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  1. Ian Stewart to return to Rockies’ lineup Wednesday

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

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    We heard last week that Ian Stewart was a “longshot” to be ready for Opening Day, but it turns out he may cut things pretty close. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Stewart is scheduled to start at third base tomorrow against the Rangers. It will be his first Cactus League action since…

  2. Andrew Bailey diagnosed with strained right forearm

    Mar 15, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    It was easy to think the worst when Andrew Bailey crumpled down in pain on the mound yesterday, but a release from the Athletics this afternoon actually brings some good news. Bailey was diagnosed with a strained right forearm following an examination by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. In other words, no structural damage was…

  3. It doesn’t sound like Carlos Beltran is going to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York earlier this afternoon that while he has been cleared for some baseball activities, he will be limited to hitting and other non-running activities for the time being. Beltran reports that his knee currently feels “60 percent better” than it did one week ago and according to…

  4. Ryan Zimmerman to be shut down for a few days

    Mar 15, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    I can’t remember who said it on Twitter yesterday, but someone said that the first two weeks of spring training are spent talking about how everyone is in such great shape and the next two weeks are spent talking about injuries.  Seems that way.  All of the injury news is starting to blend together for…

  5. Wojciechowski: the Giants won the world series because Barry Bonds was gone

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski has made a mini-career out of moralizing about steroids in baseball.  Sure, lots of guys do that, but Wojciechowski isn’t exactly the straightest shooter in the bunch. Indeed, between Wojciechowski’s crocodile tears and his casual intellectual dishonesty, he’s basically the Glenn Beck of the steroids beat. Once he beat up on steroids users, equating…

  6. Ian Snell retires after being sent to minors by Cardinals

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Not so long ago Ian Snell was a promising young starter for the Pirates, throwing 208 innings with a 3.76 ERA and solid 177/68 K/BB ratio as a 25-year-old in 2007. Unfortunately it’s been all downhill since then, as Snell pitched his way out of Pittsburgh and then failed to resurrect his career in Seattle,…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Will the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season?

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    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: The perpetually rebuilding Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Can the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season? Relative to the past 15…

  8. The NPB is undecided on when to start the season

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Japan obviously has bigger problems than when to start the baseball season, but the Central and Pacific Leagues of the NPB met today to discuss when they should begin the 2011 baseball season in the wake of the tsunami and the mounting nuclear crisis. The NPB blog Yakyubaka reports that no decision has been made…

  9. Kendrys Morales “more and more likely” to begin year on DL

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Initially there was talk that Kendrys Morales would be limited to designated hitter duties early on as he recovers from last season’s broken leg, but now Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it appears more and more likely Morales won’t be ready for the opener” at all. If he does play in…

  10. Chris Davis wants the Rangers to trade him if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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    The numbers don’t add up for Chris Davis in Texas. Between Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Michael Young, there just aren’t going to be enough opportunities for him at first base with the Rangers. Indeed, there’s probably not even going to be room for him on the roster.  He seems to know that, however, and…

  11. Ron Washington wants experienced closer to replace Neftali Feliz, who had zero experience before 40 saves

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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    Now that Neftali Feliz is apparently on board with the front office wanting to make him a starter Ron Washington is facing the very real possibility of being without his 40-save closer from last season and the manager told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com that he’d expect the Rangers to acquire a veteran reliever to fill…

  12. Tigers officially rule out Joel Zumaya and Carlos Guillen for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    In news that was more or less expected at this point, the Tigers announced today that Carlos Guillen and Joel Zumaya have both been officially ruled out for Opening Day. Guillen recently experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and Zumaya is likely still several weeks away from being cleared to throw following…

  13. Update: Not so fast on that Luis Hernandez-is-the-Mets-second baseman stuff

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Andy Martino asked around and he says that Collins has not named Hernandez his second baseman. He’s merely in the mix, as they say.  We could parse this I suppose — Martino is reporting peoples’ “sense” of the matter while Mike Puma says he got it from someone who has “direct knowledge” of the…

  14. Ron Gardenhire’s “just fire it through the internet” quote is already a t-shirt

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    I wrote yesterday about Twins manager Ron Gardenhire being annoyed with reporters using Twitter to relay his words to the public much quicker than they were able to in the past and took particular delight in his frustratedly telling them: You can tweet that. Just tweet it. You don’t even have to write it. Just…

  15. Sports teams are entering the news business. Good. Let them have it.

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

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    There’s an illuminating story over at the Washington Post today about how sports leagues and clubs are, ever so slowly, trying to squeeze out the traditional media when it comes to breaking news about them: For sports journalists these days, the playing field isn’t always level. As the Iowa incident suggests, teams and leagues can…

  16. Kyle Blanks sees first game action in 10 months and “the results weren’t pretty”

    Mar 15, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Kyle Blanks started at designated hitter yesterday in a “B” game against the Mariners, marking the first time he’s faced live pitching in 10 months as he comes back from Tommy John elbow surgery. Blanks went 0-for-2 with one walk and two strikeouts, and John Maffei of the North County Times writes that “the results…

  17. Mind your ump-bashing this year. Unless you wanna get sued.

    Mar 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This doesn’t come from the world of baseball, but it’s a cautionary tale for any of us who, after a couple of refreshments, take to Twitter while simultaneously watching baseball games and would dare criticize the men in blue: A Tweet by The Associated Press’ beat writer for the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolvesthat was critical of an official…

  18. Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez looks likely to claim Opening Day third base job

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Matt Dominguez is just 21 years old and spent last season hitting just .252 with a .744 OPS at Double-A, but the 2007 first-round pick looks set to skip Triple-A and win the Marlins’ starting job at third base. In fact, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “if the season opened today, Dominguez would be…

  19. Bud Selig creates a committee to find the origins of baseball

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    I haven’t seen the press release yet, but Gordon Edes reports that Bud Selig has announced the formation of a committee that will study the origins of the game of baseball.  On the committee: Baseball historian John Thorn, noted plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin, and sepia tycoon Ken Burns. I don’t want to make rash predictions, but my…

  20. Grady Sizemore could make spring debut this weekend

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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    Grady Sizemore‘s status for Opening Day remains uncertain, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the center fielder could be cleared to make his spring training debut as soon as this weekend. However, general manager Chris Antonetti stressed that seeing his first game action doesn’t necessarily mean Sizemore will be ready to begin the season…

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