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  1. Comment of the Day: Marcus Thames is no stiff

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I’m still irked at T.J. Simers’ weapons-grade idiocy in his Marcus Thames column.  And a lot of what is animating that is something that I neglected to mention in the last post on it: Marcus Thames is a really, really nice guy.  I’ve never met him, but several reporters I know have talked about him…

  2. Tigers choose Will Rhymes as Opening Day second baseman

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Carlos Guillen‘s slower-than-expected recovery from knee surgery forced the Tigers to consider other options at second base and after giving some thought to sacrificing defense for offense with Ryan Raburn manager Jim Leyland has settled on Will Rhymes. Rhymes actually led the Tigers in second base starts last season with 46 and in giving him…

  3. Curtis Granderson has a strained oblique

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Granderson_Curtis

    I sort of root for Curtis Granderson. I watched him play a lot when he was with the Tigers and rather like him. While his last couple of years — and the fact that he turned 30 last week — don’t give me hope that he’ll ever fulfill that All-Star promise he had when he…

  4. Twins pick Scott Baker as fifth starter, send Kevin Slowey to bullpen

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    By re-signing Carl Pavano to a two-year, $16.5 million deal the Twins created a rotation logjam with six starters for five spots and today they announced that Scott Baker will be the No. 5 guy, leaving Kevin Slowey bullpen bound as the odd man out. Baker and Slowey both significantly out-performed Nick Blackburn last season…

  5. Charlie Manuel talks about Luis Castillo’s no-show

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Apparently Luis Castillo’s failure to report to the Phillies this morning was a misunderstanding. He thought he had all day today to report rather than to report in time to play in today’s game.  Buster Olney says that he had some personal matters to attend to as well.  It’s not like he blew the Phillies…

  6. Giants beat reporters are not impressed with Miguel Tejada

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Last night both Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how awful Miguel Tejada looked at shortstop and how unproductive he’s been at the plate all spring. First, here’s a tweet from Baggarly: Not to be mean, but if I’m Tim Lincecum watching Miguel…

  7. One of the more insulting columns you’ll read this season

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times has a shtick. He’s used it over and over again.  It’s this: insult, bait and pester a given Dodgers or Angels player and hope against hope that they’ll spout off in anger so that he can print a juicy quote and follow it up with his “man, what’s his…

  8. Ryan Zimmerman hoping for Friday return from groin injury

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Ryan Zimmerman fielded ground balls this morning and is hoping to return from a groin injury Friday. If he can get back into the lineup by then that would leave five games remaining on the spring training schedule and manager Jim Riggleman told Zuckerman that the goal would be…

  9. Quote of the Day II: Adam LaRoche slams the Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Yesterday’s dustup elicited another fun reaction from a Washington Nationals player, this time Adam LaRoche: Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter had hit the Nationals’ Laynce Nix in the top of the inning in what the Nats believed was a response to outfielder Nyjer Morgan running into Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. “It’s very typical of playing…

  10. Mike Stanton aiming to return from quadriceps injury Thursday

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mike Stanton was expected to miss “at least two weeks” with a strained quadriceps suffered on February 27. It’s been three weeks and a couple days, and now Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Stanton is hoping to make his spring training debut Thursday. In the meantime he’ll test his quadriceps by…

  11. Two tidbits from Buster Olney’s “evaluators”

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Fielder_Prince

    I read Buster Oleny’s column every day. It’s handy, as he links the great bulk of the day’s major stories. And while I don’t always agree with Buster’s take on things, I think he gets stuff right more often than a lot of the other big national guys do when they take off their reporter’s hat…

  12. Atlanta is still trying to trade Kenshin Kawakami

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    Kenshin Kawakami was on the trading block for the entire offseason and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are still trying to deal the Japanese right-hander. After a solid rookie season Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.19 ERA last year, but with a 59/32 K/BB ratio in 87 innings his secondary numbers were…

  13. Barry Enright is the Dbacks’ fifth starter

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Enright_Barry

    Steve Gilbert reports that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has named Barry Enright the team’s fifth starter.  Gilbert says that Gibson will “discuss what that means” later today. Presumably it means that Armando Galarraga is heading to the bullpen or the scrapheap, as he and Enright were competing for the fifth starter’s job.  Given that Galarraga…

  14. Quote of the Day: Ian Desmond on Miguel Batista’s fastball

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Yesterday Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista hit Nationals’ infielder Ian Desmond, setting off a little brouhaha. Desmond wasn’t too steamed about it, though: “It was intentional, but Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.” I had forgotten about the Miss Iowa/Batista stuff.  Fun times! But it’s a new year now, and if you’re curious,…

  15. Chipper Jones believes the U.S. government whacked JFK

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    JFK

    I’m about as likely to listen to Chipper Jones‘ theories on the JFK assassination as I am to listen to Luke Scott‘s theories about President Obama’s place of birth, but for those of you who demand more of your baseball players than mere athletic prowess, please know that Jones does, indeed, have a theory. At…

  16. Luis Castillo must be taking the scenic route to Phillies camp

    Mar 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    First thing this morning the lineup for today’s Phillies-Blue Jays game was posted, listing Luis Castillo as the second batter, playing second base. A few moments ago Castillo was scratched from the lineup because Castillo is not yet at Phillies camp in Clearwater. Personally, I blame the lack of high speed rail in this country for…

  17. The Barry Bonds trial has a jury and now Greg Anderson is on deck

    Mar 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    Twelve people have been picked to sit in judgment of Barry Bonds. A couple of them are baseball fans, but not serious ones. They haven’t heard of BALCO or, if they have, they don’t know anything about it, really. I sometimes find myself surprised that someone could not know anything about this stuff but then…

  18. Chad Cordero back in baseball after losing daughter to SIDS

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Chad Cordero

    Barry Svrluga wrote a beautiful and heartbreaking piece for the Washington Post about Chad Cordero, who is attempting to keep his career afloat with the Blue Jays after losing his daughter Tehya to SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, in December. He is shaken now. There are times during spring training when he heads to a…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Did the Brewers improve enough this offseason?

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Is something abrew in Milwaukee? The Big Question: Did the Brewers make enough improvements this offseason? There was one clear winner this winter…

  20. Carlos Beltran could DH in a minor league game tomorrow

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Carlos Beltran could be the designated hitter in a minor league game tomorrow. Beltran took limited batting practice from both sides of the plate Monday, so the Mets will see how his knee responds tomorrow. Even if he plays, the Mets plan to use a pinch-runner for him…

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