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  1. Denard Span is somewhat confused

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:11 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Funny tweets from Twins center fielder Denard Span yesterday regarding what he thought was his introduction to new shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka: Funniest thingever happened today! I thought another player that was Asian on our team was nishi!! I asked him how his English was and [he] said “it’s great man, how r u?” then i looked at…

  2. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon could be cleared and released as soon as Wednesday

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Alfredo Simon could be released as early as Wednesday. According to Phil Isaac of the Para Sports Group, one of Simon’s agents, a ballistics test proved that the bullet that killed Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte didn’t come from the gun Simon turned into authorities. Simon could be released…

  3. White Sox GM Kenny Williams calls $30 million for Albert Pujols “asinine”

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Ken Williams White Sox

    In an interview with Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com earlier today, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said that his club won’t go after Albert Pujols if he becomes available as a free agent following the 2011 season. Hardly surprising information given that the White Sox signed Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to multi-year contracts over the…

  4. Pirates owner to be dissatisfied for a very long time

    Feb 21, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Bob Nutting, John Russell

    Pirates owner Bob Nutting showed up in Bradenton today and spoke with the media after addressing players and staff prior to workouts. And what, pray tell, did he talk to his players about? “It’s critically important that they understand, and we all understand, that 2011 is not going to be a year where small bits…

  5. Justine Siegal becomes first woman to throw batting practice to MLB team

    Feb 21, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Justine Siegal

    Justine Siegal has made a habit out of breaking down barriers. She became the first woman to coach a professional baseball team when she was hired as the first base coach of the independent league Brockton Rox in 2009. She has also spent the past four years as the assistant baseball coach at Springfield College…

  6. NFL lockout could lead to quarterback Jake Locker playing baseball for the Angels

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    jake-locker-football

    University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker is a couple months from being drafted by an NFL team, but in 2009 he was also a 10th-round pick in the MLB draft and signed for a $250,000 bonus that gives the Angels his baseball rights through 2015. Angels general manager Tony Reagins talked to Mark Saxon of…

  7. A couple of words on keeping score at the ballgame

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Scorebook

    I’m probably the worst scorekeeper in the world. I try to do it from time to time — used to do it a lot more — but I just don’t bother much anymore. Maybe it’s because I don’t do attention to detail very well. Maybe I’m just lazy. Maybe I just go to relatively few…

  8. Edgar Renteria no longer feels “disrespected” by the Giants

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Renteria running

    When the Giants offered Edgar Renteria a one-year, $1 million contract in December the World Series MVP called the proposal “a total disrespect” and explained that he “would rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family” than accept a $9 million drop in salary. Renteria eventually signed with the Reds…

  9. Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    David Villavicencio of FoxSports Florida.com notes that Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo on his left wrist: “a baseball with a trail of flames and the inscription ’105.1 MPH.’” Interesting, but troublesome, at least if you’re a pessimist like me. I mean, what if something happens to him someday and he can’t bring the gas anymore?…

  10. When Hank Steinbrenners attack

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Hank Steinbrenner, who somehow managed to gnaw off the muzzle with which he had been fitted in 2009, decided to unload on mansion-building ballplayers, the Yankees’ alleged lack of the “hunger” and communists while talking to the Yankees beat writers today. The highlights, courtesy of Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger: Hank called last year’s Yankees…

  11. R.A. Dickey on upcoming memoir: “I’m definitely throwing myself under the bus”

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    R.A. Dickey is writing a memoir that’s scheduled to be published next year and the knuckleballer spoke to David Waldstein of the New York Times about the book, describing it as a combination of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton, the latter of which is my favorite book of…

  12. The Braves give GM Frank Wren a contract extenstion

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frank Wren

    The Braves announced today that they’ve given General Manager Frank Wren a contract extension. He’s now locked up through the 2013 season. This is not surprising. Wren has the full confidence of ownership and team President John Schuerholz.  Some fans may agitate about various things such as, I dunno, the fact that the Braves haven’t…

  13. Justin Morneau feeling better, but still not “100 percent” eight months after concussion

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau arrived at Twins camp today and spoke to reporters about his health status, telling them he’s made significant progress in recent weeks but remains less than 100 percent recovered nearly eight months after suffering a concussion on July 7. Doctors have cleared Morneau to fully participate in all workouts, but he’s yet to…

  14. Adrian Gonzalez hits off a tee

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that Adrian Gonzalez has been cleared to begin hitting off a tee and did so this morning. Feeling fine and no need to consult with a doctor as was previously suggested he might. He’s supposed to begin live batting practice soon.  So that’s some good news for a Red…

  15. Scott Podsednik has plantar fasciitis and is wearing a boot

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    scott-podsednik-dodgers-swinging

    Scott Podsednik, who signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays last week after previously turning down $2 million from the Dodgers, is wearing a walking boot because of plantar fasciitis. John Lott of the National Post reports that Podsednik is due to be examined by doctors when he arrives at Blue Jays camp tomorrow…

  16. How cute! Nationals fans vow to fight off the Philly “horde”

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Attention Phillies fans. You have been called “the lowest form of humanity” and your hometown has been called “a stinking cesspool.” Don’t get mad at me, for I am merely the messenger. But dudes, you totally gotta see this.

  17. Cubs announce Ryan Dempster, not Carlos Zambrano, as Opening Day starter

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    ryan-dempster-and-mike-quade

    Cubs manager Mike Quade announced this afternoon that Ryan Dempster will be the Opening Day starter, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he slept on the decision last night and let his “instinct” make the call. Ultimately which pitcher takes the mound on Opening Day is mostly meaningless, as everyone in the rotation will be…

  18. Twins pitching coach blames Francisco Liriano’s shoulder soreness on lack of conditioning

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    Francisco Liriano was scratched from his first scheduled throwing session of the spring last week because of shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam gave him a clean bill of health and he’s expected to take the mound later this week. However, in the meantime Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson revealed to LaVelle E. Neal III…

  19. Charlie Sheen, Brian Wilson and Lenny Dykstra are hanging out, and …

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Major League

    No, that’s not the start of a joke. It’s just a report from this past weekend, according to TMZ: Sheen tells us … in addition to flying in SF Giants pitcher Brian “The Beard” Wilson on his jet from Arizona to L.A. … Charlie also imported Kenny Lofton, Todd Zeile, Eddie Murray, Lenny Dykstra and others. We’re told Pete Rose was supposed to…

  20. The MLBPA would like to start CBA talks soon

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Weiner

    Union head Michael Weiner is taking his annual tour of spring training facilities, and while at Cardinals camp today he said that, though the current labor deal doesn’t expire until December, he’d like talks about a new collective bargaining agreement to be held before the season begins. I’m assuming that the primary reason for this is…

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