather than shortstop, where he spent the majority of his career…

  14. Mike Piazza would like to own a baseball team someday

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    Mike Piazza told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York this morning that he has considered becoming an owner. “Would I be interested in possibly getting involved in a group to buy a team? Probably,” Piazza said. “I’ve been thinking about it. I think that would be something that would probably suit my desire, at least,…

  15. Chase Utley given cortisone shot for ailing right knee

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced this morning that Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee on Friday. Utley has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee. The Phillies hope Utley sees some improvement…

  16. Russell Martin suggests Manny Banuelos is “more polished” than Clayton Kershaw

    Mar 5, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Manuel Banuelos

    Those who stuck around long enough during last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game were given quite the treat. In addition to watching the impressive glove work of Red Sox prospect shortstop Jose Iglesias (here’s an example of what you missed), Yankees prospect left-hander Manny Banuelos struck out three over two scoreless innings of work. Banuelos, who…

  17. Bartolo Colon was actually pretty decent last night

    Mar 5, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Colon works from the mound against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of their MLB American League spring training baseball game in Tampa, Florida

    Bartolo Colon was so-so in his spring debut last Saturday against the Phillies, but he actually looked pretty good against the Red Sox last night, striking out five over three scoreless innings. The Red Sox didn’t bring most of their regulars since they were on the road — so that means no Carl Crawford, Dustin…

  18. Cristian Guzman to miss at least first half of season due to “family issues”

    Mar 5, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering why Cristian Guzman hasn’t signed a minor league deal with the Royals or something. Here’s the deal. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Guzman’s agent Stanley King said the infielder is planning to sit out the first half of the 2011 season due to family issues. King didn’t…

  19. Pete Rose files for divorce from second wife

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    According to the Associated Press, court documents say that MLB’s all-time hit king Pete Rose has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 27 years. Rose, who turns 70 years old in April, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Rose and his second wife, Carol, were married in 1984. They started…

  20. Joe Nathan cruises through second appearance after Tommy John surgery

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Nathan turned in a hitless inning Tuesday in his first appearance back from Tommy John surgery and he took another measured step forward earlier today, needing just nine pitches to retire the Rays in order. Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Nathan reached 95 mph on the stadium’s radar gun. We can’t…

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