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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Jake Peavy passes first test with spring debut

    Mar 4, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Jake Peavy‘s comeback is off to an encouraging start. He tossed two hitless innings in his spring debut against the Angels earlier today, less than eight months removed from surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy tossed 16 out of his 26 pitches for strikes while striking out…

  12. Rangers extend GM Jon Daniels’ contract through 2015

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels GM

    As expected the Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels have agreed to a contract extension, with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reporting that the deal will run through the 2015 season. Daniels was already signed for this season, so the new contract is a four-year deal. Texas has a 411-399 (.507) record since…

  13. Coco Crisp was being followed by “secret service” at time of DUI arrest

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp mugshot

    TMZ and the Arizona Republic have a more details on Coco Crisp‘s DUI arrest earlier this week, including that the police report notes he answered “secret service” when asked if he knew who was driving the other car on the road with him that also pulled over when the sirens flashed. Crisp told police “there…

  14. Aaron Cook has no structural damage in injured shoulder

    Mar 4, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Aaron Cook received some good news following his visit to a doctor, as the second opinion confirmed the initial diagnosis that there’s no structural damage in his shoulder. There’s still no timetable yet for his return from what is now being called merely inflammation, but Rockies trainer…

  15. WikiLeaks: American diplomat calls Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran”

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    mahmoud-ahmadinejad

    WikiLeaks released State Department documents in which an American diplomat calls Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran” regarding what the Associated Press refers to as “the meddling with his country’s national soccer team.” Naturally the AP went to Steinbrenner’s son and Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner for comment and he called it “a…

  16. Francisco Cervelli out 4-8 weeks with broken foot, giving Jesus Montero a shot at backup job

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Francisco Cervelli has been diagnosed with a broken foot and will spend the next four weeks in a walking boot, with Ben Shpigel of the New York Times reporting that 6-8 weeks on the sidelines is “likely.” Cervelli was slated to back up Russell Martin and according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger…

  17. Brewers minor leaguer Wayne Dedrick suspended 50 games

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Brewers hat logo

    MLB has suspended Wayne Dedrick for 50 games after the Brewers minor leaguer violated the minor league drug program for a second time with a positive test for an undisclosed substance. Dedrick, who was a 30th-round pick in 2008 and missed last season with a knee injury, will likely serve the suspension in rookie-ball. He…

  18. Prime Minister Pete Nice on Charlie Sheen’s “winning” ring

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    charlie sheen ring

    One of the pictures Charlie Sheen posted on Twitter during his manic media tour showed him wearing Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring, which is part of the Major League star’s extensive collection of baseball memorabilia. In an effort to learn about the ring’s controversial history–which includes alleged theft and fraud–Deadspin turned to Pete Nash,…

  19. J.C. Romero’s $190,000 Porsche was stolen at spring training

    Mar 4, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Blue-Porsche-Panamera3

    WTSP.com in Tampa Bay reports that Phillies reliever J.C. Romero‘s Porsche Panamera was stolen after he drove it to the team’s spring training camp in Florida from his offseason home in Alabama. The car, which is valued at $190,000, was being serviced at a local Porsche dealership when it was stolen last night. Hopefully he…

  20. Carlos Silva says dugout dustup with Aramis Ramirez “was my fault”

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    carlos-silva-cubs-spring

    Carlos Silva refused to speak to the media following Wednesday’s dugout altercation with teammate Aramis Ramirez, but attempted to explain himself to reporters today. Silva told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he was unaware the Cubs had made nine errors in their first three spring training games, so when he returned to the…

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